Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Duniway Elementary School

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

School News & Announcements

Scholastic Book Fair This Week!

The Scholastic Book Fair is happening now, November 17-21st

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:

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Proceeds from the Book Fair support Duniway PTA programs.

November is Duniway Month at Salvador Molly’s!

Tuesday, November 18thit is the Big Double Benefit Night, where 20% of the profits on all orders in the restaurant (as well as take out) will be for Duniway.  Feel free to offer this to your friends, family and neighbors.

Experience a world of flavors at Salvador Molly’s, who will generously donate profits to the Duniway Foundation, supporting our PE, Library and additional teaching positions for our fantastic children.  You can enjoy multiple visits to Salvador Molly’s throughout the month of November (take-out orders and catering count too!).  MAKE SURE to tell them that you are there for Duniway, and they will donate 10% of the net profits. Our kids appreciate your support!  

Questions?  Email Lisa Girard at lgirard@kgw.com.

Book Harvest November 6 - 26

Each classroom is collecting books to support the Children's Book Harvest. Please donate new and gently used books (board books, paperbacks and hard covers) for readers from kindergarten up to 3rd grade.  Last year, more than 25,000 books collected through the Book Harvest were distributed to PPS students. Books can be deposited in the collection bins located throughout the school. 

Big thanks to Kala Goodman and Joanne Chow's classes for publicizing the fair to students and parents with their artwork and packing and sorting the books.

Also needed, clean boxes with lids to transport books from Duniway to the Children's Book Bank. Boxes can be left at the office.

Final Friday WALK + BIKE Day

Friday, November 21st. It's time to do the turkey trot, trot, trot across the lot, lot, lot! 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, reducespollution, and kids get a bit of exercise. Have Fun!

Duniway Holiday Home Tour
Tickets are now available at the school office, New Seasons, Chrisman Picture Framing, Sweetpea's, Otto's, Blue Kangaroo and online at www.duniwayhometour.org

Invite your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition and support Duniway!  Tickets are $25 each and proceeds support our school. Families on Free and Reduced Lunch are invited to purchase tickets at a discounted rate ($10 each) Please see Lynn in the school office.

The Duniway Holiday Home Tour is a special holiday tradition and vital fundraiser for our school.  The event relies on volunteers and sponsors to be a success.  Volunteers are needed for set up, angels (tour guides), and boutique.  The Home Tour also needs canopy tents and outdoor propane heaters to use for the Home Tour on December 5th (and people to set them up).  If you can help please contact Mandy Becker: mandybecker@gmail.com.  

Back by popular demand is the Holiday Home Tour Boutique! The Boutique will be held in the gym on December 5th and feature gifts and crafts from local vendors.

If you would like to be a vendor, please contact Corinne Jarvis: Corinnejarvis@comcast.net.

Duniway Community Giving Project: Sign up next to the school office

The Duniway Community Giving Project” has begun! Once again, the Duniway school community is 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:

1.Donate canned food and/or a 10-15 pound turkey. (There is a sign up for turkeys on the bulletin board in the main hall).
2. Purchase a gift. Snowmen with gift ideas will be posted outside the office. Wrap it, tape the snowman label to the gift and deliver it to the office by Monday, December 15th.
3. You can choose an individual or adopt a whole family!
4. Hate to shop? Donate gift cards, cash, or checks made out to Duniway School, And volunteers will do the shopping.
5.And if you love to shop – you can volunteer to help out with that!

There are loads of ways you can make a huge difference in many lives. If you have questions, want to volunteer or want to adopt an entire family, please contact Andrea Nieto at 415-378-9562 or andreanieto@me.com.

** Please have all donations at school no later than Monday, December 15th**

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 

Oregon Battle of the Books

We are excited that Duniway will be participating in the Oregon Battle of the Books program this year. If you were unable to attend the information session this week, there’s still time to sign up! 

In order to participate, students in grades 3-5 need to form teams of four and find a coach/mentor to help them prepare. Each team member will read 4-6 books from an assigned list and will try to answer questions about their content in as much detail as possible. 

Teams from the school will compete in February to represent Duniway at the regional level in early March. Additional information and sign up forms are available outside the office and on the Duniway OBOB page, click HERE. Questions? Please contact Joanna Valliere, Joanna_valliere@rocketmail.com.

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 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

November 14, 2014

Dear Families,

Wow – what a strange (and short) week! I hope everyone enjoyed the four day weekend followed by the “snow” day on Thursday. The excitement of a snow day wore off pretty quickly in my home, the prospects of sledding and snowball fights turned into the reality of a day of chores, errands, and cleaning projects. If nothing else, it gave us a chance to make sure that we are connected with the new alert systems the district has in place. Monitoring the district web site, signing up to receive a text message from PPS, or following @duniwayschool on twitter are all good ways to stay in the know. Hopefully one or more of those methods worked for your family.

Each week I try to touch on different ways we are working to stay connected with our families. Our teachers, in many cases, use homework as a way for families to have a better sense of what is going on in school. In addition, homework can provide good skills practice and can help develop important study and organizational skills. It is my hope that homework is not seen as a horrible burden or something that is truly dreaded and feared. I recently read a piece in the NY Times (http://goo.gl/5wb9hy) that debated the pros/cons of homework and the role(s) that parents take in completing homework.

Homework is one way to practice important skills. Another great way to put skills to the test is to apply the learning in real life situations. Henry Foster and George Ware, two fifth grade students in Ms. Goodman’s class, have been coordinating a coin drive to benefit the American Cancer Society. During this project they have had many opportunities to practice their writing skills, public speaking skills, organizational skills, and without a doubt, their skills counting money. In fact, they have some exciting news to share: With four days left in the drive, the last day is Thursday, November 20th, they (YOU) have exceeded their goal of $1,000! Thank you very much for your generosity. This has been a very successful campaign and a great learning experience for Henry and George.

As we head into the holiday season, if your child will miss several days of school because of travel, please inform your child’s teacher. Teachers are not expected to put together a “packet” of work for your child to do while they are absent. Please realize that teachers will do their very best to work with your child with what has been missed, but it is not possible to “make up” for days that students are away from school. Thanks for your understanding.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – stay warm!

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

PPS What I Say: Mustaf Mohamed, Madison

November 23, 2014

Madison senior Mustaf Mohamed, Somalian by birth, grew up in Kenyan refugee camps. His story is an inspiring look at what's possible when all students are given the opportunity to meet their full potential. 


Board holds last in town hall series

November 23, 2014
Portland School Board members are wrapping up a series of town halls with the final session at Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies, on Dec. 1.


Boise-Eliot/Humboldt food drive

November 23, 2014

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt is among schools collecting nonperishable food to assist families in need at the school. 


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