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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

April 2017 

Click here for the full version of Leaps & Bounds (including classroom happenings and photos)

Message from the Principal 

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Come One Come All -

May is a busy month and we hope everyone will come out and support our students and our school. Please be sure to check out the calendar on left and mark down important dates.  The next two events are wonderful school community events and I hope to see you there.


Tonight, Friday, April 28th is Family Fun Night - Minute to Win It.  This event is open to all Martha Jones families.  It is a fun way to spend some time with your children and get to meet some of their school friends and their parents.  We hope to have a great turn out!  Come on out and “Get in the Game!”

May 2nd is our annual STEAM Event (Science Fair and Art Show).  The Jazz Band will also be playing.  We have over 80 students participating in the Science Fair.  With projects ranging from, “How Chicks Breathe in a Shell” to “Which M&M colors melt fastest” to “The Science Behind Slime”, there are many great projects to see and experience.  Also, each Martha Jones student will have Art work on display.  If you haven’t been to a Martha Jones art show, you are in for a huge treat.  The Art Work from each student is just amazing.  You will certainly feel as if you are at an art gallery.  And finally, the Jazz band will be on hand in the courtyard (inside if weather doesn’t cooperate) to entertain us.  

Math Meet Update

Please join me in congratulating all of our  District-Wide Math League Meet participants  on a job well done. Pictured at left are our 4th graders, who won 3rd place.. Everyone did a great job in both the whiteboard round and the speedy round. Great team effort and cooperation!  Also, I'd like to thank all the parent volunteers for helping with our math league sessions. It won't happen without your support.   


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Save the Date - Grade 5 Basketball Fundraiser on May 10th (rain date May 17th) at 5:30.  All MJ students and parents are welcome to play - $5.00 per player for game and free throw contest at half-time.  1st half will be grade K-4 students/parents vs. grade 5 students. At ½ time there will be a Free Throw contest for all paying participants, and 2nd half will be grade 5 parents vs. grade 5 students.  All money will go towards the grade 5 scholarship fund for a graduating Westwood High School student who attended Martha Jones. All Martha Jones Students and Parents are welcome to play - Registration due by May 3rd.  Registration Form Here


Mrs. Pasquan Needs Your Help - No Heavy Lifting or Art Experience Needed:  Mrs. Pasquan is looking for parent volunteers to help prepare and hang artwork for the upcoming Art Night celebration.  She is specifically looking for help during the following times:   

  • Monday, May 1st, 9:00AM-3:00PM  

  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 9:00AM-1:00PM

If you are willing and available, please add your name to the following Google Doc, or contact her directly at  Thank you for considering.


PMC Kids Ride – Sunday May 21st – Register Now!  Westwood has one of the largest kids ride in the state, let’s keeping it going this year!

Please join the Westwood community in supporting the 10th annual PMC Kids Ride this Sunday, May 21st at 8:30am at the Martha Jones School. Register soon at, pick your route and start your fundraising. This feel good event is such a great way to start the day and make a big difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteer registration is also open and we welcome parents and teens 14+.


Spring is here - The students are outside a lot during the spring, both during recess and after school.  Spring is also the time when ticks are very common. Please be sure to check your child daily for ticks.  We have already had a few students come to school with ticks that needed to be removed.  It is always best to remove ticks as soon as possible, so check your child frequently.  Here is some information about ticks from the Mass. Dept. of Health.  


Sunscreen - It can get hot and sunny this time of year.  You may want to consider putting sunscreen on your child before school each day.  

MCAS - Grade 4 and Grade 5 students have finished up with the ELA portion of MCAS testing and Grade 3 will be finishing up next week (they started today).  Having enough Chromebooks for each student was very helpful this year.  Thanks again to the PTO for helping us purchase additional Chromebooks for students.  The testing has gone smoothly so far and the students are working hard.  They are well prepared to be assessed on the statewide curriculum frameworks and I am confident they will do well.  


PTO News and Updates


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Martha Jones Family Night:  Friday April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


Have fun competing in Minute to Win It games.  The games are challenging and fun as you compete against the clock to see if you can complete the task in less than one minute. 


There will be Arts and Crafts as well as refreshments.  There is no cost to attend this family event. 


We please ask if you could bring a donation for the Westwood Food Pantry as your admission fee.  This is not a drop off event and all activities are being held inside the school building.


PARENTS: We need a lot of volunteers in order for this night to be a success.  Please click on the volunteer link here and sign up.  The volunteer slots are only 30 minutes.


SCRIP SHOPPING CARDS: Order Forms due May 3, 2017.

We are selling shopping cards again this year! For those of you unfamiliar with the SCRIP Shopping Card Program, Martha Jones School is able to purchase shopping cards at a discount from various retailers, due to its non-profit status.

We make a profit on the discount and that income is used to fund and support various programs for the students at Martha Jones School. This program generated over $1400 for our school last year!

This is how it works: You purchase $100 LL Bean Shopping Card, You pay: $100 check made payable to the Martha Jones PTO, You receive: $100 LL Bean Shopping Card MJ School receives: $17 since the discount was 17% of $100!

The shopping cards are the same ones you buy at the store, and they can be used for every day expenses such as coffee, food, clothes, gas, gifts… they make great birthday gifts and holiday gifts too!

Order forms are due by Wednesday, May 3rd and all 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 available Friday May 12th.  Just in time for Mothers Day!!  You will be contacted via email once your order has arrived.

Should you have any questions, please email Leigh Wasserman at or Mindy Xavier at


Teacher Appreciation Week: Let’s show our educators love and support!


Donations needed for Wednesday May 3rd and Thursday May 4th.                                             

All donations need to be brought to the school by 10:30 am on Wednesday May 3rd and Thursday May 4th. Click here to donate.



Grade 5 Basketball Fundraiser : May 10 ​(rain date May 17th), 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Who likes basketball? If you like it, come to the Martha Jones school on Wednesday, May 10th, at 5pm (rain date 5/17).  The grade 5 students invite all Martha Jones students and parents to participate in a basketball game to raise money for the grade 5 scholarship fund.  Play starts at 5:00 and will end at 6:30.  Cost is $5.00 per player or $10.00 max. per family.


The first half of the game will be the K-4 students/parents vs. 5th grade students. Depending on the number of students who sign up, students will be rotated through the games. At ½ time, we will have a free throw contest for all game student participants. In the last half, the 5th grade students will play against the grade 5 parents. The money will help us (the 5th graders) provide a scholarship and class gift for the school.


All of this for just $5 per participant/$10.00 per family!!  We will also be selling pizza and watermelon and will have a raffle.


If you are interested in playing, please complete the registration form and return it to school by Wednesday, May 3 so all teams can be formed.


PMC Kids Ride – Sunday May 21st – Register Now!


Please join the Westwood community in supporting the 10th annual PMC Kid’s Ride Sunday, May 21st at 8:30 am at the Martha Jones School. Register soon by clicking here, pick your route and start your fundraising.


This feel good event is such a great way to start the day and make a big difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteer registration is also open and we welcome parents and teens 14 and older.


Save the Dates: Other Upcoming School Events


STEAM Event: Tuesday, May 2

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 Jamy Sesselman at


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