Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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  • April 12th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Drop Off & Pick Up Concerns: Below

    Childcare Provided! PTA Meeting & Emergency Preparedness Presentation April 18: Below & Attached

    RSVP Today - Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 26: Below

    Run For The Arts – CHANGED TO APRIL 29: Below

    K12 Performance Program Shout Outs & Ads: Below & Attached

    Odyssey’s First Annual Used Book Sale May 1-3: Below

    5678 Trivia Night: Attached


    Upcoming Events

    PTA Meeting/Emergency Preparedness Presentation: Thursday, April 18, 5:45-8:30pm

    Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: Friday, April 26, 11:30-1pm

    Run for the Arts: Monday, April 29

    Odyssey Annual Used Book Sale: May 1-3

    Save the Date! Odyssey Art Show: Thursday, May 9

    5678 Trivia Night will be on Friday, May 10 from 7-9pm



    Drop Off and Pick Up Concerns

    We are having trouble with the traffic flow in our parking lot and safety concerns for our community.  Most recently, the PJA after-school bus couldn’t drive behind our school because cars lined both sides of the drive-through.  Parking is not allowed where there are yellow curbs or areas marked with cones.  When dropping off or picking up, please do not have students cross the street in front of the school. 

    Deanne Froehlich


    PTA Meeting and Emergency Preparedness Presentation April 18, 5:45 - 8:30 pm

    The next PTA Meeting is Thursday, April 18 from 5:45-6:30pm, directly followed by the Emergency Preparedness Presentation. 

    Come learn about what you as an individual and we as a community can do to be ready for the next big earthquake!

    Laura Hall has volunteered to come and lead a discussion about how to prepare our homes and schools. Laura Hall is co-chair of Parents4Preparedness, a group of parents helping other parents advocate for seismic safety in schools. She is also a Team Leader for the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team program, an earthquake preparedness instructor at Portland Community College, creator of PortlandPrepares.org, and the Communications Coordinator for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization.

    Childcare and fun time will be held in the gym during the April PTA meeting and Emergency Preparedness event on April 18th. Please RSVP to Sarah Silkie at ospc-giving@odysseyprogram.org to make sure there is room for your kid(s).


    RSVP TODAY! Odyssey Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 26


    Please RSVP, if you’re able to join us!!


    Odyssey owes its success in large part, to the volunteers who generously donate their time to the program.  K12 cluster has 20 volunteers who come help on a regular basis, and 80-100 volunteers helping with the performance.  345 cluster benefits from 50 volunteers over the course of the year, plus 60-65 field study volunteers.  Finally, 678 has 40 volunteers over the course of the year, and 60-65 helping out with field study!  Add another 40 art volunteers for K-5 and we've got a whole heap of volunteers!!!


    The school will recognize these wonderful volunteers with a light luncheon on Friday, April 26th from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  We hope you're available to join us!  

    Please e-mail me at gfu@aya.yale.edu if you plan on attending.  We need numbers for food orders. We’ll happily accommodate dietary requests. 


    With thanks,

    Genevieve Fu, gfu@aya.yale.edu



    Run for the Arts!  Date CHANGED to Monday, April 29

    Run for the Arts pledge forms went home this week – please check your student’s backpack. This is an exciting fundraiser for our school. The funds raised through this run are used to bring additional arts programs to Odyssey. Last year a mosaic artist worked with students in the 345 cluster to create the tile mosaic that is displayed outside the front doors! These funds have also been used for dance and creative movement programs, singers, storytellers and other visiting artists.

    Students are asked to obtain pledges that will be collected after the run. Pledges may be a flat donation or an amount pledged per lap. The course is a lap around the outside of the school, so most students run 10-20 laps on race day!

    There is also an option to set up an online fundraising page and collect pledges electronically, which are then processed after the race. The use of an online page means no need for you or your student to collect the pledges after the race. Just be sure to mark the online pledges on the pledge form!

    Pledge forms must be returned to school BEFORE the race. Pledge forms are due on Wednesday, April 24th.

    Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering on race day! Parent volunteers help punch lap cards, pass out snacks and cheer our racers. The K12 run will be at 8:30, 345 run at 9:15 and 678 run at 12:30. Please email me at jchildes@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer!


    Thank you, Jana Childes


    K12 Performance Program Shout Outs and Ads 2019

    Imagine your child’s delight when they open their program on the night of the K12 performance and see a special message just for them! Give them a shout out or message of congratulations in the 2019 performance program. It's easy to do and will help celebrate all the hard work they have put toward this year’s performance. You can also send a message of appreciation to the teachers and other staff that make this event such a success. You can deduct your ad as a business expense by advertising for your small business, hobby or etsy shop. Do you have friends who run a small business? Pass this email to them and ask them to participate. Every little bit helps mitigate the expense of printing the program. A lot of love goes into the program to create a special momento for your child. Now is the time to be a part of it! If you would like to contribute, here’s how:

    1. Fill out the form, noting what size ad you would like to purchase.

    2. Write a check (made out to Odyssey PTA) for the amount indicated on the form. 

    3. Email your digital ad to me (Johanna Manalis) at johanna.manalis@gmail.com

    4. Drop your form and check in the PTA box in the Odyssey front office. 


    Odyssey’s First Annual Used Book Sale, May 1-3

    Happiness is never running out of great books to read! 

    Clean out your cluttered shelves and donate your books to Odyssey's first annual used book sale. You can drop them off starting this Monday at the school, collection boxes will be conveniently set up in the main hallway. All books are welcome! Then join us after school May 1-3 to shop the sale, load up on literature for next school years Battle of the Books, get a head start for Multnomah County Library's Summer Reading Program, and grab something for yourself to read as you soak up some much-needed summer sun!  

    All proceeds will be donated to our sweet little library as we get ready to welcome our new librarians - I can't think of a better way to say welcome than with a little extra bundle of cash! ;) 

    Any volunteers interested in helping sort and/or work the sale please contact Marisa Borrevik at borrevikfamily@gmail.com 



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  • Return From Winter Break

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    Happy New Year! Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break with family and friends. The couple of weeks off certainly flew by quickly. Today, everyone is right back in the routine, focused on learning! It is hard to believe how fast the year is flying by, and that we have already completed four months of the school year.

    I want to THANK everyone who participated in the Giving Snowman!!! Your generous giving of gifts and gift cards allowed us to share the holidays with 38 families from our school community. (Hayhurst and Odyssey) Parents came in the last few days before break to pick up their bag of goodies….we had lots of tears, hugs, and thank you’s! I love that our Odyssey family can take care of our families who are in need and bring a bit more joy to everyone. THANK YOU!!

    As the weather gets colder, please be sure to send your child to school with winter jackets (labeled with their name), as we still go outside for recess, even in the cold. If we get snow or ice, be sure to check the PPS district webpage or listen to the news or radio for school closures or delays. Due to our muddy field, I also recommend sending an extra pair of sports shoes or boots….we need the kids to run around, but don’t want them to ruin their good shoes.

    We are entering the season of plays and rehearsals. Breathe deeply..it is always a bit crazy, but the end product is so worth it. Your kids love the plays and the work that they put into them is amazing. This is one of the many fabulous showcases of our program.

    Odyssey is a great school community, with such wonderful support for each other and the things that happen in our school. I wish everyone a wonderful New Year with lots of good cheer!

    Deanne Froehlich


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