The MJT Weekly

Friday, January 22, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Morcone (Please note the links can be clicked on the electronic versions of this newsletter):

Hello Parents and Guardians:

We hope that you are staying warm as more cold weather will be heading in next week. If conditions are permissible, we will be going outside for recess. Please dress accordingly as our students love the backfield and courtyard.

Here are a few items to note:

-For safety reasons there will not be any Valentine's Day Card or gift exchanges. Teachers will have an activity, in some form, to honor this date.

-i-Ready computer-based assessments have started and will continue to be administered between January 18-February 12.

-Information to come on our virtual PTO Science, Art and Technology Fair scheduled for Thursday, March 11.

Stay warm and enjoy the weekend!



MJT Outreach Program

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 12:45pm

This is an online event.

Guest Reader: Mrs. Knipes our grade 2 Teaching Assistant and Partner Teacher!!



Pass this on to our future MJT UPK students! They can have a story read to them by an MJT Faculty or Staff member. Click below or call the office to sign-up and for details.

Important Topics:


  • We will be running a practice lockdown drill next week with Needham Risk Management observing our process.
  • Our District Safety Committee also met this past week to continue to refine our practices.

Attendance Reminder:

  • If your child is absent and they are able to log into the teacher's Google Classroom for the core subject areas, they are eligible to receive attendance credit for the day. Please make arrangements with the classroom homeroom teacher.
  • If your child is in a situation where remote learning pertains to them, has internet capability, and is not logged onto the teacher's Google Classroom physically at their specified time(s)-they are marked absent.

Remote Learners:

  • Keep up the great work of logging in on time and completing assignments!

Curriculum At-A-Glance:

*Please note that these are just some of the skills that students are learning. Updated every two weeks. 1.22- 2.5

Pre K


  • Letters K, L
  • Stories about Penguins, Polar Bears, Groundhog Day


  • Rote counting 1-20
  • Writing, 1-7
  • Number 7



  • Writing Uppercase letters
  • Reading and writing consonant-vowel-consonant words


  • Writing 0-20
  • Counting on from a given number
  • Touch Point Addition

First Grade


  • Blends

  • Glued sounds

  • Writing


  • Place value

  • Addition and subtraction fluency

  • Writing numbers 1-20

Second Grade


  • Setting

  • Punctuation and capitalization in sentences

  • Groundhog Day ELA activities

  • Comprehension - main idea

  • Vowel digraphs


  • Telling time to 5 minutes

  • Addition (renaming)

  • Coins- Pennies, nickels and dimes

Third Grade


  • Spelling (/g/ & /n/)
  • Past, present, future tense
  • Cause & Effect
  • Paragraph writing
  • Short response (RADD)


  • Understanding Area
  • Using Multiplication to Find Area

ATTENDANCE MATTERS-Check out this article below from our last MJT Weekly...

Chronic absence — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. Read this research summary for more details.

General Announcements:

Emergency Activity Lessons/packet GRADES UPK-2: In the event of a brief (24-48 hour) closure, an emergency hard copy packet was sent home with your child at the start of the school year with an attached letter explaining this process. These activities arranged by grade level are now also posted on our MJT Webpage for easy access. You may have received updated materials from the classroom teacher. These activities are only for a 24-48 hour closure. After this duration, we will activate our Chromebook deployment and each child will receive their Closure Class Schedule from their teacher for full online/remote learning. Faculty and Staff will be checking in with you and your child during this time.

GRADE 3: In the event of a brief (24-48 hour) closure, grade 3 will use the full remote schedule that was sent to families by their respective teachers. This is due to students traveling with Chromebooks each day.

In some cases, the re-closure work below has been updated by your child's teacher and you have been notified.