Martha Jones School

PTO News

PTO News


Rev. 10/1/04

Thank you to everyone who attended our first PTO meeting on Thursday evening. It was a big success. A special thanks to Linda Chase, Director of Student Services, for her presentation.

PTO Membership
If you still haven't had the chance to join the PTO, it's not too late. Send in your completed membership form and dues to school. Additional membership forms can be obtained from any of the officers. Once your dues are received your student directory will be sent home in your child's backpack.

Halloween Party
Save the date: Friday, October 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The family night of spooky fun will include a haunted hallway, music and dancing with a DJ, crafts, and more! Many volunteers will be needed. Look for more information next week.

Room Parents
Room parents have been finalized and contacted. Thank you to all parents who volunteered. If you are a room parent, please remember to send at least one room parent to each PTO meeting. At last night's meeting, emergency phone chain procedures and call sheets were distributed. Please familiarize yourself so you're ready if and when we need to activate the chain. If you have any questions please contact Laura Reilly or Andrea Grealish.

Copying/Dining Room Volunteers
Thank you to all the people who signed up. Schedules are being made and you will be contacted shortly. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Arlene Bonfiglio for copying and Joe Gantert for the dining room.

Committee Openings
Thank you to people who have recently volunteered for a position. Committee chairs still need lots of help. They will be soliciting your assistance throughout the year.

If you have any comments or questions for the PTO, please feel free to call or put a note in the PTO mailbox in the main office. Please be sure to leave a name and phone number so we may contact you. Thank you.

Crafts Show

The Westwood Young Women's Club will hold its 29th annual Crafts Show on Saturday, October 16th, 2004 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thurston Middle School, 850 High Street, Westwood. The juried event, featuring more than 60 crafters, will include handmade baskets, children's items, clothing, holiday items, jewelry, pottery, and much more. Lunch will be available. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children under 12. The show is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Admission fees are donated to local charities. All tickets are sold at the door. Raffle sales donated to the Senior Tax Relief Fund.

The Westwood Youth and Family Services is pleased to offer, for the tenth year, THE FRIENDS NETWORK PROGRAM for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade boys and girls of Westwood. The Friends Network program is a BigBrother/BigSister type program that matches high school volunteers with elementary school children to from a special one-on-one friendship. Children play games and do arts and crafts with their big friends as well as talk about things that are important to them. The program is facilitated by Lisa Rose, LICSW and Valeria Barrett, MA. The high school mentors are given training to prepare them in their role as a Big Friend. The program meets every Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm, November-April at the Senior Center. For more information, please call MaryAnne Carty. Space is very limited.


Early Release Wednesdays

Special Events:
October 6 & 8- Bus safety programs conducted by School Safety Officer Pindel
October 13: School council 3:15-4:15
October 14: School committee 7:30 pm WHS
October 18: Mini-courses begin

October 11: Columbus Day observed; no school
October 15: First day of Ramadan


Martha Jones News

Carpool dismissal safety
A primary concern at Martha Jones is to keep all children safe. It is imperative that every family observe the same dismissal procedures. These safe dismissal procedures were established in conjunction with the police department and should be followed by everyone picking up students. Cars must enter on Martha Jones Road and exit on Spruce. Parents must wait in cars. Students will wait in the Spruce Street parking area for pick-up. Violation of these procedures is unsafe for students and unfair to those who follow the procedures. Your cooperation keeps all our children safe.

Bus rides
Unfortunately, children may not ride home on a bus other than their own. Play date transportation must be arranged outside of school. The buses are crowded and cannot accommodate riders other than those who have signed up and paid for transportation.

Email caution
Email is a useful form of communication for brief, clear messages such as times for meetings. It should not be used in place of a face-to-face conversation or phone call that requires discussion. Use email to set up a time to talk, or leave a message in the teacher's mailbox.

MCAS results
Last week the MCAS results were released amid much anticipation. There was good news at Martha Jones. The percentage of students receiving Advanced or Proficient scores on the Fourth grade test continues to increase, while the number receiving Needs Improvement or Failing is decreasing. The improvement at Martha Jones is a testimony to the hard work of the entire faculty and the sustained effort on the part of the students. Item analysis will take place again this year and be incorporated into instruction. As a faculty we are very proud of our students. We will also continue to promote high expectations for ourselves as educators as we ask what we can do to improve instruction and subsequent student learning.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. The items for the 2004 MCAS at all grade levels tested are available at the DOE web site at:

A request from fifth graders, Sarah and Rosa
Dear Families,

We would like your help to put together a "Care" package to send to Rosa's uncle, Jeremy and his troop in Iraq. They have been in Iraq for 18 months. A "care" package cheers him up and reminds him of home and people who are thinking about him. These are items he and his troop could use and enjoy: bars of soap, bug spray, baby wipes, stamps, envelopes, stationery, toilet paper, calling cards, razors, shower gel, beef jerky, "Easy Mac(aroni)," soups, juice boxes. We will place a decorated box in the Lobby, under the "Drop Off" table. If you are unable to donate an item for the package, please consider making a card for Jeremy and his friends. Rosa's mom will be sure to mail everything for us.
Thanks you for your help!

WEF Announces Mini-Grant Program The Westwood Educational Foundation is excited to announce its new mini grant program. This program seeks to fund projects of no more than $1,000, which may not have been anticipated at the time of our annual grant cycle last March. The Board will review grant applications on a rolling basis in October, November and January. Applications need to be postmarked by October 1, 2004 to be considered for the first cycle and are available online at our website (, as well as in each public school office. We encourage teachers, parents and community members to take advantage of this new funding cycle and present us with creative and innovative ideas that need funding. The future deadlines for application submissions are November 1, 2004 and January 1, 2005.

Lunch Room Supervisors
Do you have a flexible work schedule, work from home, or just plain love to be around kids? We need dining room volunteers for 1-2 hours per month, or more often, based on your schedule. Get to know the Martha Jones students in a more relaxed setting (and strengthen your hands by opening lots of milk cartons!) Call Karen Wise to sign up or for more information.




State MCAS updates

(Massachusetts DOE site)


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