• Duniway Community Update - May 20, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 5/20/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Covid Update
    • At Home Rapid Test Kits
    • New Principal
    • Sneak Peak
    • Lost and Found

    Important Dates

    • May 30: Schools Closed for Memorial Day
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students


    Dear Duniway Community,

    The Duniway auction was a tremendous success and a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who attended and raised money for the school.  Also, today was the fund run and everyone had a great time.  Thanks to everyone for attending and supporting our students. Lastly, we have only a few days of school left. Everyone continues to work hard and we are trying to finish the school year strong.  We are in the middle of planning for next year and transitioning to a new principal. I will keep you posted with any important information as the need arises.

     

    Covid Update

    Covid cases have leveled off, but we are still experiencing cases on a daily basis. This week we have two staff members and six students out. We are encouraging the staff and students to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of Covid. We will continue to follow the safety protocols set up by the district and Multnomah County Health.  Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

     

    At Home Rapid Test Kits 

    The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are partnering to expand at-home COVID-19 testing for all children in Oregon’s public K-12 schools. PPS has received enough at-home iHealth COVID-19 tests to distribute to each student at our school. Each test kit comes with 2 tests. Families are encouraged to test their students using these tests if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to COVID-19. OHA Flyers: English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese. Please check your student’s backpack for their test kit.


    Message from the New Principal

    Dear Duniway Students, Staff, and Community,

    I am honored and excited to join the Duniway community as your new principal effective July 1st. I can’t wait to meet students and the community. I look forward to communicating, connecting, and collaborating with you, and I eagerly anticipate spending time listening to learn how best to lead this great school. 

    Thank you, Gene Bivens and Melinda Leong, for being gracious hosts this week as I spent time on campus. Thank you to the staff for warmly welcoming me this Tuesday and sharing their knowledge, joy, and hopes for Duniway. Go Dragons! 

    Best.

    Philip Rafferty

    prafferty@pps.net 

     

    Sneak Peak

    On June 8th, we will have our Duniway Sneak Peak. Students will visit and rotate through classrooms of their next grade to get a preview of what they might expect in the next school year!


    Lost and Found

    Our lost and found rack is OVERFLOWING with jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, and much more. Please come by the front of the school to find any missing items. Everything will be donated on Friday, June 10th.

     

    It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend with lots of sun. Enjoy the makeup baseball games and time with your family.  

    Gene

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  • Duniway Community Update - May 13, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 5/13/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Covid Cases
    • Masking Recommendation
    • New Principal
    • Duniway Auction
    • Yearbook
    • Duniway Fund Run
    • Carnival
    • Lost and Found

     Important Dates

    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    Tonight is the auction. I am really excited about it and looking forward to attending. I hope to see everyone there. This is a great opportunity to support students and staff at Duniway. The auction provides the necessary funds for teachers and other essential staff. I am sure it will be a good time.


    Covid Cases

    Covid cases are on the rise at Duniway. We have had 15 positive cases since May 6th. We still have one staff member out who will return next week. Masks are optional, but we encourage the use as we see Covid cases go up. We will continue to send out notifications to the community and to classrooms when a student has tested positive. If your child has symptoms or is not feeling well, keep them home until they are symptom-free. Please review this letter from Multnomah County, which reminds us of the risk mitigation measures everyone can take to stay healthy and keep students and staff in school. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    PPS Masking Recommendation

    On Wednesday, May 11, Multnomah County health officials made an announcement about masking, due to the current COVID-19 surge.  The Multnomah County Health Department is asking people to wear masks indoors until new coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations start to fall, and they strongly recommend that people wear masks in schools. The current increase in COVID-19 cases is expected to peak in mid-June, when PPS’s school year ends. 

    In alignment with this public health guidance, Portland Public Schools strongly recommends that all staff and all students wear masks at schools, in district office buildings and at other indoor events beginning Monday May 16th to the end of the school year. This recommendation includes masking at important end-of-year events such as prom, school performances, assemblies and indoor graduation events. 


    New Principal

    A new principal has been selected for Duniway. The announcement will be posted next week.  We will introduce him to the staff on Tuesday and an announcement to the community will be made by the end of next week.

     

    Duniway Auction - TONIGHT

    Tonight's the night for the 23rd annual Duniway Auction, to help raise funds for our students and staff. Don't forget your ski jackets and goggles for Chalet Duniway!!  If you are not able to join us this evening, please join us online by bidding on silent auction items. The online catalog will be closing Sunday at 7:00pm. Your student’s classroom art will be closing tomorrow at 7:30pm, so get those bids in today! Be sure to share it with your friends and family. 

    ***Join us LIVE on Instagram tonight to catch the live action! You can still participate in the paddle raise, by selecting “Special Appeal” in the catalog! Interested in one of our 8 live packages? Grab a friend to bid for you!***

     

    Yearbook

    Did you miss the deadline this week? That's ok! You can still order a book and get it delivered to the school (or your home). You will just have to pay the shipping cost. Books are 16$ each. See the attached flyer  for all the info for ordering after-deadline. 

    Please reach out with any questions! Christina Gross, servetas.elaine@gmail.com

     

    The Duniway Fund Run is Friday, May 20th! 

    The Fund Run is one of our PTA’s largest annual fundraisers! During the school day, students run, walk, or stroll around the field as many times as they can for a designated time period. 1st-5th grade students participate for 30 minutes and travel around the entire field (about a 0.25 mile loop) while Kindergarten (and Pre-K) students participate for 20 minutes and cover about half that distance. Most students complete between 6-11 laps, with some students in older grades completing up to 18 laps. Kindergarten students often complete more laps, because it’s a shorter loop! 

