Dear Earl Boyles Parents, Students, and Families,
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward with excitement to the new school year. There are many exciting changes this year at Earl Boyles and this year should be another great year!
Over the summer Earl Boyles went through a major remodel. Our tile floors were abated and now we have beautiful polished concrete. All the walls and ceilings were painted to give us a fresh new look. Additionally, you will notice that we have added an Early Childhood Wing and a Neighborhood Center, added additional parking, a turn around loop in the back of the building for the afternoon pick-ups, and moved the playground.
We are pleased to have you as partners and want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience academic, social, and emotional growth. One of our goals is to see that parents and guardians of students, like the students themselves, feel at home at Earl Boyles. To accomplish this we will communicate bi-weekly through our newsletter called the BARK, which will provide you with information about school events and activities. We welcome and encourage your participation. It is my pleasure to be the principal of a school with terrific students, involved families, and a dedicated staff. The 2014-2015 year will prove to be an exciting one. Below are items of interest:
SUPPLY FEES: Earl Boyle’s teachers do not have a supply list for students. Instead, there is a one-time supply fee of $20.00 per child. This fee is for consumable supplies that will be used throughout the year. During the summer, teachers purchase supplies in bulk and are able to buy higher quality supplies at a lower price. This promotes equity because everybody has the same color, size, and style of school supplies. Please provide a backpack for your child to carry his/her classroom work, school letters, etc. to and from home.
You may pay your child’s supply fee by check, cash, or money order. We will accept supply fee payments at our Back to School Night or you can send it with your child on the first day of school. If you send the payment with your child, please put it in an envelope with your child’s first and last name written on the front of the envelope. You will receive a receipt for the paid fee.
STAFF CHANGES AT EARL BOYLES: We will be welcoming new staff members this year that bring a diverse range of talent and skills. I look forward to having you meet:
Katie Herro, Preschool Teacher
Molly Hulett, Preschool Teacher
Samantha Fowler, Kindergarten Teacher
Luan Nguyen, Instructional Technology Coach
You will also notice a couple of staff members who have changed positions within the building. Becky Wandell, who taught fifth grade is now teaching fourth grade. We will have two teams job sharing this year Mrs. Birman and Mrs. Buckner both at third grade and Mrs. Rauch and Mrs. Gerritz in first grade. The staff has been working hard to prepare for the students’ first day and will continue their high standards for student learning, and behavior throughout the school year.
PRESCHOOL FOR 3 AND 4-YEAR OLDS: Earl Boyles is proud to offer preschool to our 3 and 4 year-olds living in our enrollment area. The preschool is in partnership with MECP, Head Start and David Douglas. We believe that by partnering early with families we can support your child through their educational journey together.
SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Earl Boyles is a SUN Community School. The SUN Service System (SUN) leads to educational success and family self-sufficiency through an integrated network of social and support services for youth, families and community members. This nationally recognized system of care works to ensure families are healthy so they can champion and support their children. Through our SUN partnership we are able to offer a bi-weekly food pantry, afterschool classes, adult education, and many more exciting offerings.
We will continue to provide an opportunity for after-school SUN. Be on the lookout in September for the registration form if you are interested in having your child participate.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TEAM (PLT) WEDNESDAYS: Our schools will continue to open one hour late every Wednesday this school year. This schedule change will happen every Wednesday for all of our schools, except Fir Ridge Campus. Teachers and principals will use this one hour of extra time every week to plan and implement school improvements. Increasing academic achievement for every student will be the focus of these planning periods. This means that every Wednesday this school year, elementary schools will start for students at 9:45 a.m., one hour later than usual. Bus schedules will be one hour later as well.
LENDING LIBRARY: Earl Boyles will be partnering with Multnomah County Library this year to provide a Lending Library to our community. We will have a parent resource center where the Lending Library will be located for our community to access. Hours will be posted and shared. We are so excited to partner with the Multnomah County Library and to provide a Lending Library to Earl Boyles!
TECHNOLOGY GRANT FOR PRESCHOOL-THIRD GRADE: This summer we received a Technology grant from Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. The grant will provide iPads for all of our preschool students, Chrome books for each kindergarten-third grade student, Smart Boards, and Light Speed amplification systems for teachers. In addition to the wonderful technology we were also able to hire a Technology Coach, Mr. Luan Nguyen, to support us as we use the technology to enhance instruction. By adding the new technology at preschool-third grade, it frees up our existing technology for our 4th and 5th grade classrooms. We are very grateful to have this opportunity to prepare our students for the 21st Century learning skills.
FREE BREAKFAST: All students will receive free breakfast starting at 8:30, 9:30 on Wednesday. If you are dropping off your child for breakfast, please use the turn around loop in the front of the building so they can walk directly into breakfast. Afternoon pick-ups for dismissal will be in the back.
Important information for you:
- Preschool and Kindergarten will be on a staggered start schedule.
- Preschool’s first full day is September 12, 2014
- Doors open at 8:45 a.m./8:30 a.m. for students eating breakfast, except on Wednesday.
- Preschool morning session starts at 8:15-11:30, and the afternoon session begins at 12:15-3:30
- School hours for grades K-5 are 9:00 am – 3:15 pm.
- Morning drop off for students will be located in the front of the school. Please use the lane closes to Bush Street, not the bus lane
- Afternoon pick-up for dismissal will be located in the back of the building in the turn around loop. If you are picking up your child during dismissal please do not get out of your car to retrieve your children. We will have staff to escort your child safely to you. If you need to come into the school for any reason, please park your car in the parking lot. Thank you for your patience as we create a safe arrival and dismissal procedure for the children.
We have an exciting year ahead at Earl Boyles. I love working in such a fine school with outstanding staff members, great families, and wonderful kids. I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the Earl Boyles community and to work with a staff that is dedicated to a quality education for children.
Earl Boyles Principal