Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Duniway Elementary School

Getting Results and Sustaining Hope!

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

School News & Announcements

Fund Run Pledge Forms: Turn in Now

Thank you to all the parents, volunteers, teachers and most of all students, who made today's Fund Run such a success. Co-chairs Sara McMahon and Christina Waldron put together an amazing event and a big thank you for Patrick Donohoe for his help organizing and Mr. Rovello for the awesome running soundtrack.

All pledge forms will be processed by Monday. Please look for them in your child's backpack and return them ASAP to either your child's teacher or the office. If you paid in full, you will not be receiving a pledge form.

The class that returns the most money will receive a pizza party! There will also be more random lunchtime drawings for students who return their pledges.

Thank you for your support of Duniway!

Volunteer Badges

We are creating personalized volunteer badges that will be printed with your photograph and have the expiration date of your background check on it. You can have your photo taken at the PTA meeting on June 9.  If you can't make one of those times, please email a headshot of yourself against a white background, to rosemary.breger@gmail.com

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

If you haven’t already done so, you can complete your online background check at httop://volunteer.pps.net.  If you have questions, please contact Rosemary at the above email and thank you to Frank Dempsey for printing the badges.

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.

Foundation – Annual Drive 

The Duniway Annual Giving Campaign is underway. We have raised $10,000 toward our $75,000 goal. Thank you donors! These funds are needed to pay for Duniway teaching positions not covered by Portland Public Schools. Make your contribution today by clicking on http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/duniway/256.htm 

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Duniway Diversity and Inclusion Committee's mission is to foster a diverse and inclusive school climate for all Duniway families, and to celebrate our school's multicultural, racial, LGBTQ, gender, differing abilities, religious and economic diversity. You can find us on the Portland Public Schools website at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/duniway/419.htm 

DDIC recently launched a new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/duniwaydi/. What a great way for parents to connect more on diversity related topics. It's a virtual resource for our community to share diversity and inclusion-related links, children's book recommendations or a really cool, family event around town that celebrates diversity! 

You do not have to be a member of the DDIC to join our Facebook group. We welcome all Duniway parents, caregivers and allies who are supportive of our mission. Spread the word, check it out and post away! 

For questions or comments please contact Sally Lee, DDIC Chair at: sallymoonlee@gmail.com or drop me a note in the Diversity box in the office. 

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Green Team Lunchtime Recycling: The Green Team is needs a few more volunteers to help out with lunchtime recycling. This is a great opportunity for someone who likes working with kids and can volunteer a few hours during the day. Bonus: you can have lunch with your student! Please contact Nicole Murray, nicjmurray@gmail.com or Dana Visse, danavisse@yahoo.com

***Duniway relies on a strong and committed group of volunteers to keep our amazing programs going. Volunteering is also the perfect way to connect with the Duniway community as a whole. 

There are opportunities to fit all interests and levels of involvement. For a full list of committees, please check volunteer/committees, under the PTA tab and/or fill out the volunteer form in your Opening Day Packet. You can also sign up to volunteer through the Duniway Directory by clicking this link: Directory Volunteer Link

Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Erin Black-Mitchell: blackerinm@gmail.com

*All Duniway volunteers are required to complete a background check through Portland Public Schools. It can be easily completed online at: https://volunteer.pps.net

Duniway Elem PT

Stay Connected, Read the Duniway Community Update

The Duniway Community Update comes out every Friday.  To read the most recent update and past issues click HERE

A Message from the Principal

May 1, 2015

Dear Families,

A big thank you to our PTA, our PTA Art Committee Co-Chairs Jean Schnadig and Jocelyn SyCip, 5th grade parent Tereasa Davis, Resident Artist Kara Sisk, and music teacher Adam Weiner for making the 2015 Duniway Art Show a great success.

Wednesday night we were treated to performances by our 5th grade band, the Duniway Choir, and our 4th grade percussionists. Last night our 1st and 2nd grade classes sung beautifully and our grand finale was our 3rd grade classes playing gorgeous music on the recorder. As I said both nights, to a very packed auditorium, the art and music would not be possible without a monumental community effort.

Now that May has arrived, planning for the 2015-16 school year is gaining momentum. Although things may still change, here is what I'm expecting next year's staffing to look like:

K-5 Classrom Teachers, PE, and Music: There will be no changes from the 2014-2015 school year with the exception of a new teacher (yet to be hired) in 1st grade.
Counseling: Kate Mouery will be returning half-time and she will be joined by a new full-time counselor.

Assistance Principal and School Secretary: TBA

Library/Technology: We will be hiring a new half-time media specialist and Library Assistant Daniel Menche will return to Duniway full-time next year. He will continue to help out in the library and in addition he will become Duniway's technology assistant. We are excited to have Daniel's support in the computer lab, in classrooms, and in the library.

Reading Results: We are thrilled to announce that Reading Results, a non-profit organization, will be running their reading program at Duniway next year. This program will serve between 20-25 students in grades 1-3 who need additional support in literacy. We are very thankful for the Duniway Foundation's willingness to fund this highly successful program. 

One aspect of the program that is unique is that Reading Results likes to hire and train community members to be reading tutors. If you are possibly interested in one of these paid positions, please let me know.

Education Assistants: As with this year, we will have educational assistants out in the classrooms supporting teachers and students. I am hoping that we will be able to hire four half-time EA's for the 2015-16 school year, doubling what we have this year. This is another opportunity for community members to join our team. As with the Reading Results, if you think you are a good candidate for this exciting work please let me know.

While there is still much to celebrate during the last six weeks of the school year, we are beginning to think about class assignments for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Attached to this week's update you will find a page that gives you the opportunity to provide our staff input on your child. Please take a few minutes to complete this form and turn it in to the office. Your insights are valuable and truly do help inform our decisions when we are making classes for next year. Of course, please remember to not use ANY TEACHER names on the forms. Thank you for your input.

One final note, yesterday was the last day of work for our EA James Edwards. James is excited to immediately start subbing in classrooms throughout PPS as he begins his classroom teaching career. We wish James the best of luck and though he will be missed as an EA, we are confident we will see him as a substitute teacher in some of our classrooms in the coming weeks!

I hope everyone enjoys the first weekend of May!


Matt Goldstein


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

New PPS Board members elect new leadership, return to committee structure

July 06, 2015
Tom Koehler was elected Chair and Amy Kohnstamm Vice Chair of the Portland School Board at the first meeting of the new board Monday, July 6, 2015. In addition to electing new leadership the school board approved and announced member assignments to new committees. 


Sylvester, Owens to leave PPS with major bond accomplishments to their credit

June 26, 2015

Superintendent Carole Smith today announced that C.J. Sylvester, Chief of School Modernization, and Jim Owens, Senior Director of the Office of School Modernization, are leaving Portland Public Schools.


Board adopts 2015-16 budget adding staff, supports to schools

June 24, 2015

The Portland School Board on June 23 adopted a $579 million general fund budget for 2015-16 that adds staff and supports to schools. 


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