Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • May 17th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Message from Principal Froehlich: Below

    8th Grade Graduation Request: Below

    Scrip – Only 2 More Order Dates! Below & Attached   Page 1  Page 2

    Last Days for Library Checkout: Below

    Lost & Found: Below

    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Oxbow Park: Below

    Foothill Soccer Club: Below

    Compassion SW - May 18: Attached


    Oregon Health Plan Enrollment: Attached



    Upcoming Events

    Compassion SW: Saturday, May 18

    Field Day: Wednesday, June 5

    Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 12



    Message from Principal Froehlich


    Dear Families,

    I want to keep you updated on our staffing for the Odyssey Program.  The good news is that Coach Payne will be joining us next Fall. He is super excited to continue with our Physical Education program. He will be at Odyssey on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We will share him with Markham on the other two days.

    On the other hand, we are losing Katie Francis, school counselor who we share with Sellwood Middle School. Katie, will return to Sellwood full time.  We wish her all the best and will truly miss her! 

    I have not yet interviewed for Media Specialist, Art teacher and Counselor as the jobs have not been posted with HR. They will hopefully be posted in the next few weeks, and the interview process will begin.  

    More news as it unfolds.


    Deanne Froehlich



    Field Day June 5!  Looking for Volunteers!

    Field Day is coming soon, on Wednesday June 5.  We need parent volunteers for this super fun, all-ages day of games and celebration!  Please mail Coach Payne at jpayne2@pps.net to volunteer. 


    8th Grade Graduation Request

    Our amazing eighth graders will soon be leaving the Odyssey community!

    As we prepare to send off our amazing group of 8th graders to High School, please consider donating gifts or money to support the creation of gift bags. Gift bags are a long-standing Odyssey tradition and are presented to our graduates on their promotion date (Monday, June 10th). Gifts could include:

    · gift cards (Starbucks, Dutch Bros, Subway, Jamba Juice, etc.)

    · stationery/school items (thank you cards, pens, mechanical pencils)

    · gift certificates to local eateries

    · candy, fidget toys

    · picture frames

    · $ (any value helps!) to go towards any of the above

    We have 23 graduates so if donating, please provide the item(s) in that amount. 

    Anyone (including parents of K-5 kids) can donate - - pay it forward and keep the tradition alive! Please turn in your donations by WEDNESDAY JUNE 5 to the school office. 

    Cash or checks to "Lisa VanNatta"

    Once again, and almost for the last time, if you have any questions let me know!

    Lisa <lisavannatta@gmail.com> proud mama of 8th grader Gavin Smith


    LAST Scrip Orders of the Year

    The Last Scrip Orders of the Year will be due Monday, 5/20 and Monday, 6/3

    Still waiting to try out scrip for the first time? It's easy write a check to Odyssey PTA for the gift card amount and I will fill your order keeping a small rebate for the school. Write a $100 check for a New Seasons card and get a New Seasons card for $100 and the school keeps the $4 rebate. Scrip cards are great for buying groceries, going to restaurants and gifts.

    Turn your form into the box by 2:15pm on the dates above and I will have your order ready for you the following Thursday afternoon.

    Forms listing all the choices are attached.

    Lisa <lisavannatta@gmail.com>


    Library Check Out – May 20 & 22


    The last day to check out books will be May 20th for 345 and May 22nd for K12.    Students will still have library for the rest of the year, but will not be checking out books after May 22nd.

    Mrs. Hanf


    Lost and Found

    Lost & Found is piling up again….  The next time you’re at school please check our Lost and Found for any items your student has misplaced.  It’s located in the stairwell near the gym and Ms. Gregoire’s classroom.  

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    The Odyssey Program

         at East Sylvan

    P:  503.916.6310

    F:  503.916.2124



    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Oxbow Regional Park August 23-25

    Join us for a community campout this summer at Oxbow Regional Park. It is 25 miles east of Portland (about a 45 minute drive) on the Sandy River. There are flush toilets (and a few vault toilets), free hot showers, a playground, an amphitheater, many trails and access to sandy beaches, wading, inner tube floating. There are 14 tent sites that we reserved (unfortunately, no RV sites were available). You can come out Friday afternoon and stay both nights, or come out Saturday for one night (or just the day). We always have a great time swimming, splashing and inner tubing in the river, building fires, roasting marshmallow and getting to know each other better. Note that camping sites are limited, so don’t wait until the last minute!

    More information, pictures and directions to Oxbow Regional Park can be found here: https://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/oxbow-regional-park/camping-oxbow


    2 nights: $52 + a one time $5 parking fee that you pay to the park when you arrive (up to two cars per site)

    1 night:   $38 +  a one time $5 parking fee that you pay to the park when you arrive (up to two cars per site)

    Day trip: $5 for parking that you pay to the park

    Contact Marie-Eve Thifault if you want to join in the fun at mthifault@gmail.com and include the following:

    ·        Name and number of people in group

    ·        Which nights (Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24)

    ·        You preferred site number and a second and third choice just in case. This Google doc spreadsheet lists the sites that we reserved. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EbfSyQrelAY8cQsJrGxo3TeRV2j2i9B4_EKWhnM1BRk/edit?usp=sharing

    Here is the link to the campsite map: https://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/2019/02/08/Oxbow-camping-guide.pdf

    Paypal (david.nicholas.barsic@gmail.com) and Venmo (David Barsic) payments preferred but you can also pay with a check (contact us for details). 

    Hope you can join the fun!

    Marie-Eve Thifault & David Barsic


    Foothills Soccer Club

    Foothills Soccer Club is holding tryouts for the 2019/2020 Academy Soccer season in May.   See attached Flyer for dates, times, and locations of tryouts.

    To register for tryouts, visit http://www.foothillssoccer.org/home.php

    For more information about our Academy program, visit https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2673143

    Competitive Spirit.  Community Soul.



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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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  • Hillsboro Hops to host PPS Night on June 28

    The Oregon sunshine is upon us! Grab a team of co-workers, friends and/or family members, and enjoy a summertime baseball game. The Hillsboro Hops will host a Portland Public Schools Night on Friday, June 28 in celebration of a fantastic school year! Superintendent Guerrero will kick off the game with the first pitch, and we’ll celebrate with a post-game fireworks show. PPS will have special seats in section 16 and limited field reserved/bleacher seating. Reference this map for the field. Reserve your tickets at an exclusive PPS rate here.
    We hope to see you there!
    PPS Strategic Partnerships Team
  • Help reduce PPS paper use! Opt out of paper pay stubs

    Did you know the average American uses 650 pounds of paper each year? The BESC Green Team is focusing on paper reduction and we wanted to share an easy way for you to be involved too! 
    If you are enrolled in direct deposit, the default setting on PeopleSoft is to receive a paper pay stub in the mail each month. Help us reduce our districtwide paper use by taking one minute to ‘opt out’ of receiving those hard copies! Easy to follow instructions are found here to guide you through the process. Electronic pay stubs will always be available online.
    PPS has nearly 8,500 employees – that is potentially 102,000 extra pieces of paper used each year!
  • PPS Pulse: May 21, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Two Franklin High teachers win significant awards; Lincoln opens 50-year-old time capsule

  • Save the date! August 7-8 EBBL/E3B Institute

    PPS staff are invited to come together and learn about best practices and the curricular materials that support them within our Equity-Based Balanced Literacy and Biliteracy framework. Sessions will provide differentiation and choice for our participants. Click here for full details about the event.