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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

Forms & Documents

Principal's Message

November 13, 2018

 

Square 1 Art

Were you surprised to find stickers of your child’s self-portrait in the backpack a few weeks ago?  These one-of-a-kind works of art capture your child perfectly at this moment in time. The Hanlon PTO chose this personalized fundraiser just in time for the holidays.  Perhaps the grandparents would like coffee mugs with your child’s masterpiece on them. Or maybe you’d like to turn the portrait into a set of thank-you notes for your child to send to relatives after a birthday.  Support our PTO and affirm your child’s creativity by placing your Square 1 Art order online before Nov. 14.

 

Spirit Day- Nov. 15

Student Council has decided that our next Spirit Day will be Favorite Color Day.  Wear your favorite colors to school. No hats, please!

 

Holiday Fair- Friday, December 7th 6:00-7:00PM (*5th graders shop at 5:30 so they can help the K and 1st grade students)

Calling all Hanlon parents and guardians.  The Holiday Fair is a kid-favorite! They love shopping for holiday gifts for their loved ones behind the secret, gift-wrapped windows of the gym.  We’ve had very few volunteers sign up so far, so we’re hoping for your help. Click here to find out how you can help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D45ADA82AA2F58-hanlon

 

Math League

Registration for Math League is now open for students in Grades 3-5.  Click here to read about Math League and to register your child. The first meeting will be on Friday, December 7th.  

 

Book Fair

Thanks to the generosity of the Hanlon community, the Book Fair was a huge success!  We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who spent their valuable time helping out at the fair.  We could never have had such a successful event without the help of the following people: Jen Atkins, Shadi Bonakdar, Ginny Causey, Susanna Cerulli, Mary Kate Ferreira, Stephanie Finegold, Cheryl Gumulak, Alison Gustie, Jason Hatcher, Jackie Keaveney, KelliAnn Kenneally, Christina Martin, Elizabeth Pond, Cathleen Power, Rachel Shanshiry, Amber Stepper, Sandy Yoon, and Ada Zhong. Special thanks to the family members who helped too (Nick Donnelly, May, Rose, James and Thomas)!

Thanks again & happy reading!

Book Fair Committee

Amanda Drainville, Kathy Beggan and Trish Donnelly

If your child was hoping for more books, check out Park Street Books in Medfield on Rt. 109.  

 

Thanksgiving Early Release

Please note that on Wednesday, November 21st Hanlon students will be dismissed at 12:00 Noon (instead of 11:50) to begin the Thanksgiving break. NO LUNCH will be served

 

Hale’s 3rd Annual #OptOutside Scavenger Hunt

What are you doing the day after Thanksgiving?  On Friday, November 23, gather friends and family and head to Hale for its third annual #OptOutside Scavenger Hunt!  This self-guided adventure is free and open to the public. Hike scenic trails, complete fun activities, and enter to win a Hale Summer Club Staycation Pass (valued at $530; learn more). Seven treasure boxes will be hidden among Hale’s 1,137 acres. Park at Trading Post, pick up a map and clues, and begin your search!  As you find each box, you’ll learn about Hale’s history, complete activities and challenges, and learn about natural features in the area.

 

Westwood Holiday Gift Giving Program

The holidays can be a very difficult time for many families.  If you are in need of assistance or know a family in need of assistance during the holiday season, the Westwood Youth and Family Services Holiday Gift Giving Program confidentially matches donors with Westwood families needing assistance purchasing gifts for their children during this holiday season.  To participate or to donate gifts, please contact WYFS at 781-320-1006. Please click here to see the flyer for more information.

 

Coats for Kids

Extended Day’s annual collection for the Coats For Kids program has started. Coats For Kids is a community service program sponsored by Anton’s Cleaners. The goal this year is to collect as many good quality winter coats as possible for children and adults. The Coats For Kids mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat will have one. Coats are collected and then delivered to Anton’s Cleaners where they are cleaned without cost and then distributed to those in need. We are collecting coats of all sizes for children, adults and babies. Donations must be of good quality, with no rips, holes, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains – coats you would give a friend to wear. No sweatshirts, vests or spring coats. We will be collecting coats until Friday December 22nd.  Donations can be dropped off at Extended Day.

