Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

1849 SW 58th AvenuePortland, OR 97221Ph (503) 916-6310Fx (503) 916-2124

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  • Nov. 9th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    November Restaurant Night 11/14: Below & Attached

    Book Fair at Annie Bloom’s Books 11/13 – 11/17: Below & Attached

    Picture Retake Day 11/14: Below

    Teacher & Staff Meals During Fall Conferences: Below

    TAG Nominations & Parent Meeting: Below

    Prescription Eyeglass Donations for Mexico: Below

    2018 Giving Snowman: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Family Movie Night – Mary Poppins! Below & Attached

    Odyssey Ski Bus: Below



    Upcoming Events

    Restaurant Night at Ernesto’s: Wednesday, November 14

    Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, November 14

    Odyssey Book Fair at Annie Bloom’s Books: November 13-17

    Student Poetry Reading at Annie Bloom’s Books: November 15

    Odyssey Family Movie Night – Mary Poppins! Friday, November 30

    Save the Date! Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Thursday, February 14, 1 – 2:15pm



    November Restaurant Night at Ernesto's Italian Restaurant


    Thanks to everyone who made it to MOD Pizza in October!  We made just over $150 for the school.  Odyssey's November Restaurant Night at Ernesto's Italian Restaurant is quickly approaching on Wednesday, November 14!  The offer is 20% of sales for that day if you bring the flyer (to follow) or mention Odyssey. The 20% applies to all orders including take out, lunch and dinner. It does not apply to orders placed with Uber Eats or Postmates for delivery. It would apply to party pan orders and large deliveries from the restaurant as well. A large order is considered over $200.00 and they deliver within 5 miles of the restaurant for a $25.00 fee.  They take reservations!


    Ernesto's Italian Restaurant 
    8544 SW Apple Way 
    Portland, Oregon 97225
    Phone: 503-292-0119



    Book Fair at Annie Bloom’s Books November 13-17


    Raise money for our school when you shop at Annie Bloom's Books November 13 through 17 only.


    20% of your purchase goes to our school when you mention the Odyssey Program at checkout or in the comments when you order online.  Teacher wish lists will be available at the checkout counter if you would like to gift the classroom with a new book.  ONLINE ORDERS, GIFT CARDS & PRE-ORDERS QUALIFY, TOO!


    POETRY READING Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm at Annie Bloom's Books.

    Come to the store on November 15 at 7 pm to hear students read original poems or poetry by other authors.  Join us for tea and cookies after, and maybe get a glimpse of the store's namesake cat, Annie Bloom.  Students interested in reading a poem that evening should email cassieclervi@gmail.com



    Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, Nov. 14th

    The Odyssey East Sylvan picture retake day is quickly approaching. If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image*, do not miss out on ordering pictures for your student. 

    Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online now at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here EBFW2V2Q. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day.  *If you want a retake, bring your picture package with you on retake day.



    Teacher & Staff Meal during Fall Conferences – November 19


    Hello Odyssey Families!


    Fall conferences are upon us in a couple of weeks. Let's show our teachers and staff our appreciation by providing some hearty appetizers, desserts and drinks for them on Monday, Nov. 19.  I'm looking for folks to drop off food between 2-3:30 on Monday, Nov 19 or help with clean up that evening during the last hour of conferences (7-8pm).  Non-food items can be dropped off anytime before 3:30. Click the following link to sign up online to help.  http://signup.com/go/pHMRRHF  


    This is a great way to show our teachers and staff how much we value their time, energy and dedication to our children.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions, mnmize@yahoo.com 


    Thank you!

    Michelle Mize (mom of 3rd grader, Mareya)



    TAG Nominations & Parent Meeting


    If you are interested in nominating your child for TAG, please pick up a nomination form from the TAG bulletin board or call and request one to be sent home with your student.  These forms need to be completed and returned to the office no later than Friday, November 30.  


    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Assistant Principal and Odyssey TAG facilitator at (503) 916-6310 or e-mail at dself@pps.net.   


    TAG Parent Meeting

    We will hold our annual TAG Parent Meeting on Monday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  This presentation will review the TAG basics, identification process, TAG plans, rate and level, and instructional strategies (similar to what I have presented in previous years).  The presentation is planned for parents of students who are already identified in the program, but anyone interested in our TAG program is welcome. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Assistant Principal and Odyssey TAG facilitator at (503) 916-6310 or e-mail at dself@pps.net.   



