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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.

THE HANLON SCHOOL’S CORE VALUES

Achieve academic success in a safe and nurturing environment

Develop knowledge and understanding through exploration and discovery

Demonstrate effort, pride, respect and responsibility

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Principal's Message

November 11, 2017

Dear Hanlon Families,

    Last year, Hanlon’s teacher-led Inclusive Schools Committee did great things to promote a sense of belonging amongst students.  Schoolwide activities included: Mix it Up at Lunch, “I Feel Included When…” rainbow paper chains, classroom read-alouds with inclusive themes, and a Spirit Day focused on including all students.  This year, our teacher team has renamed themselves the Hanlon WEB Committee.  Still doing the same kinds of inclusive work, WEB stands for: Where Everyone Belongs.  As we prepare for National Inclusive Schools Week (Dec. 4-8), the WEB Committee is busy making plans for school-wide activities and experiences that make all students and families feel welcomed, safe, and supported.  Stay tuned for more information!

 

Picture Retakes

Coffeepond Photography returns to Hanlon this Tuesday morning, 11/14, to take school pictures for students who either missed school pictures or were dissatisfied with their first try.  Simply bring back the envelope of “first takes” to have your child’s photo retaken.

 

Spirit Day: Westwood Day

Student Council has planned our next Spirit Day for Thursday, November 16th.  Students are invited to wear their Westwood clothing, or green and white colors.  Please do not wear hats or bring sports equipment.  

 

Book Fair

The Hanlon Book Fair is also scheduled for Thursday, November 16th.  Students will attend the Fair with their classes.  The Fair will remain open 8:30AM-6:00PM for families who would like to shop after school.  Teachers will put together Wish Lists in case families would like to donate books to their classrooms.  Books with diverse protagonists and themes will be available for purchase.  

 

Veteran’s Day

It was nice to see so many Hanlon families attend the Wounded Warriors v. NFL Alumni game at Xaverian Brothers this Saturday.  Although it was a cold one, the game was lively and a lot of fun.  It was great for kids to see a living example of the resilience of the veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the people wounded in the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Thank you to all the brave men and women who serve in our military.

 

Hanlon Halloween Party

The Halloween Party was a huge success!  Many thanks to Jackie Keaveney, Event Chair, and to Kevin Mullen, Haunted Hallway Maestro.  The Party relies on many parent volunteers to make the night happen, so thank you to all who donated your time and efforts to make the night so much fun for our families. Your commitment to the school is greatly appreciated.

 

Halloween Candy and Unicef Donations

Many thanks to the Hanlon families who donated their unwanted Halloween candy to the U.S. Troops serving overseas. We collected an enormous box of treats!  An extra-special thanks goes to Deirdre Slocum for delivering candy on behalf of all the elementary schools.  The Student Council also thanks the children and families who collected change for Unicef.

 

Thanksgiving Break/Dismissal

Please note that students will be dismissed at noon (not 11:50) on Wednesday, Nov. 22 for the Thanksgiving Break.  We wish you all a happy holiday with family and friends.  School will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 28, as the teachers have a full-day Professional Development on Monday, Nov. 27th.  

 

Holiday Fair

The Hanlon Holiday Fair is planned for Friday, December 8th.  The gym will be filled with lots of great gifts for children to buy with their pre-purchased tickets.  Gift wrapping is available and enables the children to keep their gifts a surprise!  Adults and younger siblings are invited to relax, do crafts, and decorate cookies while Hanlon students do their shopping in secret.  Fifth grade helpers will be available to guide Kindergartners through the shopping tables and help them budget their tickets.  The Holiday Fair is for current Hanlon students, their younger siblings, and their parents/guardians.   Fliers will be coming home soon!

 

Used Legos Wanted

    Hanlon is looking for donations of gently used Legos for a variety of uses with students.  If you have Legos to donate, please drop them off in the Main Office.

 

October 23, 2017

Dear Hanlon Families,

    Have you heard about makerspaces? Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways for students to design, experiment, and invent as they engage in science, engineering and tinkering.  Did you know that the Hanlon Library has its very own Learning Lab/ Makerspace? Students have opportunities to use materials to create design challenges that connect with our STEMscopes science curriculum and other curriculum topics. In small teams, students collaborate, create, design, engineer, make mistakes, persevere and try out their ideas. Currently, 4th graders are in a Learning Lab cycle twice a week. More students will be invited to Learning Labs as the year progresses.

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Did you miss out on meeting the Superintendent at our last PTO meeting?    

Please join Superintendent Emily Parks for Dessert with the Superintendent on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm in the Professional Development Room at Westwood High School. This is an opportunity to discuss your perspective on the district and your hopes and expectations for your children’s experience in school.

 

MCAS

Parents of students in Grades 3-5 can expect their MCAS reports to be mailed home next week.

