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


March 2017 

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

Message from the Principal 

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Luau - A huge Thank You to our Luau committee.  The event was held this past Saturday evening at the German Club and a great time was had by all.  I had the privilege of stopping by and joining the fun.  The hard work of the committee paid off.  The event was well attended, the classroom baskets that were raffled off were amazing, and the teacher experiences were a big hit (Thank you to the teachers and parents who donated items for the raffle).  The raffle raised over $10,000 for the PTO.  The funds support enrichment programs, field trips, and special purchases (usually requests that I make 😊). In the past the funds have helped purchase Chromebooks, Artist in Residence Programs, and the Martha Jones mosaic sign out front.  


What’s Happening This Month At Martha Jones - March is talking MJ by storm, literally.  Not only is the weather wild, there is much going on in the school.  We are in the middle of March Madness, our Read-A-Thon is now underway, the Book Fair is coming to an end, we had our last sessions of Crocodile River Dance (check out this cute video clip), the Music and Phys. Ed. departments are in the midst of parent visits, and kindergarten registration for FY ‘18 has just come to a close.  It’s great to see so many parents in the building each day, supporting students and teachers.  


Staffing Update - Kate Eysie, our lunch room monitor has taken an Instructional Assistant position at Martha Jones.  Congratulations to Kate. This left an opening in our lunchroom for a lunch monitor.  I’m pleased to announce that Ms. Kelly Niland has taken the position of lunch monitor.  Kelly comes highly recommended and has experience with children of all ages, teaching in camps, summer programs, and running birthday parties at the Y.  I remember the many birthday parties my sons had with all their friends at the Y and know that this experience is certainly helpful to someone supervising a number of students in the cafeteria.  




March Motto Madness -  Each March, we challenge the students to step up their commitment to our school motto - WORK HARD, BE YOUR BEST SELF, DO THE RIGHT THING.  Each grade level participates in a friendly competition to gain points for getting “caught” living the motto.  This may be putting in extra effort in class, being kind to others, showing respect for the school community, helping to solve a problem, walking quietly in the hall, etc.  The grade level with the most points at the end of the month will play the teachers in a March Madness Basketball game in April.  This is a fun way to re-energize students to be good citizens as we head into the last part of the school year.  



Spirit Day - Friday, March 24th - Book Character

Please join us in showing your school spirit by dressing up as a famous book character. For example, you could dress up as Curious George, Clifford, Harry Potter, Hermione, Matilda, Percy Jackson, Junie B. Jones, The Cat In The Hat, the Lorax, or even the B.F.G.  Be as creative as you like, and dress to impress! We look forward to seeing the Martha Jones School turned into one giant book full of crazy characters.




Family Health and Fitness Night - Friday, March 24th  

The tenth annual Martha Jones Family Health and Fitness Night will be held here on Friday, March 24, from 6-7:30 PM.  This will be a fun night of education and activity.  We have planned many different interactive booths and stations ranging from reaching your target heart rate on a moon walk, to the importance of family skin care.  These activities are scheduled to be held both indoors and outdoors.  Our goal is to re-emphasize the importance of keeping your body healthy and fit to promote lifelong wellness.  If you have any specific knowledge or skills in the area of health or fitness, we would love to talk to you about the possibility of donating your time and expertise.  Please contact Celeste Mahoney or Pat Foley to set up a time to talk.  A big thank you goes out to our generous PTO for sponsoring this event.  Please join us on 03/24/17.  There will be more information in the coming weeks.  Get ready to get moving!

Thank you, Celeste Mahoney and Pat Foley



Tech Tidbit - Recently, grade two students participated in a series of lessons about the internet, online safety and the district’s CLEAR policy. The following concepts were introduced:

  1. The internet is millions of connected computers and devices that communicate and share information. In other words, a world-wide network of computers.

  2. The internet is a tool that can be used to find information, play games, shop, enjoy music, pictures and videos, communicate with friends and family and get work accomplished.

  3. The internet is like a neighborhood (there are safe places and places that are not safe)

  4. Key safety points: 1) ask parents first, 2) only communicate with friends & family, 3) stick to “just right places”, 4) don't share personal information 5) use strong passwords, 6) report cyberbullying

It is not too late to sign up for TECH Us Out on March 30 from 7-8pm.  


Box Top Winners - Congratulations to Mrs. Kyvelos and Mrs. Hartwell’s classes for winning the Box Top Challenge.  Mrs. Hartwell’s class came in with 478 box tops and Mrs. Kyvelos’ class with 296.  The students will participate in kick ball game once the weather warms up.  

Registration is open for the Martha Jones S.T.E.A.M. Event (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) S.T.E.M. Fair and Art Show.   The STEAM fair is an annual event for students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math projects and present to the Martha Jones community. Scientists can work individually or in groups of 2 or 3 (Group Max is 3 to ensure that all students in the group participate and to help with space needs during the presentation).  It is also an event showcasing student Art work with music from the Jazz band.     There is lots more information and project ideas linked here:

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30-7:45p

Register by April 7  ... Registration:

Please encourage your child to participate, this is a great event and the kids love it.



PTO News and Updates


Dining For A Cause: Not Your Average Joe’s, Westwood. March 21, 28, and 29

15% of your total purchase, excluding alcohol, at Not Your Average Joe’s in Westwood on March 21, 28 and 29 will be donated to the PTO. Present this certificate.

Not Your Average Joe’s is located at 70 University Ave. in Westwood.


Read-A-Thon: March 15 through March 29

Starting Wednesday, March 15th - Wednesday, March 29th Martha Jones students will be participating in our 10th annual Read-A-Thon. The event is designed to encourage children to read beyond their current daily amounts and team up with the whole school to stress the importance and fun in reading.

Click here for the Certificates that indicate one hour of reading. As your child completes one hour of reading, either independently or with an adult, we ask that you sign one of the certificates and send it to the school.

These will be collected by the teachers and sent to the main office. We will then tally the amount of reading on a daily basis and create a chart in the hallway showing the children’s progress by class. Extra certificates can be printed from the MJ website.

The class that logs the most hours of reading through the two-week period will receive a pizza party. There will be one winning class for grades K & 1, one winning class for grades 2 & 3 and one winning class for grades 4 & 5. The winning classes will be announced on Thursday, March 30.

If you have any questions regarding the Read-A-Thon, please feel free to contact Megan Brenk, or Audra DiDonato,


Rock-On Adventure, Kids Ninja Warrior Event: Wednesday March 29 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids ages 6-12 will have a blast in our drop off Kids Ninja Warrior event. In this event they will be going on different obstacles including cargo nets, peg boards, zip-lines, warped wall, jumping through the air to different obstacles.

This event is a high energy fun event where kids will be given score cards so that they may score themselves. Space is limited. $20 per child. Click here to register.


Save the Dates: Other Upcoming School Events

Martha Jones Health and Fitness Night: Friday, March 24

Family Night: Friday, April 28

STEAM Event: Thursday, May 4


Volunteers Needed for School Directory 2017/2018

Volunteers are needed to help put together the Martha Jones School Directory for next year. If you’d like to help, please reach out to Lee Ann Cote 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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