    Eyeglasses Donations for Mexico


    Dear Odyssey families, 


    We are going to Mexico and we are collecting glasses to donate to families in need. So if you have any prescription or reading glasses that you can part with, please turn them into the main office by Friday, November 16.



    The Osenars



    2018 Giving Snowman


    Dear Odyssey Community,


    As the holiday season gets closer we begin to think about the needs of others in our community.  We have many within our own school community that appreciate the support and caring of others during the holiday season.  The “Giving Snowman” will appear in the main hallway, with a variety of options for giving.  Please feel free to stop by, pick out a tag, and support someone in need.  The Giving Snowman will be up from November 19th - December 13th, with gifts being delivered prior to winter break.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your children to be involved in giving to others and recognizing that there are others in our community that are in need of some holiday cheer.


    Thanks for your support!


    Deanne Froehlich




    Odyssey Family Movie Night – Mary Poppins!

    Join us on Friday Nov.30th for a family friendly movie night in our school auditorium!

    Doors open at 5:45pm, movie begins at 6:00pm.   We will be showing Mary Poppins, concessions provided free of charge by your Odyssey PTA!  Bring your blankets, pillows, wear pajamas and enjoy a fun filled movie night with your Odyssey community!


    See the attached flyer for more information!


    Questions?  Ask Katie Dill at ktdill78@gmail.com



    Odyssey Ski Bus is ready to roll out.  Need a lift?


    Each Sunday in January a charter bus will take interested participants to Mt. Hood Meadows.  It is a convenient way for your child (or anyone in your family) to purchase lessons, lift tickets, and transportation at a group rate.  The charter bus is equipped with televisions and a bathroom and parks right next to the lodge in the first row of the parking lot.  The whole family can join, or you can enroll your child in SnoBlasters and be assured that they will be escorted to the Ski School, receive instruction and supervision each Sunday, and be returned to you in the evening.  We will depart from the parking lot across from the Southwest Community Center on the corner of 45th and Vermont.


    To check out the different packages available go to:


    enter GO code: 1163262


    Email, call, or text me if you have any questions,

    Aaron Bech

    Father of Annika (4th) and Colin (1st).





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  • Welcome Letter 2018-2019

    Dear Odyssey Families,

    Welcome Back to School!! It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end. However, I always enjoy the start of the school year seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year. 

    This year school starts on MONDAY, August 27th at 8:00am for grades 1-8. For kindergarteners, you will receive a call in the next few weeks to schedule a time slot to come in for an assessment for your child. Assessments will be on either August 27th, 28th  or 29thThe first full day of kindergarten will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, at 8:00am.

    Here is some information that will assist you to begin the school year.

    School Hours

    School begins each morning at 8:00AM and the day ends at 2:15PM for grades K-5 and at 2:30PM for 6-7-8. We will send home a school calendar in the beginning of the year in the back-to-school packet to remind you of holidays, conference schedules, and school events.


    Beginning the School Day

    We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell

    (7:55 AM) for the benefit of our teachers, who are using this time to prepare for the day. We ask that all students (and all accompanying parents) go to the auditorium when they get to the school in the morning.  Students may socialize and wait to be dismissed to their classrooms. Supervision will be provided from 7:45-7:55AM.


    Entering the School

    Although our school has many doors to get in and out, our policy is to keep all doors locked from the outside, except for the main doors in the front of the building. Please enter and exit the building only through the front doors. Staff have a card key to enter and exit all doors during the day, so there is no need to ever prop a door open. 

    Bringing Your Child in the Morning

    If you are bringing your child to school and simply dropping them off, please drive (slowly) through the parking lot and be ready to have your child exit the car once you reach the end of the driveway. Please avoid idling your car outside. The front of the school is not a park and drop off point, last year we had many near accidents as folks opened car doors while others where zipping down the road.


    If you are going to accompany your child inside the school, please park in the parking lot and come inside. Other parking options are on the side streets or in the neighborhood. Please do not park in front of driveways!! 


    A visual map is hanging in the front hallway to show you the parking lot loop and drop off location.


    Picking Your Child Up at Dismissal Time

    At the end of the day, please park your car in the parking lot or the neighborhood and walk into the building. K12 parents will pick up their child from their homeroom at 2:15pm. 345 students will meet their parent in the front hallway or the grassy area in the front of the school at 2:15pm. The 678 students will be dismissed at 2:30pm and must have a set location to meet parents for pickup (front hallway, parking lot, curb). If your child is enrolled in Atlas or the PJA after school care program, the students will meet in Mrs. Howard’s room

    (room 19) and be escorted out to the bus once it arrives.