    We encourage all students to participate in fundraising if they can. Donations can be made as flat fee donations or as per lap pledges. To donate:

    1. Go to our Rally Up website:  https://duniwayelementary.rallyup.com/2022 

    2. Click on “Donate to a Student or Class” or “Donate to the School” 

    3. Search for your student or class. You may add additional students or donations before you check out. If you choose “per lap pledges” your amount will be TBD until after the event. 

    All students who have received any donations will be entered into random drawings for prizes. The sooner the donations are made, the more chances to win! In addition, each class will work together for a chance to win prizes.

    Come cheer on the kids as they make their way around the field! 

    Grade

    Warm-up

    Run/Walk

    3rd

    9:05 - 9:15

    9:15 - 9:45

    4th 

    9:55 - 10:05

    10:05 - 10:35

    2nd

    10:45 - 10:55

    10:55 - 11:25

    Kinder (& Pre-K)

    12:05 - 12:15

    12:15 - 12:35

    1st

    12:45 - 12:55  

    12:55 - 1:25

    5th

    1:35 - 1:45

    1:45 - 2:15

    We are looking forward to this fun event that supports our goal of offering our children a rich and diverse public school education. If you have any questions or comments please email us at duniwayfundrun@gmail.com.

     

    Carnival Volunteer Sign-ups on Konstella

    We are excitedly planning for the upcoming Duniway Carnival on Friday, June 3, from 5-8 pm. This amazing event requires a large number of volunteers to pull it off. Please consider signing up for a shift on Konstella here. Reminder, all volunteers must have a current volunteer application and background check on file with PPS.

     

    Lost and Found

    Our lost and found rack is OVERFLOWING with jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, and much more. Please come by the front of the school to find any missing items. Everything will be donated on Friday, June 10th.
     

    Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the rain.  We will make the best of the last few days of school and finish strong.

    Gene

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  • Duniway Community Update - May 6, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 5/6/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • COVID Cases
    • Carnival Volunteers
    • Lost and Found
    • Bus Route Number Change
    • Duniway Auction
    • Duniway Fund Run
    • Sellwood Garden Tour 

    Important Dates

    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    Staff appreciation was awesome. Thank you for all you did for the staff. We really enjoyed the treats and thoughtfulness. Next week is the Duniway Auction. This is a great way to support our students and staff.  Without the support of the community and the foundation we wouldn’t have our EAs and other essential personnel. I hope to see you at the auction.

     

    Covid Cases

    Covid cases are on the rise at Duniway. This week we have had 6 students and 2 staff members test positive. Last week we had 3 students and 1 staff member. Masks are optional, but we encourage the use as we see Covid cases go up. We will continue to send out notifications to the community and to classrooms when a student has tested positive. If your child has symptoms or is not feeling well, keep them home until they are symptom-free. Please review this letter from Multnomah County, which reminds us of the risk mitigation measures everyone can take to stay healthy and keep students and staff in school. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Carnival Volunteer Sign-ups on Konstella

    We are excitedly planning for the upcoming Duniway Carnival on Friday, June 3, from 5-8 pm. This amazing event requires a large number of volunteers to pull it off. Please consider signing up for a shift on Konstella here. Reminder, all volunteers must have a current volunteer application and background check on file with PPS.

     

    Lost and Found

    Our lost and found rack is OVERFLOWING with jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, lunch boxes, water bottles, and much more. Please come by the front of the school to find any missing items. Everything will be donated on Friday, June 10th.

     

    Bus Route Change

    Starting May 10th, morning bus route 213DUN-A will change to bus route 313DUN-A. All stops will remain the same, just the bus number is changing.

     

    Duniway Auction

    We are getting VERY excited for our Chalet Duniway Auction that is in 7 DAYS, only one week away! Get your ski goggles; puffy jacket, and don’t forget to buy your Duniway beanie at the event! Your auction chairs and volunteers are hard at work doing the last walk through at our new venue The Redd on Salmon, and getting all of our jaw dropping auction items ready to bid on. The silent auction will be going live SUNDAY 5/8 at noon. Log on here to be ready to scope out live auction items and to bid on ALL the items that have been graciously donated to our school by our community to raise funds for our students and teachers! Raffle tickets are still available to win an amazing electric bike from Oregon E-Bikes! Winner will not need to be present at the auction to win. 

    A big THANK YOU to all that have donated and volunteered already. This is one of our biggest events and we appreciate all your support and contributions. Night and day of volunteer opportunities are still available HERE on Konstella. Have you ever wanted to volunteer at ANOTHER school's auction? You can sign up for that too! We are doing a swap with another PPS auction as we’ve done in other years. Make sure you are following us on  Instagram or  Facebook for all of the latest updates and some serious sneak peeks. Don’t forget a babysitter! Do you have an older child looking to babysit? Let people know on our Facebook group! See you there!!!

     

    The Duniway Fund Run is Friday, May 20th! 

    The Fund Run is one of our PTA’s largest annual fundraisers! During the school day, students run, walk, or stroll around the field as many times as they can for a designated time period. 1st-5th grade students participate for 30 minutes and travel around the entire field (about a 0.25 mile loop) while Kindergarten (and Pre-K) students participate for 20 minutes and cover about half that distance. Most students complete between 6-11 laps, with some students in older grades completing up to 18 laps. Kindergarten students often complete more laps, because it’s a shorter loop! 

