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  • Parent Update- March 17, 2020

    As you know, all Haverhill Public Schools will be closed as of now until April 6. However, all of our  teachers have put together packets of work to keep students busy and engaged.  No student will be penalized for not completing any of the work. Someone will be in the building today March 17th for parents to pick up packets between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM and this afternoon from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Please ring the bell and we will ask your child’s name. We will get their work and give it to you. Reminder: Students are not allowed in the buildings.  If you need assistance from the Parent Liaison please contact Victoria Torres at 978-420-1987 or via email at victoria.torres@haverhill-ps.org . I will continue to keep you posted as developments change. If you have any questions please contact me at : bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

    Como saben, todas las Escuelas Públicas de Haverhill estarán cerradas hasta el 6 de abril. Sin embargo, todos nuestros maestros han reunido paquetes de trabajo para mantener a los estudiantes ocupados y comprometidos. Ningún estudiante será penalizado por no completar ninguno de los trabajos. Alguien estará en el edificio hoy 17 de marzo para que los padres recojan los paquetes entre las 10:00 a.m. y las 12:00 p.m. y esta tarde de 4:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. Por favor, toque el timbre y le preguntaremos el nombre de su hijo. Obtendremos su trabajo y se lo daremos. Recordatorio: No se permiten estudiantes en los edificios. Si necesita ayuda del Enlace de Padres, comuníquese con Victoria Torres al 978-420-1987 o por correo electrónico a victoria.torres@haverhill-ps.org. Continuaré manteniéndolo informado a medida que los desarrollos cambien. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese conmigo a: bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

  • Parent Update- March 16, 2020

    As you know, all Haverhill Public Schools will be closed as of now until April 6. However, all of our  teachers have put together packets of work to keep students busy and engaged.  No student will be penalized for not completing any of the work. Someone will be in the building tomorrow for parents to pick up packets between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Please ring the bell and we will ask your child’s name. We will get their work and give it to you. Reminder: Students are not allowed in the buildings. I will continue to keep you posted as developments change. If you have any questions please contact me at : bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

  • Parent Update- March 8, 2020

    Haverhill Public Schools Health Alert: 

    Coronavirus Update

    The health, safety and well-being of Haverhill Public School students and staff are a top priority. Like all Haverhill Public Schools, Walnut Square continues to follow the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Haverhill Board of Health in our response to coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus disease at this time in the Haverhill Public Schools.
    The MDPH and CDC recommends precautions used for reducing the risk of infection for other illnesses, such as flu:
    • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.  
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and to avoid contact with others.
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
    • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
    Walnut Square  School has increased the frequency of cleaning common and high traffic areas each day. In a normal situation these areas would be cleaned once a day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the lunchroom, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc.    If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    IMPORTANT
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 is a teacher professional development day. Students will be released 11:35 A.M.
    Wednesday, 3/11  also marks the end of the second trimester.
    This Tuesday night, March 10th Walnut Square is having a fundraiser at the Chicken Connection on Broadway in Haverhill.  Students are bringing home a flyer that you can turn in at the counter or with your server. Or,  just mention Walnut Square School, if you forget to bring your flyer.   This is good for take- out or dine-in.   Walnut Square will receive 20% of your final cost.
    Stay tuned for more PTO news, as there are many events coming up soon.
    Grade 2
    Mrs. O’Leary’s class enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss Week.  Each child made their own Dr. Seuss hat using a glyph ( symbolic way to show data) and created an art project based on the book Oh The Places You Will Go.  In writing the students explored different kind of penguins and will  design an informational poster  to share with the class.  During math we continue to work on place value into the 1,000’s and the children are doing great!
      Ms. Sanchez’s class  wrote informational paragraphs about Dr. Seuss using a T-Chart graphic organizer. During ELA, students selected a script and their part. There were three different plays about Important Americans ( Rosa Parks, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln).
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    If you have questions about anything please contact me via email @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Walnut Square Parent Update- February 28, 2020

    News From Grade 2

    Today, Dr. Marotta, Superintendent of Schools visited our school. She stopped in to say hello in every classroom. When we visited Ms. Sanchez’s grade 2 classroom, students showed her their book report projects where they had to choose an important character in history, write a report about them and draw a picture of them. Dr. Marotta was very impressed by the projects she saw today!

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    During our ELA block, the children participated in Reader’s Theater. The script/play was about Harriet Tubman, an important American. The children selected their parts and practiced.
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    Upcoming Important Dates
    March 2nd through 5th – READ ACROSS AMERICA SPIRIT WEEK- See attached Read Across America Flyer
    March 2nd – Crazy Hat Day
    March 3rd – Wear T-shirt that shows special place you’ve gone
    March 4th – Mismatched/ Inside Out Day
    March 5th – Crazy Socks Day
    March 6th – Wear Your Pajama Day
    March 8th – Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Ahead

