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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.

Use the following links to access the JUNE school lunch menu

welcome to our newest dunning pandas!!

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The last day of school for Kindergarten is Monday, June 17th. It will be a regular dismissal at 3:05.

The last day of school for grades one through five is Tuesday, Jun 18th. It is a half day. Dismissal will be at 12:05 pm. Lunch is not served.

2019-2020 school hours

School Hours 9:15 - 3:30

Students are welcome to begin arriving at school at 9:00 am, when teachers will be present to greet them.

Additional information regarding early release days, half days, and delayed starts will be provided in the fall.

field day

Field day is this Friday, June 7th on the Walsh Track.

Dunning students will enjoy a day of play, water, movement and fun! Kindergarten through grade two will be in the morning. Grades three through five will be in the afternoon. It's going to be an amazing day!

Please have your child wear the following colors:

Kindergarten - Yellow

Grade 1- Green

Grade 2 - White

Grade 3 - Purple

Grade 4 - Red

Grade 5 - Blue

come meet our new assistant principal

Ms. Kathie Lasky will be available to meet families and staff this afternoon, Tuesday, June 4th at 3:30 - 4:30, in the Dunning Media Center. She will also be at our final PTO meeting, which is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30 pm.

final pto meeting

The final PTO meeting of the year is tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5th. Chinese food will be served. Please let the PTO know if you plan to attend so they can plan accordingly by using this LINK.

Both vice principals from Walsh Middle School, Mr. Bergeron and Ms. Herrmann, will be there to answer any questions parents may have regarding Walsh.

Also, come meet our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Kathie Lasky.

Babysitting will be provided. Hope to see you all there!

spirit week 6/10 - 6/14


Monday 6/10: Pajama Day

Tuesday, 6/11: Mismatch Shoes and Socks Day

Wednesday, 6/12: Super Hero Day

Thursday, 6/13: Dress Up Like Your Teacher Day

Friday, 6/14: Dunning Day


A Closer Look at Estimation

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

People can often recite the definition of estimation as “an educated guess”, but we often underestimate the power of estimation. As adults, we use estimation nearly every day for questions like how much something will cost, how long something will take, or how many eggs are in the fridge. We quickly throw out answers using words like “about” and “or so”, or adding “-ish”. But many of our children skip this “extra” step and instead find the exact answer, round that number, and call it an estimate. This week we’ll take a closer look at why estimation is such an important skill and how we can encourage our kids to find the -ish.

Estimation is more than guessing how many jellybeans are in the jar (though that can be fun-ish, too!). It helps us judge reasonableness and the accuracy of our answers. There are lots of situations in life in which we need the exact answer, but in many situations you won’t be digging out a pencil and paper or your cell phone to calculate an exact answer, and you just don’t need one.

Estimating is a challenging, but important skills for our children to learn, and they start learning it long before we realize with the idea of more and less. What’s the best way for children to learn how to estimate? Do it at home. Give children real life experiences in which they need to make estimates - time, money, distance, and food are great ways to start. Ask questions like “How much?” and “Is it enough?”. Make a game out of finding the -ish.

Have a great estimation activity you’re already doing at home? Send it along to share! We’d love to hear from you!

Camp Invention is back!

Camp Invention is a program that challenges children with activities focused on STEM, creative problem solving, collaboration and teamwork. The program encourages children to think outside the box and work together to design invention prototypes. Camp Invention teaches children about National Invention Hall of Fame inductees and their life-changing inventions. This year Camp Invention is bringing a hands-on FUN Supercharged Program. Your children will be empowered to explore their creativity, collaborate and take on exciting STEM challenges! At the end of the program, each camper will bring home their own DIY Orbot AND superhero comic book!

This summer program will run from July 22nd-26th from 9am-3:30pm. Camp Invention is opened to Framingham Public School students entering grades 1 through 5 who meet two of the following criteria:

  • Qualify for free or reduced price lunch
  • Racial or ethnic minority
  • Receive special education services
  • Disability
  • English is a secondary language
  • Parent(s) did not attend college

Camp Invention will take place at King Elementary School this summer. To register, click here:

If you have any questions, please contact us at

school supplies for next year

Don't want to worry about running to a bunch of stores all over the place to collect school supplies for all your kids? We are collaborating with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the EXACT supplies needed for next year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at Walmart, Staples, or Target. Plus the prices are competitive! Best of all when you order through 1st Day School Supplies the supplies are delivered directly to Dunning all before the first day of school. Click the link below to see the lists and order! Please note orders MUST be placed by June 30th!

Order HERE.

If you do not want to order through 1st Day School Supplies, you can buy your supplies and send them in with your student(s) next year. Supply lists will go home with students before the end of the school year and will also be available on the Dunning website.

MAY electronic backpack

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

  • Framingham Youth Football and Cheerleading
  • Cerio’s Kenpo Karate
  • Framingham Youth Hockey
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Nardizzi/Nichols Soccer Camp


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.

  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Tuesday, 6/4

  • Meet the new Assistant Principal, 3:30 (Media Center)

Wednesday, 6/5

  • Kindergarten Field Trip to McAuliffe Library
  • Fourth Grade Art Quest
  • Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade DPW Recycling Presentation, 1:30 – 2:15 pm
  • PTO Meeting, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, 6/6

  • First Grade Field Trip to Southwick Zoo
  • Second Grade Field Trip to the Ecotarium
  • Third Grade Recorder Concert, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Friday, 6/7

  • Pride Day
  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Visit to Walsh, 9:30 - 10:45 am
  • Fifth Grade Band Concert, 6:30 – 7:15 pm

Tuesday, 6/11

  • Third Grade Wompanoag Visit
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Ecotarium

Wednesday, 6/12

  • Grade One Steam Morning, 9:15 - 10:15 am

Friday, 6/14

  • Fifth Grade Fond Farewell, 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Kindergarten Sing-A-Long, 1:45 – 2:15 pm

Monday, 6/17

  • Last Day of School Kindergarten, Regular Dismissal

Tuesday, 6/18

  • Last Day of School Grades 1-5, 12:05 pm Dismissal (Lunch is NOT served.)