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

Successful Schools Survey Extended Through March 6

Successful Schools Survey: Thanks to the thousands of parents who have taken the survey! Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Student and staff surveys now underway. Staff: See PPS Inside banner for links.

School News & Announcements

One week until the Duniway Auction, Buy your tickets now! Friday, March 6, 2015
For the latest information 
visit the Auction website

Connect to Kindergarten is TONIGHT!
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Calling all incoming Kindergarten students and families, come to Duniway tonight for the Connect to Kindergarten event. There will be brief introductions in the cafeteria, followed by self-guided tours through the school and Kindergarten classrooms. Current Duniway parents and fifth grade students will be stationed throughout the school to answer questions and give out information.

There will also be registration packets available and children are welcome!

It’s Yearbook season again!

Every year, the Duniway PTA offers a 50+ page, full-color yearbook memorializing the year’s events and activities!
We need your help by ordering on time and submitting ANY photos you have taken throughout the year- phone photos are accepted!  
We specifically need photos from field trips, school events, parties and art projects!  

Drop photos in the office or to submit photos via email, please email DuniwayYearbook@gmail.com by Friday, March 20th. 
We will be sending out the online photo upload information February 18.

Order forms will go home with your child soon.
Yearbooks are $16 each- please look for it so that you don’t miss out- we can not place late orders.
If you have any questions please email DuniwayYearbook@gmail.com

Local Farmers Delivery Fundraiser- The Milkman's Back!

Local Farmers Delivery is holding a fundraiser for Duniway PTA. They are offering free home delivery of milk, bread, eggs, juice, coffee, and more. There is no contract, no delivery charge, and the products are fresher than what you can buy in the grocery store. It's all about local products, local schools, and creating jobs in the local community. If you decide to try the free service, Local Farmers Delivery will donate $25 in your name to help pay for PTA programs at Duniway.  You can complete the form that went home this week or sign up online.  Just click the link below and fill out the simple form with your contact info. Someone from Local Farmers Delivery will be in touch to answer any questions you might have, and help set up your first delivery.

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 

Box Tops for Education

If every student collects just 10 Box Tops then Duniway receives over $500! Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Check backpacks today for “Box Tops Bucks” collection sheets.  Any time you purchase participating products (General Mills, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Green Giant, Kleenex, Ziplock and Hefty to name some), clip the pink Box Tops off the packaging and turn them into the office. Attach them to a Box Top Buck to be eligible for prizes. Every Box Top counts!

For a complete list of participating products, visit http://www.boxtops4education.com. Contact Alisa Knight with questions at alisaknight@gmail.com. Thanks for your help! 

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

Foundation Auction: The Duniway Auction will be held on Friday, March 6, 2014.

Procurement for the auction is underway and we want your help obtaining donations! We need of a wide variety of items such as: tickets to sporting events, gift cards to restaurants and businesses, the use of vacation homes, and certificates for services and experiences. Contributions of these items are key to the auction's success. Donation forms with Duniway’s tax ID information are available in the front office in the auction mail box. Questions regarding procurement or ideas for a donation? Please contact Meggan Hamm at hammiii@mac.com or Katie Lamb at katiedlamb@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

February 6, 2015

Dear Families,

I want to thank Duniway parent and PPS Board Member Greg Belisle for speaking on Wednesday evening. I also want to thank Rosemary Breger, PTA President and Michele Delaney, Foundation President for their willingness to organize the event. The meeting was well attended and Greg was able to speak on a number of important issues including changes to the enrollment and transfer policy, upcoming boundary review (and the history of boundary changes at Duniway), the budget, and the changes to the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

The changes to the enrollment and transfer process that Greg discussed might impact a few Duniway families. If you live OUTSIDE the Duniway attendance area and your child is presently enrolled at Duniway you do not need to do anything. If there is a sibling that will be starting kindergarten or any other grade you must petition the district to allow that sibling to attend Duniway. I will do everything I can to see that those petitions are granted as long as we have space in the grade level. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or the Enrollment and Transfer Office (503-916-3205).

As many of you know, your child brought home the second quarter report card today. I hope that you take a few minutes to go over the progress report with your child. It can be a great way to enter into a conversation about how the year has gone thus far. As was mentioned on the half-sheet that was included in the envelope, the progress report is not a perfect tool, but should provide you with feedback regarding your child’s development in relation to the common core standards and other important benchmarks. Please feel free to ask your child’s teacher any questions you may have.

Thanks for all you do to support your child and the entire Duniway community. Have a nice 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

Buckman art show celebrates 25th year

February 27, 2015
The 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell is March 7-8, 2015. The beloved Southeast Portland tradition, the Buckman Art Show & Sell, returns March 7-8. 


Hayhurst Craft Fair is March 7

February 27, 2015

Hayhurst Elementary is holding its second annual Craft Fair, a great chance to buy crafts and gifts and support Hayhurst School. 


Survey open through March 6

February 27, 2015

More than 4,250 PPS parents have taken the Successful Schools Survey and the survey will now be open through March 6.


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