A Message from Our Principal

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 Parents United Group, 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.

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 MECP, 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, afterschool classes, adult education, and many more exciting offerings.

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!

As a result of receiving a Technology grant from Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, we have iPads for all of our preschool and kindergarten students, Chrome books for each first-third grade student, Smart Boards, and Light Speed amplification systems for teachers. By adding the new technology at preschool-third grade, it frees up our existing technology for our 4th and 5th grade classrooms. We are very grateful to have this opportunity to prepare our students for the 21st Century learning skills.

All students will receive free breakfast starting at 8:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. on Wednesdays. If you are dropping off your child for breakfast, please use the turn around loop in the front of the building so they can walk directly into breakfast. Afternoon pick-ups for dismissal will be in the back unless your child is in preschool or kindergarten.

Important information for you:

  • Classroom doors open at 9:00 a.m./8:35 a.m. for students eating breakfast, except on Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • 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 or kindergarten 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.

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

Earl Boyles Principal