    We encourage all students to participate in fundraising if they can. Donations can be made as flat fee donations or as per lap pledges. To donate:

    1. Go to our Rally Up website:  https://duniwayelementary.rallyup.com/2022 

    2. Click on “Donate to a Student or Class” or “Donate to the School” 

    3. Search for your student or class. You may add additional students or donations before you check out. If you choose “per lap pledges” your amount will be TBD until after the event. 

    All students who have received any donations will be entered into random drawings for prizes. The sooner the donations are made, the more chances to win! In addition, each class will work together for a chance to win prizes.

    Come cheer on the kids as they make their way around the field! 

    Grade

    Warm-up

    Run/Walk

    3rd

    9:05 - 9:15

    9:15 - 9:45

    4th 

    9:55 - 10:05

    10:05 - 10:35

    2nd

    10:45 - 10:55

    10:55 - 11:25

    Kinder (& Pre-K)

    12:05 - 12:15

    12:15 - 12:35

    1st

    12:45 - 12:55  

    12:55 - 1:25

    5th

    1:35 - 1:45

    1:45 - 2:15

    We are looking forward to this fun event that supports our goal of offering our children a rich and diverse public school education. If you have any questions or comments please email us at duniwayfundrun@gmail.com.

     

    Please join us for the Sellwood Garden Tour on May 22nd

    This self guided tour will showcase 5 amazing backyards in the neighborhood.  This is a fundraiser for the Sellwood Middle School PTA. Come get inspiration and support our community middle school!  Great outdoor event with family and friends.  Check out our website for more information and to buy tickets.  Please help us spread the word!  

     

    Have a wonderful weekend.  Let’s hope the weather clears up and we have some sunshine.  See everyone next week.

    Gene

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  • Duniway Community Update - April 29, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 4/29/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Staff Appreciation
    • Next Year
    • Class Updates
    • Yearbooks
    • Duniway Auction
    • Duniway Fund Run 

     Important Dates

    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    We are beginning the last full month of school. We are looking forward to the auction, the fund run, the parade, and the carnival - all great events planned for May and June. Staff appreciation is next week - be sure to thank the staff for all their hard work and dedication to the students.


    Staff Appreciation

    Help us celebrate the amazing teachers and staff at Duniway during Staff Appreciation Week next week!

    Sunday:  Join the PTA between 3:00p - 5:00p as we Chalk the Sidewalks around the school to show our gratitude.

    Monday:  Bring a note or share a favorite memory from this school year with your teacher or special staff member.  

    Thank you to Senestraro Family Orthodontics for providing lunch for the entire staff.

    Tuesday:  Bring your teacher a flower or plant.

    Thank you Jeff Morgan at Morgan Insurance & Financial Services for providing breakfast.

    Wednesday: Bring your teacher a favorite snack or treat. The PTA will stock the staff room.

    Let your teacher know what you have enjoyed learning this year.

    Thursday: Write a thank you card or draw a picture. 

    Cupcakes provided by Fat Cupcake and the PTA.

    Friday:  Offer to lend a helping hand to your teacher by cleaning the classroom or organizing supplies.

    PTA will provide coffee, tea and smoothies for all the staff.

     

    Next Year

    We are working on the schedule, procedures for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, and access to the building for volunteers. The schedule for next year will include two PE classes, two music classes and a library class. This gives the teachers a special class each day of the week. As we refine the schedule I will keep you posted. Duniway students will continue to enter and exit the building each morning and afternoon in the same way as we are doing now. This makes it easy for the students to meet their teachers and move to their classrooms. The flow is better and makes it safer for students and staff. Next year volunteers will be based on teachers' needs. The staff will make arrangements with you if they need a volunteer. Be sure your background check is current and valid as the district expired volunteers en masse last November if they didn’t upload a vaccine card to the district portland. You can apply here

     

    Class Updates

    Kindergarten Art Project

    Kindergartens, inspired by Leonardo DiVinci, designed their own inventions.  They filled out applications for a patent. The applications were 'mailed' to the United States Patent Office in Virginia. Fortunately, all the applications were approved! The kindergartners were able to start building models of their inventions on Friday.

    First Grade

    OMSI is coming to do science lessons each week in May for 1st graders! Thank you to all the PTA parents and supporters who helped raise those funds!  To make it happen again next year consider donating or volunteering with the Fund Run coming up soon!

     

    Yearbooks

    The deadline is approaching to get your 2021-2022 Duniway Yearbook! 

    Ordering is really easy! just use this link: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1016389809824123

    Place your orders now and you have until May 10th to finish any custom pages (books will all get delivered to Duniway if done by this May 10th deadline). Please reach out with any questions. 

    Christina Gross (servetas.elaine@gmail.com), PTA board member

     

    Duniway Auction

    This weekend is the LAST CHANCE at getting your 23rd annual Duniway Auction, Chalet Duniway tickets! You don’t want to miss it. Last call for tickets will be on May 1st. 

    This year the theme is Chalet Duniway. We will have Duniway beanies available for purchase at the auction! If a ski suit doesn’t suit you, think of accessories. Hats, headbands, light scarves, goggles, funky sunglasses, sweaters, or your favorite resort t-shirt! More importantly, dress as you feel comfortable. We can’t wait to see you, have an adult conversation, and raise some funds for our kids, teachers, and school. Purchase your ticket(s) HERE

    Our live auction packages and PARTIES are really coming together. Remember the auction parties from 2-3 years ago? Or the Bible Club Bash that just took place last month? Parties will be BACK! Auction attendees will have first dibs on purchasing a ticket to amazing events like "Game Day" and "Back to School Brunch." Purchase your auction ticket so you don't miss out on some of the best parties this community has to offer!

