• Duniway Community Update 10/15

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 10/15/2021

    Dear Families,                                                                   

    The fall weather has certainly settled in this week.  The leaves are falling and the temperature.  We will continue to eat outside as long as it is not too cold, windy, or wet. When we have to eat inside we believe we have a great plan for keeping the students safe. Let me know if you would like more information.

    Nutrition Services Update:

    Nutrition Services is planning on reducing the number of choices the students have at lunch.  This is due to problems staffing the kitchens. The menu will be reduced, the student will have fewer choices, but it will move the line with students having more time to eat instead of feeling rushed.  Check the nutrition services website for more information. Nutrition Services / Department Main Page - Portland Public Schools

    Covid Screening Test:

    Duniway will begin the Covid Screening test next week, October 20-21st.  Watch for your Covid kits and instructions to be sent home with your student on Wednesday, October 20th.  A reminder will be sent out via email.

    We were supposed to start this week but had a delay in receiving the necessary information and items.

    Computers:

    On October 21st each 3-5th grade student will be receiving a new Chromebook. If your students have a PPS device make sure they return it on the 21st in order to get a new one.  Many teachers will have the students keep the Chromebooks at school for in-class use.   If you have any questions about this let me know.

    Duniway Cleanup:

    On Saturday, October 23rd, there is a Duniway cleanup happening from 10-12.  Come and help clean up the area around the school.

    Spirit Week:

    Duniway Spirit Week is coming the week of October 25-29th. Please check the Konstella calendar for the theme for each day. 

    2021-2022 OBOB Kickoff Meeting

    If you are interested in learning more about OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) we will have our first informational parent meeting on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.

    Meeting code: 647 496 0919

    Password: 39Mv0R (this is a zero, not an O)

    This meeting is intended to answer any questions parents may have regarding the program, format, timeline, COVID protocols this year, etc.  New and returning families are all welcome to join.

    Looking forward to another successful OBOB year.  As always feel free to contact me directly if you have questions.  Meryl Riddle at merylrf@yahoo.com

    Carpooling:

    If you are one of our bus families and would like to connect with other families for carpooling opportunities, please join the Carpooling Families group on Konstella here

    Bottle Return Fundraiser

    The blue bag program is up and running and our account is growing!  Thank you to all who have participated so far.  Good news!!!  Did you know that there is a bottle drop site at Safeway in Woodstock?!  That's right!!!  Now dropping off your blue bags is even closer and easier.  It's just around the north side of the building.  

    For those who aren't familiar, the blue bag program is a program where you save your deposit cans and bottles (in the provided blue bags) and then drop them at any Bottle Drop station.  All of the money goes to the Duniway PTA.  Pick up your bag(s) from Lynn in the office and don't hesitate to pick up a few for family and friends who you think might be willing to participate.  Feel free to reach out to Rachel Sdrulla at bullenrachel@hotmail.com or through Konstella for any questions or if you need a blue bag delivery. 

     

    I want to thank everyone for their support as we continue to navigate through the school year.  Have a great weekend.

    Gene

     

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  • Duniway Community Update 10/7

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 10/7/2021

    Dear Families 

    We had another great week at Duniway.  The students and staff are settling into a routine and everything is starting to feel normal.  At least as much as it can be while we continue to deal with the pandemic.

     

    NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY OCT. 8, 2021

     

    OHSU Covid Screening Test

    Our anticipated start date for the Covid Screening process is Oct. 14, 2021. Thursday is the day OHSU courier will come and pick up the tests.  The test will be sent out on Wednesday and returned to us at the start of school on Thursday.  When we get the tests we will notify you that we are sending them home.  It is not too late to sign up for this service.

    Quarantine Information and learning

    Use the link below for information regarding quarantine learning for your child.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/14hvwmhuFbIVrCDiEUe_K42_2kwjsV5pqIJgrY70YDnA/edit?usp=sharing

     

    TAG Testing:  

    Tag testing will start next week.  They will be testing the students that were nominated last year.  They weren’t tested because of Covid.  The 2nd-grade students will be tested at a later date.

