Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • November 13th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Scrip Orders Due Today!  11/13:  Below & Attached

    Rain Garden Planting Day Saturday, 11/18:  Below

    Restaurant Night 11/28: Below

    Odyssey Lost & Found: Below

    Eyeglass Collection for Mexico: Below

    Weekend Food Bag Program: Below

    Odyssey Ski Bus: Below



    Upcoming Events

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday 11/13

    Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, 11/15

    Rain Garden Planting Day: Saturday, 11/18

    Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Tuesday, 11/28



    Next Scrip Orders Due TODAY!  Monday, 11/13


     We've passed the $900 mark for profits this year. Thanksgiving, Cyber Friday and the holidays are coming so get your gifts and grocery cards now. There will be scrip orders both weeks in December and the Giving Snowman will make an appearance. Forms are found attached (pages 1 & 2), in the front entryway at school, and in the K-5 backpacks.


    If you ever have any questions let me know,

    Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>



    Odyssey Rain Garden Planting Day: Saturday, 11/18

    Please join us on Saturday, 11/18, 9 am - 12 noon, to help plant native shrubs and grasses in our rain garden!  This is a great time of year to install plants, so can stabilize and establish over the winter months and be ready to thrive come spring.

    These plants are donated through the Sylvan Highlands Neighborhood Association - all we need now are a few helping hands from our Odyssey families!

    We will have coffee donated from Starbucks and pastries donated from Grand Central.  Kids are of course welcomed to join in! 

    Please let me know if you can join in by messaging me at info@odysseyprogram.org



    Terri Preeg Riggsby





    Restaurant Night Fundraiser 11/28


    Mark your calendars!  We’re having a restaurant fundraiser at Noodles on Tuesday 11/28 from 5pm to 9pm. 15% of total sales will go to our program – so make sure to let your family, friends, neighbors know!  More info coming soon!

    Questions?  Contact Rachel Pollin at Rachel.pollin@comcast.net



    Odyssey Lost & Found Items

    Found items will be set up in the main hallway the week of conferences.  Please take a moment to claim your student’s items.  Leftovers will be donated the week of Nov. 13th.


    Thanks very much,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary



    Eyeglass Collection for Mexico


    A couple of Odyssey students are going to Mexico and there is a nice woman that gives glasses to people who can’t afford them, so we have put a box in the office for them.  If you have any prescription glasses that you do not need, please donate them before Thursday, Nov. 16th.  Thank you!


    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary



    Give $$$ to help the Weekend Food Bag Program @ Hayhurst


    Kids here in SW Portland need food. You can help.

    Every week parent volunteers work together with community members to provide a bag of food that give kids something to eat over the weekend. This year the grant that they have relied on to help fund the program has been cut at the same time the need has increased. Every single penny of donations will be used to buy food for hungry kids.


    Cash and check donations (to Hayhurst PTA) can be given to Angela in the office between now and Veteran's Day. Include contact information if you would like a tax receipt. Drop them off when you come in for conference!


    If you want to know more about the Weekend Food Bag Program contact me. Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>



    Odyssey Ski Bus


    Hello.  My name is Aaron Bech and I am father of Annika (3rd) and Colin (K) at Odyssey.  I am a middle school teacher in Tigard and I coordinate the Ski Bus to Mount Hood Meadows for Odyssey, Hayhurst and Maplewood families. 


    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


    Note: GO codes will not be active until mid-November.   


    Email, call, or text me if you have any questions,


    Aaron Bech





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  • August/September 2017

    August 2017



    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 seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year.

    This year school starts on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30th, at 8:00am for grades 1-5.  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 30th, 31st  or September 1st.  The first full day of kindergarten will be on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th, at 8:00am.


    Here is some information that will assist you to begin the school year.

    School Hours

    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. At this time we are still unsure about late openings. Once the teacher union has made a decision we will inform you so you can add this to your planning.  Information is also posted on the reader board, Facebook, weekly email newsletters, and flyers that go home in your child’s backpack.

    Beginning the School Day

    We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell (8:00 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.


    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 has 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

    Bringing your Child to School.  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 the 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 the auditorium and be escorted out to the bus once it arrives.

    Upcoming Events

    Dinner with the Principal, August 23nd from 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria.

    Please bring the whole family to attend an all school dinner in the cafeteria/playground. We will provide the food, 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.  OSPC/PTA will be holding and informational session starting at 5:30pm in the auditorium for new parents about the program, direct give, and fundraising.

    Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 26th 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 September 12th 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.


    We welcome James Winkler to the staff as the new Physical Education teacher.  I am still in the process of hiring a school counselor to join the team.  Everyone else is returning from last year.


    Edie Howard

    Sue Gregoire

    Kate Wilebski


    Dede Marron

    Heather Mankowski

    Angela LeVan


    Alan Damon

    Kristina Rothwell

    Harmony Brinks-Detzer

    Jack Rainey –    8th grade Spanish

    Angela Hoffart-Principal’s Secretary , Denise Self-Assistant Principal, Blake Engeldorf-Learning Center, Fran Barth-Technology, Susie Beckers-Media Specialist, Debi Crawford-Art and the school Counselor is to be determined.

    My schedule this year will be similar to last year: Monday and Wednesday at Hayhurst, Tuesday and Friday at Odyssey, Thursday is district meetings or in one of the buildings. 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 23nd and then to” Back To School Night” on September 12th. I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!

    Happy New School Year!


    Deanne Froehlich



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District News

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  • Refugee Adjustment Day

    Refugees can get advice on how to apply for a green card, Saturday Nov. 18, 9am-3pm, at Catholic Charities, 2740 SW Powell. Volunteers are also needed to help support this event in a variety of ways. Attorneys and interpreters will be needed, but all who wish to lend a helping hand are welcome.
  • Invitation to help develop K-5 ELA standards resources

    Dear teachers,

    We are in the process of developing K-5 ELA standards resources. The next step in the process is aimed at ensuring a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students by creating standards maps for the prioritized Reading: Informational, Reading: Literature, and Writing standards and completing a crosswalk of where the prioritized standards are emphasized within the current adopted curricular tools.

    Listed under "read more" is the work and dates to be completed. After reading through the opportunities for involvement, please complete the following survey to express what you are interested in participating in. If you need a substitute, one will be provided by ICA.

    Please complete ASAP, even if you can only attend 1 day. 

  • New Chromebook Login Screen

    Reminder: On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the login screen for all Chromebooks across the district is changing. All student and staff login credentials will remain the same. Check out this poster to see the new look. Everyone can login by clicking on the left-side link, even though the login screen says “Sign in with a different account”. ONLY K-3 students using a Clever Badge can login by clicking “Next” on the right side. This change will allow K-3 students with Clever Badges to have an easier Chromebook login experience. More information about using Clever Badges will be coming soon to all K-3 staff. Questions? Read the New Chromebook Login & Clever FAQ at bit.do/ppsclever.  
  • PPS Board moves ahead with opening two middle schools

    Portland Public Schools will move forward with plans to open two middle schools in 2018-19.

    The PPS Board of Education on Tuesday passed Resolution 5534, by a 7-0 vote, directing Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero to establish Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman as middle schools, with students in grades 6-8. The board also directed that eight schools be converted into elementary schools with students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

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