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


March 10, 2017

Dear Hanlon Families,

Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour this weekend.  Have a great weekend!


Student Council Spirit Day - Sports Day

On Thursday, March 16th, students are invited to wear clothing that celebrates a favorite sport or sports team.  This can be a team or sport you play, or one you are just a fan of!  Please do not bring sports equipment or hats.


PTO Spring Social

Next Friday Night, March 17th, is the Hanlon St. Patrick’s Day Social at the American Legion Post.  Don’t forget to purchase your tickets ($45 per person in advance or $50 at the door)!   There will be a DJ, dancing, and dinner.  You’ll also have a chance to bid on raffle and Silent Auction items: including classroom baskets, gift cards to local restaurants, karate classes, art and music lessons, Hale Day Camp and Membership Beach, and much more!  You can also bid on a wide range of teacher experiences - everything from Principal of the Day, Book Shopping with Mrs. Silverstein, to Starring in Your Own Video with Mr. Goguen and Ms. Pickering.  Minimum bids for most items will start around 50% of the actual value, so bring your checkbooks and be ready to score some deals while supporting your Hanlon PTO!  Proceeds from this event will go towards field trips, enrichment programs, classroom materials, and more.  Email with questions.  Click here to see the flyer!



Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on the afternoon of March 29th and the afternoon and evening of April 12th. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you within the next few weeks to sign up for a conference time.  Spring conferences are a great way to connect with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s growth so far this year.  If you have any specific questions or concerns you would like your child’s teacher to address, it is often helpful to share them with the teacher ahead of time so he/she can be adequately prepared to address these items during conference.


News from Student Council

Recycled Materials Collection: Ms. Goodwin is looking for these recycled materials to use in a sculpture project:  Empty yogurt, cottage cheese, and deli containers of any size.  Please make sure they are rinsed and dry before donation.  Donate to the box by the office by Friday, March 31st.


Science Fair

The 3rd annual Hanlon Science Fair will be held on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-7:30pm. The Fair is for students grades K-5, and is supported by the Hanlon PTO. The aim is to get Hanlon students engaged in science and the scientific process, and have a fun time doing so!  To participate, students/parents should identify a project that allows the students to generate a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, and share their results. Students are encouraged to work in small groups (2-3 students), but can participate individually as well. Please use this link to register your student and volunteer to help us make the event a success: 2017 Hanlon Science Fair.  Take a look at the Announcements Box on this webpage to read more about Fair requirements.   The deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 28th.


Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser Update from Ms. Jennings

Hanlon Students reached a new record for the Jump for Heart Fundraiser by raising a whopping $7785 for the American Heart Association!  I am super proud of our students and families of Hanlon. Many children and families participated in the Fundraiser this year, encouraging their family members, friends and local businesses to match donations and/or contribute to the American Heart Association.


I am humbled by the efforts our students took in the E-Card Challenge by cutting out sugary drinks from their diets, drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables and participating in physical activity daily.  Many families also posted fitness and diet goals on the PE webpage to stick to during the month of February.  Hanlon children educated their families on how to maintain a healthy heart and motivated themselves and others to live a healthy lifestyle.  I am beyond proud of the students' accomplishments. ~ Ms. Jennings


Kindergarten Registration is Open!

If you or someone you know has a child who is eligible to join our 2017-2018 Kindergarten class this Fall, this is the time to register.  Planning for next year is already underway!  Here is the link to the online registration portal.  


Bus Registration

Bus Registration for the 2017 - 2018 is now open and runs through June 30th. All information is available here:  Bus Registration 2017 - 2018


Art Show- Date Change

The date of the Annual Hanlon Art Show has been changed to May 10th.  Mark your calendars!


News from our Technology Department

Are you the parent of a student in Grades 2-5?  Have you heard about Google Classroom, or seen your child working in it at home?  Do you wish you knew more about how you can navigate Google to help your child, or even just to help yourself?  Then you should TECH Us Out!


Members of the Westwood Public School Technology Department invite elementary parents/guardians to come TECH Us Out.  Enjoy an engaging workshop where you will experience how technology is used to support learning in the elementary classroom. Attendees will participate in interactive lessons by navigating the Google Platform in a way that mirrors your child’s classroom experience. The goals of this evening are to understand the vision of technology in the Westwood Public Schools and learn how you can best support your children at home.


Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7 - 8 PM at Martha Jones School

Questions:  please contact

Click here to RSVP


School Committee

Did you know that Tony Mullin is Hanlon’s School Committee Representative?  If you have questions about the Superintendent Search, the Proposed Budget, or anything else regarding Westwood Public Schools, contact Tony at



PTO Updates & Information


The PTO would like to thank everyone who came to the Saint Patrick's Day Parent Social, as well as those who placed bids and made donations in their absence. Together we raised over $6,000 to support the teachers and students of Hanlon School!


A big thank you to the Event Planning chairs (Mary Kate Ferreira, Amanda Drainville, Serena Valentino & Bridget Kelly), Entertainment chair (Katie Roche), Publicity chairs (Lynne Weston, Liz Collins & Serena Valentino), Decorations chair (Bridget Kelly), Silent Auction chairs (Mary Kate Ferreira, Alison Moran & Leann Sullivan), Set-up Crew (Miguel and Mary Kate Ferreira, Amanda Drainville, Kerry O'Leary, Bridget Kelly, Serena and Sam Valentino, Lynne Weston, Steve O'Loughlin, Tom and Jodi Donnelan, Beth Roper, Katie Roche, Allison Moran & Liz Collins), Ticket Sales (Amanda Drainville, Katie Roche, Allison Moran, Jodi Donnelan, Mary Mulkeen & Lynne Weston), and Clean-up Crew (Miguel and Mary Kate Ferreira, Tom and Katie Roche, Serena and Sam Valentino, Bridget Kelly, Amanda Drainville, Kerry O'Leary, Beth Roper, Susan Garrett, Lynne Weston & Steve O'Loughlin).


We'd also like to thank all of the Room Parents for organizing the Silent Auction class baskets and to all of the families for their generous contributions. The night could not have been a success without all of your support!

The Hanlon PTO

Save the Date:

3rd Annual Science Fair- Thursday April 6, 6:30-7:30PM Hanlon Gym
Book Fair- Thursday April 27, 8AM-7PM- Hanlon Gym
Ice Cream Social- Thursday April 27, 6-7PM- Hanlon Cafeteria
Art Show- May 10, 5:30-7:00PM Hanlon Gym
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) and a Math League Coordinator.  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

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

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

Scheduled Meetings

  • Thursday, June 1 at 7:30PM

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