# NOTES FROM the OFFICE

## DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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".

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

## district calendars

THANK YOU to Christine Trostel and the fifth grade parents who helped with the Spaghetti Dinner.

Thank you to all the families and teachers who came out to support the night. Our fifth graders had so much fun serving everyone!

Also, thank you to The Villa Restaurant, Bella Costa, Framingham Baking Co., and The Olive Garden for their generous donations.

## spirit wear

Dunning spirit wear has arrived. It will be going home in backpacks by Friday. If you would like to pick it up, please contact Jaimie Dobson at jdobson@framingham.k12.ma.us ASAP.

## hour of code

The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event.

As part of the Dunning STEAM initiative, Dunning students will be participating in The Hour of Code tomorrow, Thursday, from 1:30 - 2:30.

Please check out this VIDEO of some of our fifth grade computer scientists. Thank you Ms. Briselli!

## the doubling method

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

Adapted from Old Dogs, New Math: homework help for puzzled parents by Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew

A strategy being taught in addition and multiplication is called doubling. Children begin learning this skill in first grade as part of their addition strategies and they often find it easy. But when students begin third grade they have a harder time making the connection between addition doubles and multiplying by two. “A child may know that double 6 is 12, but if asked 6 times 2… [will] count up 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12”.

If your child can double, then they know their two times tables. They can also quickly figure out the four times table… just double it, then double it again.

Try doubling again to find the solution to 8 x 6!

Now work out 8 x 7 using the doubling method! One of the great things about this method is that it doesn’t run out when the multiplication table does. “Doubling 4 times will give you 16 times a number, 5 doubles gives you 32 times a number, and so on”.

Have more questions on how math is taught today? Send me your questions! lwalton33@framingham.k12.ma.us

## coffee with Ms. Schecter & Mrs. Lasky

You are cordially invited to our first coffee with the Principal and Assistant Principal. Come to our media center, fill up on a warm cup of coffee, and receive the latest news and information about upcoming events at Dunning. It is an opportunity to engage in informal conversations about our school. It is also a time to ask questions and/or share concerns that will positively impact student academic achievement.

Our first coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th, 8:00 - 8:45. This is a parent only event. We will schedule additional coffees throughout the year at different times during the day, after school, and early evening to accommodate parent schedules.

## care & share

WE COLLECTED 553 BOXES OF CEREAL LAST MONTH!!!

We would like to match or exceed that for this month's Care & Share Collection. Please send in boxes of pancake mix. Also, please remember that this is a short month.

Thank you for your continued support.

WINTERFEST IS COMING ON DECEMBER 20th

Each year Dunning students and staff enjoy

a special Winter Concert event known as “”Winterfest”.

Grade levels are encouraged to wear a specific color (if possible), to show our school spirit and Panda Pride. This year, the grade level colors will be the same for both Winterfest and

Field Day which will take place in the Spring.

Kindergarten: RED

Just a reminder: Winterfest remains an all school assembly for students and staff,

but will be live streamed on the Dunning PTO Facebook page for families and friends to enjoy.

Please tune in on Friday December 20th between 9:30 and 9:40 aM.

## winter, recess & clothing

At Dunning School, our goal is to get students outside to play during recess whenever it is possible. Though federal recess guidelines suggest letting the children outside when it is above 10 degrees fahrenheit, we have found that other variables such as precipitation, wind, and whether or not the sun is out play just as a significant a role with regards to children's safety and comfort levels. For instance, if the children have had indoor recess for several days in a row and there is no wind and the sun is shining but it is cold (15 degrees or so) we still may let the children outside to play; if it is 15 degrees, windy, and overcast with moisture in the air, we may instead have indoor recess. We make this judgement call each day just prior to recess time as our beloved New England weather can shift swiftly.

Parents can best prepare students by sending them to school each day with a warm winter coat, gloves, and a hat. If your child is in need of a coat or winter clothing, please let us know as we often get donations. We also have many warm clothes in our extensive Lost and Found area that children are welcome to borrow at any time.

