Earl Boyles Elementary
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Our School

Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

Welcome to Earl Boyles Elementary School.  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 at 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.

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, family members, secretaries, administrators, instructional assistants, custodians, and of course the students, are actively engaged in learning and growing as individuals. 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 Site Council, engage in listening sessions, to volunteer in the classroom, spend time helping in the lending library, participate in family engagement events, or to chaperone on field trips. Please contact your classroom teacher or call the school for more information on ways to participate.  

I know it’s been challenging to have the same level of engagement we have had in the past due to COVID-19 safety protocols, but we have some good news!  Volunteers will now be allowed back into our school.  We will go through the same volunteer application and background check process as before, but in addition any volunteer will have to provide proof of vaccination and meet with the principal, or Carlie, the secretary, to discuss and review a COVID safety procedure form. Volunteers may not begin until they have been cleared in this entire process. If you are interested in volunteering please check with your student’s teacher to discuss volunteer opportunities they may have available in the classroom. The volunteer packet is attached, and we also have forms available in the office if a family requests one.  If you know you are planning to volunteer, or attend a field trip, please complete this process in advance (at least 2 weeks), so we will have the process completed in time for you to attend.  Please note that at this time the building is still not open for pickup, dropoff or visiting. 

Link to the packet: Click here.

Earl Boyles is proud to be an Early Works demonstration site in partnership with the Children’s Institute.  We are very fortunate to offer preschool to 3 and 4 year-olds living in our enrollment area. The preschool is in partnership with Preschool Promise, Head Start and David Douglas. We believe that by partnering early with families we can support your child through their educational journey together. We also have programs for our 0-3 year olds.  If you are interested, please contact our office.

Earl Boyles is a SUN Community School. Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (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, after school classes, adult education, and many more exciting offerings.

We have a partnership with Champions, and they provide before and after school childcare here at Earl Boyles.  The program is available for kindergarten through 5th grade students. Students can be dropped off starting at 6:30 a.m and picked up as late as 6:00 p.m.  There are flyers available in the office for the cost of the program, or you can directly contact Champions Site Manager at 971-258-5151.  If you have questions regarding before or after school childcare please give her a call.

We continue to have Professional Learning Teams on Wednesday mornings. This means that every Wednesday this school year, classroom doors will open at 10:00 a.m., one hour later than usual. Bus schedules will be one hour later as well. 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.

Through our partnership with Multnomah County Library we are able to provide a Lending Library to our community. We have a parent resource center where the Lending Library is located for our community to access and many lovely children’s books as well as bi-lingual books available. We are so excited to partner with the Multnomah County Library and to provide a Lending Library to Earl Boyles!

Many of our classrooms are discussing, and developing their rights and responsibilities in their spaces that align with our district’s Student Rights and Responsibilities/ Code of Conduct (see link below).  Please take time to review the first pages of this document with your child, and discuss the responsibilities around the areas listed (attendance, buses, dress code, bullying/harassment, internet use/electronic devices, etc.).  Thank you for taking time to discuss this information with your child as it takes a partnership and consistent communication to support students. 

Link to the document: PDF File.

There have been lots of questions around COVID, primary symptoms and when to stay home.  Please look at the following slides as a guide to some of the questions that have come up.  I hope this helps, as I know it has been challenging with timelines.

Symptoms and Guideline Information

Important information for you:

  • Classroom doors open at 9:00 a.m./10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays 
  • School hours for grades PK-5 are 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Morning drop off for students will be located in the front of the school. Please use the lane closest to Bush Street, not the bus lane
  • Afternoon pick-up for dismissal will be located at the back of the building in the turn around loop.  If your child is in preschool, pick up will be in the front.  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, and do not park in the bus lane, the apartments parking lot, or in front of mailboxes. Thank you for your patience as we create a safe arrival and dismissal procedure for the children.
  • Free Lunch and breakfast will be provided to your child
  • Food Pantry is on Tuesday at 4:00

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.

We cannot do this work alone, and will need each other to create a safe learning environment for all the children.  Thank you for taking time to talk to your children about the importance of their responsibilities as a learner in 2021-22.  


Ericka Guynes

Earl Boyles Principal



Our Mission and Vision

Additional Information



Please do not purchase supplies for your child. Our district is generously supplying the materials your child will need for the start of the school year. There may be special projects throughout the year that require other materials, but for now, you do not need to purchase the start-up supplies such as pencils, papers, etc.


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:
  • Christie Collier – Reading Specialist
  • Cassy Pinard – Music
  • Bree Elkins – Counselor
  • Naomi Medrano – 5th grade
  • Trevor Reamer – 5th grade
  • Jessika Joers – 4th grade
Grade level teams:
  • Preschool: Katie Nordstrom, Carrie Tercek, Mahyte Colon-Carrion
  • Kindergarten: Cynthia Casteel, Crystal LeGallo, Vickie Saula
  • First Grade: Heather Gerritz, Karen McDonald
  • Second Grade: Megan Larsen, Holly Loew, Matt Marlia 
  • Third Grade: Heidi Buckner, Linda Long
  • Fourth Grade: Jessika Joers, Annemarie Reyes
  • Fifth Grade: Kim Graham, Naomi Medrano, Trevor Reamer
  • Special Education: Jennifer Mazalook
  • Speech: Racheli Ross, Rachel Ludeman
  • Title I Reading Specialist: Christie Collier
  • Music: Cassy Pinard
  • PE: My Thach
  • Language Development Specialist (LDS): Maria Adams 
  • Student Achievement Specialist (SAS): Lindsay DeFazio
  • Student Behavior Specialist (SBS)/Climate Coach: Kayla Thomas-Walker
  • Counselor: Bree Elkins
  • SUN Coordinator: Erika Hernandez

The staff has been working diligently to prepare for the students’ first day of school and will continue their high standards for student learning, and behavior throughout the school year in a safe environment. It will be important that you are aware that we will all be expected to wear our masks, wash our hands, use hand sanitizer when entering the building or learning spaces, maintain physical distance, and follow hygiene guidelines while in school.


We will NOT be posting route sheets to the district website. We will use our Versatrans E-Link for parents to access and see what their student’s bus schedule and stop location is. E-Link provides live up to date routing information from our system – which hard copies do not. Once hard copies are produced, they are instantly outdated as changes occur frequently. Detailed instructions are on the Transportation website on how to access this information. Our transportation department has shared this link: https://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/departments/transportation-information/bus-route-information/


All students will receive free breakfast and lunch if requested. Because we cannot have large gatherings due to safety concerns, we may send a sack breakfast home the day before so your child will be able to eat it at home before coming to school each day. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Also listed on our website):

Enrollment and Registration

If you or someone you know needs to enroll a student, it can be done online. Please visit our registration web page.


Connect to Kindergarten (Orientation) [2021]

Mission and Vision:

View the Earl Boyles mission and vision statement here

Office Contacts


10822 SE Bush St
Portland, Oregon 97266

Google Map Directions

Fax: 503-261-8437

Ericka Guynes

Carlie Keim Perez

Records Secretary
Christina Hannold

Health Assistant
Cindy Banh

School Calendar

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  • 20 Dec- 31 Dec

    Winter Break - No School

  • 17 Jan

    Non-School Day

  • 28 Jan

    Teacher Work Day - No School

District Calendar

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  • 07 Dec

    Community Meeting: Budget

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Virtual meeting with Spanish interpreter: Help us Plan our Financial Future

  • 09 Dec

    School Board Meeting

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • 10 Dec

    Fir Ridge Campus: No School