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  • Feb. 21st Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In! Message from Dr Berg & Survey Due Monday! Below

    Odyssey Parents with Incoming Students Next Year – Must Enter Lottery & Attend Info Session: Below

    The Green Routine – Lunchroom Revolution & Student Green Team! Below

    Notes From & About the Odyssey Library: Below

    Parenting & Sexuality – Speaker & Discussion, 3/12: Below &Attached

    Lincoln Cluster Sports Are Here! Below

    Wilson High School Regarding PPS Bond Measure: Below

    “A Healthy Me is Substance Free” PPS Talk, 2/27 at Grant HS: Attached

     

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    Upcoming Events

    PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY BY Monday 2/24: https://forms.gle/ShN5SCp2JEGgfGed8

    “A Healthy Me is Substance Free” PPS Talk: Thursday, 2/27 at Grant HS

    Student Green Team Meeting: Friday 2/28, 2:15-3:30 pm

    Odyssey Information Session: Friday, 3/6, 9:00-10:0 am

    Parenting & Sexuality – Speaker & Discussion, 3/12 at Odyssey

     

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    The Doctor Is In!

     

    Hello Sunshine!

     

    It’s been so nice this past week getting a break from the cold and the rain.  I continue to receive accolades for our 345 Performance and I just want to thank all our students, teachers, and families that made this performance possible.  The excitement that these students have for learning is infectious and I love how busy our hallways with activities and learning.

     

    As part of our work this year we have formed a site council which is composed of teachers, administrators, and parents.  As due diligence the site council has asked that parents complete a survey about childcare and school beginning/ending times.  This collected information will be used to develop our schedule for next year and to also give the PTA a better idea of how to move forward with after school classes in the future.  Please take a moment to complete the survey.  PLEASE COMPLETE BY Monday February 24th.  https://forms.gle/ShN5SCp2JEGgfGed8

     

    Important note about our playground, according to PPS Policy, Dogs on leash are also welcome visitors except during school hours (generally 8:30-4:15) as long as owners scoop the poop.  Dogs off-leash are not allowed on PPS school grounds at any time.  We are hopeful that the school communities will help to inform visitors of these rules as we continue to work toward keeping our schools clean and safe for our students and the community.  This has increasingly been an issue at Odyssey as often our students are stepping in dog poop and tracking it inside and on their clothes.  We ask everyone to please help keep our playground clean.  We will be installing a dog bag station thanks to the generous funding of the PTA and this will also hopefully help our efforts in keeping our playground clean.  Please do not bring your dog into the building.

     

    Please also remember that we open the doors at 7:45. There is no supervision outside of the building before this time.  If students are waiting for the doors to open, we ask that they wait quietly and patiently and that students refrain from climbing on the building or railings.  There is a staff member in the auditorium from 7:45 to 7:55, but please remind your child that this is not a time for tag or boisterous games.  We need all students to help us keep each other safe.

     

    I have so appreciated all the parents that step up to volunteer for all of our different events.  If you want to be involved and cannot come during the school day, please connect with the PTA about other opportunities.  It was great last night to have so many of our parents come help with info night and several visitors complimented us on our parent involvement.  It is so beneficial to our program and kids to have you all so committed to our program.  Thank you!

     

    As we roll into March, we all are looking forward to the 678 performance.  I cannot wait!  

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    she/her or they/theirs (what is this?)

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

    “I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.”

    Malala Yousafzai 

     

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    !! Odyssey Parents With An Incoming Student Next Year!!

     

    Existing Odyssey families receive priority in the lottery, however you will need to attend a parent information meeting and submit an online lottery application. Apply here:  pps.schoolmint.net 

    The lottery opens Feb. 5th and closes March 6th

     

    Upcoming Information Meeting:

    Friday, March 6th, 9:00-10:0 am (This meeting is primarily designed for parents who cannot attend the evening meeting and/or don’t care to have a school tour. Teachers or administration will not be present at the March 6th meeting and there will be no classroom visitation available.) Students are welcome to attend with parent; however, childcare is not provided.

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    The Odyssey Program

         at East Sylvan

    P:  503.916.6310

    F:  503.916.2124

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    The Green Routine

     

    We need at least one parent volunteer everyday to make our Lunchroom Revolution a success – join us! For just one hour from 11-12, you can see your kid at lunch and do something great for the environment! Won’t you consider “being the change?” SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

     

    Is your 3rd – 8th grade student interested in being a part of our Student Green Team? With the mentorship of Parent Green Team volunteers, we are inviting earth-loving students to join us in planning Earth Month/Day activities and getting involved in school sustainability initiatives. Beginning this month, the Student Green Team will meet on the last Friday of every month after school for one hour from 2:30-3:30 in the Library. Parent Green Team Volunteers will meet 345 kids at 2:15pm and provide snacks. Please sign your student up here to participate in the Ody Student Green Team.

     

    Do you have a Bottle Drop Account? Instead of redeeming your recyclable cans and bottles for change, you can donate that change Odyssey. Click here to learn how to donate to Odyssey with your Bottle Drop account! We will also have a Bottle Drop center at school to collect redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Odyssey sustainability initiatives!

     

    Our Trex Challenge has collected over 100 pounds of soft plastic waste since beginning mid-January. Keep it up! Thank you to our volunteers for collecting our Trex collections!

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Lunchroom Revolutions: Collective actions have more impact than individual choices! Help our community collectively make big improvements to our environmental impact through composting and better recycling in our school cafeteria. Follow the link to be a part of our modeling conservation behaviors to the next generation.

    ·      Friday February 28, 2:15-3:30 Student Green Team Meeting! Your child can join with other earth-loving students to plan Earth Day/Month activities and support campus sustainability initiatives. Click here to RSVP for your child. 3-8 graders only

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

     

    Can you believe it’s looking like spring outside already and it’s only the middle of February?! Yikes. Admittedly, though, I’m not complaining too much about the gorgeous sunshine, and the daffodils and snow-drops popping up all over the place. I even splurged on a bouquet of locally-grown, pesticide-fee tulips wrapped in some straight-up brown craft paper. Fresh flowers do wonders to help your mood, especially if you suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder, which I do FOR SURE unless I take a ton of Vitamin Ds). Before you splurge on a bouquet for yourself or a loved-one, get the not-so-pretty facts about the cut flower industry:

    -       Almost 80%of the 6.8 billion stems of flowers sold annually in the US are imported.

    -       The majority of cut-flowers in the US are greenhouse grown in Columbia or Ecuador, and use a large amount of water, pesticides, and refrigeration.

    -       Workers toiling away in Columbian greenhouses are often displaced people from guerilla warfare and rural poverty. Many workers are women and children as young as 9 years old, toiling for long hours in sub-par conditions. Children 11+ work upwards of 46 hours a week in all areas of the farms.

    -       Flower-industry workers are exposed to nearly 147 different chemicals and pesticides, with exposure causing higher rates of miscarriages, premature births and babies with congenital defects. 20% of these chemicals are actually restricted from use in the US, but not from arriving on your bouquet.

    -       Any environmental controls for water and chemical usage are self-regulating, with only half of farms participating.

    -       Most flowers come in non-recyclable cellophane floral wrap, many with those little plastic water tubes that get capped on the flower stems – also not recyclable.

    -       The estimated 100 million roses sold on Valentine’s Day alone produce 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (this probably doesn’t include the amount of methane non-composted flowers produce once they wither and are thrown out to landfill.)

     

    So, what’s a flower-girl to do? Look for “naked” stems without plastic-wrap, and shop local flowers grown in season. Choose “organic” “sustainable” or “fair-trade” flowers, or blooms with Veriflora, Florverde, or USDA certifications (but remember these are self-reporting, so local is better). In the Pacific Northwest, native blooms and successful imports like tulips are starting to appear, and these would have a much lower environmental impact as well as contribute to our natural ecosystems, feed the bees, and have a much smaller carbon footprint.

     

    Don’t be trashy: #buylocal

     

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    Message From & About Odyssey Library

     

    Information you may find helpful:

     

    ·      When students are using technology in the classroom, the expectation is that they are using it for classroom assignments only. A new tool was rolled out to teachers by the district this year which enables them to see the screens of students on their monitor in real time. This allows the teacher to redirect students who get off task. Your student’s classroom may or may not be using it yet as staff is still receiving training. Individual teachers will decide when or if to use it in their classrooms.  Students receive a pop-up message when a teacher opens this tool and then students will confirm that they are sharing their monitor.

    ·      The district uses a service to provide internet safety (filters, malware protection, etc) which works when students are at school and logged on to the PPS network.  This protection is dependent on students being on the PPS network; it is not attached to their Google Classroom account. If your student logs into their Google Classroom account while on your home network the only filters or protections they will have are whatever you have on your home network.  

    ·      The personal version of the PPS service is called OpenDNS if you are interested in investigating this to use at home.  This is one possible cloud-based security system you might consider purchasing for home use, but there are others.  

    ·      Want more information on internet safety for your child?  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ is widely recommended source for parents to keep up on the latest media their child might be consuming.  Recent topics include cyberbullying, apps to look out for and how to set parental controls on Netflix. 

     

    A Note on Digital Citizenship Curriculum During Library:

    ·      Throughout the year, Ms. Chambers is teaching digital citizenship curriculum lessons. The main resource used is the free curriculum from Common Sense Media, which is recommended by the PPS Library Services department. 

    ·      Each grade level has age-appropriate lessons covering a range of topics. Some topics include safety when online, respecting the intellectual property of others, cyberbullying, and identifying fake or unreliable sources of information.

    ·      Ms. Chambers also incorporates digital citizenship topics into other library/media units of study. Examples include research project units and technology creation projects.

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    she/her or they/theirs (what is this?)

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    Parenting & Sexuality - Speaker & Discussion: Wednesday, 3/12

     

    Odyssey and Hayhurst PTAs will be presenting on March 12 at 6:15pm in the Odyssey auditorium a parent only evening discussion of parenting and sexuality. Our guest speakers, Renee Caballero from Conscious Family Solutions and Nathan Moore will address topics such as gender identity vs. sexuality, terms, statistics, supports, student voices, questions and answers, and resources.  Plus, snacks.

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    Lincoln Cluster Sports Are Here!

     

    Spring Sports Season is here! Please follow this link for information about Lincoln Cluster spring sports https://lincolnyouthathletics.weebly.com/spring-sports.html

     

    Baseball

    Girls Lacrosse (grades 3–12)

    Boys Lacrosse (grades 6–12)

    Softball (ages 5–14)

    Track & Field (grades 6–8)

     

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    Message from Wilson High School Regarding Bond Measure

     

    Dear Wilson Neighborhood Community,

     

    Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     

    A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

     

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     

    Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

     

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

  • Feb. 14th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Staffing Announcement from Dr Berg: Below

    A Note From Scrip Corner: Below

    Guidelines for Teacher Gifts: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Parents with Incoming Students Next Year – Must Enter Lottery & Attend Info Session: Below

    “A Healthy Me is Substance Free” PPS Talk, 2/27 at Grant HS: Attached

    Parenting & Sexuality – Speaker & Discussion, 3/12: Below & Attached

    Girls on the Run at Odyssey: Below

    The Green Routine – Lunchroom Revolution & Student Green Team! Below

    It’s Time For It To Go! Volunteer Needed To Remove Items From Library: Below

    Wilson High School Regarding PPS Bond Measure: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, 2/17

    Odyssey Information Session: Thursday, 2/20, 6-7:30 pm

    “A Healthy Me is Substance Free” PPS Talk: Thursday, 2/27 at Grant HS

    Student Green Team Meeting: Friday 2/28, 2:15-3:30 pm

    Odyssey Information Session: Friday, 3/6, 9:00-10:0 am 

     

     

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    Staffing Announcement from Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    I know you all received the district announcement earlier this week regarding the increase of staffing to support our students.  As Odyssey transitions from a program to a school, we have received our staffing as if we are established as a school.  The official process is still underway and we will announce when that will go to the board for approval.  As we look at our staffing for next year we have some exciting additions to our program to announce.

     

    Due to the Student Success Act we will be staffed next year with a part time QHMP (Qualified Mental Health Professional).  This person will be able to work with students at a more therapeutic level and their role will be mental health support.  We are also pleased to announce that Stephanie Cox will be joining us full-time next year as our counselor.  

     

    We will also be able to increase our Art teacher (Alex Zimmerman) to three full days next year.  Library will stay the same with a part time librarian and a part time library assistant so we have library open five days a week.   We hope to continue with both Louise Chambers and Laura Jones who have worked in concert to make our library a vital and working library.  Coach Payne will be able to join us full time next year as our PE/Health teacher.  We will also be able to hire a part time educational assistant who will serve in an instructional capacity to help support students.  Our SPED teacher will remain half time and Esther Fischer will remain in that position.  

     

    Since Annie Adams has joined us in a temporary role this year, Kate Wilebski will switch up to 3,4,5 next year and join that team.  We will have a K12 opening and will interview candidates in March.  We cannot express enough thanks for the shoes that Annie has filled this year.  She has been a loving and caring addition to our team and has worked hand in hand with Heather and Dede to support and instruct our students.  We want to thank her officially for her service and as she will stay with us for the rest of the year, make sure that she continually knows how much gratitude we have for her. 

     

    Working with this staff here at Odyssey has been a privilege and as we continue with this year I want to thank both staff and community for their dedication, thoughtfulness, and support.  I am really looking forward to all of our exciting changes and additions for the 20-21 school year.  

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    she/her or they/theirs (what is this?)

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    Note From Scrip Corner

     

    The order deadline for our next shipment of physical gift cards is Monday, February 17th!!  Since this falls on a no school day, I'll plan on checking the scrip box for check orders at drop-off on Tuesday, the 18th, before I place our order.  Thanks so much for shopping Scrip!  It's a valuable fundraising tool for our school.  It's never too late to get started!  

     

    Ready to sign up for Scrip?  https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/  

    Enrollment Code: 768EL71F53LL6

     

    Genevieve Fu, gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Guidelines for Teacher Gifts

     

    Please see the attached guidelines for gifts for our teachers.  We appreciate the support that Odyssey receives for our teachers and really want to make sure that we show our teachers how much we appreciate their hard work and effort.  Please join us when we do teacher appreciation week in May and please continue to volunteer and offer your support.  We need our parents and this community shows their dedication every single day.

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    she/her or they/theirs (what is this?)

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    !! Odyssey Parents With An Incoming Student Next Year!!

     

    Existing Odyssey families receive priority in the lottery, however you will need to attend a parent information meeting and submit an online lottery application. Apply here:  pps.schoolmint.net 

    The lottery opens Feb. 5th and closes March 6thJ

     

    Information Meetings (attend one of the following):
    Thursday, February 20th, 6-7:30 pm

    Friday, March 6th, 9:00-10:0 am (This meeting is primarily designed for parents who cannot attend the evening meeting and/or don’t care to have a school tour. Teachers or administration will not be present at the March 6th meeting and there will be no classroom visitation available.) Students are welcome to attend with parent; however childcare is not provided.

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    The Odyssey Program

         at East Sylvan

    P:  503.916.6310

    F:  503.916.2124

     

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    Parenting & Sexuality - Speaker & Discussion: Wednesday, 3/12

     

    Odyssey and Hayhurst PTAs will be presenting on March 12 at 6:15pm in the Odyssey auditorium a parent only evening discussion of parenting and sexuality. Our guest speakers, Renee Caballero from Conscious Family Solutions and Nathan Moore will address topics such as gender identity vs. sexuality, terms, statistics, supports, student voices, questions and answers, and resources.  Plus, snacks.

     

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    Girls on the Run at Odyssey

     

    Good day GOTR families!
    Great news!  We now have TWO amazing coaches for our Girls on the Run team!  Ideally we would have three but can proceed with two:) yeah!   Please know that the coaches will be reaching out to those that are registered by next week with an introductory email and important information!  Practices will run mon/wed 2:15-3:45 beginning the week of March 2nd:) any questions for now please feel free to reach out to me at ktdill78@gnail.com.  After next week I will be handing off communication to the coaches, exciting!   Thanks to all who worked so hard to get us our coaches... it will be a great season at Odyssey!
    -katie dill
    Site liaison

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    Odyssey’s Lunchroom Revolution is in full swing! With the help of parent and student volunteers we have saved approx. 300lbs of food and 600 milk cartons from landfill in just two short, four day weeks! Amazing! We can’t do this without the help of parent volunteers. For just one hour from 11-12, you can see your kid at lunch and do something great for the environment! Won’t you consider “being the change?” SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

     

    Is your 3rd – 8th grade student interested in being a part of our Student Green Team? With the mentorship of Parent Green Team volunteers, we are inviting earth-loving students to join us in planning Earth Month/Day activities and getting involved in school sustainability initiatives. Beginning this month, the Student Green Team will meet on the last Friday of every month after school for one hour from 2:30-3:30. Parent Green Team Volunteers will meet 345 kids at 2:15pm and provide snacks. Please sign your student up here to participate in the Ody Student Green Team.

