Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Duniway Elementary School

7700 SE Reed College Place | Portland, OR 97202
Phone: (503) 916-6343 | Fax: (503) 916-2623
Childwatch: (503) 916-3625

Late Start Wednesday

Oct. 14: Two-hour late start at most K-5/K-8 and middle schools. Exceptions: Rosa Parks, Beverly Cleary, MLC, alternative & charter schools.

Growth Management Activities
Oct. 14: Twitter Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm. Follow the conversation at #AskPPS
Oct. 15: Facebook Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm on the PPS Facebook page.
Oct. 29: District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee meetings. Details on website.

School News & Announcements

You Can Still Support Duniway’s Chinook Book Fundraiser!

Deadline has been extended. Please turn orders into the office. This fundraiser supports the Duniway PTA with half of each purchase coming directly back to our school. The Chinook Book includes over 500 coupons at excellent green and local businesses around the Portland metropolitan area. Look for offers from Laughing Planet, Pizzicato, Bike Gallery, and other local favorites. Some coupons even earn back the cost in one use, e.g. a 2-for-1 to Portland Center Stage. 

Available in three forms:

1)  Print Edition for $22 

  1. Mobile Edition for $15 (NEW & IMPROVED)
  2. Combo Pack for $30 

Help us boost sales by:

        Submitting multiple orders; it makes a great gift! 

        Announcing the sale at your work place. 

        Emailing family, friends and neighbors. Talk it up via social media.

Place envelopes with cash or checks to the Duniway PTA, clearly labeled with contact information in the front office Chinook Book slot. Please contact Dana Visse, danavisse@yahoo.com503-320-9612 for details.

Head Lice

Unfortunately, head lice are found all over the world.  Even though it may seem as if school is the source of infestation, our health advisors tell us that school is generally NOT the place where children contact head lice.  Regardless, we will continue to do control measures at school.  Infestation does not mean you are unclean or not taking good care of your children.  Head lice like any warm, human body they can crawl on to.

Remember, it is wise to check your children often at home for head lice.  Head lice will always be in our community; these insects have been found for thousands of years.  The best prevention is to avoid sharing personal items such as combs, clothes, and linens.  You can help remind your children about this. 

PPS policy states that although head lice are not categorized as a communicable disease, it is recognized as a nuisance that can affect a student’s focus and comfort. Parents are strongly encouraged to check their children for head lice on a weekly basis, especially children in grades Pre K-4th.  School staff will no longer be conducting classroom or school wide screenings, as current medical evidence finds these practices to be ineffective.

  • A student with live lice will be excluded from school, and sent home with lice treatment information.  A student with no live lice may return to school, even if nits are present. Parents are strongly urged to remove all nits from their child’s hair to help prevent re-infestation.
  • Students will be re-checked by school staff for lice at 7 & 14 days after re-entry in school.  If live lice are present, the student will be excluded from school again.  If after 14 days live lice remain present, the student will be excluded again and must remain out of school until there are no lice or nits.

After School Plans & If your student will be tardy or absent

It is critical that we have your corrected registration form and the After School Plan form, turned into the office.  When questions arise, we need that information to help us help your students!

Also – if your student will be tardy, absent or on vacation, please CALL THE CHILD WATCH NUMBER instead of emailing or calling the office.  That is the sure way that we will get your information in a timely manner and not worry you with a call home.  Sometimes things get misplaced or we can’t get to our emails until later in the day, and the Child Watch number is the perfect solution.  Put this number in your phone 503-916-3625.  Thank you!


Conference schedules are now in the office.  If you weren’t able to sign up at Open House, please call the office.  Conferences take place all day and evening on October 21 and 22.

Free & Reduced meals

If your student was receiving free or reduced-price meal benefits at the end of last year, you must fill out a NEW meal application for the 2015-2016 school year.  If benefits are denied or reduced when the NEW application is approved, families will have ten days before the change in eligibility takes effect.  Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting Monday, October 12, 2015.

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill allowing school districts to provide lunch free of charge to students who are eligible for reduced price meals.  Please, go online and complete a Free/Reduced Meal Application:   http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition/index.htm or get a paper application from the school office or cafeteria.

Yellow Glove Brigade Unite!! 

Each lunch day a parent volunteer helps Duniway recycle and compost, resulting in the recovery of thousands of pounds of food waste and recyclables each year. Volunteers get to see what happens at lunch, sit down with their kids, say hi to teachers, and witness the inner workings of the school. 

To keep this effort going, we need more parent support. We’re looking for parents who can help with one lunch per month, with daily lunch shifts from 11:30am-1:30pm. With at least 25-30 volunteers, that’s just one two-hour shift per month. If you’d like to join our yellow glove brigade, please contact Dana Visse, danavisse@yahoo.com, or Nicole Murray, nicjmurray@gmail.com to train or learn more. 

November Art Volunteer Schedule now available

Please note these are only for assistant positions. The teacher positions have been filled. The art program is already underway and in order to make this program successful, we need your help. Volunteers are needed in EVERY class. The more volunteers, the more successful the lesson. This year we are primarily asking for help with classroom aides and prep.

Monthly volunteerSpot information will be shared. Here is how to get signed up:

   1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/6jbmH5
     2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
     3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Contact Sarah Lewis at: lewissarahc@gmail.com with questions.

Art Supply Needs

Please see if you have any of these things and bring them in, or get in touch with Rachel Ffolliott. We are in need of hairdryers, 1/2 gallon milk, juice, and detergent jugs, and their lids, and newspaper.  Also we need some baby jars with their lids.  Thank you all who have brought things in.

Duniway Holiday Home Tour

Save the Date! The 37th Annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour and Boutique will be on December 4, 2015.  Six beautifully decorated Eastmoreland homes will be featured during this fun holiday tradition and important Duniway PTA fundraiser.  If you have a business or know of a business that is interested in sponsoring or advertising in the Home Tour guide, please contact Rosemary Breger at rosemary.breger@gmail.com.  Advertisements and sponsorships range from $50-$1,000.

Are you crafty and have something to sell at the Holiday Boutique?  Please contact Taylor Rex, trexruns@gmail.com, or Corinne Jarvis, corinnejarvis@verizon.net, to find out about reserving a table at the Boutique.

Volunteer Badges

We love our volunteers! We are creating personalized volunteer badges that will be printed with your photograph and have the expiration date of your background check on it. If you would like a badge, please email a headshot of yourself against a white background to : blackerinm@gmail.com 

We are asking for a $5 donation per badger to cover the cost of supplies.

If you haven't already done so, you can complete your online background check at : http://volunteer.pps.net If you have questions, please contact Erin Black Mitchell at: blackerinm@gmail.com

Make your online shopping count for Duniway! 

Duniway is part of the online eScrip program in which retailers send a percentage of your online purchases back to the school. Follow these simple steps and start eating for Duniway today!

1. Visit the eScrip site at: http://shopping.escrip.com 

2. Register for an account {only email required}.

3. Sign in and choose from more than 800 popular retailers. 

4. When you visit the retailer's site via the eScrip online mall site, a portion of your purchase comes back to the school.Retailers include Amazon, Nordstrom, Sephora, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, J. Crew and many others! 

You can also download the "ForgetMeNot" App on the eScrip site, which will allow you to automatically earn without having to go through the online mall.

More information and links on the Duniway eScrip site at: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/duniway/465.htm 

Or click on the "Shop & Dine for Duniway" tab on the home page. 

Questions? Please contact Meeka Kullberg, meeka.kullberg24@gmail.com 

Shop at Fred Meyer – help the Duniway Foundation! 

Did you know that just by shopping at Fred Meyer you can have money contributed to the Duniway Educational Foundation? All you need to do is take a few moments to link your rewards card to the Foundation through the Fred Meyer website and Freddy's will begin making quarterly contributions to support valuable enrichment programs that make a better school for your children. 

Earmarking funds for the Foundation in this way has absolutely no effect on your own rewards points, rebates or benefits; it simply allows the Foundation to be your preferred non-profit, now eligible to receive donations based on your overall purchases.

Friends of Duniway PTA Facebook page

We like you, so ‘like’ us!! Like the “Friends of Duniway PTA” Facebook page for PTA and school updates.

Pay for lunches online

An unusually high number of students owe money on their lunch cards. Notices go home with students and the district auto-dials families to remind them if they have a negative balance. Families are encouraged to enroll in the online pre-payment service: www.myLunchMoney.com for convenient online payments and account tracking.

There is a $1.95 transaction fee for this service and you will need to contact the office for your student's ID number. Please contact Nutrition Services at: 503.916.3399 with questions.

A Message from the Principal

October 2, 2015

Dear Families,

I hope that everyone has had a great week.   After being absent most of this week, I was reminded how strong our staff is and how willing everyone is to do their part (and more at times) to make this a successful place.  Our students are very fortunate to have many adults caring and supporting them throughout the school year. 

Providing a place where students and families can confidently expect strong support and positive encouragement is, as you know, a key piece of what are focusing on as a staff this year.  When we reached out to families and students and asked them about important values, several trends emerged.  Our families, students, and staff place a high level of emphasis on being kind, caring, supportive, and inclusive, to name a few.  

In the next month, our staff and our school climate team will begin to further study the list of values and will also gather additional information and data from families.  It is our hope that by November, we will be ready to present a new mission statement to the community, one that incorporates the beliefs and ideas of students, staff, and families.  Be on the look at and if you are interested in helping out with this work, please do not hesitate to contact Dave, Jessy, Kate, or me.

As some of you may know, 1st grade teacher Kim Bertelsen will be leaving Duniway to assume a new role in the Talented and Gifted Department at Portland Public Schools.  Our school and staff will greatly miss Kim – she has served the Duniway community for almost two decades.  We have already begun the process of finding a new teacher and we hope to introduce this person to the community in the near future.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Matt Goldstein

Daily Schedule

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:45 a.m. Breakfast Ends
8:45 a.m. First Bell
8:50 a.m. Tardy Bell
11:10 - 11:55 AM 1st and 4th Recess/Lunch
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM K and 3rd Recess/Lunch
12:00 - 12:45 2nd and 5th Recess/Lunch
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Duniway Calendar

PPS News

Children's Book Harvest seeks donations during parent/teacher conferences

September 30, 2015
This is a photograph of a child holding books.

The third annual book drive is part of the PPS Read Together initiative and aims to provide all students with books at home. 


Kids show the way to kindness

September 29, 2015

The PPS Successful Schools Survey showed parents, students and school staff are concerned about bullying, and now students from Rieke to Roseway Heights are working to bring kindness to their classrooms.


More modernized high schools begin to blossom

September 29, 2015

The PPS School Building Improvement Bond moves into a new phase this year with master planning for the modernization of Grant High School followed by master planning for Benson, Lincoln and Madison.


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