One great tradition
during this time of year is the Community Giving Project. This year we
have 18 families (the greatest number of families in 10 years) who will be
receiving gifts and food for the holidays. We truly
appreciate the generosity of our wonderful Duniway community. Thanks again for
participating in this project – it embodies many of our core values.
The Annual Giving Campaign is one of two major Duniway Foundation fundraisers for Duniway teaching positions not covered by Portland Public Schools.
The money raised through the Annual Giving Campaign supports:
To keep these programs in place, the Duniway School Foundation must raise at least $225,000 this school year. This Annual Giving Campaign, the bedrock of the Foundation’s fundraisers, aims to raise $75,000 through direct donations. We encourage every family to contribute as these programs benefit all Duniway students.
From Principal Matt Goldstein
October 7, 2016
Today I had the opportunity to sneak away for a couple hours and join our kindergarten friends on their field trip to the Apple Festival at The Portland Nursery. It was a really enjoyable experience and as always, it is great to see our students continue their learning outside the walls of Duniway. I hope to have the time to join other classes on field-trips in the coming months. As a student, teacher, and administrator, some of my fondest memories of learning are connected to times when I was “away” from school.
It is becoming more and more apparent that our students benefit and grow (academically, socially, and emotionally) when we offer a wide array of experiences. For example, research continues to demonstrate the importance of social-emotional learning. A recent article in the NY Times discussed the importance of students developing the ability to navigate through the inventible emotional struggles that we all face. As parents (and perhaps sometimes as teachers) our tendency might be to protect them from such experiences. If you are interested, take a look at the article: https://goo.gl/Jfmhuc
Most of you have received information about the Duniway Foundation’s annual pledge drive which just got started. Our foundations support is incredible and the dollars that are donated benefit all students at Duniway. In addition to staffing vital positions, for the 2nd year, the foundation is paying for Reading Results. Reading Results is a not-for-profit organization that provides tutoring support for students who are having challenges in reading. This year they will serve 24 students. Not only does this intervention serve those 24 students, but it also provides the teacher additional time to work with other groups of students. In the end, all 1st and 2nd graders benefit from this program.
I want to thank those of you who have already made a contribution and I encourage each of you to consider making a donation – every dollar counts.
Fall conferences are fast approaching. They will be held on November 9th and 10th. If you have not signed up for a conference, please contact Lynn or Bonnie in the office. Parent-Teacher conferences provide a great opportunity for you to hear more about your child’s progress as well as ask questions and hear more about the year ahead.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend. I hear the sun might make an appearance!
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.
Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools
Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM 2nd Grade to Northwest Children's Theatre
6:30 PM PTA Meeting
8:00 AM Walk/ Ride Your Bike to School