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  • Oct. 9th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Message From Dr Berg & Tea with Dr B 10/16: Below

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due SATURDAY 10/10! Below

    Virtual Learning Tips Via Google Meet on 10/12: Below

    Must Verify Student Information: Below

    Robocalls Regarding Your Student's Absence: Below

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due ASAP: Below & Attached

    School Directory – Submit ASAP: Below

    Nutrition Service – Meals Update: Below

    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program: Below & Attached

     

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    Upcoming Events

     

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due! Saturday 10/10

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Monday, 10/12

    Tea with Dr B: Friday, 10/16, 2pm

     

    Virtual Learning Tips for Caregivers and Families: Monday, 10/12, 6 – 6:45pm

    School Directory Submission Due: ASAP

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due: ASAP

     

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    Message From Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    Monday is Indigenous Peoples' Day which is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.  As a way to honor those caretakers of the land that we currently reside on, I want to acknowledge that Portland rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River, so please join me in our acknowledgement of the land we find ourselves on in Portland. I also would ask that if you have the time that you visit the website for Painted Sky website. This is the company that came and worked with our 345 cluster last year to teach them about traditional dance and movement and emphasize the cultural importance of engagement and support of our indigenous community.

     

    Please join me next Friday for our first "Tea with Dr. B" at 2:00 PM on 10/16.  

    This is a time to connect with other parents and Dr. Berg to chat and relax.  I will be drinking a cup of Yogi Tea with a positive message attached to it like always.  Invite as follows:

    Eryn Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Tea with Dr. B
    Time: Oct 16, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/83807073653?pwd=K25GZmZwWUJqNmJNQ25zd00wWjgvUT09
    Meeting ID: 838 0707 3653
    Passcode: 991254

    Finally, next Thursday October 15th at 10:15 AM is the Great Shakeout.  This is usually the day where the entire school holds an earthquake drill together at 10:15 and in class the teacher goes over earthquake preparedness and procedure with the students.  This year because we are in virtual learning, I am asking that all families complete an earthquake drill at home on the 15th of October.  Here is the link to the webpage with many resources for kids and families.  I know that earthquakes can be scary for students, so please approach this as a family in the way that is best for your kids.  I have taught my children where the earthquake emergency bag is and what the emergency plan is.  At school we always practice drop, cover, and hold on and then wait for directions from a trusted adult about next steps.  Here is the link for the resources and our school is registered already, so please participate in the way that works best for your family!
    I know that we are all working our best to meet the needs of this virtual environment. I know that you also received the news that PPS will be virtual until at least January 28th.  We are in for a long haul.  Please take care of yourselves and your student and give yourself and your student frequent breaks.  I know our teachers are working diligently to try and engage with the students during the day and then leave them free in the evening to get offline and get outside. 

     

    Thanks for all your support,

    Dr. Berg

     

    Principal, Odyssey Program

    She/ Hers/ They (Why?)

    “The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' What's the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.”
    ― 
    Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

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    Odyssey Equity

    Survey Due Saturday October 10! And Opportunity to Learn

    Last call for your participation in the 1st annual Odyssey Equity Survey! Your experiences and ideas are important to our planning process. Help provide a snapshot of where we are as a community.

    Add your voice to the conversation:

    1. Complete the Odyssey Equity SurveyLink to survey (open through Oct. 10)  
    2. Sign up for the equity team's email list. Link to Google form sign-up

    We've had 115 respondents, with a goal of 150. Thank you for helping us continuously improve.

    Also, I invite you to join me in attending this free talk next week (Wednesday, 11am -12pm PST) to further our understanding of equity in government policy: "Why denouncing white supremacy creates safety, security, and racial equity" 

     

    - Stephanie Yao Long, Odyssey equity team facilitator

     

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    Virtual Learning Tips for Caregivers and Families Via Google Meet

     

    Come and join us Mon. Oct. 12th from 6:00-6:45.

     

    Your Odyssey Counseling Dept. will present resources that help to foster a positive virtual learning experience.

