DUNNING NOTES FROM the OFFICE

February 6th, 2022

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

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Dates to Remember

FEBRUARY

February Care & Share - Macaroni & Cheese

Monday, 7th,

  • Pool Testing

Thursday 10th

  • Family, Friends, and Neighbor Days - No Homework

Monday, 14th,

  • Pool Testing

Monday, 21st

  • No School: Presidents Day
Tuesday, 22nd - Friday 25th
  • No School: February Recess
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What's New This Week:

  • A-Home Test Kit Process and Opt-In
  • District News & Announcements - January 2022
  • Valentine's Day


Old News, But Still Important:
  • In-School Test Consent
  • Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
  • Breakfast & Lunch Information
  • A Look Head: Class of 2035
  • Common Sense Media
  • Care & Share is Back
  • Kindergarten Pre-Registration is Open!
  • 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?

If you opted-in to the at-home antigen test option program by the deadline of February 1st at midnight, test kits went home on Thursday.


Please test your child today and next Sunday with these tests.


How do I administer the test?


If the test is POSITIVE:

  • Call and leave a message with the COVID Call Center at 508-782-6633

  • Email results to the COVID Call Center: COVID@framingham.k12.ma.us and thaire@framingham.k12.ma.us with the name of your child and a picture of the positive test.

  • Please keep your child at home for the next 5 school days.


If the test is NEGATIVE:

You can send your child to school without reporting your child’s test result.


You will continue to receive two tests every other week.


Participation in the at-home testing program is voluntary. In order to receive the test kits, you must “opt in” to the program by completing this online form .


You only need to sign up once to receive kits every 2 weeks. The kits will be given to your child at school to bring home.


If your child has tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, they should not do the at-home tests at this time.

Valentine's Day

In keeping with the Framingham Public Schools wellness practices, Dunning School continues to be committed to safe and healthy school programs for all of our students. At this time we ask for your continued assistance in supporting our practice of providing students with fun, non-food celebrations. Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for students to let their friends know that they are thinking of them with a note or card. We do not allow students to bring in food treats to share with other children to ensure the safety and health of our students. Please do not send in Valentine's Day cards with candy attached.


Thank you for you help with this.

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Old News

In-School Test Consent

Common Sense Media

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

A Look Head: Class of 2035

Helpful info for incoming kindergarten families.

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Kindergarten Pre-Registration is Open!

WELCOME CLASS OF 2035!


Dear Framingham Families,


If you have or know a child that will be five years old by August 31, 2022, online pre-registration for incoming Kindergarteners for the 2022-2023 school year is now open at https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/kindergarten. Please disregard if this message does not apply to you.


All new incoming Kindergarteners must be registered - even if you already have children in Framingham Public Schools.


New and Noteworthy:

  • The Parent Information Center is now called the Department of Student Registration. Located at the Farley Building in the growing Welcome Center, the department has been renamed to align with their primary function. If people refer you to the Parent Information Center, please note that this is the same as Student Registration.
  • Framingham Public Schools in collaboration with our community partners, the MetroWest YMCA and Framingham State University Centers for Early Childhood Education, are offering a brand new Preschool Expansion Program. This partnership will be enrolling 4 year-old children who’ve not yet had access to early learning opportunities and provides access to high quality pre-k education before they start Kindergarten next year. The program begins in early 2022 and offers financial assistance based on family need. For more information please contact Christina Shea, Early Education Manager at 508-782-6898. More to come on this exciting partnership and opportunity!


Thank you and have a great evening.

Sincerely,

Department of Student Registration
508-424-3420
register@framingham.k12.ma.us

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, March 9th
  • Thursday, April 28th
  • 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.

:

  • 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