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:
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March 20, 2020
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.
Dear PPS Families,
We hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy summer break. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the re-entry survey we recently sent to you. While there are still numerous details to finalize, we wanted to update you on where we are with our efforts to ensure healthy beginnings for the 2020-21 school year.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to make sure you are aware of a change in meal distribution. For this week only, sacks of breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Wednesday instead of the usual Monday through Thursday. Sacks of breakfast and lunch will be distributed outside 14 of our schools, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dear PPS Community,
We wanted to remind you about opportunities to provide feedback on the 2020 School Bond Renewal, including one that is now open. The 2020 School Bond Renewal Survey is now available. The survey, which will allow you to share your input on priorities and approaches to funding, will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3: