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

School News & Announcements

Winter Dance THIS Friday!

Time to dust off those dance moves! The annual Winter Dance is this Friday, February 5 from 6-8 pm in the South Gym.

Featuring a live DJ, photo booth and plenty of fun, this community event is open to all Duniway students and is provided free of charge.  Glow items, water and snacks will be available for purchase.  All students MUST be accompanied by an adult. This is NOT a drop-off event.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Meeka Kullberg at: meeka.kullberg24@gmail.com. See you there!

Auction News

Reminder: Week of Wine Donations!

Look for our table in front of the school every morning next week!

The week of February 1-5 will be the “Week of Wine.” We are asking folks to contribute a bottle of wine with a value of $15 or greater to be included in the wall of wine at the auction.

What is the wall of wine, you ask? It is a selection of wines that can be purchased at the auction. All of the wine will be wrapped and you don’t know what you will get, but we can say that there will be several priced over $50. 

We will be setting up a table to collect wine in front of the school in each morning, but 

if you want to arrange an alternate drop off, please contact Katie Mills at kmills1224@gmail.com.  The auction team appreciates your contributions!

Music Concerts - Save the Dates

Unlike years past, when each classroom performed a musical concert during the Art Show, this year most grade levels will have their own night to preform!  Kinder’s date is TBA for a date in May, 1st and 2nd grades and our Choir will perform at the Art Show on April 14th, 3rd grade on February 23rd, 4th grade on May 17th and the 5th grade Band on March 10th.

Mark your calendars and more detailed information will follow.

More (and more) Auction News!

Week of Wine Donations:  The week of February 1-5 will be the “Week of Wine.” We are asking folks to contribute a bottle of wine with a value of $15 or greater to be included in the wall of wine at the auction.

What is the wall of wine, you ask? The wall of wine is a selection of wines that can be purchased at the auction. All of the wine will be wrapped and you don’t know what you will get, but we can say that there will be several priced over $50. 

We will be setting up a table to collect wine in front of the school that week but if you want to arrange an alternate drop off, please contact Katie Mills at kmills1224@gmail.com.

The auction team appreciates your contributions! Auction_Sponsor_Sheet_2016 FINAL.pdf 

Bakers and Shakers: We need a few more culinary creatives to whip up a dessert for the auction.  Please email tashabartley@gmail for more info.  

Sign-Up Parties:

Have you ever wondered who puts together those fun parties we all sign up for at the auction? Well, it could be you.  Sign-up parties are a great way to raise money to support our kids while also building our school community and making new friends.  We need your help to make these parties successful.  If you have an idea for a party or would like to host or co-host a party, please contact Aisling Coghlan at aisling@winningmark.com or call her at 503-475-7767

Duniway's volunteer day at the PTA Clothing Center

February 18: Duniway's work day at the PTA Clothing Center, from 9-2 pm, at Franklin High School (Marshall Campus). Over 664 students and families have received clothing from the PTA Center so far this year. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Christie Hogiesson at mormor4210@gmail.com.

Connect to Kindergarten

Do you or someone you know have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 School Year?  If so, please mark your calendar and plan to attend our informational session on February 24th, 2016.  The event will run from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in Duniway's cafeteria. Kids are welcome! Come meet our kindergarten teaching team, see our classrooms and school, and meet other new families.  We look forward to seeing you.  Please contact
Lynn Terhaar, Principal's Secretary, with any questions about the event.  For questions about how to enroll your child please contact our School Secretary Bonnie Calnek.

Foundation Update

The Duniway Annual Giving Campaign has raised $59,682 toward our $75,000 goal.  Thank you donors!  These funds are needed to pay for Duniway teaching positions not covered by Portland Public Schools.  It's not too late to donate!  Donations are accepted throughout the school year.  To contribute today, click on http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/duniway/256.htm.

Save the Dates – upcoming Art Show

Instead of a two night Art Show as we’ve done in the past, we will have one night where families will visit classrooms and the halls to see the various art projects completed so far this school year.  In addition to the art, 1st grade, 2nd grade and the Choir will perform that evening.  Students in K,3,4 and 5 will have musical concerts on the following dates:

Kindergarten-date TBA, Third grade-February 23, 4th grade-May 17, 5th grade-March 10

Art Program

The art program is looking for parent volunteers to assist in classroom art lessons.  It is fun way to see your child at school and support their class in creating art.  You can sign up on VolunteerSpot:   http://vols.pt/FdfJND 

PTA Elections

PTA Executive Board elections will be held in May! We have openings for President, Vice President, Secretary and 3 at large positions. PTA regulations prohibit any member holding a specific role for more than 2 years, which is why there is a large turnover for the upcoming year. If you are interested in being part of PTA leadership, please contact Melanie Chadderdon at: melaniechadderdon@hotmail.com or stop any of the current board members, we are happy to answer your questions!

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.

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. 

February 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

January 29, 2016

Dear Families,

I hope the month of January has gone well.  It is a bit hard to believe that Monday is the 1st of February and that the days are beginning to grow longer – it is nice to have a bit light after 5:00 PM!  

Your child will be bringing home their 2nd quarter progress report on Monday.  I want to thank the teachers for working hard in the last weeks to complete assessments and to create a report that will hopefully give you a sense of how your child is doing.  

The report represents a snapshot of your child’s progress in the first half of the school year.  It is quite likely that there will be portions of the report that are left blank.  This does not mean your child cannot perform these tasks (or pieces of them) or that no work is being done in this area, it simply means that the teacher has not collected enough evidence at this time to complete that section.  

If you have any questions about your child’s progress report, please contact the teacher and they will be more than willing to talk about it in greater detail.

For the second year in a row, the local chapter of the National Association of Woman in Construction sponsored the “Block Kids Building Program” for our 3rd graders.  Students were challenged to design and build something “construction” related with Legos, string, and foil.  

The projects were judged by construction industry volunteers and 3 designs were awarded prizes:  Charlie Foster, 1st Place; Ida Rock, 2nd Place; and Elsie Bradford 3rd Place. Congratulations to our three winners.  Charlie’s design will now be entered in a regional competition.  We wish him the best of luck.

And in case you did not hear the news…the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year was approved by the school board.  The first day of school for students in 1-5 grade is Monday, August 29th!  Kindergarten students will start their year on Thursday, September 1st

I hope everyone has an enjoyable 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

PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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