When there is snow on the ground, children are allowed to play in the snow if they come in prepared with snow pants, snow boots, hats, gloves, and a winter coat.

Thanks for your support of our policies. Keeping the children safe is our #1 priority!

## k pre-registration - Welcome Class of 2033!

Online Pre-Registration is Open for Framingham Public Schools Class of 2033!

Parents can now begin the registration process for the incoming Kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year.

Families who have a child or children that will be five years old by August 31, 2020 are invited to pre-register their incoming Kindergarteners online. The Parent Information Center, located at 31 Flagg Drive – Door # 4A, has just opened the process that all families must go through before a child can begin their academic career in Framingham Public Schools.

Here is a snapshot of the Kindergarten registration process. Please visit https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/kindergartenregistration to begin registration and for additional information including detailed steps and timing.

New this year: Parents / Guardians can book their registration appointment online after completing the online pre-registration form.

1. Online pre-registration (Now - April 1, 2020)
2. Schedule a registration appointment with the Parent Information Center after completing step #1. (December 2019 - April 1, 2020)
3. Attend the Kindergarten Information Expo (Monday, January 13, 2020)
4. Tour Elementary Schools (March 2020)
5. Submit School Choice Form by Wednesday, April 8, 2020)
6. Receive school assignment by May 15, 2020
7. Attend Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 1, 2020

As always, the Parent Information Center welcomes parents to call or come in to the office with any questions. They are open year round and can be reached at the following times:

• Monday: 8:00am - 6:00pm**
• Tuesday through Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
• Closed on weekends
• ** Extended hours are available on regular school days only; Please check the FPS School Calendar for holidays and school closings.

Se habla Español / Falam Português

Framingham Public Schools looks forward to welcoming the class of 2033!

## school hours

School Hours 9:15am - 3:30pm

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

Early Release Days

• Students are dismissed at 1:05pm.
• Lunch IS served.
• If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to arrive at their stop approximately two and a half hours earlier than normal.
• Early Release Thursdays: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 12/5, 3/5, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28

Half Days

• Students are dismissed at 12:30pm.
• 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: 11/27 and the last day of school.

## Please check the calendar each Notes From the Office as dates may be changed and/or added.

Monday, 12/16

• PTO Teacher Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Thursday, 12/19
Friday, 12/20
• Winterfest
Monday, 12/23 - Wednesday, 1/1
• No School - Winer Recess
Thursday, 1/2
• School Resumes
Tuesday, 1/7
• Third Grade Wampanoag Visit - In House

Wednesday, 1/15

• Coffee with Ms. Schecter & Mrs. Lasky

Thursday, 1/16

• Family Literacy and Math Night, 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, 1/20

• No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, 1/24

• Family Movie Night, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Thursday, 1/30
• District No Homework Day

Friday, 1/31

• Report Cards Go Home

Friday, 2/7

• Performance of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 7:00pm, (Walsh Middle School)

Saturday, 2/8

• Performance of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 2:00pm, (Walsh Middle School)

Monday, 2/17

• No School Presidents' Day

Tuesday, 2/18 - Friday, 2/21

• No School February Recess

## care and 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.

• December: Pancake Mix
• January: Canned Fruit
• February: Rice
• March: Crackers
• April: Spaghetti
• May: Juice Boxes
• June: Cans of Tuna Fish

## NO Homework Days

• January 30, 2020
• April 30, 2020

## November Distribution Flyers

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

• Framingham Youth Hockey
• Nick Cerio's Kempo Karate
• StarFun Theater Camp
• Performance Art Center of Metrowest
• Framingham Parks and Recreation
• Suburban Athletic Programs
• Holiday Market Place
• Department of Public Works Open House

## december character trait - Responsibility

This month's trait is RESPONSIBILITY. Below is the definition of responsibility, along with links to the Respect One-pager resources created for families and educators!

RESOURCES:

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