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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


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Message from the Principal 

Please Join Us!  - Our 2nd PTO meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, December 5th 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!


Don’t Let the Holiday Rush Get You Down - 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.


Support Available - If you need support this holiday season, or know of a Martha Jones family who may need support, please let me know.  There are organizations that reach out to the schools each year, to provide support to families in need, including purchasing gifts for students, etc.


Grade 5 Chorus

The grade 5 chorus Winter Music Performance will be Fri., Dec. 15 at 2:00 in the Dining Room. This performance is for parents and families of grade 5 students. Students should stay in school until dismissal and go home according to their normal dismissal routine.  If you’re child will be not be going home as scheduled, please send in a note, that morning, so we can be sure bus lists are accurate.  

Grade 5 Play - Many grade 5 students have been working carefully over the past few weeks, during their mini-course, to put together a fun and entertaining performance.  The grade 5 mini-course play will be held on Friday, December 15th at 6:30 at Martha Jones School.  All students are invited to attend and many of the younger students truly enjoy the performance.  They love seeing their school mates up on stage.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted for the Grade 5 Scholarship/Class Gift fund.  We hope to see you there.  The grade 5 students love to have an audience.  


News from the Nurses Office - Mrs. Shu


The school year is off to a great start! I have had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of the students and parents at Martha Jones over the past few months. The students have made my transition into the school year and new role seamless.

The mandated screenings are underway and will be completed within the next two weeks.  Students in grades K-3 have both vision and hearing screened.  Students in grades 4 and 5 have vision only.  If your child does not pass, he/she will be rescreened.  If he/she fails a second time, I will send a referral letter home to you via your child.  No news is good news!  If you do not hear from me, that means that your child successfully passed the screening(s).


Whether we like it or not, the cold and flu season is upon us.  Most colds are caused by viruses, but symptoms to keep children home include fever greater than 100, vomiting (GI or stomach bug), or a constant cough that is causing the student discomfort. Even if your child does not have a fever or a cough, if he/she is not feeling well and and is too sick to participate in all school activities, please keep him/her home from school.  This helps keep other students healthy and gives your child a chance to recover.  I will be visiting all the classrooms within the next few weeks to discuss health topics including hand washing and things we can do to try and stay healthy.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues, concerns, or questions regarding your child’s health and well-being:  or (781)326-7500 x6263

Teacher Gifts

As we approach the holiday season. many parents ask about gifts.  Teacher gifts are optional and no one should feel obligated to participate.  However, if you are considering a teacher gift, or contributing to a class gift, please note that public employees, including teachers, are not permitted to accept personal gifts with a value of $50 or higher.  Class gifts up to $150 may be given if the gift is identified as only being from the class and the identity of individual givers  and/or amounts are not identified to the recipient.  


Tech Tidbit

The students in 4W put on their thinking caps to solve a digital Breakout EDU. Success hinged on teamwork and the ability to apply knowledge of latitude & longitude, map scale and keys, and the use of an atlas to identify states & capitals. Decoding the numeric and alpha-numeric locks required literal and figurative thinking outside the box. ~   Previous Tidbits


PTO News and Update


Bamboo Dining Out Fundraiser-TONIGHT-December 12


On December 12 from 5:30-8:30 enjoy a wonderful dinner and help support the Martha Jones School.  Simply mention the fundraiser and 20% of all sales will be donated to the PTO.  Bamboo’s has been very generous to the Martha Jones PTO in the past and we appreciate their (and your) continued support.

See flyer here


5th Grade Class Gift

The 5th Graders are beginning to fundraise for their Class Gift. It provides a scholarship to a Westwood High School graduate who attended Martha Jones. Be on the lookout at the 5th Grade Play and the Band/Chorus Concert on December 15th.  At the play, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. There will also be a gift basket raffle. 5th grade parents are encouraged to donate snacks or beverages for the sale. Donations can be dropped off at the office. 

Click Here to Sign Up


Amazon Smile


You can support Martha Jones PTO while you do your holiday shopping with Amazon Smile!  Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your Martha Jones PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price the Martha Jones PTO.  Keep Amazon Smile bookmarked and use it every time you shop!


Library Volunteers-Looking for help in Hartwell and Pontes Classes

Duties consist of helping children find books, check out, reshelf and organize books. The library volunteer coordinator will be in touch with the class schedules for the library. Click here if you can help in the library.


Mark Your Calendars

Please join your fellow Martha Jones parents at our PTO meetings this year:

March 6, 2018

May 8, 2018

All Martha Jones parents are welcome!  Meetings are held in the library at 7:00pm.

Save The Date-Book Your Babysitters!

Martha Jones Parent Social Saturday March 3

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!




If you have an event or notice for our PTO update, please email it to PTO Co-Secretary Megan Brenk at




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