• Interested in applying for the 2019-2020 lottery for the Odyssey Program?  Parent Information meetings are Feb. 21st and Mar. 6th at 6:30pm, and Mar. 11th at 9:30am.  Click here for more details.

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Friday Report

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  • Feb. 8th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    February Restaurant Night is Family Karaoke Night! 2/12:  Below & Attached

    Odyssey Love Your Neighborhood Donation Drive: Below

    Lottery for Additional Students/Siblings: Below

    2nd Annual Odyssey Skate Night April 7: Below

    Lincoln Girls Lacrosse Grades 2-8: Below

    Lincoln Youth Baseball – Evaluations 2/10: Attached

    Multnomah ESD Measles Information: Attached

    Grandparents & Special Friends Day 2/14: Attached


    Upcoming Events

    February Restaurant Night at Etc…Eatery: Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

    Grandparents & Special Friends Day: Thursday, February 14, 1 – 2:15pm

    345 Performance: Sunday, February 24, 11am & 1:30pm

    Odyssey 2nd Annual Family Skate Night: Sunday April 7, 5-7pm

    Save the Date! Odyssey Art Show: Thursday, May 9


    February Restaurant Night Is Family Karaoke Night!

    Save the date for an exciting new event on the Odyssey Calendar!  February Restaurant Night is Family Karaoke Night from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 at etc...  eatery.  Come sing your heart out while enjoying Pacific NW comfort food.  Kid's menu, vegetarian, vegan, and GF options available.  10% of the night's sales will be donated to our school, no flyer necessary.  

    etc... eatery
    6500 SW Virginia Ave
    Portland, OR 97239

    Questions? Message Genevieve Fu at gfu@aya.yale.edu


    The Odyssey Love Your Neighbor Donation Drive

    Now through February 14

    People are hungry. People will be hungry. You can help.

    Our community has a big heart. Let’s show it. Announcing a Donation Drive to help support the Hayhurst-Odyssey-Ainsworth community. In this time of contention and unstable future, let’s bring the love.

    To help the more than forty families in our broader school community that rely on federal resources we are having a donation drive. We are looking for either shelf stable items from the list below and cash/gift card donations to buy perishable items. Cash donations will be turned into grocery store gift cards and divided between bolstering the existing food bag program that supports Hayhurst-Odyssey-Ainsworth neighborhoods and being distributed directly to families by Principal Froelich. Our cash goal is $4000. This would help allay just a single month of benefits in the event of any disruption. If there is no disruption the food bag program will be well funded for the remainder of the year.

    Shoutout to those affected by the federal shutdown, we want to help. Talk to Principal Froelich and let her know what you need. In fact, if you are in need for any reason talk to Principal Froelich.

    Requested food items (as identified by the Oregon Food Bank):

    Canned soup/chili (low sodium)

    Ramen noodles

    Peanut butter and Almond Butter

    Canned tuna

    Dried pasta

    Canned fruit

    Shelf stable milk


    Beans (canned or dried)

    Whole Grain Cereal

    Cooking Oil

    Canned Tomatoes

    Boxes will be in the Odyssey Lobby for canned goods. Cash and Checks made out to Odyssey PTA as well as any grocery store gift cards can be placed in the Your neighbor collection canister in the office.

    Let’s show our neighbors “We LOVE You!”

    If you have any questions please ask! Lisa <lisavannatta@gmail.com>


    Lottery for Additional Incoming Student/Sibling

    Existing Odyssey families receive first priority in the lottery, below are the required steps:

    1.       Submit an online lottery application https://pps.schoolmint.net/signin

    The lottery opens Feb. 8th and closes March 8th

    2.       Attend a parent information meeting:

    Information Meetings (attend one of the following):
    Thursday, February 21st  6-7:30 pm
    Wednesday, March 6th, 6-7:30 pm
    Monday, March 11th, 9:30-10:30 am  (This meeting is primarily designed for parents who cannot attend a meeting on February 21 or March 6. Teachers or administration will not be present at
    the March 11th meeting and there will be no classroom visitation available.)

