• Interested in volunteering at school or chaperoning on field trips?  A background check is required.  Background checks are good for 3 years.  Click here to apply.  If you need to know when your current background check expires, contact Angela in the school office.   

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  • Interested in applying for the 2020-2021 lottery for the Odyssey Program?  

    6-8th Grade Parent Info Meeting:  Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6:00-7:30 PM

    K - 5th Grade Parent Info Meetings:  Thursday, Feb. 20th, 6:00-7:30 PM or Friday, March 6th, 9:00-10:00 AM

    Click here for more details.

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  • Nov. 15th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In – Message From Dr Berg: Below

    SW Portland Social Service Fair 11/16: Below 

    PTA Meeting 11/19: Below

    Direct Giving Reminder: Below

    TAG Nominations Due 11/26: Below

    NEW!  The Green Routine: Below

    Donate Your Reading Glasses: Below

    Odyssey Students in the Portland Ballet! Below

    PPS After School Child Care Survey: Below

    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights: Below

    Oregon Food Bank Thanksgiving Fundraiser at Local Restaurant Verde Cocina: Attached


    Upcoming Events

    SW Portland Social Service Fair: Saturday, November 16

    PTA Meeting: Tuesday, November 19

    Donate Your Reading Glasses: Friday, November 22

    TAG Nominations Due: Tuesday, November 26

    LGBTQ+ Alliance Luncheons: Every Thursday in the Library

    Equity Parent Meeting with Dr Berg: Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 7pm

    Restaurant Night at City Thai: Wednesday December 11



    The Doctor Is In: Message From Dr Berg

    Hello Odyssey Community,

    As the holiday season gets closer, we begin to think about the needs of others in our community.  We have families within our Odyssey community that appreciate the support and caring of others during the holiday season.  In addition, this year we are partnered with Hayhurst and Pioneer School for donations.  This year, in lieu of buying gifts, we are asking families to consider purchasing SCRIP gift cards from our Odyssey SCRIP program.  This will enable families the opportunity to shop for the holidays to buy gifts and other items they need.  To place a SCRIP order, please use either the online SCRIP form or I will send out a paper copy early next week to use if you are not signed up for online SCRIP. These gift cards will go directly to the office and Dr. Berg will distribute them to the families in need prior to Winter Break.  First order date is December 2nd and second order date is December 16th.  Please join us in giving!

    We are partnering with the Odyssey Green Team to both work on composing waste here at Odyssey and building behaviors around recycling and waste management that are more sustainable for our planet.  We also ask that families abstain from idling while they wait for their student (s) after school.  In addition, please be cautious in our parking lot and the streets around Odyssey.  We are working with the city and the neighborhood association to improve our visibility and signage, but we also ask that families are extra careful when driving.  We want to keep our kids safe.

    The lost and found will be on display for parent/teacher conferences.  Please take a look to see if your child’s lost item is within. We will be donating left items around the break and hope that we can return lost items to their owner before that happens.  I will also be putting out some extra Odyssey t-shirts from years prior if anyone wants them to add to your collection.  

    Before and after school are ideal times for students/families to connect on our playground.  Please note that there is no school supervision during these times so please do not leave your child unattended.  We also ask that parents monitor for rough housing so that we are keeping children safe and playing together in a friendly way.  Thank you!

    I will be holding my first equity parent meeting the night of Wednesday December 4th at 6:00-7:00 in the Odyssey library.  I will also be providing another opportunity during the day for those parents who cannot attend in the evening.  Stay tuned for details.  

    Thank you for all you do to support our community and our children!

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8


    SW Portland Social Service Fair on Saturday November 16


    Hey Odyssey Families,


    I would like to bring your attention to an event happening in November.

    Portland Social Service Fair Saturday, November 16th from 10-2pm.

    Dental, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, haircuts, food, clothes and OHP enrollment to name a few of the offerings on that day.  Some prior registrations are be required. Please see the attached flyers for more information.



    Linda McNamara



    PTA Meeting Tuesday, 11/19


    Please find attached the agenda for the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30-8:00pm. 


    Jim Shikany, PTA President



    Direct Giving Reminder


    Dear Odyssey Families,


    Earlier this year, we asked you to fill out a Direct Giving commitment form to help inform our budgeting process throughout the year.  So far, over 65% of families have returned a completed form.  Thanks! 


    As a reminder:

    ·       Direct giving provides over 75% of PTA funding

    ·       PTA funds key enrichment activities like field study and performances as well as classroom expenses, school supplies and much more

    ·       When, how and amounts to give are up to parents

    ·       Responses to the commitment form allow the PTA to make important funding decisions


    If you haven’t yet filled out the form, please help us plan by filling out the Direct Giving commitment form: https://form.jotform.com/92068330354151

    If you filled out a commitment form but haven’t made your scheduled contribution, you can:

    ·       Online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?contribution=odyk8 . Please put children’s name(s) in the Notes section.

