NOTES FROM the OFFICE

3/23/20

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Dunning Families

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Dear Dunning Community,


We hope that this email finds you and your family to be well. These are challenging times for everyone for sure, but we will work together to get through it.


This week we are kicking off our first Virtual Spirit Week. The theme is Panda Spirit. Please see below for details.


Teachers will continue to reach out to families to check in with students through various mean of communication. I know that they miss your children as much as we do.


With regard to the Engagement and Academic Resources for Families shared by FPS, and available on the Dunning website, as well at the bottom of the Notes From the Office, these activities are meant to provide opportunities for students while they are away from school. We encourage families to take advantage of these resources.


Lastly, I know that some of your teachers have been using Google Hangouts, Zoom and other online platforms to connect with students. Going forward they will be using other means to connect due to concerns around privacy.


Please take care of you and your family and feel free to contact us with any questions and/or concerns.


All our best,

Michele & Kathie

sending PANDA HUGS!!!!

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Read Aloud With Mrs. Lasky

Please click on THIS LINK to hear Mrs. Lasky read Alligator Boy by Cynthia Rylant.

COVID-19: Helpful Info, Resources, and How to Talk to Children

Please use THIS LINK to access resources, preventative measures, and guidance on how to talk with children.

Dunning PTO FaceBook Page

If you are not already a member, please join the PTO FB page. It is a great way to stay connected with the Dunning Community! Click HERE to join.

#PandaSpirit

In addition to academic continuity, we're making every attempt to continue the strength of our school community. To that end, we're going to embrace the theme, #PandaSpirit for the remainder of the year. You'll see #PandaSpirit throughout the next couple of weeks as we think creatively about how to keep our school community strong! We're working to think to increase our online connections, create virtual spirit themes and read alouds, etc.
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Since we can’t be at school, let’s have a little fun from home! We will be creating weekly themes for students to participate in throughout the week.


Snap a picture and post it on the Dunning PTO Facebook page. Not a member, you can join HERE.

#PandaSpirit

This week we will kick off our #PandaSpirit campaign with devoting our first virtual spirit week to Panda Spirit! This week will be all about finding ways to show Panda Spirit.


There are many ways to show #PandaSpirit. Some examples are:


  • Dress up in Panda clothing.
  • Read books about Pandas
  • Reseach Panda's online
  • Create a Panda themed art project
  • Make a Panda habitat
  • Design Panda music
  • Play Panda Games
  • Simply draw a panda pictures
  • Make a Panda Comic Strip


We want to see students and their spirit! Please share pictures with us. Students can share their #PandaSpirit on the Dunning Facebook Page.


Together, we will start this journey of Virutal School Spirit!

CHROMEBOOK LOGIN

For those of you that picked up Chromebooks today, if you are having trouble logging on, please use the following directions.


TO LOGIN:

First initial of first name, full last name(s) (both if two), last 4 digits of lunch number, @FPSED.org

Example: mschecter9512@FPSED.org


PASSWORD:

Birthday YYYYMMDD

Example: February 23 2012 = 20120223

FROM THE BOOSTERTHON TEAM

Hey Dunning School,


During these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to let you know that we’re thinking of you and are here to help however we can.


As you and your family are stuck inside, we have some helpful resources to keep the fun and learning going (we’ve done the leg work, so you don’t have to!) Below is a great social media template to share with other families in your school who are looking for enrichment at home. Please use, and share!


Parents, if you’re looking for helpful things for your children to do at home, add this to your list: streaming character and fitness videos online from the company our school works with, Booster.


Go to BoosterthonCharacter.com
Access Code: AtHome

  • There’s no cost to register
  • It offers 75+ videos with character topics and fitness exercises (PBIS, SEL, STEAM, ect.)


We hope this serves as an opportunity for character-building conversations and staying active at home. Stay safe!"

Community Resources

FOOD:

Framingham Public Schools

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18th

Demographic Served: All School-Aged children

Days of Operation: Monday through Friday

Hours of Operation: 10 AM - 1 PM

Contact Information: 508-626-9109


Pick-up Locations:

Cameron Middle School - 215 Elm Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Barbieri Elementary School - 100 Dudley Road, Framingham, MA 01702

Fuller Middle School - 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA 01702

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School - 169 Leland Street, Framingham, MA 01702


DANIEL’S TABLE

Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, Daniel’s Table will be open and distributing food. Daniel’s Table is looking for volunteers. Please go to https://www.weallvolunteer.org/ to sign up.

Demographic Served: Open to Anyone

Days of Operation: Tuesdays and Fridays, Wednesday (Night)

Hours of Operation: 1 PM - 3 PM, 5 PM - 7 PM (Wed)

Contact Information: 508-405-0769

Pick-up Locations: 10 Pearl Street, Framingham MA


PROJECT BREAD

If you are in need of food security, please contact Project Bread at 1-800-645-8333.

