Mark your calendars for the OBOB Parent Orientation Night on Wednesday, November 1st from 6:30 to 7:30 in the auditorium. We will go over the new list of books, rules and procedures for OBOB, the timeline for battles and hopefully answer any questions parents may have. The deadline to sign up will be Friday, December 1st.
On October 18th, from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Duniway Auditorium, TAG Facilitator Kala Goodman and Principal Matt Goldstein will be hosting a meeting to provide information to families about Talented and Gifted. This meeting is open to all families. Topics discussed will be the nomination and identification process; what TAG “looks” like at Duniway; and ample time to answer questions. If you have any questions regarding TAG please contact Kala Goodman or Matt Goldstein.
Back to School
Picnic and Duniway 90th Birthday Celebration!
● Where: Duniway Elementary
School (Field & Blacktop)
● When: Monday, August 28th 4pm-6pm
● What: Welcome Picnic and Duniway 90th Birthday Celebration!
▪ Bring your own picnic dinner
▪ Meet and mingle with your new classmates
Duniway’s Birthday 5pm-6pm
▪ Celebration, group photo & birthday cake
RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/QjfPjOohlcnwK0Vm2
(not obligatory but would be appreciated!)
Last year our 2nd grade team “piloted” a plan where a voluntary donation was requested instead of bringing in school supplies. The response, from families and teachers, was overwhelmingly positive. It was convenient, cost-effective, and provided a more equitable learning environment for all students. As a result, we are going to offer this option school-wide for the 2017-2018 school year. Here are a few more details:
We are asking for a voluntary contribution of $45.00 per student in lieu of shopping for school supplies. Payments can be made to the office (Check payable to Duniway) or through our new on-line payment system called School Pay beginning in August. Money will be used to buy all classroom supplies as well as subscriptions to any magazines or publications that a grade level team decides to purchase.
We believe this choice supports the following values that are important to the Duniway Community.
· Equity: By contributing financial support to the whole class, all students have equal access to the supplies they need for school.
· Environmental Awareness: By ordering supplies in bulk, we save on packaging; and one truck delivers supplies instead of hundreds of cars visiting multiple stores in search of those hard to find items.
· Cost Effectiveness: For every dollar a family spends on school supplies at retail prices, we can get up to three dollars worth of supplies through Portland Public Schools suppliers. In this way, we maximize your contribution for the educational benefit of all students in the class. When priced out at retail prices, most school lists cost families between $60 - $90 per student. We feel $45 is a reasonable amount, providing teachers with enough to purchase what is needed for the year, while saving families time and money.
All of our teachers are excited about this new approach and we hope it makes late August a bit less stressful for families. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at 503-916-6343.
We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing many of you at our Welcome Back to School Picnic and 90th Birthday Party for Duniway School on Monday, August 28th from 4 – 6 PM.
The Duniway Staff
From Principal Matt Goldstein
Thanks to those of you who made it to this week’s PTA meeting. Although I was unable to attend, I was very happy to hear, that for the second month in a row, there was a good crowd in the library. I want to thank both 1st grade teacher Debbie Munoz and our new library assistant Diane Newton-Prior for extending their day to stay for the meeting. We are hoping to have additional staff join PTA meetings in the coming months.
Some of you may have seen an article on Oregonlive yesterday or today regarding possible changes to Portland Public Schools ACCESS Academy (ACCESS Academy is a school that serves talented and gifted students). Here is a link to the story for you to read if you have not already done so. There is also a story on OPB’s website. I bring this matter to your attention because Duniway is listed as one of four neighborhood K-5 schools that may become a “Regional ACCESS Pathway” school, serving ACCESS students who live in the Cleveland cluster.
As the article mentions, Superintendent Guerrero recognizes that many questions remain and specifics on what this will look like for Duniway are minimal at this time. I learned of this proposal on Wednesday afternoon when I attended a meeting at the district office. Like the ACCESS community members and many others, I have questions about how this new model would “look,” and how we would successfully add additional students to our school and school community. I anticipate a number of conversations and meetings in the coming weeks where I will learn more details. I will do my best to keep everyone informed as soon as I have more information.
One new thing we are trying this year is a quarterly coffee with the principal. This will be an informal chance to ask questions and for us to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the ACCESS/TAG proposal being put forth by the district. Our first coffee of the year will be on Friday, 10/20. We will be in the cafeteria from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. I hope to see some of you there. Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring this event.
I hope that everyone enjoys the three-day weekend.
The PPS school board and communications department have been working to update the district’s public records policy with an eye towards greater transparency and compliance with several new laws that were passed by the Oregon Legislature this year.
Oregon schools, including PPS, will focus more on the role of Native Americans in Oregon history, thanks to a bill passed by the state Legislature.
Senate Bill 13, which focuses on providing accurate, place-based tribal education across the state, was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown over the summer. It directs the state Department of Education to develop curriculum and provide teacher training relating to Native American experience in Oregon.
Hundreds of Portland Public Schools parents and community members have participated in public sessions aimed at gathering comments on the proposal to open two new middle schools at Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Foundation Meeting
6:30 PM TAG Informational meeting
6:00 PM Board Meeting
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Walk/Bike To School Day
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM Duniway Parent Social @ Oaks Park Dance Pavilion
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM OBOB Parent Info Night
6:00 PM Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Meeting
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Walk/Ride Your Bike to School Day
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Community Giving Project Kickoff