Monday, August 15th, 2022

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Greetings, Dunning Community!

It is hard to believe that we are in the final weeks of summer vacation. We look forward to welcoming you back for another great year at Dunning. Until then, we hope that you are having a wonderful summer spending time with families and friends.

The first day of school for grades 1 through 5 will be Wednesday, August 31st, and Kindergarten students will begin on Thursday, September 1st. Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 31st, 10 - 11am. Please check out the calendar below for some additional dates to be aware of.

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

Best Regards,

Michele (mschecter@framingham.k12.ma.us)

Kathie (klasky@framingham.k12.ma.us)

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Dates to Remember

Please check this calendar each week as new dates may be added.


Saturday, 20th

  • Second Grade Playground Meet-Up, 10:00am (Dunning Playground)

Saturday, 27th

  • Third Grade Playground Meet-Up, 10:00am (Dunning Playground)

Sunday, 28th

  • Kindergarten Playground Meet-Up, 6:00pm (Dunning Playground)
Wednesday, 31st
  • First Day of School - Grades 1 -5
  • Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00 - 11:00am


Thursday, 1st

  • First Day of School - Kindergarten

Friday, 9th

  • Fresh Start Friday, 8:45 - 9:30am

Friday, 16th

  • Fresh Start Friday, 8:45 - 9:30am

Tuesday, 20th

  • Curriculum Night 3-5 (Information to Follow)

Friday, 23rd

  • Fresh Start Friday, 8:45 - 9:30am

Friday, 23rd

  • Ultimate Panda Challenge (Information to Follow)

Tuesday, 27th

  • Curriculum Night K-2 (Information to Follow)

Wednesday, 28th

  • PTO Meeting

Friday, 30th

  • Picture Day
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Fresh Start Fridays

Friday 9/9, 9/16 & 9/23

8:45 - 9:30am

Join us for a cup of coffee and chat or grab one and go!

The PTO would like to invite all parents to join us for a free cup of coffee at drop-off! We will have a table set up outside school with coffee and all the fixings.

Grab a cup, say a quick hello and go if you have to run or stay and chat with us. We'd love to get to know everyone!

Ask us anything!!

  • Do you have questions about PTO meetings, events or how you can get involved?
  • Are you confused by the calendar or directory and need help accessing?
  • Are you just feeling communication overload and just want to make sure you're not missing anything?

We hope everyone can stop by!!

Ultimate Panda Challenge

Join Our School Council!!

Dear Families,

I invite you to be a member of the Dunning School Council!

A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C. The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:

  1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards

  2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school

  3. Reviewing the annual school building budget

  4. Formulating a school improvement plan

While we will review the above, the main purpose of this school council will be to continue to look at family and community engagement at Dunning and to assist in the development of a plan to address this area.

Meetings will take place at 4:00 - 5:00pm the following dates: 9/12, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/8 and 6/5.

Please join Suzanne Chlapowski, Hannah Bellanti, Kevin Lynch and myself as part of this year’s school council by emailing me at mschecter@framingham.k12.ma.us


Ms. Schecter

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


Students Arriving by Bus:

Buses will pull into the horseshoe driveway and drop off at the front entrance of the school. There will be many adults stationed outside for morning duty to welcome students and help get them safely into the building. Kindergarten staff will help students move into the classrooms safely and classroom aides will help the children access breakfast in the cafeteria.

Students Arriving by Car:

For parent drop off, parents should park and walk their children to the building.

  • Main Entrance: (Parents can park either on Frost Street or the front parking lot. Please DO NOT park along the horseshoe driveway)

  • Kindergarten Door: Kindergarten students and siblings can enter at this door

  • Rear Door (Eastside) near pathway coming from Walsh parking lot

  • Rear Door (Westside) near Cornell Street entrance

There are four options for parking:

  • Frost Street

  • Walsh parking lot

  • Cornell parking lot

  • Dunning front parking lot. Please note that parking in the Dunning front parking lot will take longer as the first priority will be to allow for busses and vans to drop students off. Staff will be stationed outside of this parking lot to direct traffic during this time.

Students who are walking to school without a parent:

Walkers without parents should enter the building in one of the arrival doors (Cornell, Walsh, Main Entrance).