     

    TAG Parent Night

    Have questions about Duniway’s Talented and Gifted program? Please, join us for virtual TAG Parent Night. We will go over what testing will look like this year as well as how to nominate your child for TAG.

    When: 10/14/2021 at 6:00PM

    Where: 

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/qkv-hzys-qkw

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪852 942 422 1316‬#

    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/qkv-hzys-qkw?pin=8529424221316

     

    I hope everyone has a great 3 day weekend.  Have some fun and get some rest so we can have another great week of school.  I know I am looking forward to playing some golf and checking my fantasy football score.  Take care and be safe.

    Warmly

    Gene

     

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  • Duniway Update 10/1

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 10/1/2021

    Dear Families,                                                                                         

    Fall is here and the weather is starting to change.  Our windows in the classroom will remain open for the majority of the year.  Make sure your child wears appropriate clothing as it may get cold in their room.  The teacher will determine how many windows are open as it gets colder.

    I wanted to share with you some fantastic news. The new math adoption that is being implemented this year had a poster with different hand signals on it.  One hand signal looked like someone was pointing a gun.  Mrs. Vogel’s class noticed this and stated that it made them feel uncomfortable.  The class took action.  They notified the district and the company.  Below is the response from the company which produces the math curriculum.

    Dear Ms. Vogel’s Grade 3 Students,

    Thank you for letting us know about the hand signal on our math poster and how it made you feel. We appreciate that you brought your concerns to us.

    We looked at the poster again from your perspective and here’s what we did:

    1. We immediately took down all website links to the poster.
    2. We asked our warehouse to destroy all printed versions of the poster.
    3. We are going to redesign the poster. (We like your suggestion of two-fingers for “I have another idea.”)

    Our actions are the direct result of your thoughtful, honest, and kind feedback. We hope you will keep sharing when things make you uncomfortable and make your voices heard.

    All the best,

    Your friends at Curriculum Associates

    That is so cool and congratulations to Mrs. Vogel’s class for making their voices heard.

     

    Lunch:

    If you plan on picking your child up for lunch during rainy days, please do it before their recess starts.  We do not have the staff to locate and supervise students to the office once they are outside. Below are the recess/lunch times for your child: 

    K       Recess:         10:45-11:05      Lunch:      11:05-11:25     pickup at   10:40

    1st     Recess:        11:05-11:25      Lunch:      11:25-11:45     pickup at   11:00

    2nd    Recess:        11:25-11:45      Lunch:      11:45-12:05     pickup at   11:20

    3rd     Recess:        11:45-12:05      Lunch:     12:05-12:25     pickup at   11:40

    4th     Recess:         12:05-12:25      Lunch:     12:25-12:45     pickup at   12:00

    5th     Recess:         12:25-12:45      Lunch:     12:45-1:05       pickup at   12:20

    Return your child to school at the end time.  Do not drop them off early as we do not have space in the office for them to wait. 

     

    TAG Parent Night

    Have questions about Duniway’s Talented and Gifted program? Please, join us for virtual TAG Parent Night. We will go over what testing will look like this year as well as how to nominate your child for TAG.

    When: 10/14/2021 at 6:00PM

    Where: 

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/qkv-hzys-qkw

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪852 942 422 1316#

    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/qkv-hzys-qkw?pin=8529424221316

     

    2021-2022 OBOB! 

    Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students- The 2021-2022 Oregon Battle of the Books season is here!  

    If you have never participated in OBOB, welcome! It is a super fun, state-wide reading program where teams of 4 compete by answering questions about the books on the reading list. Please visit the official OBOB website for an overview of the program. https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/

    The official book list for grades 3-5 have been selected and shared on the OBOB website. See lists here: https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2021-2022-obob-title-lists/

    We will have a school-wide informational meeting later in October. Until then, begin reading some of these amazing books and think about forming a team with your friends and classmates. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions: merylrf@yahoo.com


    A welcome letter from the Duniway PTA & Foundation went home today. Please check your child’s backpack. There is still time to join the PTA and get involved by volunteering for PTA and foundation events.

