Principal's Message

Ericka Guynes, PrincipalEricka Guynes, PrincipalDear Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already April! As we prepare for the end of the year, and start thinking about summer we have a lot to be thankful for at Earl Boyles. We are quickly moving forward with the addition of the early learning wing and neighborhood center at Earl Boyles. Next year we will have three new preschool classrooms for our 3 and 4 year olds, an adult classroom, infant toddler room for families to enjoy with their young children, and a beautiful parent resource center. Our new space will allow our community to partner with our families much earlier. I look forward to our partnership in your child’s education.

As your partner we will provide outstanding teachers, a caring and supportive staff, and a safe and fun learning environment for your children. As a staff we are committed to working together to inspire the value, and love of learning in your children. Some of the best ways to support this partnership at home are making sure your child arrives each day on time and ready to learn, helping them with homework, and talking with them about ideas and topics that they’re studying in school. I also strongly encourage you to read to and with your children, regardless of their age, as this is one of the best ways to foster their love of reading while building their skills. In our new parent resource center we will have a leaning library in partnership with Multnomah County Library so you will be able to access reading materials. You can also get involved in helping to maintain the lending library and getting books out to families so that they can read with their children. Multnomah County Library will be offering trainings for parents and community members interested in this.

Earl Boyles is your school. I want you to feel that you are an integral part of this learning community. Everyone who is a member of this community: teachers, parents, secretaries, administrators, instructional assistants, the custodian, and of course the students, is actively engaged in learning and growing as an individual. We encourage and learn from each other while solving meaningful problems, whether it’s in mathematics or social relations. We know that learning together and from one another is one of the most powerful ways to learn, and it also builds relationships and community.

Get involved! The more you get involved, the more you and your child will benefit from school. I strongly encourage you to join our Parents United Group, to volunteer in the classroom, spend time helping in the library, or to chaperone on field trips. Please contact your classroom teacher or call the school for more information on ways to participate.

The fundamental nature of a school changes from year to year, depending on the children and families that choose to become a part of this community. You and your children will change who we are, just as Earl Boyles will change who you are. I look forward to undertaking this exciting adventure with you.


Ericka Guynes