• The PTA runs committees in multiple areas. For ease of use, we divide those committees into categories. For most up to date committee chair information please visit our committee list on Konstella. Please contact them with any questions. All sign-ups occur here: Konstella Sign-Ups




    Book Fair (Fall and Spring):

    Held in the library; the Scholastic Book Fairs raise money to support the purchase of new and exciting books for the Library. Volunteers are needed to set-up, tear-down, and man the registers for the week. Shifts are in both the morning, afternoon and evening.

    Dates: First Week of October and The week prior to Spring Break in March


    Chinook Book:

    Chinook Books are sold the first two months of school. They feature coupons throughout the city and can be purchased either via a coupon book, app or both. Half of the proceeds come back to benefit the school and use of only a few coupons, nets a full return on the price of the book. Volunteers are needed to process the payments, deliver the books and publicize the sale.

    Dates: September - October


    Box Tops:

    Box tops help support the school. Families are encouraged to clip box tops and turn them into the office. Quarterly prizes are awarded to the students at each grade level who turn in the most tops.

    Dates: All year


    Fund Run:

    This is the PTA's largest fundraiser. It is held in the spring. Students collect pledges and then run laps for 30 minutes around the Duniway Field. This money goes to support all programs in the PTA and is also a giant celebration of community, featuring a live DJ, post-run popsicles, and prizes. Volunteers are needed to count pledges, mark laps, set-up, tear-down, process lap sheets, run the water station and cheer for students.

    Date: TBD (2020)


    Home Tour:

    The PTA's second largest fundraiser. The tour features 6-7 beautiful neighborhood homes, which are on display for ticket holders to tour through. There is also a Boutique featuring local vendors, held at the school. Volunteers are needed for set-up, tear-down, ticket sales, and "angels" who staff each home. There are both day and evening shifts for this beautiful event.

    Date: TBD


    Community Building


    Lunch Buddies:

    Building community support for students through adults having lunch with kids. Adults come have lunch with a group of 3-4 pre-selected students in grades 1-3. This is a great opportunity for kids to get some individual attention and positive interactions with adults and peers in small groups. The counselors pre-select students. Tuesdays - Fridays, adults can choose which grade they would like to eat with. Lunch is only 30 minutes, but that time is invaluable to students. Adults check in at the office, come to the cafeteria and have lunch with the kids. Have fun, interact with kids and make their day!



    The Advocacy Committee's focus is to do what's best for our children and to make sure it's being done in an equitable and logical manner. We want to make sure our voices are heard and we're being involved in the conversations and decisions that are being made for our kiddos.



    One of our largest community building activities, this spring events brings in families throughout the community to enjoy food, fun, and prizes. Volunteers are needed to run all the games, oversee the activities, hand out prizes and help with set-up and tear-down. This is one of our most volunteer heavy events, shifts are available.

    Date: TBD (May 2021)



    The Duniway Directory is available to Duniway families both in print and online. Families can choose what information to include. It's the best way to connect with other families for playdates, birthday parties, and carpools.


    Welcome Events:

    This committee oversees the Kindergarten/Transfer playdates each Monday in August from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Duniway playground and also organizes the Back to School Picnic.

    Dates: TBD (August 2021)


    Kindergarten Events:

    This committee provides support for the Connect to Kindergarten Event, where incoming Kindergarten families are able to come and see the school and register for Kindergarten. Another mixer event is held in the Spring, most likely a school scavenger hunt, with a pizza dinner in the Cafeteria. Volunteers are needed to help direct families and answer questions.

    Dates: Connect to Kindergarten, TBD (February 2021) and Kindergarten Social, TBD (Spring 2021)



    The modernization committee is currently looking for new members who may be interested in helping with a playground campaign.


    Spring Parade:

    Students and teachers parade along Reed College Place accompanied by the Duniway and Sellwood Band. This end of year celebration is capped off with popsicles. Come for the parade, stay for the Carnival!

    Date: TBD (May 2021)


    Variety Show:

    This heartwarming event is a Duniway tradition. Students are encouraged to bring their talents, showmanship, and enthusiasm to the Duniway stage. Regular rehearsals take place a few weeks before the show to get out those pre-performance jitters. Volunteers are needed to run the rehearsal, help with mic placement, run the sound system and oversee the lights and stagehands.

    Date: TBD (March 2021)


    Winter Dance:

    A Duniway favorite! All students are invited to come get their dance on in the S. Gym, while a live DJ plays popular music. Featuring a photobooth, and refreshments and glow items available for purchase. No cost to attend. Volunteers are needed to set-up, tear-down, sell concessions and run the photobooth.

    Date: TBD (December 2020)



    Volunteers needed to take and upload photos of events and student life. Everything can easily be done online.


    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB):

    Please see the OBOB information page here: http://www.pps.net/domain/2537 Volunteers needed to help judge and run the event.
    Dates: TBD (February 2021)


    Community Giving:


    Clothing Closet:

    All PPS schools provide volunteer support at the PPS Clothing Closet throughout the year. Sign up to help organize clothing, help shoppers, etc.


    Community Giving Project:

    This is Duniway's holiday giving campaign. Snowmen are hung up on the board for families to take and purchase gifts for families. There is also a need for food and gift cards.

    Date: Begins November 2020


    Staff Appreciation:

    This is the week to shower our amazing Duniway staff with love! The PTA provides lunches throughout the week for staff in the library. Volunteers are needed to provide meals.

    Date: TBD (April 2021)


    Book Harvest:

    For the month of October, we will be collecting books for students in need throughout PPS. Please bring books for students of all ages.

    Dates: TBD (February 2021)


    Clothing Drive:

    We will be collecting new and gently used clothing for the PPS Clothing Closet. Special needs include clothing in larger sizes for high school students, new socks, and underwear for both genders, hats, gloves, mittens, and outerwear.

    Date: January 2021




    Art Program:

    The Duniway PTA funds a robust art program. Through artists-in-residencies who teach students everything from clay to stop-motion animation to African dance, and the funding of supplies and an extensive library of prepared lessons for teachers, the goal of the art program is to continue to integrate art into the student curriculum.


    Science Committee:

    The Duniway PTA funds a science line item where teachers have access to bring in special speakers, go on field trips and pay for science curriculum enhancements.


    Lost & Found:

    Each month the unclaimed lost and found is collected and taken to the PPS Clothing Closet. Families are encouraged to write their child's name on all clothing items, as those are returned to the office.


    Green Team:

    The Green Team runs the lunchtime recycling at Duniway. They also provide support and education for green initiatives throughout the school.


    Safety and Wellness:

    This committee is committed to ensuring that children and adults are safe coming and going to Duniway as well as providing education to families about ongoing health and emergency preparation issues to the larger Duniway population.

    Once a month, families are encouraged to walk/bike to school. Families who drive are encouraged to park at least a block away from the school and join the walk/bike parade.



    Audit: Margaret Metz

    Social Media: Melissa Ewbank

    Newsletter Updates: PTA Board

    PTA Membership: Emily Swanson

    Volunteer Coordinator: Rhonda Gibler

    Website: Kayla Gulbranson

    Budget: David Howarth

    Agendas/Minutes: Maragaret Baumgardner