NOTES FROM the OFFICE

11/4/18

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DUNNING STUDENTS ARE RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, & READY TO LEARN

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DEAR DUNNING COMMUNITY

For those of you that may not have read the letter that was sent on Friday night regarding out of school programming at Dunning, I am including it below.


Dear Dunning Families:


Many of you may have heard about changes that will be happening to our before and after school programming. I would like to provide some clarity about these changes.


For the 2020-2021 school year, Framingham Public Schools (FPS) will launch the Explorers Before and After School program at Dunning Elementary School. Starting in Fall 2020, the FPS Explorers Program will be the primary provider of Out of School Time (OST) programming based at Dunning School. The FPS Explorers Program will replace the Kidsborough programs that are currently offered at Dunning School.


Since 2013, the district has explored a variety of models to expand families’ access to more affordable Out of School Time (OST) programming. By transitioning from subcontracting with outside providers to an in-district model operated by the Office of Community Resource Development, we have been able to achieve significant reductions in cost to families while maintaining high-quality programming. Families can still expect to receive access to programming before and after school, during vacation weeks and during the summer. The Explorers program offers a flexible, high quality focus on project-based learning and STEAM with additional after school clubs based in arts and drama alongside other offerings.


If you have additional questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to the Office of Community Resource Development by phone at: 508-782-6887 or by emailing Tiffany Lillie at: tlillie@framingham.k12.ma.us as they are always happy to sit down with families.


We want to thank the Kidsborough staff for their dedication and commitment to Dunning families over the past several years.


Sincerely,

Michele Schecter

out of school time community forum

There will be a community forum on Wednesday night, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, in lieu of the regularly scheduled PTO meeting. While out of school time programming is not under the purview of the PTO, the board has graciously offered to re-schedule a speaker from BPAC to a later date so that we may have the forum.


We look forward to a respectful dialogue around out of school programming at Dunning. Tiffanie Lilly from the Office of Community Resource Development will be at the meeting to answer your questions and concerns, after a short presentation.

STUDENT DROP-OFF & PICK-UP GUIDELINES

We are re-sharing drop-off and pick-up guidelines.


PLEASE ADHERE TO THESE GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL STUDENTS.


For safety, do not enter the driveway during morning arrivals or afternoon dismissals unless you are parking in the new lot. You may not exit the lot until all buses have left the driveway.


MORNING DROP-OFF

Park either on Frost Street on the sidewalk closest to the school or in the new lot.


Parking in the lot:

  • If parking in the lot, please park in a designated space.
  • Students in grades K-2 who are walked onto school grounds by their parents should be brought to the East Wing Playground in order to line up with their classes.
  • Grades 3-5 students should go to their designated line-up areas on the West Wing Playground. Please have students take “the long way around” the building, starting on the East wing and going around the back of the building. This way they won’t have to walk through a live parking lot.
  • Cars may not exit the lot until all buses have left the driveway.


Parking on Frost Street:

  • Park and disembark only on the sidewalk closest to the school building.
  • Students in grades K-2 who are walked onto school grounds by their parents should be brought to the East Wing Playground in order to line up with their classes.
  • Grades 3-5 students should also go to their designated line-up areas on the West Wing Playground. Please have students take “the long way around” the building, starting on the East wing and going around the back of the building. This way they won’t have to walk through a live parking lot.


AFTERNOON PICK-UP

  • Park either on Frost Street on the sidewalk closest to the school or in the new lot.
  • All students should be picked up on the East Wing Playground or on Frost Street near the entrance of the school. Parents who are running late should call the office and the students will be directed to wait in the main office to be picked up.
  • Cars may not exit the lot until all buses have left the driveway.


