Odyssey Program

Living History Education
for Young Explorers

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

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  • April 20th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Student Safety & Drop Off: Below

    Run for the Arts – Forms & Donations Due: Below

    Odyssey Family Free Opera Tickets: Below

    Scrip Update: Below & Attached

    Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week – Please Donate! Below

    Odyssey Parent Celebration: Below

    Lost & Found: Below                                    

    Fall Festival: Below & Attached

    8th Grade Promotion Bags: Below

    678 Herbalism Guild – Items for Sale: Below & Attached

    5678 Trivia Night 5/4: Attached

    Odyssey Art Show – May 10 – Information Coming Soon!


    Upcoming Events

    Odyssey Spring Skate: Sunday, 4/22, 5 – 7 pm

    5678 Trivia Night: Friday, 5/4

    Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week: 5/7 – 5/11

    Art Show: Thursday, 5/10

    Odyssey Parent Celebration: Friday, 5/11

    8th Grade Promotion & Party: 5/31

    Save the Date! Fall Festival: 9/22


    Odyssey Skate Night


    K-8 Odyssey families! Take a break from the focus questions, field study prepping and performance planning for a night of fun with friends from Odyssey!  We have booked the Oaks Park skating rink for a private event on Sunday, April 22! $5 suggested donation per skater.  Bring the entire family!  See attached flyer for more information.




    It has been reported that some drivers are dropping students off at the yellow curb located just before the drop-off zone in the front of the school. 

    This is causing a traffic hazard, as well as compromising our students’ safety. 

    Please use only the designated drop-off zone in front of the school, or drive around the parking lot to the back of the school and have students exit the vehicle at the top of the driveway on the north side of the school.  Thank you.


    Run for the Arts – Forms & Donations Due

    Just a reminder that Run for the Arts forms and donations are due. If you haven’t already done so, please return these to your homeroom teacher early next week. Thank you again to everyone for their support of this program. Please contact Jana Childes (jchildes@gmail.com) with any questions.



    The Metropolitan Opera of New York City has invited Odyssey families to watch a live simulcast performance of Cinderella at 9:55am on Saturday, April 28th at Lloyd Cinemas.  Tickets are available through Tuesday, April 24th, or until they’re gone.  See the attached flyer for more information.

    Angela Hoffart
    Principal’s Secretary


    Scrip Update


    There are only three more orders for the year! So be sure to stock up for graduation gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, wedding gifts and summer!

    The remaining orders are due:  April 30, May 21 and June 4

    Pickups are on Thursday/Friday – see attached forms.

    Cheers, Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>


    Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!!

    Mark your calendars for May 7-11

    We are planning a great week to let our teachers and staff know just how much we appreciate their dedication, energy and work they do for our children and our school. 

    But FIRST, we are in need of some FUNDS:

    Please consider donating next week, APRIL 23-27.

    A suggestion of $10-20 per family (but anything helps!). There will be a donation box clearly marked in Angela's front office starting Monday April 23rd through Friday April 27th.

    We will send out a detailed schedule of events mid-week. Opportunities to help out coming soon!  

    Thank you! 

    Natalie, Katie, Danette, Stefani & Alia




    Odyssey Parent Celebration!

    We are excited to have an adult-only night out to celebrate another great year! Check out the attached flyer, and keep an eye on your email next week for an RSVP form for the Friday, May 11 Parent Celebration at Old Market Pub. This is a free event, with dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks provided by Odyssey PTA. See you there!


    Lost & Found

    Found Items Looking For Their Home

    Has your child lost a coat, hat, water bottle, lunch box, etc?  Please take a moment to look in the Lost and Found area, or ask your student to do so; which is located in the stairwell across from Mrs. Gregoire’s classroom. 


    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ E. Sylvan

    Phone:  503-916-6310

    Fax:  503-916-2124



    Fall Festival!  September 22

    Work on procuring donated items for the Fall Festival (Mark your calendar for September 22!) is in motion. We're starting to receive donations from fabulous local businesses. Some of them are great summer activities like visiting the Lumberyard Bike Park or a kayaking with class with Alder Creek. So in conjunction with the Parent's Appreciation Night on May 11, we will have a fundraising table with a few items.

    If you happen to have something that you would like to donate to this event (like tickets to a summer or early fall event!) fill out the attached form or contact me directly. Otherwise, consider this an early call for Fall Festival donations!


    Lisa VanNatta <lisavannatta@yahoo.com>


    8th Grade Promotion Bags

    Odyssey Families & Friends:

    It’s the end of the school year and that brings many exciting events! 

    One event is the promotion of our 8th graders. As a tradition, our community has celebrated the success of our Odyssey 8th graders by presenting them with gift bags at their promotion ceremony. This year, the promotion will be on May 31st, celebrating 22 students heading off to high school.

    We understand that you are asked to contribute many things during the year and it’s difficult to participate in all of them. Please consider purchasing one or more gifts cards (see suggestions below) in the amount of $5. This will make distributing them equally between gift bags much easier. Other donations, such as snacks, pens/pencils, candy, gum, picture frames, books, bookmarks or anything else you want to give, are needed and will be combined with other donations and distributed equally between bags.  In years past, folks have ordered items from Amazon or Oriental Trading too. If you have access to somewhere that might have free branded items (water bottles, drawstring backpacks, journals, post-its, etc.), please consider donating those!

    Please leave your donations in the school office to the attention of Donna Hostler or Gretchen Huntington no later than Friday, May 18th. Drop off cash or gift card donations in a sealed envelope to the office marked "8th grade gift bags (Attn: Donna Hostler/Gretchen Huntington)."

    If you have questions, please contact me at donna_hostler@yahoo.com or via text or phone at 503.701.6866.

    Also, a BIG thanks to Gretchen Huntington (Luke & Jack's mom) and Helena Nissen (Astrid's mom) for the gift bag acquisition and assembly.

    Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make to help our 8th graders feel special on their big day.  As your student moves through the grades, others will do this for you upon their graduation too!  Please help the tradition continue!



    Donna Hostler


    Here are a few gift card ideas:

    ·         Annie Blooms or Powell’s Books

    ·         Sweets, Etc.

    ·         Nectar, Sunny’s Frozen Yogurt, or Dairy Hill Ice Cream

    ·         Starbucks, Black Rock or Dutch Bros.

    ·         LaserSport

    ·         Sky High Sports

    ·         Super Play

    ·         Other Worlds Games

    ·         Washington Square

    ·         Laughing Planet, Subway, Burgerville

    ·         Sesame Donuts

    ·         Jamba Juice

    ·         Anything you think a 13-14 year old might want


    OR... Ideas of what to donate:


    1. Money! If you don't know what to buy, we can do it for you - combining your gift with other's makes it possible to get 22 of the same item.

    2. Find a few friends to go in on buying 22 $5 gift cards for food/drink cards.

    2. Does your workplace have any free items (water bottles, hairbands, some other kind of swag?...)

    3. Ask stores for donations, such as Dutch Bro's, frozen yogurt places, Starbucks, etc.

    4. You can buy 22 of any item that you think freshman in high school would appreciate and bring them in

    5. Blank Thank You cards for each bag.



    678 Herbalism Guild – Items for Sale!

    Dear Odyssey families,

    The 678 Herbalism Guild worked hard for 10 weeks to create authentic herbal medicines and body care items inspired from the Renaissance time period, but still relevant and useful today!

    We were so industrious we ended up making more products than we could sell at the Guild Fair.  We need to get these lovely student made goodies into your hands and out of the staff room! We would also love to cover our production costs and hand over our profits to our school for the furthering of such enrichment activities!

    Please see the attached order form and email your order requests and quantities to calendulady@gmail.com.  

    We will have a table set up in the front hallway this Tuesday/Wed/Thurs (April 10,11,12) and again the following Tuesday the 17th from 2:10-3:00pm for you to purchase items or pick up items you ordered via email.  You may pay cash or by check made out to Odyssey PTA.

    Please feel free to send any questions to calendulalady@gmail.com as well!

    Thank you, 

    Brynn Anderson

    Herbalist Guildmaster

    Parent of Miles, Opal, Lotus


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  • January 2018

    January 8, 2018


    Dear Odyssey Community,

    Happy New Year! Welcome back from Winter break! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends! We have jumped back into the school year, and honestly it seems like winter break was months ago. I want to THANK everyone who participated in the Giving Snowman! This year as a school community we shared the joy of the holidays with 45 families in our school community. Lots of smiles, lots of tears, and lots of Thank You’s! Families truly do appreciate the support in making the holidays and winter break a joyous time of the year.

    Now that winter break is over, we are heading into the season of performances, guilds, and focus option nights which somehow all get wrapped up by the end of March.  Focus Option Information Nights will be Feb. 15, Feb. 22, and March 1st at 6:00pm at East Sylvan. If you have friends that are interested in the program, please encourage them to come to a focus option night. In order to get in the lottery it is mandatory that a parent attend an info. Night. We will have open spots at each grade level, especially several at the middle school level. All lottery applications need to be turned (paper or via email) into Enrollment and Transfer by March 2, 2018. 

    This is also the season for our fabulous plays. Save the dates and come and join the fun…. Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6:00-7:30pm will be the 345 Guild Fair in the cafeteria.  Come and see the historical characters from the American Revolution come to life.  Then on Sunday, Feb. 11 we will have two performances of the 345 play “The Birth of America”.  One at 11:00am and the other at 1:30pm. This is a great opportunity to see a play from another cluster, and see what lies ahead for you, if you are in k12 check in the office about tickets.

    Then on Thursday, March 15th the 678 cluster will host the Twelve Night performance, with a second performance and guild fair on Sunday March 18th.

    If we have snowy weather, please listen to the news, look at the district website, or you may receive a district phone call telling you about school openings/closing for the day. 

    Looking forward to the next five and half months of school (yes, the year is flying by)!

    Thank you again for all of your support.

    Happy New Year!


    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal, Hayhurst & Odyssey

District News

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    In this week's PPS Pulse: Superintendent’s April 20 message; PIL players earn All-State honors
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    Dear PPS community,

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