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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.

What is invented spelling and why is it HELPFUL for my child?

Bett Berkman, Literacy Coach

Invented spelling is young children’s attempts to use their best judgment about spelling words. Children are encouraged to “stretch out words’ and write down all the sounds they hear. They are also encouraged to reread their writing to make sure they have all the sounds they need for specific words.

Invented spelling actually helps our students because it forces them to think analytically about letters and sounds and words. Research has shown that invented spelling with feedback will help our students become better spellers and readers ( Invented spelling also encourages children to take risks and fosters their independence in writing.

Of course, as children are practicing listening carefully for sounds and invented spelling, they are also learning some words that they should be able to read and write without having to use invented spelling. These words can be called snap words, trick words, high-frequency words, or sight words. As the year progresses, children are expected to spell more and more of these types of words using “dictionary spelling.” Students are also expected to apply phonics rules they are learning in Fundations (phonics program K-3) to their spelling.

So, when your child is asking for help in writing something at home, encourage him/her to “stretch it out” and “write all the sounds.” If you have a great example of some invented spelling your child used at home, please snap a picture and send it to me at

sweetheart dance

Charlotte Dunning Elementary School 5th Annual Sweetheart Dance

Saturday February 9th 6pm – 8pm

Dunning Cafeteria

TICKETS: $10/per person or $30/per family


Choose a special adult and join us for a night of dancing, friends, and fun!

Purchase your tickets by dowloading and returning this FORM in an envelope marked SWEETHEART DANCE with cash or check made payable to DUNNING PTO before February 8th.

RAFFLE: Buy a raffle ticket to win a chance to ride to the dance in a limo with Ms. Schecter donated by the Guiberti Limousine! (Ride is one way to the school). Raffle tickets are $5 each.

Questions?: Contact Abbey at

fifth grade variety show

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping out with the Fifth Grade Variety Show.

Volunteers are needed for the rehearsals, as well as the night of the performance. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please send a message with your name and contact information to and we will contact you with more information about dates and times.

valentine's day

In keeping with the Framingham Public Schools wellness practices, Dunning School continues to be committed to safe and healthy school programs for all of our students. At this time we ask for your continued assistance in supporting our practice of providing students with fun, non-food celebrations. Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for students to let their friends know that they are thinking of them with a note or card. We do not allow students to bring in food treats to share with other children to ensure the safety and health of our students. Please do not send in Valentine's Day cards with candy attached.

Thank you for your help with this.

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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


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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


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.

  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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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 2/22
  • 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
Tuesday, 3/5
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 3/6
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Media Center)
Thursday, 3/7
  • Early Release - Professional Development, 1:05 pm Dismissal. Lunch IS served
Tuesday, 3/12
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 3/13
  • Fifth Grade Puberty Meeting at McCarthy Elementary School, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, 3/19
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 3/20
  • Spring Picture Day
Tuesday, 3/26
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/2
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 4/3
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Media Center)
Friday, 4/12 - Friday 4/19
  • April Vacation