Be Kind. Be Curious. Be Courageous.
Welcome to the Martha Jones School. We want students at the Martha Jones School to Be Kind to themselves and to others; We hope that they will Be Curious about learning and the world and people around them; and we ask that they Be Courageous when called upon to do the right thing, to stand up for themselves and others, to take risks and be adventurous, even when it is hard and to not be afraid to fail. I am delighted to welcome you to Martha Jones.
Message from the Principal’s Office
What a talented bunch of students we have. Last night we had our STEAM FAIR and ART SHOW and if you were here, you saw the amazing artwork that our students produced under the direction of Mrs. Pasquan, Mrs. Friberg, and Mr. Hagel. Each piece - from the drawings, to the pottery, to the dioramas - was creative and impressive. In addition to our young artists, we had a number of young scientists participate in our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair. I learned many new things and hope you did too! The range of projects - from the importance of washing your hands, to the impact dancing has on your heart rate, to understanding the “five second rule” highlighted our students’ different interests and talents. We had over 85 students participate and 42 projects. It was hard to visit them all, but I hope you got a chance to check out many of them. A special thank you to Jemma Wilks and Beth Klaene for leading the charge and for the many, many parent volunteers that helped get the art show set up, helped with the “judging” and “expert” visits to each project, to the clean up of the school last night. We could not have these terrific events for our students without your support.
I also want to thank Top Secret Science for giving each student a hands-on learning experience during the STEAM fair. The activities were fun and engaging and a nice addition to our STEAM Fair. Check out pictures of the event, below.
We also had our grade 3 Fisher School Program today as well as Grade 4 Sounds Waves Enrichment and the Grade 5 Water Conservation Program. We’ll end the week with our Talent for A Cause Play this evening! I can’t wait to see our 5th grade performers!
Pride Month - Teachers have started projects to celebrate pride month in support of our MJ LBGQT families. Over the next two weeks we will be decorating the fence along the bus lane with messages around kindness and inclusion. Feel free to stop by, this weekend or next, and add any messages of support and kindness to the fence.
PMC KIDS RIDE - One of the most popular PMC Kids Rides is held right here at Martha Jones School. We hope for a great turnout of live riders this year, after two years of virtual rides only. Kids can decorate their bikes and there are different routes for different ages so everyone can participate, even our kindergarten students. Please link here for additional information.
Westwood Celebrates Juneteenth - We will be closed on Monday, June 20th in recognition of Juneteenth. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. We look forward to the celebrations of Juneteenth that are being planned, including events hosted by Westwood METCO and Hale Education on Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19 linked here.
Masons Angel Fund - The Mason Angel Fund is a fund supported by the Mason’s and provides resources such as grocery store cards, clothing gift cards, glasses, camp fees, etc. to families in need. This program is confidential and the funds are administered through Westwood Public Schools and/or Westwood Youth and Family Services. If you need assistance, please reach out to me or to WYFC and we can reach out to the Angel Fund on your behalf. The Angel Fund does not collect names and information is confidential.
Field Day will be held on June 10th (raindate, June 13th). Thank you to Pat Foley and Tina Collins for organizing this event. Parent volunteers are welcome, sign up sheets went home last week. If you did not yet sign up and would like to, or have questions, please reach out to Tina Collins, Any questions please email Tina Collins at email@example.com, or Pat Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org
The end of the year is fast approaching. A few reminders:
- Please be sure to stop by lost and found on field day to gather any belongings left behind this year.
- Donna Olson, the MJ principal for 2022-2023, will start on July 1st. She can be reached at email@example.com after July 1st.
- Class Placement letters will go out mid to late August - class placements are final.
- Information regarding the start of the year, important dates, etc., will go out in the summer letter. The first day back for students in grades 1-12 is Wed., August 31st. The 2022-2023 calendar is here.
PTO Update 6/16/22
On behalf of the MJ PTO, we wanted to thank everyone for their time and energy to help make this a memorable year for all the students, faculty, and staff.
We wish you all a fun and safe summer.
PTO MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY - CLOSES JULY 1st
The PTO Membership directory formerly known as A-to-Z will shut down on July 1st for system upgrades and go live next school year.
SUMMER IS HERE - TIME TO LABEL
Go to campaigns.mabelslabels.com and enter “Martha Jones PTO” as the fundraiser you would like to support. You can even order the “combo label pack” with the MJ logo. By purchasing any of the labels via our fundraiser, you will receive free shipping (labels are mailed directly to your address) and the PTO will receive 20% of your purchase.
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 Cat Sonis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Klaene at email@example.com.