NOTES FROM the OFFICE

3/21/19

DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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going to school regularly matters

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Social Justice Booklists

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach


Children’s books are a great jumping off point to discuss social justice issues with your children. Here is a link to a booklist with 50 carefully selected books for children, young adults, and even adults! The books are organized in a variety of ways. For example, you can search by issues (environment, immigration, disabilities), by genre (poetry, graphic novel), or by age range (early elementary, etc.) These books give children a chance to identify and talk about any social justice issues in their lives They can also learn about people who are not like them and the issues they face.


Some of the books on the list that I’ve enjoyed are below.


Check them out and let me know what you think! Do you have other favorite social justice children’s books? Send me the titles at bberkman@framingahm.k12.ma.us

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fifth grade variety show

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD.


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.

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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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March electronic backpack

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


  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Nardizzi/Nichols Soccer Camp
  • Framingham Baseball League
  • Pilgrim Day Camp
  • Suburban Child
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Framingham Family Fair
  • Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate
  • Framingham United Soccer Club

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.


  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Tuesday, 3/19

  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 3/20
  • Spring Picture Day
Tuesday, 3/26
  • Kindergarten Tours,1:45 – 2:45 pm and 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 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

Monday, 4/22

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - ELA Session 1

Tuesday, 4/23

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, 4/24

  • Grade 5, MCAS - ELA Session 1

Friday, 4/25

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences

Friday, 4/26

  • Grade 5, MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, 5/1

  • Fifth Grade Variety Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:15 pm
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00- 8:00 pm (Media Center)

Thursday, 5/2

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences
Friday, 5/2
  • Fifth Grade Variety Show, 6:30 pm

Thursday, 5/9

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 1
  • Evening Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/10

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 2

Monday, 5/13

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 1

Tuesday, 5/14

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 2

Friday, 5/17

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 1

Saturday, 5/18

  • Dunning Dash/Multicultural Celebration

Monday, 5/20

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 2
Wednesday, 5/22
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Patriot's Place

Thursday, 5/23

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Professional Development
Monday, 5/27
  • No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, 5/28
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts
Friday, May 31
  • Fourth Grade Travel Expo, 8:30 – 10:45 am
  • Special Olympics
Thursday, 6/6
  • Third Grade Recorder Concert, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Friday, 6/7
  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Band Concert, 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Monday, 6/10
  • Field Day Rain Date
Wednesday, 6/12
  • PTO Meeting
Friday, 6/14
  • Fond Farewell, 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Kindergarten Sing-A-Long, 1:45 – 2:15 pm