Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • June 13th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Scrip Wrap-Up and Other Fundraising Opportunities: Below & Attached

    Summer Math: Below

    Odyssey Art Classes with Debi Crawford: Below

    Odyssey Family Summer Campout at Dodge Park: Below

    2018-2019 School Supply Lists: Below & Attached

    Summer Reading Program Starts June 15: Below                                                                                                                     


    Upcoming Events

    Annual Odyssey Family Summer Campout at Dodge Park: August 17-19

    First Day of School, Grades 1-8:  Monday, August 27

    First Day of School, Kindergarten: Thursday, August 30

    Save the Date! Fall Festival: Saturday, September 22



    Scrip Wrap-Up and Other Fundraising Opportunities

    Thanks to everybody for supporting the scrip program this year. With just an average of 11 orders a week we generated $3500 of profits. I will be continuing on as scrip coordinator next year so I'll see you and your orders in the fall! If you have ideas on how to make the process better or how to convince others to participate let me know.

    If you are considering buying a gift card in lieu of purchasing the team supplies portion of the school supplies, or making an extra donation to the classroom teacher for other supplies, let me do the work for you! See the attached forms.  SCRIP Order Form

    Finally, as I've been accumulating donations from local businesses for the Fall Festival I've gotten some Groupon-like certificates for $500 or more off from orthodontists. If you have a kiddo getting braces and are planning on going to Garfinkle, Ensley, Sylvan or Raleigh Hill Orthodontics in the upcoming year I have a deal for you! There of course are restrictions so let me know if your interested and we can see if it will work for you. I wish some of my $$$ had gone to PTA rather than our ortho...

    Have a great summer!

    Lisa <lisavannatta@gmail.com>


    Summer Math!


    Dear Odyssey Families,

    We hope your summer is off to a great start!  As you head off to your various adventures, we wanted to offer some ideas for what to practice in math over the summer.  We hope that you can integrate practice of these skills in a fun and engaging way. The skills listed will reinforce what they have been working on this last school year and prepare them to return ready to launch into the new math year.  Happy Summer!


    ·       Count and use real money

    ·       Practice telling time

    ·       Use an analog watch or clock

    ·       Fact families (2+3=5, 3+2=5, 5-2=3, 5-3=2)  

    ·       Quick recall of basic addition and subtraction facts


    ·       Work on memorizing math facts with automaticity

    o   Addition

    o   Subtraction

    o   Multiplication facts

    ·       Flash cards during long road trips!


    ·       Work on Khan Academy for the math grade level they just completed

    o   Common Core 6th = 6th Grade

    o   Compacted Year 1 = 7th Grade

    o   Compacted Year 2 = 8th Grade/Algebra 1



    Odyssey Art Classes with Debi Crawford

    Art classes are greatly impacted by the generous volunteers that help make the program. Rebecca Hicks selflessly organized time slots for all of K through 5 classes this year. Thank you!

    And thank you to the Art Class volunteers! These people have made a huge difference in our Art Program this year. They work behind the scenes matting, distributing, threading needles, cutting material, collecting art, cleaning up the classroom and encouraging Odyssey art students. What a difference they make! These are the folks helping often in classes throughout the year:

    Genevieve Fu (K,1,2  &  3,4,5)      Jessica Dalpiaz (K,1,2)

    Katie Dill (K,1,2  &  3,4,5)               Kathleen Valle (K,1,2)

    Doug Burke (K,1,2  &  3,4,5)          Jamie Clary (3,4,5) 

    Lisa Hedley (3,4,5)                           Andy Osenar (3,4,5) 

    Laura Geisel (K,1,2 )                        Michelle Mize (K,1,2 )

    Rhonda MacAllister (K,1,2)            Denise Rosenthal (K,1,2)

    Adam Solop (K,1,2  &  3,4,5)          Theo Ducker (K,1,2)

    Marcela Parra Arcild (K,1,2 )           Soome Salinthone (K,1,2)

    Natalie Stamper (K,1,2 & 3,4,5)     Jill and Mike Andreyuk (3,4,5)

    Sal AlSudairy (K,1,2 )                        Kate Henson (3,4,5)

    Brandie Mannon (K,1,2)                  Ariel Malia (3,4,5)

    Beth Hale (3,4,5)                               Gretchen Morley (3,4,5) 

    Rebecca Hicks (3,4,5)                        Laura Taylor (3,4,5) 

                           And Terri Preeg Riggsby (3,4,5) 


    I look forward to seeing you all again next year (and others too!).

    Happy creating during the summer!

