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

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 

Final Friday Walk + Bike Day

Friday, December 19th. It's that time of year to jingle your feet and wheels on your way to school. The final Friday of every month is a designated Walk/Bike day. (or every day that you can!) If you need to drive, please park 1 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. Have Fun!

Lost and Found

Please check our Lost and Found as daily new hats, gloves, sweaters and coats appear. Clothing will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet the second week in December. Thank you for continuing to write your child's name in the coats. We work hard to return all clothing with names in them. 

Duniway Choir

We are starting a before school choir class again! Students in grades 3,4 & 5 will have the opportunity to learn to sing new songs, harmonize and have fun and will have an opportunity to perform during the spring. Class will meet in the music room (room 11) every Wednesday from 8-8:45 am, January 7th through May 27. Shelley Fillman, our past Speech Pathologist here at Duniway, will be the instructor! Please fill out the attached form and return it to the office no later than Tuesday, January 6th.

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.

Duniway Community Giving Project & Food Drive

Once again, the Duniway school community is coming together to support our own families that are in need, over the holidays. Not only do we have gifts for students and their family members, but just as important – we put together food baskets. You can help in one or more ways:

  • Donate canned and non-perishable foods. Donation boxes are outside each classroom. Think nutritious items like peanut butter, tuna, and simple but nutritious meal ingredients.

  • We are so very fortunate – all of the snowmen (gift ideas) have been signed out!! Thank you so much to all of you generous folks out there who were so on the ball!! Wrap the gift, attach the snowman and return to the office no later than Monday, December 15th.

  • There will be an opportunity to shop for some of the basic food items and to round out our food boxes. If you are interested, please let Andrea know at 415-378-9562 or andreanieto@me.com

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

Holiday Home Tour: The Home Tour committee is looking for volunteers to help in all areas, on one of the PTA's largest fundraisers. If you love homes, decorating and the holidays this would be a great area to lend your talents! We are currently in need of a chair for the Holiday Boutique and one more home for the tour. Please contact Ann Gibbons at: anngibbons@windermere.com

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

Duniway Elem PT

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

December 12, 2014

Dear Families,

I hope everyone braved the high winds yesterday, staying safe and warm inside. It seemed like the timing of things “worked” out and everyone was able to get home safely. Just as a reminder, please visit the district’s website on inclement weather where they have several good options on how you can stay up-to-date on delays and cancellations.

This week many classes have begun work on a whole school project to celebrate our differences. Every class read a book entitled All the Colors We Are by Oregon author Katie Kissinger. This book details the scientific explanation of skin color (in a very easy to understand manner) and led into an art project where each student worked to mix a paint color that closely matches their skin color. Students then made a print of their hand or in some cases drew and painted their hand. Over the course of the next week or two all 500 plus hands will be on display.

It has been impressive to watch teachers, students, and parent volunteers work together on this project. Not only is the art simple and beautiful, but the snippets of conversation I have heard are filled with questions, curiosity, and excitement. This work will continue as we welcome author Katie Kissinger to Duniway on January 21, 2015. On that day she will provide professional development for staff during our late opening and will then present to all students during the remainder of the day. We are excited to have her here.

This project is one way we are working on growing and nurturing a school-wide culture that is built on a strong foundation of tolerance, acceptance, and a strong belief in ourselves and who we are as a collective group. Classroom teachers and Kate Mouery, our school counselor, have and will continue to lead lessons in this area and we hope that you are able to engage in conversations at home that will support and supplement the work going on at school.

I hope you all have a restful weekend and we will see you next week for the final days of the 2014 portion of the school-year – my, time flies!

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

Teachers give books as gifts before holiday break

December 19, 2014
Chief Joseph third grade tacher Susanna Walker hands out books as gifts to students. Thanks to generous Portlanders who contributed to the second annual Children's Book Harvest, every student at four PPS schools received a book as a gift on the last day of classes before winter break.


You're invited: Special Education Forum

December 18, 2014

PPS Special Education is holding a series of community forums to hear the thoughts and ideas of family, student and community stakeholders. The next forum is Jan. 21. 


PPS What I Say: Kat Caskey, college grad

December 18, 2014
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