Duniway Community Updates

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 2/19/2021

February 19, 2021

Dear Families,

What a week!  First of all, I truly hope that everyone is safe, warm, and made it through the winter storm - add it to a long list of challenging times.  I know Duniway’s power was restored yesterday, so I hope that means that all of you too have electricity once again.  Several staff members are still without power and/or the internet.  I want to thank you for your patience during this week.  I know schedules and teaching has been thrown for a loop.  We hope next week our teachers will be able to resume the normal CDL schedule.

Hybrid/CDL Survey Deadline NOW 2/25/2021:  Because of the snowstorm and ongoing technical delays (the system is offline and not functioning right now), PPS has extended the survey deadline.  As of today, there are still quite a few families who have not completed this important survey.  If you had not completed the survey by yesterday, you should have received an email. The email with the link to the survey is only being sent to ONE parent/guardian email address.  It may have ended up in your SPAM folder.  If you need another copy of the link, please email me and I will send you a link for your child(ren).

I recognize that there are many questions yet to be answered, including what exactly hybrid and CDL will look like and who will be teaching. I am hoping that more information begans to flow from the district in the coming days.  Please know that your survey response IS NOT A BINDING COMMITMENT - the data is being used to gauge overall interest with hybrid and CDL.

The district has created this Information Site for more detailed information on Hybrid.

LIPI Update:  Our LIPI plan has been approved by district officials and we are moving into the final stages of planning.  We are still on schedule to welcome three cohorts of students back to Duniway on Tuesday, March 2nd.  As you know, we are initially serving approximately 30 students.  Depending on several factors, including the roll out of the hybrid plan, we may expand LIPI to provide access to additional students.

Successful Schools Survey:

The 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey is at this link.  This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools.  You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  It should only take 10-15 minutes of your time.  Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school.  If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend.  If you need help taking the survey please contact Sarah at serickson@pps.net.

Auction Catalog is Online!

The Auction catalog is up for previewing online! Check out the amazing items-- including vacation homes, spa packages, gift cards, and more!-- and get ready to bid on both Silent and Live items starting March 1!

www.duniwayelementary.com/auction

Live Virtual Auction Event Info-- March 5, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Auction is Duniway's biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds help fund vital staffing positions at our school. Please plan to view the live event-- and invite friends and family! It's free and family-friendly, and will include a slideshow, videos, the live auction, and more. Plus--  the Live Virtual Auction will be emceed by Duniway kindergarten teacher Mr. Vogel! Don't worry-- this is not a Zoom meeting (you will not be on video), but you can interact with fellow viewers in the chat feature! Please show your support of Duniway, our teachers and staff, and the team of parent volunteers who have spent this entire pandemic school year making this event happen-- mark your calendars for March 5 at 6:30 pm! Registration details to follow soon.

I know there are quite a few questions about Hybrid, CDL, LIPI, and more.  In many cases your child’s classroom teacher might be able to answer questions and you can always reach out to me by email or phone or text (503-312-2659) and I will do my best to field your questions and concerns.  I hope everyone has a restful and calm weekend.

Be well,

Matt