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Translations for all "Notes from the Office" are available by scrolling to the bottom of each newsletter and clicking on the "Translate" black bar.

Las traducciones de todas las "Notas desde la oficina" están disponibles al desplazarse hasta la parte inferior de cada boletín y hacer clic en la barra negra "Traducir".

Traduções para todos os "Anotações do Office" estão disponíveis rolando até o final de cada newsletter e clicando na barra preta "Traduzir".

All previous Notes From the Office are available by using this LINK.

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Use this LINK to access the APRIL school lunch menus.

dunning robotics club

Nice work Dunning Robotics! 6 of our 8 teams made it to the finals, with a pair of Dunning teams coming in 1st place (The Killer Grip and Team Zord!)

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Making Time to Read

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach

According to award-winning teacher, author, and staff leader Donalyn Miller, self-motivated “readers spend substantial time reading in spite of their hectic lives. They capitalize on the moments in their days when they are bored or waiting, and rack up significant reading time by stealing it”

What are some ways you can help your children make sure they have time to read every day?

  • Books to Go - Bring books with you when you are out and about! Your children can read while waiting in line, at the doctor’s office, and even in the grocery cart.

  • Designate a Reading Time - As a family, pick at time that is designated as reading time EVERY DAY. This could be before bed, first thing in the morning or right before dinner. The time doesn’t matter as long as it works for your family.

  • Have a Reading Plan - For children in grades 3-5, help them have a list of “books on deck” so they always know what they are reading next. You can write a list of the books or make an actual stack of the books.

Have fun reading! Email me any pictures of your children making time for reading! (


Let's celebrate the RED SOX HOME OPENER with a spirit day! Wear red, white, and blue, baseball hats, or something to represent your favorite team!

Spirit Day is Tuesday, April 9th!

panorama survey

Please take the time to complete the Panorama Survey. Your feedback helps the district track progress over time, including the following measures:

  • Student/Family Engagement: How involved are students/families with their schools?

  • School Climate: How do you see the overall social and learning climate of the school?

  • Teacher/Student and Family Relationships: How strong is the social connection between teachers and students within and beyond school?

You can acces the survey by using this LINK. You will need to enter dunfamily as the access code.

The survey will be available through April 11th.

Come see 5th grade teacher Miss Brennan in a Revolutionary War Reenactment!



  • Arlington, Concord and Lexington, MA
  • Follow this LINK to open a map that shows you where to find Miss Brennan all weekend!


  • Look for the soldiers wearing red and yellow – We are the 10th Regiment.
  • If you see someone from the 10th ask them if they know where to find Corporal Brennan.


Battle of Tower Park: Saturday, April 14th, 4:00pm, Lexington, MA

  • Location: Mass Ave across from Pelham Road., Lexington, MA
  • Arrive between 3:00-3:30 to find parking, and have a few minutes to talk to Miss Brennan at the Munroe Tavern. Then head on over the Tower Park to get a good spot for the battle!

Battle of Lexington: Monday, April 16th, 5:30 am, Lexington, MA

  • Location: Lexington Battle Green, Lexington, MA
  • Arrive as early as you feel up to it! I would say arriving by 4:30 am would be the latest you want to arrive. Thousands of people show up every year to this historic event and if you want to see, you will want to get there early!

  • Meet Miss Brennan after the battle on the green. The redcoats will march away after the battle, but then we will return to talk with the crowds and take pictures. Look for us in red and yellow!

Concord also has many wonderful historic sites and events happening throughout the weekend. We will be participating in: Parker’s Revenge in Concord on 4/13.


E-mail Miss Brennan at for more information.


It’s almost that time... MCAS is just around the corner! All students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take MCAS tests in English Language Arts and Math; Grade 5 students will also take Science and Technology tests. After April break, testing will get underway at Dunning.

While we want students to take the test seriously and do their best, we do not want them to be anxious. We understand that the scripted directions and test security protocols make the test seem more formal, however the students will be testing with familiar teachers who will do their best to make sure that students are not anxious. Additionally, while MCAS prep has not taken over instruction in the weeks leading up to testing, the teachers have been preparing students regarding the format and language of the test questions, as well as how to navigate the test and use the computer based tools. Ultimately, the best test preparation is high quality teaching and learning. MCAS is snapshot in time and just one measure of learning.

Even though this assessment is a snapshot-n, e single perspective, it is important that students feel confident and as prepared as possible. There are many ways in which you can help your child put his/her best foot forward on the day of the test. The following guidelines can help set our students up for success:

The night before the test:

  • Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he or she is well-rested.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel anxious or unsure of him/herself.
  • Be positive and confident knowing your child will do his/her best.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.

