Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • September 2017

    September 22, 2017
    In this Edition
    TOMORROW!! Odyssey Fall Festival! 9/23: Below & Attached Flyer
    Chinook Books – Last Call TOMORROW! Below
    Scrip Orders Due Monday 10/2: Below
    Scholastic Book Fair: Below
    Essential Supply Drive: Below & Attached
    Talented And Gifted (TAG) Information: Below
    **ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!! 5th Annual Family Retreat at Mazama Lodge: Below
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    Upcoming Events
    Odyssey Fall Fundraiser: Saturday, September 23, 3:30pm – 7:45pm
    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, October 2
    Odyssey Talent Show – Thursday, October 12
    5th Annual Family Retreat at Mazama Lodge! Friday, October 13 (No school on 10/13)
    Scholastic Book Fair: October 16 – 19 (Monday – Thursday)
    Grandparents/Special Friends Day: Monday, October 16
    Late Opening: Wednesday, October 18

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    TOMORROW!! Odyssey Fall Fundraiser – STARTS AT 3:30!

    FALL FESTIVAL AND FUNDRAISER
    Saturday, September 23rd
    3:30pm-7:45pm

    Buy your tickets now for our first annual Fall Festival and Fundraiser! Join other Odyssey families for live music by Pete Krebs and Molten Glass, bring a picnic dinner or buy food from the Taco King truck, eat delicious desserts, watch your kids laugh on the bouncy slide, bid on excellent items from the Odyssey community, and more! Only $20 per family!

    Here are just a few of the amazing items that will be part of the silent auction at the event:

    - Beach house weekend
    - Home cooked Brazilian Dinner
    - RV experience
    - Fly Fishing
    - Surfing
    And more!

    Make sure to buy your tickets today so we can get an accurate count for the event.
    https://hayhurst.ejoinme. org/odysseyfall2017

    SEE ATTACHED ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES FLIER!
    See you there!!
    Odyssey PTA

    Questions? Contact Jim Shikany at j_shikany@yahoo.com

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    Chinook Books

    Last call for Chinook Books! I will have them available at the Fall Festival tomorrow and then I am wrapping it up. If you want either a mobile or book version and haven't found me yet shoot me an e-mail and we can get together!

    Thanks,
    Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>

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    Scrip - Next order due Monday, October 2

    Thanks to everybody that did a scrip order. Buying grocery and restaurant cards through the scrip program added up to over $400 profit for the Odyssey program this month. Every bit counts.

    Cheers, Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>

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    Scholastic Book Fair Is On Its Way! 10/16 – 10/19

    Are your children looking for some great new books to read? Odyssey's Scholastic Book Fair opens in a few weeks! October 16-October 19th in the school library. Families can visit and purchase books before and after school. Students will also have an opportunity to look at books during their scheduled library time. The hours are:

    Monday, October 16
    (Also grandparents/special friends day!)
    1:30p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 17
    7:45a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
    1:45pm to 2:45p.m.

    Wednesday, October 18(Late Start)
    9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
    1:45p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Thursday, October 19
    7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
    1:45p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Please considering volunteering for one or more of these time slots! We will need a minimum of 2 parent volunteers per time slot. If you have experience with a register and you can volunteer there may be an extra piece of chocolate for you, but register experience is not a must! Please contact Katie Dill if you are interested in volunteering! Katie.dill@odysseyprogram.org

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    Essential Supply Drive

    There will be a barrel in the front Odyssey hall to collect essential supplies that food stamps don’t cover. Alternatively, you can order items from Amazon and have them directly shipped.

    See the attached flyer for more info.

    Angela Hoffart
    Principal’s Secretary

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    Talented and Gifted (TAG) Information

    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 Monday, November 13. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Odyssey TAG facilitator at (503) 916-6310 or e-mail at dself@pps.net.

    Denise Self
    Assistant Principal
    Odyssey Program at East Sylvan
    Portland Public Schools

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    5th Annual Family Retreat at Mazama Lodge! October 13 -REGISTER TODAY!

    Fri., Oct. 13 – Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 (Friday is a no-school day!)
    ***NOTE: WE HAVE SPACE FOR JUST A FEW MORE FAMILIES SO IF YOU’RE INTERESTED LET ME KNOW ASAP! ***

    The Mazama Mountaineering Club has once again offered us exclusive use of the Mazama Lodge for our 5th annual Family Retreat! More info about Mazamas here: http://mazamas.org/
    The Mazama Lodge is a European-style mountain lodge in the Mt Hood National Forest, just 1 mile from Government Camp.

    Event details:
    Friday, 10/13 – NO SCHOOl! Meet up for a hike and picnic lunch then head to the lodge – or just meet us at the lodge in time for dinner!
    Crafts, exploring in the woods, playtime in the games room (ping pong, pool table, etc), board games and more at the lodge. Family-style vegetarian dinner. Cozy fireplace. Child-led talent show. Lights out around 9 pm.
    Saturday, 10/14 – Family-style breakfast feast. More playtime and laughter. Everyone makes their own sack lunch and heads out by noon. Plenty of hiking in the area and of course beautiful Mt Hood.
    $30 per person includes a bed in one of the bunkrooms and 3 meals (dinner, breakfast, sack lunch). Families bunk in the same room with each other, and share bunk rooms with other families. Children 2 and younger are free.
    $25 per person for tent space and 3 meals.

    Contact Terri Preeg Riggsby at hayhurstinfo@gmail.com to reserve your spot!
     

    September 9, 2017
    In this Edition
    Back to School Night: Below & Attached
    Scrip Due Monday September 11: Below & Attached
    Odyssey Fall Festival! 9/23 - Tickets Available NOW: Below
    Odyssey Talent Show – October 12: Below & Attached
    Chinook Books For Sale: Below
    Odyssey PTA Meeting September 19: Below
    Boxtops For Education: Below
    Facebook Page: Below
    5th Annual Family Retreat at Mazama Lodge: Below

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    Upcoming Events
    Back to School Night (Parents Only): Tuesday, September 12, 6 – 7:30 pm
    PTA Meeting: Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm
    Late Opening: Wednesday, September 20, School Starts at 10:30 am
    Odyssey Fall Fundraiser: Saturday, September 23
    Odyssey Talent Show – Thursday, October 12
    5th Annual Family Retreat at Mazama Lodge! Friday, October 13 (No school on 10/13)

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    Back to School Night Tuesday September 12

    Hello Odyssey Parents,

    This is a reminder about our parent-only Back To School Night taking place this coming Tuesday, Sept. 12th, at 6:00pm. See attached flyer.

    Thanks very much,
    Angela Hoffart
    Principal’s Secretary
    The Odyssey Program at East Sylvan
    P: 503.916.6310

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    Scrip Due Monday September 11!

    The first scrip order of the year will be due on the first Monday of the school year! By 2:15 on Monday, September 11 please have your orders in the Scrip box. Checks made out to Odyssey PTA. Forms can be found in the packet that came home the first day of school, on the Facebook page, attached to this bulletin and on the bulletin board at school. Feel free to order that gift card for school supplies! The next order will be October 2.

    Lisa (mother of Gavin Smith) <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>
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    Odyssey Fall Fundraiser: Saturday September 23
    FALL FESTIVAL AND FUNDRAISER

    Saturday, September 23rd

    4pm-8pm

    Buy your tickets now for our first annual Fall Festival and Fundraiser! Join other Odyssey families for live music by Pete Krebs and Molten Glass, bring a picnic dinner or buy food from the Taco King truck, eat delicious desserts, watch your kids laugh on the bouncy slide, bid on excellent items from the Odyssey community, and more! Only $20 per family!

    Here are just a few of the amazing items that will be part of the silent auction at the event:

    - Beach house weekend
    - Home cooked Brazilian Dinner
    - RV experience
    - Fly Fishing
    - Surfing

    And more!
    Make sure to buy your tickets today so we can get an accurate count for the event.
    https://hayhurst.ejoinme. org/odysseyfall2017

    See you there!!
    Odyssey PTA
    Questions? Contact Jim Shikany at j_shikany@yahoo.com

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    Odyssey Talent Show

    It’s Talent Show time once again. Same great talent, new great date - Thursday, October 12. This year in addition to our regular evening show we’ll be having an in-school show that same day so every student can enjoy the talent in their school community.

    Attached you’ll find the participation form with all the info.

    Questions - please contact us. We’re excited to see your talent!
    Rebecca Hicks, 503-781-1435, rebgak@hotmail.com
    Karen Varney, 503-348-4900, ksvarney@hotmail.co​m

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    Chinook Books On Sale!

    We will be selling Chinook books at pickup on Fridays (or email me at lisavanatta@yahoo.com if you’d like to arrange a different pickup time). $25 for the book/digital combo and $15 for just the digital version. If you want me to earmark one for you just let me know. Checks to Odyssey PTA. Don't know what the Chinook book is? Come find me on Friday or drop me a line.

    Thanks!
    Lisa <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>

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    Odyssey PTA Meeting – Tuesday, September 19

    Our first PTA meeting will be held at the school on September 19th at 6:30pm. All following PTA meeting will take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm starting October 3rd. Membership forms will be sent out in the back to school packet your child will receive on the first day of school. Membership is $10 per adult and is required in order to cast a vote on business items. Membership is not required to attend the meetings. We are looking forward to another successful year at Odyssey. See you there!

    Sincerely,
    The PTA Board (Brendan, Sarah, Gretchen, Jason, and Kari)

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    Facebook Page

    Odyssey has a Facebook page for community events, parents to ask each other questions, etc. This is NOT an official school page, but rather a page run by parent volunteers. This is a private page for Odyssey parents only.

