Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • Sept. 21st Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Odyssey Fall Festival is TOMORROW! Info Below & Attached

    K-8 Volunteer Training: Below

    Odyssey Restaurant Nights: Below

    Chinook Books: Below

    History Program at Fort Vancouver: Below


    Upcoming Events

    Odyssey Fall Festival: Saturday, September 22, 4 – 7pm

    PTA Meeting: Tuesday, October 2, 6:30pm

    Picture Day: Wednesday, October 3

    Odyssey Talent Show: Thursday, October 11

    NO SCHOOL – In-Service Day: Friday, October 12

    NO SCHOOL – Teacher Planning Day? Monday, October 29

    Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, November 14

    Save the Date! Odyssey Book Fair will be Nov 13-17 at Annie Bloom’s Books!



    FALL FESTIVAL - TOMORROW - September 22, 4-7pm


    Fall Festival (Odyssey’s annual family event and fundraiser) is tomorrow night.

    Saturday, September 22 from 4-7pm.



    * Bring a chair or blanket (the ground may be wet) to enjoy the music

    * Bring cash for the food cart (the auction takes credit cards)

    * Bring warm clothes, it gets cool at night

    * Bring your family to enjoy an Odyssey night out!


    See you tomorrow. You can purchase your ticket, raffle ticket, T-Shirts and hoodies ahead of time with this link or at the event.



    Still looking for a few volunteers - especially set-up between 1:00 and 4:00. Here is the link to sign-up.




    Rebecca HIcks




    K-8 Volunteer Training

    K-8 volunteer training!!  If you are interested in volunteering at Odyssey please consider attending our volunteer training session Friday, Sept 28th at 8am after drop off!  We will begin in the library with complementary coffee cake and coffee:).  We will be going over expectations and opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.  This is also an excellent chance to be trained on various tools such as the copy machine and laminator!  Join us! 
    Katie Dill



    Odyssey Restaurant Nights!


    Odyssey Families,


    I've made it my personal goal to coordinate a community dining night for every month of this school year, and I'm almost there! February and May are still in the works. In the mean time, here's some information about what we have to look forward to. Most events are on Wednesdays. Bring extended family, friends, older and younger siblings...spread the word, everybody's welcome!


    Most restaurants are okay with simply mentioning our fundraiser to earn money for our school. I'll include a flyer and details on each event with my facebook posts and in the weekly updates. You're welcome to print and bring it with you or show it to your server on your phone. If none of these options work, e-mail me and I'll print a flyer for you and put it in your child's mailbox.


    Wednesday, September 12  4:30–9:00

    Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St, Portland, OR 97239


    Wednesday, October 10  All Day

    MOD Pizza, 2695 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #190, Beaverton, OR 97005


    Wednesday, November 14

    Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225


    Wednesday, December 12  4:00–9:00

    City Thai, 6341 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239


    Wednesday, January 9  All Day

    Papa Murphy’s, 4350 South West Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219





    Wednesday, March 13  All Day

    Verde Cocina, 5515 SW Canyon Ct, Portland, OR 97221


    Tuesday, April 9  All Day

    Pizzicato, 6358 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239




    Looking forward to dining with you!





    Chinook Books


    Chinook books are here! $25 for the book and mobile; $15 for mobile only. Find me at pickup Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. Cash or Check to Odyssey PTA. Never that prepared? Don't worry they will be at Fall Festival and you can pay on your credit card with the processing fee added.


    Lisa <lisavannatta@gmail.com>



    History Program at Fort Vancouver

    I am a parent volunteer at Odyssey in 678 (costumes for show) and I also volunteer at Fort Vancouver.


    I can personally vouch for this excellent history program at Fort Vancouver- I used to teach clasees.

    The application process is starting and I thought it would be something the Odyssey community might be interested in.


    Here are the links:


    For the young ladies: https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/kidsyouth/dame-school-curriculum.htm


    For the young gentlemen:  https://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/kidsyouth/young-engage-school-curriculum.htm


    Please let me know if you have questions!

    Deborah Barany, deborahbarany@gmail.com




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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



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