                    Students are welcome to attend a meeting with parent, however childcare is not provided.

    3.       Please notify Angela in the office that you have an incoming student.

    Thank you,
    Angela Hoffart
    Principal’s Secretary


    SAVE THE DATE!! Odyssey Skate Night Sunday April 7

    Odyssey k-8 family skate night has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 7th. 5-7pm

    Second Annual Odyssey Skate Night at Oaks Park Roller Rink! 

    Suggested $5 donation per person! 

    Questions?  Katie Dill at ktdill78@gmail.com


    Registration Open:  Lincoln Girls Lacrosse

    Registration for Lincoln Girls Lacrosse is now open for kids in Grades 2-8!  No experience is necessary - all experience levels are welcome.  The last day to register is February 18. For more information or to register, visit our website:  www.LincolnLaxGirls.com

    If you are new to lacrosse or unsure what it is all about, there is a Try Lacrosse clinic for kids ages 6-12 years old at Wilsonville High School next Saturday, February 9, from 12:30-2pm.  The registration fee for the clinic is $35 and includes a lacrosse stick, a t-shirt and a ball (over $100 value!).  For more information about this and other upcoming clinics, or to register, visit the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association website:  www.oregongirlslax.com

    If you have any questions, please contact Ursula Lalovic at ulalovic@gmail.com


    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator


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  • Return From Winter Break

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    Happy New Year! Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break with family and friends. The couple of weeks off certainly flew by quickly. Today, everyone is right back in the routine, focused on learning! It is hard to believe how fast the year is flying by, and that we have already completed four months of the school year.

    I want to THANK everyone who participated in the Giving Snowman!!! Your generous giving of gifts and gift cards allowed us to share the holidays with 38 families from our school community. (Hayhurst and Odyssey) Parents came in the last few days before break to pick up their bag of goodies….we had lots of tears, hugs, and thank you’s! I love that our Odyssey family can take care of our families who are in need and bring a bit more joy to everyone. THANK YOU!!

    As the weather gets colder, please be sure to send your child to school with winter jackets (labeled with their name), as we still go outside for recess, even in the cold. If we get snow or ice, be sure to check the PPS district webpage or listen to the news or radio for school closures or delays. Due to our muddy field, I also recommend sending an extra pair of sports shoes or boots….we need the kids to run around, but don’t want them to ruin their good shoes.

    We are entering the season of plays and rehearsals. Breathe deeply..it is always a bit crazy, but the end product is so worth it. Your kids love the plays and the work that they put into them is amazing. This is one of the many fabulous showcases of our program.

    Odyssey is a great school community, with such wonderful support for each other and the things that happen in our school. I wish everyone a wonderful New Year with lots of good cheer!

    Deanne Froehlich


District News

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  • Board approves school calendar for 2019-20

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    The 2019-20 school year in Portland Public Schools will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and end (barring weather makeup days) on Friday, June 5.

    That became official Tuesday night when the PPS Board of Education passed Resolution 5821, which approved Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero’s proposed 2019-20 school calendar. The calendar was presented to the Board at its Jan. 15 meeting, with public input invited in the period before Tuesday’s final Board vote.

  • PPS Pulse: February 12, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Deadline coming for students to be immunized; Jefferson students discuss Black History Month

  • PPS Families: Help us improve school culture and climate by taking Successful Schools Survey

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    If you are the parent or guardian of a Portland Public Schools student, ask yourself: How is the educational climate at the school? Portland Public Schools is looking for answers to this and other key questions from family members of PPS students as part of the Successful Schools Survey. Students in grades 5, 7 and 10 also are being surveyed, and school-based staff will participate starting Feb. 19.

  • Key date for immunizations is coming up

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    The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.

    Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.