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

Forms & Documents


Principal's Message

December 2, 2016

Dear Hanlon Families,

    In my last Post, I wrote about our All School Theme: Be Generous.  I’m thrilled to report that Hanlon students are exemplifying the spirit of generosity every day.  Last Monday, I was in Ms. Velluti’s class at the end of the day and noted several students staying back to pick things up off the floor, and I saw one 5th grader return to the classroom to turn over attendance cards for students who forgot.  At morning recess, I watched a first grader take a kindergartener by the hand and invite him to play on the structure.  In the hallway, I saw a second grader pick up a dropped sweatshirt to hand to a classmate.  These small acts of generosity are reminders of what kind, thoughtful children we have at Hanlon.  


Food Pantry Donations/Peace Project

Our donation bin to the Westwood Food Pantry is overflowing.  The Fay Family brought 204 items to the senior center garage this week.  Our final donation delivery will go out on December 14th.  Thank you for helping to model our school-wide theme of generosity within your families.


Holiday Fair

I hope to see many of you at our PTO Holiday Fair on Friday, December 9th from 6:00-7:30PM.  Volunteers are still needed for this awesome Hanlon event.  I brought my children last year, and they enjoyed shopping in the gym while my husband and I relaxed in the cafeteria.  I was thankful that the 5th graders were there to guide my youngest around the gift tables, help him make good choices about budgeting his tickets, and making sure he found something for everyone on his list.  It was a great experience for all us!  In addition to the many crafts and items for purchase, the 5th Grade Activities Committee is raffling off a Chromebook.  Click here to see the flyer.  There is so much to do and see at the Holiday Fair. I hope you’ll join us!  


Teacher Gifts

As we approach the holiday season, many parents ask about gifts.  Teacher gifts are optional and no one should feel obligated to participate.  However, if you are considering a teacher gift, or contributing to a class gift, please note that public employees, including teachers, are not permitted to accept personal gifts with a value of $50 or higher.  Class gifts up to $150 may be given if the gift is identified as only being from the class and the identity of individual givers and/or amounts are not identified to the recipient.


Grade 5 Winter Concert

The Grade 5 Chorus Winter Music Performance will be Fri., Dec. 16th at 2:00PM in the Gym. This performance is for parents and families of grade 5 students, as well as students in grades K-4.   


Lunch Cards

All students are provided with a lunch card beginning in Kindergarten.  Families who choose to use the school lunch program, can set up their child’s lunch account using the myschoolbucks website linked through the district page.  For students who don’t regularly purchase lunch, these cards can be used “in a pinch” on days that children forget to bring a lunch. A bill will appear on a monthly statement.   Teachers do not eat with students, thus parents and guardians are responsible for communicating lunch plans to their children.  Some families may decide that they do not want their children to have access to the lunch card at all, so that their children do not make unapproved lunch purchases.  If this is the case, please email your child’s teacher and ask them to remove your child’s card from circulation.  We cannot remove cards on a day by day basis, so removal of the card is an “all or nothing” option.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Cronin if you have any questions.  



Our Lost’n’Found has filled two full garment racks in the main lobby.  All unclaimed items will be donated over December Break, so please take a minute to stop in and see if there is anything that belongs to your family.


Front Circle Traffic

The circular driveway in front of the main entrance is closed to cars in the morning from 8:00-8:45 AM, and in the afternoon from 2:45-3:30 PM. The reason for this closure is to allow buses and vans safe access. Permission can be granted for special circumstances. Email Mrs. Cronin at


Tech Tidbits from Mr. Goguen

December 5 - 11 is Computer Science Education Week! CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). I also wrote about this topic on 2/26/16.  


Why is it important for students to learn computer science?

Computer science is a foundational field for every 21st century career or field of study. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. Research shows that students who study computer science also perform better at math.

Besides, computer science is where the jobs are. More than 50% of all jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are computing jobs. Some other stats:

  • Computer science is one of the highest-paid college degree for new graduates.

  • Computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average -- but there aren’t enough graduates to fill these jobs.

  • Nine out of 10 K-12 schools do not offer computer programming classes.

  • In 35 out of 50 states, computer science does not even count toward high school graduation.

(This was reprinted from

~ blog of previous postings


WHS Dance Marathon

The Westwood High School Senior Independent Project Program would like to invite you to Westwood's 2nd Annual Dance Marathon. Over the past month, Westwood High has been raising money for Boston Children's Hospital trying to reach a goal of $30,000. In celebration of our fundraising and Boston Children's we will be hosting an event on Sunday, December 11th, from 1 pm-4 pm in the WHS gymnasium.

It’s a day that’s filled with dancing, music, games, bouncy houses, obstacle courses, face painting and all kinds of amazing raffle prizes!

Above all else, the Dance Marathon is for the Miracle Families of Boston Children’s Hospital, who will be there to share their stories and thank you for your support!


Our fundraising page can be found here :


Our Facebook page is:


PTO Updates & Information

Save the Date:

The Hanlon Holiday Fair is on Friday December 9th from 6:00-7:30PM.  Send your child with a shopping list and he or she can use their tickets to shop from a wide array of items.   We will need many volunteers to help make the night run smoothly.  Stay tuned for more information!

Hello Hanlon Families! Your PTO is asking for your help. 
We have many opportunities for volunteers and would love to have you join us!  We are seeking people to fill positions for next year.  A great way to learn about what's involved is to shadow current PTO leaders.  Next year, we will need an Events Coordinator (Board Member- 2 year position), a Math League Coordinator, and a Science Fair Chairperson.  Please contact Amanda Drainville (PTO Event Coordinator) if interested.

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

Scheduled Meetings

  • Thursday, June 1 at 7:30PM

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