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

Thursday, Friday no school

Nov. 26-27: No school in recognition of holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to the more than 3,000 people who attended meetings on enrollment balancing. Slideshow.  Growing Great Schools.

School News & Announcements

Tickets are now on sale for the 37th Annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour and Boutique!!  
The Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique is on Friday, December 4th, 2015: 10:00 am-3:00 pm & 6:00 pm-9:00 pm and will feature seven graciously decorated neighborhood homes.  Invite friends and family members to join in the festive holiday tradition and important fundraiser for Duniway PTA.
Visit www.duniwayhometour.org to view the homes on tour, see our wonderful sponsors, check out the vendors that will be at the boutique and buy tickets.  
You can also sign up to volunteer at: http://vols.pt/6QWyWe
If you have questions, please contact Alison Lopakka Joy at alopakkais@aol.com.

PTA Coffee Sale Fundraiser

The Duniway PTA has partnered with Sellwood neighborhood coffee roaster, Blue Kangaroo, and is now offering Blue Kangaroo's "Farmhouse Blend" for sale. Each standard size 3/4 lb bag is $16 and a portion of the proceeds from every bag sold, go directly back to Duniway. 

This is a perfect time to stock up on coffee for Thanksgiving, hostess gifts, something special for holiday baskets, or just a great way to get your coffee and support Duniway at the same time!

Bags are available after school on the blacktop this week or by order. Please contact Shawn Ranta: sgerspach@comcast.net or Meeka Kullberg: meeka.kullberg24@gmail.com with any questions. 

Holiday Home Tour – Friday, December 4

This year promises to be a fun and the houses are all a must see. The trolley will be out in full force and the Home Tour Boutique is, as always, full of amazing handmade gifts from local friends of Duniway. This year we are calling on all parents, to throw their hats in the ring and volunteer in some way.  Each grade level will be staffing a home, so you can work with and get to know other parents in your children’s grade. It is not mandatory that you work within your children’s grade, so if the slot is full or that time does not work with your schedule please feel free to slide in where it is best for you.  It’s good fun all around.  

We need family and friends to volunteer a shift as:

1. "Angels" -- Work a shift in a neighborhood home, greeting people on tour and doing light crowd direction. Pastries and coffee, as well as fun conversation to be provided.  The shift times are 9:45-12:4512:45-2:45 and 5:45-9:00

2. Head Angels -- We need 5 MORE people for this role.  Head Angels will know the details of the home they are assigned to. They will also meet with the home owners, Volunteer Coordinator and Tour Chair before the Home Tour (in a couple weeks); help get the home set up in the morning, and need to be available to fill in if necessary.

3. "Strong Arms" -- Help with setting up (and taking down) tents, generators and tables -- morning and end of day.

4. "Runners" -- We need people to run to the store if needed, maybe do a coffee run or check on volunteers. This one is a bit of a social catchall. Must have a car.

5. “Pre Home Tour” -- Prior to the Home Tour on December 4, we need help with miscellaneous jobs such as printing name tags, etc. 

6. “Ticket Sales” – We need help selling Home Tour Tickets at Duniway.

Please sign up for all positions at Volunteer Spot. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/6QWyWe

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Thanks so much! Alison Lopakka Joy - Holiday Home Tour Chair alopakkais@aol.com & Kristy Oliver - Volunteer Coordinator kristyoliver@rocketmail.com 

The Duniway Annual Giving Campaign is underway   

We have raised $14,810 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

Take advantage of the November Challenge Match Dollars!  For every 10 donations over $50 Duniway gets an additional $250 match.  For every $500 donation Duniway gets an additional $100 match.  For every $1,000 donation Duniway gets an additional $250 match.  For every $1,500+ donation Duniway gets an additional $350 match.  This offer expires December 1st.  Questions?  Contact annekean@gmail.com.

Cold and Flu Season is here

It is that time of year again when children and adults are ill with signs and symptoms of colds, flu and other infections.  This is an excellent time to remember some healthy habits that may help us stay well:

  • Cover your cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds, and wash often!  Wash after recess or gym, before eating, after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not share food, drinks utensils, hats, combs, lip balm or other personal items.

Keep your student home:

  • For a fever of 100.5 or higher.  Your student can return after the temperature has been below 100 for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other fever-reducing medicine
  • Vomiting – symptom-free for 24 hours
  • Diarrhea – symptom-free for 24 hours
  • Coughing – your student should stay home if the cough is deep, barking, congested or productive.

Duniway “Community Giving Project”

The Duniway school community is once again coming together to support our own families that are in need.  We will deliver a food basket and gifts to families in hopes of making the holidays a bit merrier.  You can help in one or more ways!

  • Donate non-perishable food.  Boxes will be outside each classroom.
  • Purchase a gift.  Snowmen with gift ideas will be posted outside the office.  

Wrap, tape the snowman label to the gift and deliver it to the office.

You can choose an individual or adopt a whole family! 

  • Hate to shop?  Donate gift cards for grocery stores in the area.
  • And if you love to shop – volunteer do help purchase needed food and gifts!

