NOTES FROM the OFFICE

12/17/18

DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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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".


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Friday 12/21 is a Half Day. Dismissal is at 12:05. Lunch IS NOT Served.

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spirit wear

The Spirit Wear order is being shipped today (Monday) for delivery to Dunning tomorrow (Tuesday). Orders will be going home in backpacks on Thursday. If you purchased items as gifts and do NOT want them going home with your child, please email Jaimie Dobson (jdobson@framingham.k12.ma.us). Orders will be available for pick-up in the office beginning Wednesday after school.
On Wednesday December 19th we will be holding our

Dunning Book Swap!

Thank you to everyone for sending in so many wonderful books! We can’t wait to give them new homes.


We could use a few parent volunteers to help us hand out the books on December 19th. The Book Swap will be running from 9:15-3. Please email Brett Berkman (bberkman@framingham.k12.ma.us) if you can come help! We could use your help even if it’s only for an hour or so! Thank you!

Fostering a Love for Reading: What do you carry with you?

Brett Berkman, Literacy Coach



Many of your children are tasked with reading at home for 20-30 minutes a night (depending on the grade level). This task is important because the more our students read, the better readers they will become!


If finding a 20-30 minute time block seems overwhelming, rest assured, you can break the time into smaller chunks and try reading on the go! Throw some books in your bag when you are running out to practices, errands, or even grocery shopping. If you and your child find yourself with five minutes here or there -- waiting for practice to start, in the line in the grocery store, or sitting in traffic - pick up a book and read! Reading beats being bored waiting! And you can read anywhere!!


Try having your child read on the go and snap a picture! Pease email these pictures to me at bbekrman@framingham.k12.ma.us and I can share them on our Dunning Twitter Feed or Facebook page! Let’s celebrate reading!

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kindergarten sing-a-long

WHO: KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 @ 9:20 AM

WHAT: KINDERGARTEN WINTER SING-ALONG

WHERE: DUNNING CAFETERIA

PRESENTED BY: THE KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS


  • Please plan to arrive by 9:15 to ensure that you will have plenty of time to park and find a seat in the cafeteria before the performance begins.
  • The performance should be about 20 minutes long.
  • Please note that older siblings will not be allowed to miss class time to attend this performance. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding.

We are looking forward to sharing our songs and poems with you!

Happy Holidays and Winter!!!

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
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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.


DIREÇÕES PARA MANTER AS CRIANÇAS EM CASA QUANDO ESTIVEREM DOENTES

PAUTAS PARA MANTENER EN CASA A LOS NIÑOS ENFERMOS

GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING SICK CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL

winterfest

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.


The 2018 Winterfest Grade Level Colors are:


K-Yellow
1-Green
2-White
3-Purple
4-Red
5-Blue


Winterfest remains an all school assembly for students and staff, but will be live streamed on the PTO FB page for families and friends to enjoy.


Please tune in on Friday December 21st between 9:30 and 9:40 a.m.

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!)


Please RSVP by going to SIGN UP GENIUS or by downloading and returning an RSVP form.


RSVP Form - English

RSVP Form - Spanish

RSVP Form - Portuguese

readathon

On Thursday morning, December 20th, Dunning classes will come together for our annual read-a-thon to benefit The Jimmy Fund. It 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. Last year every teacher at Dunning joined in and the entire school was reading all morning!


The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer in children and adults at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It is helping to raise the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since 1948, $750 million has been raised toward Dana-Farber's ultimate goal - eradicating cancer and related diseases. We especially like this choice as it gives kids a chance to help other kids! If you would like to read more about this, we encourage you to visit the Jimmy Fund website at: http://www.jimmyfund.org/about-us/about-the-jimmy-fund/

Teachers will personally pledge one penny for every minute each student spends reading. Students are invited to bring their sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, slippers and of course a big pile of books for cozy, comfortable reading.


The students are very enthusiastic and several wanted to sponsor themselves! Of course, they need to discuss that with you. However, if you would like to sponsor your child, please feel free to do that. We are hoping to beat last year when we raised a whopping $1,050!

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.

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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.


  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Monday, 12/17

  • PTO Staff Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Tuesday. 12/18
  • Robotics Club (grades4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 12/19
  • Kindergarten Sing-Along, 9:20 – 9:50 am
Friday, 12/21
  • Winterfest Celebration (students only), 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
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

see you on january 2nd

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