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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

December 2016 

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

Message from the Principal 


Getting Involved in the School Community - Our 2nd PTO meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00.  While it is getting to be that busy time of year, I hope that many of you can attend. From volunteering in the library, to helping in the cafeteria, to planning special events, Martha Jones parents rock!  The success of our school community is due to the support, commitment, and dedication of the wonderful teachers and parents who spend countless hours supporting our children.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to get involved yet, please do so.  We want everyone to feel welcomed and engaged in our school. Let’s hope we have a great turnout!


Holiday Season - As we head into the “Season of Joy”, try not to let the stress of decorating, shopping, and visiting relatives get to you. This time of year can be stressful and difficult for children and adults. Remember the important aspects of the holiday season; to celebrate and enjoy family and friends.  My mother-in-law always said that “Christmas is for Kids and Cops” (not really sure why the cops, maybe people used to give them gifts at Christmas?), but certainly a time for kids.  Having young children this time of year - celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanza - really is special, so enjoy the little ones. As I often say, the time goes by quickly and they grow up so fast, so cherish each moment.  


Tech Tidbit - December 5 - 11 is Computer Science Education Week! CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). I also wrote about this topic on 2/26/16.  

Why is it important for students to learn computer science? Computer science is a foundational field for every 21st century career or field of study. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. Research shows that students who study computer science also perform better at math.

Besides, computer science is where the jobs are. More than 50% of all jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are computing jobs. Some other stats:

Computer science is one of the highest-paid college degrees for new graduates.

Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average -- but there aren’t enough graduates to fill these jobs.

Nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming classes.

In 35 out of 50 states, computer science does not even count toward high school graduation.

(This was reprinted from ~ blog of previous postings

Health Room Happenings from Mrs. Mahoney

The mandated screenings were completed the week before Thanksgiving. Students in grades K-3 had both vision and hearing screened.  Students in grades 4 and 5 had vision only.  If your child did not pass, he/she was rescreened.  If he/she failed a second time,

I sent a referral letter home to you via your child.  In most cases I followed up with an email to you as well.  No news is good news!  If you did not hear from me, that means that your child successfully passed the screening(s).

Checking for Ticks -
Did you think that because the weather is getting cooler, it’s not tick season anymore? If so, you’d be wrong. In fact, in the Northeast, the worst times of year for ticks are the spring (usually April through June) and the fall (usually October and November).  Ticks will attach anywhere, so it’s important to check the whole body. That said, there are some areas they seem to prefer to attach, and even more importantly, where they might go longer undetected. These are areas that provide some protection or cover because they are in skin folds or creases or under hair, including: between the toes, behind the knee, in the groin, in the naval, under the breasts, in the armpits, behind the ears, at the nape of the neck, and on the scalp/under the hair.  I have had very good luck removing ticks with liquid soap on a cotton ball.  Place a glob of liquid soap on the cotton ball and rub it directly on the tick, using a circular motion.  If it doesn’t come off right away, don’t give up.  Just re-apply some liquid soap and change your circular direction.  The tick will come off on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball.  This technique has worked for me every time I have tried it, and it’s much less traumatic for you and your child.  Afterward, cleanse the area where the tick was attached, and apply a dab of antibiotic ointment.    After you have removed the tick, it’s a good idea seal it in a zip-loc baggy. This way, your doctor can see it and decide if it needs to be tested.   Also, it will be in the best condition to be examined. I usually double-bag the tick and tape the edges, because I don’t want it to escape.If the tick is completely flat and you are sure it was only attached a very brief time, chances are good it has not passed on any diseases. However, if it is at all engorged and/or if you’re uncertain how long it was attached, it’s a good idea to speak to or see a doctor right away. An immediate course of a week of doxycycline (an antibiotic) has been shown to reduce the rates of Lyme in people who are bitten by deer ticks.  Your doctor will make that decision!

PTO News and Updates

Original Works Fundraiser: Deadline to order Wednesday, Nov. 30

All orders should be placed online (no manual forms.) You can order by CLICKING HERE.

Please refer to the ordering instructions found on the flyer sent home last week. If you need help locating student information, please contact

Please check out our display case in the Martha Jones school entrance where you can see samples of the products that you can order (new items too).  


PTO General Meeting: Tuesday Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Please join us for our PTO meeting. It will be held in the Martha Jones Library on Tuesday, Dec. 6.


Décor & More: Shop for a Cause: Wednesday, Dec. 14: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come shop for a cause! 20 percent of all purchases made at Décor & More from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 will be donated back to the PTO. Not in the shopping mood? Enjoy some appetizers and wine with other MJ parents at the event. Decor & More is at 695 High St. in Westwood


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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