     

    Youth Wrestling:

    The Cleveland Warriors Mat Club will be holding a parent info night/sign-up on October 11th, at 7:00 - Cleveland High School cafeteria, enter through the front doors.  For more information email southeastwarriorwrestling@gmail.com

     

    Once again thank you to the parent volunteers who have been helping us at lunch.  With your help, we are able to provide assistance serving the meals, supervision, and keeping the students 4-6 feet apart.  Thank you for your time and for helping.

    Enjoy the weekend and the nice weather.  If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Warmly,

    Gene Bivens

    Duniway Principal

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  • Duniway Update 9/24/21

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 9/24/2021

    Dear Families,

    Things are starting to settle down and we are finally settling into a routine.  At least as much as we can.  The students are doing great work and the staff is doing an amazing job with all their students.

    I want to thank everyone who attended the Back-to-School Night on Tuesday. It was a huge success and we hope you received information regarding the class and the schedule.  Parent-teacher conferences will happen in November.  The teachers will be sending out information and where to sign up later next month.

    Buses:  This week we had bus  #304 canceled on Thursday and Friday.  Hopefully, this will be resolved by next week.  We spoke with our Transportation Department and learned “ right now we are in a nation-wide driver shortage from long-hauler truckers to pizza delivery.  Bus drivers have been especially hard hit.  PPS currently has just enough drivers to cover routes (with staff driving), but no extra coverage.  Our standard is to have an extra 10% of drivers.  Without that buffer, if any driver calls in sick we simply do not have a driver available to cover that route”

    We started our seating chart on the afternoon buses this weekl.  In the morning we are taking pictures of the kids to show where they are located.  This will assist us if and when we have another Covid case.

    Volunteers:  Thanks to all of you who have volunteered at lunch.  Your help has proven to be invaluable.  Lunch runs smoother and it is nice to have the help.  Thank you so much.  It is very appreciated.

    Free Weekly Covid Screening Program:  Don’t forget to check your child’s backpack for information and forms to sign up for the Covid screening test program.  Return the forms to us as soon as possible.  Remember there are two forms and both must be returned.  Information has gone out to you through school messenger.  Remember to CHECK THE BACKPACKS for the forms.

    Our counselor, Ms. Jessy has been welcoming our new students to Duniway by holding a New Student Lemonade.  This is a time for brand new Duniway students 1st grade through 5th grade to ask questions and learn more about Duniway.  She does an amazing job and the students love attending. If you missed connecting with Ms. Jessy at Back To School Night, you can learn more about Duniway’s Counseling and Social Work Program here; https://sites.google.com/pps.net/duniway-counseling-social-work/home

    I want to thank everyone for being supportive and understanding as we work through the Covid cases and protocols.  We are working hard to keep everyone safe.  We will notify you as soon as we can about the Covid cases at school.

    As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

    Warmly,

    Gene Bivens

    Duniway Principal

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  • Duniway Update 9/17

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 9/17/2021

    Dear Families, 

    We made it through our first full week of school.  Things seem to be settling down and we are starting to get into a routine.  I appreciate your patience and support as we navigated our way through the covid cases. I know we could have done a better job with the communication piece and hopefully we have it figured out if it happens again. 

    It was a pleasure to talk to everyone at the PTA meeting on Tuesday.  I hope I answered your questions.  Remember if you have questions or concerns, please reach out.

    I want to thank all of our educational assistants K-Sarah Lewis, 1-Jen Bamer, 2-Cathy Hilburg, 3-Susan Ledgerwood, 4-Christy Suib and 5-Jessica Dumas for doing an amazing job.  They are here to support our students in every facet of the school day.  We couldn’t do it without them. Thank you so much.

