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ordering for dunning spirit wear closes today, Monday 11/12

Please go to the above website and order directly. The items will be shipped to Dunning and will be distributed to families when they arrive.

The ordering window closes Monday, November 12th. Orders will be available within 2-4 weeks from the deadline. Families will be notified when orders are ready. We will schedule a night for families to pick-up if it is a gift. After the night pick-up, orders will go home in backpacks.

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You're invited to Dunning Parent's Night Out!!

Hoping to get to know more parents at Dunning? Looking for a casual night out with some Dunning friends? We hope the answer to those questions is YES!

We are hoping for a fun get together at Owen O'leary's. We will have some apps out for munching and there will be a cash bar. Bring your fun!

When: Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM

Where: Owen O'Leary's 50 Turnpike Road Southborough, MA 01772

Click here to RSVP.

students in Room 16 and Community 27 make “Thank You Cards” for the members of our US Navy & Air Force!

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Dunning Scholastic Book Fair

November 19th through December 1st

If you love books, or just want to come see how much fun it can be with all the kids - please consider taking a slot or two to help cover our Scholastic Book Fair.


Delivery of the cases and boxes of books is expected on Friday, November 16. We anticipate setting up immediately after school that day. Preview days will be on Monday, November 19 - Wednesday, November 21 for students and teachers to create their wishlists. The Book Fair will culminate on Saturday, December 1 in conjunction with the 5th Grade Pasta Dinner between 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Volunteers will help students select wishlist items during preview days and help at checkout.

Please note in comments if you can only cover part of a slot. Also, please provide the best way we can contact you if needed (phone number or e-mail address).

Please contact Beth Last at or call or text at 978-761-1625 with questions. Thank you!

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Students who read in their native language develop strong reading skills in a secondary language.

Multiple research has found that children who are learning to read in a second language are able to transfer many skills and knowledge from their first language, which helps improve their acquisition of reading skills in the second language. If your student is learning a second language, encourage them to read in both languages as much as possible!

Here are some additional tips that you can use throughout the school year to help improve your child’s language development (in any language):

* Have your child read aloud to you.

* Have your children read a story independently and then summarize the story for you.

* Ask your child to describe the activities he or she did in school.

* Cook or craft with your children and have them read or describe the steps to you.

* Have your children draw a picture and then write a sentence describing their artwork.

* When students bring home new vocabulary words, have them orally define the words or use them in a sentence.

* Create a dual-language dictionary by having your child write the definition of the vocabulary word in all languages.

We've got our mashed potatoes for Care & Share. Do you have yours?

Let's see if we can make a record-setting donation to A Place to Turn.

We challenge the school to beat our September Care & Share collection.

Our goal is to collect 500 boxes of mashed potatoes!!

dunning pasta dinner

Saturday, December 1st, 4:00 - 7:30

Please join us for this fun family fundraiser where our fifth graders will serve you dinner!

100% of the proceeds from the pasta dinner go to fund our fifth graders' field trips and other end-of-year activities. Reserve your seat at the "Dunning Trattoria" for just $5 per person or $25 per family.

Download the reservation form HERE.

Have your 5th grader join the fun at the pasta dinner. On December 1st from 4pm-8pm, 5th Graders will have the chance to be servers, a welcome committee and to sell raffle tickets. The jobs will be assigned by the number of 5th graders we have volunteer the night of the pasta dinner! There should be a minimum of 10 kids per hour. Kids are welcome to stay more than one hour!Fifth Grade

Student Server Volunteers sign-up HERE.

The Pasta Dinner Committee is looking for parents to join the fun. On December 1st from 3pm-9pm, we need 5th grade parents to volunteer to set-up, clean-up, serve pasta, and oversee 5th grade servers. In addition, there are a few items that need to be donated. Please help make this a successful event for our kids!

Fifth Grade Parent Volunteers and Food Donations Sign-up HERE.

2019-2020 Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Online Pre-Registration is Open for Framingham Public Schools Class of 2032!

Families who have a child or children that will be five years old by August 31, 2019 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. P

lease visit to begin registration and for additional information including detailed steps and timing.

  1. Online pre-registration (Now - April 10, 2019)
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Parent Information Center (December 2018 - April 1, 2019)
  3. Attend the Kindergarten Information Fair (January 9, 2019)
  4. Tour schools (March 2019)
  5. Receive school assignment form by May 17, 2019
  6. Confirm your school placement with the Parent Information Center by May 24, 2019
  7. Attend Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 3, 2019

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.


We know that early release and half days can be confusing. On 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.

On half days, dismissal is at 12:05. Lunch IS NOT served. If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to be at their bust stop three hours earlier than normal.

Early Release Thursdays, 1:05 dismissal:

10/25, 11/1, 12/6, 3/7 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23

Half Days, 12:05 dismissal:

11/21, 12/21, last day of school.


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.

  • November: Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Monday, 11/12

  • No School - Veteran's Day
Wednesday, 11/14
  • Fourth Grade Museum of Science (in school) Energy Program
  • Picture Retake Day
Friday, 11/16
  • Dunning Parent's Night Out, 7:00 pm (Owen O'Leary's, Southborough)
Wednesday, 11/21
  • Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS NOT Served)
Thursday, 11/22 & Friday, 11/23
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break
Saturday, 12/1
  • Pasta Dinner, 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, 12/6

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
Tuesday, December 11
  • Community Meeting, 1:45 pm
Monday, 12/17
  • PTO Staff Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Friday, 12/21
  • Winterfest Celebration, 9:30 am (Will be live streamed on FB)
  • Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS NOT Served)
Monday, 12/24 - Tuesday, 1/1
  • No School - Winter Break
Wednesday, 1/2
  • School Resumes