For students going home by bus or van:

At dismissal time, students riding a bus or van will be called to line up at their designated bus/van location. Once lined up, students will be lined up while they await their bus to be called for loading. Each bus location will have staff members to take attendance of students riding the bus on that day and escort them to the bus.

For students who will be Parent Pick Up or Walking home:

There will be four dismissal locations for walkers or parent pick ups. At 3:30, we will begin calling students by their dismissal location one at a time. Parents should meet their child at that location at 3:30. Once students have been picked up, we ask that you leave school property promptly so that we can ensure proper social distancing, as well as keep the flow of dismissal moving quickly. Please note that all playground areas are closed during dismissal.

  • Kindergarten (Door #15) - Kindergarten and siblings Parent Pick Up

  • East Rear Door (Eastside Door #14) - Parents can park on Frost or in the front parking lot.

  • Walsh Door (Eastside Door #12) - Back east wing door (room 18) parents can park in the Walsh parking lot. There will be a staff member on duty to release students to parents or escort walkers to the walking path to Walsh.

  • Cornell Door(Westside Door# 7) - Back west wing door (room 33) parents can park at Cornell cul-de-sac. There will be a staff member on duty to release students to parents or escort walkers across the play area to the stairs leading to Cornell.

Early dismissal:

Signs at Dunning will inform family members picking children up early from school to pull up by the office, remain in their cars, and call the office. Ms. Pierson and Ms. Azevedo will answer your call and notify the homeroom teacher. Children will come out to you.

Join Dunning on Remind!

We are using a platform called Remind to help keep you informed! In addition to getting messages about our school, you may also be invited to join your child’s class for updates. Remind is a free service that allows you to get messages directly on your phone and to communicate easily with your child’s teacher(s) in almost any language.

Joining our school and your class on Remind is easy. You can choose whether you prefer text messages or smartphone notifications.

Signing up for text messages

  1. Text our school code @dunningfps to the phone number 81010. (Be sure to include the ‘@’ symbol)

  2. Reply to the text messages from Remind.

Signing up for smartphone notifications

  1. Download the Remind app on your Android or iOS device. Click here for a link to the apps: rmd.me/a

  2. Open the app and create an account (or log in if you already have one).

  3. Tap the + by classes joined and enter our school code “@dunningfps”. (Be sure to include the ‘@’ symbol)

That's all you need to do to start receiving messages!

A few other things you might like to know:

  • Remind allows for two-way communication in your preferred language! If you create your account with the Remind App and choose your preferred language - you can send and receive messages in your preferred language - even if your teacher is communicating in English!

  • Our personal contact information (like cell phone numbers) will not be visible on Remind.

  • You will always hear from me or your teacher(s) at the same number so you can save that number in your phone.

  • All of our messages will be recorded in communication logs that you can access and download.

Here is a video demo to see how Remind works. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I'm looking forward to connecting with you!


Estamos empleando una plataforma llamada Remind para mantenerlos informados. Además de recibir mensajes sobre nuestra escuela, seguramente les invitarán a unirse a la clase de sus hijos para recibir noticias. Remind es un servicio gratuito que permite recibir mensajes directamente en el teléfono celular y comunicarse con los maestros de sus hijos en casi cualquier idioma.

Es muy sencillo unirse a nuestra escuela y a su clase a través Remind. Puede escoger si prefiere mensajes de texto o notificaciones en el teléfono inteligente.

Cómo registrarse para recibir mensajes de texto:

  1. Envíe un texto con el código de nuestra escuela @dunningfps al número de teléfono 81010. (Asegúrese de incluir el símbolo @)

  2. Conteste a los mensajes de texto del equipo de Remind.

Cómo registrarse para recibir notificaciones en un teléfono inteligente (smartphone):

  1. Descargue la aplicación (app) de Remind en su dispositivo Android o iOS. Oprima aquí para un enlace a la aplicación: rmd.me/a

  2. Abra la aplicación y cree una cuenta (o inicie su sesión si ya tiene una cuenta).

  3. Toque el signo + al lado de «classes joined» (clases matriculadas) e introduzca el código de nuestra escuela @@dunningfps. (Asegúrese de incluir el símbolo @)

¡Eso es todo lo que tienen que hacer para comenzar a recibir mensajes!

