Duniway Weekly Update

January 6, 2023


January 10: Duniway PTA Meeting @ 7 pm - Library

January 16: Schools Closed for Holiday

January 26: Principal's Coffee @ 9 am - Cafeteria

January 27: Schools Closed for Students

February 10: Duniway Winter Dance

February 17: Schools Closed for Students

February 20: Schools Closed for Holiday

March 27-31: Schools Closed for Spring Break

April 10: Schools Closed for Students

April 14: Duniway Auction

May 14: Duniway Fund Run

May 29: Schools Closed for Holiday

June 2: Duniway Carnival

June 13: Last Day of School for Students

Principal's Message

Duniway School Community,

Welcome back, and happy new year! We had a terrific first week of 2023 at Duniway. I am so impressed with your students; they have come back eager and ready to learn. We are so excited for 2023 at Duniway. There are many terrific events on the horizon for winter and spring.

Thank you, as always, for all you do to make our school community such a wonderful and vibrant place for students to learn and grow. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything; I would love to connect with you.

Notes from the Principal's Desk:

Lunchroom Volunteer Sign-Up: Support our students in the cafeteria in January and/or February. We have opportunities, via Konstella, to help serve and support students during lunch. These volunteer opportunities are a fun time to connect with students and to be a part of the school community. Sign up on Konstella: Lunch Volunteers: January and February 2023

Benchmark Testing at Duniway: Starting January 9, the PPS testing window for DIBELS (K-2 literacy,) ELA and Math MAP, and ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment) is open. We are excited to have students take these informative tests as we look to see how they have progressed and to plan future instruction. If you have questions about these tests, please get in touch with your student's teacher or me.

PTA Meeting/Principal's Coffee: We have our monthly PTA meeting in the library this coming Tuesday evening Jan 10, 2023, at 7:00 pm. Please come and join us in the library. It is a wonderful time to connect, and I am happy to answer any questions. We also will have our monthly principal's coffee on Thursday, Jan 26, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria. Please join us as we build community.

Morning Dropoff: A friendly reminder that students who are dropped off before 8:45 am will not be supervised by staff. Students can access breakfast in the cafeteria from 8:30-8:45 am, but if they are not purchasing breakfast, students should wait outside in their designated pickup areas. Thank you.


Principal Rafferty

Duniway Choir 2023

Dear Students and Families,

Our school choir starts up Tuesday, January 10th! It is open to all students in grades 3, 4, and 5 - this is a non-audition group and singers of all experience levels are welcome! We will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:45am in the auditorium. You can sign your child up for our school choir here.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns if something comes to mind.

Warm regards,

Lisa Adams


503-916-6343 x 76512

From the Duniway PTA

Please join us for our January PTA meeting on Tuesday 1/10 @ 7pm in the Duniway Library. We will have a special presentation from Moms Demand Action to address gun safety and appropriate ways to discuss firearms. If you aren't able to attend in person, please join via ZOOM.

Winter Dance is Back!

The PTA is proud to announce the return of the Duniway Winter Dance. The Winter Dance will take place Friday February 10th. To ensure inclusivity and enjoyment for all Duniway students, we are hosting two separate events based on grade level.

Grades K-1
The K-1 Winter Dance will be held from 3:15pm-4pm in the North Gym. Please enter the school through the main entrance. This is a parent/guardian accompanied event. In order for your student to attend a parent or guardian must be in attendance as well. Please RSVP for the K-1 Winter Dance by Wednesday February 8th. RSVP HERE

Grades 2-5

The 2-5 Winter Dance will be held from 6-8pm in both gyms. Please enter the school through the main entrance. This is a drop-off event. In order for your student to attend a parent must fill out a permission slip in advance. Please fill out a permission slip no later than Wednesday February 8th. SIGN PERMISSION SLIP HERE

Duniway Auction

Happy New Year Duniway community! Save the date for our biggest fundraiser of the year, the 24th Annual Duniway Auction and Gala. Join us for an evening out at The Redd Friday, April 14th for the Disco Duniway Auction and Gala! Get your polyester, sequin, big glasses, and dancing shoes! We still have volunteer positions open that we’d love to fill. Please be on the lookout on Konstella for them, or reach out if you are interested.

Looking for a fun way to donate to Duniway? Consider donating an auction item!

We are in need of:

  • Gift cards of any value
  • Bottles of wine ($25+ value)
  • Tickets to local events or experiences from season pass holders
  • Time in vacation homes

Contact us if you are interested in donating, sponsoring, or have any questions.

Thank you!

Andrea Angell auction@duniwayfoundation.com

Alisa Hardy alisahardy@yahoo.com