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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.  

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Message from the Principal

February 16, 2018 - Happy New Year to All Our Families Celebrating the Year of the Dog - 2018 will be the Year of the Dog.

The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are known as Dogs.  According to the Asian astrology, your year of birth - and the animal this represents - determines a lot about your personality traits.  Although each of the twelve animals gets an outing every dozen years, there are different varieties - and 2018 will be the first Year of the Earth Dog since 1958.  Anyone born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace.

Parents Parents Everywhere - It has been wonderful to see so many parents visiting our school and engaging in our learning community.  From the 5th grade Beatnik Cafe, to Ms. Ankeny’s 100 day celebration, to Mr. Foley’s Open Gym for Grades K - 2, to Math League and all the other numerous events that have gone on these past few weeks, I want to say thank you for your support.  Sharing our learning with parents is part of the culture of the Martha Jones School and seeing parents participate in the classroom environment is a fabulous way for students to see the home/school connection.  We know your time is precious and we appreciate your commitment.


Check Out Our Random Acts of Kindness Chain - We have been working with students to recognize and commit to random acts of kindness.  Students have been encouraged to recognize someone who has been kind to them with a chain link outlining the kindness.  The chain as started to make its way down the front hall and hope to loop it from one end of the school to the other.  Thank you to the Student Council Members for initiating and promoting this mission.


Park Street Books & Toys

Book Fair - NEW THIS YEAR - Park Street Books in Medfield comes to Martha Jones.   Park Street Books will be our vendor for the book fair this year.  We love the idea of supporting a  local small business and have heard many great things about Park Street Books from many parents.  This year the book fair will be held on one day only, Wednesday, March 7th.  In past years, the book fair was held throughout the week and children attended during library time.  However, this year, we have developed a schedule for each class to attend.  We will be sending out communications regarding the book fair later this week, but wanted to give you a heads up.


Our Changing Bodies - Our changing bodies is a grade 5 program to help students understand body changes and puberty.  This program is for 5th students only and grade 5 parents were invited to attend parent information sessions last week.  This program will be delivered to all 5th grade students this week and we work closely with the 5th grade students to explain that this information is for grade 5 students only.  We stress that some of the information may not be appropriate for younger children. We set high expectations that our 5th graders will be respectful of our younger children and not discuss what they learn in the program on the school bus, in the cafeteria, at recess, or other places where younger children may be listening.  Please be assured that the program only discusses puberty and does not go beyond that, but if your younger child comes home and asks what puberty is, I wanted to give you some context of where he/she might be hearing the term.  Feel free to call me with any questions.


Tech Tidbit: What is OpenDNS?

OpenDNS offers free internet security and filtering for your home network. During setup, you can choose a filtering level (high, moderate, low, none or custom). You can also block individual domains. For example, I have our filtering set to “moderate” and I also restrict,,, These are additional sites that I identified as potential problems. There are no doubt many more. Of course, a savy user can simply turn off wifi from his/her phone and the filtering will stop (that’s where data limits come in handy). Regardless, I still think this is a good first step in preventing unwanted browsing of inappropriate content. In our home, Verizon Fios is the network provider but we use OpenDNS.  Start by visiting and then search for the numerous tutorials that will walk you through the setup process. If you have any questions, please ask.  Previous tidbits FAIR - I’m still looking for a few parent volunteers to help run the STEAM FAIR - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Fair in the spring.  This is similar to the science fair you may have participated in as a student.  No heavy lifting or science background required.  PLEASE EMAIL ME IF INTERESTED.




PTO News and Update


UPDATE: Martha Jones Parent Social

Ticket sales are going strong! If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the 3nd Annual Parents Night Out, please do! It helps us plan for food and drinks.  The theme this year is “Yacht Rock”.  Saturday March 3, 7:30 at the German Club.  We will have a DJ, appetizers, photo booth, silent auction and more.   Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Thank you all who have donated items for your class baskets! If anyone has a big-ticket item they’d like to donate for a raffle, please email Jamy Sesselman at

For the event flyer and more information please Click Here


Winter Box Tops Competition: Send in Your Box Tops by February 15!


We are excited to announce our second classroom Box Top competition of the 2017-2018 school year!  Please send in your kids' unexpired Box Tops; you can click on the attached collection sheet if you'd like but sticking them in a baggie with your child’s class name and number is great too! Box Tops will be collected in homeroom classes.


The homeroom with the most Box Tops collected through February 15 will win extra recess! 

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!


Martha Jones Book Fair Wednesday March 7th-Please sign up to volunteer!


We are changing it up this year and working together with PARK STREET BOOKS for ONE FABULOUS DAY OF SHOPPING.


Wednesday, March 7th will include:

Morning Bagels and Books

Classes shop the fair at designated times during the school day.

Family Shopping Night


Please sign up to volunteer during your child's book fair visit. Click Here to Sign Up

Save The Date!


Tuesday March 6th 7:00pm-Martha Jones PTO Meeting in the Library-all parents encouraged to attend.


Monday March 12th-Martha Jones Read-A-Thon begins!  Stay tuned for details.


Friday March 16th-Martha Jones Family Game Night


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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