• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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  • New to Duniway 2021-22?

    Welcome to Duniway Elementary! If you are intending to enroll for 2021-22 school year please read the following carefully.

    1. Welcome to Duniway Enrollment website! This website has a message from our principal Mr. Goldstein, a virtual tour of the building, lessons from this year, all the links to enroll and much, much more. 
    2. Enrollment for kindergarten opens today, and all links are on the website above. We are asking everyone to register before June 1, 2021. Please complete all the items on the list, including online registration with 2 proofs of address and proof of age, immunization records, and Duniway questionnaire.
    3. Save the date for our virtual kindergarten connect event on April 22, 2021 from 6-7pm via this link.
    4. Every Friday, the Duniway office sends a school newsletter. We invite you to take a look at these newslettersthroughout the next several months to know the latest PPS/Duniway information.
    I am here to help you every step of the way. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Sarah Erickson 
  • Reading Fun

    We hope you and your family will enjoy this very special site for a reading treat! 

    This site was created to coincide with the Duniway annual Scholastic Book Fair. This site is to provide a fun and exciting learning experience for our children. The intent is to help our children develop strong communication, language & listening skills, foster creativity, and develop a lifelong joy for reading. We have special guest readers from a lot of your Duniway teachers and staff and from our community! 

  • Duniway's Core Values

    Thank you Teacher Kelly for the creative ability to showcase our core values. Enjoy!
  • Welcome Back

    "You're off to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!" -Dr. Seuss
     
    Enjoy this Welcome Back to Duniway movie from Mr. Goldstein 
  • PPS Username & Password

    Username and Password instructions to get into PPS Chomebooks as well as Digital Learning.

    Students usernames follow the pattern of first initial, last name, last four digits of their student ID, "@student.pps.net." For example Jay Raddison who's ID number is 123456 would have a username of jraddison3456@student.pps.net. Use your child’s birthdate such as March 8, the password would be 0308.

    Should you need help with your students username and password:

      1. Contact your student's teacher and/or school.

      2. Find your student's school contact for usernames support here.

    Students who have already reset their password but have forgotten their password, may find the Password Manager helpful.

  • PPS/ Duniway Communication Trouble?

    Are you not getting communication? 
  • Messages/Movies from Duniway Staff

    Message of encouragement: 

    We miss you! 
    Favorite Books:

  • Resources

     
    Meals 
    https://www.pps.net/Page/15080

    ** PDX Sliders in Sellwood is giving food to all kids who are free and reduced lunch. Just tell them “school is out” and your meal is free. PDX Sliders, 1605 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 

    ** Laughing Planet is also providing free kids meal to kids on free and reduced meal plans. Laughing Planet, 4110 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 is the closest location

    Learning

     Here are some free learning resources for all students: 

    Please visit this RESOURCE PAGE, created by Heather Boyd, which aims to bring a number of different sites and applications on to one document
     

    Another great option if your student likes to dance is to search "Just Dance Kids" on youtube.com and look up some of their favorite songs for them to dance along with. Finally, you can get out and take a walk together, jump rope, ride bikes or scooters (with a helmet!), go for a hike, or create a hopscotch game with sidewalk chalk. - Ms. Austin & Mr. Donahoe 

  • Sick? Appointment? Vacation?

    PLEASE USE THE CHILD WATCH NUMBER TO REPORT ABSENSES, APPOINTMENTS AND VACATIONS

    Emailing the teacher is a great idea, but in the long run, the office has to know.  Emailing Sarah or Lynn is fine, but there are times we are out of the office and don’t get your message in time.  So….

    The Duniway Childwatch number is the way to go because it is a message machine, so you can call any time before 9:15 am (the morning of the tardy or absence) 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.

    With that being said:

    Cold and Flu Season is here

    It is that time of year again when children and adults are ill with signs and symptoms of colds, flu and other infections.  This is an excellent time to remember some healthy habits that may help us stay well:

    • Cover your cough/sneeze into your elbow
    • Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds, and wash often!  Wash after recess or gym, before eating, after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • Do not share food, drinks utensils, hats, combs, lip balm or other personal items.

    Keep your student home:

    • For a fever of 100.5 or higher.  Your student can return after the temperature has been below 100 for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other fever-reducing medicine
    • Vomiting – symptom-free for 24 hours
    • Diarrhea – symptom-free for 24 hours
    • Coughing – your student should stay home if the cough is deep, barking, congested or productive.
  • Is your child sick?

    We are incredibly fortunate to have Adrienne Mahoney as our Student Health Assistant (SHA).  Adrienne works M - F, from 10 AM - 3:00 PM.  As we head into fall we are already beginning to see some viruses making their way around Duniway. Please remember that students must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  While we recognize this can cause serious challenges with work and schedules, we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    If your child is going to be absent, for any reason, please call our attendance line, 24 hours/day, at 503-916-3625.  The messages are checked by 9:30 AM every morning.  For information about whether your child should stay home from school please visit the Duniway web-site.

