Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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  • March 15 Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Coach Payne Plays Semi-Pro Football – Game Tomorrow 3/16! Below

    Scrip Orders Due – 3/18: Below & Page 1   Page 2

    Odyssey Chant Submissions – Due March 22: Below & Attached

    Balancing Life & Technology Talk at Hayhurst April 9: Below & Attached

    Family & School Emergency Preparedness, April 18: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Pizzicato Budding Chef Contest: Below & Info and Budding Chef Form

    2nd Annual Odyssey Skate Night April 7: Below

    Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 26: Below



    Upcoming Events

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, March 18

    Odyssey Chant Submissions Due: Friday, March 22

    Pizzicato Budding Chef Contest Forms Due: Monday, April 1

    Scrip Orders Due: Thursday, April 4

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

    Balancing Life & Technology – at Hayhurst: Tuesday, April 9, 6 – 8:30pm

    Pizzicato Restaurant Night: Tuesday, April 9

    Family & School Preparedness Presentation: Thursday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm

    Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: Friday, April 26, 11:30-1pm

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



    Coach Payne Plays Semi-Pro Football!  Game Saturday 3/16, 12pm!


    Hi everyone,


    I just wanted to let you know that I am playing on a local Semi-pro Football team and would like to invite you out to some of my games! Most of my games are played at Hare Field field in Hillsboro and they are also free to get in. There is a game this Saturday March 16th at 12pm. If you would like to look at the schedule for later games, I will attach it to the bottom of the email and look for the Washington Sentinels games. I hope to see you out there this season! 


    Schedule: http://pnfl.org/schedule


    Thank you,

    Coach Payne 



    Upcoming scrip dates are Monday 3/18 and Thursday 4/4 by 2:15.


    Then just 3 more orders to finish out the year.


    Note the unusual Thursday scrip due date! (There is no school on 4/8 and I don't pick up on Fridays!)


    We are again utilizing the See's Spring Candy Sale through the scrip center. Order forms are below and are due along with the 4/4 order. $1 profit for us for each candy sold.


    Time to get ready to buy scrip for all those wedding and graduations! And as the year ends I am looking to pass on the scrip torch to the next volunteer! Contact me at the e-mail below if you want more details:


    As always send me any questions! Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@gmail.com>



    Odyssey Chant!  Submissions Due Friday March 22


    We have such a great Odyssey community that we want to chant about it at our next Monthly Salute!  Students, along with their families and friends, are invited to participate in the Odyssey Chant competition.  After writing a catchy chant about Odyssey, students should submit it to me by the end of the school day on Friday, March 22.  Be prepared, I will ask the students to perform it when they submit it to me.  I will record it, but they can perform it solo or with friends.  Just keep in mind that the chant should be simple, fun, and school appropriate.  The student, and family, who write the selected chant will receive a prize and the student will be asked to teach it at an upcoming Monthly Salute.  I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!  


    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Denise Self

    Assistant Principal



    Balancing Life & Technology Talk at Hayhurst 4/9


    Mark your calendars April 9, 2019 from 6-8:30 pm at Hayhurst Elementary for a night about Balancing Technology and Life with local author and speaker, Doreen Dodgen-Magee. The Odyssey and Hayhurst PTAs are jointly sponsoring this event and providing light snacks. Middle and high schoolers are welcome to attend. For more information about our speaker, please visit her website at doreen dodgen-magee psy.d. or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/doreendodgenmageepsyd/



    Family & School Emergency Preparedness Presentation April 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Come learn about what you as an individual and we as a community can do to be ready for the next big earthquake!

    Laura Hall has volunteered to come and lead a discussion about how to prepare our homes and schools. Laura Hall is co-chair of Parents4Preparedness, a group of parents helping other parents advocate for seismic safety in schools. She is also a Team Leader for the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team program, an earthquake preparedness instructor at Portland Community College, creator of PortlandPrepares.org, and the Communications Coordinator for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization.




    Odyssey Pizzicato Budding Chef Contest - April Restaurant Night April 19


    Thank you to all of you who made Verde Cocina a part of your lunch/dinner plans yesterday!  It was great seeing all of your support.  April is our last Restaurant Night of this school year, so let's try to go out with a BANG!


    In conjunction with giving Odyssey 20% back on all dine-in, take-out, delivery, and gift card sales from the entire day on Tuesday, April 9th at their Hillsdale location, Pizzicato is running a fun budding chef program to inspire our young chefs!  Students are welcome to create a pizza recipe using their list of ingredients (attached) and their chef will choose a pizza that will be featured as the Special Pizza of the Day that day in Hillsdale. Entry forms (attached) are due in the Odyssey Office by Monday, April 1st, the first day back from spring break!  


    I will put a copy of the forms in mailboxes this week. 


    With thanks,






    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



    Odyssey Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 26


    Odyssey owes its success in large part, to the volunteers who generously donate their time to the program.  K12 cluster has 20 volunteers who come help on a weekly basis, and 80-100 volunteers helping with the performance.  345 cluster benefits from 50 volunteers over the course of the year, plus 60-65 field study volunteers.  Finally, 678 has 40 volunteers over the course of the year, and 60-65 helping out with field study!  Add another 40 art volunteers for k-5 and we've got a whole heap of volunteers!!!


    The school will recognize these wonderful volunteers with a luncheon on Friday, April 26th from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  We hope you're available to join us!


    I'd love the help of a couple people who can arrive at 11:00 to help with set-up. 

    Please e-mail me at gfu@aya.yale.edu if you can attend or help out.  Include dietary requests in your e-mail.


    With thanks




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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


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