# NOTES FROM the OFFICE

## 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".

## passport to learning

A Night of Reading, Math, Language, & Community

Thursday, January 10; 6:00-7:30

The evening will include:

• Math games
• Read Alouds (in English and various other languages)
• Book Bingo
• Parent information session about learning at home
• Dinner (pizza, drinks, and dessert!)

RSVP Form - English

RSVP Form - Spanish

RSVP Form - Portuguese

In order to plan for dinner, please sign-up by Tuesday, 1/8.

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR DONATIONS TOWARDS PIZZA AND DESSERTS. ANY SIZE DONATION WILL HELP.

THANK YOU!!!

## What’s Number Sense?

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

Children are asked to work with numbers in a very different way than we did growing up. Today our students need a deeper understanding of the procedures and concepts used in mathematics. One of the most important mathematical skills needed for everyone in the 21st century is Number Sense.

Number Sense is the ability to work flexibly and efficiently with numbers. Students develop a deeper understanding of what numbers mean. They become more flexible and confident in their use of numbers. Dr. Keith Devlin of Stanford University says, “the fact is, students who lack a strong number sense have trouble developing the foundation needed for even simple arithmetic, let alone more complex mathematics.”

But not to fear! You can integrate simple number sense activities while driving the car, cutting vegetables, or waiting at the doctor’s office.

Try this simple game: What’s the Question? Give your kids the answer and have them come up with a problem that matches. For example, The answer is 7, what’s the question? Sample answer: I had ten grapes then I ate three. How many grapes are left?

Try it out and let us know how it goes at lwalton33@framingham.k12.ma.us ! We’d love to hear how you’re practicing Number Sense at home.

## KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION FAIR

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9TH, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Please join the Parent Information Center for an Information Fair to learn all about Kindergarten!

• Fuller Middle School Auditorium
• Presentation starts at 6:00 pm
• Alternative date if schools are closed - Tuesday, January 15t

## cold and flu season

We have come to the time of year to expect cold and flu symptoms. Please read the following guidelines for keeping students at home when they are sick.

Thank you for your help with this.

## 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.

## 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!

THANK YOU!!

## 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

## 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.

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

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
Tuesday, 2/5
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Saturday, 2/9

• Sweetheart Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, 2/12
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday, 2/15 - Friday 2/11

• February Vacation
Tuesday, 2/26
• Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 2/27

• Grade 4 Origami Workshop, 9:15 am - 12:00 pm