Hansen Weekly Update

September 23, 2022

Big picture

Hi Hansen Students, Parents, and Families!

We have had a busy and exciting week here at the Hansen, and it is hard to believe that we suddenly find ourselves with just one week of school remaining in September. Hopefully, the upcoming three day weekend allows each of our students and families an opportunity to relax and enjoy some Fall fun. And, we want to wish a very happy Rosh Hashanah to all those that celebrate!

Please enjoy some of this week's highlights below...

Creating a Culture of Equity, Achievement, Inspiration, and Joy!

Health Screenings

The health office will be conducting state mandated screenings for vision, hearing, postural and heights/weights (BMI). Grades 4 & 5 will be done on Tuesday, October 4. Grades 2 & 3 on Thursday, October 6. Grades K & 1 will be done on Thursday, October 13.

If your child has a medical condition excluding them from the mandated health screenings, please provide the health office with a physician signed letter for exclusion.

Below is information from the Canton Public Schools Handbook regarding the

screening policy:


Health screenings are mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are conducted in the following grades at the Hansen School.

  • Vision: Grades 1-5.

  • Hearing: Grades K-3

  • Body Mass Index (BMI): Grades 1 and 4

  • Spinal Screening: Grade 5

* If a parent wishes to waive the state mandated screening for BMI or postural screenings, a request in writing must be submitted to the school nurse prior to the scheduled time for those screenings. Parents that wish to waive the BMI screenings must send in a letter to the health office annually stating their wishes.

Parents/guardians are notified in writing when a student does not pass their health screening.

School nurses will work with families to obtain the appropriate referrals and follow-up services as needed.

Grade 5 Spinal Screenings: Girls please bring a bathing suit top, halter top or sports top. Boys will be asked to remove their shirts. This will take place in a private room next to the nurse’s office.

As always, feel free to call or email Nurse Bethany or Nurse Kathy with any questions or concerns.


Bethany Glennon, BSN, RN and Kathy Leavitt MA, BSN, RN

School Nurses

Lt. Peter M. Hansen Elementary School

glennonb@cantonma.org or leavittk@cantonma.org

(781) 821-5085 x4102 or x4111

fax: (781) 575-6558

Final Day for Registration : Global Language and Culture Club and SPARK for German Virtual K-8 Program

Today is the final day to email registrations for the Global Language and Culture Club at the Hansen! As a reminder, please review the message and attachments below for more information...

Please take a moment to review the three attachments at the bottom of the Weekly Update. The first contains information about the Global Language and Culture Club that will again be taking place after school on Thursdays, beginning October 6. The second attachment is the registration form for this club, which should be emailed to Heidi Olson, our Pre-K-12 World Languages Coordinator, by September 23. The final attachment contains information about the SPARK for German virtual program that is available for students in K-8.

Please reach out to Mrs. Olson with any questions (olsonh@cantonma.org).

Save the Date! Fall Festival Returns to the Hansen on Sunday, October 23

The Hansen CAPT is working hard and we are excited for the return of the Hansen Fall Festival, scheduled for Sunday October 23 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the school. This event has great tradition and is always a favorite for students and families in our Hansen community.

More information will be coming, but be sure to save the date!

Reminder : School Picture Day is Thursday, September 29!

School picture day at the Hansen is next week on Thursday, September 29! Information has been sent home, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

As of this moment, the extended forecast looks good for Thursday, and we are hopeful this holds to allow pictures to be taken outside. We are looking forward to seeing those smiling faces on picture day!

We Are Still Looking For One Lunch/Recess Aide!

The Hansen is still looking to fill the position of school aide to help support and supervise lunch/recess times here at the school. If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in part-time work during school hours, please email me at brauningerd@cantonma.org.

We are looking for help between 11:30 - 1:30/2:00 each day. Thanks!

Elementary Curriculum Overviews - Friendly Reminder!

Elementary Curriculum Overviews

Information about the curriculum taught at each grade level in core subjects; English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, can be found in the new Curriculum Overviews that are available on the District website. They have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

If you need a different language, please contact Deborah Rooney at rooneyd@cantonma.org or your child's teacher.

Parents and Guardians can access this information on the Teaching and Learning page of the District website: https://www.cantonma.org/curriculum-and-instruction/elementary-curriculum-overviews

Community Connections

Canton Public Schools has a Community Resources and Information Page on its website titled Around Town. This page lists resources and events taking place in our community. To access the information on this webpage, use this link: About/Around Town.

At a Glance - New Event(s)

  • Canton Community Calendar

This webpage will be updated periodically.

What's Coming Up?

  • Monday, September 26 - No School (Rosh Hashanah)
  • Thursday, September 29 - School Picture Day (Information will be coming!)
  • Wednesday, October 5 - No School (Yom Kippur)
  • Monday, October 10 - No School (Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day)
  • Friday, October 21 - Early Release for Students (Dismissal at 12:20)
  • Sunday, October 23 - Fall Festival at the Hansen! (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to any of us at the Hansen if we can offer any support or assistance! We look forward to a wonderful year of partnership and growth!
Big picture