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Message From The Principal: Below & Attached
Holiday Scrip: Below & Attached
December Restaurant Night 12/12: Below
Our Library Links – Message from Librarian, Ms. Beckers: Below
K12 Performance Meeting: Below
Girls on the Run at Odyssey: Below
PPS Nutrition Services Message: Below
Odyssey Ski Bus: Below
Scrip Due Date: Mondays, December 10
Restaurant Night at City Thai: Wednesday, December 12
Restaurant Night at Papa Murphy’s: Wednesday, January 9
K12 Parents Performance Meeting: Tuesday, January 15, 6-7pm
Save the Date! Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Thursday, February 14, 1 – 2:15pm
Save the Date! Odyssey Art Show: Thursday, May 9
Message from the Principal
It's been a great year with the support of so many dedicated volunteers in our school. Helping hands make for an even more wonderful learning environment. As we head into 2019, it's a good idea to take another look at the Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement you signed when submitting your background check request with Portland Public Schools. Both new and experienced volunteers would benefit from a reread. I've attached a copy of the PPS Volunteer Code of Conduct and the PPS Student Privacy Statement and Confidentiality Agreement to this e-mail. I'd like to highlight one major point raised in the Student Privacy Statement:
"Parents, friends, or community members may in good faith ask you questions about a student's problems or progress. [...] You may not share information about a student even with members of your own family, or the student's family."
While a student's family is certainly entitled to information about their own student, it's best communicated by teachers, leadership, or counselors who can put their observations into context, using their expertise in education. The sharing of confidential information extends to photography. Sharing photographs of general activities with no identifying information are fine, but in general, it's best to put phones away when volunteering with the kids.
Thank you so much for enriching our students' education and providing a safe place for them to learn and be their beautiful selves.
Hello Odyssey Families!
So far this year we have made over $1100 in profit thanks to a core of about 10 families. Come join the fun! I’m taking orders Monday, December 10.
We’ve reached the holiday season. Scrip is a great way to help the school out and get your shopping done! Gift cards are great for gifts AND for buying gifts. Buy those three $5 Starbucks cards for your cluster teachers by writing a check to Odyssey PTA for $15. You get your cards delivered to the school and PTA makes $0.90 (6%). It’s that easy. The $25 Happy Teen card is now being offered with a 5% rebate. This single card is good at all the following stores: Jamba Juice, American Eagle, Sephora, Regal Cinema, Barnes and Noble, Dave & Buster's and Nike.
The Scrip Center has a few promotions going through December right now too: Taco Time and Baja Fresh cards are offering 15% rebate to the school. Columbia Employee Pass good thru January 19, 2019 with every $50 Columbia Sportswear Scrip card purchased (does not include an online code).
A packet containing all this information and the forms are attached to this bulletin, will be found in your child's box during conferences and on the bulletin board near the front door at school.
Thanks so much!
Lisa VanNatta firstname.lastname@example.org
PS You will also find a form attached for ordering gift cards for the Giving Snowman. Don’t need anything for yourself? Buy a card for a family in need.
December Restaurant Night 12/12 at City Thai
December Restaurant Night is coming up on Wednesday, December 12 from 4–9 pm! Take a break from cooking, and join us for one last Odyssey dinner out before the end of the year. Dine-in and take out orders will raise 20% of your bill for our school. Please deposit your receipt in the fundraiser box at the restaurant. They accept reservations. Hope to see you there!
SW Capitol Hwy
Portland OR, 97239
January Restaurant Night is at Papa Murphy's on Wednesday, January 9 all day. This is one of those fun opportunities to earn double-fold for the school. If you include Papa Murphy's in your December 10th Scrip order, you'll have your gift cards in time for the big event! Papa Murphy's Scrips earn 8% for the school and we get 30% of your bill back as a donation to our school. If you buy $50 in gift cards and use them on the 9th, you're earning $4 + $15 for Odyssey!!!
December 10th is the last order to get your gift cards before January 9.
4350 South West Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
Questions? Ask Genevieve Fu, email@example.com
Our Library Links
This month in library classes we have been spotlighting the award winning author/illustrator Jan Brett who is best known for her colorful and detailed picture books that depict a wide range of cultures. Her books include The Mitten, Hedgie’s Surprise, Gingerbread Friends and The Trouble with Trolls. Green Bean Books in Portland is honored to be hosting Jan Brett on her book tour featuring her new picture book The Snowy Nap on Saturday December 8th from 5pm-6pm at Buckman Elementary School.
Students in grades 4-8 are welcome to participate in the Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards. The award began in 2010 and is a fun and exciting way for students to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. Books are nominated by Oregon librarians, teachers and students for inclusion on the ORCA ballot, and nominees are reviewed by the ORCA committee. To be considered, books must have been copyrighted two years prior to the current voting year. This ensures that the books will be readily available in paperback. To be eligible to vote students have to read at least two of the nominated books. Voting takes place in March. The library will have copies of the books available for check out. More information about ORCA can be found at https://oregonreaderschoiceaward.wordpress.com/
Students who are aspiring authors are invited to participate in The League of Exceptional Writers hosted by northwest author Rosanne Parry. This is a monthly workshop where authors and illustrators share their writing knowledge with kids ages 8 to 18. League meetings are held at the Cedar Hills Crossing Powells. More information can be found at http://www.powells.com/events
Susie Beckers, Teacher~Librarian
Odyssey program@East Sylvan
K12 Performance Meeting
parents “nuts and bolts” performance meeting! Save the date for January 15th,
6-7pm in the auditorium for a fun filled meeting regarding the up coming K12
performance! The K12 teachers will not only do their best to answer all
of your questions regarding the performance but will also have volunteer
opportunities sign ups as well! Don’t miss this meeting! ATTENDANCE IS
-note- if you are a parent that has been through a few performances and are interested in volunteering your time to watch some kiddos during the meeting please contact Katie Dill... we would love to be able to offer childcare for attending parents to maximize meeting attendance:)
Girls on the Run at Odyssey
Attention all 345 Girls!! Girls on the Run will be coming to a Odyssey/East Sylvan in the spring!! This is very exciting! Thanks to Ms.Marron and Ms.Mankowski who have graciously agreed to COACH AS VOLUNTEERS! Yeah!! We are still in need of a 3rd and final coach, so if you are interested please let myself (katie dill-GOTR site liaison) or one of the coaches know ASAP!
