NOTES FROM the OFFICE

11/6/19

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".


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

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Tomorrow, Thursday 11/7, is an early release day.

  • Students will be 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.

district calendars

november character theme - GRATITUDE

Resource page ENGLISH / SPANISH / PORTUGUESE
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school attendance does matter

Click on the picture below for a quick video on chronic absenteeism and how it negatively effects education. Chronic absenteeism as defined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as students missing 10 percent or more school days, or 18 days in a 180 day school year.


Students can only learn if they are present and engaged.

k pre-registration - Welcome 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 https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/kindergartenregistration 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!

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Can you find ten minutes every day?

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach


Do you want to help your child succeed in school and life? Can you find ten minutes every day?


Remember, the ten minutes can be at any time or any place. Here are some tips for adding ten minutes of reading to your child’s day.

  • Bring a book with you! You can read anywhere.

  • Set a family routine for reading. For example, your family can decide to always read before bed.

  • Let your child see YOU reading. If you read, they will want to read too!

  • Make a reading nook in your house (see Notes from the Office October 23, 2019)

  • Keep a list of books your child wants to read next.

  • Have a family reading time. Everyone reads.

  • Go to the library or bookstore as a family outing.


I’d love to see you reading at home! Take pictures and send them to bbekrman@framingham.k12.ma.us

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swap day

The Framingham Bilingual Education Department presents...Swap Day


Saturday November 16, 2019
Fuller Middle School Cafeteria, 10:30am - 12:30pm


Donate clothing, coats, shoes and books in good condition that your children (preschool to teens) have outgrown. Then come and "shop" for free.


Drop off your gently used donations:

At the Bilingual Family Engagement Office (31 Flagg Dr. Door 4A, Framingham MA ) from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday - Friday between November 1st — 15th.


Come to the event on November 16th and shop for free!

  • Please take what you need and leave some for your neighbors.
  • You do not need to donate in order to take items.
  • Bring your own bag to carry items.
  • All remaining items will be donated.


Volunteers are needed to help sort, organize, or support on event-day!

Sign-up here: http://bit.ly/FPSSwapDayV

Help your community and help yourself!


Swap Day Flyer

English / Portuguese / Spanish

Calling all 4th and 5th Graders

Flat Stanley Play Sign Ups are here.

Rehearsal Schedule will be shared again, but please note the commitment needed. Not all cast will be needed at all rehearsals.


  • 12/4 3:30-5:30, 12/6 3:30-5:30
  • 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19 (all 3:30-5:30)
  • 1/7, 1/9, 1/14, 1/16, 1/21, 1/23, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30 (all 3:30-5:00)
  • 2/4, 2/5, 2/6 (3:30-5:30 - MANDATORY)
  • 2/7, 2/8 performances


Please sign up HERE if your child wants to be part of the Flat Stanley cast and is in 4th or 5th grade (K-3 sign ups will come later). Please note that practices will be after school T, W, TH in December and T, W for January. Please note any conflicts in the form below. Also, during the week of the performance there will be daily MANDATORY practices.

parents night out

Hope to see you at the Dunning Parents' Night Out!


Friday, November 15th at 7:00 PM


Owen O’Leary’s ~ Route 9 East Southborough


Come and meet some new people, enjoy food provided by PTO, cash bar and even stay for the karaoke!

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.

sign up deadline for stop & shop rewards is january

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

Tuesday, 11/5

  • No School - Professional Development
Thursday, 11/7
  • Early Release. Students are dismissed at 1:05pm. Lunch IS served
Monday, 11/11
  • No School - Veteran's Day

Friday, 11/15

  • K, 1 & 2 - Performance of The Reluctant Dragon, 10:00am
  • 3 , 4 & 5 - Performance of The Reluctant Dragon, 1:30pm
  • Dunning Parents' Night Out, 7:00pm
Friday, 11/22
  • Fall Picture Re-Take Day
Monday, 11/25
  • Book Fair - Preview Day

Tuesday, 11/26

  • Book Fair - Preview Day
Wednesday, 11/27
  • Book Fair - Preview Day
  • Half Day. Students are dismissed at 12:30pm. Lunch IS NOT served
Thursday, 11/28
  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, 11/29

  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, 12/2
  • Book Fair
Tuesday, 12/3
  • Book Fair
Wednesday, 12/4
  • Book Fair
Thursday, 12/5
  • Book Fair
  • Early Release. Students are dismissed at 1:05pm. Lunch IS served
Friday, 12/6
  • Book Fair
  • First Grade - Ocean World in House Field Trip
Saturday, 12/7
  • Last Day of Book Fair
  • Pasta Dinner, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Monday, 12/16
  • Teacher Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Monday, 12/23 - Wednesday, 1/1
  • No School - Winer Recess
Thursday, 1/2
  • School Resumes

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.


  • November: Cereal
  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish

NO Homework Days

  • January 30, 2020
  • April 30, 2020

September Distribution Flyers

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


  • Performance Art Center of MetroWest
  • Wayside - Delay You Gray event and 5K4Kids Road Race
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Centre Music House
  • Nick Cerio's Kempo Karate
  • Comcast - Internet Essentials