    ·       Check: Made payable to Odyssey PTA. Please put your children’s name(s) in the Comments section of your check along with Direct Giving and deliver payments to the PTA collection box in the office or by mail to: Odyssey Program, 1849 SW 58thAve, Portland, OR 97221.


    Please email me if you have any questions.  Finally, thanks again for your support of the Odyssey Community!


    Ben Riggsby

    Direct Giving Coordinator




    TAG Nominations Due November 26



    Just a reminder to parents that the TAG nomination form is due to your child’s teacher by November 26th in order to be considered for TAG testing this year.  The forms are available online on the district’s TAG website and in the front hallway on the TAG Bulletin board.


    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8



    The Green Routine


    Hi there! By now you’ve probably heard we’re making sustainability changes around the Odyssey campus and community. Our Parent Green Team is working with staff, teachers, and students to build a conservation mindset around all the way we interact with school resources and systems. Keep an eye here on “The Green Routine” for what’s happening - and don’t hesitate to get involved! A Green Team member will be available to discuss these topics and more at the next PTA Meeting. (Contact ezahniser@gmail.com if you want more info or to volunteer)


    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      November 22: School-wide presentation with Master Recycler, Sally Oakes [12:30 678 / 1:30 K-5] PARENTS WELCOME: Sally will review the new recycling paradigm of “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot,” what things are/aren’t recyclable in PDX, and why recycling is not a solution to climate change. We will also be introducing the coming changes to school-wide recycling and cafeteria waste composting. K-5 gets a composing coloring book!

    ·      November 22: “Cookies for Compost” [$1 each]: Following our presentation, Student Green Team Members will be selling cookies to help raise money for some of our new cafeteria waste collection materials. Send your kiddos with cookie money!

    ·      Week of December 2: Green Team members will be assisting clusters with a waste audit before introducing new co-mingled recycling bins and containers for hard-to-recycle waste like plastic films and felt-tip pens.


    Odyssey Goes Green:

    ·      We will be replacing paper-only recycling with co-mingled recycling in all classrooms

    ·      We will participate in the local and national Trex School Challenge to collect plastic film waste. Save items like plastic bread bags, zip locks, and produce bags at home. When we get the Challenge boxes, you can bring those items to school for drop off! [See attached Trex info sheet for what to save]

    ·      After winter break we will be rolling out the new compost and recyclable’s collection process in the cafeteria. Stay tuned!


    Weekly Eco-Tip:

    Did you know Americans waste an average of 3.8 million gallons of fuel every day from idling? That is the equivalent of  5 Olympic size swimming pools and 40,000 tons of CO2 per day. Not to mention the immediate release of toxic chemicals going straight into the lungs of anyone walking by your car (like kids leaving school). For 2 minutes of idling, you’ve essentially driven 1 mile. Plus, after 10 seconds, you’re using more gas than if you turned your car off and have to restart it. Don’t be trashy: #turnitoff



    Donate Your Reading Glasses

    Every year, our family vacations in Mexico.  We collect reading glasses and give them to an organization in Mexico who distribute to families in need.  If you have new or used glasses that you would like to contribute, we have a donation box in the school office.  Please bring them on or before 8:00 AM Friday, November 22nd.


    Thank you,

    Sam and Charlotte Osenar

    6th Grade Odyssey Students



    Odyssey Students in the Portland Ballet!


    Two Odyssey 7th graders – Isadora Shikany and Vivian Shikany – will perform in The Portland Ballet's annual holiday production Thanksgiving weekend with Tom Gold's world premiere Petrushka and John Clifford's stirring Firebird.


    Set during Thanksgiving dinner at an iconic historic hotel in the glamorous 1950s, immigrant busboy Petrushka is in love with a dazzling lounge singer, who in turn is in love with a dashing doorman. This timeless story of unrequited love and heartbreak will be paired with John Clifford's Firebird for a thrilling all-Stravinsky program performed live by the Portland State University Orchestra.


    Performances: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019, 1 and 5 p.m., at PSU Lincoln Hall. The whole show moves along quickly in just 80 minutes. Tickets start at only $10. theportlandballet.org or 503-452-8448.



    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey, 2019-20

    Please take a moment to complete this confidential online survey or go to pps.net, departments, child care. Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by December 13, 2019.


    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8



    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights


    Be sure to check out your neighborhood school.

    See Odyssey Counselor Stephanie for more information

    or check online at PPS.net


    Benson Polytechnic                 Oct. 22       6-8 PM

    Cleveland                                   Dec. 12       7-9 PM

    Franklin                                      Dec. 4         6-8:30 PM

    Grant                                           Nov. 14       6:30-8:30 PM


    (HS Middle College for Advanced Studies)     Oct. 30        6-8 PM & Nov. 19  6-8 PM

    Lincoln                                        Dec.  11       6-8 PM


    (@ Marshall Campus)                                       Nov. 5        6:15-8 PM 

    Metropolitan Learning Ctr.    Nov. 6        6-7:30 PM & Nov. 14  6-7:30 PM    

    Roosevelt                                                    Nov.  19      6-8 PM

    Wilson                                         Nov.  6           6-9 PM 




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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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