There are loads of ways you can make a huge difference in many lives.  If you have questions or want to adopt an entire family, please contact Lynn in the office at 503-916-6343 or lterhaar@pps.net        ** Please have all donations at school no later than Monday, December 14th**

Canned and non-perishable Food Drive

A very important part of our Community Giving Project is collecting food for our Holiday giving baskets.  We hope to have a few boxes of food for each of our 12 families, to add to their holiday gifts.  Dinner ideas, meats, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables… please help us to bring cheer and good food to their homes.

Oregon Battle of the Books

Get ready to read! Sign up now to participate in the Battle of the Books program at Duniway. Information has been sent home to all 3rd-5th grade students and we will hold an information session on MondayNovember 16th from 6:00 -6:45 in the Library. Attendance by interested kids and parents is strongly encouraged.  Questions? Please contact Joanna Valliere, Joanna_valliere@rocketmail.com  or Brian Pinaire, brianpinaire@gmail.com.

Dine for Duniway with Pastini on SE Division!

Duniway Families and Friends, we have TWO DAYS of delicious dining for Duniway at Pastini Pastaria, Monday-TuesdayDecember 7-8.  Pastini, locally owned and operated, will donate 20% of the overall sales for the entire day to the Duniway Foundation – ONLY if the fundraiser is mentioned at the time of order.  Mark your calendars for dine-in or take-out for either or both days…EASY way to support Duniway’s special programs.  Questions?  Email Lisa Girard at lgirard@kgw.comShould you own a restaurant or business nearby and are interested in a partnership benefitting Duniway, please contact me.

Reflections submissions

Calling all creatives!  NEW this year, Duniway will be participating in the PTA sponsored Reflections program.  This is an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents and promote cultural arts in our community.  The 2015 theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  The deadline for all entries is December 16.  Entry forms as well as rules/guidelines are attached and additional made available on the Reflections bulletin board outside of the office.  We are in need of volunteers for this program.  Please contact Rosemary Breger at rosemary.breger@gmail.com.  Questions can be directed to Kerry Barnes at branom@lclark.edu.  A great video to share with your student about the Reflections Program is available here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KjzPN4mTdE&feature=youtu.be.

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. 

November Art Volunteer Schedule now available

Please note these are only for assistant positions. The teacher positions have been filled. The art program is already underway and in order to make this program successful, we need your help. Volunteers are needed in EVERY class. The more volunteers, the more successful the lesson. This year we are primarily asking for help with classroom aides and prep.

Monthly volunteerSpot information will be shared. Here is how to get signed up:

   1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/6jbmH5
     2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
     3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Contact Sarah Lewis at: lewissarahc@gmail.com with questions.

Volunteer Badges

We love our volunteers! We are creating personalized volunteer badges that will be printed with your photograph and have the expiration date of your background check on it. If you would like a badge, please email a headshot of yourself against a white background to : blackerinm@gmail.com 

We are asking for a $5 donation per badger to cover the cost of supplies.

If you haven't already done so, you can complete your online background check at : http://volunteer.pps.net If you have questions, please contact Erin Black Mitchell at: blackerinm@gmail.com

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

November 20, 2015

Dear Families,

On Thursday afternoon we had our second whole school assembly of the year.  This is a time when our entire school community comes together (squeezes together) in our cafeteria to celebrate our hard work, talents, and school spirit.  

The theme of this month’s assembly was thankfulness.  I shared with the group that I love Thanksgiving because of the food (of course) but also because there are no gifts.  Some of the students looked at me with a strange face, but then I told them I love not having any pressure about getting the right gift – I can just enjoy time with my family and friends!  

We were then treated to beautiful piano playing by students Angie Baydala, Jasper Gilley and Adam Clem, listened to the writings of Miss Julie’s class, a great counting song from Mrs. Robb’s class, and some funny jokes and poems from Ms. Mildenberger’s class and Mrs. Chow’s class.   

In addition, we introduced our 2015-2016 Duniway Leadership group.

Our Leadership group is new to Duniway this year.  Counselors Miss Jessy and Mrs. Mouery are very excited to facilitate this group of 4th and 5th graders.  All 19 classrooms will have one student representative who will keep his/her class informed on a wide range of issues going on in the school.  The representative will also bring back information and questions from the classroom to the leadership group.  

The leadership group represents one way that we are focusing on teaching students valuable skills that go well beyond the traditional ABC’s.

Kindness reigns supreme…regardless of who you ask, students, teachers, and families, the word KINDNESS rose to the top of the list during our values brainstorm sessions.  I recently shared a short video with our site council that nicely articulates a possible shift in how we talk and educate our children/students.  I have viewed it a couple of times, and from the perspective of an educator and a parent, I find it thought provoking and very relevant to our on-gong conversations about what values are most important to the entire Duniway community.  

Please take a few minutes to view the video.

I hope you all have a nice weekend and if you plan to begin your Thanksgiving holiday a bit early I wish you a wonderful time with family and friends.


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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