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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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passport to learning

Thank you to all of the families who participated. Thank you to the Dunning staff who helped organize and run the night. Thank you to everyone who donated a dessert. And a special thank you to the Alvino family (Gianni’s) for donating all of the pizza.

It was a great night!!

Use the LINK to view pictures.

number sense at home

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

First and foremost, Mrs. Berkman and I would like to thank all of the families that joined us for our Passport to Learning Community night here at Dunning last Thursday evening. And an extra thank you to all of you that made contributions towards dinner and dessert. It was such a fun evening!

Remember, number sense is the ability to work flexibly and efficiently with numbers. You can help your children build their number sense by playing simple games with no materials necessary! Last week’s game was What’s the Question? This week’s Number Sense at Home game is called Who Am I?

Who Am I?: To play this simple game ask your child a question like: I am an even number greater than ten but less than twenty. The sum of my digits is nine. Who am I?

Not only does this promote puzzling and flexible thinking with numbers, but it’s a great way to reinforce math vocabulary.

Try it out and let us know how it goes at ! We’d love to hear how you’re practicing Number Sense at home.
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Movie Night is happening on Friday 1/18. You can RSVP using the link below or look for the paper flyer coming home with your child.

There is no cost for this event, but it is NOT a drop off event. You must attend with your child.


Students will be taking the winter i-Ready diagnostic starting this week. The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment in reading and math. An adaptive assessment is a test that automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance in order to determine his or her abilities in reading or math. iReady is a very different kind of test that presents students with questions that can be both too easy and too hard. It is designed to do this until the assessment finds exactly the level at which the student is performing. Therefore, your child will certainly see some items above his or her level. We encourage your children to independently complete the test to the best of his or her ability, and know that it is okay to get questions wrong. Each time a student gets an item incorrect, he or she will be presented with a simpler question until the diagnostic finds the grade level at which the student is performing. The assessment efficiently assesses students across multiple grade levels, allowing for identification of root causes of students’ struggles or for identification of areas where a student is ready for further challenge. This information will then provide the teacher with a “road map” to instructional remediation. Once your child completes the test, he or she will be assigned online instruction to support his or her progress in mastering each skill. The online instruction is designed to be both challenging and engaging. i-Ready delivers instruction using engaging, contemporary animation; the lessons are also interactive. The result is an experience that attracts and holds your child’s interest while also teaching important skills and concepts. These lessons are proven to help students grow academically.


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.

  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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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
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 Devlopment, 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