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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.  


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Message from the Principal


THANK YOU!!! - I want to thank all of the parents/guardians who recognize me and the staff during the holiday season.  From a simple thank you, to a special note, to homemade cards, family photo cards, student made gifts, home-baked goodies, store bought yummies, gift certificates (under $50. to comply with ethics rules :), to a few bottles of wine, or a special mug, it is very kind to be recognized at this special time of year. I want to thank each and every one of you, not only for your recognition and gifts, but for your support, patience, understanding, openness, and commitment to our school community all year long.

This week the Westwood Public schools sponsored two wonderful events:

Courageous Conversations About Race with Dr. Carroll Blake and Dr. Patricia Kelly.  This interactive presentation helped us to become more comfortable discussing difficult topics and raised our awareness of how seeing things from another’s perspective might open us up to new ideas or opportunities for growth.

The Westwood Public Schools along with SEPAC also hosted a screening on Intelligent Lives - “From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.”  We had the special privilege of having Emma Fialka-Feldman’ join us for the  presentation. Emma is the sister of Micah, one of the stars of the movie. Emma was able to give us first hand information about supporting a path to independence for a young adult living with disabilities. She also updated us on the young adults in the film, which was a wonderful treat.


Mini Courses - Mini Course registration will open at 7:00 am on Monday, January 14th and run through January 18th.  Courses will start on January 28th. The link registration link will be sent via school messenger at 7:00 am on Monday and will be posted on our Facebook page.  Many classes fill up quickly, having registration start at 7:00 has seemed to give the most people access at the same time. Thank you for supporting these fun and engaging courses for students. There are a few new offerings this time, check them out.


Report Cards - Report cards will be mailed home on Friday, January, 25th.  Teachers put a tremendous amount of time into making sure the report card provides you with a snapshot of how your child is doing in school.  However, report cards can not capture everything. If you have any question, concerns, comments, or input regarding your child’s success in school, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Fostering each child’s individual growth for successful academic, social, and emotional outcomes in a safe learning environment is our number one priority and requires strong parent partnerships.  Your input is welcomed and valued.


Budget - Superintendent Parks will present the FY’ 20 budget at the school committee meeting on Tuesday, January 15th.  The budget aligns with our district priorities and allows for us to offer outstanding educational opportunities to all students. We continue to focus on ensuring strong academic outcomes; kind, creative, and curious students;  innovative teaching and learning; support programs and enrichment activities for all; and highly qualified staff who care deeply about our students. As always, school committee meetings are open meetings with opportunities for citizen input and I encourage you to attend.


Carpool - As the winter approaches fewer students walk and bike to school, which means more cars in carpool.  Remember to have your child’s name printed largely on a piece of paper in the passenger side window to help carpool move along quickly.  If your child needs assistance getting in and out of the car, please park and pick up your child and wait until carpool cars have exited to exit the parking area.  No parking on Spruce Drive or in the cul-de-sac to pick up. You must pick up in the carpool lane or park in the front on the school. We want to keep all areas safe for walkers.


Lost and Found is Filling Up - All students should be wearing winter clothing for outdoors.  This means hats, coats, mittens, and snow pants and boots when snowing.  All students go out for recess, expect for on the rare occasion it is below 20 degrees outside at the time of recess.  PLEASE label all clothing/boots.


Smart Watches and other Devices - Hopefully you saw my previous email, but a number of students received Smart watches and other electronic type jewelry and watches for Hanukkah and Christmas.  These items should be kept at home. The school can not be responsible for these devices. Young children tend to misplace items easily. In addition, many of these devices allow for texting and taking photos.  Students are not allowed to photograph or record on private devices at any time during school or on the way to and from school (the bus, etc.). If your child must have a device in school (i.e. some of our older students have cell phones to allow them to contact parents when they get home from school, or in case of an emergency walking to and from school), the device should be kept in his/her backpack at all times.


PTO News and Update 

Winter/Spring MINI COURSES

The Martha Jones PTO is pleased to announce that registration will open on Monday, January 14th for the Winter/Spring session of the after school Mini-Course Program! Mini Courses will begin on January 28 th and run through April 5 th, with the week of April 8th reserved for make-ups. The session is ten weeks, but there will be 9 classes because of February vacation:

M - 10 weeks (No class 2/18); 9 class sessions

T - 10 weeks (No class 2/19); 9 class sessions

Th - 10 Weeks (No class 2/21); 9 class sessions

F - 10 weeks (No class 2/22); 9 class sessions


Please note that Registration will open on Monday, January 14 th, and run through January 18th. Mrs. Tobin will send out an email with a link to the registration site at 7:00am on January 14 th, and a link will also be posted on the PTO Facebook page.


See the following link to find out more about the mini courses on offer this session:



Please save the date for this year's MJ Parent Social! The party will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. at The German Club is on the Westwood/Walpole line. There will be a DJ, cash-bar, silent auction and teacher experience auction. This is a kid-free event, so book your sitters now!



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 Erica Howe at


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