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Our School

August 15, 2016

Dear Earl Boyles Parents, Students, and Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer and looking forward with enthusiasm to the new school year. 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. With your help, this will be an excellent school year. This letter includes important back to school information that helps in achieving a good start to the year. As the year progresses, and as you become either more informed or more puzzled, we encourage you to call the school and talk with those who might be of help. If your questions deal with in-class events, please ask to speak with the teacher. If it deals with the overall program, curriculum, or activities, please feel free to contact me directly. 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 weekly through our bi-weekly newsletter called the BARK, which will provide 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 2016-2017 year will prove to be an exciting one. Below are items of interest:

BACK TO SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Please join us on Thursday, September 1st from 5:30-7:00 for our Back to School Open House. This night will give you an opportunity to meet the teachers, learn about the curriculum, tour the new facility, and enjoy some ice cream with Earl Boyle’s families.

CLASS LISTS: Class lists will be posted at Earl Boyles on Friday, August 26th on the front doors. They will also be posted on the office walls during the first few days of school so students can find their class assignment on the first day of school if needed.

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:

New Staff to Earl Boyles:

Alganesh Weldeindreas, Preschool Instructional Assistant

Elaine Kristensen, Title 1

Katie Nordstrom, Preschool Teacher

Andreina Velasco, Preschool Teacher

Melissa Burch, 3rd Grade Teacher

Adam Reich, Library/Media Instructor

Carlie Keim-Perez, Bi-lingual Instructional Assistant

Stella Maltseva, Night Custodian

TBD, 4 hour Night Custodian

TBD, Instructional Assistant

TBD, Community Health Worker

You will also notice a couple of staff members who have changed positions within the building. Mrs. Saula is looping up to kindergarten and Mrs. Larsen, who taught kindergarten, is now teaching second grade. Mrs. McGowan is moving to third grade and Mrs. DiFrances is moving to fifth grade. We are able to add a FTE, so we hired Fanny Bretsch to team with our wonderful 4th grade team. I would like to welcome back Holly Loew and Holly Birman from leave. Holly Birman will join our kindergarten team, and Holly Loew is joining our second grade team. We will have one job share this year Mrs. Rauch is job sharing with Mrs. Burch in 3rd 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.


Grade level teams:

  • Preschool: Katie Nordstrom, Andreina Velasco, Natalie Stemler
  • Kindergarten: Holly Birman, Cynthia Casteel, Vickie Saula
  • First Grade: Heather Gerritz, Karen McDonald, Diane Tarbet
  • Second Grade: Megan Larsen, Holly Loew, Matt Marlia
  • Third Grade: Melissa Burch/Nicole Rauch, Linda Long, Deb McGowan
  • Fourth Grade: Fanny Bretsch Patrick Farinholt, Becky Wandell
  • Fifth Grade: Jen DiFrancis, Kim Graham
  • Life Skills: Magda Flores


  • Counselor: Christine McHone
  • Special Education: Jennifer Mazalook
  • Speech: Racheli Ross, Rachel Ludeman
  • Title 1: Elaine Kristensen
  • Music: Mari Schay
  • PE: Michael Darnell
  • Language Development Specialist (LDS): Maria Adams
  • Student Achievement Specialist (SAS): Lindsay DeFazio
  • Student Behavior Specialist (SBS), Carrie Tercek
  • Technology Integration Coach, Luan Nguyen
  • SUN Coordinator, Youn Han

PRESCHOOL FOR 3 AND 4-YEAR OLDS: Earl Boyles is proud to continue 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 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 COMMUNITIES (PLC) 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 Boyle’s partners with Multnomah County Library 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!

FREE BREAKFAST: All students will receive free breakfast starting at 8:25.

Important information for you:

  • School begins for K-5 on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Just a reminder this is a late start Wednesday.
  • Preschool and Kindergarten will be on a staggered start schedule
  • Kindergarten students (All) first full day will be Monday, September 12, 2016
  • Preschool students (All) first full day is Friday, September 9, 2016
  • Doors open at 8:25 a.m. for students eating breakfast and classrooms are open at 8:45.
  • 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.
  • Students can find out their assigned teacher in the following ways:
  • Class lists will be posted on the front doors on Friday, August 26th after 4:00 pm.
  • Class lists will be posted on the first day of school by the office.

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.

I look forward to seeing as many families as possible at our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 5:30 P.M. Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!



Ericka Guynes

Earl Boyles Principal

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10822 SE Bush St
Portland, Oregon 97266

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