    Bring your questions and we will brainstorm possible solutions that address your family's needs.

    If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded for future viewing.

    Please use the Google Meet Nickname:  virtuallearning4u

     

    We are excited to see you,

    Stephanie Cox, School Counselor

    Ryan Dicker, QMHP

    Wendi Williams, School Counseling Intern

     

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    Verify Student Information

     

    Dear Odyssey Parents,

     

    I know we have all been really busy trying to keep up with new distance learning tools, etc.  But I need to ask for your assistance to get your student's registration information verified. 

     

    Please Verify your student's registration information (such as your contact info, emergency contacts, etc.):  This is now online via ParentVUE.  Please take a moment to log in, verify your student's information/make changes, and submit the verification.  Here's the link to TeacherVUE: https://www.pps.net/Page/2341 .  Your user ID would be your email address.  If you haven't activated your ParentVUE account in past years, please email me at ahoffart@pps.net .  I can activate your account and get you rolling!  :-)  

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

     

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    Robocalls Regarding Your Student's Absence

     

    Robocalls regarding absences are sent out the day after an absence occurs.  For example, if your child was absent on a Friday, you will receive a call the following Monday, if absent on Thursday you will receive a call Friday.  This is due to the attendance procedures during distance learning.  Teachers have until the following morning to report attendance for the previous day.  

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due ASAP

     

    Odyssey Families,

     

    Please read the attached letter regarding Direct Giving for the first semester of the 2020/2021 school year.  We are asking that families fill out the Direct Giving commitment form online as soon as possible to allow PTA to better plan how to support students and teachers. 

     

    Ben Riggsby, Caleb (8)

    Direct Giving Coordinator

    directgiving@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    School Directory – Submit ASAP!

     

    Our need for community is even stronger while our children learn at a distance.  The school directory is a lifeline for Odyssey families to communicate with each other and set up virtual or real interactions for their students.  Please click here to complete the Directory Google Form for your family.  If you do not wish to be listed in the directory, you can simply answer "no" to the second question on the survey and you'll be done!  We hope to hear everyone! 

     

    Thanks for your participation. 

    Genevieve

    genevieve.fu@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    Nutrition Services – Meal Update

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services
    x63276     
    wellersi@pps.net

     

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    PTA Meeting

     

    Hello Odyssey Community!

     

    Thank you so much for the great turnout at the PTA Meeting and presentation by Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee.  

     

    We look forward to "seeing you" at the next PTA meeting on Monday Nov. 2nd at 6:30pm. So great to see so many familiar faces last night, can’t wait for next time! 

     

    A huge shout out to Katie Hoffman for running our “mission control” Zoom meeting with all of the bells and whistles and drafting this email with all of these beautiful links attached... so appreciated! 

     

    Warmly, 

    Katie Dill

    PTA President 

    Mother of Dragons🐉  AMalia-8th, Nora-6th, Everett-4th, Judah-2nd

    Katie.dill@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program Sign-Up

     

    Weekend Food Bags are available for families in need.  This is a joint effort between Take Action Inc, Vermont Hills Church, Odyssey PTA, Hayhurst PTA, and the Ainsworth PTA.

     

    Due to the school building closure we will be providing food bags every other week.  If your family would like to receive a food bag every other week, please fill out the attached form and return to the Odyssey Office as soon as possible.  Providing information on the number of people in your family will help us to continue to receive grants to fund our program.  We value your privacy and the information that you provide below will remain confidential.

    Please contact Stephanie Cox, School Counselor, at scox@pps.net with any questions.  If your family has dietary restrictions, please let Stephanie know.

