• On June 19, apps4pps.net changes to student.pps.net!

    Students wishing to log into their PPS Google account away from school and during the summer will need to use a new domain name, student.pps.net, starting June 19. For example, if your username is ksmith1234@apps4pps.net, your new username would be ksmith1234@student.pps.net.

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Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • Aug. 16th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Principal’s Back To School Dinner! August 21: Below

    Volunteers Needed for Back to School Packets: Below

    Message from Odyssey PTA with Various Updates: Below

    Talent Show Sign Up Time! Below

    Community Care Day – Saturday August 24: Attached

    1st Restaurant Night of the Year! Spaghetti Factory: Below

    Wanted! Fall Festival Parent Party Boards: Below

    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Oxbow Park: Below

    Odyssey Summer Playdates: Attached

    Summer Student Health Center for All Students: Attached



    Upcoming Events

    Principal’s Back to School Dinner: Wednesday, August 21, 6-7:30pm

    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Oxbow Park! August 23 – 25

    Community Care Day: Saturday, August 24, 10am – 1pm

    1st Restaurant Night of the Year! Spaghetti Factory: Wednesday, September 11

    Odyssey Fall Festival: Saturday, September 21

    Odyssey Summer Playdates: Every Tuesday, July 9 – August 20, 4:30-6pm, Odyssey Playground



    Back to School Principal’s Dinner – August 21


    Wednesday, August 21st, from 6:00-7:30 at our school 


    Come and meet our new principal Dr. Eryn Berg 


    Meet and greet new Odyssey families and reconnect with old friends 


    *Dinnerware will be available, but please bring your reusable plates, utensils and cups to cut down on waste


    Hope to see you there!! 




    *** if someone will be coming from the Northeast to Odyssey, we are looking for 1-2 volunteers to transport pizza. Please contact me if you are available to help out.***



    Please contact Natalie Stamper 





    Volunteers Needed for Back to School Packets


    Hello Odyssey Families! 


    I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!  I’m back in the office now, working to get everything ready for the new school year. 


    I am looking for 4-8 volunteers to collate Back To School Student Packets.  This is taking place Wednesday, August 21st, at 10:00 AM.  (If you need to arrive earlier that morning, that’s fine too!) 


    Any time you can give is very much appreciated!  Please email me if you can help at ahoffart@pps.net


    With much appreciation,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124



    Message from Odyssey PTA with Various Updates


    Dear Odyssey Community,


    CARPOOLING MAP ADMINISTRATOR NEEDED - Responsibilities include: (1) letting new families know about the Odyssey carpooling map, (2) encouraging families to enter and update their information on the map, and (3) reviewing and accepting information entered into the map. Here is the link to the map: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=2077318. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Silkie at ospc-carpool@odysseyprogram.orgCarpooling Information is attached


    SCHOOL DIRECTORY- Starting this year, entering information for the Odyssey School Directory will be online. The deadline for getting your information into the directory is September 16, 2019. Visit  http://bit.ly/odysseyDirectory2019 now to get your information in. See attached flier.


    DIRECT GIVING- You can complete your Direct Giving Commitment online.Visit https://form.jotform.com/92068330354151 now to complete your commitment form. Commitment forms are due September 16, 2019. See attached form.


    RAMP CREW- Bob Wall is still looking for a few volunteers to be part of the ramp crew. Please contact Bob at bob@fwfocus.com if you want to be part of this team. This is an important way to volunteer so we can provide physical accessing to our entire community.  


    SCHOOL SUPPLIES- Remember, the PTA is purchasing most of the school supplies for the 2019/20 school year! There is a small list of supplies for each student to bring. If you are looking for the supply list for each cluster, visit https://www.pps.net/domain/4772


    JOIN OUR CLASS- This year the Cluster Coordinators will be utilizing Join Our Class. What is it? Check out https://invited.joinourclass.com

    and enter code: pwtous. (Hint: It is a student and parent information system to keep all of us up to date on what is going on. You will need to be approved to join so please be patient since it is summer break).




    1. Principal's Dinner: August 21, 6:00-7:30pm.

    2. Community Care Day: August 24, 10am-1pm.

    3. Coffee Carts: August 28 and September 3.

    4. Fall Festival: September 21.

    5. First PTA Meeting: October 1 ("Welcome to Odyssey").

    6. Restaurant Nights:

         The Old Spaghetti Factory, Wednesday, September 11 4:30–9:00 p.m

          McMenamin's Releigh Hills Pub,October 15, 5pm-9pm.  Odyssey will receive 50% of the night's sales! 
    7. Talent Show: October 18 (most likely).



    Odyssey PTA Board



    Talent Show Sign Up Time!


    Summer … the perfect time to pick and perfect your talent show act. You’re already having play dates so why not come up with an act and keep yourself busy on these summer days. Below is the link to the sign-up form. At the top of the form are all the show details. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.




