• Online-Only Classes Will Continue Until At Least January 28

    Following state guidelines on coronavirus data, PPS will stay with Comprehensive Distance Learning through the second quarter. More information

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  • Interested in applying for the 2021-2022 Middle School Lottery for the Odyssey Program?  

    The lottery application window opens Nov. 12th, closes Dec. 11th.  


    6-8th Grade Parent Q&A Video Meeting:  Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 4:00-5:00 PM


    We will not be holding live meetings at our school this year, due to COVID-19.  Instead we are developing a new online process for interested families to view videos and submit a form to receive an Odyssey Statement of Understanding via email.  Additionally, a SchoolMint application must be submitted for the lottery via pps.net/enroll .   Details will be posted on this page very soon!

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  • PPS COVID-19 Updates & Resources

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  • 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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  • Oct. 9th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Message From Dr Berg & Tea with Dr B 10/16: Below

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due SATURDAY 10/10! Below

    Virtual Learning Tips Via Google Meet on 10/12: Below

    Must Verify Student Information: Below

    Robocalls Regarding Your Student's Absence: Below

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due ASAP: Below & Attached

    School Directory – Submit ASAP: Below

    Nutrition Service – Meals Update: Below

    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program: Below & Attached



    Upcoming Events


    Odyssey Equity Survey Due! Saturday 10/10

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Monday, 10/12

    Tea with Dr B: Friday, 10/16, 2pm

    Virtual Learning Tips for Caregivers and Families: Monday, 10/12, 6 – 6:45pm

    School Directory Submission Due: ASAP

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due: ASAP



    Message From Dr Berg


    Hello Odyssey Families,


    Monday is Indigenous Peoples' Day which is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.  As a way to honor those caretakers of the land that we currently reside on, I want to acknowledge that Portland rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River, so please join me in our acknowledgement of the land we find ourselves on in Portland. I also would ask that if you have the time that you visit the website for Painted Sky website. This is the company that came and worked with our 345 cluster last year to teach them about traditional dance and movement and emphasize the cultural importance of engagement and support of our indigenous community.


    Please join me next Friday for our first "Tea with Dr. B" at 2:00 PM on 10/16.  

    This is a time to connect with other parents and Dr. Berg to chat and relax.  I will be drinking a cup of Yogi Tea with a positive message attached to it like always.  Invite as follows:

    Eryn Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Tea with Dr. B
    Time: Oct 16, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 838 0707 3653
    Passcode: 991254

    Finally, next Thursday October 15th at 10:15 AM is the Great Shakeout.  This is usually the day where the entire school holds an earthquake drill together at 10:15 and in class the teacher goes over earthquake preparedness and procedure with the students.  This year because we are in virtual learning, I am asking that all families complete an earthquake drill at home on the 15th of October.  Here is the link to the webpage with many resources for kids and families.  I know that earthquakes can be scary for students, so please approach this as a family in the way that is best for your kids.  I have taught my children where the earthquake emergency bag is and what the emergency plan is.  At school we always practice drop, cover, and hold on and then wait for directions from a trusted adult about next steps.  Here is the link for the resources and our school is registered already, so please participate in the way that works best for your family!
    I know that we are all working our best to meet the needs of this virtual environment. I know that you also received the news that PPS will be virtual until at least January 28th.  We are in for a long haul.  Please take care of yourselves and your student and give yourself and your student frequent breaks.  I know our teachers are working diligently to try and engage with the students during the day and then leave them free in the evening to get offline and get outside. 

    Thanks for all your support,

    Dr. Berg

    Principal, Odyssey Program

    She/ Hers/ They (Why?)

    “The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' What's the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.”
    Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist


    Odyssey Equity

    Survey Due Saturday October 10! And Opportunity to Learn

    Last call for your participation in the 1st annual Odyssey Equity Survey! Your experiences and ideas are important to our planning process. Help provide a snapshot of where we are as a community.

    Add your voice to the conversation:

    1. Complete the Odyssey Equity SurveyLink to survey (open through Oct. 10)  
    2. Sign up for the equity team's email list. Link to Google form sign-up

    We've had 115 respondents, with a goal of 150. Thank you for helping us continuously improve.

    Also, I invite you to join me in attending this free talk next week (Wednesday, 11am -12pm PST) to further our understanding of equity in government policy: "Why denouncing white supremacy creates safety, security, and racial equity" 


    - Stephanie Yao Long, Odyssey equity team facilitator



    Virtual Learning Tips for Caregivers and Families Via Google Meet


    Come and join us Mon. Oct. 12th from 6:00-6:45.


