NOTES FROM the OFFICE

4/29/19

DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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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".


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


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


Use this LINK to access the APRIL school lunch menus.


Use the following links to access the MAY school lunch menus

Elementary School Lunch

Almoço do Escola Fundamental

Almuerzo de las Escuelas Primarias

have you seen our new playground paths?

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Poetry

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach


April is National Poetry Month. Here are some tips on bringing poetry into your home!


Cut out some words from magazines and make your own “magnetic poetry” kit. Have fun rearranging the words to make different poems


You can also buy some themed magnetic poetry kits or make on-line poems on this website: https://magneticpoetry.com/


Watch or listen to people read poems that they love on this website: http://www.favoritepoem.org/


Read the “Keep a Poem in your Pocket” and give your child a poem to keep in their pocket.


Read All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth. Then try writing some poems about small things with your child!


I’d love to know your favorite poems! Share some with me at bberkman@framingham.k12.ma.us

NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE DUNNING COMMUNITY!!


We are pleased to share news of the births of Kinsley Grace and Adeline Rose Pearson. Kinsley and Adeline were born last Thursday at 3:22 am to fifth grade teacher, Mr. Pearson. We send our best wishes to Kinsley, Adeline and their parents!

Bus Transportation Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year

Framingham Public Schools has just opened bus transportation registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year. We are are asking all families to submit requests online using Aspen X2.


The deadline for transportation sign-up is June 10, 2019. Transportation requests received after the deadline may not be processed until after the start of the school year.


Rider Eligibility

Grade K - 5

  • Students in grades K – 5 who live outside the 2 mile limit of their assigned school, will be automatically assigned a bus stop close to their residential address. There is no fee.
  • Students in grades K – 5, who live between 1 - 2 miles of their assigned school must submit a transportation request. (Seats will be offered based on availability). If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.
  • Transportation is not provided to students who live within 1 mile of their assigned school; consideration may be made if a student has to cross a major road such as Route 9. If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.

Grade 6

  • Students in grade 6 who live outside the 2 mile limit of their assigned school must submit a transportation request as outlined below. There is no fee.
  • Students in grade 6 who live between 1 - 2 miles of their assigned school must submit a transportation request. (Seats will be offered based on availability). If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.
  • Transportation is not provided to students who live within 1 mile of their assigned school; consideration may be made if a student has to cross a major road such as Route 9. If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.

Grades 7-12

  • First Priority: Students in grades 7 - 12 who live outside the 2 mile limit of their assigned school, must submit a transportation request. (Seats will be offered based on availability). If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.
  • Second Priority: Students in grades 7 – 12 who live between 1 - 2 miles of their assigned school, must submit a transportation request. (Seats will be offered based on availability). If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.
  • Third Priority: Transportation is not provided to students who live within 1 mile of their assigned school; consideration may be made if a student has to cross a major road such as Route 9. If requested and approved, a transportation fee will apply or will be waived if the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch.


Ineligibility

Students who are ineligible for bus transportation are not guaranteed transportation. Approval of transportation requests for ineligible student riders will be based on space availability.

  • Students in Grades K-6 living less than 2 miles from their assigned school
  • All students in Grades 7-12

To determine transportation eligibility for students in grades K-6, please refer to the Ineligible Street Listing.


If you are considered ineligible for transportation, you can still request transportation and if approved based on availability, you must pay the Transportation Fee or qualify for the fee waiver. You can read about the Transportation Fees HERE. Requests will be reviewed in the following priority order:

  • First: Those living outside the 2 mile limit of their assigned school
  • Second: Those living between 1 - 2 miles of their assigned school
  • Third: Those living within 1 mile of their assigned school

dunning's got news

Use this LINK to access Volume 2 of Dunning's Got News.

MCAS

Even though this assessment is a snapshot, one single perspective, it is important that students feel confident and as prepared as possible. There are many ways in which you can help your child put his/her best foot forward on the day of the test. The following guidelines can help set our students up for success:


The night before the test:


  • Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he or she is well-rested.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel anxious or unsure of him/herself.
  • Be positive and confident knowing your child will do his/her best.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.