     

    Do you have a Bottle Drop Account? Instead of redeeming your recyclable cans and bottles for change, you can donate that change Odyssey. Click here to learn how to donate to Odyssey with your Bottle Drop account! We will also have a Bottle Drop center at school to collect redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Odyssey sustainability initiatives!

     

    Our Trex Challenge has collected over 100 pounds of soft plastic waste since beginning mid-January. Keep it up! Thank you to our volunteers for collecting our Trex collections!

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Lunchroom Revolutions: Collective actions have more impact than individual choices! Help our community collectively make big improvements to our environmental impact through composting and better recycling in our school cafeteria. Follow the link to be a part of our modeling conservation behaviors to the next generation.

    ·      Friday February 28, 2:15-3:30 Student Green Team Meeting! Your child can join with other earth-loving students to plan Earth Day/Month activities and support campus sustainability initiatives. We will meet in the library, snack provided. Click here to RSVP for your child. 3-8 graders only

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

     

    Are you a wishful or aspirational recycler? When you have some questionable packaging that you think should be recyclable, but you’re not sure, do you throw it into your curbside blue bin with hope in your heart? I don’t want to squash your optimism, but you are probably doing more harm than good. When unrecyclable things end up in our recycling sort systems, they contaminate the whole batch, causing recyclable items get thrown into the landfill. These contaminants can also injure employees and damage machinery.

     

    Metro has a fun “Recycle or Not” campaign to help you be a better recycler. Take their online quiz to find out how much of a wishful recycler you may or may not be. And remember, when in doubt, throw it out – or just give Metro’s super knowledgeable, master recycler hotline folks a ring. It just takes a moment to get the info you need! AskMetro@oregonmetro.gov or
    503-234-3000

     

    Don’t be trashy: #reducereuserecycle

     

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    It’s time for it to go!..... 

     

    Looking for someone to haul a medium sized fabric chair from our library and a few other smaller items.  Please contact Angela if you can transport these items to a charitable organization.  Thank you!  J

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

     

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    Message from Wilson High School Regarding Bond Measure

     

    Dear Wilson Neighborhood Community,

     

    Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     

    A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

     

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     

    Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

     

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

    Si usted necesita ayuda en traducir este mensaje, llame al 503-916-3582 para español.

  • Feb. 7th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor is In! Message From Dr Berg: Below

    All School Spirit Week – Next Week! Below

    February Restaurant Night Wednesday 2/12: Below

    Odyssey Parents with Incoming Students Next Year – Must Enter Lottery & Attend Info Session: Below

    Join Our Class - Disabled: Below

    The Green Routine – Lunchroom Revolution & Student Green Team! Below

    Odyssey Information Nights – Need Volunteers: Below

    It’s Time For It To Go! Volunteer Needed To Remove Items From Library: Below

    Wilson High School Regarding PPS Bond Measure: Below

    Parenting & Sexuality – Speaker & Discussion: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Spirit Week – Monday, 2/10 – Friday, 2/15

    Special PTA Meeting: Wednesday, 2/12, 6:30pm

    February Restaurant Night at Von Ebert Brewing: Wednesday, 2/12 – ALL DAY!

    Odyssey Information Session: Thursday, 2/20, 6-7:30 pm

    Student Green Team Meeting: Friday 2/28, 2:15-3:30 pm

    Odyssey Information Session: Friday, 3/6, 9:00-10:0 am 

    Parenting & Sexuality – Speaker & Discussion: Wednesday 3/12, 6:15pm – Hayhurst

     

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    The Doctor Is In! Message From Dr Berg

     

    Odyssey Families,

    As February begins and we start our month long celebration of Black History Month, I would like to take the opportunity to share my own deep appreciation of sense of respect for not only our Black Americans from the past who have contributed so much to our deep tapestry of American History, but also a recognition of all of the recent and current black Americans who are contributors and heroes in our lives.  We of course honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who gave his life for the struggle for Civil Rights.  Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges both stand as heroes for the fight for equality and justice.  I also want to do is recognize the deep and real contributions of the current fighters for justice and heroes of equality.  Barack Obama and his legacy will stand as a man who eloquently and patiently spoke for freedom and equality and whose example I hope to emulate as a barometer of dignity for years to come.  The list is endless and the time is ripe for us to take a moment and recognize and notice and be thankful for the work that has been done by Black Americans both historically and in the present.  I recently found a short video that examines the history of Black History Month and which I found helpful to share with my children and discuss around the dinner table.  That link will be included at the bottom of this message.

    What I also want to emphasize is how we have worked as a staff to integrate into our classrooms daily the richness of multicultural perspectives and the value of honoring differing experiences and viewpoints.  All year long, our teachers work as teams to plan lessons, units, and materials that give a voice to those who have historically been underrepresented in school curriculum.  We have asked that while we celebrate February as Black History Month, that we also have a consistent eye and heart towards always valuing and integrating multiple perspectives.  Please reach out to your teacher to ask how they include and honor multiple perspectives and provide a culturally relevant curriculum.  

    Thank you,

    Eryn Berg

    http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month/videos/origins-of-black-history-month?m=528e394da93ae&s=undefined&f=1&free=false

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

    “I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.”

    Malala Yousafzai 

     

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    All School Spirit Week

    (In honor of the completion of the 345 Mahopa Performance)

    February 10th-14th

    345 is wrapping up the end of their Mahopa Unit and getting ready to form new teams for the next unit. Let’s celebrate with an all school spirit week! (As always, please make sure that you are following our school’s dress code and making appropriate choices.)

     

    Monday: Roll Out Of Bed Day

    The 345 is exhausted from Sunday’s Performance! Come to school in your PJs and best bed hair. Brushing your teeth is highly recommended, though!

     

    Tuesday: Pattern Day 

    Wear your brightest patterned clothing for a day of mismatched fun. Bonus: the more patterns you wear, the better!

     

    Wednesday: Favorites Day

    Have a favorite t-shirt, pair of shoes, or item you love to wear? Wear your favorite pattern (stripes, polka dots), your favorite team’s gear, your favorite color, and so on! 

     

    Thursday: Dress To Impress Day (Captain Speeches)

    345 potential captains will give their speeches today, so put on your best outfits! Shine your shoes, iron your best shirt, and come to school looking like a million bucks!

     

    Friday: Valentine’s Colors

    Wear your favorite Valentine’s colors--reds, pinks, white.  Dress with hearts, cupids, and unicorns!  Come full of your most lovely Valentine spirit!

     

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    February Restaurant Night – Wednesday 2/12!

     

    We have three restaurant nights left in the year, and we've already raised $2,350 for our school so far! Please join us at Von Ebert Brewing on Wednesday, February 12 for a 15% donation to our school, with flyer or mention of our fundraiser. This fundraiser runs all day, so lunch is an option too, if you happen to be in town that part of the day! Bring friends and colleagues! Von Ebert is a big space, with plenty of parking in the New Seasons structure across the street.

     

    Von Ebert Brewing 

    131 NW 13th Avenue, Portland 97209

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    !! Odyssey Parents With An Incoming Student Next Year!!

    Existing Odyssey families receive priority in the lottery, however you will need to attend a parent information meeting and submit an online lottery application. Apply here:  pps.schoolmint.net 

    The lottery opens Feb. 5th and closes March 6th

     

    Information Meetings (attend one of the following):
    Thursday, February 20th, 6-7:30 pm

    Friday, March 6th, 9:00-10:0 am (This meeting is primarily designed for parents who cannot attend the evening meeting and/or don’t care to have a school tour. Teachers or administration will not be present at the March 6th meeting and there will be no classroom visitation available.) Students are welcome to attend with parents; however, childcare is not provided.

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    The Odyssey Program

         at East Sylvan

    P:  503.916.6310

    F:  503.916.2124

     

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    Join Our Class - Calendar Disabled

     

    Going forward we will no longer be using Join Our Class for school calendar items or volunteer signups.  You can still access the directory there for those who have registered.  The Odyssey PPS calendar is available here: https://www.pps.net/Page/9151#calendar12600/20200207/month  

     

    Thank you,

    Katie Hoffman, katie.hoffman@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    The Green Routine

    Odyssey’s Lunchroom Revolution is in full swing! With the help of parent and student volunteers we have saved approx. 300lbs of food and 600 milk cartons from landfill in just two short, four day weeks! Amazing! We can’t do this without the help of parent volunteers. For just one hour from 11-12, you can see your kid at lunch and do something great for the environment! Won’t you consider “being the change?” SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

    Is your 3rd – 8th grade student interested in being a part of our Student Green Team? With the mentorship of Parent Green Team volunteers, we are inviting earth-loving students to join us in planning Earth Month/Day activities and getting involved in school sustainability initiatives. Beginning this month, the Student Green Team will meet on the last Friday of every month after school for one hour from 2:30-3:30. Parent Green Team Volunteers will meet 345 kids at 2:15pm and provide snacks. Please sign your student up here to participate in the Ody Student Green Team.

    Do you have a Bottle Drop Account? Instead of redeeming your recyclable cans and bottles for change, you can donate that change Odyssey. Click here to learn how to donate to Odyssey with your Bottle Drop account! We will also have a Bottle Drop center at school to collect redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Odyssey sustainability initiatives!

    Our Trex Challenge has collected over 100 pounds of soft plastic waste since beginning mid-January. Keep it up! Thank you to our volunteers for collecting our Trex collections!

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Lunchroom Revolutions: Collective actions have more impact than individual choices! Help our community collectively make big improvements to our environmental impact through composting and better recycling in our school cafeteria. Follow the link to be a part of our modeling conservation behaviors to the next generation.

    ·      Friday February 28, 2:15-3:30 Student Green Team Meeting! Your child can join with other earth-loving students to plan Earth Day/Month activities and support campus sustainability initiatives. We will meet in the library, snack provided. Click here to RSVP for your child. 3-8 graders only

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

    Are you a wishful or aspirational recycler? When you have some questionable packaging that you think should be recyclable, but you’re not sure, do you throw it into your curbside blue bin with hope in your heart? I don’t want to squash your optimism, but you are probably doing more harm than good. When unrecyclable things end up in our recycling sort systems, they contaminate the whole batch, causing recyclable items get thrown into the landfill. These contaminants can also injure employees and damage machinery.

    Metro has a fun “Recycle or Not” campaign to help you be a better recycler. Take their online quiz to find out how much of a wishful recycler you may or may not be. And remember, when in doubt, throw it out – or just give Metro’s super knowledgeable, master recycler hotline folks a ring. It just takes a moment to get the info you need! AskMetro@oregonmetro.gov or
    503-234-3000

     

    Don’t be trashy: #reducereuserecycle

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    Odyssey Information Nights – Need Volunteers!

    Odyssey information events for new K-5 students are quickly approaching and we’ll need your help volunteering to make it a success.  The event dates/times are February 20th 6-7:30pm, and March 6th 9-10am.

    There are several volunteer opportunities for you to consider:

    • Marketing: Help distribute flyers at your neighborhood coffee shops, community centers, churches, libraries, etc. throughout Portland; spread the word about Odyssey information events on your favorite social media platform, with Facebook and Nextdoor serving as obvious ones.  If you belong to or are networked within an underrepresented community in Portland, your help would be especially appreciated here.
    • Event logistics on 2/20 and 3/6: help set up/take down chairs, hand out information packets about the school as guest arrive, help answer questions from prospective new parents and students, and pass out a questionnaire at the end of the events before guests 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!

    Devin McKenna

    devinmc@gmail.com

     

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    It’s time for it to go!..... 

    Looking for someone to haul a medium sized fabric chair from our library and a few other smaller items.  Please contact Angela if you can transport these items to a charitable organization.  Thank you! 

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

     

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    Message from Wilson High School Regarding Bond Measure

     

    Dear Wilson Neighborhood Community,

     

    Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     

    A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

     

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     

    Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

     

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

    Si usted necesita ayuda en traducir este mensaje, llame al 503-916-3582 para español.

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    Parenting & Sexuality - Speaker & Discussion: Wednesday, 3/12

     

    Odyssey and Hayhurst PTAs will be presenting on March 12 at 6:15pm in the Odyssey auditorium a parent only evening discussion of parenting and sexuality. Our guest speakers, Renee Caballero from Conscious Family Solutions and Nathan Moore will address topics such as gender identity vs. sexuality, terms, statistics, supports, student voices, questions and answers, and resources.  Plus, snacks! 

  • Jan. 31st Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Anchor Awards – Message From Dr Berg: Below 

    PTA – Searching for K12 In-Class Volunteer Coordinator: Below

    Coffee Cart: Below

    The Green Routine – Odyssey’s Lunchroom Revolution! Below

    Lincoln Free Boys LAX Clinic Saturday 2/1: Below

    Message from Wilson HS – Lunar New Year Celebration: Below 

    Wilson High School Regarding PPS Bond Measure: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Green Team Meeting: Wednesday, 2/5, 7pm at Level Brewing

    WHS Lunar New Year Celebration: Thursday, 2/6

    Odyssey Coffee Cart: Friday, 2/7

    February Restaurant Night at Von Ebert Brewing: Wednesday, 2/12

     

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    Anchor Awards: Message From Dr Berg

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    All Odyssey students had an assembly today where we revealed our new Anchor Award program.  I wanted to share that presentation with you so you can see what your students are working towards.

     

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Eryn

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

    “I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.”

    Malala Yousafzai 

     

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    Search for New K12 In-Class Volunteer Coordinator

     

    Our amazing K12 In-Class Volunteer Coordinator Genevieve Fu will be passing the torch after this school year, so the position is up for grabs for the 2020-21 school year!  This is ideally a 2–3 year commitment.  The new volunteer who fills this role will coordinate with the K12 teachers, communicate their needs to the K12 community, schedule regular weekly volunteers, assist with volunteer training, and make sure the K12 volunteer program runs smoothly throughout the school year.  The bulk of this work is done in September and October, then it's little bits of communication here and there through May.  It would be great to get this new volunteer on board soon for shadowing/training with Genevieve!  This is a great way to get acquainted with the K12 community and is an essential part of our K12 program. 

     

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    Coffee Cart

     

    Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a chance to chat on Friday, February 7th right after drop-off.  Did you know that the coffee served during Coffee Cart is brewed and delivered by Odyssey parents Brian Winters and Robin Chung?  So grateful for their commitment to keeping us caffeinated!

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    Odyssey’s Lunchroom Revolution is in full swing! With the help of parent and student volunteers we have saved 100 lbs of food and 625 milk cartons from landfill in just two short, four day weeks! Amazing! We can’t do this without the help of parent volunteers. For just one hour from 11-12, you can see your kid at lunch and do something great for the environment! Won’t you consider “being the change?” SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

     

    Do you have a Bottle Drop Account? Instead of redeeming your recyclable cans and bottles for change, you can donate that change Odyssey. Click here to learn how to donate to Odyssey with your Bottle Drop account! We will also have a Bottle Drop center at school to collect redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Odyssey sustainability initiatives!

     

    Our Trex Challenge has collected over 100 pounds of soft plastic waste since beginning mid-January. We took in 77 pounds for recycling this month! Keep it up! Thank you to our volunteers for collecting our Trex collections!

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Wednesday, February 5, 7pm @ Level Beer in Multnomah Village: Green Team meeting! We’ll discuss student mentor opportunities, Field Study sustainability, Earthday/Month planning, and any other sustainability initiatives members want to see happen at school! Join us! Please RSVP to ezahniser@gmail.com

    ·      Lunchroom Revolutions: Collective actions have more impact than individual choices! Help our community collectively make big improvements to our environmental impact through composting and better recycling in our school cafeteria. Follow the link to be a part of our modeling conservation behaviors to the next generation.

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

    There’s nothing trendy about fashion that ends up in a landfill. Didn’t you hear? All the cool kids (and adults) are wearing second-hand clothes this season! What makes fashion one of the worst industry polluters in the world? The answers are more numerous than the plastic sequins on the racks at Target, but here’s a few unstylish reasons fashion has a devastating effect both environmentally, and socially.

