Translations for all "Notes from the Office" are available by scrolling to the bottom of each newsletter and clicking on the "Translate" black bar.

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".

Traduções para todos os "Anotações do Office" estão disponíveis rolando até o final de cada newsletter e clicando na barra preta "Traduzir".

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

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Tomorrow, Wednesday 11/27, is a half day.
  • Students are dismissed at 12:30pm.
  • Lunch IS NOT served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to arrive at their stop three hours earlier than normal.
  • Please make sure your child is met at their bus stop. Kindergarten students will not be dropped off and will be returned to their school if there is not a parent, guardian, or older sibling at the bus stop. Parents or guardians will be expected to pick up any returned students immediately.

district calendars

december lunch menus

december character trait - Responsibility

This month's trait is RESPONSIBILITY. Below is the definition of responsibility, along with links to the Respect One-pager resources created for families and educators!





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save the date for the spaghetti dinner

Saturday, December 7th, 4:00 - 7:30pm

$5 per person or $25 per family

Please come and enjoy a delicious pasta dinner from some local Italian eateries. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, and some sumptuous desserts will be served. Gluten free options will be available. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening while our fabulous fifth grade students do all of the work.After dinner be sure to stroll the aisles of the book fair. 100% of the proceeds from this year's pasta dinner go to fund our fifth graders' trips and other end of the year activities.

Reservation forms will be going home in backpacks today or tomorrow, or you can download the form by clicking on the links below.

We want everyone to enjoy this wonderful feast. Scholarships are available to cover the cost. Please email Ms. Schecter ( if you would like a scholarship.


multiplication methods

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

A common question that arises is why children are using different strategies to multiply than we did when we were growing up. What’s wrong with long multiplication or as you may hear it called now - the standard algorithm?

Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew, in their book Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents, explain that this method that many people believe everyone understood was actually commonly misunderstood. Many people struggled with this technique and even more had very little understanding of why it worked. Today, long multiplication is still taught, but “only after children have been through several other stages first, building their understanding as they go”.

Ultimately, students make the connection between partial products and standard algorithm:

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Knowing how it works is always more valuable than following steps blindly. Have more questions on how math is taught today? Send me your questions!

walsh fifth grade open house

Fifth grade parents, mark your calendars for the Walsh Fifth Grade Open House.

December 4th, 5:30-7:00 PM

December Vacation with Explorers! Enroll now! (Pre-K to 5)

Explorers will be open from 7am to 6pm on December 26th , 27th, 30th, & 31st (7am - 3pm on the 31st). Daily activities will include our usual mix of fun, exciting, and enriching programming.

Click here to sign up


Open to any BLOCKS students or K-5 students that attend Framingham Public Schools


Barbieri Elementary School - 100 Dudley Road, Framingham, MA 0170


December 26th, December 27th, December 30th, & December 31st


Programming Days will take place from 7:00am-6:00pm with the exception of December 31st, which will run from 7am-3pm.


Explorers Programming Days provide students and families access to enriching curriculum which includes Art, Science, Team Games, Culinary, Sports, Engineering, Technology and more!


  • $60 per day
  • $50 yearly Explorers Registration Fee

Explorers Will Provide Students With:

  • Cereal Breakfast Snack (Cheerios, Rice Krispies, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch) with milk
  • Afternoon Snack

What Children Need to Bring With Them:

  • Lunch (nut-free)
  • Water
  • A change of clothes is recommended


When you arrive at the school, please make sure you park your car in a parking spot and check your child inside the school at the arrival table through the main doors.

Pick Up:

When you come to pick up your child, please have any authorized pick-up person bring an Identification Document (ID). If the person picking up is not on the authorized pick up list, we will call the parents/guardians and ask for permission prior to dismissing the child.


If your child has an allergy or an accommodation, please bring a copy of the documentation at arrival time. It is imperative that we have the correct documentation for students with any medication or other medical needs.

Cornell Road Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Please use following guidelines if using Cornell Road, behind Dunning, for dropping off or picking up your child.

  • 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 in to 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.

  • 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.

  • Do not double-park.

Thank you for your cooperation with above guidelines so that Cornell Road can continue to be used as an access area for drop and pick up.

appropriate clothing

We care about your children and want them to be happy, comfortable, and safe before and after school, and when playing outside at recess. Please make sure your child is coming to school with appropriate jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. for the cold months ahead. Also, please label everything so that when things turn up in our lost and found, we can return them to your children.

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the book fair is here!

Thank you to Beth Last for organizing this year's book fair. Her goal is to have the book fair open as much as possible to accommodate as many families as are interested in buying. This week is previews and students can make wish lists. Next week will be all sales. More information will be coming. Please consider signing up for a shift or two - Beth will be at the school and can answer questions. Remember to make sure your Cori is up to date!

