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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

February 16, 2018

Dear Hanlon Families,

The Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics was held on Friday night.  The ceremony promotes the themes of Peace, Hope, Friendship, and Togetherness.  The Games will take place over sixteen days, and I encourage you to take some time to watch them with your children. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate diversity, perseverance and hard work.  Ms. Jennings, Hanlon’s Physical Education Teacher, has promoted the Games and opening ceremony with our students.  She highlights that even the best athletes in the world are not perfect; they too must overcome failure and strive for acceptance. The Games provide a spectacular display of athleticism, but perhaps more importantly, they demonstrate character and the commonalities between many diverse nations.  Enjoy!

 

Parent Book Discussion

We hope parents and guardians can join us for a book discussion of the book chosen for our One School, One Story: Stitchin' and Pullin' by Patricia McKissack.  Join us in the Hanlon Library on Tuesday, Feb. 13th at 7PM.  Thanks to Emily Mohr for facilitating the discussion. Click here for more detailed information.  Even if you are unable to join us, you may find some interesting ways to celebrate Black History Month with your children in this  flyer.  Whether your family likes to read, watch movies, visit places, or go online, you're sure to find something for everyone.

 

Mini Courses

We are pleased to announce our Spring Mini-Courses. Mini Courses are a group of classes held after school, and are taught by teachers and local professionals. The program provides an opportunity for students to learn new and exciting skills, while having fun with friends.  Click here to see a PDF with course descriptions.  A link for the online pre-registration will be sent to Hanlon families on Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 7PM.  

 

Happy Chinese New Year

Friday Feb. 16th is the start of Chinese New Year, the most important holiday for Chinese Families.  2018 is the Year of the Dog.  Here is a link to some resources and fun activities that you may want to take a look at with your children.  This National Geographic Kids site helps kids find their birth year so they can see what the Chinese Zodiak says about their personality.

 

Hanlon Artists

Congratulations to Lucy G., Lucas W., Maggie H., and Arianna V.   Their artwork is on display at the Youth Art Month Statewide Exhibit in Boston at the State Transportation Building.  Click here to see the flyer.  

 

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off in Physical Education classes on Tuesday, February 13th, and runs through March 2nd.  All students will learn about the importance of taking care of their heart and how the heart works.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, BUT, we can change that:  80 percent of risk factors for heart disease are preventable.

Your child will come home Friday with a packet to:

1. Practice healthy heart activities at home and/or

2. Raise money for the American Heart Association

Participation is not mandatory, but as always we appreciate any support for physical activity at home.  If you would like to get a "jump" start on Jump for Heart download the app at heart.org/jump.

Thank you for supporting a Heart Healthy School,

Shanna Jennings

 

Spirit Day

Student Council has planned Student Teacher Flip Day for Tuesday, March 13th.  This is a day when students can dress like a teacher (even a specific Hanlon teacher), and the teachers will dress like students.  This is a Hanlon favorite!

 

Westwood Youth & Family Services: STRUCTURED PLAY GROUPS

Who:  Westwood residents in Kindergarten – 3rd grade

When:  Spring 2018, one afternoon per week from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center; and Sheehan Extended Day programs

What:  These 8-week groups are designed to emphasize the continued development of adaptive social and conflict-resolution skills as well as self-esteem and social confidence. Organized play and drawing activities are used to reinforce weekly topics such as initiating & developing friendships, working cooperatively as a team, appropriate communication, decision-making, as well as appreciating one’s own strengths and the differences of others, etc.

Contact:  Nina Banozic, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or nbanozic@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at: http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs/programs_for_youth/programs_for_elementary_aged_residents/structured_play_group.htm

 

February 2, 2018

Dear Hanlon Families,

We were fortunate to welcome Storyteller, Len Cabral, to Hanlon on Wednesday.  Mr. Cabral is a renowned storyteller who retells African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales, as well as original stories from around the world.  Thanks to the generosity of our PTO, Mr. Cabral gave two storytelling performances, one for students in K-2 and one for grades 3-5.  Children and staff alike were enchanted by his stories.  It was a great way to kick off Black History Month and bring students of all ages together.      