    Mrs Debi Crawford
    Odyssey/Hayhurst Art Teacher

    *Should anyone like to take art classes this summer, email me at debicrawford@gmail.com and I will send a list of places where they are on offer 


    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Dodge Park August 17-19

    Join us for a community campout this summer at the historic Dodge Park.  It is 20 miles east of Portland (about an hour drive) at the confluence of the Sandy and the Bull Run rivers. There are flush toilets, showers, a playground, sandy beach, wading, fishing and 20 camping sites (15 tent and 5 RV). You can come out Friday afternoon and stay both nights, or come out Saturday for one night (or just the day). Last year we had a great time swimming, splashing and intertubing in the rivers, building fires, roasting marshmallow and getting to know each other better.

    More information, pictures and directions to Dodge Park can be found  here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/index.cfm?&c=47496

    We have the Community Hall reserved all day Saturday and will have a dinner potluck all together. 


    Day trip: free

    1 night:   $31.25

    2 nights: $54.25

    Community Hall, suggested donation of $15.00

    Use this survey monkey form to register:



    Link to map of campground:




    2018/2019 School Supply Lists

    Click here next year’s student supply lists.  Each grade level supply needs are split into Individual and Team supplies.  If you are considering buying a gift card in lieu of purchasing the Team supplies, or want to make an extra donation, fill out the SCRIP form and our SCRIP coordinator will purchase and deliver the gift cards for you.  Odyssey PTA will receive the bonus rebate!  SCRIP orders will be accepted August 9th – 30th.

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary



    Summer Reading starts June 15


    This year, all students at our school will receive a Multnomah County Library Summer Reading gameboard before summer vacation begins.  Players keep track of the days they read, are read to or listen to audiobooks.  They can earn T-shirts, books, and other great prizes.  Reading through the summer - even just 15 minutes a day! - can help students start fall ready to learn, instead of losing reading skills.  Summer reading is free, and kids who finish the game will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a trip for four to Great Wolf Lodge waterpark!


    Susie Beckers, Teacher~Librarian

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    (503) 916-6310




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  • June, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Dear Odyssey Families,

    The end of the school year has come upon us and I’m sure we are all ready for a break. We’ve had a great year in our new location! Listed below are events taking place over the summer and when we return to school in August:   

    Meet & Play on our PlaygroundCome play on the playground and meet Odyssey families: 

        K-1-2 Summer Playdates
             Tuesdays, July 10th – August 7th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm  

          Kindergarten Only – Popsicle Party/Meet Your Classmates/Tour the Classrooms         
          Tuesday, August 14th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm                           

    August 23rd, 5:30 pm - Dinner with the Principal. Mrs. Froehlich’s Back-to-School dinner for Odyssey families. Mrs. Froehlich will provide dinner. It’s a great evening of fun. All Odyssey families are invited.   
    Location: East Sylvan gym/cafeteria

    August 25th, 9:00am-Noon - The Odyssey Program School Community Care Day.  Bring your garden tools and make our school grounds beautiful. Location: Front of the school.

    The first day of school for grades 1st - 8th is Monday, August 27th .

    Odyssey Back To School Night, Tuesday, Sept. 13th , 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is a parent-only event for parents to meet the teacher and hear what to expect for the coming year.

    Supply lists can be found on our website at
    www.odysseyprogram.org .

    I wish you a wonderful summer. Read, play, and spend some time outdoors. I look forward to seeing you in the Fall.


    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal, Odyssey / Hayhurst Schools

District News

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  • Resources to help students avoid the ‘summer slide’ in reading

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    The school year has been over for nearly three weeks, and your student is settling into a summer routine. But the time off can harm academic gains made during the school year. A number of studies point to weeks or months of learning loss, particularly for students who were already struggling. For some the “summer slide” can snowball over time, leaving them chronically below grade level.

  • Announcing James John’s new principal, Dr. John Melvin Jr.

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    July 2018

    Dear James John Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Dr. John Melvin Jr. is the new principal at James John Elementary School. John is a multi-lingual leader with an extensive background of leading elementary schools.

  • Harriet Tubman alumni gathering will be rescheduled in the fall

    Harriet Tubman Alumni and Community Partners,
    We are excited about the re-opening of Harriet Tubman Middle School and the promise of academic excellence and opportunity for students and families in North and Northeast. We believe that our success will be rooted in the efforts of alumna who have once attended Harriet Tubman Middle School and understand the importance of leveraging the skills and experiences of those that have paved the way.
  • Announcing Boise-Eliot/Humboldt’s new principal, Kaveh Pakseresht

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    July 2018

    Dear Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Kaveh Pakseresht will take over as principal of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School. He is someone many of you will be familiar with as he served as assistant principal under Kevin Bacon the last two years, and that familiarity will be a major asset as BEH transitions from a PK-8 school to a PK-5 this year.


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