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.

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district calendars

december lunch menus

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THANK YOU... the PTO for organizing another amazing PTO Teacher Appreciation Coffee & Dessert.

Thank you to all of the families who brought in all of the wonderful treats!

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Our first edition of Dunning's Got News is hot off the press. This newspaper is published by a group of 4th graders who meet with Brett Berkmans, our Literacy Coach, a few mornings each month.

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Scholastic Pajama Drive

In our second year of participation in the Scholastic Pajama Drive, fifth grade students donated $1.00 they personally had or earned and the money was used to purchase 29 pairs of brand new pajamas size infant to adult. The Fifth Grade Pajama Drive is an outgrowth of our social issue book clubs. All pajamas are going to a local shelter and will be matched by Scholastic with new books for children.


Tomorrow morning, Thursday December 19th, all students and staff will participate in the annual Dunning Readathon to benefit the Jimmy Fund. It is an event we all look forward to each year. We especially like this choice as it gives kids a chance to help other kids! The readathon gives us an opportunity for a learning experience as well as a way to connect to our community and do something for those less fortunate than ourselves Students will spend the morning snuggled in sleeping bags or blankets, dressed in cozy pajamas reading. Teachers have pledged $.01 for each minute their students spend reading. Some students or parents even pledge for themselves or their children. Last year we raised more than $1,600.

winter warm up family night

SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 16, 2020, 6:00 - 7:15PM

Dunning Families and Students are invited to join us for a winter celebration of our Dunning writers and mathematicians.

The Evening will include:

  • Math Games
  • Writing on Display
  • Pizza Dinner
  • Read Alouds

January’s character theme is ACCEPTANCE. Our read alouds will focus on this theme.

We will provide dinner, but would love for families to bring a special family dessert to share.

Please click on the links below for the RSVP form.

Winter Warm Up Family Night

Noite da Familia Aquecimento o inverno

Noche familiar de celebración del invierno

Vacation Activities

Are you looking for something to do over winter vacation? The Framingham Public Library has a wide variety of great events for kids. Check out this link for what’s happening in December and this one for what’s going on in January. Some events you might want to check out include:

  • Open Craft (December 21, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm) @ Main Branch

  • Snowflake Craft (December 21, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm) @McAulliffe Branch

  • Lego Build (December 23, 2019 11:00 am -1:00 pm) @ McAuliffe Branch

  • Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with a balloon drop and cookie decorating

(December 31, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm) @ Main Library

You can also get a museum pass and check out some area museums at a free or reduced price. Some museums included on the list are The Children’s Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Science. My family and I recently went to the USS Constitution Museum and really enjoyed it!

Of course, while you are at the library, be sure to check out a book for vacation! Take a picture at the library and send it to me at Let’s show everyone how the Dunning Pandas are spending their vacation!

coffee with Ms. Schecter & Mrs. Lasky

You are cordially invited to our first coffee with the Principal and Assistant Principal. Come to our media center, fill up on a warm cup of coffee, and receive the latest news and information about upcoming events at Dunning. It is an opportunity to engage in informal conversations about our school. It is also a time to ask questions and/or share concerns that will positively impact student academic achievement.

Our first coffee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th, 8:00 - 8:45. This is a parent only event. We will schedule additional coffees throughout the year at different times during the day, after school, and early evening to accommodate parent schedules.

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Each year Dunning students and staff enjoy

a special Winter Concert event known as “”Winterfest”.

Grade levels are encouraged to wear a specific color (if possible), to show our school spirit and Panda Pride. This year, the grade level colors will be the same for both Winterfest and

Field Day which will take place in the Spring.

Please see the list below for each grade’s color.

Kindergarten: RED

First Grade: GREEN

Second Grade: WHITE

Third Grade: PURPLE

Fourth Grade: YELLOW

Fifth Grade: BLUE

Just a reminder: Winterfest remains an all school assembly for students and staff,

but will be live streamed on the Dunning PTO Facebook page for families and friends to enjoy.

Please tune in on Friday December 20th between 9:30 and 9:40 aM.

winter, recess & clothing

At Dunning School, our goal is to get students outside to play during recess whenever it is possible. Though federal recess guidelines suggest letting the children outside when it is above 10 degrees fahrenheit, we have found that other variables such as precipitation, wind, and whether or not the sun is out play just as a significant a role with regards to children's safety and comfort levels. For instance, if the children have had indoor recess for several days in a row and there is no wind and the sun is shining but it is cold (15 degrees or so) we still may let the children outside to play; if it is 15 degrees, windy, and overcast with moisture in the air, we may instead have indoor recess. We make this judgement call each day just prior to recess time as our beloved New England weather can shift swiftly.

Parents can best prepare students by sending them to school each day with a warm winter coat, gloves, and a hat. If your child is in need of a coat or winter clothing, please let us know as we often get donations. We also have many warm clothes in our extensive Lost and Found area that children are welcome to borrow at any time.

When there is snow on the ground, children are allowed to play in the snow if they come in prepared with snow pants, snow boots, hats, gloves, and a winter coat.

Thanks for your support of our policies. Keeping the children safe is our #1 priority!

Kindergarten information night

The Parent Information center invites parents/guardians of incoming Kindergarteners to this annual information event at Fuller Middle School on Monday, January 13, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Click here for additional information and to register.

kindergarten pre-registration - 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 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.

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Framingham Public Schools looks forward to welcoming the class of 2033!

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.

Thursday, 12/19

  • Readathon
Friday, 12/20
  • Winterfest
Monday, 12/23 - Wednesday, 1/1
  • No School - Winer Recess
Thursday, 1/2
  • School Resumes
Tuesday, 1/7
  • Third Grade Wampanoag Visit - In House

Wednesday, 1/15

  • Coffee with Ms. Schecter & Mrs. Lasky

Thursday, 1/16

  • Family Literacy and Math Night, 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, 1/20

  • No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, 1/24

  • Family Movie Night, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Thursday, 1/30
  • District No Homework Day

Friday, 1/31

  • Report Cards Go Home

Friday, 2/7

  • Performance of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 7:00pm, (Walsh Middle School)

Saturday, 2/8

  • Performance of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 2:00pm, (Walsh Middle School)

Monday, 2/17

  • No School Presidents' Day

Tuesday, 2/18 - Friday, 2/21

  • No School February Recess

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.

  • 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

November Distribution Flyers

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

  • Framingham Youth Hockey
  • Nick Cerio's Kempo Karate
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Performance Art Center of Metrowest
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Suburban Athletic Programs
  • Holiday Market Place
  • Department of Public Works Open House

december character trait - Responsibility

This month's trait is RESPONSIBILITY. Below is the definition of responsibility, along with links to the Respect One-pager resources created for families and educators!





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