 

MCAS Testing Schedule

The district has published a calendar for this spring’s MCAS testing.  Parents of students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will want to mark their calendars with the testing dates relative to their child’s grade level.  Please keep these dates in mind when planning your spring vacation travel. While we do offer make-up testing for students who are absent, it’s always preferable for children to take the MCAS with their classmates when possible. Click here to see the calendar of MCAS testing dates.  

 

November 1, 2018

 

Book Fair

Park Street Books will be at Hanlon on Thursday, Nov. 8th from 8:30AM-5:30PM, with an Ice Cream social from 4:30-5:30PM.  Families have four options for buying books:

 

  • Volunteer to attend the Fair with your child’s class
  • Visit the Fair at any point during the day on Thursday
  • Send your child with cash in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name
  • Have your child complete a ‘wish-list’ when their class visits the Fair and make the purchases later that same day.  

 

Thank you in advance to Amanda Drainville, Trish Donnelly, and Kathy Beggan for coordinating the Fair!

 

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time is this weekend.  Remember to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday morning.

 

Donate Candy to the Troops

We will be collecting unwanted Halloween candy from Nov. 1st - 6th to send to US troops serving overseas to let them know we are thinking of them.  We are also collecting cards, letters, and drawings to thank the troops for their service and to brighten their days.

 

Parent Forums - This year, the district is planning a series of parent forums.  We hope that you will find a topic of interest to you. Click here for a full list of the programs offered this year.  Our next program will be: Thursday, November 8, 7pm, High School Little Theater

Limit Setting in the Age of Technology: Effective Strategies for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

 

Halloween - A special thank you to Jackie Keaveney for organizing the Halloween Party and Kevin Mullen for running the Haunted Hallway.  Thank you to all the volunteers who set up, worked the party, cleaned up, and make the night so special: Ginny Causey, Tiger Allen, Heather & Thai Do, Chris Kelly, Marianne Miller, Mark Stepper, Jennifer Chen, Susanna Cerulli, Marianne Miller, Kent Wong, Peter Cook, Junjie Lu, Sally Hatcher, Hui Zhi, Nareesa Rajput,  Sherry Habashy, Mary Kate Ferreira, Elizabeth Collins, Anne Donahue, Megan Carleton, Kristin Carolan, Ethel McDonnell, Sara Michelmore, Katie Roche, Amy Meredith, Denise McGinnis, Brian Drainville, Joe McNally, Kerry O'Leary, Matt Courchene, Stephanie Finegold, Garrett Cerulli, Dave Collins, Rob Moran, Brendan Reeves, Jared Ross, Nigel Smith, Tracey Presley, Mandy Taft-Pearman, Kerry Aglugub, Kathy Beggan, Allison Moran, David Carolan, Joe Basto, Meredith DiBattista, Joanna Hamilton,  

 

November Status Reports

Families can expect to receive November Progress Reports in your child’s backpack at least two days before your Parent/Teacher Conference.  The Status Report contains information about four areas: Effort, Oral Communication, Respect & Responsibility, and Work Habits. The first academic report card will be sent home at the end of January.

 

Picture Retakes

Coffee Pond will be at Hanlon on the morning of November 14th to take school pictures for students who were absent on Picture Day, and for those who were dissatisfied with their child’s picture.  Simply send in the unsatisfactory pictures between now and the 14th.

 

Thanksgiving Early Release

Please note that on Wednesday, November 21st Hanlon students will be dismissed at 12:00 Noon (instead of 11:50) to begin the Thanksgiving break. NO LUNCH will be served

 

Westwood Holiday Gift Giving Program

The holidays can be a very difficult time for many families.  If you are in need of assistance or know a family in need of assistance during the holiday season, the Westwood Youth and Family Services Holiday Gift Giving Program confidentially matches donors with Westwood families needing assistance purchasing gifts for their children during this holiday season. Here is a short video produced by Westwood Media Center about the program:https://youtu.be/dQ2WQoin1mE

To participate or to donate gifts, please contact WYFS at 781-320-1006 by November 2nd. Please click here to see the flyer for more information.

