Dear Earl Boyles Parents, Students, and Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer and are 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 2018-2019 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 in the office. 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. If you cannot pay the full amount, please come talk to me and we will work something out for your family.
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, or returning staff to Earl Boyles:
Cindy Banh, Health Assistant
Yangshan Chen, Preschool Instructional Assistant
Sara Doherty, First Grade Teacher
Kayla Thomas, Fifth Grade Teacher
Heidi Buckner, 2nd grade job share with Megan Larsen
School-based Technology Support Assistant- Dylan Ireland
Also, you will notice a couple of staff members who have changed positions within the building. Mr. Farinholt and Ms. DiFrances have moved to 4th grade, and Mrs. Bretsch is teaching a 4th and 5th grade blend.
Grade level teams:
- Preschool: Katie Nordstrom, Natalie Stemler, Andreina Velasco
- Kindergarten: Cynthia Casteel, Crystal LeGallo, Vickie Saula
- First Grade: Sara Doherty, Heather Gerritz, Karen McDonald
- Second Grade: Heidi Buckner/Megan Larsen, Holly Loew, Matt Marlia
- Third Grade: Melissa Burch/Nicole Rauch, Linda Long, Deb McGowan
- Fourth Grade: Jen DiFrancis, Patrick Farinholt
- Fourth/Fifth: Fanny Bretsch
- Fifth Grade: Kim Graham, Kayla Thomas
- Special Education: Jennifer Mazalook
- Speech: Racheli Ross, Rachel Ludeman
- Title I: 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
- Counselor, Chris McHone
- SUN Coordinator, Rey Drew
- School-based Technology Support Assistant, Dylan Ireland
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.
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, after school classes, adult education, and many more exciting experiences.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.
FREE BREAKFAST: All students will receive free breakfast starting at 8:35 am.
CHANGE IN DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY: Last summer our district reviewed our Wellness Policies and they were updated, revised and adopted by our school board. The policies are aligned with the Federal standards under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Oregon Physical Education 2017 and USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.The district is committed to the optimal development of every student and believes that a positive, safe and healthy learning environment is necessary for students to have the opportunity to achieve. Here are a few of our commitments and Key changes to DDSD wellness policies:
- New rules around which foods are available to students outside of meals
- All foods used for rewards offered on the school campus will meet or exceed the nutrition standards set by the USDA and the Oregon Smart Snacks Standards. This includes, but is not limited to rewards and incentives.
- All foods offered as celebrations on the school campus are encouraged to meet the nutrition standards set by the USDA and the Oregon Smart Snacks Standards. This includes, but is not limited to, celebrations and parties. Please do not send cupcakes or candies as birthday treats to the classroom. The treats must meet the Smart Snack Standards and you can see if they do by using the Smart Snack Standards calculator at: https://foodplanner.healthiergeneration.org/calculator/
- New guidance for marketing of foods and beverages at school
- Changes to how often schools need to report on their progress and who they need to involve in the process
- Improved guidance about monitoring and evaluation of policies
- All foods and beverages sold and used for rewards to students must meet Smart Snacks requirement
- Smart Snacks are in effect for the entire school day (midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the school day) across the entire school campus.
- Physical activity will not be withheld for punishment
- The district will integrate wellness activities throughout the entire school environment
Our district is fully committed to insuring compliance with the Smart Snacks standards. A Smart Snack food item must:
- Be a grain product that contains 50% or more whole grain or have as the first ingredient whole grain; or
- Have as the first ingredient, one of the non-grain major food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy or protien foods; or
- Be a combination food that contains one quarter cup of fruit and /or vegetable; or
- Have one of the food items above as a second ingredient if water is the first ingredient
As we work to change our foods and beverages across campus, we would appreciate your support. We know as we all embrace change together and work together to find solutions during this change process that we can all be successful! If you have questions regarding our districts Wellness Policy, please give us a call.
Important information for you:
- School begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
- Preschool and Kindergarten will be on a staggered start schedule and information will be mailed home to families
- Preschool and Kindergarten students (All) first full day will be Friday, September 7, 2018
- Doors open at 8:35 am for students eating breakfast and classrooms are open at 8:55.
- Preschool morning session starts at 8:30-11:45, and the afternoon session begins at 12:30-3:45
- School hours for grades K-5 are 9:15 am – 3:30 pm.
- Students can find out their assigned teacher in the following ways: Class lists will be posted on the front doors on Friday, August 24 after 4:00 pm.
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.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
Earl Boyles Principal