     

    ·       The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world, right after oil industry.

    ·       Fashion contributes to about 5 percent of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions – more than the whole country of Russia.

    ·       The toxic wastewater from garment production is major polluter to the countries that make our fast fashion. Plus, making clothes uses a shed-ton of resources. It can take 1500 gallons of water to manufacture just one pair of jeans. That’s enough water to support a human’s life for 13 years.

    ·       Garment manufacturing doubled between 2000 and 2014 globally. In 2014 we exceeded 100 billion new garments.

    ·       Americans throw away 32 billion pound of textiles per year.

    ·       To keep up with demand, clothing manufacturers use cheaper, synthetic (read: made out of petroleum) fabrics and low-quality production. The consumer life of products shortened by 50 percent between 1992 to 2000.

    ·       If you’re only paying $4.99 for a new garment, how much of that do you think the maker was paid? Fashion is a major contributor to child labor, extreme poverty, and other humanitarian abuses. Check out the movie, The True Cost, for a shocking behind-the-scenes look at the industry responsible for most of the new clothing on racks today.

     

    How can you break up with environmental and socially-destructive fashion?

     

    ·       Buy second hand! Give great clothes a second life by making them your own. This is especially great for kids, that grow out of clothing quickly. The stigma of second-hand is quickly fading away for these generations what harmful effects our years of crazy consumerism have done. Locally, check out consignment and thrift stores. Online, try Thred-Up and Poshmark.

    ·       If you must buy new (and let’s face it, second-hand underwear is not a thing anyone wants), then go quality over quantity when you can.

    ·       Choose natural fabrics over synthetic ones. Synthetic clothes are made out of petroleum. They are non-renewal, non-biodegradable, and wear out more quickly. Synthetic clothes shed micro-plastics into our water every time you wash them. Try a Guppyfriend Washing Bag to help cut down on your micro-plastic waste.

    ·       The average consumer now buys 60 percent more clothing items a year and keeps them for only half as long as they did 15 years ago. Consider investing in less, better quality items, or go second hand!

    ·       Extending the life of your clothing by just three months, reducing carbon, water and waste footprints of that garment by up to 10 percent. Consider mending, alterations, and washing less to extend garment life.

    ·       Host a clothing swap with your friends! Get some new duds, get rid of some old duds.

    ·       Try renting when you have an event that requires a special outfit. From services like Rent-the-Runway, to this fabulous lady right in Portland, the options are endless.

    ·       Donate unwanted clothing that is clean and in good repair. But keep in mind, with so much excess clothing already out there, the pile-up of used clothing is creating its own pollution problem.

    ·       Do your research! Buy from environmentally and ethically responsible brands. Check out the app Good On You for their easy-to-use rating system.

     

    Check out Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality’s campaign “Make Every Thread Count” for more great ideas!

     

    Don’t be trashy: #iquitfastfashion

     

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    Lincoln LAX Event

     

    Lincoln Boys Youth Lacrosse will be running a small free clinic next Saturday 2/1 from 3-430pm to get new kids/families a feel for the game.  See attached flyer for more information.

     

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    Wilson High School – Lunar New Year Celebration

     

    Dear Wilson Cluster:

     

    The Asian Pacific Islander Club and Allied Wilson Advocates for Racial Equity (AWARE) would like to invite the K-12 Wilson Cluster to our Lunar New Year Celebration.

     

    The event will be catered, and attendees are also welcomed to bring something from their family new year tradition as well in an educational context.

     

    The event will be Thursday, February 6 in the cafeteria from 5-7 PM. Featured will be a Lion Dance, catered dinner and craft and activity stations.  Our photography teacher has also offered to set up a portrait studio for families and groups.

     

    Attached is our event flyer.

     

    Happy 2020 and we look forward to ushering in the Year of the Rat with you!

     

    Aloha,

    Jamie

    jsuehiro@pps.net

     

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    Message from Wilson High School Regarding Bond Measure

     

    Dear Wilson Neighborhood Community,

     

    Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     

    A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

     

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     

    Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

     

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

  • Jan. 24th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In – Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Direct Giving Tax Receipts & Update: Below

    Notes From Scrip Corner - Order Due Monday 1/27: Below

    Searching for Next Year’s Restaurant Night and Scrip Card Coordinators : Below

    When To Keep Your Student Home for Illness: Below

    Odyssey Student is a Semifinalist in the NASA “Name the Rover Contest”! Below

    The Green Routine –Zero Waste Lunch! Below 

    Message from Wilson HS – Lunar New Year Celebration: Below

    Wilson High School Regarding PPS Bond Measure: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    No School – In-Service Work Day: Monday, 1/27 

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, 1/27

    WHS Lunar New Year Celebration: Thursday, 2/6

    February Restaurant Night at Von Ebert Brewing: Wednesday, 2/12

     

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    The Doctor Is In: Message From Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet with a group of parents to talk about Odyssey Emergency & Earthquake Preparedness and how we can work together in the event of an emergency.  As one of our action steps, I wanted to send the Odyssey Emergency Operations Plan so that everyone is aware of our trained response for these types of situations.  First and foremost, all staff are trained in emergency drills and procedures and we have fire drills once a month and hold frequent earthquake and other drills throughout the year.  The very first thing that I would ask families to do is to create an emergency plan with their children.  Please make sure that you have someone to come pick them up as quickly as possible in the event of an earthquake and add this person to your emergency contact list.  Attached is a guideline for families to help you create a plan.

     

    In the event of an earthquake or other evacuation we will be exiting the school as soon as it is safe and assembling in the grassy area behind the baseball diamond.  This is our primary evacuation spot and where we will hold our reunification.  Our secondary evacuation spot is the giant parking lot by Starbucks on the corner of SW Skyline and SW Westgate Drive. We have staff that are trained in first-aid and we also have emergency buckets for each classroom which hold minimal supplies.  If we are evacuated from the school, parents will be notified as soon as possible to come and pick up their students.  If communication systems remain functional, PPS would inform families about how students will get home. Otherwise, families are expected to get students from school as soon as possible.  We will of course triage first aid and get students as comfortable as possible while we wait for parents to arrive.  A controlled release will be set-up at Odyssey to allow parents to be reunified with their student. Parent/Guardians should keep in mind that reunification is a process that protects both the safety of the students and provides for an accountable change of custody from the school to a recognized custodial parent or guardian.  Parent/Guardians can expect the reunification process will take several hours.  We ask that parent/guardians have identification readily available when picking up students. Students will not be allowed to re-enter buildings until they have been inspected by a damage assessment team.

     

    Parent/Guardians are expected to pick students up from school as soon possible.  All Odyssey families should have a family reunification plan that includes how and who will pick up students in the event of a large disaster. When a parent/guardian can't immediately get to the school site the family plan should have pre-identified individuals who can pick up the student and those persons must be on the emergency contact list. Otherwise, the school will hold students until parents can pick up their child.

    Plan your route to school using Portland Maps.  The new Portland Maps can help you identify your route to pickup your students post disaster.  The maps contain FEMA information on hazards and other public safety resources.

     

    We realize that this is nerve-wracking to think of an emergency.  We appreciate your partnership in working together to create a plan for your child in the case of an emergency and we are planning on holding a parent reunification drill in late spring to practice our skills and make it less overwhelming to think of.  Thank you for your support.

     

    You may have noticed our Odyssey Anchors bulletin board in the front hallway.  It is still under construction but staff has spent time this year creating an anchor system of awards for students that are exemplifying the Odyssey 8 core competencies of: curiosity  creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, compassion, composure, and citizenship.  For each of these areas students have the option of completing tasks to earn them their anchor award (a button).  Our goal is for each student to earn at least one anchor award by the end of the year.  More information coming soon and this will be rolled out to the students soon.

     

    We are also working with the district to get additional lighting and cameras on the outside of the building to cut down on the vandalism and graffiti.  This is great news and hopefully when the weather clears we can also start to plan a wonderful Odyssey mural.  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for all you do!

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

    “I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.”

    Malala Yousafzai 

     

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    Direct Giving Tax Receipts and Update

     

    2019 Odyssey Charitable Contribution Receipts were sent via email last weekend.  I have a few receipts to deliver by hand or mail and some bounced emails.  If you have not received your 2019 tax receipt or you believe there are errors on the one you did get, please contact me at: directgiving@odysseyprogram.org so I can get you squared away for tax season.

     

    Direct Giving makes up more than 75% of funding for the PTA and all payments are fully tax deductible.  If you have not filled out a Direct Giving Commitment form, it can be found here:  https://form.jotform.com/92068330354151

     

    You can make Direct Giving contributions at any time either:

     

    Online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?contribution=odyk8 . Please put children’s name(s) in the Notes section.

     

    Check: Made payable to Odyssey PTA. Please put your children’s name(s) in the Comments section of your check along with Direct Giving and deliver payments to the PTA collection box in the office or by mail to: Odyssey Program, 1849 SW 58thAve, Portland, OR 97221.

     

     

    Thank again for your contributions to PTA!

     

    Ben Riggsby

    Direct Giving Coordinator

     

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    Notes from Scrip Corner

     

    Hello from Scrip Corner, it's been a while!  Our next gift card order deadline is coming up on Monday, January 27th.  This is a no school day, so I'll check the Scrip Order Box in the office at drop-off on Tuesday.  Please get your check and on-line physical gift card orders in by then.  

     

    TIP:  Here's a tip to earn a little fast $$$ for our school!  Purchasing an Amazon Prime Membership via the Scrip program earns $10 for our school.  New memberships work, and so does extending existing memberships for a year.  It's magic!  Search under "Prime" for the item in the on-line store.   

     

    Ready to sign up for Scrip?  https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/  

    Enrollment Code: 768EL71F53LL6

     

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    PTA – We Are In Search Of…

     

    Restaurant Night Coordinator

    Restaurant Nights are a great way to build community while raising funds for our school. The role of Restaurant Night Coordinator is open for the 2020-21 school year. This is ideally at least a two year commitment. Responsibilities include scheduling and promoting monthly restaurant fundraisers, and all necessary communications with the restaurants hosting our events. The McMenamin's Friends & Family Night has already been granted to us for next year, so we're on track for another year of making $3,000 plus for our school through this program. We can return to our other hosts from this year, or you can mix it up! The sky's the limit! Let's dine together! Do you have questions or interest? Please contact Genevieve Fu at: gfu@aya.yale.edu.


    Search for Scrip Gift Card Coordinator

    The Scrip Gift Card program earns money for our school when families purchase gift cards. The Scrip Program Coordinator position is also open for the 2020-21 school year. Responsibilities include getting people signed up for and promoting the scrip gift card fundraising program, running the holiday giving scrip card event, and placing and distributing orders once every few weeks. Scrip is a great way of redirecting some of the money we're already spending back to the school. Do you have questions or interest? Please contact Genevieve Fu at: gfu@aya.yale.edu.

     

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    When To Keep Your Student At Home For Illness

     

     

    Student’s Symptoms / Diagnosed Illness

    Student May Return to School When

      Strep throat diagnosed by health care provider

      Must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

    If no antibiotics given, call school nurse before  child can return to school.

     Fever greater than 100.5 degrees (orally).

     Temperature below 100 degrees (orally) for a Minimum of 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other fever-reducing medicine.

    Rash or rash with fever – new or sudden onset.

     Rash disappears. Written or phone consent from doctor to school nurse.

     Eyes: Colored drainage from eyes; brown / green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5 degrees; skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)

     Discharge must be gone or student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have a written or phone consent from doctor to school nurse.

     Vomiting

     Symptom-free for 24 hours

     Diarrhea

     Symptom-free for 24 hours

     

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    Odyssey Student is a Semifinalist in the NAS “Name The Rover” Contest!

     

    Please see the below message about Odyssey’s very own Truman.  Congratulations Truman!

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

     

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    Hello:

     

    Truman Stonestreet, a student at your school/district, has been selected a semifinalist for the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” contest. Truman’s name will enter the next round of consideration to become the official name of the Mars 2020 rover.

     

    This student’s entry was selected as Oregon’s winner in the middle school category. The suggested name, Perspective, and Truman’s essay can be viewed at https://www.futureengineers.org/nametherover/gallery/32474.

    Congratulations to Truman and to your school! We have sent pitches to reporters and media outlets identified by students. However, we encourage you to make your own outreach to local media.

     

    NASA’s feature on the selection of the “Name the Rover” semifinalists is included below or here.

     

    The Mars 2020 Rover has entered the final stages of preparation for launch. The currently unnamed Mars 2020 Rover is a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds. It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. The spacecraft is targeted for a July 2020 launch and is expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.

    Battelle and Future Engineers of California were selected to conduct the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” contest in partnership with NASA. The student contest is part of NASA’s efforts to engage the public in its missions to the Moon and Mars.

    If you have questions about the Mars 2020 mission or naming contest, please reach out to the NASA’s media representatives: Alana Johnson (alana.r.johnson@nasa.gov) and DC Agle (david.c.agle@jpl.nasa.gov). For questions about Future Engineers, please contact Deanne Bell deanne.bell@futureengineers.org. For questions about Battelle, please contact TR Massey MasseyTR@battelle.org or myself.

     *********

    Jan. 13, 2020

    NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Closer to Getting Its Name

    NASA's Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to having its own name after 155 students across the U.S. were chosen as semifinalists in the "Name the Rover" essay contest. Just one will be selected to win the grand prize — the exciting honor of naming the rover and an invitation to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

     

    The currently unnamed rover is a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms). It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.

     

    "This rover is the first leg of a round-trip mission to Mars that will advance understanding in key science fields like astrobiology," said Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division. "This contest is a cool way to engage the next generation and encourage careers in all STEM fields. The chosen name will help define this rover's unique personality among our fleet of Martian spacecraft."

    With more than 28,000 essay submissions received from K-12 students, NASA recruited volunteer contest judges from every U.S. state and territory. Nearly 4,700 eligible judge volunteers were selected from a diverse pool of educators, professionals, and space enthusiasts and were instrumental in selecting the semifinalists.

    The next phases of judging will reduce the competition to nine finalists, and the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite name online in late January. The results of the poll will be a consideration in the final naming selection.

     

    The nine finalists will talk with a panel of experts, including Glaze, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, NASA JPL rover driver Nick Wiltsie and Clara Ma, who proposed the name for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, as a sixth-grade student in 2009. The grand prize winner will be announced in early March 2020.

     

    For complete contest and prize details, including a full listing of the 155 state/territory semifinalists, visit: https://www.futureengineers.org/nametherover 

    The naming contest partnership is part of a Space Act Agreement in educational and public outreach efforts between NASA, Battelle of Columbus, Ohio, and Future Engineers of Burbank, California.

     

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages rover development for the agency. The Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch management.

     

    Mars 2020 is part of a larger program that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA's Artemis lunar exploration plans.

     

    For more information about the mission, go to: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

    For more about NASA's Moon to Mars plans, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars

    -end-

    Grey Hautaluoma / Alana Johnson

    Headquarters, Washington

    202-358-0668 / 202-358-1501

    grey.hautaluoma-1@nasa.gov / alana.r.johnson@nasa.gov

     

    DC Agle

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

    818-393-9011

    david.c.agle@jpl.nasa.gov

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    Odyssey’s Lunchroom Revolution is in full swing! With the help of parent and student volunteers we are collecting food scraps and milk cartons for recycling. That equates to about 125 lbs of food waste and 250 milk cartons diverted from landfill EVERY WEEK. This is a huge win for our environment! Want to be a part of the solution to climate change? Get involved with sustainability initiatives at Odyssey. SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

     

    Do you have a Bottle Drop Account? Instead of redeeming your recyclable cans and bottles for change, you can donate that change Odyssey. Click here to learn how to donate to Odyssey with your Bottle Drop account! We will also have a Bottle Drop center at school to collect redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Odyssey sustainability initiatives!

     

    Join the Trex Challenge! Please bring your soft plastics to collect at school and we may win a bench for our playground from Trex. See the attached flyer for what types of plastics can be sent to Trex for recycling/reuse. There are two in the entry, and one downstairs in the K12 hallway. If you live near a Trex collection site (Fred Meyer or New Seasons), you can drop off your waste directly to those collections and email me (ezahniser@gmail.com) how much it weighed to count toward our Odyssey challenge. We’ve already collected over to 100 lbs of plastic waste!

     

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Wednesday, February 5, 7pm @ Level Beer in Multnomah Village: Green Team meeting! We’ll discuss student mentor opportunities, Field Study sustainability, Earthday/Month planning, and any other sustainability initiatives members want to see happen at school! Join us! Please RSVP to ezahniser@gmail.com

    ·      Lunchroom Revolutionaries: Collective actions have more impact than individual choices! Help our community collectively make big improvements to our environmental impact through composting and better recycling in our school cafeteria. Follow the link to be a part of our modeling conservation behaviors to the next generation.

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

    Cutting down on your waste is easy with simple swaps for pack lunches. Try these simple steps for a zero-waste school day lunch:

    1.     Go reusable! If you can, invest in sturdy reusable lunch and beverage containers. The initial investment in some stainless steel containers will pay off in time for your checkbook and the planet. 

    2.     Choose “real” cutlery. No matter how you slice it, plastic and plastic-looking disposable spoons and forks are landfill bound. Odyssey doesn’t have durable cutlery, so if your kiddo is grabbing a yogurt, they’re also grabbing a plastic spoon. Grab some cheap durable cutlery from Goodwill and you won’t have to worry about losing the occasional fork.

    3.     Consider a cloth napkin. At school, no paper napkins or paper waste are allowed in the compost, so napkins are landfill-bound. Bandanas make a great school lunch napkin that’s washable.

    4.     Buy in bulk! If it’s a dry snack your kid is craving, it probably comes in bulk (check out great bulk sections at New Seasons Market or Winco). Bulk snacks can be bought in re-usable containers, and served in reusable containers, cutting out a lot of landfill bound waste.

    5.     Go for homemade food, instead of pre-packaged food if you can. All those snack wrappers really add up! Check here for some great zero-waste lunch food ideas.

    6.     Pre-plan. Sigh, it’s true. Starting your week with a rough menu plan for school lunches and prepping some items will help cut down on waste generated by last minute convenience foods.  

    7.     Don’t overpack. Little tummies probably need less than you think. Middle schoolers, now that’s a different animal.

     

    Check out the fun attached flyer from Ontario’s Eco School Network for more tips to reduce your lunchtime trash!

     

    Don’t be trashy: #zerowastelunch

     

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    Wilson High School – Lunar New Year Celebration

     

    Dear Wilson Cluster:

     

    The Asian Pacific Islander Club and Allied Wilson Advocates for Racial Equity (AWARE) would like to invite the K-12 Wilson Cluster to our Lunar New Year Celebration.

     

    The event will be catered, and attendees are also welcomed to bring something from their family new year tradition as well in an educational context.

     

    The event will be Thursday, February 6 in the cafeteria from 5-7 PM. Featured will be a Lion Dance, catered dinner and craft and activity stations.  Our photography teacher has also offered to set up a portrait studio for families and groups.

     

    Attached is our event flyer.

     

    Happy 2020 and we look forward to ushering in the Year of the Rat with you!

     

    Aloha,

    Jamie

    jsuehiro@pps.net

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    Message from Wilson High School Regarding Bond Measure

     

    Dear Wilson Neighborhood Community,

     

    Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     

    A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

     

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     

    Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

     

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

  • Jan. 17th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    PTA Meeting Cancelled: Below

    Message from Wilson HS – Lunar New Year Celebration: Below

    PTA Nominating Committee for 2020/2021 – Respond by 1/22: Below

    Wilson High School Regarding PPS Bond Measure: Below

    Girls On The Run: Below

    The Green Routine – Composting! Below

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    Upcoming Events

    No School – MLK Day: Monday, 1/20

    PTA Meeting CANCELLED: Tuesday, 1/21

    No School – In-Service Work Day: Monday, 1/28

    WHS Lunar New Year Celebration: Thursday, 2/6

    February Restaurant Night at Von Ebert Brewing: Wednesday, 2/12

     

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    January PTA Meeting Cancelled

     

    Attached is the PTA Agenda with updates from the Board members. The PTA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 is cancelled. If you have questions, please email the appropriate Board member. The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, March 3. Thank you.

     

    peace & courage, 

    Jim Shikany, PTA President

     

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    Wilson High School – Lunar New Year Celebration

     

    Dear Wilson Cluster:

     

    The Asian Pacific Islander Club and Allied Wilson Advocates for Racial Equity (AWARE) would like to invite the K-12 Wilson Cluster to our Lunar New Year Celebration.

     

    The event will be catered, and attendees are also welcomed to bring something from their family new year tradition as well in an educational context.

     

    The event will be Thursday, February 6 in the cafeteria from 5-7 PM. Featured will be a Lion Dance, catered dinner and craft and activity stations.  Our photography teacher has also offered to set up a portrait studio for families and groups.

     

    Attached is our event flyer.

     

    Happy 2020 and we look forward to ushering in the Year of the Rat with you!

     

    Aloha,

    Jamie

    jsuehiro@pps.net

     

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    PTA Nominating Committee

     

    Hello Odyssey Community,
    The PTA will have open positions for next year, and it’s time for us to form a Nominating Committee to get those positions filled. Please email me by Wednesday 1/22 if you’d like to be on the committee.


    And.....if you ever wanted to be on the PTA board, now is your chance, the following positions will need to be filled:
    President
    Vice President
    Treasurer
    Secretary
    678 Coordinator

    Please email me with any questions or further information! See you on Tuesday!
    Jamie Clary
    Jamieclary@outlook.com                                       

     

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    Message from Wilson High School Regarding Bond Measure

     

    Dear Wilson Neighborhood Community,

     

    Now is the time to let the PPS School Board know that Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland should be included on the 2020 Bond

     

    A modernized Wilson would provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities for generations to come.  While much has changed since 1957, Wilson facilities have not.  It is time to ensure that all PPS high schools, including Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland, provide students with 21st century learning opportunities.

     

    These are some highlights from preliminary modernization plans for Wilson High School:

    • Wilson students will stay in the current building while the new building is constructed. 
    • New building will include modernized classrooms, science labs, career-and-technical education spaces, fine and performing arts facilities, athletic facilities, and more.
    • The Wilson pool can remain on camps.
    • No expenditures are needed for bussing and temporary classrooms - money can be directly invested in the new facilities.
    • The 2020 bond will keep the current tax levels unchanged.

     

    Please contact PPS School Board members and share this simple message: The time has come to modernize Wilson, Jefferson, and Cleveland.

     

    Andrew Scott (Wilson)- anscott@pps.net

    Michelle DePass (Jefferson) - mdepass@pps.net

    Amy Kohnstamm (Board Chair) - akohnstamm@pps.net

    Rita Moore (Vice-Chair) - rmoore5@pps.net

    Scott Bailey - sbailey@pps.net

    Julia Brim-Edwards - jbrim-edwards@pps.net

    Eilidh Lowery (Cleveland) - elowery@pps.net

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

    Si usted necesita ayuda en traducir este mensaje, llame al 503-916-3582 para español.

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    It’s a new year, y’all! Are you ready to take a big stand for our environment? Reducing and composting your food waste is a big way you can cut down on your environmental impact. At Odyssey we are beginning our “Lunchroom Revolution” NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, January 21. We will be collecting and cleaning milk cartons for recycling as well as composting all our food waste. We are part of only five schools allowed to pilot this plan and we need your help! Please consider spending a few days assisting our students to adopt this new, earth-friendly process. SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

     

    Join the Trex Challenge! Please bring your soft plastics to collect at school and we may win a bench for our playground from Trex. See the attached flyer for what types of plastics can be sent to Trex for recycling/reuse. There are two in the entry, and one downstairs in the K12 hallway. If you live near a Trex collection site (Fred Meyer or New Seasons), you can drop off your waste directly to those collections and email me (ezahniser@gmail.com) how much it weighed to count toward our Odyssey challenge. We’ve already collected close to 100 lbs of plastic waste!

     

    Last week our recycling drive collected two truckloads of styrofoam, and nearly 50 lbs of plastic cling. A big thank you also, to Green Team volunteers who turned out to manage the recycling and install a Little Free Library for Odyssey.

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·     Lunchroom Revolutions: Collective actions have more impact than individual choices! Help our community collectively make big improvements to our environmental impact through composting and better recycling in our school cafeteria. Follow the link to be a part of our modeling conservation behaviors to the next generation.

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

     

    In case you missed it last week, food waste is big, big contributor to global warming. Landfills are the second largest human source of methane emissions, and food rotting in landfills is the largest source of these emissions. The gas rotting food emits, methane, has 24 times the impact on the climate as CO2. In the US alone, we send over 50 million tons of food waste to landfills each year. The production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The USDA estimates 30-40 percent of our food goes to waste. So what can you do?

     

    ·       Buy only what you need – especially when it comes to perishables.

    ·       Plan ahead before you hit the grocer – having a weekly meal plan goes a long way toward making use of what you have before it goes off or out of date.

    ·       Get creative with leftovers – discover recipes for common leftovers here!

    ·       Store food properly – Guess what? Lots of produce stores longer when NOT in plastic – check out these techniques to help your lettuce last.

    ·       Use your freezer! Save leftovers you don’t want to revisit just yet and discover batch-cooking for fast and waste-free weekday meals.

    ·       Pack a low-waste lunch – know how much your kiddo needs and don’t overpack. Go even more low-waste a lunch with reusable containers and cutlery (no single use plastic baggies!)

     

    And the big one: Compost! If you live in Metro Portland, you can compost all food, including meat, right at your curbside. The benefits of composting are vast. Here’s a list of composting benefits from the EPA:

     

    ·      Compost reduces, and in some cases eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.

    ·      Compost promotes higher yields of agricultural crops.

    ·      Compost can help aid reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by improving contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.

    ·      Compost can be used to remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste in a cost-effective manner.

    ·      Compost can provide cost savings over conventional soil, water and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable.

    ·      Compost enhances water retention in soils.

    ·      Compost provides carbon sequestration.

     

  • Jan. 10th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In! Below

    Rescheduled Restaurant Night – MONDAY & TUESDAY! Below

    Wilson High School – Lunar New Year Celebration: Below

    Girls On The Run: Below

    Thank You From Pioneer School: Below

    Request for Help – Hauling Away Chair: Below

    Message from Wilson HS: Below

    The Green Routine – Composting! Below

    2020 Lincoln Youth Boys Lacrosse Registration Open: Below

    Message from Wilson High School: Below

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    Upcoming Events

    Post-Holiday Recycling Drive: Saturday, 1/11

    Little Free Library Installation: Saturday, 1/11

    January Restaurant Night at Pastini: Monday, 1/13

    January Restaurant Night at Pastini: Tuesday, 1/14

    NO SCHOOL - MLK Day: Monday, 1/20

    NO SCHOOL - In-Service Day: Monday, 1/27

    WHS Lunar New Year Celebration: Thursday, 2/6

    February Restaurant Night at Von Ebert Brewing: Wednesday, 2/12

    NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day: Monday, 2/17

     

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    The Doctor Is In

     

    Hello Odyssey Community,

     

    I have been thinking about the message that I want to share with the community as we enter the new year and are back at school in the swing of things.  As you all probably have experienced, once we get back from winter break, time seems to fly and we have so many fun events upcoming this year.  

     

    As you know, as a school leader I strive to always have a vision for equity and be an anti-racist leader who models acceptance and understanding.  This is a journey that I have been on for 25 years and I know that I will continue to learn and grow in my own knowledge and skill.  I have asked teachers and parents to join me on this journey and so far this year, it has been rewarding to work with the parents to start to form our equity group and work with the teachers to sharpen our equity lens and look at ways in which we can enrich and develop our curriculum and our learning and conversations with students.  Another part of my work is to listen to parents, students, and teachers when they bring issues to me and help to resolve these issues in a way that is centered on growth and development and which builds relationships.  My door has been open for anyone to stop by and share with me their journey and their story and I appreciate all of you that have given me a glimpse into you and who you are and who are students are as well.

     

    This week I was able to jump between presentations in K-2 and see some of the speeches from our students on the theme of we come from everywhere.  As I was thinking about what I saw and learned, it really made me reflect on those conversations and situations that I have had the opportunity to be part of and how in our little community, we do indeed come from everywhere.  We all have a history and a perspective that shape how we move in the world and that shapes how and why we interact with others.  Sometimes we do and say things that are harmful to others and sometimes others do and say things that are harmful to us.  Luckily, in my position I am able to work with students and families when these incidents happen to process, listen, learn, and grow and facilitate that growth for students.  I know that as part of my own journey, I have had to have some difficult conversations both at school and at home as I try and develop my own consciousness and facilitate that learning in others.  Many times parents ask for resources to enrich their conversations at home and because I want to make sure that everyone has access to resources, I am including at the bottom of this email a link to a webpage that helps parents have conversations about race with their kids and gives several different resources.  

     

    What I ask of the Odyssey community as we continue in our adventure here together is that all of us, including me, listen more and welcome more multiple perspectives and experiences.  Take the time to listen to each other’s stories and the stories our children are developing as they grow up in a world that is literally at our fingertips.  We are in a new modern electronic age which brings us many benefits but also makes all the news of the world very immediate and sometimes very scary.  This is a time where not only do we need to stand together as anti-racist and anti-discriminatory, but also with a view towards how we create a world together that is kinder and better.  Thanks for always listening and my door is open.  

     

    Dr. Berg 

     

    https://www.readbrightly.com/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-books-and-resources-that-can-help/

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    Rescheduled Restaurant Night – 1/13 & 1/14

     

    Our January Restaurant Night has been rescheduled for two nights next week!  Dine at Pastini Cedar Hills Crossing on Monday, January 13 or Tuesday, January 14 and they'll donate 20% of your check to our school, with mention of the fundraiser!  Flyer attached.  

     

    Thank so much for participating in restaurant nights this year.  We've earned over $2,000 for our school so far, and we've had a lot of fun!  I'm looking for my replacement for next year.  Would you like to be the next Restaurant Night Coordinator?  

     

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Wilson High School – Lunar New Year Celebration

     

    Dear Wilson Cluster:

     

    The Asian Pacific Islander Club and Allied Wilson Advocates for Racial Equity (AWARE) would like to invite the K-12 Wilson Cluster to our Lunar New Year Celebration.

     

    The event will be catered, and attendees are also welcomed to bring something from their family new year tradition as well in an educational context.

     

    The event will be Thursday, February 6 in the cafeteria from 5-7 PM. Featured will be a Lion Dance, catered dinner and craft and activity stations.  Our photography teacher has also offered to set up a portrait studio for families and groups.

     

    Attached is our event flyer.

     

    Happy 2020 and we look forward to ushering in the Year of the Rat with you!

     

    Aloha,

    Jamie

    jsuehiro@pps.net

     

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    Girls On The Run

     

    Attention 345 families! If you have a daughter interested in Girls On the Run this spring please see below!

     

    Participant Registration 

    ·       Online Registration: Online registration for girls will open Wednesday Jan 15th at 9:00am on the GOTR website.

    Registration will close on January 21st. They will run the lottery on jan 21st and the girls who were not selected by the lottery, will be placed on the waitlist. Girls will move off the waitlist in a first come- first served manner




    https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/

     

    https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Program-Registration




    We are so excited to be hosting girls on the Run at ODYSSEY THIS YEAR!!   Practices will begin the week of MARCH 2nd days of the week TBD upon coach availability.  We are in need of 3 coaches this year that are willing to donate their time two days/week for ten weeks... I know it’s a lot and a huge commitment but it is incredibly rewarding! This is a great opportunity if a few moms want to team up together and/or you May know some college students/nannies that may be interested in volunteer work? 

     

    See link below for coach requirements.

    https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Coach?fbclid=IwAR3V5jbfGuWuKBIK096NW3fsPZgSUKKtwqSf20e5MI6d8JwrklpdwrTXzio

     

    Questions?  I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!  I have 4 years experience as a parent of a GOTR participant and as a running buddy and I’m a huge supporter for this program:).  This program is not just about running but also focuses on self awareness, self control, how to have healthy relationships and self empowerment!

     

    If you are in need of a scholarship there are both payment options available and a reduced price if you qualify for free/reduced lunch.  

     

    Here is the link again... mark your calendars to register!

    https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/

     

    Thanks all!