The morning of the test:


  • Electronic devices are not allowed during testing time. It is recommended that students leave all cell phones and electronic watches/devices at home.
  • Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives to school on time.
  • Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast (or encourage them to eat when they get to school).
  • Have your child dress in comfortable clothes.
  • Be positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he/she knows. The most important thing is they try their very best!


Thank you for your continued support!

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Multicultural Celebration Brunch

For the first time, Saturday May 18, the Dunning Dash and Multicultural Celebration will combine into one big event!


The Multicultural Celebration will take the form of a brunch directly after the Dunning Dash. We need volunteers to bring food to share, to set up during and directly after the Dunning Dash, to help serve food, and to clean up. As always, if anyone is interested in doing a song or dance that represents your family's culture, doing henna tattoos, face painting, or another activity, the more the merrier!


Use this link for the SignUpGenius.


Date: Saturday, May 18th

Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm

dunning dash 5k road race

SAVE THE DATE!!!


Saturday May 18th at 9am


The same day will be our school’s wonderful Multicultural Fair. Mark the date in your calendar to join us for a fun family day. If interested in helping on either committee please message us on the DASH FB PAGE. For the dash we need logistics help on the day of the event and someone to manage two water stations. (Great for Scouts or teens who need service hours!). Registration details coming soon!

fifth grade variety show

The Fifth Grade Variety is this Friday, May 3rd.


The Dunning fifth grade community is most definitely full of talent and we are looking forward to seeing all of the acts, which will make for a truly memorable and impressive show!


Don't miss it!!

March electronic backpack

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


  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Nardizzi/Nichols Soccer Camp
  • Framingham Baseball League
  • Pilgrim Day Camp
  • Suburban Child
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Framingham Family Fair
  • Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate
  • Framingham United Soccer Club

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, 6/18.


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.


  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR WEEKLY, AS WELL AS THE CALENDAR ON OUR WEBSITE, AS FIELD TRIPS, EVENTS, ETC. MAY BE ADDED.


Wednesday, 5/1

  • Fifth Grade Variety Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:15 pm
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00- 8:00 pm (Media Center)

Thursday, 5/2

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences
Friday, 5/3
  • Fifth Grade Variety Show, 6:30 pm

Thursday, 5/9

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 1
  • Evening Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/10

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 2

Monday, 5/13

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 1

Tuesday, 5/14

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 2
Thursday, 5/16
  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/17

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 1

Saturday, 5/18

  • Dunning Dash/Multicultural Celebration

Monday, 5/20

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 2
Wednesday, 5/22
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Patriot's Place

Thursday, 5/23

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Professional Development
Monday, 5/27
  • No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, 5/28
  • Third Grade Fiel Trip to The Framingham History Center (Room 22)
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, 5/30

  • Third Grade Field Trip to The Framingham History Center (Rooms 20 & 24)
  • Art Show (information to follow)

Friday, May 31

  • Fourth Grade Travel Expo, 8:30 – 10:45 am
  • Special Olympics
Monday, June 3rd
  • No School for Kindergarten, Incoming K Orientation
Wednesday, June 5th
  • Kinderagten Field Trip to McAuliffe Library
Thursday, 6/6
  • First Grade Field Trip to Southwick Zoo
  • Third Grade Recorder Concert, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Friday, 6/7
  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Band Concert, 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Monday, 6/10
  • Field Day Rain Date
Tuesday, 6/11
  • Third Grade Womoanoag Visit
Wednesday, 6/12
  • PTO Meeting
Friday, 6/14
  • Fifth Grade Fond Farewell, 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Kindergarten Sing-A-Long, 1:45 – 2:15 pm
Monday, 6/17
  • Last Day of School Kindergarten, Regular Dismissal
Tuesday, 6/18
  • Last Day of School Grades 1-5, 12:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS NOT Served.