More details to come regarding GOTR but please please mark your calendars for The following info regarding registration! Practices will begin the week of March 4th:)
Participant Registration: Online registration for girls will open Thursday, January 10th at 9:00am on our website and will close on January 13th at midnight. Instead of admitting girls on a “first come, first serve” basis as we have in years past, we will be admitting girls via a lottery system. This means that for teams who have more than 15 girls sign up, our system will do a random selection of the girls who will be permitted to join the team. After the lottery has been run, only then will girls join on a "first come, first serve" basis.
GOTR site liaison
PPS Nutrition Services Message
Starting the week of January 14, 2019, the Nutrition Services department will be utilizing School Messenger to notify families by phone and email about student meal account balances. Kitchen staff will continue to provide personal phone call reminders and/or paper letters home. If you have questions about student meal accounts or other information, please visit our webpage www.pps.net/nutrition or call our department 503-916-3399.
Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services
Odyssey Ski Bus is ready to roll out. Need a lift?
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
Email, call, or text me if you have any questions,
Father of Annika (4th) and Colin (1st)
Terri Preeg Riggsby
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 year seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year.
This year school starts on MONDAY, August 27th at 8:00am for grades 1-8. 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 27th, 28th or 29th. The first full day of kindergarten will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, at 8:00am.
Here is some information that will assist you to begin the school year.
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 in the back-to-school packet to remind you of holidays, conference schedules, and school events.
Beginning the School Day
We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell
(7:55 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. Supervision will be provided from 7:45-7:55AM.
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 have 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
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 their 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 Mrs. Howard’s room
(room 19) and be escorted out to the bus once it arrives.
Dinner with the Principal, August 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm on the blacktop outside the cafeteria area (or in the cafeteria if it is raining). The whole family is welcome to attend. We will provide the food (gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available), 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!
Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 25th 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 Thursday, September 13th 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.
School Code and Dress Code
Here is the dress code for all Portland Public schools. You may not have much problem with your student along these lines but it is important for everyone to know what is not acceptable, especially before school shopping. “Appropriate dress contributes to a positive learning environment. The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rest primarily with the student and his or her parents. Students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health or safety of the students or others, is sexually suggestive (examples include bare midriffs, visible undergarments, plunging necklines, see-through materials, or sagging pants), is alcohol or drug-related (including advertising or advocating the use of such products), is vulgar, lewd, obscene, or plainly offensive, is insulting and/or demeaning to a particular person or group, or is indicative of gang activity or membership (Reference: 4:30.012-P). When you are shopping for your child, it is important that you follow these guidelines.
Other school expectations:
· No wheels-on-heels shoes.
· No cell phones or watch phones during school hours. If seen, we will take them for the day. Students need to keep them in their backpack during school hours.
· No electronics. Again, if seen we will take them for the day, unless classroom teachers specify.
· If your child uses a skateboard, scooter, or bicycle anywhere, not just here at school, please get them a suitable helmet. If this is a financial problem, let the principal know. We can help.
· If your child rides a bike to school, make sure they lock their bike up in the rack in front of the school.
· The warm weather will continue for the next month or so. Please dress your child in summer clothing.
· Please have them bring a water bottle to school each day.
I am still in the process of hiring a school counselor and a PE teacher to join the team. Everyone else is returning from last year.
Jack Rainey –
8th grade Spanish
Secretary, Denise Self-Assistant Principal, Blake Engeldorf-Learning Center,
Fran Barth-Technology, Susie Beckers-Media Specialist, Debi Crawford-Art,
Caroline Kornberg-Speech Therapist, Peter Puhvel-English Second Language.
This year I am planning on being at Odyssey every Wednesday. Thursday is district meetings. 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 23rd and then to “Back To School Night” on September 13th. I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!
Happy New School Year!
Students in Portland Public Schools’ Community Transition Program will get to learn valuable culinary skills, thanks in a part to a donation from a legendary singer.
Student and staff safety is a primary concern for Portland Public Schools. As part of the 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond, approximately $5 million was allocated to upgrade school security systems across the district. That work, known as the Secure Schools Project, uses national best practice recommendations that focus on securing school perimeters and controlling access.
Fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to visit their future middle school during open houses scheduled from January to May. This is a great opportunity for families to visit neighborhood schools, focus option and alternative programs.
Portland Public Schools marked a significant milestone in the work to bring a long-term vision to the district earlier this month, with the first meetings of the PPS Guiding Coalition. The meetings, which included about 100 participants and were themed “Let’s Dream Together,” took place Dec. 7 at the Blanchard Education Service Center and all day Dec. 8 at Faubion School.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting