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  • Sept. 25th Weekly Report


    In this Edition

    Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Update the Odyssey Library Ladies – Let’s Get Reading Request Due 9/29! Below

    School Directory – Submit by 10/1: Below

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due 10/3: Below

    PTA Guest Speaker Dr Doreen Dodgen-Magee on Tuesday, 10/6: Attached

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due 10/7: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program: Below

    Counselor’s Corner: Below

    Odyssey Specialists Team Contact Information & Presentation: Below & Attached

    Robocalls About Your Student’s Absence: Below



    Upcoming Events


    Let’s Get Reading Request Form Due: Tuesday, 9/29

    School Directory Submission Deadline: Thursday, 10/1

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due: Saturday, 10/3

    PTA Guest Speaker Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee: Tuesday, 10/6, 6:30 – 7pm

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due: Wednesday, 10/7

    Odyssey TAG Night: Wednesday, 10/7, 6:30pm



    Message From Dr Berg


    Hello Odyssey Families,


    Wow!  What a treat to see all of you at the BTSN festivities.  I got to pop into the clusters and was so happy to see not only our teachers but our parents and some kids in the videos.  I will have the principal's message posted on the website as soon as I can so you can watch if you were unable to attend.  Teachers will be sending their recording home as well.  


    Please mark your calendars for Odyssey TAG Night October 7th at 6:30. Anyone who wants to know more about TAG or has a TAG student is welcome to attend.  The meeting will be recorded if you cannot attend.

    Dr. Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Odyssey TAG Meeting
    Time: Oct 7, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/95126820152?pwd=VW1mMFpDZTBFbkFOclVhakxjRjJmZz09

    As always, please continue to reach out to your teacher and to me if you need support or have questions.  Remember what I said at Back To School Night, this may be the new normal, but it's not normal and we all need support and community regardless of situation.  Thank you for continuing to be a supportive, positive and engaged community.  


    And as always, poetry is one of the ways that I sustain.  This Emily Dickinson poem has been running through my mind lately and I wanted to share:

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)


    “Hope” is the thing with feathers -

    That perches in the soul -

    And sings the tune without the words -

    And never stops - at all -

    And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

    And sore must be the storm -

    That could abash the little Bird

    That kept so many warm -

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

    And on the strangest Sea -

    Yet - never - in Extremity,

    It asked a crumb - of me. 


    With hope and care,

    Dr. Berg 


    “The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' What's the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.”
    Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist



    Update From The Library Ladies – Let’s Get Reading!


    Hello Odyssey Students & Families,


    Quick reminder: Let's Get Reading! curbside checkout program is up and running! Complete details and links to the book request form are on the Odyssey Library website.


    Want to pick up a bag of books next Thursday between 2:00-4:00? Make sure to submit your request form (one per student!) by next Tuesday, September 29th.


    Let's get reading!


    ~ The Library Ladies

    (Ms. C and Ms. Jones)



    School Directory – Submit by October 1!


    If you would like to be in our School Directory please click the attached link and submit by October 1st!  https://forms.gle/WFQdybGf7xiCjk656



    Odyssey Equity Survey Closes October 3


    Two ways to join the conversation!

    1. Complete the Odyssey Equity SurveyLink to survey (closes Oct. 3)  
    2. Sign up for the Equity Team's email list: this is where we'll be discussing action steps based on the survey data. Link to Google form

    Every voice matters as we work to strengthen the systems in our community that serve everyone's needs. We have had 101 survey responses so far and want to reach 150. 

    Thank you!

    - Odyssey Equity Team



    Direct Giving Update – Commitment Form Due October 7


    Odyssey Families,


    Please read the attached letter regarding Direct Giving for the first semester of the 2020/2021 school year.  We are asking that families fill out the Direct Giving commitment form online by October 7th to allow PTA to better plan how to support students and teachers. 


    Ben Riggsby, Caleb (8)

    Direct Giving Coordinator




    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program Sign-Up


    Weekend Food Bags are available for families in need.  This is a joint effort between Take Action Inc, Vermont Hills Church, Odyssey PTA, Hayhurst PTA, and the Ainsworth PTA.


    Due to the school building closure we will be providing food bags every other week.  If your family would like to receive a food bag every other week, please fill out the attached form and return to the Odyssey Office as soon as possible.  Providing information on the number of people in your family will help us to continue to receive grants to fund our program.  We value your privacy and the information that you provide below will remain confidential.

    Please contact Stephanie Cox, School Counselor, at scox@pps.net with any questions.  If your family has dietary restrictions, please let Stephanie know.



    Counselor’s Corner


    I hope the virtual learning world is slowly starting to come together for you and your family.

    I enjoyed seeing many of you at Back to School Night. If you were unable to join us below is a brief recap of the Odyssey School Counseling Program.


    ·       We are expanding our team this year to include QMHP Mr. Ryan Dicker and Ms. Wendi Williams, School Counseling Intern. We will be supporting all students in accessing the academic curriculum. Students can expect to receive Social Emotional Learning, individualized attention and an exploration of careers and higher learning.

    ·       I will deliver weekly school wide synchronous lessons and a variety of Google Meets with small groups and individual students.

    ·       It takes a virtual village, so I collaborate with teachers in all departments as well as caregivers, district level supports, and outside resources.

    ·       My goal this year is to ensure that racial and social justice is at the forefront of every interaction I have with students and families. In this area I too am a student.

    ·       I encourage caregivers and students to email me. In addition, I can call you or we can set up a Google Meet.


    See you soon,

    Stephanie Cox

    School Counselor




    Odyssey Specialists Team Contact Information & Presentation


    Greetings from the Odyssey Specialists Team:


    At Back to School Night it was requested that we gather and share all of our preferred contact methods in one place. Also attached is the PDF version of our presentation for those who could not attend our session (updated to include 8th Grade Spanish).


    Mr. Z (Art) - azimmerman1@pps.net

    Stephanie Cox (Counselor) - scox@pps.net

    Wendi Williams (Counseling Intern) - wewilliams16@georgefox.edu

    Ryan Dicker (QMHP) - rydicker@pps.net

    Coach Payne (P.E./Health) - jpayne2@pps.net

    Ms. C (Library) - lchambers@pps.net OR Remind app

    Ms. Jones (Library) - ljones2@pps.net

    Profe. Goldstein (Spanish) - dgoldstein@pps.net OR Remind app


    Thank you to all who were able to join us - it was a pleasure to connect with you!


    ~ The Odyssey Specialists Team



    Robocalls About Your Student's Absence


    Robocalls regarding absences are sent out the day after an absence occurs.  For example, if your child was absent on a Friday, you will receive a call the following Monday, if absent on Thursday you will receive a call Friday.  This is due to the attendance procedures during distance learning.  Teachers have until the following morning to report attendance for the previous day.  


    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124



    Terri Preeg Riggsby
    Parent Volunteer Odyssey Communications Coordinator



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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 


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