Duniway Community Updates

Posted by Sarah Erickson on 4/16/2021

April 16, 2021

Dear Families,

The second full week of Hybrid was a success.  Students are adjusting to new schedules (a bit harder for the folks in the AM cohort) and routines, and we are beginning to get into a new rhythm.  I have been enjoying visiting classrooms and seeing lots of great work taking place across all our classrooms.  From heart words and skip counting in kindergarten, to opinion pieces on school uniforms and fractions in 5th grade, students are diving into literacy and math.  Students are also tapping into their creative side and are spending time connecting with their classmates.  

Student Quarantining:  In the last week, there have been a handful of situations where a student has been required to quarantine.  If a child tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 (either at school or outside of school) students may be required to quarantine as per Multnomah County Health guidelines.  The length of the quarantine will be determined by County Health staff and families will be alerted with those details.  During this quarantine period students will stay with their assigned teacher and will continue to complete asynchronous assignments.  There may be some situations where students temporarily shift into CDL.  Students will not be shifted into CDL when going on vacation.  Please contact Principal Matt Goldstein if you have any questions or need additional clarification.

Progress Reports:  Progress Reports for Quarter 3 are being sent home (or in the mail) today.  Please take a few minutes to review this information with your child.  As with previous progress reports this year, please know that some areas will be left blank as teachers have either not covered that standard yet or they have not been able to gather sufficient evidence to accurately report to students and families.  If you have any questions about your child’s report, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher.

Connect to Kindergarten:  Our annual Connect to Kindergarten is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  The event is virtual. Join the meeting by following this LINK.  If you have neighbors, family, or friends who have an incoming kindergartener, please spread the word.

Sellwood 5K for Schools:  Lace up your running shoes and get ready to support the Duniway PTA this May! Register now for the Sellwood 5K for Schools, a virtual run, walk, stroll, taking place May 22nd-29th. The Sellwood 5K is a combined effort put together by Duniway, Sellwood Middle School, Lewis & Llewellyn Elementary Schools. The proceeds will be split equally among the four schools. Because this is a virtual event, friends and family from out of the area can join too. This year the 5K will be taking the place of the Duniway Fund Run and the PTA is asking for your support in spreading the word. Each registration receives 10% off at Foot Traffic in Sellwood and is entered into a drawing for a $500 prize from Sellwood Cycle! Register before May 3rd to get your custom Sellwood 5K t-shirt. Registration costs and details can be found HERE.

Oregon Battle of the Books:  Congratulations to this year's OBOB winners, the Book Burgers-Sydney Hamel, Elena Perhac, Lila Villagrán-Gusick, and Thea Young. We had 19 teams compete this year, and the entire event was run virtually. While it was not our typical OBOB competition, all the teams did amazing and we are so proud of everyone. For readers eager to start on next year's book, here is the link: https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2021-2022-obob-title-lists/.  Again, congratulations to the Book Burgers and all the OBOB teams at Duniway. Erin Black-Mitchell and Meryl Riddle; OBOB Co-chairs

 I hope everyone is able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.  Be well and we will see you next week!


Matt Goldstein