     

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    Terri Preeg Riggsby
    Parent Volunteer Odyssey Communications Coordinator
    she/her
     
     
     
     
  • Oct. 7th TAG Information Mtg

    Did you miss the TAG Information Meeting?  Click on the below link:
     
  • Oct. 2nd Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Must Verify Student Information: Below

    PTA Guest Speaker Dr Doreen Dodgen-Magee on Tuesday, 10/6: Below & Attached

    School Directory – Submit ASAP: Below

    Nutrition Service – Meals Update: Below

    Update the Odyssey Library Ladies: Below

    Odyssey Equity Survey – Deadline Extended: Below

    Virtual Learning Tips 10/12: Below

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due 10/7: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program: Below & Attached

    Century Link Slowness for Virtual School – Suggested Fix: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

     

    School Directory Submission Deadline: ASAP

    Odyssey Equity Survey Extended: ASAP

    PTA Guest Speaker Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee: Tuesday, 10/6, 6:30 – 7pm

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due: Wednesday, 10/7

    Odyssey TAG Night: Wednesday, 10/7, 6:30pm

    NO SCHOOL/Teacher In-Service Day: Friday, 10/9

    Virtual Learning Tips for Caregivers and Families: Monday, 10/12, 6 – 6:45pm

     

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    Message From Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Community,

     

    We have been lucky to have some beautiful weather this week and it is a great reminder to get outside and move!   I know that many parents are concerned about screen time with their students and as a parent, I get it.  We are shifting our lives to accommodate this virtual learning and it does require a lot of sitting and getting of information.  That is why it is important to take breaks, move, stretch, and get outside.  For our younger students, parents can work with them to determine how much they can pay attention and give them breaks as often as needed.  I know it's not ideal for anyone, but having the community that virtual learning gives us right now is important and we want all of our students to engage with the teachers and their peers as much as possible.  Please reach out to teachers if you need additional support.

     

    I also know that our kids are having a hard time with being away from each other and the school environment.  This type of learning while essential, cannot recreate the social-emotional support of the school structure.  We have both Stephanie and Ryan this year to support, so if you need suggestions or support for your child, please reach out.

     

    Please mark your calendars for Odyssey TAG Night October 7th at 6:30. Anyone who wants to know more about TAG or has a TAG student is welcome to attend.  Meeting will be recorded if you cannot attend.

     

    Dr. Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Odyssey TAG Meeting
    Time: Oct 7, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/95126820152?pwd=VW1mMFpDZTBFbkFOclVhakxjRjJmZz09

     

    We will be holding some parent community building events soon.  Please stay tuned for some "tea with Dr. B" and some virtual learning support events with Ryan and Stephanie.  As adults we also need social emotional support and I miss seeing many of you in the morning when you drop your kid off or when you pick up.  Looking forward to being in person again someday!

     

    Best,

    Dr. Berg

     

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    Verify Student Information

     

    Dear Odyssey Parents,

     

    I know we have all been really busy trying to keep up with new distance learning tools, etc.  But I need to ask for your assistance to get your student's registration information verified.  ONLY 11 FAMILIES HAVE VERIFIED/CORRECT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THEIR STUDENT(S).  

     

    Please Verify your student's registration information (such as your contact info, emergency contacts, etc.):  This is now online via ParentVUE.  Please take a moment to log in, verify your student's information/make changes, and submit the verification.  Here's the link to TeacherVUE: https://www.pps.net/Page/2341 .  Your user ID would be your email address.  If you haven't activated your ParentVUE account in past years, please email me at ahoffart@pps.net .  I can activate your account and get you rolling!  :-)  

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

     

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    Mark your calendars!  PTA Meeting Tuesday 10/6

     

    Tuesday, Oct. 6th we will have our first virtual PTA meeting of the 2020/2021 school year!  We will begin our meeting at 6:30pm with the introduction of the current PTA board followed by brief announcements.  At 7:00pm Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee will be answering questions that have been previously submitted YOU relating to balancing life and technology in a digital world. Please see attached flyer.  Don’t miss it!

    Katie Dill
    PTA President
    Ospc-chair@odysseyprogram.org 

     

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    School Directory – Submit ASAP!

     

    Our need for community is even stronger while our children learn at a distance.  The school directory is a lifeline for Odyssey families to communicate with each other and set up virtual or real interactions for their students.  Please click here to complete the Directory Google Form for your family.  If you do not wish to be listed in the directory, you can simply answer "no" to the second question on the survey and you'll be done!  We've only had 68 families respond so far, and we hope to hear everyone! 

     

    Thanks for your participation. 

    Genevieve

    genevieve.fu@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    Nutrition Services – Meal Update

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services
    x63276     wellersi@pps.net

     

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    Update From The Library Ladies – Let’s Get Reading!

     

    Greetings Odyssey Students & Families!

    First, a quick update to the Monday Library Lunch Bunch time. It will now be from 11:15-11:45 every Monday on Google Meet. Use the link g.co/meet/oplibrarylb or go to meet.google.com and enter oplibrarylb nickname.

     

    Second, a few reminders for the Let's Get Reading! curbside checkout program:

      • Please return library books in the paper bag they were checked out in. Everything quarantines together for a week as part of safety protocols.
      • Please check your home for any 678 novel set books and/or any library books checked out to students last Spring. We have a lot of very popular titles from our collection that have yet to be returned and we want to make sure we can share them with other interested students! Please drop them off during the Monday and Thursday curbside checkout times at the cafeteria doors from 2:00-4:00 or email lchambers@pps.net and ljones2@pps.net and we can work together to find a time that works for you.

    We are so happy to be sending books home to students to enjoy!

     

    ~ The Library Ladies

    (Ms. C and Ms. Jones)

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    Deadline extended for Odyssey Equity Survey

     

    What does equity look like? Why is it important in a public school? Because this is the first year of Odyssey's equity team, we need to hear from you now as we answer these questions for our community.

     

    Add your voice to the conversation:

     

    1. Complete the Odyssey Equity SurveyLink to survey (open through Oct. 10)  
    2. Sign up for the equity team's email list. In addition to meetings, this is where we'll be sharing ideas and discussing action steps based on the survey data. Link to Google form sign-up

     

    Help us reach our goal of 150 respondents to the survey. We're at 111! Thank you for helping us continuously improve.



    - Stephanie Yao Long, Odyssey equity team facilitator

     

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    Virtual Learning Tips for Caregivers and Families - Google Meet Format

     

    Come and join us Mon. Oct. 12th from 6:00-6:45.

     

    Your Odyssey Counseling Dept. will present resources that help to foster a positive virtual learning experience.

    Bring your questions and we will brainstorm possible solutions that address your family's needs.

    If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded for future viewing.

    Please use the Google Meet Nickname:  virtuallearning4u

     

    We are excited to see you,

    Stephanie Cox, School Counselor

    Ryan Dicker, QMHP

    Wendi Williams, School Counseling Intern

     

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    Direct Giving Update – Commitment Form Due October 7

     

    Odyssey Families,

     

    Please read the attached letter regarding Direct Giving for the first semester of the 2020/2021 school year.  We are asking that families fill out the Direct Giving commitment form online by October 7th to allow PTA to better plan how to support students and teachers. 

     

    Ben Riggsby, Caleb (8)

    Direct Giving Coordinator

    directgiving@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program Sign-Up

     

    Weekend Food Bags are available for families in need.  This is a joint effort between Take Action Inc, Vermont Hills Church, Odyssey PTA, Hayhurst PTA, and the Ainsworth PTA.

     

    Due to the school building closure we will be providing food bags every other week.  If your family would like to receive a food bag every other week, please fill out the attached form and return to the Odyssey Office as soon as possible.  Providing information on the number of people in your family will help us to continue to receive grants to fund our program.  We value your privacy and the information that you provide below will remain confidential.

    Please contact Stephanie Cox, School Counselor, at scox@pps.net with any questions.  If your family has dietary restrictions, please let Stephanie know.

     

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    Century Link Slowness - Fix

    Hi all,

    There have been several reports from families that their students were experiencing extreme slowness on Century Link wifi with a specific model of modem. If you have any families with this issue, updating the modem firmware will most likely resolve it.