    Katie Dill 

    GOTR Site liaison 

                                                                                    

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    Thank You From Pioneer School

     

    Hello Odyssey Community, 

     

    I just wanted to thank you for the generous support given to the families at the Pioneer Program for holiday giving this year.  I have worked as a social worker for PPS's Pioneer program for a number of years now.  Pioneer serves kids (and families) from anywhere in our district with particularly high special education and behavioral needs. The gift cards that were bought and donated to some of the families were greatly appreciated!  This definitely helped reduce their holiday stress.

    Thank you again,

    Julie Jorgensen (mom of Anya--7th)

     

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    Request for Help – Hauling Away Chair

     

    It’s time for it to go!...Looking for someone to haul the fabric chair in our library.  Please contact Angela if you can load and deliver to a charitable organization.  Thank you!  J

     

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

     

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    Message from Wilson High School

     

    Dear Wilson Community,

     

    Earlier this week the PPS School Board decided to place a construction bond on the November Ballot.  The Board has not determined yet how big the bond should be or which schools should be included on the bond.  Wilson is one of three remaining PPS high schools that is not modernized or is not in the process of being modernized.  For those of you who have spent any time in our building you probably know our facilities have not changed much since 1957.  Please join me in encouraging district leaders and school board members to include Wilson on the 2020 Bond   We have done some preliminary work to determine what a modernized Wilson could look like.  We welcome your ideas and suggestions as well.  We also need your support.

     

    With Gratitude,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

     

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    The Green Routine

    It’s a new year, y’all! Are you ready to take a big stand for our environment? Reducing and composting your food waste is a big way you can cut down on your environmental impact. At Odyssey we are beginning our “Lunchroom Revolution” on Tuesday, January 21. We will be collecting and cleaning milk cartons for recycling as well as composting all our food waste! We are part of only five schools allowed to pilot this plan and we need your help! Please consider spending a few days assisting our students to adopt this new, earth-friendly process. SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR LUNCHROOM REVOLUTION.

     

    Join the Trex Challenge! Please bring your soft plastics to collect at school and we may win a bench for our playground from Trex. See the attached flyer for what types of plastics can be sent to Trex for recycling/reuse. There are two in the entry, and one downstairs in the K12 hallway. We’ve already collected close to 30 lbs of plastic waste!

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Friday & Saturday, 1/10 + 1/11: Post-holiday recycling drive! Save your holiday packaging Styrofoam, dead Xmas tree string lights and dead batteries. Bring them up to school and your Green Team will collect them for delivery to specialty recycling centers! Friday 1/10 after school 2:15 – 3:15, and Saturday 1/11 10:30-11:30

    ·      Saturday, 1/11:  Help us install the Little Free Library! Old library books will get another life in our community Little Free Library. Help us install it during our post-holiday collection drive from 10:30-11:30. We need post-hole diggers, concrete mixers, and creative folks to make it look snappy! Email ezahniser@gmail.com if you’d like to help.

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

     

    Food waste is big, big contributor to global warming. Landfills are the second largest human source of methane emissions, and food rotting in landfills is the largest source of these emissions. The gas rotting food emits, methane, has 24 times the impact on the climate as CO2. In the US alone, we send over 50 million tons of food waste to landfills each year. The production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The USDA estimates 30-40 percent of our food goes to waste. So what can you do?

     

    ·       Buy only what you need – especially when it comes to perishables.

    ·       Plan ahead before you hit the grocer – having a weekly meal plan goes a long way toward making use of what you have before it goes off or out of date.

    ·       Get creative with leftovers – discover recipes for common leftovers here!

    ·       Store food properly – Guess what? Lots of produce stores longer when NOT in plastic – check out these techniques to help your lettuce last.

    ·       Use your freezer! Save leftovers you don’t want to revisit just yet and discover batch-cooking for fast and waste-free weekday meals.

    ·       Pack a low-waste lunch – know how much your kiddo needs and don’t overpack. Go even more low-waste a lunch with reusable containers and cutlery (no single use plastic baggies!)

     

    And the big one: Compost! If you live in Metro Portland, you can compost all food, including meat, right at your curbside. The benefits of composting are vast. Here’s a list of composting benefits from the EPA:

     

    ·      Compost reduces, and in some cases eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.

    ·      Compost promotes higher yields of agricultural crops.

    ·      Compost can help aid reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by improving contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.

    ·      Compost can be used to remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste in a cost-effective manner.

    ·      Compost can provide cost savings over conventional soil, water and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable.

    ·      Compost enhances water retention in soils.

    ·      Compost provides carbon sequestration.

  • Dec. 21st Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Scrip Corner: Below

    WHS Lunar New Year Celebration: Below & Attached

    The Green Routine – Upcoming Speaker, Post-Holiday Recycling Drive & More: Below & Attached

    January Restaurant Night Cancelled - Upcoming Restaurant Nights: Below

    2020 Lincoln Youth Boys Lacrosse Registration Open: Below

    Message from Wilson High School - Incoming Freshmen: Below

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    Upcoming Events

    Winter Break: Friday, 12/20 – Monday, 1/6

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, 1/6

    WHS Incoming Freshman Event: Thursday, 1/9

    “Zero Waste At Home” Speaker: Friday, 1/10, 9:15 am

    Post-Holiday Recycling Drive: Friday 1/10 & Saturday, 1/11

    Little Free Library Installation: Saturday, 1/11

    WHS Lunar New Year Celebration: Thursday, 2/6

    February Restaurant Night at Von Ebert Brewing: Wednesday, 2/12

     

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    Scrip Corner

     

    Thank you to all who participated in the SCRIP Holiday Giving this year!  Our sales were boosted by your generosity, and we added a little holiday cheer for some of our families, and some families at Pioneer!  

     

    Scrip will be enjoying some time off over the holidays, but will be back up and running as soon as we return from break!  The next deadline for physical gift card orders is Monday, January 6th!  Please have your checks in by the end of the day on the 6th, or complete your on-line orders by midnight on the 6th.  

     

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Wilson High School – Lunar New Year Celebration

     

    Dear Wilson Cluster:

     

    The Asian Pacific Islander Club and Allied Wilson Advocates for Racial Equity (AWARE) would like to invite the K-12 Wilson Cluster to our Lunar New Year Celebration.

     

    The event will be catered, and attendees are also welcomed to bring something from their family new year tradition as well in an educational context.

     

    The event will be Thursday, February 6 in the cafeteria from 5-7 PM. Featured will be a Lion Dance, catered dinner and craft and activity stations.  Our photography teacher has also offered to set up a portrait studio for families and groups.

     

    Attached is our event flyer.

     

    Happy 2020 and we look forward to ushering in the Year of the Rat with you!

     

    Aloha,

    Jamie

    jsuehiro@pps.net

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    The Adult Green Team had a meeting this week to confirm details of what we are coining “The Lunchroom Revolution.” Our Lunchroom Revolution is slated to begin January 21 when we’ll start separating our cafeteria waste into compost and recycling. We’ll need parent volunteers to monitor the process for a few weeks and oversee kid volunteers. Keep your eyes out for a sign-up sheet if you want to be a part of this eco-revolution!

     

    Our Trex Challenge Boxes have arrived! Please bring your soft plastics to collect at school and we may win a bench for our playground from Trex. See the attached flyer for what types of plastics can be sent to Trex for recycling/reuse. There are two in the entry, and one downstairs in the K12 hallway. We’ve already collected over 17 lbs of plastic waste!

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Friday, 1/10: Join us after coffee cart at 9:15 am to learn how to go “zero-waste” at home with trash-talking expert, Jeanne Roy, founder and education director of the Center for Earth Leadership, and the Eco-School Network. [See attached flyer for more info]

    ·      Friday & Saturday, 1/10 + 1/11: Post-holiday recycling drive! Save your holiday packaging Styrofoam, dead Xmas tree string lights and dead batteries. Bring them up to school and your Green Team will collect them for delivery to specialty recycling centers! Friday 1/10 after school 2:15 – 3:15, and Saturday 1/11 10:30-11:30

    ·      Saturday, 1/11:  Help us install the Little Free Library! Old library books will get another life in our community Little Free Library. Help us install it during our post-holiday collection drive from 10:30-11:30. We need post-hole diggers, concrete mixers, and creative folks to make it look snappy! Email ezahniser@gmail.com if you’d like to help.

     

    Odyssey Goes Green:

    ·      We are participating in the local and national Trex School Challenge to collect plastic film waste. Save items like plastic bread bags, zip locks, and produce bags at home, then bring them up to school and drop them off in our Trex collection boxes! [See attached Trex info sheet for what to collet]

    ·      Classrooms now have a designated area to collect plastic felt-tipped markers for recycling. Feel free to send in your old markers, highlighters and Sharpies for collection! When our boxes are full, we can send those Crayola for a second life.

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

     

    Thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions around reducing your family’s environmental impact? Making some small habit changes at home, can help assuage your eco-anxiety and start your family on a journey to a conservation mindset. It may even be a gateway to getting involved in larger advocacy issues around climate change. Change begins at home, right? Here’s a few dos and don'ts on getting started on a low-waste lifestyle.

    DO: Start small
    Just start. Unplug from the disposable culture and build some new habits around less stuff and more joy.

    DO: What's affordable 
    Swapping out some products for others can be too expensive. Do what you can, and don’t feel guilty about what you can’t.

    DON'T: Forget shipping
    Some #zerowaste and #plasticfree ideas on the internet look good in theory but don't necessarily equate to being earth friendly once you factor in shipping and packaging.

    Click through to for nine ways to reduce your environmental impact right in your own home.

    Don’t be trashy: #lowwastelifestyle

     

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    Odyssey Restaurant Nights

     

    January's Restaurant Night is CANCELLED!

     

    Due to a corporate reorganization, our January Restaurant Night at Papa Murphy's is cancelled.  Sorry this event won't be happening this year.  

     

    Mark your calendars for the following restaurant nights!

     

    FEBRUARY 15% Donation

    Wednesday, February 12 All Day

    Von Ebert Brewing 

    131 NW 13th Avenue, Portland 97209

     

    MARCH

    Wednesday, March 11 All Day 20% Donation with Flyer

    Verde Cocina

    5515 SW Canyon Ct, Portland 97221


    APRIL 20% of Day’s Sales

    Tuesday, April 14th, All Day

    Pizzicato

    6358 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland 97239

     

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    2020 LINCOLN YOUTH BOYS LACROSSE REGISTRATION IS LIVE !



    FASTEST GAME ON TWO FEET

    ·  Our site is now accepting registration for the 2020 Spring Season! Here’s the link (scroll to the bottom to start)

    ·  We field teams for grades 1-8 grades with a season starting in March and ending in early June (1/2 starts a month later). There will be Select teams for 5/6 and 7/8 this year.

    ·  $150 for 1/2 and $300 for 3-8 ($325 after 1/31/2020 for 3-8)

    ·  Sibling and Corporate Matching discounts available.

    ·  Our seasons includes 4-6 games as well as 2-3 tournaments per team.

    ·  Interested in trying Lacrosse before committing? Try this $35 one day clinic on January 5th

    ·  Any questions please feel free to reach out at: youth@lincolnlacrosse.club

     

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    Wilson High School Message for Incoming Freshmen & Families

     

    Dear Parents of Wilson Incoming 9th Graders-

     

    Please join WHS counselors and elective teachers at Wilson on Thursday, January 9th from 8:15-9:07am in the Wilson Gym to learn more about elective offerings next school year.  This event is designed to encourage students to look closely at their forecasting options and make informed decisions when choosing their courses for next year.  Incoming Freshmen and their parents are invited to attend.

     

    Also, mark your calendars for the 8th Grade Visit to WHS on Friday, May 15th from 9:00am-11am.  Eight-graders are invited to Wilson to attend a special preview event.  Students at Gray, Jackson, and Odyssey will attend with their 8th grade class.  Students at other schools who plan to attend WHS as 9th graders are encouraged to attend as well.

     

    Please note that these dates are different from the dates on the postcard that was mailed out to all 8th grade families in October.  If you have any questions, please contact WHS Business Manager, Erica Caldwell, ecaldwell@pps.net with any WHS related questions.

     

    Thank you,

    WHS

     

    Erica Caldwell

    Business Manager 
    Wilson High School

    office:  503-916-5280 Ext 75211
    cell:  541-521-8282

    ecaldwell@pps.net
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/

  • Dec. 6th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Restaurant Night This Wednesday! Below

    Odyssey Movie Night: Below & Attached

    Notes From Scrip Corner: Below & Attached

    NEW!  The Green Routine: Below

    PPS After School Child Care Survey: Below

    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights: Below

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    Upcoming Events

    Restaurant Night at City Thai: Wednesday December 11

    Odyssey Movie Night: Friday, December 13, 5:45pm

    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey: Due Friday, December 13

     

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    Restaurant Night!

     

    Please join us at City Thai on Wednesday, December 11 for the last Odyssey Restaurant Night of 2019!  The event runs from 4-9 p.m.  Odyssey will get a donation of 20% of your check with mention of our fundraiser.  

     

    City Thai 

    6341 SW Capitol Highway. Portland 97239



    Upcoming Restaurant Nights in 2020 are:



    JANUARY 20% of Odyssey Sales

    Wednesday, January 8

    Papa Murphy’s

    4350 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland  97219

    FEBRUARY 15% Donation

    Wednesday, February 12 All Day

    Von Ebert Brewing 

    131 NW 13th Avenue, Portland 97209

    MARCH

    Wednesday, March 11 All Day 20% Donation with Flyer

    Verde Cocina

    5515 SW Canyon Ct, Portland 97221


    APRIL 20% of Day’s Sales
    Tuesday, April 14th  All Day

    Pizzicato

    6358 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland  97239

    Thanks for your support!

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Odyssey Movie Night Next Friday! My Neighbor Totoro

     

    You don't want to miss a family night out where you'll get dinner, a movie and a chance to hangout with the Odyssey community!

     

    Friday, December 13th in the Odyssey Auditorium

    My Neighbor Totoro

    Doors Open at 5:45 PM

    Movie Starts at 6:00 PM

    Odyssey PTA will provide each attendee a slice of pizza and a snack, so just bring your water bottle and a little cash if you'd like extra snacks or slices!

     

    This is also a great opportunity to volunteer!  Roles from popcorn popper to clean-up are all needed, so grab a slot here if you can!

     

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    Notes From Scrip Corner

     

    The holiday season is upon us!  Please consider the Scrip program for your holiday shopping this year.  Great Lakes is offering $5 and $10 gift cards for many popular retailers like Starbucks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Chipotle.  These make great little thank you gifts.  To sign up for scrip, go here and enter the Odyssey Enrollment Code 768EL71F53LL6.

     

    Fred Meyer cards are back, in denominations of $25, $50, $75, and $100!   For now I'll only be offering Fred Meyer cards in December.  We purchase these cards directly from Kroger, and don't make a reward for the school until our order totals $2,000 or more.  I'm hoping the holidays will boost participation.  Let me know if you're interested in Fred Meyer gift cards in the longer term and I'll try to make it work.  These cards take a little longer to get, so your Monday order will be delivered to you the following Monday or Tuesday.

     

    Upcoming scrip order date are December 2nd and 16th!  On-line orders are due by midnight. Paper holiday giving forms and checks are due by the end of the school day.

     

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    This week the K12 and 345 clusters got a classroom recap on what’s trash and what’s recycling. We officially christened our paper recycling collections as “co-mingled recycling.” We also reminded kids that they can use our Crayola collection boxes to recycle all plastic felt-tip pens, not just Crayola brand ones. If you have plastic felt-tipped pens at home, feel free to bring them and drop them in a collection box at school. Most excitingly, we dumped everything out and took a good hard look at the trash we’re creating at school in a 24-hour period. There were some interesting discoveries! One, as a school we produce a lot of snack packaging waste – not surprising. We also use a lot of single-use water cups from the fountains which are unfortunately, trash. Sending your kiddo to school with a reusable water bottle is a great way to reduce that type of trash. We’ll be sending out the results of our trash audit and encourage you and your kiddo to discuss ways to reduce waste - every little bit of waste reduction helps!

     

    Finally, thank you to everyone who turned out to buy cookies at our “Cookies for Compost” bake sale. We made close to $200 to go towards a new recycling and compost collection scheme in our cafeteria. We plan to roll that out in the new year.

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Friday, 12/6: We will be meeting with a manager from PPS Nutrition Services to review our kitchen and discuss possible upgrades that could help us reduce even more single-use plastic at lunchtime.