    Bus

    Today, Friday, September 17th we are starting to locate where students are sitting on the bus.  We will get on the bus to take attendance, then starting from the back and working forward, the seats will be numbered.  As we check your student’s name off we will put the seat number next to their name. This will tell us their location and seatmate.  If a covid case happens again we will know who might have been exposed.

    Volunteers

    I also want to thank the lunch volunteers who helped us out on Thursday and Friday.  It was really helpful and things went smoothly.  If you want to volunteer, please sign up on Konstella.

     

    OHSU COVID-19 Screening Testing

    Many of you have asked about the weekly screening test.  Starting on September 20, we will be sending out an opt in form.  Fill this out and return it to us as soon as possible. We will then send it to OHSU. Once OHSU receives student data and signed forms, they will create a patient record and generate labels for the testing samples. This process will take up to 10 days. OHSU will deliver testing supplies to schools for distribution once this is complete.   More information will be provided as we receive it.

     

    Back-to-School Night

    Join us Tuesday, September 21st.  The teachers will send you a link to access their classrooms.  More information will be sent out on Monday.  The PTA  and The Foundation will be giving a brief update on membership and involvement.

     

    Assessments

    DIBELS assessments begin on September 20-October 15.  

     

    School Pictures

    We are in the process of setting up fall pictures.  When we have more information we will send it to you.

     

    A note from our Foundation: Auction Kick-Off Party

    Looking for a way to get involved at Duniway? Join us September 27th to find out about opportunities to help with this year’s fundraising auction. This is Duniway’s biggest fundraiser and there are plenty of ways to help out, both big and small. Stop by for a glass of wine and see what it’s all about. See you there!

    When: Monday September 27, 7-8:30 pm

    Where: Ferguson’s Backyard: 3520 SE Crystal Springs Blvd.

    Hosted by: Gina Benzien & Mallory Ferguson

    Please contact auction@duniwayfoundation.org if you have any questions!

     

    Enjoy the rainy weather this weekend.  We look forward to next week and remember every day is a chance to learn.

    Warmly,

    Gene Bivens

    Duniway Principal

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  • Duniway Update

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 9/10/2021

    Dear Families,

    We are finishing another week of school that has taught us many things.  First and foremost we had two students test positive for Covid-19.  The exposure happened on the bus. We then had to double-check our bus riders to see what students may have been exposed while riding the bus.  After that, we had to follow district guidelines and I had to wait until I met with MESD/district people before we could get the message out. I realize the message was confusing and families had to wait to hear if their student was quarantined.  We learned a lot about the process and how to better communicate with families moving forward.

    There have been a lot of questions and emails regarding the exposure and quarantines.  I will try to answer each one.  I appreciate your patience in working through these first Covid cases.

    We had a great week with the students in school.  The teachers have been working hard and have created packets for the students in quarantine.  Contact your child’s teachers for more information on where to pick up the packets.  

    A message a from a staff member:

    Hello Families

    Thank you Mr. Bivens for giving space for these words and supporting teachers this week. Thank you, Adrienne, our fantastic SHA for working so hard to keep us healthy and safe. THANK YOU to my beautiful Duniway colleagues for always putting student education and well-being first. My words don't speak for the whole staff but are to share a bit of insight into our work behind the scenes this very chaotic week. 

    As many of you know or have heard, many families have been affected by the sudden and very early quarantine this school year. As teachers, we were told that students in quarantine would participate in the district's Online Learning Program. This would mean logging into Chromebooks to access all of the apps we used last year. Unfortunately, the rollover from Clever to MyPPS was not completed by the start of the school year for elementary students, leaving us without new laptops, new login information, and no access to current class lists in the apps. 

    In my role as the union rep, Mr. Bivens and I worked hard to sort through all of the policies to figure out what teachers were required to do vs what we needed to do to support our students in quarantine with no access to school. Unanimously, the impacted grade level teams chose to spend our Friday morning prep time pulling materials together for those students at home for the next week despite our cloud printing system being down the last 2 days. 