 

Tech Tidbits

Internet Safety - This very short questionnaire is an effort to gain insight into the conversations that take place at home surrounding internet safety.  If you have a 2nd - 5th grader, please take 2 minutes to respond.  So far, we’ve had 18 families respond the the survey.  Let’s see if we can beat that this week!  Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

 

Halloween Party

PTO is looking forward to seeing many Hanlon families at our Halloween Party Friday,October 27th from 6:30 to 8PM.  Whether your kids are drawn by the DJ, the photo booth, or the Haunted Hallway, there is sure to be something fun for everyone.  Please remember that the party is not a drop-off event, and parents are responsible for supervising their children the entire time.  Please help us keep things safe by ensuring that your child does not run around the gym, nor in the hallways.  We ask that only current Hanlon students and younger siblings attend.  The Haunted Hallway is always very well-done, but it can be scary for younger children.  Parents are the best judge of whether or not to bring younger children through.  In order to put on the Halloween Party, we rely heavily on volunteers.  Thank you in advance to those who have already volunteered to make the night a success!

 

Halloween Costume Drive

Fourteen years ago, a Downey family began this Costume Drive to help children in need.  The first year, 25 children received new costumes.  Through the generous support of our town, 10,000 children who would not be able to dress up for Halloween have had the chance to do so.  There are many more children waiting for costumes.  If you have gently used or new costumes or accessories to donate, please drop it off in the orange bin by the main office.  Donations will be accepted through Oct. 29th.   No donation is too small!  Hanlon will also run a Candy Collection Drive after the holiday.  More information will be sent out later in the month.

 

Trick or Treat for Unicef

The Hanlon Student Council is sponsoring a Unicef collection for children in need. Students who would like to participate can go trick or treating with their Unicef boxes and candy bags at the same time. The money will be donated to children around the world who need education, clean water and medication. It’s a great cause!  Unicef money will be collected through November 9th.

 

Donate Unwanted Halloween Candy

Hanlon has been invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 10th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. Troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 8th, we will be collecting candy, handwritten notes, and cards for our soldiers.  Our goal is to teach the kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.  Let's keep this fun tradition going!  Drop off candy in the box in front of the Main Office. While there is no rule about bringing in candy to eat at school, families are discouraged from sending Halloween candy in snacks and lunches.

 

Spirit Day: Westwood Day

Student Council has planned our next Spirit Day for November 16th.  Students are invited to wear their Westwood clothing or green and white colors.  Please do not wear hats or bring sports equipment.  

 

Used Legos Wanted

    Hanlon is looking for donations of gently used Legos for a variety of uses with students.  If you have Legos to donate, please drop them off in the Main Office.

 

October 11, 2017

Dear Hanlon Families,

    In my last Principal Post, I wrote about the benefits of developing a Growth Mindset in children.  Helping kids view difficulty and challenges as opportunities can have important benefits as children go through life.  I’ve started using some conversations starters with my children on the ride home from school and at dinner.  When I ask my daughter, “How was school today?” I usually get an earful.  But from my nine year old son, I often get the bare minimum: “Fine,” or “Good.”  It’s harder to tease out what his third grade experience is like, so I have to be more creative with my questions.  I’ve had some success using the questions below, which are a little more involved than “How was your day?” and also help to develop that Growth Mindset:

  • What did you do today that made you think hard?

  • What mistake did you make today that taught you something?

  • What happened today that made you keep on going?

When I first started our afternoon conversations this way, I admit, he didn’t exactly open up.  In fact, he looked at me like I had ten heads.  But we’re a few weeks into the school year now, and our conversations are starting to flow a little better. I’ve been sharing some of my own examples with him to help model that I too, face challenges at work.  I hope you’ll give these questions a try with your kids!  I’m interested to see how it goes, so pull me aside at drop-off or dismissal!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Best,

Sarah

PTO Meeting- Monday 10/16

I hope to see many of you at our PTO Meeting on Monday, October 16th, in the Hanlon Cafeteria.  We'll be joined by Superintendent Emily Parks and School Committee Representative Carol Lewis.  Ms. Parks is actively seeking input from Hanlon Families on three questions:

  • What are the strengths of the district? Of Hanlon School?

  • What does the district/school need to work on?

  • What do you think the district/school must maintain at all costs?

This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.  I hope to see you there!

 

Seeking Parent Help at Dismissal

    We’ve noticed an increase in the amount of sand and rocks being “transported” around the playground by children after school.  While it can be great fun to load up the dump trucks and drive them around, we’ve had several children slip and fall on sand that has been dumped on the basketball court.  Our custodian, Mr. Patjane, has been sweeping the court for safety, but the sand and rocks keep reappearing.  We are hoping that parents will help us by paying attention and intervening when they notice children bringing sand to the basketball court and hardtop areas.  Thank you for your help!

 

Spirit Day

    Congratulations to this year’s Student Council members:

From 5V: Allie, Grace, Caleb, and Max

From 4FB: Anna, Maddi, Jacob, and Trevor

From 4R: Addy, Layla, Aidan, and Basil

At their first meeting, they decided that our first Spirit Day will be a Celtics Day.  Students are invited to wear green and white, or Celtics gear on Tuesday, October 17th.  Please keep hats and sports equipment at home.  

