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Let's celebrate the RED SOX HOME OPENER with a spirit day! Wear red, white, and blue, baseball hats, or something to represent your favorite team!

Spirit Day is April 9th!

A Growing Math Brain

Lauren Walton, Mathematics Coach

In the previous math segments I have shared games that can be played at home and on-the-go to help develop our children’s flexibility with numbers. There are many children that love to play games with numbers and are still excited about math. Yet for many other children it has become a source of stress. Numbers have become confusing and scary, and children have become comfortable saying “I’m not a math person”.

Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, reminds us in her article “Advice for Parents” that before starting school young children talk about math with curiosity and wonder, (which can be found on her website So the question is, how do we preserve that sense of curiosity and wonder when math becomes harder?

A growth mindset is critical in our students. Just like reading, soccer, or piano, math is something that takes practice. Practice makes better. Our children have unlimited potential. If we continue to foster a growth mindset in our children they will do well with challenges and do better in school overall.

This week’s tip comes from Jo Boaler:

One way in which parents encourage a fixed mindset is by telling their children they are “smart” when they do something well. That seems like a nice thing to do, but it sets children up for difficulties later, as when kids fail at something they will inevitably conclude that they aren’t smart after all. Instead use growth praise such as “it is great that you have learned that”, “I really like your thinking about that”. When they tell you something is hard for them, or they have made a mistake, tell them: “That’s wonderful, your brain is growing!”

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Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics assembly

Next week, the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will be doing two assemblies at Dunning

  • Grades 2 & 3: Wednesday, April 3rd
  • Grades 4 & 5: Tuesday, April 2nd

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics - Grades 2 & 3

During this interactive group assembly, students are introduced to key concepts and terms used in discussing bullying. There is a discussion about the difference between conflict and bullying and students are presented with different scenarios to help them identify whether those scenarios depict conflict or bullying. Basic information about cyberbullying is presented, such as the concept that using disrespectful language toward others online can be very damaging and hurtful. We talk about how to cope with different types of bullies and cyberbullies, and how to be a good friend and classmate. The importance of talking to adults about bullying and cyberbullying is emphasized. The presentation also encourages students to support their peers and introduces different ways for them to provide that support. Students are encouraged, throughout the presentation, to talk about bullying with others and not to keep it a secret.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Basics - Grades 4 & 5

This assembly is designed to help students define and understand bullying, cyberbullying, and relational aggression. Students will gain a clearer understanding of the difference between conflict, drama, and bullying. Online safety is discussed and students are educated about the dangers of disclosing too much online, such as sending or posting inappropriate photos. Students will gain awareness about how serious and hurtful words and actions online can be. The presentation also offers students practical advice for avoiding problems online. Concrete tools and tips for dealing with bullies in school and online are presented. Advice for bystanders is also provided.

dunning dash 5k road race


Saturday May 18th at 9am will be this year’s Dunning Dash!

The same day will be our school’s wonderful Multicultural Fair. Mark the date in your calendar to join us for a fun family day. If interested in helping on either committee please message us on the DASH FB PAGE. For the dash we need logistics help on the day of the event and someone to manage two water stations. (Great for Scouts or teens who need service hours!). Registration details coming soon!

fifth grade variety show


We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping out with the Fifth Grade Variety Show.

Volunteers are needed for the rehearsals, as well as the night of the performance. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please send a message with your name and contact information to and we will contact you with more information about dates and times.

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Below is the Spring 2019 MCAS testing schedule. We will be testing each morning on the testing days. It is important that we have excellent attendance during all testing sessions, so please avoid making appointments during the school day if at all possible. Each session starts at the beginning of the school day.

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March electronic backpack

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

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest
  • Framingham Parks and Recreation
  • Nardizzi/Nichols Soccer Camp
  • Framingham Baseball League
  • Pilgrim Day Camp
  • Suburban Child
  • StarFun Theater Camp
  • Framingham Family Fair
  • Nick Cerio’s Kenpo Karate
  • Framingham United Soccer Club


We know that early release, half days, and delayed starts can be confusing!

Early Release Days

  • Students are dismissed at 1:05.
  • Lunch IS served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to arrive at their stop two hours earlier than normal.
  • Early Release Thursdays: 12/6, 3/7 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, and 5/23

Half Days

  • Students are dismissed at 12:05.
  • 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: 11/21, 12/21, and the last day of school.

Delayed Starts

  • In the event of a delayed opening, school start times will be delayed by 2 hours.
  • Dunning's hours will be 11:05 am - 3:05 pm.
  • There is no change to dismissal time.
  • Students are welcome to begin arriving at school at 10:50 a.m., when teachers will be present to greet them.
  • Before school programs are canceled.
  • Morning preschool sessions are canceled.
  • Breakfast is not served.
  • If your child rides the bus, you can expect them to get picked up at their regular stop two hours later than normal.


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.

  • April: Spaghetti
  • May: Juice Boxes
  • June: Cans of Tuna Fish
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Tuesday, 3/26

  • Kindergarten Tours,1:45 – 2:45 pm and 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/2
  • Robotics Club (grades 4 & 5), 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 4/3
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Media Center)
Friday, 4/12 - Friday 4/19
  • April Vacation

Monday, 4/22

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - ELA Session 1

Tuesday, 4/23

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, 4/24

  • Grade 5, MCAS - ELA Session 1

Friday, 4/25

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences

Friday, 4/26

  • Grade 5, MCAS - ELA Session 2

Wednesday, 5/1

  • Fifth Grade Variety Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:15 pm
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00- 8:00 pm (Media Center)

Thursday, 5/2

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences
Friday, 5/3
  • Fifth Grade Variety Show, 6:30 pm

Thursday, 5/9

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 1
  • Evening Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/10

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Math Session 2

Monday, 5/13

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 1

Tuesday, 5/14

  • Grades 3 & 4, MCAS - Math Session 2
Thursday, 5/16

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Parent Conferences

Friday, 5/17

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 1

Saturday, 5/18

  • Dunning Dash/Multicultural Celebration

Monday, 5/20

  • Grade 5, MCAS - Science,Technoloy & Engineering, Session 2
Wednesday, 5/22
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Patriot's Place

Thursday, 5/23

  • Early Release, 1:05 Dismissal, LUNCH IS SERVED, Professional Development
Monday, 5/27
  • No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, 5/28
  • Third Grade Fiel Trip to The Framingham History Center (Room 22)
  • Fifth Grade Field Trip to Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, 5/30

  • Third Grade Field Trip to The Framingham History Center (Rooms 20 & 24)

Friday, May 31
  • Fourth Grade Travel Expo, 8:30 – 10:45 am
  • Special Olympics
Thursday, 6/6
  • First Grade Field Trip to Southwick Zoo
  • Third Grade Recorder Concert, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Friday, 6/7
  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Band Concert, 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Monday, 6/10
  • Field Day Rain Date
Wednesday, 6/12
  • PTO Meeting
Friday, 6/14
  • Fond Farewell, 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Kindergarten Sing-A-Long, 1:45 – 2:15 pm