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Hello Dunning Community!

We are finally entering our first full week of school!!

Our school has been busy with curiosity and learning! It has been a wonderful week and we look forward to the seeing all of the wonderful learning in our classrooms in the week ahead!

It was great to see so many families last Thursday at our Curriculum Night for grades three through five. We are looking forward to seeing our kindergarten through grade two families this Thursday, September 27th at 6:30.

Also, on Friday, September 28th, our Panda Pride Fun Run is set and ready to begin at 9:15 with our lower grades, and 10:30 for our upper grades. This is a fun community event for our kids. Thank you to PTO for organizing and supporting this event. Parents are welcome to join us to cheer their runner(s) on.

We are including a poem this week that we recently came upon. It reminded us of the importance of a positive home-school connection.

Two Sculptors

I dreamed I saw a studio

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a child’s mind

And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher – the tools he used

Were books, music, and art.

The other; a parent, worked with a

guiding hand,

And a gentle, loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch

That was careful, deft, and sure,

While the parent labored by his side

And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last, their task was done,

They were proud of what they had wrought.

For the things they had molded into the child

Could neither be sold or bought.

And each agreed they would have failed

If either had worked alone.

For behind the parent stood the school

And behind the teacher, the home.



Ms. Schecter & Mrs. Mulkerin


We regularly take photos / videos to showcase what's happening in our classrooms, on our fields, stages, and in our out-of-school time program.

If you do not want to have your child's information or images used, please complete a Photo Video Opt Out form.

If you complete the form, you are OPTING OUT and your child's information and / or images will not be used.

Inclusión de fotografías, video y nombre del estudiante

Student Photograph, Video, and Name Inclusion

Fotografia do aluno, vídeo e inclusão de nome

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You are invited to become a member of the Dunning School Council.

A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.

The main purpose of Dunning School Council this year will be to look at family and community engagement at Dunning and to assist in the development of a plan to address this area.

We envision a school in which all families feel a sense of belonging and feel confident that their contributions to the community are welcomed and appreciated. We work hard to make this the case but know there is always more work to be done. We have a short survey to help us identify positive changes we can make. Please help us help the school community by completing the following survey.

Please email Ms. Schecter ( if you would like to learn more about getting involved in the school council.

Pesquisa de envolvimento dos pais e mães da Dunning

Encuesta sobre la participación de los padres en la escuela Dunning

Dunning Parent Engagement Survey

ROOM PARENTS 2018-2019

Your child's teacher is looking for your help!

  • Do you enjoy volunteering your time?
  • Helping your child and their classmates?
  • Parties?

Then we have the job for you!

This does not take up too much of your time. Teachers are looking for a parent to help organize class parties by creating sign ups, alert families of special activities, and help with certain classroom notifications. Most of the work is done via email. The teacher & students will thank you for it!

If you are interested please click on this LINK.


The PTO is organizing grade level playdates on the following Sundays: Join us for some fun on the playground! Kids can play while parents mingle.

Grade 3: Sunday, September 30th, 3-4 pm

Grade 4: Sunday, October 14th, 4-5 pm

Grade 5: Sunday, October 21st, 3-4 pm


Thursday, September 27th, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

  • 6:30 pm - 7:10 pm: Classroom Welcome and Curriculum Presentations

    • Students will remain in the cafeteria with Ms. Schecter and Mrs. Mulkerin while parents proceed to classrooms or the gym for grade level presentations.

  • 7:10 pm - 7:45 pm: Students will be dismissed by grade level to meet their parents for classroom and specialist visits.

    • The specialists and support staff will all be located in their instructional spaces or the Media Center where they will be available to meet families, chat about curriculum, and visit with children and parents.


Thank you to our families for supporting our fundraising through the Fun Run. This week Pumped Up Paul and Zesty Zeffrey met with us during Team Huddles to talk about citizenship (making the world around you a better place), and zest (doing things with enthusiasm and passion). Additionally, they treated our staff to a coffee cart on Friday morning. Things around here are so exciting when Boosterthon is with us.


For those of you wanting to spruce up your wardrobe, we will be taking online orders for spirit wear, with some new designs, early in October. Ordering information will follow.



The Bilingual Family Engagement Office is organizing a Swap Day next Saturday September 29 at Fuller Middle School. A Swap Day is where people donate their kids outgrown clothes and shoes and then take what they need for them. All free!


Dunning picture day is fast approaching and we need your help!

We need camera helpers and runners for the full day or even just half a day. Any help is appreciated! Click on the picture above to help make picture day a success!

Date: Monday 10/15

Location: Dunning Gym

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Thursday, 9/27
  • Curriculum Night, Grades K-2, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

Friday, 9/28

  • Panda Pride Fun Run

    • K-2: 9:15 - 10:15

    • 3-5: 10:30 - 11:30

Sunday, 9/30

  • Grade 3 Playground Playdate, 3:00 -4:00 pm
Wednesday, 10/3
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, 10/8
  • No School - Columbus Day
Friday, October 12
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Shelburne Farms

Sunday, 10/14

  • Grade 4 Playground Playdate, 4:00 -5:00 pm
Monday, 10/15
  • Fall Picture Day
Thursday, 10/18
  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)

Sunday, 10/21

  • Grade 5 Playground Playdate 3-4 pm

Thursday, 10/25

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
Saturday, 10/27
  • Monster Mash Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 pm