    Upcoming Events

    Dinner with the Principal, August 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm on the blacktop outside the cafeteria area (or in the cafeteria if it is raining). The whole family is welcome to attend. We will provide the food (gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available), and you get to see old friends, meet new ones, and ease your way back into the school year. This is always a fun evening!

    Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 25th from 9-12 at the school. Come help clean up and beautify our grounds, and work on some school projects inside and out. Bring the whole family and enjoy working together to improve our school.

    Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:30pm. Please save the date for a parent-only night with teachers. You will get to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the classroom expectations, and hear about the upcoming year.

    School Code and Dress Code

    Here is the dress code for all Portland Public schools. You may not have much problem with your student along these lines but it is important for everyone to know what is not acceptable, especially before school shopping.  “Appropriate dress contributes to a positive learning environment. The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rest primarily with the student and his or her parents. Students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health or safety of the students or others, is sexually suggestive (examples include bare midriffs, visible undergarments, plunging necklines, see-through materials, or sagging pants), is alcohol or drug-related (including advertising or advocating the use of such products), is vulgar, lewd, obscene, or plainly offensive, is insulting and/or demeaning to a particular person or group, or is indicative of gang activity or membership (Reference: 4:30.012-P). When you are shopping for your child, it is important that you follow these guidelines.

    Other school expectations:

    ·       No wheels-on-heels shoes.

    ·       No cell phones or watch phones during school hours. If seen, we will take them for the day. Students need to keep them in their backpack during school hours.

    ·       No electronics. Again, if seen we will take them for the day, unless classroom teachers specify.

    ·       If your child uses a skateboard, scooter, or bicycle anywhere, not just here at school, please get them a suitable helmet. If this is a financial problem, let the principal know. We can help.

    ·       If your child rides a bike to school, make sure they lock their bike up in the rack in front of the school.

    ·       The warm weather will continue for the next month or so. Please dress your child in summer clothing. 


    ·       Please have them bring a water bottle to school each day.


    I am still in the process of hiring a school counselor and a PE teacher to join the team. Everyone else is returning from last year.


    Edie Howard

    Sue Gregoire

    Kate Wilebski


    Dede Marron

    Heather Mankowski

    Angela LeVan


    Alan Damon

    Kristina Rothwell

    Harmony Brinks-Detzer

    Jack Rainey –

       8th grade Spanish

    Angela Hoffart-Principal’s Secretary, Denise Self-Assistant Principal, Blake Engeldorf-Learning Center, Fran Barth-Technology, Susie Beckers-Media Specialist, Debi Crawford-Art, Caroline Kornberg-Speech Therapist, Peter Puhvel-English Second Language.


    This year I am planning on being at Odyssey every Wednesday. Thursday is district meetings. Some days I am a little bit at each school, depending on meetings and events. Please feel free to call or stop by on any day, as I am easily accessible and happy to chat or see you in person on either campus.


    I look forward to seeing you all very soon.  Please plan to come for the “Dinner with the Principal” on August 23rd and then to “Back To School Night” on September 13th.  I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!


    Happy New School Year!

    Deanne Froehlich



District News

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  • Education Appreciation Nights with the Oregon Ducks

    To kick off the basketball season, the University of Oregon would like to appreciate educators across the state of Oregon with Education Appreciation Nights during two of their Men’s basketball games. The games are on Saturday, December 15th (Vs. Boise State) and Sunday, February 10th (Vs. Stanford). Tickets are at a discounted rate starting at just $11 a seat! In order to redeem your discount, click here and enter promo code “2019TEACH”. Family and friends are welcome to participate. 
  • PPS staff are invited to shop the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store

    Don’t wait until the last minute to start your holiday shopping! The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store is stocked with popular products across multiple brands that will keep you warm in all of your winter activities. Portland Public Schools staff are invited to shop November 23rd – December 16th. Click here for a copy of the pass and read more below for full details about the offer. 
  • LA Fitness membership discounts for PPS employees

    LA Fitness is offering discounted memberships for PPS employees and their families through the end of November. Click here for full details about the offer and contact Drew Jansky at 214-440-6156 or drewjansky.lafitness@gmail.com to sign up.

  • PPS Pulse: November 14, 2018

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Flag-raising at Grant honors Native Americans; tips for flu and cold season