Is your family in need of food benefits?
If so, you may qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Even partially qualifying can help you stretch your food dollar, and may also benefit other families in the David Douglas School District.
Here’s how: Schools that are Community Eligible can provide free meals to every student in the school. Schools become Community Eligible based on the number of families in the attendance area who qualify for SNAP. Five schools in David Douglas already qualify for Community Eligibility, and all students in those schools receive free meals. We hope to bring free meals for all students to all of our schools.
Applying for SNAP benefits online is easy. Just go to https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication
If you want assistance, call 1-855-626-2050 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteer to read with SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today)
As a SMART volunteer, you’ll read one-on-one with our kindergarten through second-grade students from mid-October through mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build literacy skills and self-confidence. SMART is fun and further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving students new books each month to take home and keep.
OPB’s Class of 2025 Project
From opb.org: “OPB is zeroing in on a group of students that started kindergarten at Earl Boyles Elementary, an ethnically and racially diverse school in Southeast Portland. Most of the students at Earl Boyles qualify for free or reduced lunch. Twenty-eight Earl Boyles families with children who entered first grade in 2013 agreed to allow OPB reporters and producers to follow them. During the past year, we’ve visited these families in their homes. Reporter Rob Manning, Public Insight journalist Amanda Peacher, and photographer Michael Clapp have interviewed, filmed and photographed these students and their families.
This spring, we take an in-depth look at first grade students with the broadcast of a one-hour documentary, “Class of 2025” on June 3, 2014 and this interactive multimedia site showcasing some of the students’ stories.”
Click here to access the OPB site and watch the documentary!
Important Note About Parking:
Multiple families have had their vehicles towed or almost towed for parking in the apartment complex across the street or right out in front of the apartment complex across the street. Please be aware that is not a public parking space and find parking elsewhere. The circles in the pictures above show where NOT to park. Please be mindful!
Looking for an outstanding Common Core resource for parents?
Education non-profit GreatSchools has created more than 120 videos in English and Spanish that detail Common Core expectations for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The short videos are meant to help parents better understand what children should know how to do and when.
Grade 1 Reading:
– Can your 1st grader figure out the meaning of words?
– Does your 1st grader show understanding like this?
Grade 4 Writing:
– What does 4th grade writing look like?
– Can a 4th grader do research for an essay?
Grade 1 Math:
– How easily does your first grader add and subtract?
– Can your first grader tackle word problems?
Check out the videos:http://www.greatschools.org/gk/milestones/
On the main page there is also a short overview video explaining the project. (1:13 min)
There is a button in the upper right to translate to Spanish.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
|Breakfast Served||8:25 a.m.|
|Doors Open/Attendance begins||8:45 a.m.|
|Classwork begins||9:00 a.m.|
|Pre-school AM Session begins||8:15 a.m.|
|Pre-school PM Session begins||12:15 p.m.|
|K-5 Dismissal||3:15 p.m.|
|Office Hours||7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.|
Wednesday Late Start:
|Breakfast Served||9:25-9:55 a.m.|
|Doors Open||9:30 a.m.|
|Class Begins||9:45 a.m.|
|K-5 Dismissal||3:15 p.m.|
|No pre-school students on Wednesday|
NOTE: Students should not arrive to school prior to 8:45 a.m. unless they’re eating breakfast at 8:25. There is no supervision on the playground before school. Students are not allowed to play on equipment before school.
Earl Boyles is pleased to offer breakfast at no charge to all students. Breakfast will begin the first day of school and will be served from 8:25-9:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 9:25-10:00 on Wednesday-Late Start days. I encourage you to take advantage of this service. If you are dropping your child off at school in the morning we would like you to drop them off in the front of the school so they can go directly into breakfast.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Morning drop off for students will be located in the front of the school. Students can enter the building at 8:25 for breakfast. When dropping off your child please use the lane closes to Bush Street, not the bus lane
Afternoon pick-up for dismissal will be located in the back of the building in the turn around loop. Students in grades K-5 will all be released at the same time, which is 3:15. 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. When you exit the parking lot, you will need to always exit to the right to prevent traffic issues.
If you need to come into the school for any reason, please park your car in the parking lot. Thank you for your patience as we create a safe arrival and dismissal procedure for the children.
PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN AND LIFE SKILLS CLASS DISMISSAL:
Our preschool, Kindergarten and life skills students will exit out the front of the building if they are bus riders.
- If you are picking up a kindergarten or life skills student you will use the front pick up lane. Please stay in your car, and your child will be delivered to you.
- If you are picking up your preschool student, you will need to park in the parking lot, come into the building, check in the office and go to the classroom to pick up your child.
