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

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!



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

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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