Mary O'Toole
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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.  


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Message from the Principal

Teachers as Learners - At Wednesdays’ professional development, all elementary staff  participated in a district wide workshop with author Jessica Minahan.  Ms. Minahan is the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students and The Behavior Code Companion Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors.  While Ms. Minahan focused the workshop on supporting students with attention and anxiety difficulties, the strategies, teaching points, and information she shared is really beneficial when thinking about all students and the unique needs of students’ as individuals. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Jessica Minahan speak, I highly recommend her.  


Costumes Needed - As you start shopping for Halloween, please keep in mind that we support two organizations each year during the Halloween season.  The Ouellette family does a costume drive each year for children in need who cannot afford costumes. These children may be in foster care, living in communities of poverty, or living right here in our community and are in need.  We will be collecting costumes from now until the evening of our Halloween celebration and Haunted Hallway (October 26th). Please consider donating a slightly used or new costume. There is a Drop Off box in the school lobby.

Candy Drive - In addition, we will also be participating again this year in the Wellesley Dental Group’s 11th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops..  From Nov. 1st through Nov. 7th, we will be collecting all donated candy to be sent to our troops overseas as a pick-me-up and reminder that people at home in the USA are thinking of them.


Fundraisers - This is the time of year when many of you many be asking yourselves, “How many fundraisers does this school do?”  Please know that the PTO fundraisers and events are heavy in the Fall for a few reasons:

1. The original works fundraiser and current scripts fundraisers are done at this time to allow you to order items for the holiday season.  Grandma, Aunts and Uncles, Godparents, and others love getting notecards, mugs, and calendars with your child’s artwork. This is a unique way to celebrate your child’s creativity while doing your holiday shopping all at once.  The Scripts fundraiser (see more information below) is a great way to support the school without spending any additional money. Many of us buy gift certificates for holiday gifts, graduation presents, birthdays, and weddings. Why not get those same gift certificates through scripts?  It cost you no more, the gift certificate continues to be worth its full value, and a percentage of the amount of the gift certificate is returned to the Martha Jones School - a win-win for everyone. Some people even buy certificates to local supermarkets and other places they regularly shop. They know they’ll spend the money and we get funds to support our programs.  

2. Having fundraisers early in the year allows us to have money available for programs that might come up sooner rather than later.  While the majority of the programs and field trips are done in the Spring, once all the fundraisers are completed, it makes sense to do some earlier in the school year.

3. Some of our fundraisers seem more timely than others in terms of opportunity.  We decided to hold the Savers fundraiser when we thought many of you would be cleaning out your summer clothes and be getting ready for fall and winter.  We donated over 9,000 lbs of clothing and raised $2,300 towards our PTO budget.  If you didn’t get a chance to go through your clothes, no worries.  There has been a few suggestions to do another clothing drive at the end of the school year, so save those donations.

Please know that I appreciate your generosity and commitment to our school community and the fun and engaging activities that are provided by our PTO.  These events help build our school community and support the culture of home/school partnerships. Hope to see everyone at the Halloween Celebration on Friday, October 26th.  This is a free family event sponsored by the PTO.


Pokemon is back? I think I saw students with Pokemon cards this week.  I remember when my sons were avid collectors of Pokemon and they are in their 20s.  I could probably dig out some old pokemon cards from stored boxes; maybe that would make me the “cool” principal :)! Please remind your child that teachers can not keep track of Pokemon cards.  If your child does bring cards to school, please remind him/her that trading cards or giving cards to others is not allowed in school. Please save trading and sharing for home playdates. Like all items from home, if the item is near and dear to your child, please do not allow him/her to bring it to school.  We can not be responsible for items brought from home.


Parent Forums - This year, the district is planning a series of parent forums.  With topics ranging from How to Teach Children to Be Good Digital Citizens to Science with Young Children to Preventing Bias Based Bullying, we hope that you will find a topic of interest to you.  Our first two forums are:Related image


Tuesday, October 30, 10am-11am, District Administration Professional Development Room

Teaching Our Children to Be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together to Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting

Learning how to use, and how to live with, digital technology is a challenge for all parents today. Come and hear about myths that might be draining your parenting confidence and concrete, useful strategies that you can use to help your child learn to use digital technology in a safe and healthy way.


Thursday, November 8, 7pm, High School Little Theater

Limit Setting in the Age of Technology: Effective Strategies for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.





PTO News and Update



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.


We are still in need of 1 volunteer for the following classes:

Grade 1 - Kyvelos
Grade 3 - MacDonald
Grade 4 - O'Toole
Grade 4 - Waldner
Grade 5 - Parkhurst


Please Click here if you can help in the library.


MARTHA JONES HALLOWEEN PARTY: Friday, Oct. 26! 6:30pm to 8pm
Boo!! Halloween fun & games and a bounce house will be in the gym. A 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. 
(Please note: The Haunted Hallway may be scary for young children.)

We need DOZENS of parent volunteers to make this night happen. We need parents to help in the gym, craft room, and parents to DRESS up and scare kids in the Haunted Hallway.  Click here to volunteer!!!

We will be collecting items for the Westwood Food Pantry at the party. Feel free to drop something off
in the lobby. While there is no cost to attend the Halloween Party, which is open to all MJ students, siblings and families, we do ask that in lieu of an admission ticket, each person bring a canned or dry good to donate to the Westwood Food Pantry.

A 50/50 raffle will also be offered during the night.


SCRIPS FUNDRAISER: Order Forms were sent Home Oct. 12
This fundraiser is an easy way for Martha Jones to raise money. Here’s how it works:  The PTO purchases gift certificates from popular retailers at a discount. 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 with NO additional cost to you.

Scrip order forms came home in backpacks on Friday, Oct. 12. They are due Wednesday, Nov. 1.  In order to get all gift certificates back in time for the holidays, late orders cannot be accepted.

Checks should be made payable to the Martha Jones PTO, Inc. Please forward your order form and check to the school office in an envelope marked PTO SCRIP. Orders should be back to you by Nov. 16 -- just in time for Black Friday shopping!!


We are excited to announce our first classroom Box Top competition of the 2018-2019 school year! 
Please send in your unexpired Box Tops by using the attached collection sheet or in a plastic bag labeled with your child's name and total number. Box Tops will be collected in each class. The class with the most Box Tops collected through October 19 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!  In addition to a Fall and Spring competition, we collect Box Tops year-round, so please feel free to send them in whenever you have them!


Please save the date for this year's MJ Parent Social! The party will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019
from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. at The German Club is on the Westwood/Walpole line. There will be a DJ, cash-bar, silent auction and teacher experience auction. This is a kid-free event, so book your sitters now!



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 Erica Howe at


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