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

It’s Yearbook season again!

Every year, the Duniway PTA offers full-color yearbooks 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 also accepted!  We specifically need photos from field trips, school events, parties and art projects.

There are 3 ways to submit photos for consideration.  All photos must be submitted by Friday, March 20th:

  1. Herff Jones Photo eShare: http://hjeshare.com.  Our SCHOOL CODE is Duniway (This is the preferred method)
  2. Drop photos in the office via a thumb drive, CD or prints (Please label with the CLASS)
  3. Submit photos via email, to DuniwayYearbook@gmail.com
Order forms should have gone home with your child last week. Yearbooks are $16 each. Please look for it so that you don’t miss out.  We cannot place late orders.  

If you have any questions, please email us at DuniwayYearbook@gmail.com

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair is next week, March 16-20!!! 

Come see all the new and exciting books to purchase of your home library or for your children's classroom library.  The Book Fair is located in the South Gym.  

Open hours are:

  • Monday 2:30 p.m. - 4 :30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
All profits go to the Duniway PTA and our lovely library (to purchase new books). Also, we are looking for new Book Fair co-chairs for next year.  If you are interested in being a co-chair or volunteering at the book fair, email ilkabailey@hotmail.com.  Right on!

Free Movie Night This Friday – Muppets Most Wanted

Friday, March 13th Showtime is 6:45 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)  While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. 

No food or drink in the auditorium and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Box Tops for Education

Time is quickly passing-please don't let the month slip by without turning in your unexpired Box Tops to the office! Every Box Top counts! The next Box Top Buck drawing is March 13th. For a complete list of products visit www.BTFE.com. Contact Alisa Knight with questions at alisaknight@gmail.com.

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 March 10th or after drop off on Friday March 13th (outside the office).  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.

Successful School Survey date extended

The successful Schools Survey has been extended through Friday, March 20th, before spring break.  This is a PPS administered and anonymous online survey and can be accessed at https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1San83T0rOMvsCp, no login is necessary. 

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

Book Fair: The Spring Book Fair is next week! Please contact Ilka Bailey if you can work a shift or two selling books and supporting the library. ilkabailey@hotmail.com

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

March 6, 2015

Dear Families,

I feel like I have been saying this quite a bit lately, but it is hard to believe that March has arrived.  Throw in this beautiful weather we are having and it is hard not to think about spring time and all the excitement and activity that this time of year brings.

This week has been Classified Employee Appreciation Week and I want to recognize our amazing crew of classified employees:  Lynn Terhaar (Secretary and knower of all that is critical), Daniel Menche (Library EA), Erick Bender (Chief Custodian) and his crew including Jordan Adams,  Jennifer George (Lead Cook), and Laura Vickery, Laura Axon, and James Edwards (Educational Assistants to ALL).  This group not only supports our teachers and our students but provide constant behind-the-scenes work that is so vital to our school community.  We thank them for their dedication.

The superintendent will announce the staffing portion of her budget to the school board on Monday evening and I will plan to provide the latest update to the community during the PTA meeting on Tuesday night.  If you are unable to attend, please continue to read the weekly update for the latest information.

Thanks to the 92 families who have taken the Successful Schools Survey.  Duniway is in the top 10 for level of participation across the entire district.  I look forward to receiving the results of the survey and using this information in upcoming conversations we have as a staff and community.  Our goal will be to continue to refine our work, creating a stronger learning community for all Duniway students.

Hope to see many of you at tonight’s auction.  Have a super 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

Seattle trip exposes students to college

March 30, 2015

Franklin, Madison and Roosevelt high school sophomores got an early exposure to college when they toured four in the Seattle area during spring break through the Portland Public Schools GEAR UP College Ahead Program. 


Camp exposes students to construction careers

March 26, 2015
Students from seven schools learned about construction careers over Spring Break. Construction careers came alive for 20 PPS students from seven high schools during a two-day Spring Break Build-It Camp led by trades professionals. 


Salt & Straw asks students for flavor ideas

March 20, 2015
Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek, who has made ice cream flavors with everything from olive oil to beer, asked Vernon students to help him come up with a new flavor. Popular ice cream makers Salt & Straw, a great local business partner to Portland Public Schools, on Friday launched the third year of a fun fundraiser for Vernon, Chapman and Abernethy schools. 


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