 

MCAS Testing Schedule

The district has published a calendar for this spring’s MCAS testing.  Parents of students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will want to mark their calendars with the testing dates relative to their child’s grade level.  Please keep these dates in mind when planning your spring vacation travel. While we do offer make-up testing for students who are absent, it’s always preferable for children to take the MCAS with their classmates when possible. Click here to see the calendar of MCAS testing dates.  

 

OT Corner by Ms. Fass

GO OLD SCHOOL!  The latest trend among Silicon Valley executives, ironically, is to ban screen time for their children. While that may seem extreme, it is a reminder to enjoy the developmental benefits of old school blocks, legos, clay or theraputty, drawing, painting, kinetic or moon sand, sticker scenes, felt boards, crafts, board games etc. (I have yet to meet a child of any age who dislikes theraputty.)  Using an easel for painting, felt or sticker scenes, and drawing promotes proper position for body and hand use for that activity.

 

Coats for Kids

Extended Day’s annual collection for the Coats For Kids program has started. Coats For Kids is a community service program sponsored by Anton’s Cleaners. The goal this year is to collect as many good quality winter coats as possible for children and adults. The Coats For Kids mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat will have one. Coats are collected and then delivered to Anton’s Cleaners where they are cleaned without cost and then distributed to those in need. We are collecting coats of all sizes for children, adults and babies. Donations must be of good quality, with no rips, holes, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains – coats you would give a friend to wear. No sweatshirts, vests or spring coats. We will be collecting coats until Friday December 22nd.  Donations can be dropped off at Extended Day.

 

October 10, 2018

Dear Hanlon Families,

This beautiful October weather has children playing outside during recess and during PE.  We make it a point to get kids outside into the fresh air a little bit every day as long as weather permits.  Outdoor play is important for a number of reasons. Physical exercise, appreciation of nature, and increased creativity are just a few things that come to mind.  With today’s ubiquitous access to screens, it’s more important than ever to schedule time out in nature for both children and adults. Here is a link to an article from the Child Mind Institute that makes a compelling case for getting children outside to play.  

 

In that vein, I wanted to give a quick update about the Hanlon playground.  WPS is working with a playground equipment company and we are in the process of getting quotes on a number of pieces.  We hope to add a slide to our existing structure and a net-climber to the space where the Moon-climber was. Although the process is slow, we are working to get replacements in as quickly as we can.  In the meantime, children are enjoying the swings, playing ball games, exploring the small area of woods, jumping rope, and playing on the existing structure. I will continue to update you on the progress of the playground.

 

PTO Meeting

All Hanlon Families are invited to a PTO Meeting on Monday, October 15th at 7PM in the Hanlon cafeteria.  Attending PTO meetings is a great way to connect with other parents and to find out what is happening at school.  We hope you can join us!

 

Student Council

Student Council members are elected by their classmates and their responsibilities include: sponsoring community service projects, gathering input from students K-5, choosing Spirit Day themes, and helping to emcee All School Meetings.  

Congratulations to this year’s Student Council members and to all who ran this year:

4R: Rhys, Campbell

4FB: Claire, Zach

5V: Emma, Sam, Maggie, Julia

5B: Henrik, Narawut, Bella, Moira

 

Spirit Day

At their first meeting, this year’s Student Council decided that our first Spirit Day will be a Westwood Day.  All Hanlon students are invited to wear green and white on Thursday, October 18th. Please keep hats and sports equipment at home.

 

Halloween Costume Drive

Fifteen 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, 12,000 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 bag them, label them (ex: Spiderman Boys’ Size 5), and drop them off in the orange bin by the main office. Donations will be accepted through the morning of Monday Oct. 29th. No donation is too small! To see the flyer, click here.

