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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

January 2017 

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

Message from the Principal 

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We are looking for a few extra pairs of snowpants and/or boots. It feels like we are halfway through the winter and have been very lucky with the weather.  Most days we are able to go out for recess; which is certainly the students’ preference.  There are a few students each day who forget their snowpants and/or boots.  If you have snowpants and/or boots at home that your child has outgrown, we could use a few extra pairs to have on hand for emergencies.  Especially sizes that would fit the K - 2 students.  If you are able to donate any “extras” to school, please send them to the school office, clearly marked as a donation.  Thank you!!


Spelling Bee - I’m always so impressed with the number of students who participate in the Spelling Bee.  Thank you to all of our student participants and to all of our parents for their support.  Unfortunately, I missed the “Bee” this year due to illness, but I was thrilled to hear our grade 5 team came in 1st place.  Congratulations to team Alphabet Soup starring Joshua Hua, Jeffrey Pan, Kiernan Wang and Deerfield student, Jason Guo, on their 1st place win. And to all of our super spellers, - “Way To Go!”

Report Cards: Just a reminder that report cards will be mailed home on Friday, January 27th. Our teachers spend a tremendous amount of time evaluating student work, analyzing formal and informal assessments, and reviewing conferencing notes to prepare each child’s report card and academic and behavioral comments. We hope that the information on your child’s report card gives you a good understanding of your child’s strengths and goal areas.  If you have any questions about your child’s report card or progress, please feel free to contact his/her teacher.  


Spirit Day

On Friday, January 27th, the Martha Jones students and staff will be celebrating the many diverse cultures and countries in the world with a Country Spirit Day. Students can dress up as a country that they emigrated from, a country their parents or grandparents are originally from, or even a country that they have visited or would like to go on vacation to. Students could dress up in in a color to represent their country, like all green to celebrate Ireland, or as a symbol of their country like a Maple Leaf from Canada. They could wear clothing with a flag of the country on it, or they could also dress up in traditional clothes from that chosen country. We look forward to celebrating all the different countries and cultures from around the world.


Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals :  

While I understand that there are times when students need to arrive late to school or be dismissed early, tardies and dismissals can interrupt not only your child’s day, but the classroom as well.  Please make every effort to have your child in school by 8:45 (students should be sitting at their desks ready to learn at 8:50) and stay in school until the bell rings at 3:10.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.



While it is extremely important that students are in school each day, we certainly recognize that there are times when students are ill. If your child is not feeling well, please be sure to keep him/her home. Our goal is to keep all students and teachers healthy and safe. If your child is absent, please be sure to call the school office at 781-326-7500 x6321 by 8:30am. Thank you!


Kindergarten Registration - If you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2017, or know of a neighbor or friend with a kindergarten eligible child, registration begins on Monday, January 23rd and runs through Friday, March 10th.  Information will be mailed home on Monday, January 23rd to all families with kindergarten eligible children


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What do 5 Wits and Escape the Room have in common?  They are both live-action, reality-based experiences that require teamwork and problem solving. How can educators deliver a similarly exciting, collaborative and challenging scenario to the classroom? Breakout Edu is one solution. The main premise is to open a series of locks to gain access to a wooden box within a set time period.  If designed properly, with little to no direction, students are literally and figuratively required to “Think outside the box.” Persistence, trial-and-error, inferential thinking, attention to small details, clear communication and leadership qualities  are on display during a game session. Recently, our 5th graders had an opportunity try it out for the first time. Using knowledge of multiplication, division, order-of-operations, fractions, place value and geometric solids, students had to piece together clues to open a set of online word and numeric locks. Along the way, subtle hints to the combination of the “master” directional lock were provided. In the end, everyone Broke Out! Moving forward, the plan is to design new game experiences for other grade levels across the curriculum.   ~ Tech Tidbit blog


School Share for Students in Grades 2 - 5 - If you child has a special talent, skill, or hobby, please encourage him/her to participate in our school share.  Check out this link for info.


PTO News and Updates


Dining Out Fundraiser: Islington Pizza Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

15 percent of your order at Islington Pizza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be donated back to the PTO. Click here for the flyer. Islington Pizza is at 315 Washington Street in Westwood. Not valid on delivery.


Volunteers needed for Martha Jones Book Fair Committee

We are in need of volunteers to join the Book Fair Committee. If you can help out or would like more information, please contact Lee Ann Cote at


Save the Date: 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! 


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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