    In the coming days, the newest Letter of Agreement between the teacher's union and PPS will finish the ratification process. As teachers, we are hopeful the agreement will lay out a clear and consistent process for students to continue learning if quarantined for a period of time. Until then, your Duniway teachers continue to work exceptionally hard each and every day giving our Portland students the education they deserve.   

    Thank you, 

    Kim Stockstad

    2nd Grade teacher

     

    Blue Bags: The Bottle Drop Program is a very simple yet effective fundraiser for Duniway!  Bags are available in the office - here are some details about the program Bottle drop form (3).docx 

    We have mats!:  Finally, our mats have arrived!  The students will no longer have to sit on the ground during lunch.  I know I am excited about the mats and lets hope the students will be too.

    Have a great week and together we will make this year a great one.

    Warmly,

    Gene Bivens

    Duniway Principal

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  • Duniway Community Updates

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 8/27/2021

    Dear Families,

    The staff and I met for the first time on August 26.  It was fantastic meeting everyone and getting to know them.

    We are excited about the coming school year and  we have created school wide expectations for our common areas.  These expectations will be shared and taught to our students. The expectations are designed to ensure a smooth transition and to keep the students safe.

    As school begins we want to touch on some items we believe are important to ensure the safety of everyone.

    Back to School Picnic:  The Back to School picnic is scheduled for Monday, August 30th from 4-6. Due to Covid concerns many of our staff will not be able to attend.  Other staff members will be there to greet students and talk to families from 4-4:30.

    Masks:  Masks are required for all students, staff and visitors.  The mask rule will be strictly enforced.  If a child refuses to wear a mask, they will be removed from class.  We will have a conversation about why it is important to wear a mask and go over the guidelines.  If the student can comply they will be returned to their class.  If they refuse, parents will be contacted to pick their child up.  If they continually  refuse to wear a mask the student will be removed from school and placed in CDL.

    Lunch:  As you know lunch will be eaten outside for the next 6 weeks, weather permitting.  If it rains we will be inside and implement our cafeteria plan.  Our plan is to eat on the north side of the building on the blacktop.  We have purchased 100 24x24 foam mats for the students to sit on while eating.  They will be placed on the blacktop 6 ft apart during our lunch times.

    Late to School:  School starts at 8:45.  If your child arrives at 8:50 or later they are considered tardy.  Please bring them to the front entrance to be checked in and sent to class.  Do not knock on the teacher’s outside door for entry.

    Non-instructional items:  All non instructional items should be left at home.  This includes toys, handheld video game devices, and any other items that would interfere with instruction.  

    Phones:  All phones should be turned off and left in the students’ backpack. If the phone is out or disrupts class, it will be confiscated and given back at the end of the day.  If you need to contact  your child, please call the office.

    Buses:  We have two buses which serve Duniway. Bus 124 is now bus 213 in the morning and bus 024 in the afternoon. Our other bus is number 304. Let us know if you have questions about the buses.

    Dogs:  Just a reminder that dogs are not allowed on property during the school day.  It would be helpful if dogs stayed at home during drop off and pick up to avoid any incidences.

    On behalf of our entire staff, we are looking forward to a wonderful, semi-normal school year. If you have questions or concerns we will do our best to respond.  Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing the students on September 1st.

    Regards

    Gene Bivens

    Principal

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  • Duniway Community Update

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 6/11/2021

    June 11, 2021

    Dear Families,

    I think it is safe to say that the 2020-2021 School Year was unlike anything we (as adults and as students ourselves) have ever experienced before or have ever really taken a moment to even imagine.  I want to send a big congratulations to our 5th graders who are moving on to great things.  We thank them for their dedication and their contributions to the Duniway community.  We wish them the very best in the coming years.  I also want to thank those Duniway families who are moving on.  Without the support of parents, guardians, relatives, and other caring adults the Duniway community would not be what it is today.

    It always feels that summer arrives at just the right time and this year is no exception.  In some ways there seems to be a long list of things to do this summer and yet, there also is a sense of exhaustion and need for rest and recovery.  For me, I will try to get myself walking again, read some good books, and spend time with family and friends.  I hope each of you finds space for a wide and varied summer -  quality time with your child and family, curling up with a good bookexploring our great state, and just plain time to relax and refresh!