    Don’t forget to add your after party ticket, a bottle of Adega NW wine to be delivered to your table, and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win an electric bike from Oregon E-Bikes! Only 100 total available! Our silent auction catalog will open on the website May 8th for you to kick off the bidding fun. Let’s really bring in some funds for our students and teachers! 

    A big THANK YOU to all that have donated and volunteered already. This is one of our biggest events and we appreciate all your support and contributions. Night and day of volunteer opportunities are still available HERE on Konstella. Make sure you are following us on  Instagram or  Facebook for all of the latest updates. Don’t forget a babysitter! Do you have an older child looking to babysit? Let people know on our Facebook group! See you there!!!
     

    The Duniway Fund Run is Friday, May 20th! 

    The Fund Run is one of our PTA’s largest annual fundraisers! During the school day, students run, walk, or stroll around the field as many times as they can for a designated time period. 1st-5th grade students participate for 30 minutes and travel around the entire field (about a 0.25 mile loop) while Kindergarten (and Pre-K) students participate for 20 minutes and cover about half that distance. Most students complete between 6-11 laps, with some students in older grades completing up to 18 laps. Kindergarten students often complete more laps, because it’s a shorter loop! 

    We encourage all students to participate in fundraising if they can. Donations can be made as flat fee donations or as per lap pledges. To donate:

    1. Go to our Rally Up website:  https://duniwayelementary.rallyup.com/2022 
    2. Click on “Donate to a Student or Class” or “Donate to the School” 
    3. Search for your student or class. You may add additional students or donations before you check out. If you choose “per lap pledges” your amount will be TBD until after the event. 

    All students who have received any donations will be entered into random drawings for prizes. The sooner the donations are made, the more chances to win! In addition, each class will work together for a chance to win prizes.

    Come cheer on the kids as they make their way around the field! 

    Grade

    Warm-up

    Run/Walk

    3rd

    9:05 - 9:15

    9:15 - 9:45

    4th 

    9:55 - 10:05

    10:05 - 10:35

    2nd

    10:45 - 10:55

    10:55 - 11:25

    Kinder (& Pre-K)

    12:05 - 12:15

    12:15 - 12:35

    1st

    12:45 - 12:55  

    12:55 - 1:25

    5th

    1:35 - 1:45

    1:45 - 2:15

    We are looking forward to this fun event that supports our goal of offering our children a rich and diverse public school education. If you have any questions or comments please email us at duniwayfundrun@gmail.com.

     

    Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your time with the family. 

    Gene

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  • Duniway Community Update - April 22, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 4/22/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Next Year
    • Oregon Battle of the Books
    • 2022-23 District Calendar
    • Yearbooks
    • Duniway Auction
    • Resources from our Social Worker

     Important Dates

    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    April is flying by and we have around 35 school days left. It has been a good year and the students have experienced a full year of learning. The staff has done an amazing job and next year should be an even better year. I know I have said this before, but thank you for your continued support for the students and staff.  

     

    Next Year

    The following school year brings many changes to Duniway. Due to shifting enrollment numbers, the district has unassigned two teachers, impacting the number of second and third grade classes. If the foundation raises enough money at the auction, we will be able to retain one staff member for one classroom. To ensure manageable class sizes for next year, we are planning for one 2nd/3rd grade blended class, two 2nd grade classrooms, and two 3rd grade classrooms. We are projecting that this will keep our numbers at around 26-27 students per class.

    Margie Doern will be teaching the 2nd/3rd grade blended class. Monica Vogel will be moving to the fourth grade. In the past, we have sent out a form asking parents to give us input on their child about class placement. This year we are not sending out the form. We have enough information from the teachers, specialists, and EAs to make this decision. The staff at Duniway is terrific and highly qualified to meet the needs of all students. We will send out class placements to you in August.

     

    Oregon Battle of the Books

    This year's Duniway OBOB champs, the Galaxy Readers, participated in the OBOB Regional Competitions this past weekend, making it all the way to the Final battle against Glencoe Elementary! Though they didn't win the final battle, the score was VERY CLOSE and the team did an amazing job! Congratulations Galaxy Readers!

     

    2022-23 District Calendar

    We are happy to share the 2022-23 PPS District Calendar has been approved by the Board of Education and is now on the Portland Public Schools website.

     

    Yearbooks! 

    Don't forget to order this year's yearbook! One week left to order. https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1016389809824123

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Christina Gross, PTA board member, servetas.elaine@gmail.com

     

    Duniway Auction

    Tickets are still on sale for the 23rd annual Duniway Auction: Friday, May 13th at 6:30pm! Last chance to purchase them is May 1st, but don’t wait, you do not want to miss out on this event. This year the theme is Chalet Duniway. If a ski suit doesn’t suit you, think of accessories. Hats, headbands, light scarves, goggles, funky sunglasses, sweaters, or your favorite resort t-shirt! More importantly, dress as you feel comfortable. We can’t wait to see you, have an adult conversation, raise some funds for our kids, teachers, and school. Purchase your ticket(s) HERE

    We are getting some sneak peeks from your talented artists. Ask your student what their class art project was! You’ll want to be there to bid on all of our amazing LIVE auction items, including beautiful artwork your kids created with their class. Don’t forget to add your after party ticket, a bottle of Adega NW wine to be delivered to your table, and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win an electric bike from Oregon E-Bikes! Only 100 total available! Our silent auction catalog will open on the website May 8th for you to kick off the bidding fun. 