    CenturyLink Firmware Update Instructions:
    https://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/modems-and-routers/utilities/update-modem-firmware.html


    Melissa Lim
     she/her

    Technology Integration Specialist

    Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR | 503-916-3030

    Website / Blog / Twitter

     

    Terri Preeg Riggsby
    Parent Volunteer Odyssey Communications Coordinator
  • Sept. 25th Weekly Report

     

    In this Edition

    Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Update the Odyssey Library Ladies – Let’s Get Reading Request Due 9/29! Below

    School Directory – Submit by 10/1: Below

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due 10/3: Below

    PTA Guest Speaker Dr Doreen Dodgen-Magee on Tuesday, 10/6: Attached

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due 10/7: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program: Below

    Counselor’s Corner: Below

    Odyssey Specialists Team Contact Information & Presentation: Below & Attached

    Robocalls About Your Student’s Absence: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

     

    Let’s Get Reading Request Form Due: Tuesday, 9/29

    School Directory Submission Deadline: Thursday, 10/1

    Odyssey Equity Survey Due: Saturday, 10/3

    PTA Guest Speaker Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee: Tuesday, 10/6, 6:30 – 7pm

    Direct Giving Commitment Form Due: Wednesday, 10/7

    Odyssey TAG Night: Wednesday, 10/7, 6:30pm

     

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    Message From Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    Wow!  What a treat to see all of you at the BTSN festivities.  I got to pop into the clusters and was so happy to see not only our teachers but our parents and some kids in the videos.  I will have the principal's message posted on the website as soon as I can so you can watch if you were unable to attend.  Teachers will be sending their recording home as well.  

     

    Please mark your calendars for Odyssey TAG Night October 7th at 6:30. Anyone who wants to know more about TAG or has a TAG student is welcome to attend.  The meeting will be recorded if you cannot attend.

     

    Dr. Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
    Topic: Odyssey TAG Meeting
    Time: Oct 7, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/95126820152?pwd=VW1mMFpDZTBFbkFOclVhakxjRjJmZz09

     

    As always, please continue to reach out to your teacher and to me if you need support or have questions.  Remember what I said at Back To School Night, this may be the new normal, but it's not normal and we all need support and community regardless of situation.  Thank you for continuing to be a supportive, positive and engaged community.  

     

    And as always, poetry is one of the ways that I sustain.  This Emily Dickinson poem has been running through my mind lately and I wanted to share:

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)

    BY EMILY DICKINSON

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers -

    That perches in the soul -

    And sings the tune without the words -

    And never stops - at all -

     

    And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

    And sore must be the storm -

    That could abash the little Bird

    That kept so many warm -

     

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

    And on the strangest Sea -

    Yet - never - in Extremity,

    It asked a crumb - of me. 

     

    With hope and care,

    Dr. Berg 

     

    “The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' What's the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.”
    ― 
    Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

     

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    Update From The Library Ladies – Let’s Get Reading!

     

    Hello Odyssey Students & Families,

     

    Quick reminder: Let's Get Reading! curbside checkout program is up and running! Complete details and links to the book request form are on the Odyssey Library website.

     

    Want to pick up a bag of books next Thursday between 2:00-4:00? Make sure to submit your request form (one per student!) by next Tuesday, September 29th.

     

    Let's get reading!

     

    ~ The Library Ladies

    (Ms. C and Ms. Jones)

     

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    School Directory – Submit by October 1!

     

    If you would like to be in our School Directory please click the attached link and submit by October 1st!  https://forms.gle/WFQdybGf7xiCjk656

     

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    Odyssey Equity Survey Closes October 3

     

    Two ways to join the conversation!

     

    1. Complete the Odyssey Equity SurveyLink to survey (closes Oct. 3)  
    2. Sign up for the Equity Team's email list: this is where we'll be discussing action steps based on the survey data. Link to Google form

    Every voice matters as we work to strengthen the systems in our community that serve everyone's needs. We have had 101 survey responses so far and want to reach 150. 

     

    Thank you!

    - Odyssey Equity Team

     

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    Direct Giving Update – Commitment Form Due October 7

     

    Odyssey Families,

     

    Please read the attached letter regarding Direct Giving for the first semester of the 2020/2021 school year.  We are asking that families fill out the Direct Giving commitment form online by October 7th to allow PTA to better plan how to support students and teachers. 

     

    Ben Riggsby, Caleb (8)

    Direct Giving Coordinator

    directgiving@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program Sign-Up

     

    Weekend Food Bags are available for families in need.  This is a joint effort between Take Action Inc, Vermont Hills Church, Odyssey PTA, Hayhurst PTA, and the Ainsworth PTA.

     

    Due to the school building closure we will be providing food bags every other week.  If your family would like to receive a food bag every other week, please fill out the attached form and return to the Odyssey Office as soon as possible.  Providing information on the number of people in your family will help us to continue to receive grants to fund our program.  We value your privacy and the information that you provide below will remain confidential.

    Please contact Stephanie Cox, School Counselor, at scox@pps.net with any questions.  If your family has dietary restrictions, please let Stephanie know.

     

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    Counselor’s Corner

     

    I hope the virtual learning world is slowly starting to come together for you and your family.

    I enjoyed seeing many of you at Back to School Night. If you were unable to join us below is a brief recap of the Odyssey School Counseling Program.

     

    ·       We are expanding our team this year to include QMHP Mr. Ryan Dicker and Ms. Wendi Williams, School Counseling Intern. We will be supporting all students in accessing the academic curriculum. Students can expect to receive Social Emotional Learning, individualized attention and an exploration of careers and higher learning.

    ·       I will deliver weekly school wide synchronous lessons and a variety of Google Meets with small groups and individual students.

    ·       It takes a virtual village, so I collaborate with teachers in all departments as well as caregivers, district level supports, and outside resources.

    ·       My goal this year is to ensure that racial and social justice is at the forefront of every interaction I have with students and families. In this area I too am a student.

    ·       I encourage caregivers and students to email me. In addition, I can call you or we can set up a Google Meet.

     

    See you soon,

    Stephanie Cox

    School Counselor

    scox@pps.net

     

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    Odyssey Specialists Team Contact Information & Presentation

     

    Greetings from the Odyssey Specialists Team:

     

    At Back to School Night it was requested that we gather and share all of our preferred contact methods in one place. Also attached is the PDF version of our presentation for those who could not attend our session (updated to include 8th Grade Spanish).

     

    Mr. Z (Art) - azimmerman1@pps.net

    Stephanie Cox (Counselor) - scox@pps.net

    Wendi Williams (Counseling Intern) - wewilliams16@georgefox.edu

    Ryan Dicker (QMHP) - rydicker@pps.net

    Coach Payne (P.E./Health) - jpayne2@pps.net

    Ms. C (Library) - lchambers@pps.net OR Remind app

    Ms. Jones (Library) - ljones2@pps.net

    Profe. Goldstein (Spanish) - dgoldstein@pps.net OR Remind app

     

    Thank you to all who were able to join us - it was a pleasure to connect with you!

     

    ~ The Odyssey Specialists Team

     

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    Robocalls About Your Student's Absence

     

    Robocalls regarding absences are sent out the day after an absence occurs.  For example, if your child was absent on a Friday, you will receive a call the following Monday, if absent on Thursday you will receive a call Friday.  This is due to the attendance procedures during distance learning.  Teachers have until the following morning to report attendance for the previous day.  

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

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    Terri Preeg Riggsby
    Parent Volunteer Odyssey Communications Coordinator
    she/her

     

     

  • Principal's Back To School Night Zoom Meeting

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  • Sept. 18th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Reporting Your Student’s Absence & Robocalls About Your Student’s Absence

    Do Not Unsubscribe From District Emails: Below

    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program: Below & Attached

    Art Class Update from Mr Z: Below

    Hello From the Odyssey Library Ladies – Curbside Checkout Begins! Below

    Wild Fire Smoke Information from the Oregon Health Authority: Below

     

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    Message From Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    Thank goodness that we finally have a break in the weather and are not breathing in smoke every second.  I am looking out the window at the rain right now.  So thankful.  I want to wish all that celebrate a Shanah tovah um’tukah, May you have a good and sweet new year.  I also want to celebrate that it is National Hispanic Month and send a few resources for you to visit and honor.  This website is very helpful and informative:  https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

     

    I have enjoyed visiting some classes this week and also seeing some parents and teachers.  It was so awesome for me to be with the amazing Odyssey staff.  One of the things we did was visit the PPS Virtual Calming Room and I took the staff through a guided meditation.  The calming room is open to everyone so I wanted to share the link with you and challenge each of you to try one of the meditation and calming exercises.  Here's the Link:

    https://sites.google.com/pps.net/pps-virtual-calming-room/guided-meditation

     

    A couple of nuts & bolts:

    I know that there have still been some tricky tech issues for parents but please visit the PPS Virtual Learning Page and get tech support there.  Here is the link:

    https://www.pps.net/familyresources   Please consult this page and reach out to support with PPS as our teachers and librarians do not have access to all the platform assists and cannot offer tech support.  There are also tutorials available for SeeSaw and Canvas and parents can sign up for access to their students' account so they can follow along if they want to.  

     

    Virtual Back to School Night is September 24th.  We will run the schedule as follows:

    Virtual Introduction from Principal and PTA 6:30-6:45

    K-2 Virtual Meet 6:45-7:15

    3-5 Virtual Meet 7:15-7:45

    678 Virtual Meet 7:45-8:15

    Specialists will run a live meet and greet from 7:00-7:30 & Professor Goldstein will be sending a different link for Spanish.

    Live link will be sent next week for Principal's Meeting and teachers will send links shortly

     

    Please take care of yourselves and your families. Please also keep all those who have been impacted by the fires in your thoughts and reach out to provide aid or support if you can.

     

    Thanks for all you do!

     

    Dr. Berg

    Principal, Odyssey Program

    She/ Hers/ They (Why?)

     

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    Reporting Your Student’s Absence & Robocalls About Your Student’s Absence

     

    When reporting your student(s) absent, please email your student's teacher AND Angela (ahoffart@pps.net ).  This will assure your absence is marked accurately.

     

    Robocalls about your student's absence - Robocalls regarding absences are sent out the day after an absence occurs.  For example, if your child was absent on a Friday, you will receive a call the following Monday, if absent on Thursday you will receive a call Friday.  This is due to the attendance procedures during distance learning.  Teachers have until the following morning to report attendance for the previous day.  

     

    Thanks!

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    PLEASE NOTE:  Unsubscribing to District emails ALSO unsubscribes you from all-school emails sent from Dr. Berg and Angela

     

    I have had several parents report they are not receiving important emails sent by Dr. Berg and myself.  If you unsubscribe to receiving emails sent from the district office, you are additionally unsubscribing from all-school emails sent from directly by Dr Berg and myself (separate from the newsletter sent via info@odysseyprogram.org) because the district and schools use the same distribution list. 

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal's Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan School

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    Odyssey Weekend Food Bag Program Sign-Up

     

    Weekend Food Bags are available for families in need.  This is a joint effort between Take Action Inc, Vermont Hills Church, Odyssey PTA, Hayhurst PTA, and the Ainsworth PTA.

     

    Due to the school building closure we will be providing food bags every other week.  If your family would like to receive a food bag every other week, please fill out the attached form and return to the Odyssey Office as soon as possible.  Providing information on the number of people in your family will help us to continue to receive grants to fund our program.  We value your privacy and the information that you provide below will remain confidential.

    Please contact Stephanie Cox, School Counselor, at scox@pps.net with any questions.  If your family has dietary restrictions please let Stephanie know.

     

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    Art Class Update from Mr Z

     

    Hello, Odyssey Students and Families! 