    From Music Teacher Lisa Adams:  Thank you to the 60 + Duniway students who contributed to the End of Year Music Share! Amazing work, Duniway Dragons! Feel free to leave notes of encouragement for our students by following these directions:
    -Go to: https://flipgrid.com/9cbaddaa;  Click on 'Enter your guest password; Type in (case sensitive): Duniwaydragons
    Questions? Contact Lisa Adams 

     From School Social Worker Alexis Scher:  Here are several collections of resources for over the summer:  Student and Family ResourcesSummer Activities for Kids of All AgesFree and Low Cost Summer Activities for Kids and Families

    New Meal Distribution Sites for Summer:  From June 21 through August 20, grab-and-go meal sacks, with breakfast and lunch, will be available between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 15 PPS sites for all children in the community ages 1-18 (this includes PPS students as well as children not enrolled at PPS). The closest location is Grout Elementary (3119 SE Holgate Blvd.) Here is the list of all distribution sites.  Please note that meals will not be distributed on Monday, July 5, as the district will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

    Access on Online Tools:  Students will have access to most PPS Digital Toolkit applications during the summer. Students who enroll in summer school may notice changes in some applications once summer school begins. Most PPS Digital Toolkit applications will remain active until the end of July. Applications may be temporarily unavailable at the beginning of August as PPS shifts to the 2021-2022 school year.

     Looking Ahead to the 2021-2022 School Year...Dates/Information to Remember

    Start/End time will be returning to our “normal” schedule.  8:45 AM - 3:00 PM and a regular 5 day/week is being planned. Back to School Letters, including teacher assignment, will be emailed to families during the week of August 17th.

    • August 30th:  Welcome Back Gathering; 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • September 1st:  First day of school for 2nd - 5th Graders

    • September 1st/2nd:  1st Grade Ramp Up (First full day for whole class, 9/3)

    • September 1st - 7th: Kindergarten Ramp Up (First full day for whole class, 9/8)

    • September 22nd:  Back to School Night; 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    On behalf of our entire staff, we wish everyone a restful, rejuvenating, and hopefully back-to-normal summer break.  We too look forward to taking time away from work this summer, but please know we will do our best to respond to questions or issues that come up over the summer. Your best bet is to email MattSarah, or Lynn as the school will be closed for roof construction.

    Be well, stay healthy and safe, and get out there and enjoy!

    Regards,

    Matt

     

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  • Duniway Community Update

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 6/4/2021

    June 4, 2021

    Dear Families,

    Happy June!  I hope you made it through our first heat wave of the season.  With the help of a knee scooter, I have been able to visit classrooms just a bit this week and take a look at how our students are beginning to wrap up the year.  I have also received many sweet get well notes from students.  A favorite suggests I perhaps give up tennis…

    Next week is the final week of school.  A few reminders and announcements:

    • 5th Grade “Honk-Out” is on Wednesday, 6/9, beginning at 2:00 PM.  Join us in the Reed College Place Median.

    • Please return any library books that you may have laying around your home.  Send them with your child or bring them by school.

    • If you will not be returning to Duniway and have not already communicated this information with us, please email Sarah or Lynn.  This helps us ensure balanced class sections for next year.

    • Report cards will be mailed home and should arrive between June 18-21.

    • If you ordered photographs, and your child is in CDL, please stop by to pick up your pictures.  We are here all next week, from 7:30 - 4:00 PM everyday but Wednesday.

