Dear Martha Jones Families:
Summer greetings from the Martha Jones School. The warm, relaxing days of summer are slipping by quickly, enjoy these last few weeks of summer fun. As many of you know, I love the summer - hot days at the beach are the best!
To all our returning families: welcome back! I look forward to seeing you again and hearing about your summer adventures. To our new families, welcome to the Martha Jones School community. You are going to love it here. I’m looking forward to getting to know you. Please stop in and say, “hello” at any time. September is always an exciting time for students and teachers (and parents). The staff and I are ready to get started. This letter is to provide you with the September calendar and important information regarding the start of school. Our website also has all important dates and information, http://www.westwood.k12.ma.us/martha-jones-school/. Please be sure to check it out. The faculty and I are ready for a fun, learning-filled new school year.
August Schedule -
Tuesday, August 20th from 5:30 - 6:30
New Family Welcome for new students (and their families) entering grades 1 - 5
Tuesday, September 3 - School begins for students in Grades 1-5
Tuesday, September 3 - Kindergarten Open House for Kindergarten students and parents 9:00 AM
Wednesday, September 4th - First Day for Kindergarten Students
Wednesday, September 4th - Wednesday, September 6th - 1/2 days for Kindergarten Students - dismissal at 11:50
Thursday, September 5 - PTO Family Picnic, 5:30pm-7pm
Wednesday, September 11 - Early release: Students dismissed at 11:50 am (No lunch served.)
Wednesday, September 25 - Early release: Students dismissed at 11:50 am (No lunch served.)
Thursday, September 26 - Picture Day/All Grades
Monday, September 30th - No School - Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, October 3rd - Curriculum Night
Monday, October 7th - 6:30 Room Parent Meeting, 7:00 PTO meeting
Wednesday, October 9th - No School - Yom Kippur
Arrival and Departure
Children may arrive on school grounds at 8:30 am when supervision begins. Students in grades 3 through 5 will meet on the playground in back of the school. Students in kindergarten through grade 2 will meet on the blacktop in front. All children will gather in the gym/dining room in inclement weather.
The bell rings at 8:45 am for students to enter the school.
Attendance is taken promptly in classrooms at 8:50. If your child will not be in school, please be sure to notify the office by telephone at 781-326-7500 ext. 6321 before 8:50 am. This helps to ensure the safety of all students. If the school is not notified, we will call home to inform you of your child’s absence.
Dismissal begins at 3:10 pm. Walkers and students in carpool are dismissed first, immediately followed by bus students. All students who are picked up must be picked up from the carpool lane. Please do not park on Spruce Drive or Locust Drive to pick up your child. If you must park, please park in the school parking spots to pick up your child.
Please save the evening of Thursday, October 3rd for Curriculum Night. Teachers will provide an overview of the content at their grade-level and plans for the year ahead. Classroom presentations for parents of students in grades Kindergarten, 1, & 2 will begin at 6:00 pm. The principal welcome and PTO meeting for all parents is at 7:00 pm, immediately followed by classroom presentations for parents of students in Grades 3, 4, & 5.
The Elementary Handbook, which provides additional information about our school, is available on the school website. Please review it carefully. You will notice that the Handbook is generic, as the information applies to all five Westwood elementary schools. Information specific to Martha Jones will appear in our newsletter, Leaps & Bounds, which is sent via email and also posted on the school website. If you would prefer a paper copy of the Handbook or of editions of Leaps & Bounds, please call the school office. Leaps & Bounds is full of important information, dates, classroom happenings, and PTO information. It is published every other week. Please take a moment to read through it when you receive it.
Handbook review signatures and emergency contact information are collected electronically in Aspen. Details on the process will be sent from the Superintendent’s Office. This includes information on our CLEAR policies regarding appropriate use of computers and the media/photo release. I encourage all parents to sign the media/photo release. This will allow your child to be photographed in school for classroom happenings, including but not limited to – when teachers take pictures of students engaging in fun learning activities for our newsletter, any school performances, fun events such as the family picnic night, and when special visitors are here, such as when the meteorologist comes to talk about the weather and the students get to give a shout out on television. Students who do not have a photo/media release in Aspen will need to be excluded from the photographs.
If you are not already involved in the PTO, please consider joining. The first PTO meeting will be held Monday, October 7th at 7:00 pm in the school library. The PTO coordinates many parent volunteer opportunities, organizes and holds family and student events, runs mini-courses, and coordinates fundraisers to ensure students have access to enrichment activities and other events.
The first PTO fundraiser is the Saver’s used clothing collection. The PTO fundraisers allow us to provide students with a variety of enrichment programs and field trip excursions. Your participation is greatly appreciated. PTO fundraising flyer
PTO volunteers are already beginning to work on this year’s Student Directory. As part of your PTO membership, families receive a directory of each participating student’s name, his/her parents’ names, and contact information. It is organized both by classroom and alphabetically. It is a great help when looking for contact information for birthday parties, playdates, or family connections. If you do not wish for your family to be included in the directory, or if you have additional information to include (i.e., parent with different last name or address), you must email the PTO (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, September 13th.
Katharine Fader will move from Grade 1 to Grade 2
Kate Eysie will be Kris McDonough’s kindergarten assistant
Jill Luskin will move from Grade 3 to Grade 4
Bethany Ogozaly has resigned to stay home with Noah
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Thank You Martha Jones Families
As we begin to wrap up the school year we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the parents who gave their time, generous donations and support to Martha Jones. Thank you for attending PTO meetings, serving on committees, acting as room parents and going on field trips. Our strong school community is a direct reflection of our strong parent community. It would not be the same without you.
Thank You Fifth Grade Committees
We’d like to give a special shout out to the parents and students who served on various committees to make this year special for the fifth graders. This includes the class gift, end-of-year celebration and yearbooks. We wish all the fifth graders the best as they move on to middle school.
SHOW US YOUR MARTHA CONTEST!!!
As we head into the summer break, we want you to share your family’s adventures in the PTO’s Show Us Your Martha Jones Magnet Contest!
Here’s how it works:
1.) Take your Martha Jones School magnet on your travels and snap a photo of where it’s been. Headed to Mount Washington, take a pic of someone holding the magnet at the summit. Planning a beach trip? Slap the magnet on your beach chair for the day and take a pic.
2.) Share the photo on the Martha Jones PTO Facebook page, mention @MarthaJonesPTO on Insta or #MarthaJonesMagnets. Not on social media? No worries email the photo to Jamy Sesselman at email@example.com.
3.) Two $25 gift cards to purchase Westwood Gear will be awarded! One prize for the photo of the magnet that traveled the farthest from Martha Jones Elementary School and one prize for the most creative photo.
4.) The MJ PTO Board will determine the winners. All photos must be submitted between June 18 and Sept. 2.
MJS magnets were given to everyone who joined the PTO in September.
If you need a new magnet, they are available for $5. Please reach out to Rachel Lipton firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a new magnet.
ATTENTION PTO COMMITTEE MEMBERS/VOLUNTEERS
If you are requesting a reimbursement for an expense incurred during a PTO event or fundraiser, you will need to fill out a form for the PTO board, and it must include your receipt. All requests MUST be received by June 15th.
Click here for the reimbursement form
MJ PTO BOARD POSITIONS OPEN
We are looking for an incoming treasurer to shadow for the 2019/2020 school year and take over for the following year. If you are interested or would like more information, please reach out to our current Treasurer, Kathryn Travers at email@example.com
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 Erica Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org.