Cornell Road Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • Please keep in mind the following guidelines if using Cornell Road, behind Dunning, for dropping off or picking up your child.
  • LIVE PARKING ONLY.
  • Please DO NOT park in the center of the cul-de-sac on Cornell Road. Cars that are parked in the middle of the cul-de-sac do not allow residents of Cornell to enter and exit their driveways safely.
  • You must park on the odd side of the street against the sidewalk curbing at all times. Please adhere to the NO PARKING posted signs on the even numbered side of the street; before, during, and after school hours.
  • If you are choosing a “live drop-off” for your student in the morning, please do not pull straight into the cul-de-sac and then back up to exit the area. This is VERY dangerous. Please proceed in a circular motion around the outside of the cul-de-sac to enter and exit.
  • Please DO NOT block any driveways when parking on Cornell or make turns in the center of the road to reverse direction. Use the cul-de-sac to turn around.
  • Please do not double-park.
  • All classes enter the building when the 9:00 am bell rings. Students are expected to be in their seats to start their day when the 9:05 am bell rings. Staff will not return to the doors to unlock them for individual students.
  • If you arrive on Cornell Road between 9:00 am and 9:05 am and do not see classes on the playground, students should not be permitted to walk on their own to the back doors in case they are locked. Parents should accompany students if there are no adults present.
  • Any students who arrive after 9:05 am are tardy and should be signed in at the main office with a parent present.

Room 25 (grade 4) and Room 11 (grade 2) buddies

OUR FIRST GRADERS LEARNING ABOUT ALGORITHMS

In room 10 first graders learned about algorithms and connected it their current writing unit, how-to books. They learned that steps have to go in order and be specific. They then took turns writing a code/algorithm with a partner that matched with how their legs were going to move. The partner then had to test out the code as if they were a robot. They had to problem solve and make sure their algorithm was specific and that the steps made sense. They then tried out the same concept on Kodable when they had finished.


Use this LINK to watch a quick video (It is unlisted. Only people given the link can access it.)

dunning pasta dinner

Saturday, December 1st, 4:00 - 7:30


Please join us for this fun family fundraiser where our fifth graders will serve you dinner!


100% of the proceeds from the pasta dinner go to fund our fifth graders' field trips and other end-of-year activities. Reserve your seat at the "Dunning Trattoria" for just $5 per person or $25 per family.

Download the reservation form HERE.


Have your 5th grader join the fun at the pasta dinner. On December 1st from 4pm-8pm, 5th Graders will have the chance to be servers, a welcome committee and to sell raffle tickets. The jobs will be assigned by the number of 5th graders we have volunteer the night of the pasta dinner! There should be a minimum of 10 kids per hour. Kids are welcome to stay more than one hour!Fifth Grade

Student Server Volunteers sign-up HERE.


The Pasta Dinner Committee is looking for parents to join the fun. On December 1st from 3pm-9pm, we need 5th grade parents to volunteer to set-up, clean-up, serve pasta, and oversee 5th grade servers. In addition, there are a few items that need to be donated. Please help make this a successful event for our kids!

Fifth Grade Parent Volunteers and Food Donations Sign-up HERE.

2019-2020 Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Online Pre-Registration is Open for Framingham Public Schools Class of 2032!


Families who have a child or children that will be five years old by August 31, 2019 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. P

lease visit https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/kindergartenregistration to begin registration and for additional information including detailed steps and timing.


  1. Online pre-registration (Now - April 10, 2019)
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Parent Information Center (December 2018 - April 1, 2019)
  3. Attend the Kindergarten Information Fair (January 9, 2019)
  4. Tour schools (March 2019)
  5. Receive school assignment form by May 17, 2019
  6. Confirm your school placement with the Parent Information Center by May 24, 2019
  7. Attend Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 3, 2019


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.

EARLY RELEASE & HALF DAYS

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.

GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR

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


The website is:

https://dunningsw2018.itemorder.com/sale


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.

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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.

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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

CARE & 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: 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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Tuesday, 11/6

  • No School - Professional Development
Wednesday, 11/7
  • Out of School Time Programming Forum, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Cafeteria)
Thursday, 11/8
  • Second Grade Field Trip to Sturbridge Village
  • Evening Parent Conferences
Monday, 11/12
  • No School - Veteran's Day
Wednesday, 11/14
  • Fourth Grade Museum of Science (in school) Energy Program
  • 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
Saturday, 12/1
  • Pasta Dinner, 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, 12/6

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)
Tuesday, December 11th
  • Community Meeting, 1:45 pm
Monday, 12/17
  • PTO Staff Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Friday, 12/21
  • Winterfest Celebration, 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