  • Supplies for 2018-2019

    We asking for a voluntary contribution of $45.00 for each student in lieu of shopping for school supplies. Teachers will use funds to purchase all needed materials that are critical to student learning in the classroom. Students will need to supply their won backpack and water bottle. If you are able to also send a box of tissue and disinfectant wipes, that would be greatly appreciated. Payments can be made by check (made out to Duniway School) or on-line by visiting www.schoolpay.com
  • African dance with Habiba

    Thank you PTA for the artist and residence Habiba who spent the week talking and teaching the kindergarten students the importance of African dance. Here are some beautiful pictures of the performance.
  • AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES


    Due to district restrictions, we are no longer allowed to advertise before and after school classes sponsored by non-PPS, nongovernmental organizations on our website or school bulletin board.  

    To see what classes are available, go to: http://sites.google.com/view/enrichmentatduniway/home

    To add your class to the website, go to:

    https://goo.gl/forms/o6SevAeowKg20Xwx2

    Another site to check out is:  https://pdxafterschool.com

  • Fancy Friday

    Fancy Friday did not disappoint!  There was plenty of positive and caring energy that made its way through the halls, classrooms, and beyond.  Of course, there were also plenty of sparkling dresses, finely pressed suits, creatively constructed tiaras and ties, and of course, many who came dressed in their “ordinary” wear, complete with a smile and a positive attitude.  Within all the excitement and fancy flair, we hope our students and staff were left thinking about the importance of staying connected and building community.  

    Fancy Friday Photos
  • 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/Attendance Message line (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

  • 2017-18 Duniway PTA Board

    President: Erin Black-Mitchel, blackerinm@gmail.com
    Vice-President: Sarah Lewis, lewissarahc@gmail.com
    Secretary: Christina Timberlake
    Treasurer: Rachel Ffolliott
    Volunteer Coordinator: Kristy Oliver
    Advocacy: Kayla Gulbranson 
    Member at Large 1: Andrea Nieto
    Member at Large 2: Ilka Bailey
    Member at Large 3: Jeannine Walker
    Member at Large 4: Christian Solsby
    Member at Large 5: Alison Lopakka Joy
  • Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

    Families enrolled in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program will receive an email on June 8th directing them to re-link their Rewards Card to the Duniway Educational Foundation. Please remember to do this then, or to take care of it now, by logging on to your account at https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4

    If you fail to re-link your Rewards Card by July 1st, you will be dropped from the program and Duniway will no longer get any support based on your purchases.

    Last year our school received nearly $700 just because people like you took 30 seconds to link their Rewards Cards to Duniway (#82148). Please do so again, and tell all your friends, neighbors and relatives to do the same! 

Principal's
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  • All newsletters by date are at this link.

     

    March 20, 2020

    Dear Families,

    First of all, I hope you all are doing okay - staying healthy, enjoying the recent sunny weather, and trying to stay positive.   I have been thinking a lot about our students, our families, and our community. I am going to try and maintain my Friday communication with families during these uncertain and challenging times.  I know teachers are doing their best to establish some new routines, staying connected with students and families and offering suggestions on how to stay engaged and active while away from school. 

    There are many questions regarding what the remainder of this year will look like, and unfortunately, I do not have any new information to report.  I do know there are many conversations taking place at the district and state level about what next steps should be taken. Obviously, one of the things that makes planning and problem solving so challenging is the very dynamic nature of this crisis.  I would recommend visiting the PPS Coronavirus website on a regular basis and continue to monitor the news for the latest information regarding decisions around schooling.  I suspect there will be some additional information coming out from PPS in the next week.

    We do know that PPS has set up a Student Portal where you can go and access a wide range of online learning sites and applications.  In addition, our school secretary Sarah Erickson is doing her best to post additional links on Duniway’s website.  Certainly carving some time out of each day to work on some “academics” is wise, but please consider the “whole” child.  An article on Oregonlive from today has some good suggestions around finding a balance and rhythm to all this time at home with your child(ren).

    There have been many articles circulating around about how to talk with kids about COVID-19.  Here is one article from the NY Times that focuses on the overwhelming sense of disappointment (especially with some many fun things getting cancelled) that children are feeling right now.  I am sure you are all getting plenty of parenting practice - I know I am being pushed to the limits by my two teenagers. 

    If you have any questions please feel free to email me.  Although I may not have an answer,  I will do my very best to find information for you and to support you and your family during these uncertain times.

    Be well,

    Matt

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