Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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  • March 16th Friday Report

    In this Edition

    Note from Principal Froehlich & Assistant Principal Self: Below

    Raingarden-Watershed (Free) Workshop: Below

    678 Renaissance Faire & Twelfth Night Afterparty: Below & Attached

    Scrip Update: Below & Attached

    Student Hearing & Vision Screenings: Below

    5678 Trivia Night 5/4: Attached

    Odyssey Spring Skate: Below

    Hayhurst Auction April 28: Attached


    Upcoming Events

    Raingarden-Watershed Workshop: Tuesday, 3/20, 6 – 7:30pm

    Student Hearing & Vision Screening: Friday, 3/23

    Run for the Arts: Thursday, 4/5

    Save the Date - Odyssey Spring Skate: Sunday, 4/22

    5678 Trivia Night: 5/4



    Note from Principal Froelich & Assistant Principal Self


    Dear Odyssey Families,


    We are really proud of our students, teachers, and families after a successful safety and peace event on Wednesday, March 14.  It was a humbling experience to see how thoughtful and engaged our students are in approaching the conversations.  K-5 students shared thoughts about who and what made them feel safe.  6-8 students had conversations about safety and civic engagement around school violence.  The ribbons along the front of the school create a positive and welcoming entry point as we enter the schools.  We invite you to stop by and see this beautiful visual display and read our students words.  

    Hopefully students came home and shared their thoughts with you about our event and our procedures around school safety.  Our safety committee and staff will continue to engage in conversations about how to improve our processes and maintain safety in our school.  We are all committed to supporting our students as we navigate these national issues.  

    Thank you for your support. 

    Deanne Froehlich, Principal

    Denise Self, Assistant Principal



    Raingarden-Watershed Workshop Tuesday 3/20, 6-7:30pm


    The Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association and Odyssey parent Terri Preeg Riggsby, Executive Director of the Tryon Creek Watershed Council, will be presenting a free raingarden-watershed workshop on Tuesday, 3/20, 6 – 7:30 pm at East Sylvan School. We’ll talk about stormwater and flooding problems and what you can do in your own backyard to mitigate for these problems. Included in the chat will be the negative impacts of non-native flora and fauna, and the benefits of native plants for wildlife habitat and water quality. Then we'll step outside to visit the newly installed Odyssey rain garden behind the school to see a working stormwater project - drinks and snacks provided, kids welcomed, free handouts!


    Please register so we can plan for drinks & snacks – just message Terri at tpriggsby@yahoo.com

    Thanks to the Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association for procuring grant funding for the Odyssey rain garden! And a big thanks to all of the families and neighbors that helped build it!


    678 Renaissance Faire & Twelfth Night Afterparty

    The 678 students have been working long and hard for their Renaissance Guild Faire & Twelfth Night Play - now it's time to unwind and celebrate with an Afterpary!

    Donna Hostler is organizing the party - thanks Donna!  Please contact Donna (Abigail & Elhannen's mom) at Donna_hostler@yahoo.com with any questions about the party.

    The Odyssey PTA is sponsoring the party by covering the cost of pizza and drinks - thanks PTA for helping to make the party happen!


    Wednesday, 3/21, 3pm - 5pm

    Where: Superplay on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

    Transportation: Please arrange for your student's transportation directly after school

    Cost: $13 for a combination of bowling, laser tag, games (PTA is covering food & drink costs)  See attached flyer for details

    To avoid long lines when we arrive, please have your student turn their money in to Mrs Rothwell before 2:30 pm Tuesday.  Principal Froehlich is providing scholarship assistance; please connect with her directly for this.


    See the attached flyer with more details, including the list of activities to choose from.


    Great job 678!


    Scrip Update


    We are well on our way to meeting our goal for scrip income for the year! Order forms attached and on the bulletin board.

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    Order Dates

    March 18 - Scrip Orders due

    March 22 & 23 - Scrip and See's Candies distribution


    Thanks! Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>




    Hearing & Vision Screenings for Kinders, 1st and 3rd Grades


    Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) will be on site the morning of Friday, March 23rd to perform vision screenings for K, 1st and 3rd grade students and hearing screenings for K and 1st grade students.   


    Angela Hoffart, Principal’s Secretary


    Odyssey Spring Skate!! 

    Our school-wide skate night at Oaks Park Roller Rink is coming soon!   

    Sunday, April 22nd from 5-7pm Odyssey families will have the entire rink to ourselves! All are welcome with only a $5 suggested donation

    Questions?  Ask Katie Dill at Katie.dill@odysseyprogram.org




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  • January 2018

    January 8, 2018


    Dear Odyssey Community,

    Happy New Year! Welcome back from Winter break! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends! We have jumped back into the school year, and honestly it seems like winter break was months ago. I want to THANK everyone who participated in the Giving Snowman! This year as a school community we shared the joy of the holidays with 45 families in our school community. Lots of smiles, lots of tears, and lots of Thank You’s! Families truly do appreciate the support in making the holidays and winter break a joyous time of the year.

    Now that winter break is over, we are heading into the season of performances, guilds, and focus option nights which somehow all get wrapped up by the end of March.  Focus Option Information Nights will be Feb. 15, Feb. 22, and March 1st at 6:00pm at East Sylvan. If you have friends that are interested in the program, please encourage them to come to a focus option night. In order to get in the lottery it is mandatory that a parent attend an info. Night. We will have open spots at each grade level, especially several at the middle school level. All lottery applications need to be turned (paper or via email) into Enrollment and Transfer by March 2, 2018. 

    This is also the season for our fabulous plays. Save the dates and come and join the fun…. Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6:00-7:30pm will be the 345 Guild Fair in the cafeteria.  Come and see the historical characters from the American Revolution come to life.  Then on Sunday, Feb. 11 we will have two performances of the 345 play “The Birth of America”.  One at 11:00am and the other at 1:30pm. This is a great opportunity to see a play from another cluster, and see what lies ahead for you, if you are in k12 check in the office about tickets.

    Then on Thursday, March 15th the 678 cluster will host the Twelve Night performance, with a second performance and guild fair on Sunday March 18th.

    If we have snowy weather, please listen to the news, look at the district website, or you may receive a district phone call telling you about school openings/closing for the day. 

    Looking forward to the next five and half months of school (yes, the year is flying by)!

    Thank you again for all of your support.

    Happy New Year!


    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal, Hayhurst & Odyssey

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