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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



Black History Month - As part of our celebration of Black History Month, the Martha Jones school jazz band will be performing Jazz music during our 2nd (grades 1 & 4) and 3rd (grades 2 & 5) lunch periods on Thursday.  We hope our students will enjoy sharing their music with their schoolmates, while recognizing the history of Jazz music. Students will also be reading books and poems by Black authors, learning about the many contributions that Black men and women have made to our country, and learning about famous Black people. Please know that I recognize that Black history should not be confined to one month a year and we continually work to ensure that our curriculum and instructional materials and practices are representative and inclusive throughout the school year.  If you have suggestions on ways to celebrate Black History month, please let me know.


One thing that I’ve been doing is reading about the lives of famous Black American’s in the “Overlooked” project by the NY Times.  In this installment of “Overlooked,” the writers celebrate Black History Month by taking a look at several remarkable black men and women whose stories were not told in the NYT obituary page at the time of their deaths.  It’s an interesting read about some impressive people. Superintendent Parks shared the link with staff last week and I’ve read about many interesting people since.

Illness - The past two weeks have taken a toll on students and staff in terms of illness. Please be sure to keep your child home if he or she is exhibiting signs of flu or the stomach bug.  Children should be fever free for 24hours (unmedicated) before returning to school. The custodians continue to be extra vigilant washing desks, doorknobs, and common areas and we continue to remind students to wash their hands throughout the day.  Thank you.



FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS NIGHT IS BACK!!   Friday March 29, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm

The 11th annual Martha Jones Family Health and Fitness Night will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm. This will be a fun night of education and activity. We are in the process of planning many different interactive booths and fun fitness stations ranging from reaching your target heart rate, jumping on a moon walk, to the importance of family skin care. These activities are scheduled to be held both indoors and outdoors. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of keeping your body healthy and fit to promote lifelong wellness.  Please contact Dawnmarie Shu ( ) or Patrick Foley ( if you are interested in helping us with this event. There will be more information in the upcoming weeks. Get ready to get moving!

Dawnmarie Shu and Patrick Foley

Attention Martha Jones Parents:

Do you have any specific knowledge or skills in the area of health, wellness, or fitness? Please consider having a booth at the health fair. Examples from past fairs include PT/backpack safety, Nutrition/healthy eating habits, and skin safety among others. We would love to talk to you about this opportunity.

Please contact Dawnmarie Shu at .

Thank you!

Dawnmarie Shu and Patrick Foley



Birthday Books - Does your child have a spring or summer birthday?  It’s not too late to participate in the Martha Jones Library Birthday Books program.  The cost to participate is $15 per student. Your child may choose a brand new book for the library 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 (specific birthday is not included for privacy purposes). 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. Mrs. 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.  We appreciate your interest and support in the Birthday Book Program! It is a great way to ensure our library has a wonderful and varied collection.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Amatangelo at or Maureen Grealish at


Thank you - The Souper Bowl was an all-around success!  Not only did the New England Patriots win the Superbowl, who had any doubt?!, but the Martha Jones school contributed hundreds of cans of soup and other non-perishable food items to the Westwood Food Pantry.  Thanks so much for your generosity.


PTO News and Update 

MARTHA JONES BOOK FAIR - Tuesday March 12th

We are once again working together with Park Street Books for one fabulous day of shopping!

The fair will include:

Morning Bagels and Books, Classes shop the fair at designated times during the school day, Family Shopping Night - Click here for more details. A google doc volunteer opportunity list will be sent out shortly!

Hope to see you there!




We are excited to announce our winter classroom Box Top competition! Please send in your unexpired Box Tops by using the attached collection sheet or in a plastic bag. Box Tops will be collected in each class.  The class with the most Box Tops collected through February 13th will win a popsicle or hot chocolate party (depending on the weather)! 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 Winter competition, we collect Box Tops year-round, so please feel free to send them in whenever you have them!



The Yearbook committee is collecting photos and needs your help:


If you haven’t already submitted your child’s baby picture, please email your child’s high resolution baby photo to by March 1.  Please have just your child in the picture. Please include your child’s name and teacher in the subject line. If you are unable to email it, please send an original photo in your child’s backpack with their name and teacher written on the back to be turned into the teacher. Originals will be returned to you.


We are also collecting your highest quality pictures of your child and his/her classmates from grades K-5. Only photos taken at MJS or photos taken at a school function will be accepted. Group photos are encouraged!

Please contact me Kathy Hannon at or Lucy Maroun at with ?s.


2019 MARTHA JONES PARENT SOCIAL: Tickets on sale now

Have cabin fever?? The Martha Jones Apres Ski Party is the remedy!! The party will be held Saturday, March 2 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. at The German Club on Route 109. There will be a DJ, cash-bar, silent auction and teacher experience auction. This is a kid-free event, so book your sitters now!

Please make sure to have your donated basket items to your room parents no later than Feb. 1.

Here is the link to buy tickets



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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