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

Playground Playdate: Monday, August 29, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

All incoming Kinder and transfer families are invited to a casual drop-in Playground Playdate at Duniway playground. 

Date: Monday, August 29, both from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Come meet some new friends and connect with classmates. Both Foundation and PTA Board Members will be there to answer questions about the school and welcome families.

See you on the playground!

Please contact: Meeka Kullberg: meeka.kullberg24@gmail.com or John Pontefract: john.pontefract@gmail.com with questions.

Back to School Coffee on the Blacktop: August 29, 8:50 a.m.

It's the first day of school! And whether you're crying or celebrating, please drop by for some coffee and donuts, courtesy of the Duniway PTA. We'll be serving on the blacktop by the cafeteria from 8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

***Kindergarten parents please join us for coffee and donuts on the first day of Kindergarten, September 1 on the blacktop by the Kindergarten wing; 8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.****

2016-2017 Supply Lists

Kindergarten  First Grade  Second Grade 
 Third Grade  Fourth Grade  Fifth Grade

Be sure your lunch account is current

We have an unusually high number of students that owe money on their lunch cards.  Notices go home with students and the district auto-dialer calls families to remind them they have a negative balance.  Families are encouraged to enroll in the online prepayment service www.mySchool Bucks.com for convenient online payments and account tracking.  

Just a reminder that positive or negative account balances will be held over to next year or transfer to a students’ new school within the district.  

Report cards

Report cards will be mailed out on Friday, June 17th.  If you owe lunch money or a library book, they will be held in the office, which will be open from 7:30-4 every day until June 20th.  Hours may vary on the 21st.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

Families enrolled in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program will receive an email on June 8th directing them to re-link their Rewards Card to the Duniway Educational Foundation. Please remember to do this then, or to take care of it now, by logging on to your account at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards/

If you fail to re-link your Rewards Card by July 1st, you will be dropped from the program and Duniway will no longer get any support based on your purchases.  

Last year our school received nearly $700 just because people like you took 30 seconds to link their Rewards Cards to Duniway (#82148).  Please do so again, and tell all your friends, neighbors and relatives to do the same!  For more information, contact Melanie Chadderdon at melaniechadderdon@hotmail.com.

2016-17 PTA Board:

President: Meeka Kullberg 

Vice-President: Erin Black-Mitchell 

Secretary: Andrea Nieto 

Treasurer: Rachel Ffolliott

Volunteer Coordinator: Kristy Oliver

Member at Large: Alison Joy

Member at Large: Alissa Lancaster

Member at Large: Sarah Lewis

Member at Large: Julie Rudin

Member at Large: Jeannine Walker

A Message from the Principal

August 15, 2016

Dear Families,

I hope this letter finds you enjoying the last weeks of summer break.  I am thrilled to be back at Duniway to begin my 4th year as Principal.  I am confident that the 2016-2017 school year will be filled with memorable experiences for our students, staff, and community.  I look forward to continuing our work on building a strong, inclusive, and positive school culture.  With hundreds of families and approximately 500 students, our goal is to connect with every child and build lasting and positive relationships.  In addition, our teachers and support staff are excited to learn along-side your child, developing and refining instructional strategies and curriculum that are engaging, dynamic, and meaningful.

Our teachers are the heart and soul of our community.  We have a terrific crew of teachers for the coming year, including several teachers new to Duniway.  Our kindergarten team has grown (again) to four sections.  We are very fortunate to have hired two fabulous new kindergarten teachers: Sarah Perine re-joins us after a year of student teaching with Kerri Cheney and Erica Warren and Hannah Morioka joins us from the Opal School.  In 3rd grade we are excited to welcome Christine Dugan who previously taught at Harvey Scott (Abigail Duniway’s brother) Elementary School.  In the library, Media Specialist Heather Boyd joins us from Woodmere.

It is always exciting to watch our building begin to come alive as summer wanes.  Our incredible custodial crew (Erick, Brian, and Jim) has been working hard all summer long to prepare the building.  Lynn and Bonnie have been busy registering our newest students and preparing the office for another stellar year.  Many teachers are already working in their classrooms and doing all they can to ensure a positive start to the school year. 

As many of you know, Duniway’s calendar is jammed packed with exciting events throughout the year.  One of our first is Back-to-School Night, scheduled for Thursday, September 8th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. This is an adult only event (the only one of the year) so please plan accordingly.  There will be limited child-care available on a sign-up basis provided by our PTA.

On behalf of the entire Duniway staff, I want to again welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year.  We thank you for entrusting us to work with your child and truly look forward to the beginning of the new school year.  The first day of school is always very special and I am excited to see all 1st -5th grade students on August 29th and our kindergarten students on September 1st.  Enjoy the remaining days of summer.

With regards,

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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