    ·      Monday 12/9: Green Team members will be assisting K12 and 345 clusters with a waste audit before introducing new co-mingled recycling bins and containers for hard-to-recycle waste like plastic films and felt-tip pens. We’ll be taking a baseline on how much trash Odyssey generates in a day and check back in a few months to see our progress in waste reduction. Join us at 12:10 and 1:30 and learn about why avoiding recycling contamination is so important!

     

    Odyssey Goes Green:

    ·      We are providing signage to all the classrooms about mixed recycling receptacles and sorting recyclables from landfill.

    ·      We will participate in the local and national Trex School Challenge to collect plastic film waste. Save items like plastic bread bags, zip locks, and produce bags at home. When we get the Challenge boxes, you can bring those items to school for drop off! We expect to get these boxes any day! [See attached Trex info sheet for what to save]

    ·      Classrooms now have a designated area to collect plastic felt-tipped markers for recycling. Feel free to send in your old markers, highlighters and Sharpies for collection! When our boxes are full, we can send those Crayola for a second life.

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

     

    Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the holiday season. That’s equivalent to 25 million tons of garbage, or 1 million extra tons per week. Here’s 10 tips to reducing your environmental impact this holiday season:

     

    1.     Prioritize “experience” gifts over physical gifts. Thing like concert and sporting event tickets, gift certificates for restaurants or museums, or memberships help create memories rather than garbage. We love massages, music lessons, and theater tickets, in case you were wondering!

    2.     Cut down on your wrapping paper or skip it all together. Re-use and recycle newspaper and brown paper bags, old maps, or scraps of fabrics to give items a second life. If you must get paper, look for recycled wrapping and avoid paper with metallics (those can’t be recycled).

    3.     Compost your tree or try a potted one. Oregon company The Potted Christmas Tree rents you a potted tree and then picks it up for replanting in watershed restoration projects.

    4.     Think about purchasing secondhand gifts. It’s very trendy right now!

    5.     Keep gifts simple and thoughtful. One special and quality item is better than five cheap ones that will be out of favor in a few weeks.

    6.     Make a gift of investing in someone’s future. Contribute to a child’s savings account, education IRA or give them a U.S. Savings Bond.

    7.     Have the conversation with your friends and family about your goals for reducing your holiday waste through low waste gift giving or skipping gifting all together. Need some help broaching the subject? Writer and Vancouver mom, Leah Payne has some great tips and advice on her blog “What if others aren’t on board? Troubleshooting low-waste gift giving.”

    8.     Turn of your holiday lights during the day or consider setting them on timers to come on only during peak hours of enjoyment.

    9.     Consider sending e-cards or choose recycled content holiday cards. Again, avoiding ones with metallic features because those can’t be recycled. Paper Culture uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper and plants a tree for every purchase.

    10.  Make a gift of a charitable donation in someone’s name. This is our favorite for a large extended family. See my blurb below as an example and customize it for yourself!

     

    “Dear X: As we head toward the holiday season, we would like to respectfully request no gifts this year. We would like to reduce our environmental impact and focus on experiences, not things. We would be so honored if you would like to divert any gift giving funds in our name to Save the Children. One of the world's top-rated charities, Save the Children is on the ground in global crisis situations making a tangible difference in the lives of children caught in those struggles. Please use this link to donate to their Global Action Fund. Thank you, and may your holidays be filled with peace and joy!”

     

    Don’t be trashy: #creatememoriesnotgarbage

     

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    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey, 2019-20


    Please take a moment to complete this confidential online survey or go to pps.net, departments, child care. Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by December 13, 2019.

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights

     

    Be sure to check out your neighborhood school.

    See Odyssey Counselor Stephanie for more information

    or check online at PPS.net

     

    Benson Polytechnic                 Oct. 22       6-8 PM

    Cleveland                                   Dec. 12       7-9 PM

    Franklin                                      Dec. 4         6-8:30 PM

    Grant                                           Nov. 14       6:30-8:30 PM

    Jefferson 

    (HS Middle College for Advanced Studies)     Oct. 30        6-8 PM & Nov. 19  6-8 PM

    Lincoln                                        Dec.  11       6-8 PM

    Madison

    (@ Marshall Campus)                                       Nov. 5        6:15-8 PM 

    Metropolitan Learning Ctr.    Nov. 6        6-7:30 PM & Nov. 14  6-7:30 PM    

    Roosevelt                                                    Nov.  19      6-8 PM

    Wilson                                         Nov.  6           6-9 PM 

  • Nov. 22nd Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In – Message From Dr Berg: Below

    New Volunteer/Visitor System: Below

    Notes From Scrip Corner: Below

    NEW!  The Green Routine: Below &  Attached

    TAG Nominations Due 11/26: Below

    PPS After School Child Care Survey: Below

    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights: Below

    TAG Workshop with Dr Ruby Dawn Lyman: Attached

    Oregon Food Bank Thanksgiving Fundraiser at Local Restaurant Verde Cocina: Attached

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    Upcoming Events

    TAG Nominations Due: Tuesday, November 26

    LGBTQ+ Alliance Luncheons: Every Thursday in the Library

    Equity Parent Meeting with Dr Berg: Thursday, December 5, 6 – 7:30pm

    Principal’s/Odyssey PTA-Parent Coffee: Friday December 6, am

    Restaurant Night at City Thai: Wednesday December 11

     

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    The Doctor Is In: Message From Dr Berg

    Hello Odyssey Families,

    Due to the break next week I am sending my newsletter out this week.  We hope that next week brings some joy and relaxation to your lives and you are spending some time with loved ones.  

    I wanted to send some reminders before the break.  Please join us in our Joy of Giving and fill out either an online SCRIP form to donate to an Odyssey, Hayhurst, or Pioneer Family.  Forms are available at school and we are asking that families donate SCRIP cards this year rather than gifts so that families in need this season can pick out their own gifts.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and if you have a need, please let Dr. Berg know.  See the bulletin across from the Odyssey Office for details.  

    Our first parent equity team meeting with be Wednesday December 4th.  Note:  Revised time is 5:30-6:30. We will also be holding a principal’s/Odyssey PTA-Parent coffee on Friday December 6th.  Parents are welcome to come and have coffee and then join Dr. Berg in the library around 8:15 to be part of our equity discussion.   

    Our transition meeting for current 5th grade families is Thursday December 5th from 6:00-7:30. Please join us to find out more about what your child’s experience will be be in our middle school program here at Odyssey.  We are looking forward to seeing you all here!

    Please stop by our Lost and Found located in the front hallway when you join us for your child’s conference.  All items will be donated before the break, so please come and claim any lost or left jackets etc.,

    I cannot believe that we are coming up on so quickly to our winter break.  Time has flown here and I have so enjoyed getting to know families and students.  I had a principal sub here yesterday to attend district meetings and she championed the collaborative work our students and teachers are doing.  Great to hear!

    Thank you for all you do to contribute here at Odyssey.  The community has been so supportive and I am grateful.  

    Dr. Berg 
    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    The New Volunteer/Visitor System is Here! 

    Please bring your driver’s license/state ID in with you the next time you want to check in.  I’ll get you all set up!  You’ll then be able to sign in and out using the self-service kiosk. 

    Thank you,
    Angela Hoffart
    Principal’s Secretary

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    Notes From Scrip Corner

    The holiday season is upon us!  Please consider the Scrip program for your holiday shopping this year.  Great Lakes is offering $5 and $10 gift cards for many popular retailers like Starbucks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Chipotle.  These make great little thank you gifts.  To sign up for scrip, go here and enter the Odyssey Enrollment Code 768EL71F53LL6.

    Fred Meyer cards are back, in denominations of $25, $50, $75, and $100!   For now I'll only be offering Fred Meyer cards in December.  We purchase these cards directly from Kroger, and don't make a reward for the school until our order totals $2,000 or more.  I'm hoping the holidays will boost participation.  Let me know if you're interested in Fred Meyer gift cards in the longer term and I'll try to make it work.  These cards take a little longer to get, so your Monday order will be delivered to you the following Monday or Tuesday.

    Upcoming scrip order dates are December 2nd and 16th!  On-line orders are due by midnight. Paper holiday giving forms and checks are due by the end of the school day.

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

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    The Green Routine

    We had Master Recycler, Sally Oakes, give an all-school presentation on Friday. Ask your student what they learned about “refusing, reducing, and reusing” before recycling and how the things we buy and the trash we generate contributes to climate change. Don’t be surprised if your student knows more about what can go in your blue curbside recycling bin than you do!

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      Tuesday 12/3: Green Team members will be assisting K12 and 345 clusters with a waste audit before introducing new co-mingled recycling bins and containers for hard-to-recycle waste like plastic films and felt-tip pens. We’ll be taking a baseline on how much trash Odyssey generates in a day and check back in a few months to see our progress in waste reduction. Join us at 12:10 and 1:30 and learn about why avoiding recycling contamination is so important!

    ·      Monday 12/9: See above, this time for 678!

     

    Odyssey Goes Green:

    ·      We will be replacing paper-only recycling with co-mingled recycling in all classrooms after Thanksgiving break

    ·      We will participate in the local and national Trex School Challenge to collect plastic film waste. Save items like plastic bread bags, zip locks, and produce bags at home. When we get the Challenge boxes, you can bring those items to school for drop off! [See attached Trex info sheet for what to save]

    ·      After winter break we will be rolling out the new compost and recyclables collection process in the cafeteria. Stay tuned!

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

    Go cold-turkey on your holiday waste! The holidays are the trashiest time of year in the US. We throw out 25 percent more waste than usual. That’s around 1 million tons a week to our landfills of holiday food waste, shopping bags, bows and ribbons, packaging, and wrapping paper. Here’s our first installment of tips to reduce your environmental impact this holiday season.

    Got (extra) turkey? Food waste is big contributor to our global climate problem. About 150,000 tons of food is tossed out in US households each day, not including that big Thanksgiving spread. The National Resource Defense council estimated “Americans discarded 6 million turkeys after Thanksgiving in 2016. A worth of $293 million and equivalent to "more than 100 billion gallons of water—enough to supply New York City for 100 days. And when it comes to climate pollution, it wastes emissions equivalent to driving a car across the country 800,000 times."

    When food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Fortunately, in Portland, we can send that food to city compost. But that doesn’t save the wasted energy and cost that got that food to your plate in the first place. Try these tips to cut-down on your food waste this year:

    -       Consider reducing your holiday spread to just what you know you can eat and want to eat – if no one wants that canned cranberry, skip it

    -       Encourage your guests to bring a reusable to-go container to take some leftovers home with them

    -       Use immediately or freeze scrap veggies and turkey leftovers to make soup broth

    -       Buy ugly produce – someone else may not buy it, but if you do, that’s less wasted at the store level

    -       It’s OK not to have Turkey if no one really likes it – a vegetarian Thanksgiving can substantially cut down on your carbon footprint

     Don’t be trashy: #compostit

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    TAG Nominations Due November 26

    Hello,

    Just a reminder to parents that the TAG nomination form is due to your child’s teacher by November 26th in order to be considered for TAG testing this year.  The forms are available online on the district’s TAG website and in the front hallway on the TAG Bulletin board.

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

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    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey, 2019-20


    Please take a moment to complete this confidential online survey or go to pps.net, departments, child care. Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by December 13, 2019.

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

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    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights

    Be sure to check out your neighborhood school.

    See Odyssey Counselor Stephanie for more information

    or check online at PPS.net

     

    Benson Polytechnic                 Oct. 22       6-8 PM

    Cleveland                                   Dec. 12       7-9 PM

    Franklin                                      Dec. 4         6-8:30 PM

    Grant                                           Nov. 14       6:30-8:30 PM

    Jefferson 

    (HS Middle College for Advanced Studies)     Oct. 30        6-8 PM & Nov. 19  6-8 PM

    Lincoln                                        Dec.  11       6-8 PM

    Madison

    (@ Marshall Campus)                                       Nov. 5        6:15-8 PM 

    Metropolitan Learning Ctr.    Nov. 6        6-7:30 PM & Nov. 14  6-7:30 PM    

    Roosevelt                                                    Nov.  19      6-8 PM

    Wilson                                         Nov.  6           6-9 PM 

  • Nov. 15th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In – Message From Dr Berg: Below

    SW Portland Social Service Fair 11/16: Below 

    PTA Meeting 11/19: Below

    Direct Giving Reminder: Below

    TAG Nominations Due 11/26: Below

    NEW!  The Green Routine: Below

    Donate Your Reading Glasses: Below

    Odyssey Students in the Portland Ballet! Below

    PPS After School Child Care Survey: Below

    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights: Below

    Oregon Food Bank Thanksgiving Fundraiser at Local Restaurant Verde Cocina: Attached

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    Upcoming Events

    SW Portland Social Service Fair: Saturday, November 16

    PTA Meeting: Tuesday, November 19

    Donate Your Reading Glasses: Friday, November 22

    TAG Nominations Due: Tuesday, November 26

    LGBTQ+ Alliance Luncheons: Every Thursday in the Library

    Equity Parent Meeting with Dr Berg: Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 7pm

    Restaurant Night at City Thai: Wednesday December 11

     

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    The Doctor Is In: Message From Dr Berg

    Hello Odyssey Community,

    As the holiday season gets closer, we begin to think about the needs of others in our community.  We have families within our Odyssey community that appreciate the support and caring of others during the holiday season.  In addition, this year we are partnered with Hayhurst and Pioneer School for donations.  This year, in lieu of buying gifts, we are asking families to consider purchasing SCRIP gift cards from our Odyssey SCRIP program.  This will enable families the opportunity to shop for the holidays to buy gifts and other items they need.  To place a SCRIP order, please use either the online SCRIP form or I will send out a paper copy early next week to use if you are not signed up for online SCRIP. These gift cards will go directly to the office and Dr. Berg will distribute them to the families in need prior to Winter Break.  First order date is December 2nd and second order date is December 16th.  Please join us in giving!

    We are partnering with the Odyssey Green Team to both work on composing waste here at Odyssey and building behaviors around recycling and waste management that are more sustainable for our planet.  We also ask that families abstain from idling while they wait for their student (s) after school.  In addition, please be cautious in our parking lot and the streets around Odyssey.  We are working with the city and the neighborhood association to improve our visibility and signage, but we also ask that families are extra careful when driving.  We want to keep our kids safe.

    The lost and found will be on display for parent/teacher conferences.  Please take a look to see if your child’s lost item is within. We will be donating left items around the break and hope that we can return lost items to their owner before that happens.  I will also be putting out some extra Odyssey t-shirts from years prior if anyone wants them to add to your collection.  

    Before and after school are ideal times for students/families to connect on our playground.  Please note that there is no school supervision during these times so please do not leave your child unattended.  We also ask that parents monitor for rough housing so that we are keeping children safe and playing together in a friendly way.  Thank you!

    I will be holding my first equity parent meeting the night of Wednesday December 4th at 6:00-7:00 in the Odyssey library.  I will also be providing another opportunity during the day for those parents who cannot attend in the evening.  Stay tuned for details.  

    Thank you for all you do to support our community and our children!

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

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    SW Portland Social Service Fair on Saturday November 16

     

    Hey Odyssey Families,

     

    I would like to bring your attention to an event happening in November.

    Portland Social Service Fair Saturday, November 16th from 10-2pm.

    Dental, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, haircuts, food, clothes and OHP enrollment to name a few of the offerings on that day.  Some prior registrations are be required. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

     

    Thanks,

    Linda McNamara

     

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    PTA Meeting Tuesday, 11/19

     

    Please find attached the agenda for the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30-8:00pm. 

     

    Jim Shikany, PTA President

     

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    Direct Giving Reminder

     

    Dear Odyssey Families,

     

    Earlier this year, we asked you to fill out a Direct Giving commitment form to help inform our budgeting process throughout the year.  So far, over 65% of families have returned a completed form.  Thanks! 

     

    As a reminder:

    ·       Direct giving provides over 75% of PTA funding

    ·       PTA funds key enrichment activities like field study and performances as well as classroom expenses, school supplies and much more

    ·       When, how and amounts to give are up to parents

    ·       Responses to the commitment form allow the PTA to make important funding decisions

     

    If you haven’t yet filled out the form, please help us plan by filling out the Direct Giving commitment form: https://form.jotform.com/92068330354151

    If you filled out a commitment form but haven’t made your scheduled contribution, you can:

    ·       Online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?contribution=odyk8 . Please put children’s name(s) in the Notes section.