    Duniway's End of Year Music Share is looking amazing - thank you for the video submissions so far! If you'd still like to contribute, please submit Flipgrid videos by Monday, June 7th. Videos will go live on Tuesday, June 8th at noon! Check it out: Seesaw Flipgrid .  Questions? Contact Lisa Adams

    A word from PPS IT:  Please keep your PPS chromebooks for the summer. IF you are leaving Portland Public Schools please bring your chromebook and hotspot back to the Duniway office any day of the week except for Wednesday. Students will have access to most PPS Digital Toolkit applications during the summer. Most PPS Digital Toolkit applications will remain active until the end of July.  PPS will be moving from Clever to using My.PPS (my.pps.net) as a district-wide portal. Students using QR Clever badges to log in to Chromebooks will no longer be able to use their Clever badge once the change to My.PPS is complete.  Students will need their PPS username and password to log in to their chromebooks until they are issued a new Quickcard (QR code) at the start of school.  Please note that during the summer months, teachers are not active inside the digital tools and applications. Parents should be aware of what students are doing online. Parents may find the Securly application and digital and civic literacy resources helpful.  Questions can be directed to support@pps.net.

    As the 2020-2021 School Year draws to a close, I want to say a special thank you to our incredible staff, our supportive families, and most importantly, to our students.  This year (and the last third of the 2019-2020) has been filled with an almost constant barrage of change, unpredictability, and stress.  In the midst of this, we have also continued to learn and grow as individuals and as a community.  We have learned the importance of creativity, problem solving, flexibility, and the power of empathy and grace.  

    We have also learned that our world is changing and while tempting to resist it or run from it, we can embrace the uncertainty, remind ourselves of our humanity, and strive to live each day with a sense of purpose, promise, and joy.  I say this mostly as a reminder for myself and my family, but I do hope it is something that you and your family think about as well.

    Be well and have a wonderful weekend.

    Regards,
    Matt

     

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  • Duniway Community Update

    Posted by Sarah Erickson on 5/28/2021

    May 28, 2021

    Dear Families,

    I hope your week has gone well and that you have some fun plans for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  As you may have heard, I have been away from school the last two days because I tore my achilles while playing tennis on Wednesday.  It was a rather undramatic, you are so middle-aged, style of injury.  Fortunately, I will not need surgery, but I am casted up (Duniway purple of course) and on the road to recovery.

    Well, we are down to our final 9 days of the 2020-2021 school year and summer break is very much on the horizon.  There has been no shortage of conversation about “learning loss,” and other impacts from the pandemic.  As you begin to finalize summer plans, including thinking about how you might support your child’s academic growth, take a quick look at this article which highlights the importance of making space for plenty of FUN this summer.  As is often the case, finding a balance seems to be key.

    Here are a few announcements:

    • Although many of you are now vaccinated, and some guidelines are being relaxed, please know that anyone on school property must still wear a mask and no parents, volunteers, or other family members are allowed into the classrooms or the building.  We appreciate your understanding and truly hope that we are able to welcome everyone back into the building in the fall.

    • Today is the final day of our week-long Sellwood Virtual 5K.  We are extraordinarily grateful to everyone who participated at the events this weekend, or who joined us virtually! If you have not yet registered but wish to support the work of the Duniway PTA please register today.  All registrations received by tomorrow will be entered into a drawing of our grand prize, a $500 gift certificate to Sellwood Cycle.  Thank you again for being a part of this community!

    • Calling all Duniway Dragons! Join in Duniway's Music Share Flipgrid by recording a short video to showcase your musical skills! Check your child's Music tab in Seesaw for details and directions. Video submissions are due on Flipgrid by Friday, June 4. Reach out to Lisa Adams ladams1@pps.net with any questions.

    • Join us on the Reed College Place, Median (between Lambert and Rex) at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 9th, to celebrate our amazing 5th graders. Please be sure to wear a mask and observe physical distancing.

    • Last day of school is Friday, June 11th.  Progress reports will be mailed home and should arrive between June 18th - June 22nd.

    • As mentioned in prior communications, the building will be closed beginning on June 18th and will not re-open until late August due to phase one of the roofing project.  Office staff will continue to be working remotely, so please email if you need assistance.

    • Detailed Information about the 2021-2022 School Year, including teacher assignments, will be mailed home during the week of August 16th.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

    Regards,
    Matt

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