Roadrunner Blog

Durham’s 32nd Annual Jog-A-thon

We want to thank everyone who volunteered their time for this year’s Jog-A-Thon! The weather was a bit bonkers… however, I think we can agree that a good time was had by all. Here are some photos from the day. 🙂

One School One Book

Lety Out Loud

By Angela Cervantes

Durham Elementary is excited to start reading “Lety Out Loud”!

One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within a single elementary school community. a chapter book is chosen, every student receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of 9 days. Activities at school coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience.

The benefits of reading out loud are remarkable. Studies have shown that reading to children help them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning – and much more.

When an entire school reads the same book, there is a buzz and excitement around the book. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff – and beyond.


Mrs. Murphy, Durham’s Literacy Specialist

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  • Monday April 25th – Read Chapters 1 & 2
  • Tuesday April 26th – Read Chapters 3, 4 & 5
  • Wednesday April 27th – Read Chapters 6,7 & 8. (Bring your stuffed animal *that can fit in your backpack* to school!!)
  • Thursday April 28th – Read Chapters 9, 10 & 11
  • Friday April 29th – Read Chapters 12,13,14,15,16 & 17
  • Monday May 2nd – Read Chapters 18, 19 & 20
  • Tuesday May 3rd – Read Chapters 21,22 & 23 (Write your own pet profile adoption)
  • Wednesday May 4th – Read Chapters 24, 25 & 26
  • Thursday May 5th – Read Chapters 27,28 & 29

Una Escuela Un Libro

Lety en voz alta

Por Ángela Cervantes

¡La escuela Primaria Durham está emocionada de comenzar a leer “Lety Out Loud”!

Una escuela, un libro es un programa diseñado para crear una experiencia de lectura compartida dentro de una sola comunidad escolar primaria. Se elige un libro de capítulos, cada estudiante recibe una copia y cada familia lee ese libro en casa en el transcurso de 9 días. Las actividades en las escuela coordinan, promueven y enriquecen la experiencia de lectura compartida.

Los beneficios de leer en voz alta son notables. Los estudios han demostrado que leerles a los niños les ayuda a escuchar mejor y durante más tiempo, a desarrollar vocabularios más amplios, a comprender mejor los conceptos, a sentirse positivos tanto con los libros como con el aprendizaje, y mucho más.

Cuando una escuela entera lee el mismo libro, hay un murmullo y entusiasmo alrededor del libro. Leer un libro juntos brinda la alegría adicional de construir y expandir un sentido de comunidad entre estudiantes, padres, maestros y personal, y más allá.


Sr. Murphy, especialista en alfabetización de Durham

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  • Lunes, 25 de abril – Lea los capítulos 1 y 2
  • Martes, 26 de abril – Lea los capítulos 3, 4, y 5
  • Miércoles, 27 de abril – Lea los capítulos 6, 7 y 8 (Traiga a su mascota un animal de peluche *que puede cabe en tu mochila*¡¡a la escuela¡¡)
  • Jueves, 28 de abril – Lea los capítulos 9, 10 y 11
  • Viernes, 29 de abril – Lea los capítulos 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 y 17
  • Lunes, 2 de mayo – Lea los capítulos 18, 19 y 20
  • Martes, 3 de mayo – Lea los capítulos 21, 22 y 23 (Escriba su propio perfil de mascota para adopción)
  • Miércoles, 4 de mayo – Lea los capítulos 24, 25 y 26
  • Jueves, 5 de mayo – Leo los capítulos 27, 28 y 29

Click here to sign up to help celebrate our teachers!

Science Fair Projects

Check out the amazing Science questions that were asked by some Durham Roadrunners.

