A Message From Eliot's Principal  
Roderick MacNeal, Jr.

Dear Parent/Guardian;

I would like to welcome all parents to a brand new year. Our goal at the Eliot school is to provide a comprehensive educational experience that focuses on the academic achievement, as well as, the social and emotional growth of all students.

Teachers and staff support students academically by adopting an individualized approach to instruction that allows each student to reach his/her potential.  We base our instructional goals on the common core curriculum, which challenges students to develop their critical thinking skills by thinking deeper about the content.  In this format, teachers use assessment data to inform their instruction and to evaluate individual student growth.  

In addition to academic growth, students at the Eliot school receive multiple opportunities to learn through community service projects.  Past projects have included making lunches for the homeless, and sending holiday cards and care packages overseas to our military men and women.

I encourage all parents/guardians to reach out to me or other staff members regarding questions, comments, or suggestions on how we can further our goal of making Eliot a premier place for growth and learning.

Roderick MacNeal, Jr.

John Eliot Elementary School
135 Wellesley Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Roderick MacNeal, Jr., Principal

Mona Maas, Assistant Principal &
Special Education Coordinator

Susan Rains, Lead Secretary

Telephone: 781-455-0452
Fax: 781-455-0852
School Hours
Grades 1 thru 5
8:20 am - 2:45 pm

AM Kindergarten
8:20 - 11:03 am

PM Kindergarten
12:02 - 2:45 pm

Early Release
8:20 am - 12:15 pm

Delayed Opening
10:20 am - 2:45 pm
Upcoming Events
January 20
Delayed Opening - 2 hours
School starts at 10:20am

January 24
Eliot Goes To Harvard - Basketball Game

January 29
Early Release
Dismissal at 12:15pm

February 7
Check It Out Science

February 10
Delayed Opening - 2 Hours
School Starts at 10:20am

February 11
PTC Meeting (8:45am)
Performance Center

February 13
School Closes at End of Day
for February Recess

March 3
Early Release
Dismissal at 12:15pm

March 6
Eliot-Hillside Basketball Game

March 14
Eliot Evening Out

March 17
PTC Meeting (7pm)
Performance Center

March 28
Community Service Day

March 31
Early Release
Dismissal at 12:15pm

April 3
School Closed for Good Friday

April 14
Delayed Opening - 2 Hours
School Starts at 10:20am

April 17
School Closes at End of Day for
Spring Recess