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

Marjie Mildenberger and 3rd Grade Team Honored with Unsung Hero Grant

Ms. Mildenberger and her third grade colleagues will be honored by Voya Financial on October 15th at 1:15 PM in the auditorium.  Ms. Mildenberger will be leading the third grade team on a project centered around the history of Portland.  To read more about the award and a bit more about the project, please read the press release. Congratulations to Ms. Mildenberger for providing great leadership.  We look forward to hearing more about her project in the coming months.

First No School/In-Service Day: Friday, October 10
There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 10 for the first in-service day. 

International Walk/Bike to School Day: Wednesday, October 8
Join the Duniway community and schools around the world as we walk and bike to school together! More details coming soon.

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

Support Your School

Box Tops for Education are an easy way to earn cash for Duniway. Thank you to those who saved them over the summer! Look for the pink Box Top on hundreds of participating products, clip it off and drop it in the Box Tops slot in the office. Duniway receives 10 cents each! For a complete list of participating products visit: http://www.boxtops4education.com

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

September 26, 2014

Dear Families,

Another fun and exciting week has rolled on by - we look forward to welcoming in October next week. As fall arrives and the leaves begin to fall (and the sounds and smells of leaf blowers fills the air, especially on Wednesday), it feels nice to be settling into the routine of the new school year.

I cannot thank our families enough for your support during the first month of school. We truly appreciate your effort and our students/your children are greatly benefitting from your commitment.

The beginning months of the new year also bring a renewed attention to safety. As some of you may have noticed several new security enhancements were installed during the spring and are now fully active. Several doors now have magnetic card readers to unlock doors and a security camera has been placed in the main entryway. 

All exterior doors, except for the front doors are locked by 9:00 a.m. Please notify us if you find a door unlocked or if a door has been propped open. 

We also will run through a series of drills throughout the year, including fire drills, lockdown drills, and earthquake drills. In addition, our staff has conversation during the year about our safety/security procedures. If you have a questions please feel free to contact me.

We need your help during our morning drop off:

  • The small parking lot between the primary wing and the cafeteria is only for staff parking. Beginning on Monday there will be cones blocking the entrance to this lot. There have been numerous reports of people using this lot as a drop off while at the same time many kids are moving through this area on foot, scooter, and bike.
  • With 500 plus students, our hallways are already crowded in the morning with our students. When you add lots of additional adults it can become more challenging and time consuming for our students to get themselves to their classrooms on time. We are hoping as we enter our second month of school your children are feeling more confident about where their classroom is and getting there on their own. If you do feel the need to still come in to the building, please do your best to say a "quick farewell" and head on out. In addition, depending on the classroom location, if there is a way to avoid the most congested area, which tends to be right outside the music classroom, that would be helpful. Of course, if you have a reason to stay, just like last year, please check-in at the office and wear a visitor badge.

The Duniway Site Council is still looking for volunteers who are willing to serve on this committee. The group will be meeting quarterly and additional meetings, if necessary, will be scheduled. Serving on the Site Council gives you a unique opportunity to hear how our school is performing and identifying how we can improve our work. If you are interested, please let me know.

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

Gov. Kitzhaber launches statewide reading campaign

September 29, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Supt. Carole Smith, State Education Chief Nancy Golden, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis and PPS board members listened to kindergarteners sing. Gov. John Kitzhaber, State Education Chief Nancy Golden and Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis joined PPS Supt. Carole Smith and other dignitaries to launch a statewide reading campaign Monday, Sept. 29. [More]

Get Ready site helps students chart path

September 29, 2014

PPS wants to make it easier for students to navigate the path to college and career. Career coordinators and school counselors teamed up with the Parent Coalition with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund to create the Get Ready for College & Career website. 


Board invests in key learning priorities

September 29, 2014

The Portland School Board voted 6-1 Sept. 23 to hire about 40 new teachers and high school support staff, immediately spending $3.5 million of a $16.8 million budget improvement for 2014-15. 


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