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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.
Wednesday, November 2 - Early release: Students dismissed at 11:50 am / Parent Conferences (Afternoon)
October 19 - Parent Workshop - Understanding Multiplication - 6:00PM - 8:00PM / Sheehan School
Students are encouraged to get into the Spirit of Halloween by wearing Black and Orange on 10/28.
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Happy Friday. I’m so excited, our Martha Jones School letters have finally been installed. As you might recall, last year every teacher and student in the school made a piece of artwork and contributed a unique piece to the letter mosaic. Mrs. Pasquan and a team of volunteer parents and students worked to tile and grout the background and to make sure it was “weather ready.” The letters are now mounted on the outside of the gym wall along the driveway. Please check it out. A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Pasquan for the many, many hours she put in and to the PTO for funding the project.
Pictures Have Arrived - Class pictures have arrived. It is great fun going through and seeing all the smiling faces. There are bound to be a few glitches when school photos are taken so if there are any problems with your order, please contact Lifetouch directly at 508-946-0777. If you do not get your problem resolved, please let me know, but I’ve been assured that they have great customer service!
Congratulations to Student Council Candidates- Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 held their elections for student council. Congratulations to all students who participated in the process. This year, classmates voted the following students to represent them on the student council: Grade 5 - Jeffrey Pan, Ellie Levin, Logan Lopes, Annie Rufo, Kevin Jud, and Christina Eldamaa; Grade 4 - Cole Orsillo, Hannah Calawa, Nick Tassone, Emily Ma, Michael McGrail, and Eve Lucas; Grade 3 - Jack Mullins, Sena Plotkin, Hank Murray, Maggie Mullin, Kabir Devgan, and Isabella Wen.
Giving Back - Costume Drive - Don’t forget to drop off any gently used or new Halloween costumes for the Halloween Costume Drive for children in need. Many of you have already made donations and that means more kids can dress up and participate in Halloween fun. We truly appreciate your support. Donations can be made through October 26th.
Frosty’s Friends is part of the “Do Something” mini course, but all students can help support the cause. Students who would like to support the Do Something mini course can bring in $1.00 or $2.00 to give to students in the mini course. The mini course students then pick out gifts for students in need, wrap the gifts, and donate them to charity. If your child has a piggy bank or earns money for chores, this is a nice way for him/her to contribute on his/her own. If you would like to make a donation to Frosty Friends, feel free to send it to the school office. Mrs. Kyvelos and Mrs. Ventura are most appreciative. Frosty Friends Flyer Here
Candy for US Troops - Martha Jones will be supporting the Candy Drive for US Troops. From November 1st through November 9th we will be collecting candy to send to US troops serving overseas. If your child has collected too much candy to eat or you have leftover Halloween candy, please drop it off at school between Nov. 1 and Nov. 9th. The troops also love receiving letters from students so if you can have your child include a note to a service member, even better! The Wellesley Dentist Group coordinates the drive and ensures the candy and cards are delivered to the troops. Here's the blog on the event from last year. Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and support.
Congratulations to our raffle winners. As a thank you for participating in the Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser, Charleston provided us with ten $10. gift certificates to Amazon.com. Every child who participated in the fundraiser was given the chance to win a gift certificate. The following students were raffle winners: Will Calixte, Mia Danieli, Christine Eldamaa, Ben Gaffin, Carly Murray, Hank Murray (no relation), Declan Murphy, Michael Murphy (no relation), and Annie Rufo. I saved one raffle prize to raffle at a teacher’s meeting for their support of the program.
Tech Tidbit - IXL (from "i excel") is a practice website for math, language arts, science and social studies. The Westwood Public Schools subscribe to the Math content for our K-5 elementary students. Login information can be found here. IXL is organized by grade level and provides limitless, dynamically created questions in hundreds of skill areas. As a result, when a child first signs on it can be overwhelming to understand where to begin. In some cases, teachers will assign skills by identifying a letter and a number (i.e. F5). Although IXL can be a fabulous tool for practicing and reinforcing math skills, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. A bad habit of solving all the math mentally could develop. Remind your child that using scrap paper or a whiteboard is a more accurate strategy in some if not many situations. Likewise, when a student incorrectly answers a question s/he is presented with "Sorry, incorrect ..." Another poor habit is to quickly press "Got it." Instead, remind your child to review the correct answer and the explanation. Our youngest students will absolutely need support with this concept so expecting IXL to be an independent task might be missing an opportunity to reinforce good strategies and metacognition. ~ Tech blog
CORI’s for Parent Volunteers - If you plan on volunteering in the school or attending a field trip during the year, you must complete a CORI - Criminal Offender Record Information check at least one week prior to volunteering or chaperoning a field trip. If you have completed a background check this year or last, you are all set.
