Translations for all "Notes from the Office" are available by scrolling to the bottom of each newsletter and click on the "Translate" black bar.

Las traducciones a todas las notas de la Oficina están disponibles por desplazamiento a la parte inferior de cada boletín y haga clic en el "Translate" black bar.

Traduções para todos os "Anotações do Office" estão disponíveis rolando até o final de cada newsletter e clicando na barra preta "Traduzir".

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Is it Rude, Is it Mean, or is it Bullying?

I am re-sharing an ARTICLE that had been previously included in the Notes From the Office, regarding why we all must learn to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying behaviors.

Every Child Can Excel in Math

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

One of the best ways to support your child's learning in math is to maintain a positive, growth mindset.

Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education as Stanford University, shares research around how the brain learns in this short video: Brain Science. This research shows that contrary to popular belief, math ability is not hereditary, and not a lifelong struggle.

Similarly to playing a new sport, a new instrument, or learning to read, math can be learned and improved through practice. Many of you may know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. But through perseverance, dedication, and a positive growth mindset, he became the iconic athlete we know him as today.

So when you're at home talking about math, try to keep a positive attitude and a growth mindset. Stop saying "I was never good at math" or "I'm just not a math person". You are a person, and you do math everyday. If you have any questions, would like recommendations on how to support your child at home, or want to share some things you're doing to encourage your children's learning and love of math, please email me at I'd love to hear from you!

Remember, practice makes better.

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kindergarten sing-a-long






  • 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!!!

parking on frost street

If you are at the school during the day, please use the parking lot and do not park on Frost Street.

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.





We have some budding writers at Dunning in third grade. Please read Volume 1 of DUNNING'S GOT NEWS.


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:


Winterfest remains an all school assembly for students and staff, but will be live streamed on this site 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

Global Child - Before school spanish classes

Classes meet once a week for 9 weeks; 50 minute classes starting in February.

Beginner Spanish Kindergarten through Grade 5

Wednesdays, 8:00-8:50

February 6, 13, 27; Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr. 3, 10



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:

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!

ipad found

There was an iPad found in the parking lot after the spaghetti dinner last week. Please reach out to the Dunning office if the iPad belongs to you.

Thank you!


Have you read so many books that your bookshelves are filled to the brim with books and you need something new to read over winter break? We have just the solution...

The Dunning Winter Vacation Book Swap

Here is how it works:

  • From December 10-13: Bring your gently used children’s books to Room 27 (Grades 3-5) or Mrs. Berkman’s Room (Grade K-2). Students will get one ticket for each book they bring in.
  • From December 17-19: Every student will use their tickets to swap for books to take home!

Thank you for your help!

We want ALL Dunning students to have new-to-them books to read over vacation!

Book Swap Brochure - SPANISH

Book Swap Brochure - PORTUGUESE

Book Swap Brochure - ENGLISH

We care about your children and want them to be happy, comfortable, and safe before and after school, and when playing outside at recess. Please make sure your child is coming to school with appropriate jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. for the cold months ahead. Also, please label everything so that when things turn up in our lost and found, we can return them to your children.

Thank you!


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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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!


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.

  • 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, 12/10

  • Walsh Fifth Grade Open House, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 12/11
  • Community Meeting, 1:45 pm
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
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