Duniway Community Updates

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 2/12/2021

February 12, 2021

Dear Families,

This year has been filled with firsts and today was no exception: A very snowy school day, and the local sledding hill (at least in my NE neighborhood) was void of rosy cheeks, snotty noses, and cries of joy and laughter.  Only during the COVID-19 Pandemic and CDL do we have “regular” school day during a very, very snowy day.  I know when the flakes start to fly at school there is quite a bit of distraction, so thank you to parents and caregivers for the work you did today!  Of course, I do hope you find time in the coming days to sled, make snow angels, and just plain have fun in the snow and cold air.  There is nothing like it.

On Wednesday, you should have received this communication from PPS, describing, in a bit more detail, what a return to in-person instruction might look like in April.  Today, you should have received an email from PPS asking you to complete a short survey. The main reason for the survey is for Duniway and PPS to gauge the number of students who wish to return to in-person instruction (Hybrid Model) and the number of students who wish to remain 100% virtual, continuing with the CDL model presently in use.  I know there are still many unknowns and therefore it might be hard to answer the questions.  Your answers on the survey are NOT a binding commitment, one way or the other.  However, we ask that you provide an honest assessment of what your present thinking is right now. 

This survey, unlike most you receive from PPS or Duniway, is specific to your child, and therefore we cannot include a generic link for you to use. If you cannot find the email from today you need to let me know and I can resend you the right link.  If you have technical issues with the survey, please respond to the email that you received.  If you have questions that relate hybrid instruction, CDL, health and safety in the building, etc please feel free to email Matt Goldstein.  Finally, if you need help completing the survey please let us know and we would be happy to help.  

In the midst of gathering information about returning to school in April, we are also moving forward with our plans to welcome a small number of students back to Duniway beginning on March 2nd.  As mentioned last week, we are forming three cohorts of students who will be coming to Duniway on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  We will keep everyone posted on how our planning is going. 

Kindergarten 2021

Do you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2021?  Perhaps you have a friend or family member who might.  For all things kindergarten, please visit Duniway’s Connect to Kindergarten websiteto learn more about kindergarten at Duniway.  If you still have questions, please feel free to contact school secretary Sarah Erickson or Principal Matt Goldstein.

Successful School Survey 

Be on the lookout for your successful school survey. Don’t miss the chance to have your voice heard and inform the direction of your school and the district for the years to come.  Watch your email for more information and a link to the survey from PPS coming soon! If you have any questions please email Sarah Erickson.

Attention Upcoming 6th Grade Parents of Sellwood Middle School! Are you looking for a way to get involved at Sellwood Middle School? 

The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved!

The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!! We use 6 Crickets to facilitate the PEAK Program (the same as your after school enrichment program).

]Auction Updates

Remember to buy your meals, mugs, and raffle tickets!

Reserve your Reverend's BBQ meals, raffle tickets, and Duniway mugs now! You will pick up the meals and mugs in Eastmoreland on the afternoon of March 5. Exact address and additional details will be sent out the week of the event. And make sure to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a Hood River Getaway for Two!

 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 http://www.duniwayelementary.com/auction for more info. Your donation makes a difference!!

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend.  Stay safe out there!