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Saturday, October 27, 2018

6pm-8pm, Dunning Gym

Wednesday the 24th is last day to get your Monster Mash ticket order in early.

You can also buy your tickets at the door with check or cash.

Hope to see you there! Get ready to compete in the toilet paper mummy contest, pumpkin bean bag toss, and the witches hat ring toss. Prizes for all, glow bracelets, spider rings and more!

Download the FLYER to reserve your spot!!

Monster Mash Food Donations

To help our little monsters celebrate, we are asking families to donate peanut-free, pre-packaged and labeled snacks, drinks and paper goods.

Non-perishable items can be delivered to the school office during school hours on Friday, October 26th, labeled for the Monster Mash. All perishable items can be delivered to the school gym on Saturday, October 27th between 5-6pm.

Use this LINK to sign-up.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Scionti (



STEAM in action during PE

Last week students played a building engineering game in PE.. The class was separated into 4 teams. Their job was to build a monster. Their monster had a body (Red Bucket), 2 eyes, 2 hands, 2 feet, a mouth, and a blue cone hat. The monster's body parts were hidden under cones in the gym. As well, some cones had nothing underneath them. The students job was to find all the monster's body parts and use tape to build the monster.

It was a relay race to find the monster's body parts. Each team sent one person to go look under a cone in the gym. If they found something, they brought it back to their team. If they didn't, they had to put the cone down and head back to their team. When the first person came back to the team, the next person was able to go and check under one cone for a body part.

lost & found

We are starting to collect items in the Lost & Found. Please label all of your child's belongings so that we can return items to students.


We know that early release and half days can be confusing. On 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.

On half days, dismissal is at 12:05. Lunch IS NOT served. If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to be at their bust stop three hours earlier than normal.

Early Release Thursdays, 1:05 dismissal:

10/25, 11/1, 12/6, 3/7 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23

Half Days, 12:05 dismissal:

11/21, 12/21, last day of school.


Dunning Spirit Wear ordering is officially under way and the store is now live!!

The website is:

If you are interested in ordering, please go to the above website and order directly. The items will be shipped to Dunning and will be distributed to families when they arrive.

The ordering window closes Monday, November 12th. Orders will be available within 2-4 weeks from the deadline. Families will be notified when orders are ready. We will schedule a night for families to pick-up if it is a gift. After the night pick-up, orders will go home in backpacks.


STEAM Week is this week, October 22nd through October 26th. We started the week with a visit from iRobot Monday. We had two assemblies, one for our K-2 students and a second for our 3-5 students. On Friday students will use their imagination and creativity to design a desktop-sized arcade game for their classmates to play. Students will be working within their classrooms to design their games from cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations.This challenge is inspired by the short film, ”Caine’s Arcade”.

Each child should bring ONE paper shopping bag filled with the materials to build his or her own planned game. Bags of materials are due on Wednesday, October 24th. All materials must fit within the bag and bags may not be brought in before Wednesday, October 24th.

To learn more about Caine and the movement he began, enjoy the films:

• Caine’s Arcade

• Caine’s Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement


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You're invited to Dunning Parent's Night Out!!

Hoping to get to know more parents at Dunning? Looking for a casual night out with some Dunning friends? We hope the answer to those questions is YES!

We are hoping for a fun get together at Owen O'leary's. We will have some apps out for munching and there will be a cash bar. Bring your fun!

When: Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM

Where: Owen O'Leary's 50 Turnpike Road Southborough, MA 01772

Click here to RSVP.


A big thank you to Deb Hurwitz, Sandra Ford and all of the Picture Day volunteers

for another very smooth and successful picture day.

Pictures do take some time to process and be returned.

They will go home in backpacks as soon as they get to the school.

We now need some help for Picture Retake Day (Wednesday, November 14).

If you are interested in volunteering for Picture retake day, please use this LINK.

Thanks so much!!

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

  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate
  • Community Kiln
  • Framingham Youth Basketball
  • Suburban Child
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest
  • Performing Arts Center of Metrowest


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.

  • October: Cereal
  • November: Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Thursday, 10/25

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
Saturday, 10/27
  • Monster Mash Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, 11/1

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)

Tuesday, 11/6

  • No School - Professional Development
Wednesday, 11/7
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, 11/8
  • Evening Parent Conferences
Monday, 11/12
  • No School - Veteran's Day
Wednesday, 11/14
  • 4th Grade Museum of Science- Energy Program
Wednesday, 11/14
  • Picture Retake Day
Friday, 11/16
  • Dunning Parent's Night Out, 7:00 pm (Owen O'Leary's, Southborough)
Wednesday, 11/21
  • Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS NOT Served)
Thursday, 11/22 & Friday, 11/23
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, 12/6

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
Monday, 12/17

  • PTO Staff Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Friday, 12/21

  • Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS NOT Served)
Monday, 12/24 - Tuesday, 1/1

  • No School - Winter Break
Wednesday, 1/2

  • School Resumes