Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • Jan. 12th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Call for Odyssey Info Night Volunteers! Below & Attached

    K12 Performance Meeting: Below

    Girls on the Run at Odyssey – Registration Ends TOMORROW 1/13!:  Below

    PPS Nutrition Services Message: Below


    Upcoming Events

    Girls on the Run Registration ENDS TOMORROW January 13, midnight

    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



    Odyssey Information Event Volunteers Needed


    Hello Odyssey Parents,


    Odyssey information events are quickly approaching and we’ll need your help volunteering to make it a success. Our new information event flyer (low resolution) is attached. The event dates/times are February 21st, March 6th and March 11th.


    There are several volunteer opportunities for you to consider:


    1.     Distribute flyers: help distribute flyers at your neighborhood coffee shops, community centers, churches, libraries, etc. throughout Portland;

    2.     Social Media Mavens: spread the word about Odyssey information events on your favorite social media platform, with Facebook and Nextdoor serving as obvious ones;

    3.     Identify outreach locations in underrepresented communities: if you belong to or are networked within an underrepresented community in Portland, I’d like your help getting the word out about Odyssey; and

    4.     Event logistics (i.e., 2/21 or 3/6): help set up/take down chairs, hand out information packets about the school as guest arrive, and pass out a questionnaire at the end of the events before guest leave.  (3-5 volunteers for each event are needed).


    If you are able to volunteer for any of these opportunities, please contact me directly and feel free to reach out with questions. I look forward to hearing from you.


    Thank you!

    Todd Stevenson







    K12 Performance Meeting


    K12 parents “nuts and bolts” performance meeting! Save the date for January 15th, 6-7pm in the auditorium for a fun filled meeting regarding the upcoming 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 STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! 
    -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 - Registration Ends TOMORROW 1/13!


    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. 




    Katie Dill

    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

    x63276  wellersi@pps.net



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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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  • Peace in Schools' 2019 trainings for PPS staff

    PPS staff  are invited to attend a variety of trainings for youth-serving professionals offered by Peace in Schools. Click "More" below for details about these upcoming trainings. 
  • A major move toward becoming a data-driven district

    Dear Colleagues,

    While developing our core strategies since our October planning retreat, the Division of Instruction and School Communities outlined Five Bold Steps. I am pleased today to announce a major move forward in developing one of those strategies, by accelerating our organizational capabilities to become a truly data-driven district.

  • Announcing new Chief Operating Officer, Dan Jung

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am very pleased to announce that Dan Jung has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Portland Public Schools. Dan’s promotion marks another milestone for our organization, as we continue to build the type of leadership team needed for PPS to become one of the country’s best school districts.
  • PPS Pulse: January 15, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: PPS performers, speakers set to appear at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute; first-graders dive into coding