Please bring all paperwork to the office as soon as possible (if you have not already), by May 1st so we may register your child and prepare for the fall. The office is open every school day and some non-school days from 7:30am-4pm.
Start date for Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:45am. Here is the approved PPS school calendar for 2019-2020. Take time to review it as it is important to plan vacations around school days.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help with anything.
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:
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:
Keep your student home:
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.
From Principal Matt Goldstein
I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm, summer-like weather we have been having this week. As September winds down, and October approaches, our work here continues. At this point in the year, teachers are beginning to wrap up initial assessments on each student, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math. This data helps teachers structure their lessons, scaffold and differentiate their instruction, and help each student work towards individual growth.
Beginning this year, across PPS, 3rd - 5th grade teachers will be utilizing a new assessment tool in math called the MAP Growth. The assessment will be given during three “windows” throughout the year and will help give staff a better picture of student progress throughout the year. As a part of this plan, our 3rd-5th grade teachers will also be participating in the piloting of the MAP assessment in literacy. Please note that these assessments are replacing different tools(s) that have been used in previous years and are not being added on-top of other tests.
I wanted to pass on a couple updates to our staffing. Diane Newton-Prior, our Library Assistant has accepted a new position at Glencoe Elementary. Diane tells me that she will greatly miss the students, staff, and families at Duniway, but looks forward to returning to Glencoe and reconnecting with the community. With Diane’s departure, Media Specialist Heather Boyd’s FTE has increased to near full-time. She will be assuming the full responsibilities for our library. All students will have two visits to the library during the week – one focusing on checking out books and the other focusing on media, research skills, and technology. We have almost completed assembling a great group of Educational Assistants. Sarah Lewis will be working with Kindergarten; a soon-to-be hired person will support 1st and 2nd grade; and Christy Suib and Karen Blecha will be supporting students in 3rd – 5th Grade. Finally, Sangyoon Oh will be supporting two students with special medical needs. In addition, she will be supporting students in 4th and 5th grade.
This past Tuesday, we had our first Lockdown drill of the year. A Lockdown is triggered in the event that there is an immediate and serious threat in the building or very near the school. As I have discussed before, our staff takes these drills, and the safety of all our students, incredibly seriously. We also provide the appropriate developmental “balance” when we practice and talk about lockdowns. We want our students and staff to be prepared, but we also want to ensure students that they are safe and cared for at school. If you have any questions about safety at Duniway please feel to connect with me. You should have received an email recently from PPS describing security upgrades (video/buzzer entry systems and PA speakers in hallways, gym, cafeteria for example) that will be occurring at all PPS Schools over the next year. I will keep you posted when I have information about when we might see these changes at Duniway.
On October 9th, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM the Duniway PTA and the Duniway School Climate team will be welcoming Drew Laurence and Sidney Morgan. Drew and Sidney both have extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of school climate, restorative practices, and social-emotional learning. Drew is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) who serves a number of schools in the Cleveland Cluster, including Duniway. Sidney provides Restorative Practices trainings throughout PPS and worked with the Duniway staff last spring. They both are incredible teachers and great resources. I hope you are able to attend and hear more about their work and the work going on at Duniway.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
This week, we announced to our families and staff that all schools in Portland Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 8. To recover the lost instructional hours, we have decided to use our last designated makeup day as the final day of school, on Wednesday, June 12.
Two teams from Portland Public Schools won state championships at the Oregon Battle of the Books at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on April 6. James John Elementary School’s team won the title for grades 3-5, and West Sylvan Middle School’s squad prevailed in the 6-8 division.
6:00 PM Special Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Walk & Bike to School
6:00 PM Board Work Session
9:00 AM Sellwood Middle 5K
6:00 PM Board Work Session
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Meeting
8:00 AM Fund Run
6:00 PM Board Work Session
7:00 PM Foundation Meeting
6:00 PM Spring Showcase
6:30 PM 4th grade concert
7:00 PM 5th grade concert