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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


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


Message from the Principal 

Superintendent’s Dessert: Please join Superintendent Emily Parks for Dessert with the Superintendent on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm in the Professional Development Room at Central Office (front of High School). This is an opportunity to discuss your perspective on the district and your hopes and expectations for your children’s experience in school.

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Slow Down at Pick-Up and Drop Off - Please be sure you are driving very slowly when on school property.  There are many students around during drop off and pick up and I want to be sure everyone is safe.  During morning drop off, when there is limited traffic, cars seem to be picking up speed and entering the drop off areas too fast.  Please be sure to take it slow around and on school property.  Thank you.  


Halloween Party: Our annual Halloween Party and Haunted Hallway will take place on Friday evening, October 27th from 6:30 to 8:00.  This is a great event for students and their families and fun for all ages.  We hope to see you there.  Please know that this is not a drop off event, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteers needed - see the PTO section.  


Have a Costume You Don’t Need - Each year, the Ouellette family collects costumes for children who would not otherwise be able to dress up and go trick-or-treating. If you have a costume in good condition or you are out purchasing costumes and can pick up an extra one for a child in need, it would be greatly appreciated.  Drop them off at school this week or next.  You can even bring them to the Halloween Party.  All costumes will be picked up at school on Friday night, October 27th.  


Picture Retakes October 30th - School Pictures went home yesterday.  All students should have received a class photo and those who ordered, should have received their package.  If you are not satisfied with your child’s photo and would like a retake, please return the original photos with your child on October 30th!



Conference time is here. Teachers have worked hard preparing for the parent/teacher conferences and I appreciate that so many of our parents make time to attend.  Conferences are a wonderful way for teachers to connect with you and share how your child is doing in the classroom. It is also a great time for you to share any important information with us. If there is something you would like us to know about your child, please, always feel free to let us know. If something is bothering him/her in school, if there is something special going on in his/her life, if there is exciting family news, etc. we’d love to hear it. Your children are very special to us and we hope that you feel connected to our school community.


Math League will be Coming Soon - Grade 5 Parent Coordinator Still Needed - Martha Jones, as well as the other elementary schools, runs a Math League Program before school, one day per week, from November through April.  We are in the process of planning this year’s math league program and need parent volunteers for each grade level (3, 4, and 5).  We have  two people signed up for grades 3 and 4 and need one more person for grade 5.  The coordinators will be meeting next week to finalize the program and then all program and registration information will be sent out to families of students in grades 3 - 5.  Please be on the look-out.  If you are interested in helping to coordinate the program, sign up here.


Lost and Found - The lost and found is piling up.  Please come by and check it out or  be sure to check it out during Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please be sure to put your child’s last name in each item of clothing.  This helps with getting things back to the correct person.  


Candy Drive - Save that Halloween Candy - All Westwood Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 10th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. Troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 8th,  Martha Jones (along with the other Westwood Public Schools) will be collecting candy, handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers.  Just drop off candy, notes, and cards in the school office.


Our goal is to teach the kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.


The Wellesley Dental Group is inviting all schools and organizations to participate in our Press Event - November 9th at 10:00 am. Local media and photographers will capture your generous donation. Principals, faculty, parents, and students (with the permission of their teachers, of course) are welcome to attend.


Tech Tidbit - The Stock Market Game is underway in grade 5! Did you know a Martha Jones’ team has placed 1st in four out of the past five years? During a 10 week session in the Fall and then again in the Spring, 5th graders work in teams to invest a $100,000 cash portfolio. They also have access to $50,000 on margin (which we encourage them to tap). Our proven strategy forces the students to invest in companies of the Dow and then turn their attention to browsing the various sectors in search of attractive “buys.” We encourage them to be very aggressive since it is not hard earned money. They learn how to review graphs of past company performance, look at forecasts and consider the date of the next quarterly financial disclosure. The research is not extensive, but good fortune and timing have been on our side in the past. Let’s hope the bull market continues until the game ends or we’ll have to teach the kids how to short a stock (which we might do anyway).


PTO News and Update


Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser Starts Next Week

This fundraiser has a funny name but it’s a great (and easy) way for Martha Jones to raise money. Here’s how it works:  The PTO purchases gift certificates, or scrip, from popular retailers at a discount, which the retailers are happy to give because they're guaranteeing themselves customers and some goodwill advertising. Parents then buy the gift certificates from the school at face value. The difference in price is kept by the school. Parents spend the gift cards at the retailer, where it's worth the full face value.  If you give gift certificates for gifts, holidays, or shop at any of the retailers, this is a great way to support Martha Jones without any additional cost to you.

Scrip order forms will go in backpacks Monday October 23rd!  Order forms due Wednesday November 1st.  Unfortunately, in order to get all gift certificates back in time for the holidays, late orders cannot be accepted.


Martha Jones Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 27 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Halloween fun and games and a bounce house will be in the gym. The DJ dance party and refreshments will be in the cafeteria. The frightfully fun Haunted Hallway will run for one hour from 6:45-7:45 p.m. (Note: The Haunted Hallway may be scary for young children.)


VOLUNTEERS – WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We need your help to make this a fun and safe night for everyone! Please click here and sign up to volunteer for the Halloween Party. We can’t make this night happen without the best parents in Westwood!  During the week of the event, a reminder e-mail will be sent to you.


Westwood Food Pantry Donations

We will be collecting items for the Westwood Food Pantry. Feel free to drop something off in the lobby. Specifically, they are in need of:


*Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Meals (Chef Boyardee, Franco American, etc.), Individually Wrapped Toilet Paper and Paper Towel, Shampoo, Conditioners, Soap, Juices, Canned Fruit and Fruit Cups, Cereal, Ketchup and Mustard, Tea Bags



We will also be offering raffles with all of the money received going to the Westwood Community Chest!


Volunteers Still Needed:

Committee Volunteers

We still need help filling volunteer roles on our committees.  Please take a look at this signup sheet, and consider helping out!   We especially need help with the Grant Writing committee:


Grant Writing

Join the MJ Grant Committee and help get money to fund enrichment programs at MJS.  Work with Mrs. Tobin and the Enrichment Committee to bring awesome programs to our MJ kids.  Research the various grants available to schools to fund those programs.  Fill out and submit the applications (twice a year).  It’s easy!  Often we just cut and paste from one year to the next!  This can all be done on your own time…no meetings necessary.  Wendy Berliner, the current chair of this committee, will be leaving MJ next year so she is looking for people who can shadow her in the Spring (next round of grant applications).  If you have any questions about this volunteer role please contact Wendy at

Without parent help and support, we could not offer the all the fun activities your kids have come to love at MJ.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the current committee chair, Deb Kelly at or Jamy Sesselman at

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.


Let Your Mouth Do The Fundraising at ARCH Orthodontics!

During our fundraising conversation at the PTO meeting Tuesday night Dr. Andrew Chase generously offered to donate 5% of the case fee to the MJ PTO for any Martha Jones patient who receives orthodontics services at ARCH.  If you are visiting ARCH (currently or in the future) please mention the Martha Jones School.


Mark Your Calendars

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

December 5, 2017

March 6, 2018

May 8, 2018

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


Save The Date

Martha Jones Halloween Party Friday October 27

Martha Jones Parent Social Saturday March 3




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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