     

    A big thank you to all that have donated and volunteered already. This is one of our biggest events and we appreciate all your support and contributions. If you are still looking for a way to lend a hand, please consider;

    • Bottles of wine ($25 or higher): bottles will be used for Wine Plinko at the auction, where proceeds will go back to our school! 

    • Tickets to sporting events or shows: does not need to be local! 

    • Your time: we still need lots of help on the day/night of the auction! 

    Make sure you are following us on  Instagram or  Facebook for all of the latest updates. Don’t forget a babysitter! Do you have an older child looking to babysit? Let people know on our Facebook group!  See you there!!!

     

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Gene

     

    Resources from our Social Worker, Alexis Scher

     

     

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  • Duniway Community Update - April 15, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 4/15/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Oregon Battle of the Books
    • Kindergarten Registration - Now Open!
    • Duniway All Stars
    • Sellwood Middle School PTA Board
    • Immunizations
    • Carnival
    • Duniway Auction
    • Volunteer Requirements
    • Duniway Yearbook
    • Breakfast 

    Important Dates

    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    I hope everyone is doing well. Here we are at the midpoint in April. We have approximately 40 days of school left before summer break. Our first year together after the Covid outbreak has been enjoyable and a learning experience for all of us. Thank you for your support, volunteering in the cafeteria and helping out whenever we need it. Everyone supporting and helping each other is what makes Duniway a fantastic school and community.

     

    Oregon Battle of the Books

    Congratulations to all of our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who participated in the Oregon Battle of the Books this year. Our winning team, the Galaxy Readers, will be representing Duniway in this weekend's regional OBOB competition. Congratulations and good luck to 3rd graders Amelia Hilburg, Stella Dytko, Alicia Perhac, and Esperanza Soszka-Murillo!

     

    Kindergarten Registration - Now Open!

    Do you have a child who will be coming to Kindergarten in the fall? Do you know someone with a Kindergartner? If so, please register for the 2022-2023 school year! Visit the website for more registration details and information. 

     

    Duniway All Stars

    Greetings Duniway Families,

    Below are the registration dates for Duniway All Stars Childcare before and after school program:

    4/18-Existing students confirm schedule

    4/20-Siblings and DAS Families

    4/25-Open Lottery

    Please email ryan@daschildcare.org to receive a registration form for the DAS lottery. Looking forward to the new school year!

    Ryan Neighbors (DAS Program Director)

     

    Sellwood Middle School PTA Board

    Do you have an incoming student at Sellwood Middle School?  Please consider joining the Sellwood PTA!  This is a great opportunity to be involved.  We work to raise money for electives, staff appreciation, and other programs the school needs.  We also organize community events to bring together families.  Email us if you would like to join or have any questions.  sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    We look forward to welcoming you into the Sellwood community.

     

    Immunizations

    Attached please find our outreach flier for School Immunizations at the Multnomah County Cleveland Student Health Center in advance of School Exclusion Day April 20.

    We are open to all Multnomah County youth ages 5 to 19 and there are no out-of-pocket costs. We serve families with or without insurance.

    Thanks so much for helping us get our kiddos up-to-date on their school immunizations. 

     

    Carnival - Save the Date!

    The Duniway Carnival is back! For those families who have not been to this carnival, you are in for a ton of fun! Outside the school on Friday, June 3rd from 5-8 pm we will have lots of games and entertainment including inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, tossing games, a magician, balloonist, and much more! There is something for PK-5. Tickets will go on sale closer to the event. Opportunities to volunteer will be coming soon. This community-building event is hosted by the Duniway PTA. Questions? Email shannon.nicole.dick@gmail.com

     

    Duniway Auction - Tickets Now on Sale!

    Tickets are on sale NOW for the 23rd annual Duniway Auction: Friday, May 13th at 6:30pm! This year the theme is Chalet Duniway. Think aprés ski; "the social activities and entertainment following a day's skiing." A big post ski party with all of your buddies in a lodge.  

    The best way to support the auction is to attend! Purchase your ticket(s) HERE. You’ll want to be there to bid on all of our amazing LIVE auction items, and to see the beautiful artwork your kids created with their class. Don’t forget to add your after party ticket, a bottle of Adega NW wine to be delivered to your table, and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win an electric bike from Oregon E-Bikes! Only 100 total available! Our silent auction catalog will open on the website May 8th for you to kick off the bidding fun. 

    There are still plenty of other ways you can help make this our best auction yet; please consider donating: 

    • Gift cards: support a local business with the purchase of a gift card, that can then be sold on the gift card wall at the auction – it’s a win win! 

    • Bottles of wine ($25 or higher): bottles will be used for Wine Plinko at the auction, where proceeds will go back to our school! 

    • A stay in a vacation home: this is a great way for grandparents to donate too! 

    • Tickets to sporting events or shows: does not need to be local! 

    • Your time: we still need lots of help on the day/night of the auction! 

    Make sure you are following us on  Instagram or  Facebook for all of the latest updates. 

    See you there!!! 

     

    Volunteer Requirements

    In order to volunteer at Duniway, you MUST have a CURRENT volunteer application and background check on file with PPS.   

    Here is the link To Become a Volunteer.

    If you are unsure of your volunteer status, please go to this link.  Click on the ORANGE Volunteer Online Application and Background Check bar listed in Step 3.  The personal information will take less than 1 minute to fill out. IF you are already active in the system, you will receive an immediate note letting you know that you are cleared to volunteer. If you are NOT currently active, it will direct you to continue the application process.

