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

Portland Public Schools 2025 - Take the survey!

April 1-May 8: Enrollment at PPS is expected to grow by thousands in the next decade. Take the 17-question PPS2025 survey to help shape change as we grow: in all supported languages online at Oregon's Kitchen Table or go the PPS2025 webpage to download a PDF and view frequently asked questions (FAQs).

School News & Announcements

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 April 14th.  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

Art Show Set-up: Our wonderful art show is approaching quickly! The two-day art show is an opportunity for parents to see a beautiful showcase of the art their children have been working on throughout the year. A significant number of volunteers are needed to help make this happen. Please contact Jean Schnadig at: jcschnadig@gmail.com to sign up to help hanging and displaying art.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Teacher Appreciation Week is one of the best weeks of the year! Duniway parents provide lunches and breakfasts for our beloved teachers and staff to show them how much we love them. Please contact Jen Bamer at: jabamer@comcast.net to sign up to help provide food or drinks during the week.

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

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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

April 9, 2015

Dear Families,

Another exciting week has come and gone. I definitely feel like we are back into full swing – spring break is a fading memory and we are leaning into warmer, sunnier (with the occasional downpour) days, long pleasant evenings, and the anticipation of the final months of school. Today marks the end of the 3rd quarter. Teachers will be spending tomorrow and the coming days completing progress reports which will go home with your child on Friday, April 17th .

I hope to share with you our initial staff assignments for the 2015-2016 school year next week. Although it will still be very much a “draft,” I hope it gives you a better idea of what next year will look like. With great support from our Foundation and additional FTE due to our increase in enrollment, we will have additional support and opportunities for our student’s next year.

I want to recognize Hunter Rudin, a third grader in Ms. Mildenberger’s class. Hunter along with all our 3rd graders participated in a program called “The Block Kids,” back in January. Each student was given 40 interlocking blocks, string, and a piece of foil and asked to create a construction related project. Hunter’s design, a solar panel system, took first place at Duniway and he recently found out that he also won for the entire state of Oregon. His winning design now moves on to a regional competition. We wish Hunter the best of luck! The program is sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and was brought to Duniway by parent Samantha Jordan. We thank her and all the people who made this partnership possible.

This project is just one example of the many exciting partnerships that exist. We are always looking for new ways to involve our community in our classrooms. If you are ever interested in speaking with classes or leading activities that relate to your profession we would love to hear from you – please contact your child’s teacher or feel free to contact me directly. These opportunities are always memorable for the students and a fantastic way for teacher’s to connect today’s learning with real-life experiences.

Have a great 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

PPS hits a high note with new instruments

April 24, 2015

This fall, band teachers will put 750 new musical instruments into the hands of budding musicians, thanks to a $925,000 investment PPS is making in the district band program, eroded over years of budget cuts. 


Gifted students shine as TAG revs up

April 24, 2015
Agustin Montes-Tacuba says he loves being challenged at ACCESS.

ACCESS Academy’s Agustin Montes-Tacuba is so gifted, the fifth-grader just received a statewide award for his academics and leadership, yet five years ago, it seemed like his intellect might go unnoticed. 


Focus on Diversity: three films in May

April 23, 2015

The PPS Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series will be screening three great films to wrap up the school year.


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