    ·       Check: Made payable to Odyssey PTA. Please put your children’s name(s) in the Comments section of your check along with Direct Giving and deliver payments to the PTA collection box in the office or by mail to: Odyssey Program, 1849 SW 58thAve, Portland, OR 97221.

     

    Please email me if you have any questions.  Finally, thanks again for your support of the Odyssey Community!

     

    Ben Riggsby

    Direct Giving Coordinator

    directgiving@odysseyprogram.org

     

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    TAG Nominations Due November 26

     

    Hello,

    Just a reminder to parents that the TAG nomination form is due to your child’s teacher by November 26th in order to be considered for TAG testing this year.  The forms are available online on the district’s TAG website and in the front hallway on the TAG Bulletin board.

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    The Green Routine

     

    Hi there! By now you’ve probably heard we’re making sustainability changes around the Odyssey campus and community. Our Parent Green Team is working with staff, teachers, and students to build a conservation mindset around all the way we interact with school resources and systems. Keep an eye here on “The Green Routine” for what’s happening - and don’t hesitate to get involved! A Green Team member will be available to discuss these topics and more at the next PTA Meeting. (Contact ezahniser@gmail.com if you want more info or to volunteer)

     

    Odyssey Eco-Events:

    ·      November 22: School-wide presentation with Master Recycler, Sally Oakes [12:30 678 / 1:30 K-5] PARENTS WELCOME: Sally will review the new recycling paradigm of “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot,” what things are/aren’t recyclable in PDX, and why recycling is not a solution to climate change. We will also be introducing the coming changes to school-wide recycling and cafeteria waste composting. K-5 gets a composing coloring book!

    ·      November 22: “Cookies for Compost” [$1 each]: Following our presentation, Student Green Team Members will be selling cookies to help raise money for some of our new cafeteria waste collection materials. Send your kiddos with cookie money!

    ·      Week of December 2: Green Team members will be assisting clusters with a waste audit before introducing new co-mingled recycling bins and containers for hard-to-recycle waste like plastic films and felt-tip pens.

     

    Odyssey Goes Green:

    ·      We will be replacing paper-only recycling with co-mingled recycling in all classrooms

    ·      We will participate in the local and national Trex School Challenge to collect plastic film waste. Save items like plastic bread bags, zip locks, and produce bags at home. When we get the Challenge boxes, you can bring those items to school for drop off! [See attached Trex info sheet for what to save]

    ·      After winter break we will be rolling out the new compost and recyclable’s collection process in the cafeteria. Stay tuned!

     

    Weekly Eco-Tip:

    Did you know Americans waste an average of 3.8 million gallons of fuel every day from idling? That is the equivalent of  5 Olympic size swimming pools and 40,000 tons of CO2 per day. Not to mention the immediate release of toxic chemicals going straight into the lungs of anyone walking by your car (like kids leaving school). For 2 minutes of idling, you’ve essentially driven 1 mile. Plus, after 10 seconds, you’re using more gas than if you turned your car off and have to restart it. Don’t be trashy: #turnitoff

     

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    Donate Your Reading Glasses

    Every year, our family vacations in Mexico.  We collect reading glasses and give them to an organization in Mexico who distribute to families in need.  If you have new or used glasses that you would like to contribute, we have a donation box in the school office.  Please bring them on or before 8:00 AM Friday, November 22nd.

     

    Thank you,

    Sam and Charlotte Osenar

    6th Grade Odyssey Students

     

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    Odyssey Students in the Portland Ballet!

     

    Two Odyssey 7th graders – Isadora Shikany and Vivian Shikany – will perform in The Portland Ballet's annual holiday production Thanksgiving weekend with Tom Gold's world premiere Petrushka and John Clifford's stirring Firebird.

     

    Set during Thanksgiving dinner at an iconic historic hotel in the glamorous 1950s, immigrant busboy Petrushka is in love with a dazzling lounge singer, who in turn is in love with a dashing doorman. This timeless story of unrequited love and heartbreak will be paired with John Clifford's Firebird for a thrilling all-Stravinsky program performed live by the Portland State University Orchestra.

     

    Performances: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019, 1 and 5 p.m., at PSU Lincoln Hall. The whole show moves along quickly in just 80 minutes. Tickets start at only $10. theportlandballet.org or 503-452-8448.

     

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    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey, 2019-20


    Please take a moment to complete this confidential online survey or go to pps.net, departments, child care. Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by December 13, 2019.

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights

     

    Be sure to check out your neighborhood school.

    See Odyssey Counselor Stephanie for more information

    or check online at PPS.net

     

    Benson Polytechnic                 Oct. 22       6-8 PM

    Cleveland                                   Dec. 12       7-9 PM

    Franklin                                      Dec. 4         6-8:30 PM

    Grant                                           Nov. 14       6:30-8:30 PM

    Jefferson 

    (HS Middle College for Advanced Studies)     Oct. 30        6-8 PM & Nov. 19  6-8 PM

    Lincoln                                        Dec.  11       6-8 PM

    Madison

    (@ Marshall Campus)                                       Nov. 5        6:15-8 PM 

    Metropolitan Learning Ctr.    Nov. 6        6-7:30 PM & Nov. 14  6-7:30 PM    

    Roosevelt                                                    Nov.  19      6-8 PM

    Wilson                                         Nov.  6           6-9 PM 

     

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  • Oct. 25th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    OBOB Sign-Up Forms Due 10/31: Below

    Odyssey Book Fair 11/2 – 11/7: Below

    SW Portland Social Service Fair 11/16: Below 

    School Picture Packets & Retake Day: Below

    Odyssey Ski Bus: Below

    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights: Below

    For Prospective Students/Incoming Wilson Freshmen: Below

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    Upcoming Events

    OBOB Sign-Up Forms Due: Thursday, October 31

    Odyssey Book Fair: November 2 – 7

    Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, November 13

    SW Portland Social Service Fair: Saturday, November 16

    LGBTQ+ Alliance Luncheons: Every Thursday in the Library

     

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    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

     

    Just a reminder that sign-up forms to participate in OBOB this year are due by October 31st.  If you need more time or are having trouble getting a team together let me know!

     

    Thank you,

    Laura Jones

    Odyssey Library

    Ljones2@pps.net

     

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    Odyssey Book Fair: November 2-7, 2019

     

    At Annie Bloom's Books in Multnomah Village on November 2 – 7

     

    Special Event:  

    Poetry Readings by Students and Dr. Berg

    Monday, November 4th at 7:00 PM

    If your student is interested in reading a poem at the Poetry Night, please email cassieclervi@gmail.com

     

    One Day Extra Fundraiser:

    Before or after you visit Annie Bloom's on Monday 11/4, be sure to go to Nectar across the street for some frozen yogurt!  You'll get a delicious treat and Odyssey will get 10% of the sales!  Thank you to Mrs. Jones for setting this up!

     

    Before or after you visit Annie Bloom's on Monday 11/4, be sure to go to Nectar across the street for some frozen yogurt!  You'll get a delicious treat and Odyssey will get 10% of the sales!  

     

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    SW Portland Social Service Fair on Saturday November 16

     

    Hey Odyssey Families,

     

    I would like to bring your attention to an event happening in November.

    Portland Social Service Fair Saturday, November 16th from 10-2pm.

    Dental, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, haircuts, food, clothes and OHP enrollment to name a few of the offerings on that day.  Some prior registrations are required. Please see the attached flyers for more information.

     

    Thanks,

    Linda McNamara

     

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    Picture Day Packets & Retakes

     

    Picture Day Packets will be sent home with your students.  Teachers will distribute them soon, so keep an eye out for them.  If you would like to have your student’s picture retaken, you will need to send the entire picture packet to school with them on Picture Retake Day – Wednesday, Nov. 13th

     

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    SKI BUS  

     

    The Odyssey Ski Bus is ready to roll.  Need a lift? 

     

    To check out the different packages available go to: www.skihood.com/go

    enter GO code: 1163262

     

    Each Sunday in January a charter bus will take interested participants to Mt. Hood Meadows.  It is a convenient way for your child (or anyone in your family) to purchase lessons, lift tickets, and transportation at a group rate.  The charter bus is equipped with televisions and a bathroom and parks right next to the lodge in the first row of the parking lot. The whole family can join, or you can enroll your child in SnoBlasters and be assured that they will be escorted to the Ski School, receive instruction and supervision each Sunday, and be returned to you in the evening.  We will depart from the parking lot across from the Southwest Community Center on the corner of 45th and Vermont.

     

    Email, call, or text me if you have any questions,

     

    Aaron Bech

    Father of Annika (5th) and Colin (2nd).

    aaronbech@yahoo.com

    971-227-3771

     

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    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights

     

    Be sure to check out your neighborhood school.

    See Odyssey Counselor Stephanie for more information

    or check online at PPS.net

     

    Benson Polytechnic                 Oct. 22       6-8 PM

    Cleveland                                   Dec. 12       7-9 PM

    Franklin                                      Dec. 4         6-8:30 PM

    Grant                                           Nov. 14       6:30-8:30 PM

    Jefferson (HS Middle College for Advanced Studies)     Oct. 30        6-8 PM & Nov. 19  6-8 PM

    Lincoln                                        Dec.  11       6-8 PM

    Madison  (@ Marshall Campus)                                       Nov. 5        6:15-8 PM 

    Metropolitan Learning Ctr.    Nov. 6        6-7:30 PM & Nov. 14  6-7:30 PM    

    Roosevelt                                                    Nov.  19      6-8 PM

    Wilson                                         Nov.  6           6-9 PM 

     

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    For Prospective Students/Incoming Wilson Freshmen

    8th-Grade Family Information Night @ Wilson High School
    November 6, 2019

    All families living in the Wilson attendance boundary with 8th-grade students are invited. Whether your student is planning to come to Wilson and you would like a bit more preparation for your freshman, your family has not yet decided what high school your student will attend, or you simply want to learn more about programs at Wilson, mark your calendar and plan to attend.

    Beginning at 6:00 pm we will have a special Club and Activity Fair for you to find out more about student activities. The program will begin at 6:30. Wilson teachers, counselors, and administrators will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with the information you and your student need to make the transition from middle school to high school. Tour classrooms and meet current Wilson students and parents and learn about all that Wilson offers.

     

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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

  • Oct. 18th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In! Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Lost & Found: Below

    Odyssey Book Fair November 2 – 7: Below

    Lincoln Youth Wrestling Registration Open: Below

    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetups: Below

    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights: Below

    For Prospective Students/Incoming Wilson Freshmen: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetup: Tuesday, October 22, 7-9pm at Odyssey

    Odyssey Book Fair: November 2 - 7

    LGBTQ+ Alliance Luncheons: Every Thursday in the Library

     

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    The Doctor Is In!

     

    Hello Odyssey Families:

     

    First of all, thanks for a great talent show!  What a wonderful way for students to showcase talents and get a chance to get comfortable up on a stage.  It was fun to see students performing and get to know them in a different way.  The staff talent at the end was certainly fun to be part of even if Coach Payne stole the show with his breakdancing moves.  

     

    I am very happy to be back after spending four days in New Orleans at a conference.  For those interested, I attended the National Summit for Courageous Conversations. This was a great opportunity for me to hear from a wide variety of voices across the country on how we can engage in racial equity dialog and some practices that are being put in place in schools and other workplaces that support the work to move forward a national conversation about equitable practices.  One of the ways in which we can provide education and opportunities is to encourage a respectful dialogue about race.  There are many resources that I can share, but my first call to action is to ask parents to be part of a parent equity group.  I would love to see our parents come together to educate one another and to support the work that needs to be done to build anti racist leadership in action.  If parents are interested, please email me and we can start to build a coalition and move forward.  I am grateful for the time I had to build more of my skills around how to be a white anti-racist leader and how I can help grow our staff and students in a way that is supportive and positive while also sending the message that in our community at Odyssey, we are accepting and tolerant and will work together to build a better community.

     

    This week we participated in The Great Shakeout.  This is a yearly earthquake drill with a ton of resources and education found here. The most important part of earthquake education is to prepare our families with our emergency plan.  There are resources found on the website but essentially make sure that you have created and communicated with your family what your individual family emergency plan is and practice it.  Make sure that the school has the most up to date list of emergency contacts and make sure that your children know what to do in an emergency.  I know that sometimes it can be scary to think about emergencies, but the best thing we can do is to be prepared and be ready.  

     

    As we move into rainy and wet weather, please make sure to stop by lost and found and look for left sweatshirts and jackets.  We do bring them in every day from recess and we want them to get back to the rightful owner.  We try to go outside no matter the weather so unless it is pouring down rain, we will be out on the playground. 

     

    Thanks for all you do.  I was thrilled to see that we raised so much money at our last fundraiser at McMenamin’s.  You are such a dedicated and supportive community.  I am a lucky principal!

     

    Best,

    Dr. Berg 

     

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    Lost & Found is Overflowing…. 

     

    If your student has lost something, please come into the school to check our lost and found items; which is located in the stairwell just outside of Ms. Gregoire’s classroom. 

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    Odyssey Book Fair: November 2-7, 2019

     

    At Annie Bloom's Books in Multnomah Village

    More info on how to make purchases coming soon!

     

    Special Event:  

    Poetry Readings by Students and Dr. Berg

    Monday, November 4th 

    7:00 PM

     

    One Day Extra Fundraiser:

    Before or after you visit Annie Bloom's on Monday 11/4, be sure to go to Nectar across the street for some frozen yogurt!  You'll get a delicious treat and Odyssey will get 10% of the sales!  Thank you to Mrs. Jones for setting this up!

     

    Before or after you visit Annie Bloom's on Monday 11/4, be sure to go to Nectar across the street for some frozen yogurt!  You'll get a delicious treat and Odyssey will get 10% of the sales!  

     

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    Lincoln Youth Wrestling Season 2019 REGISTRATION is now OPEN

     

    Please click on the link below to fill out paperwork and submit payment. Both are DUE NOVEMBER 18th, first day of practice!

     

    https://www.lincolnathletics.com/page/show/2215835?referrer_id=

     

    Middle school wrestlers, 6 - 8th grade need to process through Family ID for registration/ forms and School Pay for payment.

     

    Elementary school wrestlers, 2 - 5th grade (Rick Sanders Mat Club) need to print out forms, fill them out (especially medical release form), bring cash or check made out to “Lincoln Wrestling/ Rick Sanders Mat Club” for $150 and turn them in to me.

     

    Practices will be again held at the Skyline Elementary Gymnasium.

    M - W - F/ 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

     

    Share this information with friends! Our numbers were great last year and this year is going to be better!

     

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

    I am here to help you.

     

    Go Cards!

     

    Wendy Hendren

    Lincoln Youth Wrestling Cluster Coordinator

    lincolnyouthpdxwrestling@gmail.com

     

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    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetups

    Is your student:

    • Bright/intellectually gifted? 
    • Dyslexic, ADD, on the spectrum, and/or otherwise neurodiverse? 

    • Curious, creative, intense, or just … extra?
    • Any or all of the above?

    Introducing a monthly evening meetup and discussion 

    for students and parents/guardians seeking connection, 

    support, and resources, hosted by parent advocate Lisa 

    Stonestreet and Odyssey 8th grader Truman Stonestreet.

    • One Tuesday a month at Odyssey, 7-9 PM (dates below)
    • Topics from advocacy to testing, perfectionism to asynchrony
    • Brief presentation + kid-only and adult-only discussions
    • Kids will also enjoy board/card game time

    Want to find out more? Got a topic you’d like to see covered?

    Want to drink tea and eat snacks with parents who get it while 

    your kid enjoys a rousing game of Munchkin? Come to one or all.

    Interested? Email lisa@ampedit.com with your name, email, 

    and any topics you’d like to see the group cover.

     

    Dates: 10/22, 11/12, 12/17, 1/14, 2/18, 3/17, 4/21, 5/12

     

    Lisa Stonestreet

    lisa@ampedit.com

    415-987-6759

     

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    2020-21 Eighth Grade High School Info Nights

     

    Be sure to check out your neighborhood school.

