Work Hard, Be Your Best Self, Do The Right Thing

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

April 2017 

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

Message from the Principal 


Holidays and Vacations are upon us.  To those of you who have been celebrating Passover this past week, and those who will be celebrating Easter this weekend, I hope this season brings peace and reflection. And, for those of you looking forward to school vacation week, I hope you get some fun in the sun and a little time to enjoy the little ones.


Talent For A Cause - Over 72 Martha Jones students performed in Talent for A Cause this past Friday.  A special thanks to Ms. McDonough and Ms. Pickering for leading this mini course and to Ms. McDonnell and Ms. Pettit for their help.  This event not only allows students the opportunity to share their talents and participate in a school show, it raises money for a great cause.  This year, through the generous donations of the audience members, over $1500 was raised for the Westwood Community Chest.  Way to Go everyone!


March Motto Madness - Congratulations to the Grade 3 students for winning the March Motto Madness Contest. Classes were rewarded basketball points for getting “caught” living the school motto - Work Hard, Be Your Best Self, Do The Right Thing.  3rd graders will take on teachers in a school basketball game on May 5th during the school day.  Other students will be invited to cheer the teachers (or the grade 3 team) on!


Family Fun Night - Friday, April 28th at 6:30.  This year’s theme is Minute to Win It (similar to last year with some new games and added fun).  Family Fun night is open to all MJ students and their families.  Come out and celebrate our school community.  More information in the PTO Section.  


Save the Date - Grade 5 Basketball Fundraiser on May 10th (rain date May 17th) at 5:30.  All MJ students and parents are welcome to play - $5.00 per player for game and free throw contest at half-time.  1st half will be grade K-4 students/parents vs. grade 5 students. At ½ time there will be a Free Throw contest for all paying participants, and 2nd half will be grade 5 parents vs. grade 5 students.  All money will go towards the grade 5 scholarship fund for a graduating Westwood High School student who attended Martha Jones.  Many more details and registration forms will be available after vacation.


STEAM EVENT - Last minute registrations will be accepted, sign up now!  NOTE DATE CHANGE TO MAY 2ND, 6:30 - 7:45PM -  Registration is open for the Martha Jones S.T.E.A.M. Event (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) S.T.E.M. Fair and Art Show.   The STEAM fair is an annual event for students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math projects and present to the Martha Jones community. Scientists can work individually or in groups of 2 or 3 (Group Max is 3 to ensure that all students in the group participate and to help with space needs during the presentation).  It is also an event that showcases student Artwork and music from the Jazz band.     There is lots more information and project ideas linked here:


Registration has been extended (beyond the original April 7 deadline)  ... Registration:

Please encourage your child to participate; this is a great event and the kids love it.


Even if you are not participating in the STEM fair, please save the date - May 2nd.  This is a Martha Jones Community night for all families to come out and enjoy the art show, jazz band, and STEM projects.  


Mrs. Pasquan Needs Your Help - No Heavy Lifting or Art Experience Needed:  Mrs. Pasquan is looking for parent volunteers to help prepare and hang artwork for the upcoming Art Night celebration.  She is specifically looking for help during the following times:  


Tuesday, April 25th, 3:30-6:30PM   

Thursday, April 27th, 10am-4:30PM

Monday, May 1st, 9:00AM-3:00PM  

Tuesday, May 2nd, 9:00AM-1:00PM


If you are willing and available, please add your name to the following Google Doc, or contact her directly at  Thank you for considering.




Eshu Bumpus Entertains MJ Students While Teaching Important Writing and Storytelling Skills -

A special thank you to the PTO for funding our whole school share.  While many of our enrichment programs and field trips are grade level based, each year I like to have at least two enrichment programs that the entire school can share in together.  Last week Eshu Bumpus was here sharing his wonderful stories with students in Kindergarten through grade 5.  In addition to his whole school presentations, he met with each grade 2 and grade 3 class to teach students the art of storytelling and writing.  The feedback from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive.  Thank you for your support.  IMG_1101.JPGIMG_0819.JPG

Tech Tidbit -  On Thursday, March 30th more than 40 parents from across district attended the Tech Us Out night at Martha Jones. The evening was designed as an opportunity to experience the technology 3rd through 5th grade students use regularly. Participants used student Chromebooks and joined a Google Classroom. They created a short friendly letter and then shared it with their child. Another activity required everyone to simultaneously work on a shared document. The Google Read & Write extension and voice-to-text input were also reviewed. The event concluded with a self-paced scavenger hunt while exploring Google Drive. In the end, the event was all about helping parents gain familiarity with the technology students use so they can better assist the learning process at home.  If you ever have questions or are just having trouble with the technology please don’t hesitate to reach out for support.


PTO News and Updates


Shining Star Award 2017: Help Nominate Celeste Mahoney, our beloved school nurse

The Foundation for Westwood Education has a new fundraising initiative to recognize a special individual whose extraordinary contributions to the Westwood Public Schools, Westwood Public Library or any other educational resources in town.

Please help us nominate Celeste Mahoney, the Martha Jones School Nurse! To nominate your Shining Star, please submit your nomination along with a minimum donation of $5 for each nomination (What better cause than Foundation for Westwood Education!).  

Submissions due by April 15. Click here.


Dining Out Fundraiser: Tuesday, April 25 at Chipotle in Westwood

Come support Martha Jones PTO at Chipotle at 217 University Avenue in Westwood on Tuesday, April 25 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

50 percent of your order will be donated to the PTO. Bring this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Martha Jones Family Night:  Friday April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Have fun competing in Minute to Win It games.  The games are challenging and fun as you compete against the clock to see if you can complete the task in less than one minute. 

There will be Arts and Crafts as well as refreshments.  There is no cost to attend this family event. 

We please ask if you could bring a donation for the Westwood Food Pantry as your admission fee.  This is not a drop off event and all activities are being held inside the school building.

We need a lot of volunteers in order for this night to be a success.  Please click on the volunteer link here and sign up.  The volunteer slots are only 30 minutes.


PMC Kids Ride – Sunday May 21st – Register Now!

Please join the Westwood community in supporting the 10th annual PMC Kid’s Ride Sunday, May 21st at 8:30 am at the Martha Jones School. Register soon by clicking here, pick your route and start your fundraising.

This feel good event is such a great way to start the day and make a big difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteer registration is also open and we welcome parents and teens 14 and older.


Save the Dates: Other Upcoming School Events

STEAM Event: Tuesday, May 2


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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