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Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves!!


It’s been a very busy week of working and learning together at Dunning. Our hallways have been filled with the coming and going of volunteers as we embarked on school picture day and hearing and vision screening at the same time. Thank you to all that were able to stop in and lend us a hand. We also announced our 2018-19 Student Council representatives. Congratulations to the following 5th Graders:

Ms. Goodwin's class: Kaylin Pfrang, John Smith

Ms. Brennan's class: Allie Stoodley, Bryan Assuncao

Mr. Pearson's class: Ella Toochin-Treglia, Alex Heineman

Ms. Hurley's class: Sarah Lopez, Michael Bove

Mrs. Crandall's class: Anna Clara Coelho

Student Council is only one important leadership opportunity for our oldest students. Another important role that the 5th graders play is to oversee our Care and Share project. This is community service work that benefits A Place to Turn. Thank you for supporting their work by sending in a monthly donation. For the month of October, we are collecting cereal.


Ms. Schecter and Mrs. Mulkerin


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.


Thank you to all who applied! We do our best placing room parents, taking many factors into consideration. If you applied and were not chosen, please apply again next year! We are always rotating turns and looking for help. There are many other opportunities to volunteer at school this year, so stay tuned! We wish you a happy & healthy school year!

Thank you for your support!



DONOVAN - Kelly Bober & Rebecca Hayes

CASAVANT- James Heroux & Nicole Sweet

MCKEON- Rachael Hippolyte & Yessenia Henry

STAR- Jacilene Silva & Jessica Currier


MILLER- Luciana De Oliveira & Stacie Gleason

SAVILL- Beth Last & Kim Schiowitz

OTERO- Rachel Bruno & Marci Donnelly


FLAHERTY- Jen Scalise-Marinofsky & Meghan Daly

GAZARD- Kerry Dinneen & Kim Cella

PICARD- Jessica Fung & Ashley Hebert


BRAZELL- Abbey Bannon & Kim Schiowitz

BRECKENRIDGE- Heather West & Ekatherina Pereira-Hancock

MCRAE- Andrea Geller & Michelle Donati


KEEFE- Sloane Calvert & Binita Patel

MCKINNON- Mary Sammon & Sarah Sequeira

PENNIE- Aimee Powelka & Katie Milewski


GOODWIN- Debra Bernardi & Michelle Donati

HURLEY- Barbara Miller & Sandra Gonneville

PEARSON- Deb Hurowitz & Angela Caruso

BRENNAN- Kristen Finneran & Dianna Brown

Dear Dunning Families,

Genius Hour is off to a strong start! We are excited for all of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) experiences the students are being exposed to.

STEAM Week is coming, October 22nd through October 26th, and we have a great challenge this year. Students will use their imagination and creativity to design a desktop-sized arcade game for their classmates to play. The challenge is inspired by the short film,”Caine’s Arcade” about a child who used the resources around him to build something amazing. Look for the links to the films in the Notes From the Office.

Students will be working within their classrooms to design their games from cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations. All students will create a planning sheet with a list of their needed materials. On Friday, October 26th, our students will come together in a day of creativity and imagination to build and play their games.

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


Your Dunning STEAM Team

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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.

Evening with the Arts: Benefitting the Arts at Framingham High School

For the second time, Framingham residents and supporters of the arts are gathering downtown for “An Evening with the Arts”. This event was designed to highlight the amazing arts programs offered to students growing up in Framingham, as well as to benefit Framingham High School, whose arts programs continue to win awards and provide a place for students to discover and ignite their artistic passion.

Attendees will see the award-winning FHS Drama Company, State Champion Dance Team, and Marching Band, as well as, performances from the theater programs from the three Framingham Middle Schools. There will also be groups featured from the talented Framingham community, including a capella and band performances.

In addition to the entertainment, guests will also enjoy appetizers, desserts, a silent auction and displays of fine art from the high school. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the arts at Framingham High School.

Event: Evening with the Arts

Date: Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: 214 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (Boston Church of Christ, former Civic League Building)

Tickets can be purchased online at:

The Evening with the Arts will be MC'd by Framingham's own Jack Patrick Lewis. Entertainment will be provided by:

● Framingham Middle School theatre programs

● Award winning FHS Marching Band

● State Champion FHS Dance Team

● State Champion FHS Drama Company

● A Capella and band performances from our talented Framingham community


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


Saturday, October 27, 2018

6pm-8pm, Dunning Gym

  • Kids from all grades, dress in your favorite Halloween costume!
  • Ticket prices include DJ and Dancing, Games and Prizes and Light Snacks.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (no drop offs).
  • Costumes must be elementary appropriate, non-violent and family friendly!
  • (please no pretend weapons)

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 (


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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Monday, 10/15

  • Fall Picture Day
Thursday, 10/18
  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal (Lunch IS Served)

Sunday, 10/21

  • Grade 5 Playground Playdate 3-4 pm

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