Duniway Community Update

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 3/19/2021

March 19, 2021

Dear Families,

This week we are yet again reminded about the level of racial hate and gun violence that exists in our country.  The recent attacks on members of the Asian-American community in Atlanta is senseless and deeply hurtful.  It has never been more critical for the Duniway Community to band together to show our support for one another and most especially our Asian and BIPOC families.  Please connect with one another and do not hesitate to reach out to us as a resource.  In addition, here is a list of some resources to support our Asian communities.

Just about a year ago, we had what was then billed as an “extended” spring break as the country, state, and district tried to figure out what the last quarter of the 2019-2020 School year would look like.  And here we are, heading out for spring break 2021 and yet again the week after spring break will feel different than in year’s past.  

Last night I hosted an Informational Session about our transition to hybrid.  Thanks to those of you who attended.  If you were unable to join us, here is a link to the recording. As we ready ourselves for the hybrid model, teachers and staff will be busy the week after break -  preparing classrooms, meeting to plan instruction, and getting the building ready to welcome back our in-person students.  From March 29 - April 2, students in grades 2-5 will have only asynchronous learning activities and those students in Kindergarten and 1st grade will have only asynchronous learning activities from March 29 - March 31. It is important for families to know that teachers will be unable to provide the same level of feedback and comments on work posted on Seesaw.  They will be doing their very best to coordinate work for students while also preparing for the first day of hybrid learning.

On Thursday, April 1st, kindergarten and 1st grade students in the AM cohort will come to school, and on Friday, April 2nd, Kindergarten and 1st graders in the PM cohort will come to school.  Beginning on Monday, April 5th ALL students who have opted to return to in-person instruction will start.

As of today, we can no longer make any changes to assigned cohorts except for extraordinary circumstances or because of issues related to COVID-19.  I am well aware that the hybrid model has serious limitations and has placed yet another burden on families.  Many of you are juggling work responsibilities, childcare, parenting, caring for elders, and so much more.  I also know that many of you have been anxious for the opportunity to send your children back to school.

  • If your child plans on riding the bus you should have received an email from Lynn.  If you HAVE NOT heard from Lynn and you know that your child will be riding the bus please contact her ASAP. 

  • Speaking of returning to school, a message from our partner Duniway All-Stars (DAS):  We are currently looking into providing emergency childcare for the Duniway community. If this is currently a need of yours, please fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5ZM3YTK.  Please complete the survey ASAP as the survey will close Monday, March 22nd at 5pm. Thank you.  Ryan Neighbors (Program Director)

  • With spring on the horizon what a great time to purchase a new duniway shirt!  Duniway has an online spirit gear store open now until April 12th. You can order youth and adult T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and masks all with the Duniway logo! You will receive the orders by the end of April. If you cannot afford to purchase gear for your child please let the office know and we can make sure all students have Duniway spirit. lterhaar@pps.net or serickson@pps.net.Helpful Dates to Remember

March 22-26:  Spring Break

April 1/2:  K-1 students begin in-person learning

April 5: - 2-5th grade students begin in-person learning

April 8: Teacher Report Card day, NO SCHOOL

April 12: Quarter 4 begins

April 22: Kindergarten Connect at 6-7pm

I know there is a tremendous amount going on and I truly hope that everyone can find a sliver of time over spring break to visit with family, enjoy a quiet moment with a good book, or perhaps find time to enjoy the outdoors.  Whatever your plans may be, please stay safe and healthy.

Be well,

Matt