UNITED WAY OF TRI-COUNTY - PEARL STREET CUPBOARD & CAFE AT PARK

Demographic Served: All Ages

Days of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Hours of Operation: 9 AM - 1 PM (M, W, F), 5:30 PM- 7 PM (W)

Contact Information: 508-370-4921 and 774-200-3556

Pick-up Locations: 46 Park St., Framingham, MA 01702


SHELTER

A PLACE TO TURN

A Place to Turn will be open during their regular hours (noted below). A Place to Turn is also currently working with the Framingham Housing Authority to ensure delivery of groceries to older adults in housing. If any residents have questions, they are encouraged to give them a call.

Demographic Served: Open to All MetroWest Residents through Referrals

Days of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,

Hours of Operation: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (M, T, Thurs.)

11 AM - 12:30 PM and 5 - 7 PM (W)


Contact Information: 508-655-8868

Pick-up Locations: 99 Hartford Street, Natick MA


INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

https://www.weallvolunteer.org/

https://www.uwotc.org/volunteer

Teaching & Learning

We really want to emphasize that these are a list of suggestions and resources to help you provide educational experiences for your students while they are out. These activities are not mandatory and, of course, do not replace the high quality instruction provided by your child’s teacher(s). Rather, we solely present these as opportunities to enrich learning and attempt to maintain student engagement until school resumes. We hope you find these resources helpful as we all find ways to stay connected (virtually) during this unprecedented time.

General suggestions to keep kids active and engaged:

  • READ! Check out the Framingham Public Library Digital Books Collection. No library card? No problem! Sign up for a temporary card here and get immediate access to their digital collection.

  • Talk to each other! Begin with these Conversation Starters.

  • Play your favorite family games! Here are some old-fashioned, tried and true Games that require few or no materials.

  • Write a play, poem, or story! Then act it out or read it aloud! Need some inspiration? Try these Writing Prompts.

  • We will be working to post read aloud videos of picture books for elementary students on school websites. Stay tuned as we get those up and running!

  • We will be offering some science activities and STEAM challenges over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned as we get those up and running!

Ways to stay physically active:

  • Try to get at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day (but avoid physical contact)!

  • Consider making weekly goals and create a daily plan for the next three weeks. Kids can track their progress and celebrate successes. Make it a family project!

  • Don’t forget to stretch--this can even be done while watching TV and helps to relieve tension and stress.

  • Drink water instead of fruit punch or soda. Stay hydrated!

  • Make healthy food choices whenever possible.

  • Dance to a favorite song, hop on one foot while counting by 5s, go for a walk, or try one of these physical education activities at home.

  • For younger kids, mix in some learning activities.

Online resources requiring student login:

i-Ready:

All students in grades K-8 have access to i-Ready.

In addition, i-Ready has launched i-Ready.com/AtHome for families to support learning at home. On the website you’ll find:

  • Print Resources: Math and Reading Student Activity Packs and Math Pack Answer Keys are available for each grade level.

  • Families can learn how to get their child started and get tips on how to monitor progress and support their child.

Parents can contact their child’s classroom teacher for log-in information.

Imagine Learning:

For English Learners and dual language Spanish and Portuguese program students in the district with existing accounts, please continue using your Imagine Learning accounts at home on any device with a 9”+ screen. Parents can contact Jennifer LaBollita (jlabollita@framingham.k12.ma.us) or Matt Tobin (matt.tobin@imaginelearning.com) for help with logging in.

Elefante Letrado:

For bilingual and dual language Portuguese program students in the district with existing accounts, please continue using your Elefante Letrado accounts at home on any device with a 9”+ screen. Parents can contact Jennifer LaBollita (jlabollita@framingham.k12.ma.us).

RazKids and Reading A-Z:

For identified students with existing accounts, please continue to use your accounts at home on any device. Parents can contact their child’s classroom teacher for log-in information.

Type to Learn:


Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 have access to this program that helps to develop keyboarding proficiency. Parents can contact their child’s classroom teacher for log-in information.

Additional Online Resources:

Resources for grades PreK-12:

Scholastic Learn at Home:

A free resource that will provide all students with 20 days’ worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep your students actively engaged in learning while your buildings are closed.

PBS Digital Learning Resources:

PBS LearningMedia span disciplines for grades PreK-12.

NASA Website for Students:

Free catalog of articles, activities, videos, and games for students in grades K–12 on topics related to STEM, aeronautics, and space exploration.

Go Noodle for Families:

Choose from a variety of videos dance, practice Zumba, and get some physical activity.

DuoLingo:

Learn a language! (Please note: There is no Student Data Privacy Agreement. Parents can choose to create an account for students.)

Code.org and Hour of Code:

Learn how to code at all ages. (Please note: There is no Student Data Privacy Agreement. Parents can choose to create an account for students.)

Resources for grades preK-5:

Jump Start:

Free online resources for grades K-5 that includes activities in math, social studies, science, and more.

Learning Liftoff:

Science experiments you can try at home!