Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Duniway Elementary School

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

School News & Announcements

Please Return Fund Run Money by Wednesday, May 25th

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Fund Run! It was a warm, fun-filled day and we are so proud of our students' efforts to support their school. Thank you to all the teachers and volunteers who made this event happen.

Pledge forms have been returned home with students, so please return pledges ASAP. The date for the lunchtime drawings will include all students who have turned in their money by Wednesday, May 25th.

100% of Fund Run money goes to support students and staff at Duniway through the PTA. Funded items include: Teacher supplemental funds, Library books, Cultural arts and assemblies, Applied arts, Curriculum support, Scholarship needs and Community events such as the variety show, carnival, kindergarten events, Green team, Fifth Grade Activities, teacher appreciation and the art show.

Questions? Ask Christina Waldron, Sara McMahon, Lindsay Wyant or DuniwayFundRun@gmail.com

It’s Carnival time!!

The Carnival volunteer sign up is live! Please help us out by signing up for a shift at the most fun event of the year. www.tinyurl.com/DuniwayCarnival2016 

Games, prizes, pizza and sliders, cotton candy, Mr. Goldstein and Lynn in Beat the Bucket! Fun for all and put on by volunteers like you! 

June 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Please Contact Amy Light or Ilka Ware with any questions.

Volunteer Reception

Save the date! – Thursday, May 26th we would like to take the opportunity to honor our wonderful Duniway families and parents who volunteer countless hours to support our students and staff.  Come see the All School Assembly beginning at 2:00 in the cafeteria.  The Volunteer Reception will follow until 3:00, in the library.

Final Friday WALK + BIKE Day

Friday, May 27

Walk + Bike to School Day is next Friday, May 27.  If you need to drive, please park one or more blocks away from the school and walk.  Creating a traffic free zone around the school increases safety, reduces pollution, and kids get a bit of exercise. 

Seeking Duniway Foundation board members 

The Duniway Elementary School Foundation is currently seeking new Board members for the 2016-2017 school year.  Board elections will be held later this month.  If you’re interested in joining the Board, please contact John Pontefract at john.pontefract@gmail.com  or Michele Delaney at mdelaney@insigniahealth.com.

Lost & Found

Thank you parents for working hard to check the Lost and Found for missing clothing and labeling your children's clothing. May 31st will be the next collection for the PTA Clothing Center.

Baby chicks!

In about 4 weeks (end of May, beginning of June) the first grade team will be ready to find homes for the baby chicks they are raising in their classrooms. If anyone is interested please contact Margie Doern at modern@pps.net.

Veterinary Services for Duniway families!!

May 15th - 31st, receive veterinary care for your canines and felines in the comfort of their own home.  Dr. Matthew Marasco, DVM, father of two Duniway kids, is a mobile veterinarian serving the Portland metro area by cargo bike!  

He is offering vet services for Eastmoreland residents for this two week period only; he is waiving his standard $35 visit fee as well as donating $10% of all income to support the Duniway Foundation!  Now's a great time for those annual exams, vaccines, and flea control. Please contact Dr. Marasco with questions about services he provides and schedule your appointment - weekend appointments available! 503-956-6002. Be sure to mention you are a Duniway supporter!!  http://www.rivercitybikevet.com.  

Duniway T-Shirts are here!

Spring is on the way and it’s time to pull out your Duniway T-shirts!  What, you don’t have one?  The one you have is too small?  You’re in luck!  We have 5 different colors and sizes from children’s extra small to extra-large and adult sizes from small to extra-large.  

Check out the display in the main hall and in the office for colors and sizes.  Bring in your $6 and the shirt is yours!!  We have them available in the office.

 Yellow Glove Brigade Unite!! 

Each lunch day a parent volunteer helps Duniway recycle and compost, resulting in the recovery of thousands of pounds of food waste and recyclables each year. Volunteers get to see what happens at lunch, sit down with their kids, say hi to teachers, and witness the inner workings of the school. 

To keep this effort going, we need more parent support. We’re looking for parents who can help with one lunch per month, with daily lunch shifts from 11:30am-1:30pm. With at least 25-30 volunteers, that’s just one two-hour shift per month. If you’d like to join our yellow glove brigade, please contact Dana Visse, danavisse@yahoo.com, or Nicole Murray, nicjmurray@gmail.com to train or learn more. 


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.



 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.


A Message from the Principal

May 20, 2016

Dear Duniway Families,

The month of May is flying by and along with it the 2015-2016 school year.  According to my calendar there are thirteen days of school left after today.  It seems like yesterday that we were welcoming in the new school year!

This has been a year of firsts for me.  It was my first year at Duniway and I got to experience many of the events that take place throughout the year.  Every event has been amazing and I applaud the efforts of the many volunteers that worked hard to make every event successful.  

Last week I got to experience my first Fund Run, and even though I personally walked, it was great to see so many students running and walking to raise funds for Duniway in support of the “arts”.  This last Wednesday I got to witness firsthand how some of this money is used when our third grade students performed in “Portland! A Musical”.   Even though I majored in history in college, I learned a lot about the history of Portland on Wednesday.  I also learned that Duniway has some very talented children.

Be sure to mark your calendars for two upcoming events.  The first one is next Thursday, May 26, when we celebrate our wonderful volunteers and the other one is Friday, June 3, when Duniway holds its annual school carnival.  

I wish all of you a fantastic weekend!

Dave Snyder

Assistant Principal

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

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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