    Check it out at
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/odysseyprogram/

    Thanks,
    Terri Preeg Riggsby
    Parent Volunteer Communications Coordinator

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    Box Tops for Education

    Getting a new account for our new school took some time last year, so we got off to a bit of a slow start. Thanks to those who participated even without any communications going out about the program! You helped us to earn $94.90 for the PTA.

    I’m hoping that this year we can up our game! Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $1000. You can drop off your box tops at any time in the folder attached to the bulletin board next to the main office.

    Let’s make our school’s Box Tops for Education program a huge success this year.

    Thanks for your help! -Jess Soltesz (jessmcf@yahoo.com)
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    5th Annual Family Retreat at Mazama Lodge! October 13 -REGISTER TODAY!

    Fri., Oct. 13 – Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 (Friday is a no-school day!)
    The Mazama Mountaineering Club has once again offered us exclusive use of the Mazama Lodge for our 5th annual Family Retreat! More info about Mazamas here: http://mazamas.org/
    The Mazama Lodge is a European-style mountain lodge in the Mt Hood National Forest, just 1 mile from Government Camp.

    Event details:
    Friday, 10/13 – NO SCHOOl! Meet up for a hike and picnic lunch then head to the lodge – or just meet us at the lodge in time for dinner!
    Crafts, exploring in the woods, playtime in the games room (ping pong, pool table, etc), board games and more at the lodge. Family-style vegetarian dinner. Cozy fireplace. Child-led talent show. Lights out around 9 pm.
    Saturday, 10/14 – Family-style breakfast feast. More playtime and laughter. Everyone makes their own sack lunch and heads out by noon. Plenty of hiking in the area and of course beautiful Mt Hood.
    $30 per person includes a bed in one of the bunkrooms and 3 meals (dinner, breakfast, sack lunch). Families bunk in the same room with each other, and share bunk rooms with other families. Chi
    ​​ ldren 2 and younger are free.
    $25 per person for tent space and 3 meals.

    Contact Terri Preeg Riggsby at hayhurstinfo@gmail.com or 971-404-4909 to reserve your spot!
     
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Principal's
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  • August/September 2017

    August 2017

     

     

    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 seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year.

    This year school starts on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30th, at 8:00am for grades 1-5.  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 30th, 31st  or September 1st.  The first full day of kindergarten will be on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th, 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. At this time we are still unsure about late openings. Once the teacher union has made a decision we will inform you so you can add this to your planning.  Information is also posted on the reader board, Facebook, weekly email newsletters, and flyers that go home in your child’s backpack.

    Beginning the School Day

    We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell (8:00 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.

     

    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 has 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

    Bringing your Child to School.  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 the 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 the auditorium and be escorted out to the bus once it arrives.

    Upcoming Events

    Dinner with the Principal, August 23nd from 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria.

    Please bring the whole family to attend an all school dinner in the cafeteria/playground. We will provide the food, 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.  OSPC/PTA will be holding and informational session starting at 5:30pm in the auditorium for new parents about the program, direct give, and fundraising.

    Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 26th 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 September 12th 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.

    Staff

    We welcome James Winkler to the staff as the new Physical Education teacher.  I am still in the process of hiring a school counselor to join the team.  Everyone else is returning from last year.

    K-1-2

    Edie Howard

    Sue Gregoire

    Kate Wilebski

    3-4-5

    Dede Marron

    Heather Mankowski

    Angela LeVan

    6-7-8

    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 and the school Counselor is to be determined.

    My schedule this year will be similar to last year: Monday and Wednesday at Hayhurst, Tuesday and Friday at Odyssey, Thursday is district meetings or in one of the buildings. 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 23nd and then to” Back To School Night” on September 12th. I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!

    Happy New School Year!

     

    Deanne Froehlich

    Principal

    Odyssey/Hayhurst

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  • Free food, refreshments and history for teachers

    The Oregon Historical Society is hosting an “Educators’ Night” on Oct. 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Educators will receive free admission to all OHS exhibits, will be able to take “mini tours” of the OHS Research Library and Archives and to learn how to get involved with National History Day.

    There will also be free food and refreshments.

    RSVPs are not required. For more information, reach out to education@ohs.org

  • Focus on Diversity film and lecture series

    You are invited to attend a viewing of The Talk: Race in America, on Thursday, October 19, from 5-7pm in the BESC Board Room at 501 N. Dixon, 97227.

  • PPS Employee Giving Campaign

    The PPS Employee Giving Campaign is an opportunity to contribute to nonprofits through payroll deduction. The 15 nonprofits in the campaign serve our community, from Schoolhouse Supplies offering supplies to low-income students, to the Sunshine Division providing clothes and household supplies to needy families, to the United Negro College Fund offering college scholarships and student mentoring. 

  • PPS Pulse, October 10, 2017

    This week we celebrate teaching the Native American experience, report on the feedback from the middle school planning process and much more.
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