Duniway Community Update

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 3/12/2021

March 12, 2021

Dear Families,

This week we concluded our second full week of LIPI.  We continue to enjoy seeing our students.  As with the first week, students are enjoying connecting with one another and also continue to work on their math and literacy skills.  Of course we are excited to have more and more of you return to Duniway - Here’s a great video created by Sarah Erickson to give you a little sneak peek - it has been a while!

As you may have read, Governor Brown issued her Executive Order today confirming that she is ordering all schools to transition to either full in-person or hybrid instruction.  We are excited by the Governor’s order and are thrilled to welcome many of you back to Duniway.  We also recognize that many families are choosing to stay with CDL.  Regardless of whether your child is returning to Duniway or continuing to learn remotely, we see this final quarter as another opportunity to provide engaging and meaningful experiences for our students.  We know it will require a “heavy lift,” but I am confident our staff and our community will continue to work collaboratively, and to make the best of what continues to be a crazy year. 

Although a few things seem more set and we appear to be on track for a transition in early late March and early April, several big questions still remain:  when will be the first day of Hybrid?  When will I know my child’s cohort information, their teacher (knowing it might change), and the list goes on.  While I do not have answers to these questions here are things you can expect:

  • Email communication next week that details the following:  Confirmation of your choice to be in-person or continue with CDL; your child’s teacher, your child’s cohort (AM or PM), your child’s classroom number (this is tentative and subject to change).

  • Additional details regarding procedures related to arrival, dismissal, student expectations, health/safety, student schedules, transportation, and more.  If you have any questions or would like to hear the latest, I will be hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, March 18th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  To join the meeting, you can follow this link: meet.google.com/opu-yajh-eui.  If you need translation services, please email Sarah Erickson.

  • While we still await an official start date, we do know that in-person cohorts will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The morning cohort runs from 8:00 - 10:15 AM and the afternoon cohort is from 12:15-2:30 PM.   If your child is staying in CDL, your schedule might vary slightly from these times.  You will be hearing from your child’s teacher with all the specific times, meeting codes, and other information you will need to continue to learn from home.  Wednesday’s will be mostly an asynchronous learning day for all students.  However, a more finalized schedule will be developed in the coming weeks.

Although we are still wrestling with how the last quarter of this year will finish up, we are also keeping a close eye on the 2021-2022 School Year.  A big part of that is how we will best support our students.  Last Friday, the first ever Virtual Duniway Foundation Auction was a great success.  A big thank you to the Auction Co-Chairs Erin Gates, Grace Radke, Mallory Ferguson and Gina Benzien, the entire Foundation Board, and teacher Jon Vogel for volunteering to host the event.  And of course, thank you to the entire Duniway Community for your support and willingness to rise to the occasion. With your help, we raised over $150,000! Donations directly impact the lives of Duniway Elementary’s students, as well as students across Portland Public Schools.

It looks like they are predicting a high of over 60 degrees tomorrow.  I hope you all are able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.  As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Be well,

Matt