Algunos datos más que les podrían interesar:

  • Remind permite comunicación en su idioma en ambas direcciones. Al crear su cuenta en la aplicación Remind, elija su idioma –así podrá enviar y recibir mensajes en su idioma, ¡incluso si el maestro solo habla inglés!

  • Nuestra información personal de contacto (como los números de teléfono celular) no estarán visibles en Remind.

  • Todos los mensajes y comunicaciones, mías o de los maestros, siempre llegarán desde el mismo número así que puede memorizarlo en tu teléfono.

  • Todos nuestros mensajes serán grabados en registros de comunicación que ustedes podrán acceder y descargar.

Aquí puede ver un video que muestra cómo funciona Remind. Si tienen cualquier pregunta, por favor, pónganse en contacto conmigo. ¡Espero conectarme con todos ustedes!


Estamos usando uma plataforma chamada “Remind” para nos ajudar a lhe manter informados! Além de receber mensagens sobre a nossa escola, você também pode ser convidado para junta-se à turma de seu filho(a) para receber atualizações. “Remind” é um serviço gratuito que lhe permite receber mensagens diretamente no seu telefone e se comunicar facilmente com o(a) professor(a) do seu filho(a) em quase todas as linguagens.

Juntar-se à nossa escola e à sua turma no Remind é fácil. Vocês podem escolher se preferem mensagens de texto ou notificações nos seus smartphones.

Registro para receber mensagens de texto

  1. Mande uma mensagem de texto com o código da nossa escola @dunningfps para o número de telefone 81010. (Não se esqueça de incluir o símbolo ‘@’)

  2. Responda às mensagens de texto da equipe do Remind.

Registro para receber notificações no seu smartphone

  1. Baixe (Download) o aplicativo Remind no seu telefone Android ou iOS. Clique aqui para acessar o link do aplicativo: rmd.me/a

  2. Abra o aplicativo e crie uma conta (ou faça o login se você já tiver uma conta).

  3. Clique o símbolo de ‘+’ ao lado de “classes joined” (turmas a qual se juntou) e coloque o código da nossa escola “@@dunningfps”. (Não esqueça de incluir o símbolo ‘@’)

Isto é tudo o que você precisa para começar a receber mensagens!

Outras informações importantes:

  • O “Remind” permite a comunicação com outra pessoa na sua linguagem preferida! E se você criar a sua conta no aplicativo “Remind” e escolher a sua linguagem preferida – você pode mandar e receber mensagens na sua linguagem preferida – mesmo que o professor de seu filho(a) esteja se comunicando em inglês!

  • A nossa informação pessoal para contato (como números de telefones celulares) não será visível no Remind.

  • Você sempre receberá notícias minhas ou do seu(s) professor(es) do mesmo número, então você pode salvar aquele número no seu telefone.

  • Todas as nossas mensagens serão gravadas em registros de comunicação que vocês poderão acessar e baixar.

Aqui está um vídeo de demonstração para mostrar como o Remind funciona. Se você tiver alguma dúvida, por favor se sinta à vontade para entrar em contato comigo. Eu estarei aguardando para me conectar com vocês!

PTO Dunning Directory

Hello Dunning! We hope you are all having a great summer. Our online directory has been updated with both student classrooms and the calendar.

If you already have a Membership Toolkit account, please login and confirm/update your information (see the steps below). Please make sure to create an entry for each student!

If you do not have an account, select the "Register" option to create an account and then follow the steps below.

  1. Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information

  2. Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences

For the calendar, if you're already subscribed, your calendars should start automatically updating. To subscribe, click on your name in the "Logged in as..." section, select "Subscriptions", and then select subscribe to the "Charlotte Dunning PTO Calendars". This should populate school district and Dunning events into your calendars. We will continue to update and add events as needed.

We are hoping to have as many families use the directory as possible. It really is a great resource for the Dunning community. Thank you and can't wait to see everyone when school starts!


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Weekly Food Resource Guide

To better manage the food demand, Framingham's Emergency Food Line's coordinators have developed a weekly guide about residents' food availability. View this week's guide in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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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