DUNNING NOTES FROM the OFFICE

October 31st, 2021

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

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Dates to Remember

NOVEMBER

Tuesday, 2nd

  • Nov. 2 - No School, Staff Professional Development
Thursday, 4th
  • Early Release - 1:05 Dismissal - Parent Conferences, Lunch IS served

Thursday, 11th

  • No School - Veterans' Day

Friday, 19th

  • Picture Retake Day
Wednesday 24th
  • Half Day -12:00pm Dismissal, Lunch IS NOT served

Thursday 25th & Friday, 26th

  • No School, Thanksgiving Recess
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Dear Dunning Community

What's New This Week:

  • Thursday Early Release
  • Dunning Elementary Family Photos
  • Dunning Spirit Wear


Old News, But Still Important:
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
  • Breakfast & Lunch Information
  • Test & Stay
  • School Picture Update
  • PTO News
  • Dunning Directory
  • Photo and Video Opt-Out
  • Find Your Funds
  • P-EBT and SNAP (Food Support)
  • Community Resources


Important Links:


Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time to share any questions, concerns, thoughts, or ideas.


Best Regards,

Michele & Kathie

mschecter@framingham.k12.ma.us

klaskie@framingham.k12.ma.us

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What's New?
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This Thursday, 11/4, is an early release day.
  • 1:05pm dismissal
  • 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.

Dunning Elementary Family Photos

Please join us to have your holiday photos taken!


Sign up for a 15 minute slot for you and your family to take photos in a festive back drop. There are a few time slots left!!


Date: 11/13/2021 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Place: Dunning

Cost: $30 to be donated to the fifth grade class


Sign-up Genius

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Dunning Spirit Wear

The PTO is happy to announce we have a new Dunning Spirit Gear website up and running and waiting for your orders!!


Adult's and children's sizes!! Sweatshirts, t-shirts, pajama pants and more!! We even have umbrellas and winter hats for those rainy/snowy drop offs and pick ups!


Because of the amazing job our community did during the FunRun Fundraiser we are able to offer the gear this year at cost with no mark up! We may not be able to do this in future years so take advantage now and stock up on your Dunning gear. Makes great holiday gifts as well!


The site will be open all year long for ordering, no end date!!


Click HERE for online ordering

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Old News

School Picture Update

If you have any questions or concerns regarding school pictures, please contact the Coffee Pond Customer Care Department where one of the Customer Care Lifeguards will be happy to provide a quick solution,


Phone: 800-632-2323, extension 0

Email: lifeguards@coffeepond.com

Test and Stay

We continue to encourage all families to provide consent for in-school COVID testing.


This can be done through a Google Form or a printed paper (Student consent form for COVID-19 testing) you can give your school nurse. This must be completed even if you participated in weekly testing last year.


You will need your students’ LASID number to complete the Consent Form:


Student Name: [FirstName] [LastName]


LASID: [LASID]


The Consent Form covers three different COVID testing options:

  • Pooled Testing (Currently happening each week across schools: regular, group testing to narrow down any asymptomatic cases.)

  • Test and Stay Testing (Starting the Week of October 4, 2021: daily individual tests for students who have been identified as a close contact of a positive case in the classroom to allow them to remain in school as long as they are symptom free).

  • Diagnostic Testing (We are not currently offering individual testing in school for students who have symptoms, but the City of Framingham's website provides places for families to pursue their own COVID Testing.)


The Test and Stay option helps us accomplish our primary goal that students remain in school as much as possible. Students who are identified as close contacts in school will take rapid antigen tests in school over the course of a 7-day period to confirm they are negative for COVID-19. Test and Stay will be utilized in cases where students are identified as close contacts of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and the exposure occurred during the school day.


In addition to launching the Test and Stay testing, schools will also continue with additional risk mitigation efforts like proper mask-wearing, physical distancing when possible, keeping classmates together, monitoring for symptoms daily, and more. It is important to note that certain situations may not warrant participation in Test and Stay and in some cases full quarantine at home may be necessary.


We appreciate everyone's patience, understanding, and flexibility as we continue to adjust our practices with the health and safety of our students and staff as the most important driver in our decision-making.

PTO News

Future PTO Meetings:

Time:

  • All meetings will be 5:30pm- 6:30pm

Dates:

  • Monday, December 6th
  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Thursday, April 28th
  • Friday, June 10th

Dunning Directory

Click HERE to register.

Photo and Video Opt-Out

We are excited to have our students back in school and look forward to keeping you updated with our in-school activities and programs. If you DO NOT give Framingham Public Schools permission to use your child’s name, image, or school work in any public display or presentation, please complete one digital Google Form for each child in your household (Photo / Video Opt-Out | Exclusión de foto/video | Formulário de Exclusão de Mídia (Foto/Vídeo) or you can print, sign, and return the form(s) listed below.


If you choose to use the paper version, please return the completed form to your student's teacher.


Find Your Funds

FindYourFunds.org helps families learn what payments they could be eligible for and connects them to free help.


The Federal Government is giving people more money with tax credits (like the Child Tax Credit) and Stimulus Payments. You can sign up for this money with a 2020 “tax return” or by using the online Non Filer Form by October 15. If you do not sign up by October 15, you can apply in early 2022.


Those eligible could get:

  • Child Tax Credit checks - $250-$300 per child per month

  • Access to all 3 three Stimulus Payments for individuals and/or eligible children / dependents (between $600-$3200 per person!) if they did not get them

  • The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps many low income people (including many essential workers)

  • Families can still sign up for payments for the last 3 years and get the money!

P-EBT and SNAP (Food Support)

Since P-EBT was created to replace school meals, students who return to in-person learning will not get P-EBT funds for the months that they are in school in-person.

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  • ALL kids can get free meals at school (P-EBT was created to replace school meals)
  • P-EBT will be available this summer - keep your cards!
  • You can still use your P-EBT money from previous months if you have it - previous funds don't go away!
  • Apply for SNAP and get the MAXIMUM dollar amount during COVID-19


Food Funds for Kids 0-5 Years Old on SNAP

Fundos para alimentação para crianças de 0-5 anos de idade no SNAP

Asistencia de alimentos para niños de 0 a 5 años con SNAP


For more information or to apply, visit: www.map-ebt.org/snap.

Community Resources

For emergency food assistance call the Framingham Emergency Food Line (508-532-5479). For food or housing referrals, please contact the Family Resource Center (508-270-4313). If you or your child is having a mental health emergency, please call Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at 508-872-3333 or call 911 for assistance.
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Community Meeting Video Links

October Community Meeting: Staff/Respect

December Community Meeting: 1st Grade/Responsibility

February Community Meeting: 3rd Grade/Compassion

March Community Meeting: Kindergarten/Confidence

April Community Meeting: 2nd Grade/Determination

May Community Meeting: 4th Grade/Cooperation

June Community Meeting: 5th Grade/Pride