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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


Click here for the full edition of this week's Leaps and Bounds


The Martha Jones Student sent 154 lbs of Candy to the Troops.  Thank you for your donations!

Message from the Principal 

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Your Family

Thank you - I want to wish all of our students, families, and staff a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. It is the perfect day to honor traditions, visit family, eat too much, watch too much football, play games, and take a catnap (or long snooze) after eating piles of turkey. I’m thrilled that all three of my sons will be home again this year to enjoy the holiday with my husband and me, as well as our extended family.


As you think about all the things that you have to be thankful for, please take a moment to remember all the men, women, and children who are not as fortunate as many of us, those who may not have a family to spend the day with, or a warm meal to eat.  Remember the veterans and active service members and all of the people affected by war, poverty, and illness and give thanks for the joys in your life.


Please note that school reopens for students on Tuesday, November 28th.  Staff members will participate in a full day on Professional Development on November 27, 2017.


Conferences - Thank you for your attendance at parent teacher conferences.  Partnering with parents is critical to the success of the school community as well as each individual student.  I appreciate the positive feedback that I receive from parents after conferences.  Teachers work hard to ensure they know each individual student and his/her strengths and growth areas.  Feeling connected to their school community and feeling like someone at school knows them and cares about them is what we strive for with every student at Martha Jones.



Giving Thanks! The Martha Jones School Community continues to give of their time, treasure, and talents to support not only our students and teachers, but the community at large.

A Message from Wellesley Dental Group:


Dear friends,

A huge, heart-felt thank you from the whole Wellesley Dental Group team for your support and participation in our 10th Annual Community Candy Drive. This year was the biggest drive in both size and scope, and we are so grateful for every candy donation and handwritten card. We are certain that our US Troops overseas will be touched by this token of our gratitude.

Please feel free to check out pictures from our community event on our Facebook album. For more details about this year's event, you can visit our blog. Thank you once again! We hope to have your continued participation next year.

Warmly, The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group


Charleston Wrap Fundraiser - We met our goal - $3,719.20.

Parents (family and friends) raised over $3719.20, which goes directly to supporting the Martha Jones PTO enrichment programs and student field trips. Thank you for rallying to help us reach our profit goal.  The items are in and most have been distributed.  


Scrip Fundraising - The Scrips orders are also in. The purchasing of gift cards through Scrip provides direct funding to the Martha Jones PTO.  This program is really a win-win.  Parents get the full value of the gift card and the PTO gets a percentage of the amount. Please pick up your scrips orders in the office.


Parent Volunteers


We have a number of parent volunteers in the building each week.  We have great support

in our library and cafeteria volunteers on a daily basis.  Parents are always willing to an

swer to the call to help with field trips and special classroom activities.  This week I visited Ms. Ankeny’s Fall Festival.  The students and parents were engaged in a number of learning activities based on the “Fall” theme. The students love having their parents help in the classroom and the parents are often having just as much fun as the students.  As one student stated, “Mrs. Tobin, it’s a party in here!”



Dismissal After Special Events - Special Request from the Principal - If you attend a special event in your child’s class, a concert, play, or holiday celebration, I ask that your child remain in school until the end of the day and be dismissed according to his/her normal routine.   Often times when you come in for an event, especially if it is held close to the end of the day,  it may seem easier to take your child home with you. However, it can be very difficult to keep track of all the dismissals, it is disruptive to classrooms when siblings are also dismissed, and it can cause numerous changes to the bus lists.  Every day we account for every student on every bus and every student who goes to a  mini-course, extended day, or carpool.  If a student is being removedfrom a bus, extended day, or a mini-course due to dismissal, that is carefully tracked.  Having large numbers of students dismissed at one time, outside of the normal dismissal routine,  makes it difficult to change the numerous bus lists and track each student.  Student safety is a number one priority for us and I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.



PTO News and Update

Please Place Orders Online by Wednesday November 29th!

Students have completed their art masterpieces, and the final artwork and ordering instructions was sent home last Friday.  This year all orders will be placed online.

Original Works is an art program that ties directly into Mrs. Pasquan’s Art Curriculum at Martha Jones, designed to encourage creativity and student self-esteem. The pride and excitement that our students get from seeing their artwork transformed into special keepsakes is truly wonderful. Whether it’s something you treasure for years to come, or give as a unique and special gift, Original Works products are fun and practical for any season or occasion--and they make GREAT holiday gifts for your entire family!

Proceeds from the fundraiser come directly back to Martha Jones and fund our PTO sponsored programs. Last year our profits raised over $2000, and we are hoping we can meet or rise above that this year!


Please check out our display case in the Martha Jones school entrance where you can see samples of the products that you can order.  For more information about the Original Works program, visit, or contact Nancy Blessing at or Denise Cahill at


Amazon Smile


You can support Martha Jones PTO while you do your holiday shopping with Amazon Smile!  Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your Martha Jones PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price the Martha Jones PTO.  Keep Amazon Smile bookmarked and use it every time you shop!


Library Volunteers-Looking for help in Hartwell and Pontes Classes

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.


Mark Your Calendars

Please join your fellow Martha Jones parents at our PTO meetings this year:

December 5, 2017

March 6, 2018

May 8, 2018

All Martha Jones parents are welcome!  Meetings are held in the library at 7:00pm.


Save The Date

Martha Jones Parent Social Saturday March 3




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 Megan Brenk at




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