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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For those who celebrate, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. We look forward to welcoming your children back on Monday November 26th.

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Wednesday, 11/21, is a half day.

  • 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.

Please make sure your child is met at their bus stop. Kindergarten students will not be dropped off if there is not a parent, guardian, or older sibling at the bus stop. Kindergarteners who are not met at the bus stop will be returned to their school.

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

Notes from our literacy coach

Dear Dunning Families -

Here's a great image about the importance of students reading at home. Stay tuned to upcoming "Notes from the Office" for specific tips on how to increase at-home reading for your children!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at


Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach

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FPS Libraries Quarterly Fall 2018

Please use this LINK to access the FPS quarterly libraries newsletter.


Dunning Scholastic Book Fair

November 19th through December 1st

If you love books, or just want to come see how much fun it can be with all the kids - please consider taking a slot or two to help cover our Scholastic Book Fair.


Preview days will be on Monday, November 19 - Wednesday, November 21 for students and teachers to create their wishlists. The Book Fair will culminate on Saturday, December 1 in conjunction with the 5th Grade Pasta Dinner between 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Please note in comments if you can only cover part of a slot. Also, please provide the best way we can contact you if needed (phone number or e-mail address).

Want to set up your eWallet for your child to book shop? Prefer to shop online in your PJs? (you know that is how we ALL like to online shop...) Lots of options with our online feature this year. **If you are shopping online and DON'T want purchased items to go home in your child's backpack when it arrives - you need to let Beth Last know. Otherwise all online orders go home in backpacks when they are delivered. Use this LINK to access the online book fair and to set up your eWallet.

Please contact Beth Last at or call or text at 978-761-1625 with questions. Thank you!

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We've got our mashed potatoes for Care & Share. Do you have yours?

Let's see if we can make a record-setting donation to A Place to Turn.

We challenge the school to beat our September Care & Share collection.

Our goal is to collect 500 boxes of mashed potatoes!!

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Saturday, December 1st, 4:00 - 7:30

Please join us for this fun family fundraiser where our fifth graders will serve you dinner!

100% of the proceeds from the pasta dinner go to fund our fifth graders' field trips and other end-of-year activities. Reserve your seat at the "Dunning Trattoria" for just $5 per person or $25 per family.

Download the reservation form HERE.

Have your 5th grader join the fun at the pasta dinner. On December 1st from 4pm-8pm, 5th Graders will have the chance to be servers, a welcome committee and to sell raffle tickets. The jobs will be assigned by the number of 5th graders we have volunteer the night of the pasta dinner! There should be a minimum of 10 kids per hour. Kids are welcome to stay more than one hour!Fifth Grade

Student Server Volunteers sign-up HERE.

The Pasta Dinner Committee is looking for parents to join the fun. On December 1st from 3pm-9pm, we need 5th grade parents to volunteer to set-up, clean-up, serve pasta, and oversee 5th grade servers. In addition, there are a few items that need to be donated. Please help make this a successful event for our kids!

Fifth Grade Parent Volunteers and Food Donations Sign-up HERE.

2019-2020 Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Online Pre-Registration is Open for Framingham Public Schools Class of 2032!

Families who have a child or children that will be five years old by August 31, 2019 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. P

lease visit to begin registration and for additional information including detailed steps and timing.

  1. Online pre-registration (Now - April 10, 2019)
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Parent Information Center (December 2018 - April 1, 2019)
  3. Attend the Kindergarten Information Fair (January 9, 2019)
  4. Tour schools (March 2019)
  5. Receive school assignment form by May 17, 2019
  6. Confirm your school placement with the Parent Information Center by May 24, 2019
  7. Attend Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 3, 2019

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.


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.

  • November: Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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  • Scholastic Book Fair Preview


  • Scholastic Book Fair Preview

Wednesday, 11/21

  • Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS NOT Served)
Thursday, 11/22 & Friday, 11/23
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break
Monday, 11/26
  • Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, 11/27

  • Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, 11/28

  • Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, 11/29

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Family/Friends/Neighbors Day
Friday, 11/30
  • Scholastic Book Fair
Saturday, 12/1
  • Pasta Dinner, 4:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Scholastic Book Fair Ends

Thursday, 12/6

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
Tuesday, 12/11
  • Community Meeting, 1:45 pm
Monday, 12/17
  • PTO Staff Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Friday, 12/21
  • Winterfest Celebration, 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