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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.

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valentine's day candy

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 you help with this.

Flat Stanley Jr. Ticket Sales!!

Attention Panda Families!

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr . tickets are officially on sale!!! Please click on the link below to purchase your tickets. These tickets are for reserved seating so if you'd like to get a great seat you may want to purchase your tickets soon.


  • Walsh Middle School Auditorium
  • Friday, February 7th @ 7pm
  • Saturday, February 8th @ 2pm

Language Games

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach

As young children learn to read and/or learn to speak a new language, there are many games you can play that will help them hear and manipulate sounds in words. These types of games will help your children understand that each word has its own individual sounds and changing one sound can change the entire word! Phonemic awareness, or being able to discriminate and manipulate specific sounds, has been shown to be a predictor of how well children will learn to read.

Here are some games you can try at home:

  • Silly Sentences: Make up silly sentences with words which mostly start with the same letter. For example: Billie broke big blue blocks. Peyton played with a purple pumpkin.

  • Substitution: Use a specific letter at the beginning of each word in a sentence. For example, instead of saying, “Put on your coat.” say, “Tut ton tor toat.”

  • Manipulate words by changing sounds: I’m thinking of the word bat. Now change the /b/ sound to /h/. What word do you have now?

  • Rhyming: Orally list words that rhyme (cat, hat, mat, pat, rat,etc.). See how many you and your child can list.

  • Rhyming Books: Read rhyming books with your child (Dr. Seuss). Point out the rhymes to your child and/or see he/she can guess the rhyming word.

These are great games that are fun and beneficial. If you try some of them, make a video of you and your child playing with language and send it to me at If you would like to read more about phonological and phonemic awareness, check out this article.

Family Winter Warm up night Games

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

As part of our Family Winter Warm up night on January 16th, we invited families to join the fun by playing math games with their children. Many of the games were ones that children play frequently in their classrooms, and others were new ones to learn. The room was packed! It was heartwarming to see everyone so engaged and having such a wonderful time playing with numbers with friends and family.

Games are a great way to help math become more social, engaging, and really come alive. By playing games together you are opening the door to hear your child’s thinking, talk about strategies, and problem solve together, no matter what their age. Even if you have a love/hate (or maybe more hate-based) relationship with math, there are many games that inspire mathematical thinking in a comfortable way.

Many classic games help to support math learning, such as: Monopoly, Yahtzee, Phase 10, Sequence, and Rummikub. In the upcoming weeks I’ll offer suggestions on family night games that inspire mathematical thinking, how to enhance other games in your collection to do the same, and other easy-to-make games to play at home. I will also include question prompts that can help get the conversation started.

In case you missed the Winter Warm Up here’s the packet that went home, and remember, although there are suggested grade levels and skills to practice, anything can be adapted to fit your needs. Please reach out if you’re looking for a board game to match one of these games,

Games at Home K-2

Games at Home 3-5

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Games at Home 3-5_Portuguese

Games at Home K-2_Spanish

Games at Home 3-5_Spanish


Dear Dunning Community,

A number of community members have reached out about the March 4th open house. In response we are adding an extra open house regarding the 2020-2021 Explorers program.

Please join us from 6 to 7:30pm on Monday February 10th for the first preview of what the program looks like, a chance to pre-register early, and to ask any questions you might have.

If you cannot attend this open house we hope that you will be able to join us for the other Explorers open house on March 4th from 6 - 7:30pm.

Both open houses will be taking place in the Dunning Cafeteria.

If you are unable to attend the February 10th open house, a pre-registration link will be emailed out that same night shortly after the open house.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns,


Mateo Palfreman

Assistant Manager
Community Resource Development

february character trait - Compassion

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





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kindergarten pre-registration - 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 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.
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Please check the calendar each Notes From the Office as dates may be changed and/or added.

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, 2/10
  • Explorers Program Open House, 6:00 - 7:30pm (Dunning Cafeteria)

Monday, 2/17

  • No School Presidents' Day

Tuesday, 2/18 - Friday, 2/21

  • No School February Recess
Thursday, 2/27
  • Fourth Grade Origami In-House Presentation
Tuesday, 3/3
  • No School Teacher Professional Development Day
Wednesday, 3/4
  • Explorers Program Open House, 6:00 - 7:30pm (Dunning Cafeteria)
Thursday, 3/5
  • Early release, 1:05pm Dismissal, Lunch IS Served
Wednesday, 3/11
  • Fourth Grade Field Trip to the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00pm (Media Center)
Monday, 3/16
  • Kindergarten Discovery Museum In House Workshop
Friday, 4/10
  • No School - Good Friday
Monday, 4/20
  • No School - Patriots' Day
Tuesday, 4/21 - Friday 4/24
  • No School - Spring 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.

  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish

Last NO Homework Day

  • 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