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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.  

Forms & Documents

March 2017 

Click here for the full version of Leaps & Bounds (including classroom happenings and photos)

Message from the Principal 


Crocodile River Dance - Our Artist in Residency Program got off to a wonderful start.  Students in many classes got to develop an African dance routine with three amazing artists (and of course our own in house music staff).  The students had a true workout and it is amazing to see such enthusiastic learning in just one 45 minute session.  Unfortunately, the last day of our 3 - day residency was a snow day, so some students have not yet had their turn.  However, don’t worry, they’ll be back on Monday, March 6th to finish up with the individual classes and will be bringing all the students together for a school wide dance assembly.  Check out this link from some of the classes. This wonderful program was funded by the Westwood Foundation for Education (WFE).


School Share - We had over 55 students in 32 acts performing in our school share this morning. We had dancers, singers, instrumentalists, magicians, Rubix cube masters, and jokesters performing for the entire student body.  The students who decided to perform were very brave to get up in front of the entire school and perform.  For some students, this was their first experience in front of an audience.  Some parents had asked if the performance would be videotaped and shared. We made the decision not to record the show because some students were self conscious of their acts and nervous about performing for the first time.  I feel strongly that some students, especially those who may have had some glitches in their acts, would not want their acts shared publicly.  Thank you for your understanding and support of the students and for your help in getting their acts ready these past few weeks.

School Vacation Week - It’s hard to believe that school vacation week is already upon us. I hope that you all have a wonderful week and get to enjoy some fun activities, relaxing days, and family time.



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Martha Jones Artwork Exhibit - Congratulations to the following students for having artwork accepted into the Statewide K-12 Youth Art Month exhibit at the State Transportation Building in Boston.  KM- Maggie L., 1K - Molly S., 2M- Flynn H., 3M- Maile L., 4F- Maggie D., 5B- Josh H.

The exhibit is open to the public February 26th - March 30th, Monday-Friday, 9-5.  The building is closed on weekends with the exception of two receptions for families on Sunday, February 26th, 12-4pm, and Sunday, March 26th, 12-4pm. *please note: these dates are different than the ones originally posted on the YAM website.


Family Health and Fitness Night - Friday, March 24th  

The tenth annual Martha Jones Family Health and Fitness Night will be held here on Friday, March 24, from 6-7:30 PM.  This will be a fun night of education and activity.  We have planned many different interactive booths and stations ranging from reaching your target heart rate on a moon walk, to the importance of family skin care.  These activities are scheduled to be held both indoors and outdoors.  Our goal is to re-emphasize the importance of keeping your body healthy and fit to promote lifelong wellness.  If you have any specific knowledge or skills in the area of health or fitness, we would love to talk to you about the possibility of donating your time and expertise.  Please contact Celeste Mahoney or Pat Foley to set up a time to talk.  A big thank you goes out to our generous PTO for sponsoring this event.  Please join us on 03/24/17.  There will be more information in the coming weeks.  Get ready to get moving!

Thank you, Celeste Mahoney and Pat Foley



Technology Night - Thursday, March 30

Members of the Westwood Public School Technology Department invite elementary parents/guardians to come TECH Us Out.  Enjoy an engaging workshop where you will experience how technology is used to support learning in the elementary classroom. Attendees will participate in interactive lessons by navigating the Google Platform in a way that mirrors your child’s classroom experience. The goals of this evening are to understand the vision of technology in the WPS and learn how you can best support your children at home.


Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7 - 8 PM

Martha Jones School

Primarily for parents/guardians of 2nd-5th graders

Questions please contact     

Click here to RSVP



Math Professional Development - On Wednesday, the teachers wrapped up a two year math cohort cycle studying Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary Classroom. During the past two years, teachers have spent 8-10 Wednesday Professional Development afternoons  working in small, district-wide, mixed grade level groups collaborating on “algebrafying” the math curriculum, implementing model lessons for teacher observation and feedback sessions, and designing games and workshop stations for classroom use with their students. The math coaches have done an amazing job leading the cohorts and there is much evidence in the student work that students are learning to explain and show what they know and are working on multiple ways to explain their math thinking and reasoning.  Thanks to the teachers and coaches for their hard work!  


Martha Jones Luau Social - Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Martha Jones Social on March 11th from 7:30 to 11:30 pm.  This is a great event and raises a substantial amount of money for the PTO.  Have fun with other adults, get to know other Martha Jones families, and support a good cause all in one evening. There will be many teacher experiences to bid on- don’t miss out on giving your child the chance to be Principal for the Day or Lunch and Ice Cream at Bubbling Brook.  See PTO section for more details.



PTO News and Updates


Box Tops Competition for February

We are having another classroom Box Top competition!  Please send in your kids' Box Tops; you can use this collection sheet if you'd like. Box Tops will be collected in homeroom classes.

The two homerooms with the most Box Tops collected through the end of February will win a chance to compete in a kickball game

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!


Martha Jones Luau Social, March 11, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Gather your friends to attend the 2nd Annual Parents Night Out! This year’s theme is Hawaiian Luau!  Saturday March 11 at the German Club.  DJ, appetizers, photo booth, silent auction and more.  Your kids won't want you to miss bidding on teacher experiences! 

This event is not exclusively for MJ parents. Bring ADULT friends, relatives, or neighbors who might enjoy a fun Luau Themed Party while raising funds for our kids.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here. Use this form if you’d prefer to pay with a check.


Scholastic Book Fair: March 13th-March 17th

Get excited for another great Martha Jones book fair!  Students can buy new books at the fair during their library time and/or come in together as a family.  Enter in MJ raffles each event!

We will be hosting:

Bagels and Books-- Tuesday March 14th 8:00-8:30 am (not a drop off).

Family Shopping Night- Wednesday March 15th 4:30-6:30 pm (not a drop off). 

Mark your calendars!  It is a great week for fun and raising money for our school!

If you’d like to volunteer to help set up or help the kids in your child’s class during the book fair, add your name here.


Save the Date: Read-a-Thon Wednesday, March 15th - Wednesday, March 29th

Save the date for this year’s Read-A-Thon! Details to follow!


PTO Board Positions for 2017/2018 Year

We will be electing a new co-president and co-secretary for the 2017/2018 school year. If you’d like to run for one of these positions, please let us know!


Martha Jones PTO Facebook Group

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


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

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