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

May 2017 

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

Message from the Principal 



Join Us at a Celebration for Mrs. Mahoney - On Thursday, June 1st from 3:30 to 4:30 we invite all parents and students to join us in the Martha Jones Library to say farewell to Celeste Mahoney.


Mrs. Mahoney will be retiring at the end of the school year - after more than 20 years at Martha Jones School! Mrs. Mahoney has touched each student in our school and we hope you’ll take a minute to stop by and thank her for all of her compassion, kindness, and commitment to your child’s health and well-being.


End of Year - We are heading into the final stretch and working hard to keep students motivated and engaged in their learning community.  This is an exciting time of year for students; there are lots of field trips, enrichment programs, special events, and classroom projects going on. For some students, it can also be a stressful time of year.  They are thinking about the year coming to a close and asking themselves what next year will bring.  “What will next year be like?” “Will I be ready for the next grade (they will be)?” “Who will be my teacher?”  “Will some of my friends be in my class?”  We all deal with change differently, some heading into it with excitement and joy, and others with nervousness and trepidation. This can be especially true for our 5th graders as they head off to Thurston Middle School.  Have patience and give them a chance to express their concerns, while reassuring them that we are all confident they are ready.  


Memorial Day Program - Today, the students learned about the meaning of Memorial Day and why we celebrate the day (presented by the student council members).  Our 3rd graders shared the meaning of remembrance poppies and learned and recited the poem, In Flanders Fields, and Mrs. Saada-Smith and Mrs. Goldman led the students in a chorus of patriotic songs. FYI - The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, and represents a common or field poppy, Papaver rhoeas. Inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields", and promoted by Moina Michael, they were first adopted by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers killed in that war (1914–1918).


Bus Registration - Bus registration for the 2017 - 2018 is now open and runs through June 30th. All information is available here:  Bus Registration 2017 - 2018


Field Day is Just Around the Corner.  Thank you to all the volunteers!

We are busy preparing for our super fun field day!  This year it is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd (rain date June 9th).  The success of the day depends largely on our volunteers.  This is the most fun day of the entire school year!! You are guaranteed to be surrounded by smiling faces and loads of laughter and fun. We need your help to man the game stations and to assist in serving lunch and clean-up. Please Click here to volunteer.   Any questions, please email Allison Bayer at or Tina Collins at


The Westwood Fire Department Fire Safety Program was provided to all students on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Please be sure to review fire safety plans, escape routes, meeting places, and your address and phone number with your child.  This information could be critical in an emergency!


The Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program is a state initiative to provide fire and life safety education programs in grades K-12. The mission of SAFE is to enable students to recognize the dangers of fire and educate students on safe behavior. There are 23 Key Fire Safety Behaviors that should be taught in age and developmentally appropriate ways, including:

  • Stop, Drop, and Roll

  • Making and Practicing Home Escape Plans or (EDITH)

  • Reporting Fires and Emergencies (911)

  • Crawl Low Under Smoke

  • Smoke Detector awareness

  • Kitchen and Home Safety

  • Holiday Safety

  • Get out and stay out

  • Friendly Firefighter

Tech Tidbit - This very short questionnaire is an effort to gain insight into the conversations that take place at home surrounding internet safety.  If you have a 2nd - 5th grader, please take 2 minutes to respond. Thank you in advance for your time and effort.  





Shining Star - “Thank you”

Last Friday I was delivered a most special surprise.  Thanks to you, I was chosen as the first Shining Star by the Foundation for Westwood Education.  To say I was floored does not explain how I felt.  I am truly honored, humbled and grateful.  I am privileged to have a job that I love so much and allows me to interact with and get to know so many fantastic kids and families. Thank you so very much.  Sincerely, Celeste Mahoney


Tech Tidbit -

Last June, Martha Jones was awarded a grant from Blue Hills Bank to purchase twelve WeDo 2.0 Lego Education Robotic kits. Recently, the kits were used in Ms. Curtin’s and Mrs. Crowley’s grade 3 classrooms.  Working in pairs, students constructed a robot called Milo by following a step-by-step plan. The robot was then connected via Bluetooth to an iPad or Chromebook for the programming aspect. Students were presented three challenges that required a combination of problem solving, collaboration, trial and error, and persistence.  In one challenge, Milo needed to move forward 1 yard, stop and then reverse for 1.5 yards. There are certainly some of tomorrow’s future computer scientists and engineers at the Martha Jones school.  Thank you Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation! ~ Tech Blog



PTO News and Updates



Field Day: June 2, rain date June 9: Volunteer Opportunities - We need you!!

We are busy preparing for our super fun field day!  This year it is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd (rain date June 9th). 

The success of the day depends largely on our volunteers.  This is the most fun day of the entire school year!! You are guaranteed to be surrounded by smiling faces and loads of laughter and fun. We need your help to man the game stations and to assist in serving lunch and clean-up.

Please Click Here to volunteer.   Any questions, please email Allison Bayer at or Tina Collins at


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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