    This process of getting approved can take UP TO 4 WEEKS.  It is highly recommended that you get started ASAP if you would like to volunteer before the end of the school year. 

     

    Duniway Yearbook

    Just two weeks left to buy the yearbook! This year you have the option to create 2 free custom pages (and pay for more if you like) for your child in their book (I just made mine, and it was really fun and easy to add this to his book!)  Please see attached flyer for details! custom page flyer.pdf 

    You can order books here: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1016389809824123. Books are $16 this year. If you need assistance with this please reach out to the PTA, we can help make sure everyone can have this special memory for years to come! 

    Christina Gross, PTA board member 

    servetas.elaine@gmail.com

     

    Breakfast

    This year breakfast is free for all students. The students are required to take a full breakfast. Several students take the full breakfast, but only drink the juice. They throw away the main breakfast entree. We are experiencing a huge amount of waste at breakfast. If your child eats at home, talk to them about not wasting food and not having breakfast at Duniway. 

     

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your family time.  Spring should be back soon.

    Gene

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  • Duniway Community Update - April 7, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 4/7/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Staffing for 2022-23
    • Music Program Update
    • Yearbooks
    • Spring Photos
    • Connect to Kindergarten
    • Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications
    • Volunteering at Duniway
    • Health Concerns

    Important Dates

    • April 8: No school for students
    • April 14: Connect to Kindergarten Duniway Event
    • April 15: Duniway Spring Class Photos
    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    The days are getting warmer and the school year is rapidly coming to a close.  We will be eating outside as the days warm up.  The K-3 will start eating when the morning temperatures are above 55 the 4-5th graders have the option to eat outside now.  The students continue to work hard and looking forward to the end of the school year activities.

     

    Staffing for 2022-23 

    The search for a principal continues. The last time I asked I was told they are still in process and searching for a principal. As I get more information I will let you know.

    As you know we lost two teachers for next year. If the foundation raises enough money we will be able to retain one of the teachers. It does put the 2nd and 3rd grade classes in a situation where we will have to do a 2-3 blend. By doing a blend the class sizes will be around 26-27. We are in the process of planning this move and what that would look like. As soon as we know what scenario works best for the students I will let you know. As always if you have a question please email me at gbivens@pps.net.

     

    Music Program Update

    We're excited to welcome Michael Connelly to Duniway as our long-term music teacher while Lisa Adams is out on maternity leave this spring. His first day will be Monday, April 11th. Michael plays several different instruments and is excited to be working with our students at Duniway. Please give him a warm welcome and say hello if you see him around the school! 

     

    Yearbook!

    We are down to the last few weeks to purchase your yearbook! We have been getting some great pictures of all the kids and are excited to share them with everyone. The last day to purchase is 4/30! This is also the last day to finish the custom pages for your child's yearbook. Please note: you can purchase the book now and finish the custom pages later, just get them done by April 30th!

     

    Spring Photos at Duniway - April 15th

    Check backpacks! Order forms from Dorian are coming home this week. Dorian will be here to take class photos on Friday, April 15th.

    Families that wish to only order a class group photo will select option P. You can order using the paper form or by visiting mydorian.com.

    There is also the option to take new individual photos. Students must have a completed envelope or online order receipt to have an individual photo taken. 

    Dorian will only individually photograph those students that are ordering individual photos, so we ask that they bring their order form or place the order online at mydorian.com before 9 am on picture day. The online gallery will close on picture day at 9am and will not reopen until the images have been processed by Dorian.

    After that 10-12 day window parents will be able to late order class group photos or individual photos if their student was photographed. They will need their student’s unique access key and can get that by reaching out to our customer support team at 800-826-3535.

     

    Connect to Kindergarten

    Do you have a child who will be coming to Kindergarten in the fall? Do you know someone with a Kindergartner? If so, Parents/Guardians are invited to come to this evening event on April 14, 2022, from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria to learn more about the kindergarten program at Duniway! This event is intended for parents/guardians of prospective/enrolled kindergartners.

     

    Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications

    This year breakfast and lunch was free to all students.  Starting next year you will have to pay for lunch unless you qualify for free/reduced lunch.  Below is the information to help you determine if you should apply.  I suggest you apply now to avoid being charged for /breakfast or lunch next year.  You have 30 days at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year before they will start charging you. Apply now.

    Nutrition Services: Free/Reduced Price Meal Applications and Eligibility for Families

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers?  Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits.  While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition.  The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year.  The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options:

    • Directly certified through SNAP
    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons
    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464. Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

     

    Spring is here and there are lots of volunteer opportunities on the horizon!

    In order to volunteer at Duniway, you MUST have a CURRENT volunteer application and background check on file with PPS.   

    Here is the link To Become a Volunteer.

    If you are unsure of your volunteer status, please go to this link.  Click on the ORANGE Volunteer Online Application and Background Check bar listed in Step 3.  The personal information will take less than 1 minute to fill out.  IF you are already active in the system, you will receive an immediate note letting you know that you are cleared to volunteer.  If you are NOT currently active, it will direct you to continue the application process.

    This process of getting approved can take UP TO 4 WEEKS.  It is highly recommended that you get started ASAP if you would like to volunteer before the end of the school year. 

     

    Health Concerns

    I sent out a notification to families about students being sick to their stomachs and throwing up. Today we are still having kids reporting the same symptoms. On Friday we are not in school and the custodians will be cleaning the classrooms and wiping everything down. Let us know if your child becomes sick and throws up so we can stay on top of this.  

