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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


This past week we celebrated National Inclusive Schools week. This year’s theme was Kaleidoscope of Friends. Students read stories about including others, friendships, and what makes each of us unique.  The students read books about how we each have things about us that are different and thing about us that are the same Many classrooms read the book, The Day You Began, by Jacqueline Woodson. This is a story encourages children to find the beauty in their own lives and share it with the world.  Sharing our own stories help us connect to others. Psychologist and Hanlon parent Dr. Emily Mohr will facilitate a parent discussion about inclusion beginning with a focus on Jacqueline Woodson’s The Day You Begin, at the Hanlon School on Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm.  All Westwood parents are invited to attend. You do not need to read the book to attend, the conversation is really about supporting students and working to ensure each students feels that his/her story is important.


This is a great time to speak with your child about including others, being kind to friends and classmates, working to build relationships with students they may not know, or including others that may be excluded at times.  While we work hard to ensure that every child feels important and included at Martha Jones, there are still times when students are unkind to each other, exclude students, or don’t include others who might not “be like them.”  It always saddens me when I speak with a student who might feel lonely, left out, or not connected to others in the school community. Having just one other student reach out and say, “Want to play with us today?” can truly change a child’s day around.  Please be sure to reinforce the concepts of kindness and inclusion in conversations with your child.


Message from the MJ Student Council

The Student Council would like to announce its first spirit day of the year. Pajama Day will take place on December 21st, the last Friday before the school vacation. Students are welcome to wear everything from sweatpants and a sweatshirt to a pair of pink, fluffy, bunny slippers!  Happy Holidays and Merry Pajama Day!


Outdoor Play - At Martha Jones, we go outside almost everyday, even in the winter.  We ask you to please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor weather.  This means coats, hats, mittens, and pants or leggings, as well as snow pants and boots when it is snowing. Unless it is dangerously cold (typically, less than 20℉ and/or windy) we go out each day. Be sure all clothing is labeled, many students have black winter boots, similar coats, and the same hats and mittens.  


Enrichment Activities - A special thanks to the PTO for providing special experiences to our students!  This week, the Grade 3 students got a special treat as they begin learning the recorder.

David Coffin - Exploring the Early Winds - A Recorder Concert and Program Covering the History of the Recorder

Grade 3 students were entertained and wowed by David Coffin.  Demonstrating his early wind instruments, David uses his humor and vitality to delight students with his wonderful presentation.  From the pennywhistle to the Scottish pibgorn, students learn about the different sounds they make, how the instruments have changed over the years, and where and when they may have been used.   


Don’t Forget - The 5th grade play is this Friday evening, December 14th at 6:30PM.  All students and families are welcome to come and cheer on our 5th graders. Bake goods will be available for sale to support the 5th grade scholarship.  This year’s play is the Pirates of Grammar Island. These plays are always a treat, come by and support our students.


Lost and Found - It’s that time of year, when clothes start piling up.  PLEASE be sure your child’s coats, boots, and snowpants are labeled with his or her name. There are already some beautiful and expensive winter coats in lost and found.  All items left in lost in found over the holiday break will be donated to charity, so please stop by and check it out.


PTO News and Update 


Keeping with tradition for the Martha Jones 5th graders, there are a number of end of year activities that take place, and we need volunteers to make all of these special memories happen for our 5th graders. Please
consider donating your time. If we can all pitch in there will be little work for everyone. Please sign up on the links below for each committee. If you are willing to be committee chair, please put your name in one of
the first two slots. Donna Tobin and Mr. Bartlett (Grade 5 Rep) would like to meet with Committee Chairs on Friday, December 14th at 10:30am, immediately following the 5th grade winter concert.  


Click Here for Celebration Committee – Need 5-6 parents

This committee is responsible for organizing the end of the year celebration held for all the MJ 5th grade students. This event will be held on Wednesday, June 6th (last ½ Wed.).  

Click Here for Yearbook Committee – Need 2-3 parents

This committee is responsible for helping the Grade 5 teachers collect photos for the yearbook. Responsibilities include gathering photos (including baby photos from parents), taking pictures at events, etc. The yearbook will be given out to students on the last few days of school allowing them to have a signing party.


Click Here for FUNdraising/Class Gift Committee – Need 4-5 parents

This committee is responsible for organizing FUNdraisers (bake sales, raffles etc…) throughout the school year raising money for the 5th grade class year end events and class gift (Martha Jones Scholarship Award), given on behalf of the 5th grade class. All 5th grade parents are encouraged to help support this committee by baking goods, etc. The next bake sale will be at the 5th grade play. The play has a pirate theme, so any related goodies might be fun to sell.

There will be additional opportunities to help out throughout the year if you are not directly on any of these committees; we hope we can count on you when the time comes. Thank you!

Please contact Rachel Lipton at or Donna Tobin or Mr. Bartlett with any questions.


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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