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Translations for all "Notes from the Office" are available by scrolling to the bottom of each newsletter and click on the "Translate" black bar.

Las traducciones a todas las notas de la Oficina están disponibles por desplazamiento a la parte inferior de cada boletín y haga clic en el "Translate" black bar.

Traduções para todos os "Anotações do Office" estão disponíveis rolando até o final de cada newsletter e clicando na barra preta "Traduzir".

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book fair

What an incredible couple of weeks! Our book fair total was $12,229.31! Thank you to all who have purchased and made our event so successful. If you couldn’t make it to Dunning this past week or if you really want to try to get that “hard to find” book - we have great news... there is still time to purchase through the online book fair! The online book fair will go until Dec 7th and all items will be delivered to the school in 5-10 business days and will go home in backpacks. (If you prefer to pick up your order at the school please contact Beth Last at

a huge shout out to...

Beth Last for organizing this year's book fair. She was at Dunning everyday!! We will miss seeing her.

Thank you to vereyone in the Dunning Community that helped out. The book fair would not have been so successful without YOUR HELP!!

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Pasta Dinner

Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday to support our fifth grade students.

Thank you to the teachers for providing wonderful desserts.

Thank you to the fifth grade students for being such excellent servers.

Thank you to Olive Garden, Framingham Baking and LaCantina for their generous donations.

Thank you to Dianna Yanez Brown’s father in law for providing entertainment.

Thank you to all of the parents who helped out.

Thank you to Jen Sconti and Eileen Murphy for organizing everything!!

Here is a slide show of pictures that were shared on FB and that Ms. Schecter took.

Fostering a Love for Reading

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach

One of the best ways to foster a love for reading in your child is to let them see YOU reading!

Nora Krug of the Washington Post writes, "How do you foster a love of reading for pleasure? The simple answer is to read — yourself, with and to your kids — whenever you can. Make books a part of your routine, your home decor, your conversations."

As a parent myself, I know that finding time to read is a challenge. My “whenever I can” is at night before I go to sleep, in medical waiting rooms where I enjoy fun magazines, and the few times on the weekend where I find myself with a bit of free time. If you have any questions, would like book recommendations, or have your own suggestions about how to fit reading in to a busy life, please email me at I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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Have you read so many books that your bookshelves are filled to the brim with books and you need something new to read over winter break? We have just the solution...

The Dunning Winter Vacation Book Swap

Here is how it works:

  • From December 10-13: Bring your gently used children’s books to Room 27 (Grades 3-5) or Mrs. Berkman’s Room (Grade K-2). Students will get one ticket for each book they bring in.
  • From December 17-19: Every student will use their tickets to swap for books to take home!

Thank you for your help!

We want ALL Dunning students to have new-to-them books to read over vacation!

Book Swap Brochure - SPANISH

Book Swap Brochure - PORTUGUESE

We care about your children and want them to be happy, comfortable, and safe before and after school, and when playing outside at recess. Please make sure your child is coming to school with appropriate jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. for the cold months ahead. Aso, please label everything so that when things turn up in our lost and found, we can return them to your children. Thank you


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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Winter coat/snow clothes drive

Winter has arrived! Did you scramble to find snow clothes to fit your kids this morning? For some of our families the scramble is more of a struggle and we would like to provide some assistance in keeping all of our Pandas warm and dry this winter. If you have any kid sized snow clothes (hats, mittens, boots, snow jackets and snow pants) that are clean and usable please help us get them to the families that need them! There will be a collection box in the lobby.

Please only donate useable kid-sized snow clothes!


blocks open house

Thursday, December 6, 2018

10:00 am - 11:00 am OR 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please use this LINK for additional information.

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
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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.


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.

  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Tuesday, 12/4

  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Thursday, 12/6

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
  • Blocks Preschool Open House, 10:00 am - 11:00 am OR 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday, 12/10
  • Walsh Fifth Grade Open House, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 12/11
  • Community Meeting, 1:45 pm
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Monday, 12/17
  • PTO Staff Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Tuesday. 12.18
  • Robotics Club (grades4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday, 12/21
  • Winterfest Celebration (students only), 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
Tuesday, 1/8
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 1/9
  • 2019 Annual Kindergarten Information Fair, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Fuller Auditorium)
Thursday, 1/10
  • Passport to Learning - Family Literacy/Math Night, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 1/15
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday, 1/18
  • Family Movie Night, 6:30 - 8:30
Monday, 1/21
  • No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, 1/22
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 1/23
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 1/29
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm