Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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  • May 10th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    8th Grade Graduation Request: Below

    Craftwarehouse – Sponsored by Girls on the Run! May 13: Below

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

    Last Days for Library Checkout: Below

    Odyssey Summer Family Campout at Oxbow Park: Below

    Compassion SW - May 18: Attached 


    Upcoming Events

    Craft Warehouse – Sponsored by Girls on the Run! Monday May 13, 2:30 – 3:30, school cafeteria

    Compassion SW: Saturday, May 18

    Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 12


    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


    Craft Warehouse – Sponsored by Girls on the Run!  May 13

    The GOTR ladies are hosting a community project and want to invite our Odyssey students! 

    Girls on the Run 


    Monday, May 13th

    2:30-3:30 in the cafeteria

    Come to a free "crafternoon" on Monday! All ages are welcome to create their own projects!

    There will be an Origami Station, a Free Form Station, and a Drawing/Coloring Station.

    Looking forward to seeing you there,

    The Odyssey Girls on the Run Team


    Scrip Orders Due Monday 5/20

    Only TWO more scrip orders for the year! Help make our goal of $3000 profit.

    Our last two due dates are Monday, 5/20 and Monday, 6/3.

    It's time to stock up for summer and get gift cards for all those graduates and wedding gifts. 

    Columbia Passes are here. Buy a $50 gift card get a pass to the employee store.

    And if you want to be in charge next year the job could be yours. Let me

    Questions? 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


    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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  • 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.
  • In this Together: A Dyslexia and Literacy Information Night

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    PPS families and staff are invited to attend a parent dyslexia information night titled "In this Together: A Dyslexia and Literacy Information Night" on Thursday, May 30, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the PPS main offices (501 N. Dixon St.). Hosted by the PPS Humanities Department, the event will include an informational presentation, Q&A with PPS Director of Elementary Humanities, Gretchen Schlag, and networking with parents and community partners. Childcare, translators and snacks will be provided. To RSVP, please email gschlag@pps.net
  • Superintendent Guerrero: Historic step forward for K-12 funding

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     Gov. Kate Brown at bill signing

    Dear PPS Community,

    It is with a sense of optimism and encouragement that I am sharing with you news about something I believe will have a lasting impact on the future of our school system and our ability to better serve our students. The Oregon Legislature has approved, and Gov. Kate Brown has signed, the Student Success Act, an investment package projected to provide public schools throughout the state with approximately $1 billion a year in additional funding. This is a huge and historic win for public education in general and for Portland Public Schools in particular. Our work begins now to lay out a plan for how we will use our share of the additional funds, starting in the 2020-21 school year, in ways that will improve the educational experience for all of our diverse learners.

  • Franklin teachers Mercedes Munoz, Anne McHugh win awards

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    Mercedes Munoz and Anne McHugh

    Two teachers at Franklin High School have won significant awards for their service to students. Mercedes Munoz won an Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year Award, and Anne McHugh won a Presidential Innovation Award for the Pacific Northwest from the Environmental Protection Agency.


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