SAVE THE DATE!!! Grade 5 Winter Concert - Friday, December 16 9:30 AM
The Grade 5 Band and Chorus invite parents to join us as we share our music!
PTO News and Updates
SCRIP SHOPPING CARDS: Order forms due Wednesday, Oct. 26
We are selling shopping cards again this year! For those of you unfamiliar with the
SCRIP Shopping Card Program, Martha Jones School is able to purchase shopping cards at a discount from various retailers, due to its non-profit status. We make a profit on the discount and that income is used to fund and support various programs for the students at Martha Jones School. This program generated over $1,400 for our school last year!
This is how it works:
You purchase $100 LL Bean Shopping Card
You pay: $100 check made payable to the Martha Jones PTO
You receive: $100 LL Bean Shopping Card
MJ School receives: $17 since the discount was 17% of $100
The shopping cards are the same ones you buy at the store and they can be used for everyday expenses such as coffee, food, clothes, gas, gifts. They make great birthday gifts and holiday gifts too!
Order forms are due by Wednesday, October 26th and all checks should be made payable to the Martha Jones PTO. Please forward your order form and check to the school office in an envelope marked PTO SCRIP. Orders should be available the second week of November. Just in time for Black Friday shopping!! You will be contacted via email once your order has arrived.
Email Kate Rufo at email@example.com or Audra DiDonato with questions.
Martha Jones Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 28 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Halloween fun and games and a bounce house will be in the gym. The DJ dance party and refreshments will be in the cafeteria. The frightfully fun Haunted Hallway will run for one hour from 6:45-7:45 p.m. (Note: The Haunted Hallway may be scary for young children.)
VOLUNTEERS – WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We need your help to make this a fun and safe night for everyone! Please click here and sign up to volunteer for the Halloween Party. We can’t make this night happen without the best parents in Westwood! During the week of the event, a reminder e-mail will be sent to you.
Westwood Food Pantry Donations
We will be collecting items for the Westwood Food Pantry. Feel free to drop something off in the lobby. Specifically, they are in need of:
*Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Meals (Chef Boyardee, Franco American, etc.), Individually Wrapped Toilet Paper and Paper Towel, Shampoo, Conditioners, Soap, Juices, Canned Fruit and Fruit Cups, Cereal, Ketchup and Mustard, Tea Bags
We will also be offering raffles with all of the money received going to the Westwood Community Chest!
Westwood Gear: Orders Due Nov. 1
Gear will be on display at the Halloween Party. Order forms will be available. Bring your check book as we do not take credit cards. All orders will be available for pickup before the holiday – great items for the whole family! Click here for the order form. Orders are due Nov. 1.
Box Tops Competition: Month of October
We are having a classroom Box Top competition! Please send in your kids' Box Tops; you can use this attached collection sheet if you'd like. Box Tops will be collected in homeroom classes and the homeroom with the most Box Tops collected through the end of October will win a Popsicle party for the whole class!
Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for our school; Martha Jones can use this money to help pay for school supplies, fund field trip expenses and other fun events! We collect Box Tops year-round, so please feel free to send them in whenever you have them!
Dining Out Fundraiser: Islington Pizza Tuesday Nov. 8; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
15 percent of your order at Islington Pizza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be donated back to the PTO. Please present this flyer. Islington Pizza is at 315 Washington Street in Westwood. Not valid on delivery.
Décor & More: Shop for a Cause: Wednesday, Dec. 14: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come shop for a cause! 20 percent of all purchases made at Décor & More from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 will be donated back to the PTO. Not in the shopping mood? Enjoy some appetizers and wine with other MJ parents at the event. Decor & More is at 695 High St. in Westwood
Martha Jones PTO Facebook GroupDid 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!
PTO Contact for Events, Notices:
If you have an event or notice for our PTO update, please email it to PTO Co-Secretary Jamy Sesselman at firstname.lastname@example.org