    Your Odyssey Counseling Dept. will present resources that help to foster a positive virtual learning experience.

    Bring your questions and we will brainstorm possible solutions that address your family's needs.

    If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded for future viewing.

    Please use the Google Meet Nickname:  virtuallearning4u


    We are excited to see you,

    Stephanie Cox, School Counselor

    Ryan Dicker, QMHP

    Wendi Williams, School Counseling Intern



    Verify Student Information


    Dear Odyssey Parents,


    I know we have all been really busy trying to keep up with new distance learning tools, etc.  But I need to ask for your assistance to get your student's registration information verified. 


    Please Verify your student's registration information (such as your contact info, emergency contacts, etc.):  This is now online via ParentVUE.  Please take a moment to log in, verify your student's information/make changes, and submit the verification.  Here's the link to TeacherVUE: https://www.pps.net/Page/2341 .  Your user ID would be your email address.  If you haven't activated your ParentVUE account in past years, please email me at ahoffart@pps.net .  I can activate your account and get you rolling!  :-)  


    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary



    Robocalls Regarding Your Student's Absence


    Robocalls regarding absences are sent out the day after an absence occurs.  For example, if your child was absent on a Friday, you will receive a call the following Monday, if absent on Thursday you will receive a call Friday.  This is due to the attendance procedures during distance learning.  Teachers have until the following morning to report attendance for the previous day.  


    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124



    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due ASAP


    Odyssey Families,


    Please read the attached letter regarding Direct Giving for the first semester of the 2020/2021 school year.  We are asking that families fill out the Direct Giving commitment form online as soon as possible to allow PTA to better plan how to support students and teachers. 


    Ben Riggsby, Caleb (8)

    Direct Giving Coordinator




    School Directory – Submit ASAP!


    Our need for community is even stronger while our children learn at a distance.  The school directory is a lifeline for Odyssey families to communicate with each other and set up virtual or real interactions for their students.  Please click here to complete the Directory Google Form for your family.  If you do not wish to be listed in the directory, you can simply answer "no" to the second question on the survey and you'll be done!  We hope to hear everyone! 


    Thanks for your participation. 





    Nutrition Services – Meal Update

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services



    PTA Meeting


    Hello Odyssey Community!


    Thank you so much for the great turnout at the PTA Meeting and presentation by Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee.  


    We look forward to "seeing you" at the next PTA meeting on Monday Nov. 2nd at 6:30pm. So great to see so many familiar faces last night, can’t wait for next time! 


    A huge shout out to Katie Hoffman for running our “mission control” Zoom meeting with all of the bells and whistles and drafting this email with all of these beautiful links attached... so appreciated! 



    Katie Dill

    PTA President 

    Mother of Dragons🐉  AMalia-8th, Nora-6th, Everett-4th, Judah-2nd




    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program Sign-Up


    Weekend Food Bags are available for families in need.  This is a joint effort between Take Action Inc, Vermont Hills Church, Odyssey PTA, Hayhurst PTA, and the Ainsworth PTA.


    Due to the school building closure we will be providing food bags every other week.  If your family would like to receive a food bag every other week, please fill out the attached form and return to the Odyssey Office as soon as possible.  Providing information on the number of people in your family will help us to continue to receive grants to fund our program.  We value your privacy and the information that you provide below will remain confidential.

    Please contact Stephanie Cox, School Counselor, at scox@pps.net with any questions.  If your family has dietary restrictions, please let Stephanie know.




    Terri Preeg Riggsby
    Parent Volunteer Odyssey Communications Coordinator


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  • An Update Regarding Limited In-Person Opportunities

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    We are now several weeks into Comprehensive Distance Learning, and simultaneously working on the next phases of a gradual re-opening of schools. PPS remains focused on published health metrics from the county and state and our medical experts. We also continue to observe Oregon Department of Education guidelines as we contemplate introducing limited in-person opportunities. While we are anxious to have all of our students back on campus, we will proceed in a measured and prudent manner that prioritizes the health and safety of our students and employees. 

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  • PPS Distance Learning to Continue Through January 28

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    At last evening’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Guerrero announced plans to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the second quarter, which ends January 28. This decision is based on the latest public health data; we are hopeful that our next announcement shortly after winter break will be different, as we would much prefer to be back in our school buildings.
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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

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  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
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