     

    Wow, what an experience this first week of instruction has been. I am so excited to finally have had the chance to see all of you during instruction and start our year with some art lessons and scavenger hunts. 

     

    Technical difficulties are continuing to play a roll in our meetings and that's okay. We are all in this together trying to navigate our new normal that is the virtual classroom. Please know that these difficulties are not just being felt just by the students, I am still battling video issues, and yesterday an entire 6th and 7th-grade course that just disappeared off of Canvas. 

     

    Good news though, Canvas is back up and running as of a few hours ago!

     

    I have had a few students relay to me that they did not receive an art sketchbook. If this is the case please reach out to me, and I will make sure to get one to you one way or another! 

     

    As always please let me know if you need any supplies I am more than happy to make a trip to ensure that students have what they need. 

     

    Again, it is SO good to see all of you and see the occasional parent pop in and give a wave and hello. This community always brightens my days. 

    Until I see you again, Be safe and have fun...In that order

     

    -Mr. Z

    Alexander Warren Lee Zimmerman

    zimmermanglass@gmail.com
    937.214.3966

     

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    Hello From The Odyssey Library Ladies – Curbside Checkout Program Begins!

     

    Hello Odyssey Students & Families,

    It has been so much fun connecting more with students through Library lessons, Monday's Lunch Bunch, and the Friday Open Help session during Ms. C's office hours. Seeing your faces brings so much joy to the day!

     

    BIG NEWS!!!

    The Library Ladies are excited to announce the Let's Get Reading! curbside checkout program is ready to begin on Monday, September 28th from 2:00-4:00 at the cafeteria door. Key dates and details below and complete details here

    • Curbside checkout times are Monday and Thursday from 2:00-4:00 at the cafeteria door.
    • The book request form must be filled out and submitted in advance - no same-day pick-up. Request form is here.
      • Picking up Monday? Request form must be received by the previous Wednesday.
      • Picking up Thursday? Request form must be received by Tuesday.
    • Video tutorial of the book Request Form here.

    You can also find all of this information and many resources on the newly redesigned Odyssey Library website, including the Odyssey Library catalog. Video tour of the website's new layout and key resources here(Note: Some pages are still under construction.)

     

    Let's get reading!

     

    Next Week in Library Class:

    Library lessons for 345 and 678 students will be focused on exploring the Odyssey Library online catalog to checkout e-books and find books to request through the Let's Get Reading! book request form. Library lessons for K12 students will focus on another resource for e-books, audiobooks, and more that is geared towards younger learners.

     

    Let's get reading!

     

    The Library Ladies

    (Ms. C & Ms. Jones)

    --

    Louise Chambers

    Media Specialist

    Hayhurst Elementary: T, Th, F (afternoon)

    Odyssey Program K-8: M, W, F (morning)

     

    "Let our legacy be justice. When I say let our legacy be justice, I am inviting us to explore the construct of the library as both the vehicle and driver of justice, as both a means to justice and an arbiter."

         ~  Tracie D. Hall 

              American Library Association Executive Director

              June 2020 Virtual Member Conference

     

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    Wild Fire Smoke Information from the Oregon Health Authority

     

    This is some info which I share with callers while working at the Emergency Operations Center Call Center.

    ·       Oregon Health Authority.

    o   Frequently asked questions about wildfire smoke and public health 

    §  Español / Spanish, Русский / Russian, 中文 / Simplified Chinese, Af Soomaali / Somali, Vietnamese

    o   What to Do in Smoky, Hazy Air

    §  Español / Spanish, Русский / Russian, 简体中文 / Simplified Chinese, Af Soomaali / Somali, Vietnamese

     

     

    --

    Shelley P. Ashford

    Teleworking

    Multnomah County Emergency Operations

    Call Center Agent

     

    Multnomah County Library Hillsdale

    Library Assistant

    Black Cultural Library Advocate (BCLA)

    I use and accept all pronouns. 

     

  • Sept. 11th - First Day of School Picture Slideshow!

    Click here to watch Odyssey's First Day of School Pictures