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Hello Dunning Community!

We hope that you had a great long weekend. It is hard to believe that we are entering our seventh week of school!!

Last Wednesday at our PTO meeting, Mrs. Pennie, along with some of our fifth grade students, provided a demonstration of the technology that is available to students this year as part of our genius hour. Students programmed Bee Bots and Spheros balls, and used Makey Makey to play music using everyday objects such as fruit. They also provided a demonstration of Kodable, which we will be purchasing through the FPS Innovation Grant process. Check out the video on the PTO FB page.

This Friday we will be announcing the 2018-2019 fifth grade student council members. We were amazed by how many students participated in the application process. The desire by so many students to take on a leadership role was impressive. While not every student will be a part of the student council, we will be looking for other opportunities to engage our upper grade students in other leadership roles throughout the school.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any question, concerns, or feedback.

Enjoy this last little bit of summer weather!!

Ms. Schecter & Mrs. Mulkerin


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


Volunteers are needed to help with the Back to School Health Screenings during the week of October 15th. No experience necessary!!

Please note that all volunteers must have a current CORI.

Click here to VOLUNTEER.

If you have any questions, please email Tara Haire:

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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.


Mrs. May needs your help in the library!

Library Classes:
Mondays 9:15-10:15
Wednesdays 10:15-11:15
Fridays 9:15-10:15

Shelving Books:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 2:00-3:00

Contact Mrs. May at


Looking for book lists for your favorite math enthusiast, physics fiend, junior engineer, paleontologist, programming guru, scientist, and more? Fantasy books featuring unicorns, magic, and dragons? With the weather turning cooler, curling up and getting cozy with a good book is especially appealing!

Here are good choices for all ages and genders: fiction, non-fiction, biographies, how-to books, and more!

NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Best STEM Books 2017 and 2018

Building upon a strong legacy of several decades of recommending outstanding science trade books, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) appointed a judging panel that has selected its lists of Best STEM Books. The list was chosen by volunteer educators, identified in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). The CBC website has a special list for books written for diverse kids.

Hoagies Hot Topics Reading List

Hoagies website has reading lists for STEAM topics, but also just about anything your child might be interested in reading!

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


Thank you for filling up our volunteer spots for Picture Day on 10/15!

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)

Questions? Contact Jennifer Scionti (

Download the FLYER to reserve your spot!!


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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Friday, October 12
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Shelburne Farms

Sunday, 10/14

  • Grade 4 Playground Playdate, 4:00 -5:00 pm
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, 10/16
  • 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