     

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your family time. 

    Gene

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  • Duniway Community Update - April 1, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 4/1/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Auction News
    • Connect to Kindergarten
    • Spring Photos

    Important Dates

    • April 8: No school for students (Teacher Planning Day)
    • April 14: Connect to Kindergarten Duniway Event
    • April 15: Duniway Spring Class Photos
    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Parade and Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

     

    Dear Duniway Community,

    First of all, we have to give Lisa Adams and Marjie Mildenberger a huge thank you for the wonderful music and art program on Thursday! We appreciate all of the parent volunteers who helped set up for this special event. It was so nice to see the community come together. We are looking forward to more events in the future. Lastly, we have about 9 weeks of school left. The students will be doing the state assessments, finishing up projects, and preparing to move to the next grade. We have lots to do and we will keep you posted on upcoming events.

     

    Auction News

    Tickets are on sale NOW for the 23rd annual Duniway Auction: Friday, May 13th at 6:30pm! This year the theme is Chalet Duniway. Think aprés ski; "the social activities and entertainment following a day's skiing." A big post ski party with all of your buddies in a lodge.

    The best way to support the auction is to attend! Purchase your ticket(s) HERE, before prices go up April 5th. You’ll want to be there to bid on all of our amazing LIVE auction items, and to see the beautiful artwork your kids created with their class. Don’t forget to add your after party ticket, a bottle of Adega NW wine to be delivered to your table, and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win an electric bike from Oregon E-Bikes! Only 100 total available! Our silent auction catalog will open on the website May 8th for you to kick off the bidding fun.

    There are still plenty of other ways you can help make this our best auction yet; please consider donating:

    • Gift cards: support a local business with the purchase of a gift card, that can then be sold on the gift card wall at the auction – it’s a win win!
    • Bottles of wine ($25 or higher): bottles will be used for Wine Plinko at the auction, where proceeds will go back to our school!
    • A stay in a vacation home: this is a great way for grandparents to donate too!
    • Tickets to sporting events or shows: does not need to be local!
    • Your time: we still need lots of help on the day/night of the auction!

     Make sure you are following us on Instagram or Facebook for all of the latest updates.

    See you there!!!

     

    Connect to Kindergarten

    Do you know someone who will be a kindergartner in the 2022-2023 school year? On April 14th, Parents/Guardians are invited to come to an evening event to learn more about the kindergarten program at Duniway! The Connect to Kindergarten Event will be held at Duniway from 6pm - 7pm in the cafeteria. This event is intended for parents/guardians of prospective/enrolled kindergartners.

     

    Spring Photos

    Dorian will be here on Friday,  April 15th to take Spring classroom photos. Paper order forms will go home with students next week, make sure to check backpacks! 

     

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your family time.

    Gene

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  • Spring Arts Showcase

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 3/30/2022

    Dear Families,

    We are looking forward to our Spring Arts Showcase tomorrow, Thursday, March 31st. Thanks to everyone for volunteering and helping out! 

    Music performances will be held on the blacktop area at the corner of SE Reed College Place and SE Rex Street. Each performance will last approximately 30 minutes. There will also be STEAM art on display in the cafeteria after each grade level performance. We hope that you’ll take a stroll through the displays and take a look at the fantastic work by our students. 

    Performance Schedule

    Kindergarten & First Graders

    K-1 is scheduled to perform from 2:15-2:45. After the performance, students will return to their classrooms to pick up their belongings. Parents are invited to view the art display in the cafeteria after the performance. Dismissal will take place as usual at 3:00 at the regular location. 

    • Music 2:15-2:45 pm
    • Art 2:45-3:15 pm

    Second & Third Graders

    2nd and 3rd graders are scheduled to perform from 3:15-3:45. Dismissal will take place as usual at 3:00 so that students can drop off their belongings with their parents or at their afterschool program. Students are to meet at the risers on the blacktop area as soon as possible. After the performance, students will be released to a responsible adult. Families are then invited to view the art display in the cafeteria.

    • Music 3:15-3:45 pm
    • Art 3:45-4:15 pm

    Fourth & Fifth Graders 

    4th and 5th graders are scheduled to perform from 4:15-4:45. Please have your students arrive by 4:00 and meet by the risers on the blacktop. After the performance, students will be released to a responsible adult. Families are then invited to view the art display in the cafeteria. 

    • Music 4:15-4:45 pm 
    • Art 4:45-5:15 pm

    Thank you so much for your support of music and the arts at Duniway!

    Sincerely, 

    Lisa Adams, Marjie Mildenberger, and Gene Bivens

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  • Duniway Community Update - March 11, 2022

    Posted by Melinda Leong on 3/11/2022
    • Important Dates 
    • Successful Schools Survey
    • Daylight Saving Time
    • Duniway Book Fair
    • Sellwood Middle School Info Nights
    • Duniway Auction News
    • Duniway Yearbook
    • Spring Arts Showcase

    Important Dates

    • March 11: Last Day to submit Successful Schools Survey 
    • March 13: Daylight Saving Time
    • March 14-18: Duniway Book Fair
    • March 16: Sellwood Information Night for Incoming 6th Graders
    • March 21-25: No school for students (schools closed for Spring Break)
    • March 31: Duniway Spring Music Performances
    • April 8: No school for students (teacher planning day)
    • April 14: Connect to Kindergarten Duniway Event
    • April 15: Duniway Spring Class Photos
    • May 10: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • May 13: Duniway Auction
    • May 20: Duniway Fund Run
    • June 3: Duniway Carnival
    • June 7: Duniway PTA Meeting
    • June 10: Last Day of School for Students

    Dear Duniway Community,

    Masks are optional as of Monday, Mar 14, 2022. Please have a conversation with your child regarding wearing or not wearing a mask. The staff will discuss with the students that masks are optional. We must treat everyone respectfully no matter what choice they make. We are still implementing safety protocols for Covid - such as limited time in the restrooms, hand washing and distancing whenever possible. We have had two Covid cases in the last 3 weeks and we hope this trend continues after Spring Break.

