• Coronavirus update: In-person classes canceled for rest of 2019 school year

    On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered that all in-person classes are canceled for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
    PPS will continue to teach with our home-based distance learning program, PPS-HD. More information and updates

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  • Resources

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community ages 1-18. Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations. These are the three closest to our area. The full list is here

    Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd 

    Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave

    Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

    For more information about access to food for families, please call 211 or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.

    ** 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


     Here are some free learning resources for all students: 

    Art with Mo Willems https://youtu.be/RmzjCPQv3y8

    Remember to go to the Duniway library website for access to read-alouds and research websites. Students can use google classroom to access their technology accounts for activities too. https://www.pps.net/Page/10509 

    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 

  • New student coming to Duniway?

    Use this like to know exactly how to enroll at Duniway. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the community. Please let us know if you have any questions. 503-916-6343 or serickson@pps.net 
  • Sick? Appointment? Vacation?


    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.


  • 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,


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