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Welcome to the Martha Jones School. The core values of the school, which can best be summarized as academic excellence, respect for others, and personal responsibility, underlie all that we do. With the implementation of a rigorous academic curriculum in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and social competencies and high expectations for student and teacher engagement, our students thrive. I am delighted to welcome you to Martha Jones.  


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Message from the Principal

 The year is off to a terrific start.  I’ve heard lots of great stories about summer fun and I’m always impressed with the variety of experiences our students have each summer.  From traveling across the world to riding bikes around the neighborhood, summer is meant to enjoy time with family and friends and it is nice to hear that is what happened for so many of our students.

Please welcome new faces - This year we have 37 new kindergarten students at Martha Jones and 8 new families with students in grades 1 through 5. If you see a family you don’t recognize, please be sure to reach out and say, “Hello” and “Welcome.”  It is very important to me and part of our school culture at Martha Jones School to have a warm, friendly, welcoming environment where everyone feels included. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you in this area.

Aspen Portal - If you haven’t already done so,  please be certain to go into the Aspen portal to review and update all information. This includes renewing permissions each year.  I encourage all of you to select “yes” for media permissions. This allows your child to be in school photographs on our website and participate in photos during special events.   In addition to media permission, permission to release directory info to the PTO/PTA is included in the contact verification and permissions. The Martha Jones student directory is available to all members of the PTO.  I encourage you to allow your information to be put into the student directory. It is a great resource for arranging playdates, birthday parties, and classroom get-togethers. If you have any questions about the media or directory permissions, please see me. Changes may be made by updating your Aspen account online.


Image result for welcome coffeeAll parents are welcome to meet the District Administrative Team members Emily Parks, Superintendent; Allison Borchers, Asst. Superintendent; Steve Ouellette, Director of Technology, Learning & Innovation; Abby Hanscom, Director of Student Services, and Heath Petracca, Director of Business and Finance for a coffee on Mon., Sept. 24 at 9am at the Downey School. The coffee is open to all Westwood Schools' families to discuss perspectives, hopes, and expectations for children's experiences in school. 

PICTURE DAY IS COMING - SEPTEMBER 27TH - Lifetouch pictures has been our school picture vendor for the past few years.  They take time with each student and offer a variety of different packages and on-line registration and purchases.  More information will be coming soon. Lifetouch gives a generous donation back to the school for every photo purchased. 

Curriculum Night

Please save the evening of Thurs., Sept. 27th for Curriculum Night. Teachers will provide an overview of the content at their grade-level and their plans for the year ahead. Classroom presentations for parents of students in grades 3 through 5 begin at 6pm; the principal welcome and PTO meeting for all parents is at 7pm; followed by classroom presentations for parents of students in kindergarten through grade 2 at 7:30pm. Please remember that this is an evening for parents only. If childcare is prohibiting you from attending, please contact Mrs. Tobin at for assistance.

Reporting an Absence:  If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the school office at 781-326-7500, ext. 6321 or send an email to:   

Same and Different Like Me Program -  Over the next few months we will be implementing our Same and Different Like Me, Understanding Our Differences program. This program introduces our students to a range of disabilities. The program incorporates lessons at each grade level as part of our Open Circle time and are team-taught by special education and classroom teachers. The program is made up of six units, one taught each year K-5. Students will learn about: Including One Another (K), Physical Disabilities (grade 1), Sensory Disabilities (grade 2), Learning Disabilities (grades 3 and 4), Autism Spectrum Disorders, and topics in Mental Health specific to Depression and Anxiety (grade 5). The program aims to give children an accurate, current perspective on disability-related issues which are appropriate to their development level. The goal is to begin and maintain a conversation in classrooms about how we are all the "same and different." If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact me.

Arrival and Dismissal - Children should be in school by 8:45 and Dismissal is at 3:10 -  

Carpool - If you are picking up in carpool, PLEASE have a sign in the front passenger window with your child’s last name on it. While we know many of you, it is difficult to see through most of the tinted windows when we are going down the line quickly and having your child’s name clearly displayed in the window is very helpful!!!  This helps to keep the carpool lane moving. Thank you!






PTO News and Update


PTO Update - 9/18/2018



Registration is open for the 2018-2019 Martha Jones PTO. Dues are $45 for a family with one child and $55 for a family with more than one child. The school directory and a Martha Jones car magnet are given to all the families who have joined the PTO. They are sent home with your child.

Please join by September 21 to ensure receipt of the Directory. Click here to join the PTO.




Library Volunteers

Duties consist of helping children find books, check out, reshelf and organize books. The library volunteer coordinator will be in touch with the class schedules for the library. Click here if you can help in the library.


PTO Committees

We are in need of volunteers on several PTO committees, including the committee that plans the VERY popular Martha Jones Halloween Party. Click here if you’d like to join one of our MANY committees! We need your help to ensure a successful school year!  



Birthday Book enrollment is open NOW through Sept. 21. For $15, your child chooses a book during their birthday month. The book will have a commemorative bookplate inside the cover with your child’s name. After your child is the first to borrow the book, it stays in the library for other students to borrow. If your child’s birthday us in the summer, they will participate in the spring. Click here for the enrollment form – it also went home in your child’s backpack.



Martha Jones Apparel: Items such as sweatshirts, pajama bottoms and shirts will be on display and order forms will be available. Checks will be accepted for payment.



The PTO is changing our Fall Fundraiser this year. We are partnering with Savers to collect gently-used clothing and soft goods to raise money for our school. You get to clean out your closets and MJ gets money for enrichment programs and field trips. To reach our fundraising goal, we are asking each family to fill 3 bags that will be provided by the PTO.


Click here for more information. We are also in need of volunteers to man the collection location at the school. Click here to volunteer for a 1-hour shift.


Click Here To Register!

Mini-Courses will begin October 1st and run through December 7th, with the week of December 10th reserved for make-ups.


See the following link to find out more about the mini courses on offer this session:

Fall 2018 Mini Course Descriptions

We apologize in advance, but late registrations can not be accepted. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


PICTURE DAY VOLUNTEERS - Thank you to those who signed up.  We look forward to seeing you on picture day.


Did you know Martha Jones PTO has its own Facebook group page? Join the Facebook group to get the latest PTO news and updates delivered right to your news feed! Click here to join



If you have an event or notice for our PTO update, please email it to PTO Co-Secretary Erica Howe at


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