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


Click here for the full edition of this week's Leaps and Bounds


Message from the Principal 

Welcome Back!

IMG_0726.JPGA special thank you to staff, parents, and students for a successful start to the new school year. It has been a great beginning and I’ve seen lots of smiling faces on adults and children - which always puts a smile on my face. The students have been sharing their summer vacation adventures with me. Compared to many of them, my summer was pretty boring, fun and relaxing, but a little boring :). We had students travel to Ireland, China, Finland, Canada, Lebanon, and Italy (and probably a few other countries I have not heard about yet). We also had students travel all over the state and throughout the country. Whether they traveled all over the world or just hung out right here in Westwood - spending time at Hale, doing summer enrichment, or heading to the beach for the day, our students are very fortunate to have so many wonderful experiences. It truly is an amazing community.


Family Picnic - We had an excellent turnout for our Family Picnic. It was wonderful to see so many families coming together to enjoy each other’s company. The weather held out and it was a beautiful evening. The students spent their time running around with classmates and parents got a chance to catch up with neighbors and friends. I sat back, watched the
action, and thought it was just the perfect cap on a great school beginning.

See You Soon - I hope to see all parents at our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 28th and at the first PTO meeting on Tues., October 3rd. Having parents who are actively involved in our school community is very important to the overall success of each student and the community at large. I appreciate your participation. If at any time you have questions, comments, kudos, or concerns, I am always available to meet with you to hear your feedback. I’m just a phone call or email away (


School​ ​Committee​ ​Secretary
The Westwood Schools seeks a School Committee Secretary to attend the monthly meetings and record the minutes. Meetings are generally held Thursday evenings for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The minutes then need to be typed and sent to the Superintendent's Office. This is a stipend position of $75.00 per meeting. If you are interested, please contact John Cianciarulo at or at 781-326-7500, x1341.

Tech​ ​Tidbit
In June, 50 parents responded to the following survey:

School Calendar for 2017 - 2018 here



PTO News and Update




Registration is open for the 2017-2018 Martha Jones PTO. Dues are $45 for a family with one child and $55 for a family with more than one child.

The school directory is given to all the families who have joined the PTO. They are sent home with your child.

Please register by September 30.   Click here to join the PTO.

BIRTHDAY BOOK PROGRAM: Deadline extended to September 27th


For a donation of $15, your child may choose a brand new book from a special selection of books purchased by Martha Jones School librarian Ms. Swinning during his or her birthday month. A commemorative bookplate will be placed inside the front cover of the book with your child’s name, age and birthday month.


He/she will enjoy being the first to borrow the Birthday Book and students for years to come will enjoy seeing their friend’s name inside the book.  Ms. Swinning keeps a list of books children ask for to ensure that the Birthday Book shelves are always full of books students have been requesting.  Flyers went home in backpacks but if you need a new one Click Here To Print Flyer  Please return the flyer(s) with your check(s) to your child’s teacher by Wednesday September 27th.


FALL MINI COURSES : Registration is OPEN!


The Martha Jones PTO is pleased to announce the return of the Fall Session of the After School MINI COURSE Program.


The program offers fun, after-school classes that are held at Martha Jones. The classes include everything from dance, sports and games, painting and even a play!


The fall session will run Oct. 2 to Dec. 8. Click Here To Register

Here are the Class Descriptions and the Class Schedule.

Registration Closes September 25th.

● Payments are accepted online.

● Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

● If a class is full, we will accept waitlist requests via email at You will be notified via email if additional students can be accommodated with instructions on how to register.

● Email confirmations will be sent upon registration. However, we still need a minimum number of students to run each class, so classes may be cancelled if we don't get adequate enrollment.

Update: There are still spaces in many of the courses. Reach out to friends and encourage them to enroll. The following courses have low enrollment and are in jeopardy of not running- Weaving, HipHop, Unplugged Games, Minecraft and Do Something.

The following courses have waitlists- Mini Chefs (Monday and Tuesday), Sports and Games (Thursday) and Flag Football.



MJS PTO is working closely with Charleston Wrap to sell high-quality wrapping paper, gift bags, and kitchen/home products.


All proceeds will enhance our school wide enrichment programs & help fund our field trips.  Our goal is to raise $3,500. To do that, we need about $10,000 in sales.


That’s just $50 in sales per family.  We can do it!


Order forms and catalogs went home Wednesday Sept. 20.

**ONLINE option available this year!


Fall Box Tops Competition

We are excited to announce our first classroom Box Top competition of the 2017-2018 school year!  Please send in your kids' Box Tops; you can click on the attached collection sheet if you'd like. Box Tops will be collected in homeroom classes.

The homeroom with the most Box Tops collected through October 20 will win a popsicle party!

Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for our school; Martha Jones can use this money to help pay for school supplies, fund field trip expenses and other fun events!  We collect Box Tops year-round, so please feel free to send them in whenever you have them!




Committee Volunteers

It’s that time of year again! Volunteers are needed for several PTO committees. Without parent help and support, we could not offer the all the fun activities your kids have come to love at MJ.

Please take a look at this signup sheet, and consider helping out! There are short descriptions about the committees and what is entailed.  We especially need help with the Halloween Party and MJ Social/Parent night out which happens in the winter. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Deb Kelly at or Jamy Sesselman at

Thank you to those who are staying on. Committees that are already full are not included on this document.


Room Parents

Room parents assist with in-class activities and/or special celebrations and organize holiday and year end gifts for the teacher. Depending upon the needs of the teacher, room parents may coordinate special volunteer efforts and provide an important link for communication with other parents. One room parent from each class will be required to attend the 4 PTO General meetings over the course of the year to help the class stay informed. If you are interested, please click here and scroll to your child(ren)'s teacher.  Please note only 2-3 parents will be chosen per class.


Library Volunteers

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.




Martha Jones Apparel: Items such sweatshirts, pajama bottoms, shirts and umbrellas will be on display and order forms will be available. Checks will be accepted for payment.




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

October 3, 2017

December 5, 2017

March 6, 2018

May 8, 2018

All Martha Jones parents are welcome!  Meetings are held in the library.




Martha Jones Halloween Party Friday night October 27




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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