    PTO News: Next PTO Meeting is March 5th –  3:30 PM

    Upcoming PTO Events – See attached  Amazon Smile- English.  Amazon Smile- Spanish
    March 20-April 3rd we will have our Popcornoplis Fundraiser
    March 24th- Preble will be at our school for a book reading and art demo
    March 21st – Chipotle Fundraiser
    April 15th- Helen Keller performance
    April 21st– Chuck E Cheese Fundraiser
    May 13th- Launch Fundraiser
    May 22-June 2nd -B1G1 Book Fair
    Have a good week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • March 2020

    2nd through 5th – READ ACROSS AMERICA SPIRIT WEEK
    2nd – Crazy Hat Day
    3rd – Wear T-shirt that shows special place you’ve gone
    4th – Mismatched/ Inside Out Day
    5th – Crazy Socks Day
    5th – PTO Meeting 3:30 PM
    6th – Wear Your Pajama Day
    8th – Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Ahead
    10th – PTO – Chicken Connection Fundraiser
    11th – Early Release 11:35 AM Dismissal
    11th – Marks Close – Trimester 2
    20th – PTO – Popcornopolis Fundraiser
    21st – PTO – Chipotle Fundraiser
    24th – Mary Preble (Author Presentation)
    27th – Read-A-Thon

  • Walnut Square Parent Update- February 14, 2020

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Letterland Home Online Resources to Support Students at School and Home

    Letterland, the new phonics based program for grades K-1  has a home component to support your child at home.  Parents need to log onto Letterland.com and click the “At Home” button for free downloads such as song lyrics and coloring sheets.   Students can review the sound each Letterlander makes and find quick and easy phonics games to play.  The Letterland Blog is also a good place to look for home activities.   Parents can subscribe to the Letterland Newsletter for a digital update about Letterland and view some of the events that occur in the schools around the country. I encourage you to try it out!

    Envision Online Math Resources to Support Students at School and Home

    HPS students in grades K-5 use the Envision Math Program. I wanted to share that it has an online resource for students to use at home to practice the skills they learn in school. All students have a log- in and password which allows them to utilize this resource at home.  If you have internet access and would like your child to start to use this wonderful resource at home, please communicate with your child’s teacher and they will provide you with your  student’s log- in and password.

    News from K Classes

    The Kindergarten students at Walnut Square are very proud to be 100 days smarter! To celebrate the 100th day of school, they dressed up as if they were 100 years old and participated in many fun activities throughout the day. Students wrote about being 100 years old, practiced counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s and even followed a recipe to make a special snack out of 100 pieces of food.

    Celebrating Student Attendance

    On Tuesday, February 10th, the District Supervisor of Attendance Ms. Lorna Marchant  accompanied me on a visit to all of our classrooms to recognize our students that had perfect attendance in January, 2020. Children clapped and cheered for each other and students got to pick a prize from the Super star bucket.

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    Mrs. Caruso’s K Class S. Kirlis, I. Hovey, J DeRosa, J Davenport, J Alonso

     

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    Ms. Luttig’s Class G. Taylor, E. Nabinger

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Abreu’s Class R. Sullivan, E. Marte, F. Maciel, B. Hernandez, E. Ellsey

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    Ms.O’Leary’s Class S. White, M. Santos-Padgett, N. Roman-Ovares,J. Molina,L Gagnon, J. DeLucca, W. Chandler

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    Ms. Demarais Class-J.Zikianda, J. Sadowski, C Mazza, J. Long, M. Conti, R. Cole, J. Carroll, A. Fermin Carrasco, L. Alonso

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    Ms. Sanchez’s Class- M. White,K. Striker, J. Roman, A. Matthias, N. Grande, B. Emery, A. Curley, Z. Candelario

     

    Ms. Hughes Class-J. Zikianda, J. Serrano, M. Santos Padgett, E. Rivera, C. Paulsen,M. Loosian, L. Jimenez Santos, V. Gorman

  • Walnut Square Parent Update – February 7, 2020

    Monday, February 10, 2020 is the 100th day of school.  All classrooms will be celebrating, counting and finding patterns within 100.

    Next  Friday, February 14th is Valentines Day.  On that day we will be having a Title I event called For the Love of Reading.  Guest readers will read in each classroom and every child will get a furry friend to bring home and read to!

    Envision Online Math Resources to Support Students at School and Home

    HPS students in grades K-5 use the Envision Math Program. I wanted to share that it has an online resource for students to use at home to practice the skills they learn in school. All students have a log- in and password which allows them to utilize this resource at home.  If you have internet access and would like your child to start to use this wonderful resource at home, please communicate with your child’s teacher and they will provide you with your  student’s log- in and password.

    Ms. Sanchez Grade 2 Class

    Ms. Sanchez tried a new strategy in her class this week called Talking Tiles. Students listened to a couple of books about Ruby Bridges and then had to complete the t-chart with facts about her. For the Talking Tile activity students had to choose 4 character traits to describe Ruby and give reason why.The students had a list of words to pick from. Students attempted to record their voices but since they tend to speak softly it was hard to hear. This is a strategy to increase student discourse in class as well as ensuring all students in the group participate. Kudos to Ms. Sanchez for trying different strategies to increase student engagement.

