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 26th from 4 – 6 PM.
The Duniway Staff
It’s time to order your Duniway yearbook!
Don’t get stuck without a book in June! It’s time to order your 2016-2017 Duniway Yearbook! A year’s worth of memories for $17.
The PTA ensures that all 5th graders
receive a book, but if families are able to pay the $17 it is appreciated and
Ordering this year will take place online-only-- please click on the link below to order your book!
FINAL day to order is Saturday, May 13th
Please contact Holly at email@example.com with any questions.
From Principal Matt Goldstein
May 5th, 2017
Happy May! I am happy to report that the Fund Run was a great success. After an early downpour and a shift of 3rd grade to the afternoon, everything went off according to plan. It was wonderful to see many of you out there, cheering and encouraging. I saw lots of encouraging, caring, and positive behavior while running and walking. A big thank you to Sara McMahon, Christina Waldron, and Lindsay Wyant for their leadership and thanks to President Meeka Kullberg and the entire PTA Board for a great day.
As some of you may have heard, 3rd grade teacher Joanne Chow will be retiring at the end of this school year. Joanne has had an incredible career at Duniway, spanning more than three decades. Joanne tells me she is excited to enjoy the freedom of being retired and already has a road trip planned to Yosemite in, you guessed it, September! Joanne will be greatly missed and we wish her only the best.
If you have not completed a classroom placement form for next year, please take a few minutes to do so. All forms must be turned into the office by May 11th. Forms can be sent into the office, given to your child’s teacher, or feel free to email the forms to Lynn or me. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form – we will do our best to use your insights to help better inform our process.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Dear PPS staff and families,
Summer has started, but we want to let you know that the PPS Task Force on the Superintendent Recruitment is continuing to meet on a regular basis and work is happening daily to advance our efforts to find and recruit our next superintendent. We have a final position description and are still actively recruiting candidates. We appreciate the feedback and candidate recommendations we have received from the community to date. Below are highlights of our last meeting. We will keep you informed as we go forward. Thank you.
Julia Brim-Edwards, Chair, Superintendent Recruitment Task Force
Dear PPS Families,
Over the summer, crews will be working in schools throughout the district to address health and safety issues, using funds from the bond that voters approved in May. At the same time, planning is under way for bigger projects to rebuild three high schools and a middle school. We wanted to give you an update on what is coming up.