 

The Hanlon WEB Committee has planned some exciting things for the month of February.  Our halls will be lined with quotes from influential African Americans and these quotes will be read aloud over the loudspeaker several days a week.  Once again, we will participate in a “One School, One Story” theme where every class reads the same book.  We’ve chosen Stitchin’ and Pullin a Gee’s Bend Quilt by Patricia C. McKissack.  The Amazon.com summary reads: MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, grandmother and granddaughter, aunt and niece, friend and friend. For a hundred years, generations of women from Gee’s Bend have quilted together, sharing stories, trading recipes, singing hymns—all the while stitchin’ and pullin’ thread through cloth. Every day Baby Girl listens, watches, and waits, until she’s called to sit at the quilting frame. Piece by piece, she puzzles her quilt together—telling not just her story, but the story of her family, the story of Gee’s Bend, and the story of her ancestors’ struggle for freedom.  Throughout Black History Month, students will read the poems in this beautiful text and discuss the historical themes woven throughout the pages.  We will culminate our February All School Meeting with a schoolwide art project where each class will make their own paper quilt.  Be on the lookout for a flyer for an evening Parent Book Discussion on the evening of Feb. 13th.   

 

Spirit Day

Student Council enjoyed hosting a brand-new Spirit Day this week: Color Day.  It was fun to see students dressed in their favorite colors on Tuesday.  

 

Student Council Members also launched a community service project: Valentines for Veterans.  Children are invited to make valentines that will be given to local veterans.  Some classrooms will have time set aside for making valentines, and interested families are encouraged to make them together at home.  The Student Council has asked that children do not include war or weapon related pictures on their creations.  If you choose to make valentines at home, they are due to the Main Office by Thursday, Feb. 8th.  

 

Valentine’s Day

Each classroom will celebrate Valentine’s Day in slightly different ways.  Please remember that candy should not be sent in to school with children’s Valentine cards.

 

Math League

Hanlon’s Math League got to test their skills at the townwide Math Mixer.  The Mixer is an opportunity for children to practice the format and types of questions they’ll encounter at final meet later this spring.  Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teams did very well, each grade level had one or more teams placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd on the table rounds and/or speed rounds.  Great job!

 

Attendance and Tardies

Did you know that you can see a record of your child’s absences and tardies at the top of his or her recent progress report?  If your child has missed seven or more school days by this point in the year, there is a concern.  Attending school regularly greatly impacts students’ social and academic progress.  While we want students to stay home when they’re truly sick, it’s important they children attend school as often as possible.  Tardies also make a difference in how a child starts his or her day.  The bell rings at 8:45 and instruction begins at 8:50.  When a student enters the building even five minutes late, he or she is missing valuable time.  If you are having trouble getting your child to school on time in the morning, please reach out to the teacher or to Ms. Cronin to see how we can help.  Thank you for your help!

 

Bingo Night

Hanlon Families had a great time at Bingo Night last week.  Thanks to the careful organization of Leann Sullivan and the entertaining commentary by Joe Sullivan, Kate S. and Kathryn D., the night was a great success.  Thanks to our volunteers, and to all who came out to test their luck!

 

 

 

Westwood Youth & Family Services: STRUCTURED PLAY GROUPSWho:  Westwood residents in Kindergarten – 3rd grade

When:  Spring 2018, one afternoon per week from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center; and Sheehan Extended Day programs

What:  These 8-week groups are designed to emphasize the continued development of adaptive social and conflict-resolution skills as well as self-esteem and social confidence. Organized play and drawing activities are used to reinforce weekly topics such as initiating & developing friendships, working cooperatively as a team, appropriate communication, decision-making, as well as appreciating one’s own strengths and the differences of others, etc.

Contact:  Nina Banozic, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or nbanozic@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at: http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs/programs_for_youth/programs_for_elementary_aged_residents/structured_play_group.htm

 

Transition Fair

Families are invited to attend a Transition Fair at WHS on Feb. 7th.  Gain valuable information for students and parents during the transition years (ages 14-22).  Representatives of local programs and services for students in our community.  Click here to see the flyer to learn more.   

 

MCAS Testing Dates

If you have a third, fourth, or fifth grader at Hanlon, please make sure you have marked down the MCAS testing dates on your calendar.  A complete list has been posted to the “News” section of this website since early November, and can also be found by clicking here.  If you are making spring travel plans, please try to avoid testing dates.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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