We take your child’s safety very seriously, so thank you in advance for your patience.
This year lunch prices will be as follows: Paid-$2.60, Milk-$.50
Please call the office by 9:15 a.m. when your child is going to be absent. If we do not receive a call, the office will attempt to contact the parent. A written note stating the date(s) and reason for the absence is required when he/she returns to school.
This year, families will not need to purchase and bring in their own school supplies. Instead, we are asking for a $20.00 fee to be paid the first week of school. This fee will provide your child with the necessary supplies for the entire year.
EARL BOYLES BARK
The Earl Boyles BARK is our bi-weekly newsletter. Information about schedule changes and special events will be announced in the BARK. The BARK will go home every other week in the Wednesday folders.
PARENTS/VISITORS MUST WEAR A BADGE
To ensure the safety of students, all visitors must wear a badge and sign in at the office. If you are dropping your child off at school you may walk them to the door without checking in. Any parent entering the building will be asked to wear a badge. Thank you for helping to make Earl Boyles safe.
All doors are locked the entire day. All visitors and volunteers must enter through the front doors by ringing the doorbell. Once you ring the doorbell the office staff will let you into the building. Once inside you will need to go to the office and sign in on the computer.
PICKING UP STUDENTS
Please try to schedule all appointments after dismissal so your child does not miss the end of the day activities. If it’s essential that you pick up your child, they will not be released without a parent or designated adult signing them out from the office. Please update your emergency contacts and numbers.
Class lists for Preschool through 5th grade will be posted at the Back To School Night (Thursday, September 1st) and on the front door windows Friday, August 26th. Teacher assignments will not be available prior to this time. Please note that careful consideration goes into making class lists. Requests for change are granted only in extreme situations.
Please be sure to check the enclosed schedule. If you have any questions about the routes please call the Bus Garage at (503) 256-6526.
ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN
All elementary schools in David Douglas have full day Kindergarten programs. We have three Kindergarten classrooms here at Earl Boyles. If our classrooms reach capacity, then we will bus additional students to other schools in our district that have space.
This year we will once again have three pre-school classrooms on sight. The preschool is for 3-4 year olds and the schedule will be as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday class sessions: 8:15-11:30 a.m. session, 12:15-3:30 p.m. session. Selected Wednesday’s there will be no student’s; it will be a home visit day, and a day of training for staff. Preschool starts September 7th, and there will be a staggered start the first two days. The first day for all students will be Friday, September 9th. Parents will be informed of their child’s assigned day and time. Our three preschool teachers are: Mrs. Andreina Velasco, Ms. Katie Nordstrom, and Ms. Natalie Stemler.
Earl Boyles will be partnering with Multnomah County Library this year 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!
TECHNOLOGY GRANT FOR PRESCHOOL-THIRD GRADE
Two years ago we received a Technology grant from Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. The grant provided 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 all teachers. In addition to the wonderful technology we were also able to hire a Technology Coach, Mr. Luan Nguyen, to support us as we use the technology to enhance instruction. 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.
We have an Adult Classroom and Infant Toddler room on site to allow us to partner and offer classes for the community. Our classes will range from healthy eating to childcare classes. We have conducted a community health assessment now to determine what types of offerings would best serve the community, and we look forward to partnering with you in the future.
BIRTH-AGE 3 PROGRAMS
We have selected programs available for our birth to age three in our Infant Toddler room. Please call the office at 503.256.6554 for specific dates and times.
SCHOOL WIDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (ELD)
All David Douglas Schools are implementing a school-wide walk to ELD 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 English Language skills. Be sure to ask your child about the program.
The Earl Boyles Site Council is a committee comprised of teachers and parents with a goal of continual school improvement. If you are interested in serving on Site Council, please contact me personally at 503-256-6554.
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 Group 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 Earl Boyles Parents United Group. We need your help! If you are interested in joining the Parent United Group please give me a call at 503-256-6554.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (PLC) WEDNESDAYS: Our schools will open one hour late every Wednesday this school year. This schedule change will happen every Wednesday for all of our schools. 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 at 10 a.m., while the middle schools and David Douglas High School will start at 9 a.m. Bus schedules will be altered accordingly. We know this schedule change will cause our families to plan differently for Wednesday mornings. We want to give early notice so that families can begin planning for it now. We think this is the best way to ensure that our schools are doing everything possible for our students to succeed academically.
RECESS BEFORE LUNCH
Students will be dismissed to the playground for play and then brought in to eat. With this system children are more ready to eat and not in a hurry to get outside and play, therefore less food is thrown away. Students also return to class feeling more full and settled.