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

Clothing Drive October 20 - Thursday, October 30

Beginning Monday, October 20 through October 30, Duniway will be running a clothing drive to support the PTA Clothing Center.

The Clothing Center benefits students across Portland Public Schools by allowing students in need, the opportunity to come "shop" for new and gently used clothing for the school year. Located at Marshall High School, the program serves more than 2,000 students a year, who come from every school in the district.

Fall is their busiest time and they are in need of clothing from 4T all the way through adult sizes. Both new and gently used. New socks and underwear of all sizes are also greatly needed.

There will be a box outside the office where donations can be made. Volunteers will take the clothing to Marshall. Please consider donating to this worthy program and helping the students in our district to feel prepared to start the school year. Please contact Andrea Nieto, andreanieto@me.com or Meeka Kullberg, meeka.kullberg24@gmail.com with questions.

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 

This Friday WALK + BIKE Day 

Friday, October 24th Kick up some leaves on your trek 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! 

Oregon Battle of the Books 

Oregon Battle of the Books is a literary program for 3rd to 5th graders to "encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students." We would like to bring the program to Duniway but need parent volunteers. Please contact Rosemary Breger, rosemary.breger@gmail.com, if you are interested in volunteering. 

Art Program 

** Volunteers Needed for Lessons in 1st, 2nd, and 4th Grade 

Next week there will be art lessons in the 1st, 2nd and 4th grade classes. If you'd like to volunteer to teach or assist with an art lesson, please contact your classroom art coordinator. Additional questions, contact program co-chairs Jean Schnadig (jcschnadig@gmail.com) or Jocelyn SyCip (jocelynsycip@comcast.net). 

** Art Program Lessons Updated on the Duniway Website 

More information about the Applied Arts Program, including a complete list of updated lessons by grade, can be found on the Duniway website: 


Box Tops for Education 

When was the last time you dumped a jar of change into the trash? Probably never! So why would you toss out Box Tops? Box Tops for Education is an easy way to earn cash for Duniway-each clip is worth 10 cents! To help our school just look for the pink Box Top on hundreds of products your family loves, clip them and bring them to the "Box Tops for Education" slot in the office. Box Tops really add up. Invite your friends and neighbors to join the fun. For a complete list of participating products visit http://www.boxtops4education.com. Questions? Contact Alisa Knight at alisaknight@gmail.com. Thanks for your support! 

Dining for Duniway, Thursday, October 23 at Mike's Drive-In

Enjoy mouthwatering burgers and fries, halibut fish and chips, and any of the delicious cones or famous milkshakes at Mike’s Drive-In, on Thursday, October 23rd

Any time after 3pm, a percentage of all profits (25% without a coupon, 15% with a coupon) will be generously donated to the Duniway Foundation, supporting our amazing PE, Library and additional teaching positions. Mike’s Drive-In is conveniently located in Sellwood, and only uses locally distributed meat, halibut and vegetables…all prepared fresh, daily in the restaurant. Perfect place for an after school refreshment, easy dinner, or an after sports activities treat. YOU MUST SHOW THEM THIS MESSAGE printed or on your phone to ensure your receipt benefits Duniway. THANK YOU! Direct any questions to Lisa Girard: lgirard@kgw.com. 

Should you own a restaurant or business nearby and are interested in a partnership benefitting Duniway, please contact me! 

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

Art Class: One of the most enriching programs at Duniway is the strong art program. The Art Committee is in need for volunteers to help students during art class. Please contact Jean Schnadig, jcshnadig@gmail.com or Jocelyn SyCip, jocelynsycip@comcast.net

Foundation Auction: The Auction is one of the Duniway Foundation's core fundraisers. Event planning is beginning now! Please contact Katie Lamb, 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 Meeka Kullberg, meeka.kullberg24@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

Amazon Smile

Duniway is now part of the Amazon Smile program. Simply click the link below to do your shopping on Amazon and they will donate a percentage of your purchase to the Duniway PTA. Quick, simple and secure.

Duniway Elem PTA

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

October 17, 2014

Dear Families, 

It is feeling more like fall outside – the leaves are starting to turn pretty shades of orange, the field is starting to get a bit muddy, and the number of jackets ending up outside and in the lost and found is on the rise. Thanks to Christie Hogueisson who has volunteered to keep our lost and found organized and to coordinate Duniway PTA’s work with the district clothing closet. 

The PTA is sponsoring a clothing drive starting on October 20th running through the 30th; socks, underwear, hats, gloves, jackets and pants are especially needed. Thanks for your willingness to help out. 

This week we had both a lockdown drill and an earthquake drill. Our students and staff responded very well to both events. As I have mentioned, our goal is to practice important safety skills, engage in developmentally appropriate conversations with our students, and as adults, reflect on what went well and what needs to be improved. 

Officer Walker Berg, our PPS School Resource Officer, assisted with the lockdown drill and was quite impressed with how our staff and students handled the situation. Our earthquake drill coincided with a state-wide effort (The Great Shake-Out) to increase earthquake safety awareness. Again, our students took the drill seriously and all did well while practicing “duck, cover, and hold-on.” 

On Wednesday, employees from Voya Financial came to Duniway to present Marjie Mildenberger (and the 3rd grade team) with the Unsung Hero Award. The award comes with a $2,000 grant which Ms. Mildenberger will use to create a video about the history of Portland. 

Students will help write the script, act, and produce the video. We look forward to seeing the project in action and hope to have a screening when the video is completed. Congratulations to Marjie and the 3rd grade team. 

I hope you all 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

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PPS News

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October 22, 2014

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Student leaders amplify students' voices

October 22, 2014

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