August 14, 2017
Dear Earl Boyles Parents, Students, and Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 year will prove to be an exciting one. Below are items of interest:
Grade level teams:
- Preschool: Katie Nordstrom, Natalie Stemler, Andreina Velasco
- Kindergarten: Cynthia Casteel, Crystal LeGallo, 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: Holly Birman, Fanny Bretsch, Becky Wandell
- Fifth Grade: Jen DiFrancis, Patrick Farinholt, Kim Graham
- 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
- Computer Lab Assistant: Kristina Lozovinskaya
- Library/Media Assistant: Adam Reich
- SUN Coordinator: Rey Drew
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 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.
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 at10:15 a.m., one hour later than usual. Bus schedules will be one hour later as well.
SCHOOL WIDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (ELD): We will continue implementing a school-wide walk to Language model. All staff members have been trained on Language Development, and are prepared to instruct your child in their classroom. All students will benefit from a 30-minute walk-to language block to enhance their Academic English Language skills. Be sure to ask your child about the program.
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!
EARL BOYLES PARENTS UNITED GROUP (PARENT ORGANIZATION): Parents and the Earl Boyles community play a valuable role in helping our students be successful. The Parents United is an integral part of that process. They support teachers, students, and families. We are looking for parents that would like to represent our community. Please consider joining and supporting the Parents United Group. We need your help!
I’m excited to start my ninth year at Earl Boyles, and I am looking forward to another great year. I am proud to work in such a fine school with outstanding staff members, great families, and wonderful kids. I look forward with great excitement and pleasure to working with our returning families and students, and I would like to welcome our families new to the area. I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the Bulldog community and to work with a staff that is dedicated to a quality education for children.
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!
Earl Boyles Principal