Exterior picture of the Paul Hanlon School
A kindergarten student inspecting a leaf
Grade 3 students in outdoor music class
Grade 3 students practicing yoga
Second graders dancing in the rain
A student reaches to catch a green ball during a recess game.
Fourth graders participate in a lesson
A gorgeous rainbow over the Hanlon School


Hanlon Core Values

Welcome to the Paul R. Hanlon School, a K-5 elementary school where we strive to foster the best possible environment for teaching and learning.  At Hanlon, we celebrate and honor the similarities and differences of individual students while building a learning community where children feel safe, known, and challenged.  The Hanlon staff is committed to seeking continuous improvement, supporting high expectations, and providing challenging learning experiences that facilitate each child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. We value collaboration, perseverance, and risk-taking. We encourage all children to give their best, and to view their mistakes as learning experiences that build character and resiliency. Our core values guide how the Hanlon community learns, works, and plays together.


Achieve academic success in a safe and nurturing environment

Develop knowledge and understanding through exploration and discovery

Demonstrate effort, pride, respect and responsibility

Principal's Message

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November 16, 2020

Dear Hanlon Families,

We had wonderful discussions and celebrations for Friendship Week last week.  Across classrooms, students discussed literature, played games, sang songs, and created art to express their thoughts and feelings about friendship. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this Wednesday, November 18 and on Wednesday, December 9th.  Both days are half-days for students with dismissal at noon.  Teachers will not assign asynchronous work on half days, however it’s always appropriate for children to read, write, practice math facts and games, and play outside.  At your conference, the teacher will share how your child is doing in the areas typically discussed at this time in relation to effort, work habits, communication and responsibility.  Written report cards and progress reports for students in Special Education  will go home at the end of January and the end of June. 

Food Drive

Thank you to the many families who have gotten into the spirit of our competition with Deerfield School.  We are collecting nonperishable food items for the Food Pantry through November 20.  The school with the most donations gets to see the principal of the other school don a turkey costume and do a turkey trot around the school.  Hanlon for the win!

Book Fair

The virtual Book Fair takes place this week.  Families can order books online using this link https://parkstreetbooks.com/pages/hanlon-reads-2020.  Books will be distributed at Hanlon on Wednesday, December 2nd from 2:30-5:30PM.  

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break begins with a 12:00 noon dismissal on Wednesday, November 25, and no school on November 26 and 27. Although the holiday will feel different this year, we wish everyone a safe, small, cozy celebration with your family.  

School Pictures and Retakes

School picture packages should arrive before Thanksgiving.  Picture Retakes are scheduled for Monday, 11/30, for students in the 4-day model and the Monday cohort, and Friday 12/04 for the Thursday cohort.

COVID Questions?

The WPS Website is continually updated with resources and updates in response to COVID 19.  Our COVID Monitoring and Response Team is the first group to email with questions, symptoms, or if you are seeking guidance: wpscovidteam@westwood.k12.ma.usIf your child is exhibiting potential symptoms of COVID-19, do not send your child to school. Use the QR code on the WPS Daily Health Checklist or this link to report your child's symptoms. This will also generate an alert the WPS COVID-19 Monitoring and Response Team. Doing so will activate our internal protocols and will ensure that school nurses remain available to respond to typical school health issues. We appreciate in advance your cooperation with this important procedure. (All other non-COVID absences should be reported by emailing the homeroom teacher and the Main Office astaulo@westwood.k12.ma.us).

News from Ms. Galvin’s Health Office 

Students in Grades K-12 are required to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Please send all flu vaccine documentation to egalvin@westwood.k12.ma.us as soon as possible.

School Committee

Did you know that Amanda Phillips is Hanlon’s School Committee Representative?  If you have questions, contact Ms. Phillips at aphillips-sc@westwood.k12.ma.us


Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information


Email the Hanlon PTO: HanlonPTO@westwood.k12.ma.us

Visit the Hanlon PTO website: Click here

Board Member/Volunteer Position/Hanlon Connection

  • Julie MacDonald, Co-President, Mom to a third grader
  • Dori Parmelee, Co-President, Mom to a fourth grader
  • John Carey, Treasurer, Dad to a fourth grader and a Kindergartner
  • Carolyn Miazga, Secretary, Mom to a second grader
  • Meg Carleton, Event Co-Chair, Mom to a first grader and a second grader
  • Serina Barkley, Event Co-Chair, Mom to a fifth grader and a third grader
  • Cassie Smith, Communication Co-Chair, Mom to Charlotte a third grader and a first grader
  • Chrissy Lamont, Communication Co-Chair, Mom to a fourth grader and a first grader
  • Stephanie Finegold, Special Education Chair (SEPAC), Mom to a fourth grader


Teacher Representatives

  • Sarah Cronin, Principal 
  • Jen Stygles, Grades K-2
  • Rena Rizzi, Grades 3-5
  • Lisa Fass, Special Education



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PTO Meetings 20-21 All meetings take place virtually at 7PM

October 14th: Open Meeting
January 6th:  Open meeting
March 3rd:  Open meeting
May 5th:  Open meeting

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