Duniway Community Update

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 3/5/2021

March 5, 2021

Dear Families,

On Tuesday, nearly one year after the Coronavirus Pandemic closed schools throughout the country, we welcomed students back into the classrooms and hallways of Duniway.  It was really special to see our students and to watch them transition back into the classroom.  After a bit of “first day” hesitation, students were quickly reading, writing stories, and working on math skills.   I too enjoyed a much needed change in routine and found myself moving between the office (there is still no shortage of online meetings that I need to attend) and the classrooms, visiting with students, checking in with teachers, and saying hello to families.

I want to thank our Duniway LIPI Team (Kala Goodman, Frances Clawson, Kim Stockstad, Meghan Austin, Lisa Adams, Lynn Terhaar, Sarah Erickson, Jen Bamer, and Sarah Lewis) for working hard to make our first week a success.  In addition, thanks to our Student Health Assistant Adrienne and our Nurse Shannon who have also been spending plenty of time making sure our students and staff are safe and to Carl and Jim for working on keeping the building clean.  Finally, thank you to the parents/guardians who have volunteered to participate in LIPI.

The idea all along has been to learn from LIPI and to prepare to open school for more and more students.  Friday’s news from Governor Brown, in addition to possible changes in guidelines from ODE and OHA, further confirm that school will be back in session at Duniway.  And perhaps even sooner than we first thought…I am told more details will be emerging over the weekend and PPS will be communicating with families, staff, and administrators as soon as more information is available. 

I imagine that many of you have lots of questions and you would like more details about hybrid Instruction. This Tuesday evening, beginning at 6:30 PM,  the Duniway PTA is hosting a panel discussion focused on the return to school and COVID-19 safety. For more detail, including the zoom link, check out this information from the PTA. We hope many of you can attend.

I recently received Duniway’s staffing allocation for the 2021-2022 School Year.  The good news is that our staffing will remain almost identical to the 2020-2021 School Year.  However, PPS was unable to add any additional staff, including positions that provide critical support to all Duniway students.  Unfortunately, this has become “normal,” and in order to meet the ever shifting demands of our students and families, the Duniway Foundation is poised (yet again) to provide the vital financial support that is needed.  After a successful Annual Campaign this fall, the Foundation’s annual auction is slated for TONIGHT!  

Tonight is the Duniway Foundation Auction.  For more details and to SIGN UP to view tonight's Live Virtual Auction! Go Here: https://duniway.schoolauction.net/2021auction/signup

If you pre-purchased meals, please check your email for pickup details.

Bidding closes at 7 pm on Sunday-- Bid often and bid high!

Please support Duniway's biggest fundraiser-- our kids are counting on us!

http://www.duniwayelementary.com/auction

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.  Be well.

Regards,

Matt