Duniway Community Updates

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 2/5/2021

February 5, 2021

Dear Families,

The first week of February has arrived and the second semester is officially underway.  Progress reports are being sent to families via US Mail and should arrive by the middle of next week.  If you do not receive one by the next Friday, please email Lynn or Sarahin the office.  We hope you find the information insightful and that it leads to a positive and constructive conversation with your child.  You may notice that this is a new progress report, and while there are improvements, it is still being worked on and will not be truly finalized until the winter of 2021.  As always, if you have any questions about your child’s progress, please reach out to their teacher.

There continues to be a number of questions and conversations about returning to in-person instruction.  There are two pieces of planning going on simultaneously.  The first is Limited in Person Instruction (LIPI).  At this moment, we are gearing up for LIPI to begin on March 2nd. Duniway has a team of staff working to prepare for the start of LIPI (see below for more details).  The second area that is now being worked on is what is being called the Hybrid model.  At this moment, all planning for Hybrid is taking place at the district level.  I anticipate more details will be coming from PPS as early as next week. 

LIPI Update:

After a series of staff conversations, careful analysis of academic and attendance data, and reviewing information collected in the community survey, we have made our initial decision on the first three cohorts of students:

  • 2 cohorts of 1st and 2nd Grade students.  These students will receive both literacy and social-emotional skill support.

  • 1 cohort of 4th and 5th Grade students.  These students will receive support with math and social-emotional skills.

LIPI will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Invitations to students will be going out to families beginning next week, and in-person instruction is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 2nd.

As I have said in prior communications, we are only able to serve a very limited number of students.  Starting with a small number of students will help ensure student and staff safety, while also adhering to the guidelines set forth by ODE and OHA.  It will also allow our staff to better personalize the instruction and support provided to those students who are participating in LIPI.  

LIPI will take place at least through the end of March, and possibly longer.  If we are able to, we will add additional cohorts of students, prioritizing third grade students and adding more if possible.  It is likely that by early April, PPS will offer a hybrid option that will allow all students to return to school on a part-time basis.  As I stated above, PPS is working to better define what this hybrid option will look like and will then be communicating directly with families.  In addition, there will also be an option for those families who choose for their children to remain in full-time CDL.  Again, we are unsure of exactly what that will look like.

From the PTA:

Dream Flag Project

 If you were unable to pick up your child(s) Dream Flag Project this week during Library Book Pick Up, please reach out to Kayla Gulbranson (kaylagulbranson@gmail.com or on Konstella) to have one dropped at your home this weekend.  If you accidentally received two for your child, please reach out as well. There is only enough for one per child at this time.  

From the Foundation: 

Pre-purchase your takeout meals and Camp Duniway mugs now!

Visit duniway.com/auction to purchase meals and swag for the Live Virtual Auction (March 5)! A huge thank you to our food and beverage sponsors: Reverend's BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes, King Estate Winery, The Portland Bottle Shop, The Great Oregon Wine Co. and Distillery, Gigantic Brewing, and Mitchell Wine Group!

Family and Friends Gift Sponsorships Now Available!

Duniway Friends and Family Sponsorships are a fantastic way to support Duniway! Your donation helps fund crucial teaching and educational assistant positions, and also supports underserved schools within Portland Public Schools. Visit duniway.com/auction for more info. Your donation makes a difference!!

I want to thank you all for your support, patience, and flexibility.  I recognize that we are still surrounded by many unknowns.  We are excited by the prospect of launching LIPI in early March and hope we are able to provide on-site instruction for more and more students.  The classrooms and hallways at Duniway have been silent for so long - we anxiously await the sounds of footsteps (spaced apart of course) and laughter (muffled by a mask).

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful weekend.