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

Two-hour late opening, Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16 is a two-hour late opening for most elementary, K-8 and middle schools; classes commence two hours later than usual.  The following schools are closed a full day: Chavez, George, King, Lane, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vernon, Whitman and Woodmere. High schools are on normal schedule and not impacted by this professional development day.

School News & Announcements


Kindergarten:  2014-2015

Thanks for attending our Connect to Kindergarten event.  It was great to meet so many new families.  Please plan to join us for Pizza and Bingo on May 22nd, in the Duniway cafeteria, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Please contact the Duniway Office with any questions about registration or kindergarten.

 Duniway Foundation Auction - March 7, 2014

Thanks to our foundation for an amazing event.  The totals have not come in just yet, but over $30,000 was raised during our paddle raise.  We truly appreicate your incredible support.

Follow this link: http://vimeo.com/89134053 to see our fabulous auction special appeal video.

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

Portland Children’s Book Harvest:  November 4-22, 2013

A MAJOR thank you to all who donated books during our Children's Book Harvest.  Duniway donated 3,039 books to the Children's Book Bank - more than 5 TIMES our orignial goal.  This is an amazing accomplishment.  Thanks again to all who helped make this 1st annual event so successful.

All books collected by
The Children’s Book Bank are distributed to children in Head Start and students who attend local Title I schools. 


If you have any questions, please contact Matt Goldstein, mgoldste@pps.net

A Message from the Principal

April 18, 2014

Dear Families,

Today was a beautiful morning.  The sun was warm, the trees bursting with new leaves, plenty of smiles, and the annual Flower Parade making its way down Reed College Place.  I took it all in from the corner – flowers, laughter, and plenty of positive energy.  As I have said so often, our community is truly special.  I want to thank everyone for the incredible lunches, good wishes, and other forms of appreciation this week.  I think I speak for our entire staff when I say that we all feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this great school community.

On Wednesday, during our late opening, staff was engaged in several important conversations.  1st grade teacher Kim Bertelsen facilitated a discussion on ensuring that our instruction is both rigorous and relevant. By rigor, we are referring to learning in which students demonstrate a thorough, in-depth mastery of challenging tasks aimed at developing skills through reflective thought, analysis and synthesis of information, problem solving, evaluation, or creating.  When learning is relevant it might be characterized by authentic problems or tasks, simulation, service learning, connecting concepts to current issues, and teaching others (These ideas are based on work from the International Center for Leadership in Education, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and other research).  The other portion of our morning was dedicated to viewing the “Anywhere But Here” exhibit from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.  The conversation teachers had after viewing the exhibit centered on how we can facilitate conversations about issues of discrimination in our classrooms, what might our instruction look like, and how can we generate authentic learning opportunities.  Indeed, the exhibit and the work that is born from it, is a perfect example of something that is rigorous and relevant and therefore very worthy of our attention.

As I mentioned last week, attached to this week’s update is a separate file regarding classroom placement for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please carefully read this page and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Please turn the form in to the office no later than Friday, May 2nd.

I look forward to seeing many of you next week at our annual art show and music performance. Volunteers have been busy hanging a fantastic collection of artwork and music teacher Adam Weiner has been working hard with our students – I am sure you will be impressed.

Have a great weekend.

With regards,


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
11:15 - 11:55   K and 1st Lunch/Recess
11:45 - 12:25 2nd and 3rd Lunch/Recess
12:15 - 12:55 4th and 5th Lunch/Recess
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Duniway Calendar

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PPS News

Brand new Faubion one step closer

April 17, 2014

The Portland School Board unanimously approved the Master Plans for the rebuilt Faubion PK-8 that is being developed in partnership with Concordia University.   “It’s incredibly exciting and we are all thrilled to see this unique partnership move forward," said Board Director Ruth Adkins. 


Parents raise record amount for schools

April 17, 2014

The PPS parent community continues to fill gaps and break records with their fundraising, illuminating the countless volunteer hours spent by PPS parents in support of the entire district. In 2012-13, PPS parents raised a record $4.1 million. One-third of all monies raised by parents is set aside in the Portland Public Schools Foundation (PPSF) Equity Fund.


Gray MS teacher Siedel is Milken winner

April 15, 2014

Milken Foundation Co-Founder Mike Milken surprised Robert Gray Middle School math teacher Teresa Chan Seidel with the national Milken Educator Award April 15 amid a jubilant all-school assembly. Called the "Oscar of Teaching," the award includes a $25,000 prize.


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