 

PTO Dining Fundraiser

Help support the PTO by dining in or ordering take-out from Bamboo on October 18th from 5-8:30PM.   Bamboo will donate 20% of the proceeds to PTO.  You’ll need to present the PTO flyer, so click here to download it.   

 

Tech Tidbits

Internet Safety - This very short questionnaire is an effort to gain insight into the conversations that take place at home surrounding internet safety.  If you have a 2nd - 5th grader, please take 2 minutes to respond.  So far, we’ve had 11 families respond the the survey.  Let’s see if we can beat that this week!  Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

 

Google Accounts - Do you know your child’s login information? Students in grades 3-5 have access to Google for Education’s suite of products (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, Forms, Maps and more). Most teachers also utilize Google Classroom to help tie it all together and make digital management easier. Parents are encouraged to engage in conversations and occasionally sign into their child’s account to ensure “appropriate use” of the tools. The Share option is a particularly powerful feature that, without supervision, can be used for unexpected content distribution. Students are reminded in September (and throughout the year) that the accounts are for education & learning and that all use must be approved by the classroom teacher. As a parent, you have the option of opening a personal Google account for your child but be aware that the age restriction is 13.

 

Hardware - What has changed since last year?  The WPS are now 1-to-1 with Chromebooks in grade 5. In contrast to middle school, these computers will not be available for students to take home. Next year, the district will officially be 1-to-1 in grades 3-5. Our grade 2 classes are now sharing the new touchscreen Chromebooks purchased to support the Grade 3 Coding special. They access the Chrome accounts via a QR coded card. It’s very cool technology. Grades K -1 still have access to 6 iPads in the classroom.  Speaking of iPads, we added 11 iPads that are available for any teacher or class to borrow from the library.

 

Library News from Ms. Silverstein

Now that your child(ren) are borrowing library materials, please help them remember to return everything on their library day. Students can renew materials they’re still using by bringing them in and renewing. They can also bring in overdue materials and drop them in the library return slot any day.

Thank you to all of the people who are volunteering in the library already this year! If you are the parent of a 1st, 3rd, or 4th grader, we could use your help!  Please click here to see when you are needed. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Ms. Silverstein

 

Hanlon School Site Council Update

Our Site Council will be up and running this month!  Many thanks to Chris Causey, Jason Hatcher, Christina Martin, and Mandy Taft-Pearman for serving as parent representatives!

 

Halloween Party

PTO will be sending out information about the upcoming Halloween Party which will be held on Friday, 10/27 from 6:30 to 8PM.  Whether your kids are drawn by the DJ, the photo booth, or the Haunted Hallway, there is sure to be something fun for everyone.  Please remember that the party is not a drop-off event, and parents are responsible for supervising their children the entire time.  We ask that you help us to keep things safe by ensuring that your child does not run around the gym, nor in the hallways.  We ask that only current Hanlon students, their younger siblings, and their parents/guardians attend.  The Haunted Hallway is always very well-done, but it can be scary for younger children.  Parents are the best judge of whether or not to bring younger children through.  In order to put on the Halloween Party, we rely heavily on volunteers.  There are lots of ways to get involved and help. Please contact Jackie Keaveny or Ms. Cronin to have the volunteer sign-up sent to you.

 

Halloween Costume Drive

Fourteen years ago, a Downey family began a Costume Drive to help children in need.  The first year, 25 children received new costumes.  Through the generous support of our town, 10,000 children who would not be able to dress up for Halloween have had the chance to do so.  There are many more children waiting for costumes.  If you have gently used or new costumes or accessories to donate, please drop it off in the orange bin by the main office.  Donations will be accepted through Oct. 29th.   No donation is too small!  Hanlon will also run a Candy Collection Drive after the holiday.  More information on the Candy Drive will be sent out later in the month.

 

Used Legos Wanted

    Hanlon is looking for donations of gently used Legos for a variety of uses with students.  If you have Legos to donate, please drop them off in the Main Office.

 

School Committee

Did you know that Carol Lewis is Hanlon’s School Committee Representative?  If you have questions, contact Ms. Lewis at cswjlewis@gmail.com.

PTO Updates & Information

PTO Board

Co-President: Mary Kate Ferreira
Co-President: Lynn Weston
Secretary: Katie Roche
Treasurer: Allison Gustie
Events Chair: Liz Collins

 

PTO Calendar

*Click here to access the PTO Google Calendar.  Click the +Google in the lower right hand corner to add it to your personal calendar.  

PTO Board Meeting Minutes

Click the date to read the minutes from August 23, 2016

Click the date to read the minutes from October 13, 2016

Click the date to read the minutes from December 7, 2016

Click the date to read the minutes from February 7, 2017

Click the date to read the minutes from April 9, 2017

Click the date to read the minutes from June 12, 2017

Click the date to read the minutes from August 30, 2017

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