Please use this link if you would like to help out: BOOK FAIR SIGN UP.

fps Senior class annual wreath sale

The senior class at Framingham High School is selling holiday wreaths for the December 7th Holiday Marketplace at FHS. There are 12 inch wreaths available for $10, 14 inch wreaths available for $15, and 18 inch wreaths available for $20. Bows can be purchased for an additional $2 - $2.50 depending on the size of the wreath.

To order online, please click here to fill out the order form, and afterwards please click here to submit your online payment. Please do not forget to do either step as we cannot order a wreath for you unless both the order form and payment have been submitted. Please submit all orders by Wednesday, November 20th as we will stop accepting wreath orders after then.

Wreaths will be available for pick up at Framingham High School (115 A St.) on Saturday, December 7th at the Holiday Marketplace from 10am - 3pm. Please email Jake Benoit ( with any questions.

Thank you,

Class of 2020 Officers

k pre-registration - Welcome Class of 2033!

Online Pre-Registration is Open for Framingham Public Schools Class of 2033!

Parents can now begin the registration process for the incoming Kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year.

Families who have a child or children that will be five years old by August 31, 2020 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. Please visit to begin registration and for additional information including detailed steps and timing.

New this year: Parents / Guardians can book their registration appointment online after completing the online pre-registration form.

  1. Online pre-registration (Now - April 1, 2020)
  2. Schedule a registration appointment with the Parent Information Center after completing step #1. (December 2019 - April 1, 2020)
  3. Attend the Kindergarten Information Expo (Monday, January 13, 2020)
  4. Tour Elementary Schools (March 2020)
  5. Submit School Choice Form by Wednesday, April 8, 2020)
  6. Receive school assignment by May 15, 2020
  7. Attend Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, June 1, 2020

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.

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Framingham Public Schools looks forward to welcoming the class of 2033!

Calling all 4th and 5th Graders

Flat Stanley Play Sign Ups are here.

Rehearsal Schedule will be shared again, but please note the commitment needed. Not all cast will be needed at all rehearsals.

  • 12/4 3:30-5:30, 12/6 3:30-5:30
  • 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19 (all 3:30-5:00)
  • 1/7, 1/9, 1/14, 1/16, 1/21, 1/23, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30 (all 3:30-5:00)
  • 2/4, 2/5, 2/6 (3:30-5:30 - MANDATORY)
  • 2/7, 2/8 performances

Please sign up HERE if your child wants to be part of the Flat Stanley cast and is in 4th or 5th grade (K-3 sign ups will come later). Please note that practices will be after school T, W, TH in December and T, W for January. Please note any conflicts in the form below. Also, during the week of the performance there will be daily MANDATORY practices.

school hours

School Hours 9:15am - 3:30pm

Students are welcome to begin arriving at school at 9:00 am, when teachers will be present to greet them.

Early Release Days

  • Students are dismissed at 1:05pm.
  • Lunch IS served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to arrive at their stop approximately two and a half hours earlier than normal.
  • Early Release Thursdays: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 12/5, 3/5, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28

Half Days

  • Students are dismissed at 12:30pm.
  • 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: 11/27 and the last day of school.

sign up deadline for stop & shop rewards is january

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Please check the calendar each Notes From the Office as dates may be changed and/or added.

Wednesday, 11/27

  • Book Fair - Preview Day
  • Half Day. Students are dismissed at 12:30pm. Lunch IS NOT served
Thursday, 11/28
  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, 11/29

  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, 12/2
  • Book Fair
Tuesday, 12/3
  • Book Fair
Wednesday, 12/4
  • Book Fair
  • Walsh Fifth Grade Open House, 5:30-7:00 PM
Thursday, 12/5
  • Book Fair
  • Early Release. Students are dismissed at 1:05pm. Lunch IS served
Friday, 12/6
  • Book Fair
  • First Grade - Ocean World in House Field Trip
Saturday, 12/7
  • Last Day of Book Fair
  • Pasta Dinner, 4:00 - 7:00pm
Monday, 12/16
  • Teacher Appreciation Coffee & Dessert
Monday, 12/23 - Wednesday, 1/1
  • No School - Winer Recess
Thursday, 1/2
  • School Resumes
Tuesday, 1/7
  • Third Grade Wampanoag Visit - In House

Thursday, 1/16

  • Family Literacy and Math Night, 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, 1/20

  • No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, 1/24

  • Family Movie Night, 6:30 - 8:30pm

care and 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: Cereal
  • December: Pancake Mix
  • January: Canned Fruit
  • February: Rice
  • March: Crackers
  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish

NO Homework Days

  • January 30, 2020
  • April 30, 2020

November Distribution Flyers

Please click on the CAT to access flyers from the following organizations:

  • Framingham Youth Hockey
  • Nick Cerio's Kempo Karate
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Performance Art Center of Metrowest
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Suburban Athletic Programs
  • Holiday Market Place
  • Department of Public Works Open House