     

    Successful Schools Survey - Last Day - March 11!

    Thank you to the 178 families who have already completed the Success Schools Survey! If you haven’t already done so, take the survey today! Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school.

     

    Daylight Saving Time

    Spring ahead! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 a.m. Remember to move your clocks ahead by one hour.

     

    Duniway Book Fair

    Come stock up on all your Spring Break literacy needs and support the PTA! The book fair helps raise funds to support new reading material in our school library and classrooms.  Plus what childhood is complete without a few book fair memories.  

    The Spring Book Fair will run after school Monday March 14th through Friday March 18th.

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3PM-6PM

    Tuesday, Thursday 3PM-4:30PM

    While PPS has lifted the mask mandate inside buildings effective 3/14/22, please continue to practice social distancing while inside and listen to volunteers capacity restrictions.

    • Can’t make it during the open hours? Please reach out to your child’s teacher and we can figure out a solution.   
    • Can’t find what you wanted? Check out the online book fair and still support the PTA with your purchase; plus free shipping and delivery TO SCHOOL (what kid doesn’t LOVE a surprise package during the school day?).  
    • No cash, and your Kindergartner doesn’t have a credit card? Check out another option with eWallet (funds put on here are treated like a gift card, if they aren’t spent they can be applied to online orders or the next book fair).  

    And lastly don’t forget to sign up to volunteer under “Sign Ups” if you are able (volunteers must have a current background check with PPS). Thank you! Kayla

     

    Sellwood Middle School Virtual Information Event

    Families of Duniway 5th graders are invited to attend a virtual information event to learn about Sellwood Middle School, their programs, and meet the administrative team. Please see the flyer for more details. If you are unable to attend during Duniway’s time, feel free to join another date.

     

    Yearbook

    Yearbook sales are going on now! Yearbooks are such a fun way to capture the year and hold on to memories. Who doesn't love looking back at these now and seeing those toothless smiles and young faces! This year we are using Tree Ring, which offers a great feature to create custom pages in your child's yearbook for free! You can choose to create 2 pages of your own photos and memories to make the yearbook just a little more personalized! Please see attached flyer for details! You can order books here: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1016389809824123. Books are 16$ this year. If you need assistance with this please reach out to the PTA, we can help make sure everyone can have this special memory for years to come! 

    Christina Gross, PTA board member 

    servetas.elaine@gmail.com

     

    Auction News

    Don’t forget to mark your calendars (and secure a sitter!) for the 23rd annual Duniway Auction: Friday, May 13th at 6:30pm! Make sure you are following us on Instagram or Facebook for all of the latest updates. There are still plenty of ways you can help make this our best auction yet; please consider donating:

    • Gift cards: support a local business with the purchase of a gift card, that can then be sold on the gift card wall at the auction – it’s a win win!
    • Bottles of wine ($25 or higher): bottles will be used for our wine wall game at the auction, where proceeds will go back to our school!
    • A stay in a vacation home: this is a great way for grandparents to donate too!
    • Tickets to sporting events or shows: does not need to be local!
    • Your time: we still need lots of help on the day/night of the auction!

    The best way to help? Attend the auction! Tickets go on sale in ONE WEEK on our website: www.duniwayelementary.com/auction. You won’t want to miss it.

     

    Spring Arts Showcase

    Dear Duniway Families, 

    I’m excited to announce our first Spring Arts Showcase for all grade levels on Thursday, March 31st! It’s been more than two years since we’ve gathered for live performances of any kind as a school community. I know that our students are excited to have the opportunity to share our learning with you later this month - myself included!

    Music performances will be held on the blacktop area at the corner of SE Reed College Place and SE Rex Street. Each performance will last approximately 30 minutes. We’ll have risers and tents (if needed) set-up for performers. The show will go on no matter the weather, so please ensure that your child is dressed for it. Attendees are encouraged to bring portable seating to view the concert. Masks are not required outdoors as long as distancing is maintained between household groups.

    There will also be STEAM art on display in the cafeteria after each grade level performance. Marjie Mildenberger is curating a beautiful collection of student art pieces for the show. We hope that you’ll take a stroll through the displays and take a look at the fantastic work by our students. 

    Performance schedule:

    Kinders & First Graders - 2:15-2:45pm — Art 2:45-3:15pm

    Second & Third Graders - 3:15-3:45pm — Art 3:45-4:15pm

    Fourth & Fifth Graders - 4:15-4:45pm — Art 4:45-5:15pm

    While I understand that some conflicts will arise for this event, I would appreciate your efforts in having your child present for their grade level concert. Please let me know if you have individual concerns or unavoidable conflicts. I’m hoping for very strong attendance and participation at this event. 

    Thank you so much for your support of music and the arts at Duniway!

    Sincerely, 

    Lisa Adams, Duniway Music, ladams1@pps.net

     

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Gene

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