NOTES FROM the OFFICE

1/7/19

DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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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".


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book recommendations

Did you read any great books over vacation? Here are some books I read that I really enjoyed! If you have any great books that you think others would enjoy, email me (bberkman@framingham.k12.ma.us) their titles and we can put them on our Facebook page or share them via twitter.

The Word Collector by Peter Reynolds (picture book)

Some people collect stamps.

Some people collect coins.

Some people collect art.

And Jerome?

Jerome collected words . . .

In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him -- short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.


From the creator of The Dot, I Am Human, and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words -- and the impact you can have when you share them with the world. https://www.amazon.com/Word-Collector-Peter-H-Reynolds/dp/0545865026

Rules by Cynthia Lord (ages 9-12)

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public" -- in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.


But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal? https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Scholastic-Gold-Cynthia-Lord/dp/0439443830


Educated by Tara Westover (Memoir for adults)

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

https://www.amazon.com/Educated-Memoir-Tara-Westover/dp/0399590501/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546448577&sr=1-1&keywords=educated+a+memoir+by+tara+westover


LAST CHANCE TO RSVP! DON'T MISS DUNNING's Passport to Learning

A Night of Reading, Math, Language, & Community


Thursday, January 10; 6:00-7:30


The evening will include:

  • Math games
  • Read Alouds (in English and various other languages)
  • Book Bingo
  • Parent information session about learning at home
  • Dinner (pizza, drinks, and dessert!)


Please RSVP by going to SIGN UP GENIUS or by downloading and returning an RSVP form.


RSVP Form - English

RSVP Form - Spanish

RSVP Form - Portuguese


In order to plan for dinner, please sign-up by Tuesday, 1/8.

Thank you to all who have donated for pizza and drinks (including BJs and Gianni's Pizza). Please feel free to add a donation (any size) or bring a dessert (nut-free) to share!

i-ready

Students will be taking the winter i-Ready diagnostic starting this week. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment in reading and math. An adaptive assessment is a test that automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance in order to determine his or her abilities in reading or math. iReady is a very different kind of test that presents students with questions that can be both too easy and too hard. It is designed to do this until the assessment finds exactly the level at which the student is performing. Therefore, your child will certainly see some items above his or her level. We encourage your children to independently complete the test to the best of his or her ability, and know that it is okay to get questions wrong. Each time a student gets an item incorrect, he or she will be presented with a simpler question until the diagnostic finds the grade level at which the student is performing. The assessment efficiently assesses students across multiple grade levels, allowing for identification of root causes of students’ struggles or for identification of areas where a student is ready for further challenge. This information will then provide the teacher with a “road map” to instructional remediation. Once your child completes the test, he or she will be assigned online instruction to support his or her progress in mastering each skill. The online instruction is designed to be both challenging and engaging. i-Ready delivers instruction using engaging, contemporary animation; the lessons are also interactive. The result is an experience that attracts and holds your child’s interest while also teaching important skills and concepts. These lessons are proven to help students grow academically

in case you missed the fb live stream of winterfest...

...use this LINK to view pictures from the day.

The Framingham Public Schools Department of Special Education Announces the Winter 2019 Preschool Screening Program

The Framingham Public Schools Department of Special Education announces the Winter 2019 Preschool Screening Program. Free screenings will be offered for 3 and 4 year old children who may have speech, language, physical, motor, social-emotional, or cognitive learning problems.


Screenings will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the BLOCKS Preschool Program located at the Juniper Hill School (29 Upper Joclyn Avenue, Framingham, MA 01701).


Families who are interested in scheduling a screening appointment for their child(ren) should call the Special Education office at (508) 626-9123 by January 8, 2019.


Information is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on the Special Education Department section of the Framingham Public Schools website.

KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION FAIR

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9TH, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Please join the Parent Information Center for an Information Fair to learn all about Kindergarten!


  • Fuller Middle School Auditorium
  • Presentation starts at 6:00 pm
  • Alternative date if schools are closed - Tuesday, January 15t
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Movie Night is happening on Friday 1/18. You can RSVP using the link below or look for the paper flyer coming home with your child.


There is no cost for this event, but it is NOT a drop off event. You must attend with your child.


https://tinyurl.com/dunningmovienight

SPRING 2019 MCAS SCHEDULE

Below is the Spring 2019 MCAS testing schedule. We will be testing each morning on the testing days. It is important that we have excellent attendance during all testing sessions, so please avoid making appointments during the school day if at all possible. Each session starts at the beginning of the school day.


It is important for all students to be

IN ATTENDANCE and ON TIME.

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November electronic backpack

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


  • Performing Arts Center of Metrowest
  • FHS Marketplace
  • ProGente Connections
  • Suburban Child
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Framingham Youth Lacrosse
  • Pilgrim Day Camp
  • Framingham Youth Hockey
  • StarFun Theater Camp

EARLY RELEASE, HALF DAYS, & DELAYED STARTS

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.

CARE & SHARE

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.


  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Tuesday, 1/8

  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 1/9
  • 2019 Annual Kindergarten Information Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Fuller Auditorium)
Thursday, 1/10
  • Passport to Learning - Family Literacy/Math Night, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 1/15
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday, 1/18
  • Family Movie Night, 6:30 - 8:30
Monday, 1/21
  • No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, 1/22
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 1/23
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 1/29
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 2/5
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday, 2/9
  • Sweetheart Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 2/12
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday, 2/15 - Friday 2/22
  • February Vacation
Tuesday, 2/26
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 2/27
  • Grade 4 Origami Workshop, 9:15 am - 12:00 pm