# 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.

We're celebrating the SOUPerbowl all week at Dunning! In honor of our NE Patriots run for the Superbowl, we've challenged ourselves to collect as much SOUP as we can to donate to A Place to Turn. So please, SEND US SOUP! We'll have a table set up in the lobby to track our donations. We'll send our updates daily via Facebook and Twitter. We hope to fill the table with a wonderful abundance of soup. #patriotspandapride

## More on Number Sense at Home

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

A child’s number sense, or their ability to work flexibly and efficiently with numbers, is the greatest predictor of future success in mathematics. Working with numbers strengthens fluency and problem solving skills by developing a deeper understanding of numbers and their relationships.

You can help your children build their number sense by playing simple games with no materials necessary! So far we have looked at What’s the Question? and Who Am I?

This week’s Number Sense at Home game is called Which Number Does Not Belong?

Which Number Does Not Belong?: This pre-algebra activity is where kids sort and classify numbers into categories. (possible answers are given, there could be many more!)

Ex. Which number does not belong: 4, 12, 17, 8, 20?

Answer: 17 because it is an odd number (or… 17 is not a multiple of 2)

Ex. Which number does not belong: 54, 64, 144, 81?

Answer: 54 because it is not a square number

Not only does this promote puzzling and flexible thinking with numbers, but it’s a great way for children to become more comfortable sharing their math thinking and reasoning.

Try it out and let us know how it goes at lwalton33@framingham.k12.ma.us ! We’d love to hear how you’re practicing Number Sense at home.

## sweetheart dance

Charlotte Dunning Elementary School 5th Annual Sweetheart Dance

Saturday February 9th 6pm – 8pm

Dunning Gym

TICKETS: \$10/per person or \$30/per family

CALLING ALL KIDS

Purchase your tickets by dowloading and returning this FORM in an envelope marked SWEETHEART DANCE with cash or check made payable to DUNNING PTO before February 8th.

RAFFLE: Buy a raffle ticket to win a chance to ride to the dance in a limo with Ms. Schecter donated by the Guiberti Limousine! (Ride is one way to the school). Raffle tickets are \$5 each.

Questions?: Contact Abbey at agiombetti@gmail.com

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping out with the Fifth Grade Variety Show.

Volunteers are needed for the rehearsals, as well as the night of the performance. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please send a message with your name and contact information to dunningvarietyshow2019@yahoo.com and we will contact you with more information about dates and times.

## 15 Minute Extension

FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO SHARE CONSIDERATION REQUESTS

As of January 16th the School Committee, FTA, and Framingham Public Schools came to the final agreement on the Unit A Contract which will begin in the 2019-2020 School Year.

This brings many changes that support growth opportunities for teachers, students, and families. Snapshots of the positive changes are below:

• 22,000 additional instructional hours for elementary students.
• More time for co-planning, professional development, and family engagement.
• Higher compensation to retain and reward our educators for new workload requirements.
• Work parity across elementary, middle, and high school levels.
• Expanded parental leave options.
• Tools to reduce absenteeism.
• Full alignment with the district’s strategic plan and long term financial strategy
• FAQs on the Unit A Contract

Next Steps
Several people are curious as to how the additional 15 minutes will be spent in the Elementary school day; where the 15 minutes will be added; and how that time will affect their child's extra-curricular or religious programs after school. This one-question form is a place for you to share your thoughts for consideration. This form will close on January 31st.

Please note: Ideas / Suggestions will be reviewed and considered, but the Superintendent in conjunction with the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Business Office will ultimately make a decision based on addressing instructional deficiencies that have needed to be addressed for some time.

Por favor escreva seus comentários ou preocupações abaixo para consideração proativa AQUI.

Por favor, escriba sus comentarios o inquietudes a continuación AQUÍ.

## BPAC

January meeting of the BPAC -Bilingual Parent Advisory Council!
Join us for fun games and activities for the whole family and learn why being active is important!
Kids will take home a FREE basketball or soccer ball!!!
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Reunión de enero del BPAC - Consejo de Padres Bilingües.
¡Venga a jugar deportes y otras actividades divertidas para toda la familia y aprenda por qué es importante mantenerse activo después de la escuela!
¡Los niños se llevarán a casa un balón de baloncesto o de fútbol soccer GRATIS!
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Reunião de janeiro do BPAC - CONSELHO DE PAIS BILÍNGUES.
Junte-se a nós para jogos e atividades divertidas para toda a família
e aprenda por que ser ativo é importante!
As crianças levarão para casa uma bola de basquete ou futebol GRATUITA !!!

## recess policies

Winter is here!! We wanted to take this opportunity to remind/inform parents of our recess policies for when it is cold outside and/or when we have snow on the ground. 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. We also take the "feels like" temperature into account.

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 allow the children 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! If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

## valentine's day

In keeping with the Framingham Public Schools wellness practices, Dunning School continues to be committed to safe and healthy school programs for all of our students. At this time we ask for your continued assistance in supporting our practice of providing students with fun, non-food celebrations. Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for students to let their friends know that they are thinking of them with a note or card. We do not allow students to bring in food treats to share with other children to ensure the safety and health of our students. Please do not send in Valentine's Day cards with candy attached.

Thank you for your help with this.

## 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.

## 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

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
Tuesday, 3/5
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 3/6
• PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Media Center)
Thursday, 3/7
• Early Release - Professional Devlopment, 1:05 pm Dismissal. Lunch IS served
Tuesday, 3/12
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 3/13
• Fifth Grade Puberty Meeting at McCarthy Elementary School, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, 3/19
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 3/20
• Spring Picture Day
Tuesday, 3/26
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/2
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 4/3
• PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Media Center)
Friday, 4/12 - Friday 4/19
• April Vacation