Order online now. Click here.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten enrollment and SignUpsDates
Alberta Rider:Feb 22, 3-5pm
Bridgeport:Feb 9, 5-6:30pmTwo-way Immersion at 6:-6:30pm
Byrom:Feb 10, Sessions @ 5pm & 6pm
CF Tigard:Feb 9, 3-5pm
Deer Creek:Virtual event Feb 16, 6-7pm. In-person event tba spring
Durham:Feb 9, 5:30-6:30pm
Mary Woodward:Feb 22, 3-5pm, andFeb 24, 3-5pm
Metzger:Feb 9, 5:30-6:30pm
Templeton:Feb 9, 6:30-7:30pm
Tualatin Elementary:Feb 16, 4-6pm
TTSD Virtual AcademyVirtual event Feb 9, 6pm. Visit TTVA’s website for further info

Durham Staff Appreciation: January

Trail Mix Bar

Click here to sign up for donations. Thank you!

Durham’s 1st Annual Holiday Treat Contest

Click on the link to sign up!

Hat’s off to Durham’s Staff

Amazon Wish List click here.

Durham Elementary Staff’s Favorites

For those of you wondering what your student’s teacher might like this holiday season! Click here.

Donors Choose Basketball Game

Mrs. Megowan and Mrs. Sigler want to extend a huge thank you to all the families who donated to their Donors Choose! Here are some photos of the students enjoying the new basketball games.

(Please reach out to if you would like any of these photos taken down)

Holiday Gift Card Drive


Don’t stop reading! Read-A-Thon does not end until this Friday November 5th, 2021. Keep picking up those books and adding up your minutes. Remember every minute counts!

Raffle tickets will be awarded for every 200 minutes read. Those raffle tickets can be put into the drawings for the prize baskets. Students get to choose which prize basket they want to vie for.

In case you missed the prize baskets, take a look at them now.

Teacher Conference Lunch Sign Up

We still need donations for the food we are providing for teachers during conferences. Please use the link that we have emailed and is posted on Facebook and Instagram if you can donate. If you have any questions please email Ashley Smith at

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The Durham Elementary Online Book Fair is Coming!

Get ready for our Online Follett Book Fair coming October 28 – November 7, 2021!
This year we have access to a wide variety of books for all levels. Book Fair orders can be placed online and then they will be distribute to students at school about one week after the book fair ends. 

Orders placed will directly benefit the Durham School Library! Every purchase made our school earns 25% back in rewards to support our library. 

Access the fair at:

Our Fair code: Y92YX

Orders due by Sunday, November 7, 2021

The Durham Read-A-Thon is getting ready to begin! The Read-A-Thon is a reading incentive program designed to motivate our students to READ, keep them reading and REWARD them for reading. The funds collected go to the Durham PSO to fund events, such as STEAM night, teacher requests, classroom field trips (when able), our library and Family fun nights. Please support our students by making a pledge for each minute they read or a flat pledge to encourage students to reach their reading goal.

The Read-A-Thon is set to begin October 23rd, 2021 and run to November 5th, 2021 and will overlap with our Online book fair. Any form of reading during this two week period counts! Students reading to themselves, reading aloud to someone else, students being read to, students listening to books on Epic or any audiobooks. Don’t forget Homework minutes count too!!

If you are looking for some book suggestions the Washington County Library has you covered!

Washington County Library

If you search by list (where it says keyword, change it to list) and type in ‘Tigard ‘or ‘tigardkids’ you will be presented with a list of book ideas. If you are a fan of Durham’s library liaison, Holly Campbell-Polivka, then you can type ‘Tigard_HollyCP’ and view her book lists.

CANDY BAR: September Staff Appreciation

September’s Durham Appreciation : CANDY BAR

With many generous donations from Durham families, we were able to show our appreciation to the Durham faculty and staff for all of their hard work. With all of the challenges of the past 18 months, we are so lucky to be have such a strong and supportive community. We appreciate every single ROADRUNNER. 🙂


Durham Elementary’s Spirit Wear store is has now ended. Thank you for your support.

Thanks to everyone who made a purchase. Orders will be arriving soon.