Below you will find a list of links to some of the important information you need at the beginning of the year as well as tips on how to remain informed with all that is going on at Duniway throughout the year!
Direct Links to Helpful Resources
With more than 400 students, 250 families, and 45 staff members, there is a lot going on at Duniway. To keep track of it all and stay connected, we suggest you:
Welcome to Duniway Elementary! If you are intending to enroll for 2021-22 school year please read the following carefully.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Use your child’s birthdate such as March 8, the password would be 0308.
Should you need help with your students username and password:
Students who have already reset their password but have forgotten their password, may find the Password Manager helpful.
Message of encouragement:
** 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
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
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.
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:
Another site to check out is: https://pdxafterschool.com
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
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.
Back to School
Picnic and Duniway 90th Birthday Celebration!
● Where: Duniway Elementary
School (Field & Blacktop)
● When: Monday, August 28th 4pm-6pm
● What: Welcome Picnic and Duniway 90th Birthday Celebration!
▪ Bring your own picnic dinner
▪ Meet and mingle with your new classmates
Duniway’s Birthday 5pm-6pm
▪ Celebration, group photo & birthday cake
RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/QjfPjOohlcnwK0Vm2
(not obligatory but would be appreciated!)
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.
The Duniway Staff
Oct. 5, 2021
Dear Duniway Families,
We have been in school for over a month. The students and staff are finally settling into a routine. A sense of normal seems to be returning to our school. The students have been doing a fantastic job of following the safety protocols. Everyone is wearing a mask and I think the students are enjoying eating outside.
I want to thank all of the parents who have been helping us at lunch. It has helped tremendously. If you would like to volunteer sign up on Konstella. Make sure you have your background check and you are vaccinated.
Remember to check the weekly newsletter for events and happenings at school. As always, if you have questions or concerns feel free to email me at email@example.com.
PPS wants to hear from you to weigh the impacts of requiring all students 12 years and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We heard that Saturday is a better day for Spanish-speaking families to attend this session. This session will be conducted via Zoom.
The state of Oregon’s requirement that all school employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 will have a minimal impact in Portland Public Schools classrooms and campuses. As of the state deadline of Monday, October 18, more than 96% of the district’s employees were fully vaccinated.
Dear PPS Families,
As the PPS Board of Education considers a requirement that students (ages 12 and older) be vaccinated against COVID-19, we are providing you a quick summary on the timeline for a possible decision:
The PPS Board of Education, at its meeting on Tuesday, October 26, will consider making Friday, November 12 into a professional development day for teachers, with no classes for students. Because November 11 is a federal holiday, Veterans Day, students would have a four-day weekend.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Board Facilities and Operations Committee Meeting
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Picture Day
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Board Charter Schools and Alternative Programs Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Board Intergovernmental Committee Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Board Facilities and Operations Committee Meeting