The morning of the test:

  • Electronic devices are not allowed during testing time. It is recommended that students leave all cell phones and electronic watches/devices at home.
  • Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives to school on time.
  • Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast (or encourage them to eat when they get to school).
  • Have your child dress in comfortable clothes.
  • Be positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he/she knows. The most important thing is they try their very best!

Thank you for your continued support!

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dunning dash 5k road race


Saturday May 18th at 9am will be this year’s Dunning Dash!

The same day will be our school’s wonderful Multicultural Fair. Mark the date in your calendar to join us for a fun family day. If interested in helping on either committee please message us on the DASH FB PAGE. For the dash we need logistics help on the day of the event and someone to manage two water stations. (Great for Scouts or teens who need service hours!). Registration details coming soon!

fifth grade variety show


We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping out with the Fifth Grade Variety Show.

Volunteers are needed for the rehearsals, as well as the night of the performance. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please send a message with your name and contact information to and we will contact you with more information about dates and times.

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March electronic backpack

Please click on the CAT to access flyers from the following organizations:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Nardizzi/Nichols Soccer Camp
  • Framingham Baseball League
  • Pilgrim Day Camp
  • Suburban Child
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Framingham Family Fair
  • Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate
  • Framingham United Soccer Club


We know that early release, half days, and delayed starts can be confusing!

Early Release Days

  • Students are dismissed at 1:05.
  • Lunch IS served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to arrive at their stop two hours earlier than normal.
  • Early Release Thursdays: 12/6, 3/7 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, and 5/23

Half Days

  • Students are dismissed at 12:05.
  • Lunch IS NOT served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to arrive at their stop three hours earlier than normal.
  • Half Days: 11/21, 12/21, and the last day of school.

Delayed Starts

  • In the event of a delayed opening, school start times will be delayed by 2 hours.
  • Dunning's hours will be 11:05 am - 3:05 pm.
  • There is no change to dismissal time.
  • Students are welcome to begin arriving at school at 10:50 a.m., when teachers will be present to greet them.
  • Before school programs are canceled.
  • Morning preschool sessions are canceled.
  • Breakfast is not served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to get picked up at their regular stop two hours later than normal.


The Jane Shapiro Care and Share began in 1995 as a Dunning School community service project. Each month a specific food item is collected at the school to help keep A Place to Turn's shelves stocked. What a great sharing and learning project! Donations are gathered up by the students and then with help from staff, they are delivered to A Place to Turn. Learn more about A Place to Turn here.

Thank you for your contributions to A Place to Turn during the year. Our monthly food collection makes a huge difference in our community, while teaching our students the importance of giving.

  • April: Pasta
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Tuesday, April 9th

  • Red Sox Spirit Day
Friday, 4/12 - Friday 4/19
  • April Vacation

Monday, 4/22

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - ELA Session 1

Tuesday, 4/23

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, 4/24

  • Grade 5, MCAS - ELA Session 1

Friday, 4/25

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences

Friday, 4/26

  • Grade 5, MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, 5/1

  • Fifth Grade Variety Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:15 pm
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00- 8:00 pm (Media Center)

Thursday, 5/2

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences
Friday, 5/3
  • Fifth Grade Variety Show, 6:30 pm

Thursday, 5/9

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 1
  • Evening Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/10

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 2

Monday, 5/13

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 1

Tuesday, 5/14

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 2
Thursday, 5/16
  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/17

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 1

Saturday, 5/18

  • Dunning Dash/Multicultural Celebration

Monday, 5/20

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 2
Wednesday, 5/22
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Patriot's Place

Thursday, 5/23

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Professional Development
Monday, 5/27
  • No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, 5/28
  • Third Grade Fiel Trip to The Framingham History Center (Room 22)
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, 5/30

  • Third Grade Field Trip to The Framingham History Center (Rooms 20 & 24)

Friday, May 31

  • Fourth Grade Travel Expo, 8:30 – 10:45 am
  • Special Olympics
Thursday, 6/6
  • First Grade Field Trip to Southwick Zoo
  • Third Grade Recorder Concert, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Friday, 6/7
  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Band Concert, 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Monday, 6/10
  • Field Day Rain Date
Wednesday, 6/12
  • PTO Meeting
Friday, 6/14
  • Fifth Grade Fond Farewell, 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Kindergarten Sing-A-Long, 1:45 – 2:15 pm