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  • Peace - Community Circle

    Our counseling team and our classroom teachers continue to look for engaging ways to incorporate this important social-emotional learning into Duniway’s classrooms.  On Thursday, all classrooms had community meetings first thing in the morning.  Each class read the book Peace, by Wendy Anderson Halperin.  After the book was shared, classrooms had discussions and activities that aimed to connect the idea of peace to our own school, school community, and community values.  I was able to drop in and visit almost every classroom – it was really powerful to see all our students and staff participating.  We plan to have two more school-wide community meetings in the coming months.
  • Is your child going to be absent?

    Please don’t forget to call the Childwatch number (it’s a message machine, so you can call any time before 9:15 am the morning of the tardy or absence or vacation) at 503-916-3625.  Any time a student is in the system as ‘unexcused’, the district auto-dialer will call your home.  We need to have a reason for the absence (appointment, illness etc).  If you are going on vacation, please be sure to let the office know as well as the classroom teacher.

  • Come Celebrate!

    Back to School Picnic and Duniway 90th Birthday Celebration!
    Happy Birthday

    Join us for a Back to School Picnic and Birthday Celebration. Students and families are invited to bring a picnic and sit with others from their new class. Get to know your new classmates, catch up with old friends and meet some new friends.  Then we will celebrate Duniway’s 90th birthday with a short program and birthday cake!  We hope you can join us for this celebration of our school and community!

    ●    Where:  Duniway Elementary School (Field & Blacktop)
    ●    When: Monday, August 28th 4pm-6pm
    ●    What: Welcome Picnic and Duniway 90th Birthday Celebration!

    Welcome Picnic 4pm-5pm
    ▪      Bring your own picnic dinner
    ▪      Meet and mingle with your new classmates

    Celebrate Duniway’s Birthday 5pm-6pm
    ▪      Celebration, group photo & birthday cake

    RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/QjfPjOohlcnwK0Vm2
                         (not obligatory but would be appreciated!)

     

     

     

  • School Supplies **NEW!**

    Dear Families,

    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.

    Regards,

     The Duniway Staff

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  • From Principal Matt Goldstein     

     

    Dear Families,

    Clearly, fall is upon us - the cool air, leaves, steady rain, puddles, and of course, those precious slivers of sunshine all have arrived. During our late opening meeting this past Wednesday, several of us commented on how the pace of the year is picking up, with parent-teacher conferences on the horizon. Speaking of conferences, if you have not signed up, please call Lynn or Sarah in the office and they will take care of finding a slot for you to meet with your child’s teacher. As I have said before, conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to hear about how the year is progressing, to ask questions, and to learn about what to expect in the coming months.

    One of our goals this year is to improve how we provide social-emotional support to all our students. We fully recognize that school can be stressful and we want all our students to feel comfortable and safe at Duniway. Each day, students are learning how to handle conflicts, both big and small. In some cases, families are made aware of situations that happen during the school day before the school is aware of the incident. While it is tempting to immediately reach out and directly contact another child’s family, it is very important to contact the school, and allow us time to look into the situation first. We can then look into the matter further and facilitate the necessary conversations. In many cases, there may be an opportunity for parents to connect with each other, but when this occurs without the school knowing, it hampers our ability to support all children. Thanks for your understanding and your willingness to work with our staff.

    Today, the PTA hosted the first of four “coffee with the principal” conversations. Thanks to those who attended. One topic of discussion centered around gathering community input and insight as related to our efforts to improve the school climate at Duniway. There are four sub-committees/work-groups that will be meeting after school on 11/28, 1/23, 2/27, 3/20, and 4/24. The four groups are: Playground Improvement; Staff/Community Professional Development; School-Wide/Community Events; and Restorative Justice. If you are interested in joining one of these discussions please contact me and I will give you additional details.

    The School-wide events committee has done a great job lining up some exciting activities this year. Coming up on Friday, 10/27/17 is Mix-it-up-Day. This is a fun opportunity for students to sit with lots of new friends during lunch. For more information on this fun day, please see additional information in this week’s update.

    I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

    Regards,

    Matt

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