NOTES FROM the OFFICE

11/13/19

DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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district calendars

parents' night out is this friday!

Hope to see you at the Dunning Parents' Night Out!


Friday, November 15th at 7:00 PM


Owen O’Leary’s ~ Route 9 East Southborough


Come and meet some new people, enjoy food provided by PTO, cash bar and even stay for the karaoke!

november character theme - GRATITUDE

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Just 10 minutes a day can improve fact fluency

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach


Knowing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts is really important in mathematics. When children know their facts they are able to succeed at higher levels. Without automaticity of facts, children can become lost in the math, especially when they reach middle or high school. They work with numbers a lot during the day, but need to practice at home, too! Research has proven that just 10 minutes a day can increase a child’s fact fluency! Here are some ways you can practice, stress-free, at home:

Play games!

  • Try Roll the Dice — roll two (or more) dice and practice addition or multiplication… try dice with more than six sides for upper grades!

  • Math Bingo — create your own board and find sums, differences, products, or quotients!

  • War! But this time it’s not the highest card that wins, but the person who can name the fact first!

  • Beat the calculator — Roll some dice or flip some cards to come up with a basic fact. One person types it into a calculator while the other uses mental math… try to beat the calculator!

  • Concentration (or Memory!) — write a fact, like 4 x 5 on a card, and it’s product, 20, on another. Make a whole deck, lay the cards face down, and find their partners!


Go online!

  • Xtramath is a free fact practice website!

  • ABCya is a website with lots of games!


Just 10 minutes a day can improve fact fluency. Are you already doing something to practice at home? Reach out and share! We’d love to hear from you! lwalton33@framingham.k12.ma.us

The Book Fair is Coming!

Thank you to Beth Last for organizing this year's book fair. Her goal is to have the book fair open as much as possible to accommodate as many families as are interested in buying. The first week will be previews and students can make wish lists. The second week will be all sales. More information will be coming. Please consider signing up for a shift or two - Beth will be at the school and can answer questions. Remember to make sure your Cori is up to date!


Please use this link if you would like to help out: BOOK FAIR SIGN UP.

the reluctant dragon

On Friday, 11/15, our students will be viewing the Shakesperience Productions performance of the Reluctant Dragon. The performance is approximately one hour in length.


  • K, 1 & 2: 10:00am

  • 3 , 4 & 5: 1:30pm


"A shepherd girl races against time and popular opinion to protect and defend her dragon friend from other villagers, St. George the knight, and certain destruction. Inspired by the art of René Magritte, a giant set of Cuisenaire® rods and colorful costumes serve this production as it highlights themes of stereotype and prejudice, encapsulated in environmental sustainability."

school attendance does matter

Please remember the importance of your child/children attending school every single day. Attendance matters. Attendance every day equals a very successful school year!

attendance in early grades

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k pre-registration - Welcome 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 https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/kindergartenregistration 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.


Se habla Español / Falam Português

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

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swap day

The Framingham Bilingual Education Department presents...Swap Day


Saturday November 16, 2019
Fuller Middle School Cafeteria, 10:30am - 12:30pm


Donate clothing, coats, shoes and books in good condition that your children (preschool to teens) have outgrown. Then come and "shop" for free.


Drop off your gently used donations:

At the Bilingual Family Engagement Office (31 Flagg Dr. Door 4A, Framingham MA ) from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday - Friday between November 1st — 15th.


Come to the event on November 16th and shop for free!

  • Please take what you need and leave some for your neighbors.
  • You do not need to donate in order to take items.
  • Bring your own bag to carry items.
  • All remaining items will be donated.


Volunteers are needed to help sort, organize, or support on event-day!

Sign-up here: http://bit.ly/FPSSwapDayV

Help your community and help yourself!

Calling all 4th and 5th Graders

Flat Stanley Play Sign Ups are here.

Rehearsal Schedule will be shared again, but please note the commitment needed. Not all cast will be needed at all rehearsals.


  • 12/4 3:30-5:30, 12/6 3:30-5:30
  • 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19 (all 3:30-5:30)
  • 1/7, 1/9, 1/14, 1/16, 1/21, 1/23, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30 (all 3:30-5:00)
  • 2/4, 2/5, 2/6 (3:30-5:30 - MANDATORY)
  • 2/7, 2/8 performances


Please sign up HERE if your child wants to be part of the Flat Stanley cast and is in 4th or 5th grade (K-3 sign ups will come later). Please note that practices will be after school T, W, TH in December and T, W for January. Please note any conflicts in the form below. Also, during the week of the performance there will be daily MANDATORY practices.

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.

Friday, 11/15

  • K, 1 & 2 - Performance of The Reluctant Dragon, 10:00am
  • 3 , 4 & 5 - Performance of The Reluctant Dragon, 1:30pm
  • Dunning Parents' Night Out, 7:00pm

Friday, 11/22

  • Fall Picture Re-Take Day
Monday, 11/25
  • Book Fair - Preview Day

Tuesday, 11/26

  • Book Fair - Preview Day
Wednesday, 11/27
  • Book Fair - Preview Day
  • Half Day. Students are dismissed at 12:30pm. Lunch IS NOT served
Thursday, 11/28
  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, 11/29

  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, 12/2
  • Book Fair
Tuesday, 12/3
  • Book Fair
Wednesday, 12/4
  • Book Fair
Thursday, 12/5
  • Book Fair
  • Early Release. Students are dismissed at 1:05pm. Lunch IS served
Friday, 12/6
  • Book Fair
  • First Grade - Ocean World in House Field Trip
Saturday, 12/7
  • Last Day of Book Fair
  • Pasta Dinner, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Monday, 12/16
  • Teacher Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Monday, 12/23 - Wednesday, 1/1
  • No School - Winer Recess
Thursday, 1/2
  • School Resumes
Tuesday, 1/7



  • Third Grade Wampanoag Visit - In House



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

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.


  • November: Cereal
  • December: Pancake Mix
  • 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

September Distribution Flyers

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


  • Performance Art Center of MetroWest
  • Wayside - Delay You Gray event and 5K4Kids Road Race
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Centre Music House
  • Nick Cerio's Kempo Karate
  • Comcast - Internet Essentials