DUNNING NOTES FROM the OFFICE

Sunday - April 24th, 2022

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All previous Notes From the Office are available by using this LINK.

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April Care & Share

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Dates to Remember

If you opted-in to the at-home antigen test option program, please test your child on Sundays.


APRIL

CARE & SHARE - CEREAL

Monday, 25th

Wednesday, 27th

  • PTO Meeting, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Thursday, 28th

  • Early Release - 1:05 Dismissal - Parent Conferences, Lunch IS served
  • Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days - No Homework


MAY

Thursday, 5th

  • Early Release - 1:05 Dismissal - Parent Conferences, Lunch IS served

Friday, 6th

  • Fresh Start Friday, 8:45 – 9:30am - Join the PTO for a cup of coffee and chat or grab one and go!

Thursday, 12th

  • Early Release - 1:05 Dismissal - Parent Conferences, Lunch IS served

Thursday, 19th

  • Early Release - 1:05 Dismissal - Professional Development, Lunch IS served
Saturday, 21st
  • Spring Festival, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Monday, 23rd
  • May 2022 PTO Meeting, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Thursday, 26th
  • Early Release - 1:05 Dismissal - Parent Conferences, Lunch IS served
Monday, 30th
  • No School, Memorial Day

MCAS 2022 Testing Schedule

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MCAS Tips

Our goal is to have MCAS testing be a positive experience for students. We do not want to create anxiety for children.


Below are some helpful tips to help your child prepare for the upcoming tests:

  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a good breakfast.
  • Ensure that your child arrives on time to school and is relaxed.
  • Dress comfortably. Have your child bring a sweater or sweatshirt and dress in layers.
  • Encourage students to do their best.
  • Suggest that your child ask questions if they are unclear about any directions.
  • Have your child bring a good book to read in case they finish before the end of the testing session.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us.

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What's New This Week:

  • New Gaga Ball Pit
  • Save the Date - Dunning Spring Festival, 5/21/22
  • Framingham Drug Takeback Day April 30


Old News, But Still Important:
  • In-School Test Consent
  • Veritas Testing Program - Overview
  • At-Home Test Kit Process and Opt-In Process
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
  • Breakfast & Lunch Information
  • Common Sense Media
  • Dunning Spirit Wear
  • PTO News
  • Dunning Directory
  • P-EBT and SNAP (Food Support)
  • Community Resources


Important Links:


Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time to share any questions, concerns, thoughts, or ideas.


Michele & Kathie

mschecter@framingham.k12.ma.us

klaskie@framingham.k12.ma.us

What's New?

New Gaga Ball Pit

We now have a Gaga Ball Pit by the west wing playground,


A HUGE thank you to the PTO for purchasing the pit and Jim Finneran, Heather West, Sarah Rush, and Stacey Gleason for installing it!

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Save the Date

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Framingham Drug Takeback Day April 30

Framingham Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Free and anonymous drive-through program offered April 30


Residents can rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 30, when the Framingham Police Department (FPD) and Medical Reserves Corp host Drug Take Back Day, a free and anonymous drive-through service.


Held 10am to 2pm in the municipal parking lot at 1 William Welch Way, the program aims to prevent medication abuse and theft by accepting pills, patches, liquids, and ointments for disposal.


No questions will be asked regarding ownership of the items, and participants will be anonymous.


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, according to Kitty Mahoney, Chief Public Health Nurse for the City of Framingham. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”


Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets.


Other methods of disposal, such as flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose safety and health hazards.


For questions, please contact Nurse Mahoney at 508-532-5472.

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Old News

In-School Test Consent

Veritas Testing Program - Overview

How It Works

  • Using a shallow nasal swab, one sample is taken from each participating student or staff member.

  • After all school-based samples are collected, they are sent to the lab for testing. (Veritas is the new lab processing our COVID-19 tests.)

  • When the samples arrive at the lab, individual samples are divided. One half of each sample goes into a pool or group test and one half of the sample is saved and put aside.

  • When a pooled test comes back positive, each of the individual samples are immediately tested to identify the positive student(s) or staff member(s).

Benefits of the Updated Testing Program

  • There is no longer a need for predetermined school pools.

  • There is no need to reflex (follow-up) test any student groups.

  • The positive pools are immediately re-tested with individual results available within hours of the positive pool results.


Notifications

The COVID Call Center monitors the results from Veritas and will notify individuals by phone and by email when a PCR test result is positive. Please be sure to check your email and phone for any FPS messages.


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Common Sense Media

SOLCIAL MEDIA MONITORING GUIDANCE - Resources on how to help children keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive.

Dunning Spirit Wear

The PTO is happy to announce we have a new Dunning Spirit Gear website up and running and waiting for your orders!!


Adult's and children's sizes!! Sweatshirts, t-shirts, pajama pants and more!! We even have umbrellas and winter hats for those rainy/snowy drop offs and pick ups!


Because of the amazing job our community did during the FunRun Fundraiser we are able to offer the gear this year at cost with no mark up! We may not be able to do this in future years so take advantage now and stock up on your Dunning gear. Makes great holiday gifts as well!


The site will be open all year long for ordering, no end date!!


Click HERE for online ordering

PTO News

Future PTO Meetings:

Time:

  • All meetings will be 5:30pm- 6:30pm

Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 27th
  • Friday, June 10th

Dunning Directory

Click HERE to register.

P-EBT and SNAP (Food Support)

Since P-EBT was created to replace school meals, students who return to in-person learning will not get P-EBT funds for the months that they are in school in-person.

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  • ALL kids can get free meals at school (P-EBT was created to replace school meals)
  • P-EBT will be available this summer - keep your cards!
  • You can still use your P-EBT money from previous months if you have it - previous funds don't go away!
  • Apply for SNAP and get the MAXIMUM dollar amount during COVID-19


Food Funds for Kids 0-5 Years Old on SNAP

Fundos para alimentação para crianças de 0-5 anos de idade no SNAP

Asistencia de alimentos para niños de 0 a 5 años con SNAP


For more information or to apply, visit: www.map-ebt.org/snap.

Community Resources

For emergency food assistance call the Framingham Emergency Food Line (508-532-5479). For food or housing referrals, please contact the Family Resource Center (508-270-4313). If you or your child is having a mental health emergency, please call Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at 508-872-3333 or call 911 for assistance.
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Community Meeting Video Links

October Community Meeting: Staff/Respect

December Community Meeting: 1st Grade/Responsibility

February Community Meeting: 3rd Grade/Compassion

March Community Meeting: Kindergarten/Confidence

April Community Meeting: 2nd Grade/Determination

May Community Meeting: 4th Grade/Cooperation

June Community Meeting: 5th Grade/Pride