Exterior picture of the Paul Hanlon School
3rd graders playing a game in music class
Four kindergarteners sitting around a table
Three first graders outside on the jungle gym
A fifth grader reading a first grader
Second graders using hollohoops in PE.
A gorgeous rainbow over the Hanlon School


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

Principal's Message

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the Hanlon School community, I would like to welcome you and your family to what I hope will be another great year at Hanlon School.  As summer comes to a close, I hope you are able to enjoy the last weeks of summertime fun.   I’ll be honest: this summer has been challenging, but I feel really good about the work that went into planning to bring your children back to school next week.  I hope that each of you were able to spend some time relaxing with loved ones and enjoying our beautiful New England weather.  

This letter linked below will provide you with important information regarding the start of school, and important changes to the way things are done at Hanlon.  The faculty and I are ready for a productive, fun, and safe new school year!  It is very important that you read the letter from Superintendent Parks that was sent on September 1st, as it contains many important details related to mask requirements, technology, Aspen, transportation, lunch, etc. I have tried not to repeat too much of her letter to you, but have included a few key items.  There is a lot to read and digest between her letter and mine, so I hope you’ll make time and review them during the first few weeks of school.  

September letter from Mrs. Cronin- 9.8.20

Links to Letters from Superintendent Parks

MidWeek Update from Mrs. Cronin 9.14.20


My child has symptoms. What should I do?


If your child is exhibiting potential symptoms of COVID-19, do not send your child to school. Use the QR code on the WPS Daily Health Checklist or this link to report your child's symptoms. This will also generate an alert the WPS COVID-19 Monitoring and Response Team. Doing so will activate our internal protocols and will ensure that school nurses remain available to respond to typical school health issues. We appreciate in advance your cooperation with this important procedure. (All other non-COVID absences should be reported by emailing the homeroom teacher and the Main Office astaulo@westwood.k12.ma.us).




If you need to contact the Main Office for attendance/dismissal changes or if you have questions, email astaulo@westwood.k12.ma.us or call 781-326-7500 x8424


Hanlon School on Twitter

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


Forms & Documents

PTO Updates & Information

PTO Board

Email the Hanlon PTO: HanlonPTO@westwood.k12.ma.us
Co-President: Julie MacDonald
Co-President: Dori Parmelee
Treasurer: Matt Cutrell
Secretary: Carolyn Miazga
Co-Event Chair: Meg Carleton
Co-Event Chair: Serina Barkley
Co-Communications Chair: Cassie Smith
Co-Communications Chair: Chrissy Lamont
Co- SEPAC Chair: Stephanie Finegold
Co-SEPAC Rep/School Committee: Amanda Phillips
Teacher Representatives: Ms. Rizzi, Ms. Stygles, Ms. Fass


PTO Meetings 20-21 All meetings take place virtually at 7PM

October 7th: Open Meeting
January 6th:  Open meeting
March 3rd:  Open meeting
May 5th:  Open meeting

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.  

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Support Hanlon School with every purchase


AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for you to support the Hanlon PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you.


You will find the exact same prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Hanlon PTO.  Just log onto smile.amazon.com, choose Hanlon PTO as your charity of choice and shop away!


Amazon shopping with an iPhone?

You can use AmazonSmile just like an App by following a few simple steps.  Open smile.amazon.com in your browser, tap the “share/forward link” button then tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon (you may need to swipe left to see this).  You will now have an AmazonSmile icon which can be used in exactly the same way as the Amazon App but now all of your purchases support the Hanlon PTO.

PTO Save the Dates


The Hanlon PTO is now using Paypal. Pay your $60 dues, make a donation, or pay for a course through this link:   paypal.me/hanlonpto


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