Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • December 8th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Giving Snowman: Below & Attached

    Scrip Orders: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Info Night – Planning Volunteers Needed: Below

    Weekend Food Bag Program: Below

    Fall Festival Planning Meeting: Below

    PPS Closures & Delays Information: Below

    Revised School Lunch Menu: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Ski Bus: Below


    Upcoming Events

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, 12/11

    Giving Snowman Gift Due: Wednesday, 12/13

    Fall Festival Planning Meeting: Friday, 12/15, 8 – 9 am

    Watershed/Raingarden Presentation: Coming in February! 


    Giving Snowman – Please Turn in Gifts by Next Wednesday!

    The Giving Snowman is wrapping up next week – please hand in your gifts and by NEXT WEDNESDAY, December 13th

    Please see the attached letter from Principal Froehlich with more details!



    Orders due  December 11

    The holidays are here! It's a great time to participate in the school scrip program. Buy gifts for teachers, friends, family and the Giving Snowman! Forms were sent home, are available on the front bulletin board and attached to this bulletin.  Page 1    Page 2

    Columbia Employee Passes are Here!

    These passes are good through January 17th.

    For every $50 Columbia Card purchased, you will receive an Pass to the Columbia Employee Store for you and 4 others.  It is also good for online purchases at Employee prices.

    Questions to Lisa <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>


    Odyssey Information Nights: Planning Volunteers Needed 

    Hello Odyssey Parents,

    I volunteer as the public relations/marketing coordinator for Odyssey’s PTA and one of my responsibilities is to help organize our information nights that the school is expected to host each year. The 2018 Odyssey info night events are scheduled for February 15th, February 22nd and March 1st. 

    I am committed to bringing new families from around Portland to Odyssey’s info night events this year; however, I cannot do it alone and I could use help from a few “neighborhood ambassadors” in spreading the word about the events. Ideally, I’d like to have a few people who are familiar with the diverse gathering points in SE, NE, N, NW and SW Portland who would be willing to disseminate info night event flyers to key locations, such as pre-schools, bookstores (especially kid focused ones), libraries, community centers, coffee shops, and others. I could also use help getting the word out about the info nights on social media, such as Nextdoor and Facebook, so if you're active on those platforms, I'd love to hear from you!

    If you consider yourself a Portland neighborhood ‘connector’ willing to volunteer a few hours, I’d really love to hear from you! Please email me directly at the addresses below if you’re interested in helping. 

    Happy holidays,

    Todd Stevenson

    (K12 Parent)




    Give $$$ to help the Weekend Food Bag Program @ Hayhurst


    Kids are hungry. You can help. 

    Thanks to everybody that pitched in to help support the Food Bag program. Our school raised around $600 which is a significant boost to the program. Still want to help? Can do.  Donate at the front office.

    Questions to Lisa <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>


    Fall Festival - Planning Meeting, December 15, 8-9am

    Remember our wonderful Fall Festival that took place a few months ago? Odyssey families came together to enjoy music, bid on auction items, eat good food and just hang out together. Well the planning is now starting for the 2018 event and I'd like to work with you! Please consider taking on a part of the event while working with a great group of parents. First planning meeting: Friday, December 15, 8-9am at school. Message, text or stop me in the hall to talk.


    Rebecca Hicks, rebgak@hotmail.com


    PPS Closures & Delays Information

    With winter quickly approaching and memories of last year’s snow deluge still fresh, it’s a good time for a refresher on how Portland Public Schools lets families know when weather forces delays and closures. 

    There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:

    • Phone calls: Automated calls, in all supported languages, will be placed to the primary number listed on each student’s registration. If you’ve changed your number recently, please update it with your school.
    • Email: An automated message will be sent to the email address you listed in your child’s registration.
    • Text message: You will receive a text message on your cell phone, but first you’ll have to opt in to the SchoolMessenger system by texting “Yes” or just “Y” to 68453. Note: If you opt in, you will still receive an auto-dialer call.


    Revised School Lunch Menu

    There were some corrections/revisions to our school lunch menu.  Please see attached or refer to the menu posted on our website.

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary


    Odyssey Ski Bus

    Hello.  My name is Aaron Bech and I am father of Annika (3rd) and Colin (K) at Odyssey.  I am a middle school teacher in Tigard and I coordinate the Ski Bus to Mount Hood Meadows for Odyssey, Hayhurst and Maplewood families. 

    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 

    Note: GO codes will not be active until mid-November.   

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

    Aaron Bech



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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.


    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.


    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 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



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