 

Halloween Party

Hanlon PTO is looking forward to seeing many families at our Halloween Party Friday, October 26th 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.  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. The Haunted Hallway is always very well-done, but it can be scary for some children. Parents are the best judge of whether or not to bring younger children through.  Due to space constraints and safety, we ask that only current Hanlon students and their younger siblings attend.

 

In order to put on the Halloween Party, we rely heavily on volunteers. Here is the link to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4FAEAE22A4F49-hanlon3

Thank you in advance to those who have already volunteered to make the night a success!

  

Donate Unwanted Halloween Candy

Hanlon has been invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 11th 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.

 

Can I send Halloween candy into school for my child to eat?

While there is no rule about bringing in candy to eat at school, families are strongly discouraged from sending Halloween candy in snacks and lunches.

 

Health Room Notes from Ms. Galvin

Health Questions or Concerns-Does your child need to take medicine during the school day? Is there a change in their health status? Is your child having surgery? If you have any health questions or concerns, please call Eileen Galvin RN 781 326-7500 Ext 8424.  You can also check out the Westwood website in the health office section for forms and answers to frequently asked questions.

 

Screenings-Vision screening has begun for 4th and 5th graders. The school screening program is not a diagnostic service but provides screening for vision problems.  If your child needs further evaluation, a letter will be sent home. The results are kept in your child’s health record. Please feel free to call the nurse’s office with any questions regarding screenings.  Any written requests can be sent to egalvin@westwood.k12.ma.us The next grade for screenings will be the 3rd grade with vision and hearing. 4th graders are also screened for height and weight.

 

Westwood Annual Family Flu Clinic-The flu clinic is available to Westwood residents ages 5 and older.  Children Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. The flu clinic will run from 9A-12N Saturday, October 20th in the Westwood High School gymnasium on a first come first served basis.  Residents may receive the vaccine free of charge, but are asked to bring insurance cards with them so insurance can be billed.

 

OT Tips from Ms. Fass- Handwriting

Make handwriting fun at home!  Try liquid erasable window markers.  Car dealers use them to write on car windows.  The writing wipes off with a paper towel or wipe.  Draw for fun or have tiny writing contests to see who can write the smallest. Write their name for them to trace with a different color than the one you used.  Stand in your house in front of a window and write or draw something for them to trace on the outside of the window. Write their name backwards so they will see it correctly on the other side of the window. This will improve your own perceptual skills - it's not so easy to write backwards!

 

Book Fair

Hanlon’s PTO is partnering once again with Park Street Books to host our annual Book Fair on November 8th from 8:30AM-5:30PM in the Gym.  Every classroom will visit the Fair that day. Stay tuned for more information from your child’s teacher!

 

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes are scheduled for the morning of November 14th.  If your child was dissatisfied with their picture, bring in the unsatisfactory pictures to return to Coffee Pond.  If your child was absent for Picture Day, you can order online or request an order form from Ms. Goldstein: agoldstein@westwood.k12.ma.us.

 

Used Recess Equipment Welcomed

Hanlon School accepts donations of gently used playground balls (soccer, basketball, kickball, tennis, football), sand-pails, small shovels, beach toys, plastic trucks, hula hoops, skip-a-longs, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, etc.  Simply drop your donations off in the main office.

 

Hanlon School on Twitter

Did you know that we started a Hanlon School Twitter account?  Follow @HanlonSchool_ps to see photos of our #HappyatHanlon kids!

 

School Committee

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

 

PTO Updates & Information

PTO Board

Co-President: Serina Barkley
Co-President: Jason Hatcher
Secretary: Amanda Philips
Treasurer: Alison 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 30, 2017

Click the date to read the minutes from October 16, 2017

Click the date to read the minutes from January 24, 2018

Click the date to read the minutes from June 18, 2018

Click the date to read the minutes from October 15, 2018

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