A Message from Our Principal

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the 2018-19 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.

I would like to thank you for being a partner in your child’s education this year.  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.

This year we are fortunate to receive free books from our partners at the Children’s Book Bank.  Your child will come home with two-three new books to read over the summer.  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.

We have great news to share with you! At the beginning of next school year, Earl Boyles Elementary students will receive backpacks full of school supplies through the Schoolhouse Supplies Tools for Schools Program and your school sponsor, Wells Fargo! Through the generosity of this partnership, every student at Earl Boyles will receive a backpack full of supplies during the first week of school.  These are supplies that your child can keep at home to work on projects over the year. We are thrilled with this partnership at your school. Because of this community support you will not need to purchase a backpack for your child this summer!  We will still require the $20.00 supply fee for classroom supplies, but we hope this help offset some of the cost for your family.

Below are some reminders and our summer hours for activities:

Last day of school for the 2018-2019: Friday, June 14, 2019, dismissal will be at 11:55 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 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019 for registrations and questions. The office will be closed from June 24-August 16, 2019. We will reopen on August 19, 2019 for registrations.

Back to school night: August 29th at 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All Staff Returns: August 26, 2019

First day of school for students: September 3, 2019 

Top 5 things to know when you are registering your child:

  • You will need to pick up full registration packets at the office.
  • For each of your children you will need to complete a full packet
  • You  will need to fully complete the registration packet
  • The office will need a birth certificate (PreK, Kinder and all out state children who are registering)
  • Please provide immunizations copies, and fill out Oregon Immunization card (PreK, Kinder and all out state children registering) 
  • Proof of Address (your most current utility bill, lease or property tax statement will work)

Please give our office a call if you have questions in regards to registering your child for the 2019-20 school year. You can reach us via phone by dialing 503-256-6554 during the hours mention above. 

Thank you for taking time to provide all of this important information for your child.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Summer Activities: Building programs close from June 24th -July 12th to allow deep cleaning of the building.

Food Pantry: Food pantry will be open on June 19th at 1:00.  Food Pantry will be close the following weeks: June 26, July 3 and July 10 to allow deep cleaning to occur.  It will be reopen over the summer starting on July 17.  Summer hours will be from 1:00-2:30. If you need emergency food boxes and additional food resources during the closure, please contact the SUN office.

Earl Boyles SUN Program: 

Summer SUN starts on July 15-August 8 and runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00-1:00

Early Kindergarten Transition (E.K.T.) will start on July 29-August 9, and runs Monday-Fridays from 9:00-1:00.

Fun in the Park! The Earl Boyles Summer festival and resource fair

July 27th from10:00am-1:00pm at Ron Russell Middle School track Free food, resources, and family activities

Please contact our SUN Coordinator with any questions you might have in regards to our SUN program. Our SUN Coordinator can be reached at 503-528-4059.

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 102 students in 3 hour and 15 min morning or afternoon 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 9/1/2019.  Priority will be given to 4 year olds, but we expect that there will still be spots left for 3 year old students.

To register for the Earl Boyles pre-school program families must return the pre-school application to the school office by June 21, 2019 although applications will still be accepted after that date once the office reopens on August 19, 2019. At that point, the school secretary 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 pre-school 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 I look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 29th 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. I look forward to undertaking this exciting partnership with you.


Ericka Guynes

Earl Boyles Principal