Be Kind. Be Curious. Be Courageous.
Welcome to the Martha Jones School. We want students at the Martha Jones School to Be Kind to themselves and to others; We hope that they will Be Curious about learning and the world and people around them; and we ask that they Be Courageous when called upon to do the right thing, to stand up for themselves and others, to take risks and be adventurous, even when it is hard and to not be afraid to fail. I am delighted to welcome you to Martha Jones.
Message from the Principal’s Office
June 19, 2020
Good Morning Martha Jones Families and Staff,
Today is JUNE 19TH, we made it! Summer fun starts today. I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone for making this year special. Even during one of the most challenging times in the history of schooling, families and staff joined together to keep kids leaning and engaged, and most importantly connected to each other and our school. A huge thank you to all.
And now my final morning message and the Theaumont children (Maggie, incoming K, James grade 1, and Thomas grade 3) will lead us in the final Pledge of Allegiance for the year.
And of course it is Friday, so that means Fun Friday Video time. Enjoy!
In addition, this week has been a special week for our 5th grade students and the fun continues today with a CLAP OUT at 11:00 am at Martha Jones. Part of the grade 5 celebration was a "Friendship Through the Years" video and virtual Moving Up Ceremony video that were sent out to 5th graders earlier in the week. However, we thought you might enjoy them as well. So if you have some time on your hands and want to check out our 5th grade celebrations, they are linked below.
Grade 5 Friendship Through the Years Video
Grade 5 Moving Up Virtual Slideshow Video
And, in case you missed any Fun Friday Videos and just want to another laugh, here they are:
Ball Toss Video
We Will Teach You
Green Eggs and Ham
Sick by Shel Silverstein
The Talent for A Cause Video
And of Course, the Art Show
And if you like to read over the summer and you didn't get a chance to try out some of the fun Library choices from the last few months, they can all be found HERE, from author visits to Maker Space, there is a lot to explore over the summer. Don't forget to read!
You will receive a note from Aspen this evening once end of year report card summaries are viewable and printable through the Aspen portal (directions will be included). We will not be mailing home end of year report cards this year.
Class placements will go out in August
You will receive communication about what September will look like in Massachusetts and the Westwood Public Schools once we receive guidance from the Governor's Office and DESE and are able to put a plan in place.
Have a WONDERFUL SUMMER everyone, I'll be in touch soon,
Here is Thursday's email: June 18th
Here is Wednesday's email: June 17th
Here is Tuesday's email: June 16th
Here is Monday's email: June 15th
Here is Friday's email: June 12th
Have a great summer! We will be updating the site periodically through the summer when more details for school return are available.
2020 - 2021 Bus Registration opens March 1
Please click the "Reminders" link above to go to the online registration
ONE LAST SPIRIT DAY!
Friday, June 19
Before we end our school year, let’s have one last spirit day to show our love for the Martha Jones community. Please wear your Martha Jones shirt this Friday, June 19. And don’t forget to wear your t-shirt to clap out the fifth graders as they drive by Martha Jones on June 19 at 10:50 a.m. For more information on the clap out, please see an email from Donna Tobin dated June 12 and congratulations to all our fifth graders. We are so proud of you!
MARTHA JONES PTO Online Auction
Thanks to everyone who participated in the silent auction and purchased tickets to the planned PTO fundraiser. Although the event didn’t happen this year, we were still able to raise $9,500 between ticket sales and auction items. This is an amazing show of support from our community and puts us in a good financial position for the 20/21 school year during very uncertain times. A special thanks to Jamy Sesselman, Maddy Campbell, Rena Rizzi, and Rachel Lipton who went above and beyond to make the auction a success.
Thank you again to all the people who donated the items to the silent auction. Without you, it wouldn’t have been possible.
THE 20/21 ACADEMIC YEAR
As we look at all the changes that may be happening in the next academic year, the PTO is poised to support the Martha Jones community with the extra supplies and resources that may be necessary as we all adjust to the new normal. Please know that we have been working with Donna Tobin and the school administration to ensure that the PTO is doing everything we can to make the start of the school year in September as smooth as possible.
TALENT FOR A CAUSE
Please take a moment to check out the fabulous Talent for a Cause video. It’s a truly amazing hour that showcases everything the children have been working on. Thank you to all the teachers who made this year’s Talent for a Cause (TFAC) possible — Mrs. McDonough, Mrs. Saada-Smith, Mrs. Luskin, Mrs Lane, Ms. McDonnell and Miss LeBlanc.
As many of you know, this year’s TFAC is raising money for Liam’s Lemonade Stand. Liam is the grandson of instructional assistant Mrs. Doherty, who is retiring this year. To honor Mrs. Doherty and to support this year’s TFAC, the PTO made a $200 donation to Liam’s Lemonade Stand.
SHOP AmazonSmile Now on the App
Support Martha Jones with every purchase
The Amazon Shopping app now supports Amazon Smile! Simply download the newest version of the Amazon Shopping app, go to settings, turn on Amazon Smile and choose the Martha Jones PTO as your charity. After you’ve done that, every purchase you make will automatically support the Martha Jones PTO at no cost to you.
You will find the exact same prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Martha Jones PTO.
As we head into the summer, the PTO Board wants to thank everyone for their continued support during these last few months. From the room parents to the committee members to parents who participated in virtual spirit days and sent in TFAC videos, our community has shown tremendous resilience and dedication. We hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we truly look forward to seeing all of you in person in the fall.
BOX TOPS - COLLECTION ONGOING
Download the App and scan receipts within 14 days of purchase
Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for Martha Jones. This money will be used to help pay for school supplies, fund field trip expenses and other fun events! In addition to the Fall and Spring classroom competitions, we collect Box Tops year-round, so please feel free to send them in whenever you have them.
We recently sent home information about important changes to the Box Top program, please take note of these changes and continue to support the Box Top program. Click here for more information.
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 Denise Cahill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special PTO Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.