     Slippery Steps

    Early this morning I was made aware that the steps on the Main Street side of the school were very slippery this morning. Please know that our custodian had been out there several times this morning sprinkling the ice melt however the rain kept washing it away. Please continue to alert us to anything that needs attention. It is very much appreciated and we will do our best to correct the situation.

    News from the Walnut Square PTO

    The PTO is looking into getting some type of program to come to Walnut in March.  They will look into the Historical Society Presentations, Joppa Flatts, or a music man like Wayne from Maine, an author/illustrator and possibly book one or two programs for this year.

    The PTO is reaching out to people to see who are willing to help with a pasta dinner in April.   If enough volunteers can help, we will have a pasta dinner.  If not, the PTO is looking at hosting a Sweetheart dance like last year.

    A sales rep from a fundraising company came to the PTO and promoted his products.  His company sells cookie dough, pies, rolled cakes, danish, etc. He brought samples that were delicious (Leftovers in the fridge–help yourselves).   The PTO decided not to go with that fundraiser only because the product needs to be picked up the day that it is delivered or put in a refrigerator.  That would be a problem as the school does not have a lot of refrigeration space.  The PTO will be hosting a fundraiser in April through Popcornopolis.

    The PTO has planned a Panera Bread night to raise money for Walnut Square. school.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th (Parent Teacher Night).  They are going to do a Five Guys Night, as well but the date has not been confirmed.

    If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Walnut Square Parent Update- 1/24/20

    Walnut Square staff hope everyone is off to a fantastic 2020!
    Parent Feedback Survey
    I want to thank all the parents for completing the Parent Feedback Survey. The feedback we received will help us determine the focus for our school improvement plan.
    School Field trip
    I would like to remind all parents that our school  wide field trip is on Wednesday, January 29th.  All students and staff will take a field trip to the Greater Boston Stage company in Stoneham, MA.  We will see the play, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The students are leaving around 10:30 and will arrive back to Walnut Square after 2:00.  Students should bring a lunch in a disposable bag on Wednesday and all permission slips should be signed and returned on Monday, January 27th.
    News from Grade 2
    Mrs. O’Leary’s and Mrs.  Sanchez’s classes have begun Topic 8 in math.  Topic 8 entails telling time (hour, half-hour, quarter past, quarter to) and money.  The children are continuing  with ST Math using the Chrome Books.
    In Social Studies,  we will kick off the week celebrating Chinese New Year and find out our Chinese Zodiac sign according to the year  we were born.  2020 is the year of the RAT!  We also have begun talking about “Important Americans”,  starting with Martin Luther King and Ruby Bridges.
    Regarding ELA, we continue responding and writing about texts we have read.  A great strategy is the use of a  T-chart (graphic organizer) to help organize the students’ thoughts and ideas.  The children are so excited about next week’s field trip to the theater!
    Talking Tiles
    Mrs. Sanchez implemented a new strategy in her classroom called Talking Tiles- This strategy is used to ensure that all children contribute to the group discussion and increase student discourse. If your child is in Mrs. Sanchez’ class- ask them how they liked using the Talking Tiles.
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    Dismissal Time for Walkers
    Finally, as you all know dismissal time at Walnut Square is 3:15 p.m. for all students. In a review of the data has become increasingly evident that over the past few months there have been more parents coming in to dismiss children 10-15 minutes early, (between 3:00 p.m-3:10 p.m).  Between 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. is an extremely busy time for all staff as we are helping students put on coats, and hats as well as making sure they have their everything they need to go home in their back packs. As well, staff are focused on ensuring the bus students are in the correct bus line and get safely on the correct bus/van and making sure our students that walk are getting picked up by their parent/guardian.  I am asking all parents if at all possible, to wait for your child outside until the students are released at 3:15  p.m.  When many parents come in between 3:00 p.m-3:10 p.m. to dismiss it can become somewhat chaotic.  We all appreciate your help with this.
    Have a wonderful week- end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • Walnut Square Update- 1/17/20

    There is no school on Monday 1/20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King, jr and his peaceful ways, each class has been making a peace chain.  We will join them all together at the end of the month in order to see how long our school peace chain will be.    Each link on the Peace chain represents on act of kindness our students have shown.
    If you haven’t had a chance to complete the parent survey, please complete it. It is very short and will give us the necessary feedback as we create the Walnut Square School Improvement Plan. I have attached the link here. I will close the survey on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Thank you in advance.
    See link to parent survey
    On Wednesday, January 29th the whole school will take a field trip to the Greater Boston Stage company in Stoneham, MA.  They will see the play, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.    The students are leaving around 10:30 and will arrive back to Walnut Square after 2:00.  Students should bring a lunch in a disposable bag.
    The School nurse will be checking hearing and vision within the next few weeks for all students.
    On Monday 1/27. trimester 2 Progress Reports will go home.
    Enjoy the long week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • January 2020

    1 – Happy New Year
    6 – School Reopens
    9 – PTO – 3:30 PM
    13 – Early Release for children – 11:30 AM dismissal
    20 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
    27 – Trimester 2 Progress Reports
    29 – Field Trip – Stoneham Theatre – “Willy Wonka”

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