    Rebecca Hicks, 503.781.1435, rebgak@hotmail.com

    Karen Varney, 503.348.4900, ksvarney@hotmail.com



    1st Restaurant Night of the Year! Spaghetti Factory


    Join us for the 1st Restaurant Night of the Year at the Old Spaghetti Factory!

    Wednesday, September 11 4:30–9:00 p.m.

    715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland 97239


    More details to come soon!



    Wanted: Parent Party Boards for the Fall Festival


    What is a Party Board??


    Party boards are a fundraiser for Odyssey. A person hosts a party and pays all expenses. A list of all the parties will be put up on a board at the Fall Festival, folks sign up to attend the party, pay the set fees, attend the party and have fun!


    Steps to host a Party Board:


    1. Pick a party to host

    2. Pick a day, time and location of your party

    3. Set a donation price for your party

    4. Sign up to host using this form

    or email dizlaly@gmail.com with any questions

    5. The Fall Festival team will post all party sign up sheets at the Fall Festival. People will sign up to attend parties. We will send you a list of the people who have signed up for your party board after the festival.


    Some popular parties from last year:


    ·       Homemade Italian Dinner Party

    ·       Mom's Movie night out

    ·       Manicure party

    ·       Hair blow out party

    ·       American Girl tea party

    ·       Dance party for 50 adults


    Ideas for Party Boards


    ·       Holiday Cocktail Party

    ·       Watching children after school on the playground

    ·       Ice cream social

    ·       Baking party

    ·       Lego party

    ·       jewelry party

    ·       Poker party

    ·       Silk scarf painting

    ·       Bike ride with lunch

    ·       Star Wars party

    ·       Art/crafting party

    ·       The ideas are endless!!


    If you are interested or have questions, please email Liz Davis at dizlaly@gmail.com


    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Oxbow Regional Park August 23-25

    Join us for a community campout this summer at Oxbow Regional Park. It is 25 miles east of Portland (about a 45 minute drive) on the Sandy River. There are flush toilets (and a few vault toilets), free hot showers, a playground, an amphitheater, many trails and access to sandy beaches, wading, inner tube floating. There are 14 tent sites that we reserved (unfortunately, no RV sites were available). You can come out Friday afternoon and stay both nights, or come out Saturday for one night (or just the day). We always have a great time swimming, splashing and inner tubing in the river, building fires, roasting marshmallow and getting to know each other better. Note that camping sites are limited, so don’t wait until the last minute!

    More information, pictures and directions to Oxbow Regional Park can be found here: https://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/oxbow-regional-park/camping-oxbow


    2 nights: $52 + a one time $5 parking fee that you pay to the park when you arrive (up to two cars per site)

    1 night:   $38 +  a one time $5 parking fee that you pay to the park when you arrive (up to two cars per site)

    Day trip: $5 for parking that you pay to the park

    Contact Marie-Eve Thifault if you want to join in the fun at mthifault@gmail.com and include the following:

    ·        Name and number of people in group

    ·        Which nights (Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24)

    ·        You preferred site number and a second and third choice just in case. This Google doc spreadsheet lists the sites that we reserved. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EbfSyQrelAY8cQsJrGxo3TeRV2j2i9B4_EKWhnM1BRk/edit?usp=sharing

    Here is the link to the campsite map: https://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/2019/02/08/Oxbow-camping-guide.pdf

    Paypal (david.nicholas.barsic@gmail.com) and Venmo (David Barsic) payments preferred but you can also pay with a check (contact us for details). 

    Hope you can join the fun!

    Marie-Eve Thifault & David Barsic


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  • Introduction Letter from New Principal, Eryn Berg

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    I am honored to have been chosen as the new Odyssey principal.  Since starting my teaching career in Florida almost twenty five years ago, I have been committed to transformational learning and am excited to move to Odyssey and the embrace of experiential learning.  

    I spent the bulk of my teaching career in Brooklyn teaching high school and it was during that time that I was part of forming 9th grade institutes which committed themselves to interdisciplinary learning and team work.  It is with great excitement that I look forward to more of this work at Odyssey.

    During my time as an administrator I have served at high school, k-5, and k-8 levels and am looking forward to returning to the k-8 world.  This is truly a journey that I am honored to be on and looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know the students, teachers, staff, and families.

    I grew up here in the PNW and my two sons are enrolled in PPS.  I will have a 7th grader and 9th grader next year and truly understand how important it is that our schools provide opportunities for our children to grow academically and emotionally.  Critical thinking is key and I truly believe that by being self-reflective and choosing empathy and understanding, we can prepare ourselves for engagement in the world around us.  

    I am excited to get to know you and please do not hesitate to introduce yourselves and stop by and say hi once we get the new school year up and running.  Looking towards a great year together!

    Dr. Eryn Berg


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