It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the 2021-22 school year. 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 made it! Summer fun is around the corner. I want to thank each of you for your patience, adaptability, compassion, and positive attitudes over the two years and three months of constant change and uncertainty. And yes… WE DID IT. We shifted our mindsets and practices and provided our students with learning and support! It was certainly not without many obstacles and difficulties, but I also witnessed many joys and successes.
This year has been a tumultuous one, filled with change, uncertainty, illness, and many behaviors that we have not witnessed in the past, but I am in such awe of our staff and community. We have come together in an amazing way to ensure that students are still loved and educated, even during challenging times.
Thank you for supporting one another through the last couple of years as a community. The home visits, personal phone calls, texts, material supplies, personal connections, and more have not gone unnoticed. You have truly gone above and beyond the call as a community…But that’s why we’re all here, isn’t it? To serve our students and children, whether in, or out of the classroom.
This is definitely not how I imagined my fourteenth, and last year as a principal would be, but I wouldn’t trade these memories and experiences for anything else. Thank you for this special honor of getting to support and lead Earl Boyles through such challenging times. It’s been my privilege to call Earl Boyles home for many years, and I know you will be in good hands with Lindsay DeFazio as the new principal of Earl Boyles.
I would like to thank you for being a partner in your child’s education over the last several years. I have appreciated your time, input and support as we learned together. As your partner I hope we were able to provide outstanding teachers, a caring and supportive staff, and a safe and fun learning environment for your children. As a staff we will continue to be committed to working together to inspire the value, and love of learning in your children. Some of the best ways you can continue to support this partnership at home is 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. If you are fortunate to speak dual languages, please read to your child in your home language. If you have time this summer, please stop by our lending library, in partnership with Multnomah County Library, which is located at Earl Boyles, to access books if you need them over the summer.
Below are some reminders regarding calendar and times and summer activities:
Last day of school for the 2021-2022 school: The last day for students will be Thursday, June 16, dismissal will be at 11:30 AM. Please make sure to make arrangements to pick up your students on time. Transportation will be available for all students that ride the bus on a regular basis.
Summer Office Hours: The office will be open June 17th- June 24th, 2022 for registrations and questions. The office will be closed from June 27th-August 17th, 2022. We will reopen on August 24th, 2022 for registrations. Please give our office a call if you have questions in regards to registering your child for the 2022-23 school year. If no one is available to answer your call, leave a message and the office staff will reply when they are in the building. You can reach us via phone by dialing 503-256-6554.
Back to school night: Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
All Staff Returns: Monday, August 29, 2022
First day of school for students: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Summer Activities: Building programs close from June 20-July 1 to allow deep cleaning of the building. If you need emergency food boxes and additional food resources during the closure, please contact the SUN office
- Food pantry will be closed for summer cleaning the weeks of June 20-July 12
- If you need emergency food boxes and additional food resources during the closure, please contact the SUN office at 503-309-9698 or 503-256-6500 Ext 8105
- Food pantry will resume serving on Tuesday’s, July 12 -August 23, and pantry hours to be announced in the near future.
- August 30 we will readjust the time because school starts again. New time TBD
Earl Boyles Summer School and SUN Program:
Summer SUN starts on July 11-August 4 and runs Monday-Thursday from 8:45-12:45.
Early Kindergarten Transition (E.K.T.) has two sessions. The first session will start July 11-July 21, and the second session will be July 25-August 4, and runs Monday-Thursday from 8:45 – 12:45.
Please contact Pauline Salazar with any questions you might have in regards to our SUN program. Pauline can be reached at 503-309-9698 or 503-256-6500 Ext 8105.
Earl Boyles Preschool: Earl Boyles is very fortunate to have an Early Learning Wing, which includes three pre-school classrooms with a capacity to serve 60 students in full day sessions. We are currently accepting pre-school applications for children who live in the Earl Boyles school catchment area and who will be at least 3 years old by 9/1/2022. Priority will be given to 4 year olds, but we expect that there will still be spots left for 3 year old students.
Important Links for Preschool and Kindergarten Registration:
- If you or someone you know have a student living in the Earl Boyles catchment who will be 5 by September 1st you can register for grades kindergarten through 12 online at https://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/parents/registration-enrollment/
- If you have a student who will be 3 by September 1st and lives in the Earl Boyles area you may qualify for the Preschool program at Earl Boyles. You can fill out a screening application online at https://eb.ddouglas.k12.or.us/preschool/ If you qualify and there is a space available for your child you will be notified to complete the registration process.
The office staff will verify whether or not you live within the school boundaries. This is important because only children who live within the Earl Boyles school catchment area can participate in the preschool program. However, families who live outside of the boundaries but have children 0-5 years old will still be able to access other services through the Earl Boyles Neighborhood Center. These services will include parenting education, parent-child interaction groups, and professional development for parents, teachers, childcare providers, etc. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Earl Boyles pre-school. We thank you in advance for your partnership in your child’s education.
I hope you have a safe and relaxing summer break, and the staff looks forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 1 at 5:30.
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. Take care and be well!
Respectfully and with much gratitude,
Earl Boyles Principal