    See Odyssey Counselor Stephanie for more information

    or check online at PPS.net

     

    Benson Polytechnic                 Oct. 22       6-8 PM

    Cleveland                                   Dec. 12       7-9 PM

    Franklin                                      Dec. 4         6-8:30 PM

    Grant                                           Nov. 14       6:30-8:30 PM

    Jefferson 

    (HS Middle College for Advanced Studies)     Oct. 30        6-8 PM & Nov. 19  6-8 PM

    Lincoln                                        Dec.  11       6-8 PM

    Madison

    (@ Marshall Campus)                                       Nov. 5        6:15-8 PM 

    Metropolitan Learning Ctr.    Nov. 6        6-7:30 PM & Nov. 14  6-7:30 PM    

    Roosevelt                                                    Nov.  19      6-8 PM

    Wilson                                         Nov.  6           6-9 PM 

     

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    For Prospective Students/Incoming Wilson Freshmen

    8th-Grade Family Information Night @ Wilson High School
    November 6, 2019

    All families living in the Wilson attendance boundary with 8th-grade students are invited. Whether your student is planning to come to Wilson and you would like a bit more preparation for your freshman, your family has not yet decided what high school your student will attend, or you simply want to learn more about programs at Wilson, mark your calendar and plan to attend.

    Beginning at 6:00 pm we will have a special Club and Activity Fair for you to find out more about student activities. The program will begin at 6:30. Wilson teachers, counselors, and administrators will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with the information you and your student need to make the transition from middle school to high school. Tour classrooms and meet current Wilson students and parents and learn about all that Wilson offers.


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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

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  • Oct. 11th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Restaurant Night at McMenamins - THIS TUESDAY!: Below

    Talent Show October 18!  Below

    Upcoming Scrip Deadline & New Seasons Info: Below

    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetups: Below

    Glass Blowing & Art Installation at Odyssey - Volunteers Needed: Below

    Trails Club of Oregon: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Scrip Orders Due: Monday, October 14

    McMenamin's Restaurant Night at Raleigh Hills Pub: Tuesday, October 15

    Odyssey Talent Show: Friday, October 18, 6pm

    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetup: Tuesday, October 22, 7-9pm at Odyssey

    LGBTQ+ Alliance Luncheons: Every Thursday in the Library

     

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    Friends & Family Night next Tuesday, October 15th

     

    Please join the Odyssey community for one of the biggest fundraisers of our school year!  On Tuesday, October 15th, McMenamin's Raleigh Hills Pub is donating 50% of all proceeds earned 5 p.m. to midnight to our school!  No flyers required. Tell all your friends!  Bring your families for dinner! Come have a drink after the kids are in bed!  

     

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Talent Show - Friday, October 18, 6:00pm


    Mark your calendars for an evening of Odyssey talent and frequent clapping! The Odyssey Talent Show is coming next Friday, October 18 at 6:00pm in the Odyssey auditorium. We’ll have a concession stand open and music on. Trust me you won’t want to miss the fun.

     

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    Upcoming Scrip Deadline & New Seasons News!

     

    No more checks necessary!  You can now pay for your New Seasons Gift Cards on-line via your ShopWithScrip account.  These are big earners for us.  We get a 5% rebate for each New Seasons card you purchase.

     

    If you're ordering physical gift cards through our ShowWithScrip on-line system, please place those orders before midnight on Monday, October 14th.  They will ship the next day and I'll have them for you by Friday, the 18th!

     

    When you're ready to enroll, go here and enter the Odyssey Enrollment Code 768EL71F53LL6 to link your account to our school.

     

    Genevieve

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetups

    Is your student:

    • Bright/intellectually gifted? 
    • Dyslexic, ADD, on the spectrum, and/or otherwise neurodiverse? 

    • Curious, creative, intense, or just … extra?
    • Any or all of the above?

    Introducing a monthly evening meetup and discussion 

    for students and parents/guardians seeking connection, 

    support, and resources, hosted by parent advocate Lisa 

    Stonestreet and Odyssey 8th grader Truman Stonestreet.

    • One Tuesday a month at Odyssey, 7-9 PM (dates below)
    • Topics from advocacy to testing, perfectionism to asynchrony
    • Brief presentation + kid-only and adult-only discussions
    • Kids will also enjoy board/card game time

    Want to find out more? Got a topic you’d like to see covered?

    Want to drink tea and eat snacks with parents who get it while 

    your kid enjoys a rousing game of Munchkin? Come to one or all.

    Interested? Email lisa@ampedit.com with your name, email, 

    and any topics you’d like to see the group cover.

     

    Dates: 10/22, 11/12, 12/17, 1/14, 2/18, 3/17, 4/21, 5/12

     

    Lisa Stonestreet

    lisa@ampedit.com

    415-987-6759

     

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    Glass Blowing & Art Installation: Volunteers Needed

     

    A glass blowing studio in our own backyard?  How amazing is that???  Mr. Z has arranged for a glass blowing studio to call the Odyssey parking lot home on Friday, October 25th.  Students K–8 will come witness the magic of glassblowing as their schedules allow.  Two volunteers are needed for each one hour time slot 8 am – 2 pm.  Please come dressed for the weather, as this is a rain or shine outdoor event.

     

    Another fun opportunity to help our art teacher is with art installation on Wednesday, October 17th.  Mr. Z will need 4 helpers from 3–4:30 pm.

     

    Please go to Join our Class to sign up!  If you haven't yet signed up for our school information portal, please go here and enter code pwtous. To find these sign-ups, go to your Dashboard and click on the big orange box.  Thank you!

     

    Genevieve,

    Mom to An (5) and Noomi (2)

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Trails Club of Oregon

     

    Dear Odyssey families,

     

    I’m on the board of the Trails Club of Oregon, an organization that has been around since 1915.  We have two lodges, one in the Gorge above Multnomah Falls (Nesika) and one that I caretaker in Government Camp (Tyee) next to The Mazama Lodge.  

     

    Check out the website: trailsclub.org

     

    TCO membership is declining as most members are aging out and the lodges are getting very little use.   We need new members to join and use the lodges. This could be a unique opportunity for the Odyssey community to create memorable outdoor experiences.  If we could get several families to become members, we will have access, although not exclusive, to both lodges on a continual basis. All that is required is to submit an application with initiation fee of $15 + $50 annual dues, and visit one of the lodges.  Once a member, the lodge usage is $15/night for an adult, $10/night for a child, or $40/ per family (cap)  

     

    Please call, text or email me if you are interested in becoming a member of TCO or have any questions.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Aaron Bech

    971-227-3771

    aaronbech@yahoo.com

    Father of Annika (5th) and Colin (2nd)



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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

  • October 5th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In! Message From Dr Berg: Below

    Staffing Update: Below

    Message from School Counselor – Leadership Program, LGBTQ Luncheon: Below

    Free/Reduced Lunch Applications Due October 9: Below

    Oregon Battle of the Books Parent Meeting: Below

    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetups: Below

    Trails Club of Oregon: Below

     

    **MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Our BIGGEST Restaurant Night this year is McMenamin's Friends & Family Night at Raleigh Hills Pub on Tuesday, October 15th. They're generously donating 50% of their total night's sales to our school. Come one, come all!

     

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    Upcoming Events

    OBOB Parent Meetings: Tuesday, October 8th at 8:15am and 5:30pm in the Library

    Free/Reduced Lunch Applications Due October 9

    No School: Friday, October 11

    McMenamin's Restaurant Night at Raleigh Hills Pub: Tuesday, October 15

    Odyssey Talent Show: Friday, October 18, 12:30pm & 6pm

     

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    The Doctor Is In! Message from Dr Berg

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    First off, I want to extend a thank you to Danica Wnuk and Todd Stevenson for their work on the Fall Festival.  In addition, a big thank you to the many volunteers who donated their time or resources to make it a great event.  It was a blast and I have to say that the bake sale rivals any bake sale I’ve ever attended.  Yummy treats.  I loved watching the kids be part of the festival and run around on the bouncy slide and field.  A big shout out to all the teachers who also came out to enjoy the event and support our school.  I brag all around about the parent community here and you have all been so supportive.  I know it’s not easy to give as you are all busy and everyone is trying to make end’s meet, but your generosity is very appreciated.  I am already looking forward to the next Fall Festival!

     

    It seems like school just started and here we are sliding into October.  I have really enjoyed visiting classrooms and getting to know personalities more.  I love watching the 3-5 take on a different perspective as they are trying to write and to see them embrace the learning around Native American customs and lifestyles.  The talking sticks are a great resource for learning how to listen and take turns with one another.  K-2 has been busy with reading and writing and I love listening to them share their writing with each other, their teachers, and me.  Not too long ago we had the Olympics outside for 6,7,8, and our kids were getting some good exercise while also doing some ancient Rome research.  Having PE, Art, and Library for our students has been such a fun start to the year and they are practicing soccer skills, making clay pots, and navigating library resources every week.  

     

    I wanted to make sure that all of our families know that we have resources to provide for anyone who needs a little assistance.  Hayhurst has food bags for families who need food assistance.  We also can help out if other families are struggling and we want to help.  Please go ahead and email me if needed.  

     

    Please remember that we go outside in almost any weather, so make sure your child comes with a coat and don’t forget to check lost and found frequently.  

     

    A brief note to our families of tweens and teens:

    This is a very exciting time for your child as they start the journey from childhood to adolescence.  It can also be a roller coaster of a time with changing bodies and emotions.  As kids grow into their teen years they will be faced with new adventures and new challenges and they will have new bumps and bruises along the way.  As a principal I have always worked in concert with the school counselor to assist with any mental health concerns and the first thing we always ask kids is whether they have a support network or not and whether they have talked things over with their parents.  As a parent of two teenagers, I also know that they don’t always love to open up to us and they are often afraid that we will be judgmental or invalidate their feelings.  I want you to know that Stephanie and I are here to support and we both have a lot of experience working with kids and we can help guide families to supports if needed and help kids start the conversations.  We often hear of the dangers of adolescence from vaping to drugs to cutting or suicide.  We also know that most adolescents are thoughtful, bright, funny, and kind little people who are just trying to figure out the crazy changes of the teen years.  Please let us know if you have concerns and please encourage your child to open up the conversation whether it be with you, us or a trusted adult.  It is always fun to work with your kid and I enjoy watching them grow and navigate. 

     

    Finally, this year we will be holding conferences a little differently to try and serve as many families as possible.  We wrote a contract exception so that Odyssey can hold conferences the Thursday evening before Thanksgiving week from 3-8, that Monday from 8-8, and then Tuesday from 8-3.  This gives us a little more flexibility to try and get as many conferences in before people leave for Thanksgiving.   Please note that teachers are not contractually obligated to hold a make-up conference if you are unable to attend conference due to a vacation.  We of course will be flexible if there is a family emergency or illness. 

     

    Please see sign ups from your child’s teacher for further information.

     

    Thanks for all you do!

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    Staffing Update

     

    During the beginning of the school year we had the district SPED department evaluate our numbers and look at our staffing per student.  It was determined that Odyssey should have a 1/2 time learning center teacher and that we could no longer share our staffing with Hayhurst as we merited a staffing of our own.  Due to Blake’s full time status, he is being moved from Odyssey to Hayhurst full time.  We are thankful for all Blake has done to serve Odyssey students and want to wish him the best as he continues on with his journey.  We are happy to welcome Esther Fischer to Odyssey as our half time learning specialist.  Below is her bio:

     

    Esther Fischer is driven to help students overcome challenges that impact their learning and social environments.  She graduated from Adelphi University in 2000 with a Master's Degree in Special Education.  She has taught in various classroom settings for over 20  years,  including teaching and directing at a center for Autism, teaching as a learning center teacher in elementary school,  as well as teaching and directing in the  early childhood environment.  Esther most recently was an Early Childhood Director at a Jewish Private School in Lake Oswego, where she helped shape and define the early childhood program of the school. Esther was born and raised in New York and has been living in Portland for the past 13 years.  She is married to her husband, Tzvi, for almost 20 years.  As a mother of 6 children, she has become a natural resource for parents in her community.  Esther believes in building rapport and trust, and cultivating strong relationships with students, parents and colleagues.  

     

    Esther’s schedule will generally be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.

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    Message from School Counselor Stephanie Cox

     

    Greetings Odyssey Community,

     

    I am so thrilled to be your school counselor. It is an absolute pleasure getting to know the magnificent students here. The kids are learning who I am as well.  We chat in the cafeteria and hang-out on the playground.  Right now I am teaching community-building lessons in the classrooms and sitting-in on classroom learning groups.  

     

    Dr. Berg and I are facilitating a regular Student Leadership group and hosting an LGBTQ+ Alliance luncheon every Thursday in the library.

     

    I am encouraging students to write me a letter or draw me a picture and place it in my hallway mailbox.  I will write or draw back to them.

     

    I look forward to meeting each of you personally. 

     

    Much more to follow,

    Stephanie Cox, scox@pps.net 

    School Counselor

    Monday - Afternoons

    Tuesday - All Day

    Thursday - All Day

     

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    Free/Reduced Lunch Applications Due October 9

     

    In order to prevent gaps in benefits, applications for free/reduced meals must be filed every year. Families need to submit an application by October 9, 2019.  Follow this link to apply online:  https://www.schoolcafe.com/pps

    Important tips for families: 

    • Include all students on the application. 
    • Include all members in the household.  Some families do not list other family members on the application, such as a grandparent, who may be living in the household.  This can make a difference in whether they are eligible for meal benefits.  
    • Even if your student(s) are not choosing to eat school meals, being eligible for free or reduced price meals can also make you eligible to receive many fee reductions or waivers in other areas both in the district and in the community.  

     

    Thank you,

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    Oregon Battle of the Books Parent Meeting

     

    I'm so happy to see that there's interest in OBOB here at Odyssey!  A green OBOB form went home with kids who expressed an interest and I've been collecting those.  If your child (in 3-4-5 or 6-7-8) is interested, but you haven't filled out a form please let me know and I'll get one to you.

     

    To get us started I'd like to host an informational meeting for the grown-ups only (possible team coaches or parents of participants) so I can show you what the battles look like and answer any questions.  There will be two meeting times (you can attend either one):

     

    Tuesday, October 8th

    8:15am in the library

    5:30pm in the library

     

    The meeting isn't mandatory and we'll still have time for teams to practice after school beginning in November, but this will be a chance without the kids present to get your questions answered.  Each team needs an adult team coach so we can go over what's involved in that role.

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions ahead of the parent meeting or if you need a form sent home.  I look forward to getting OBOB up and running soon!

     

    Thank you,

    Laura Jones

    Odyssey Library Assistant

    ljones2@pps.net

     

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    TAG/2e/Neurodiversity Parent-Student Meetups

    Is your student:

    • Bright/intellectually gifted? 
    • Dyslexic, ADD, on the spectrum, and/or otherwise neurodiverse? 

    • Curious, creative, intense, or just … extra?
    • Any or all of the above?

    Introducing a monthly evening meetup and discussion 

    for students and parents/guardians seeking connection, 

    support, and resources, hosted by parent advocate Lisa 

    Stonestreet and Odyssey 8th grader Truman Stonestreet.

    • One Tuesday a month at Odyssey, 7-9 PM (dates below)
    • Topics from advocacy to testing, perfectionism to asynchrony
    • Brief presentation + kid-only and adult-only discussions
    • Kids will also enjoy board/card game time

    Want to find out more? Got a topic you’d like to see coverd?

    Want to drink tea and eat snacks with parents who get it while 

    your kid enjoys a rousing game of Munchkin? Come to one or all.

    Interested? Email lisa@ampedit.com with your name, email, 

    and any topics you’d like to see the group cover.

     

    Dates: 10/22, 11/12, 12/17, 1/14, 2/18, 3/17, 4/21, 5/12

     

    Lisa Stonestreet

    lisa@ampedit.com

    415-987-6759

     

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    Trails Club of Oregon

     

    Dear Odyssey families,

     

    I’m on the board of the Trails Club of Oregon, an organization that has been around since 1915.  We have two lodges, one in the Gorge above Multnomah Falls (Nesika) and one that I caretaker in Government Camp (Tyee) next to The Mazama Lodge.  

     

    Check out the website: trailsclub.org

     

    TCO membership is declining as most members are aging out and the lodges are getting very little use.   We need new members to join and use the lodges. This could be a unique opportunity for the Odyssey community to create memorable outdoor experiences.  If we could get several families to become members, we will have access, although not exclusive, to both lodges on a continual basis. All that is required is to submit an application with initiation fee of $15 + $50 annual dues, and visit one of the lodges.  Once a member, the lodge usage is $15/night for an adult, $10/night for a child, or $40/ per family (cap)  

     

    I’m coordinating a volunteer work weekend at Tyee October 11, 12.   This is a free event. No school Friday, so come up and check out the lodge, stay night, and help prepare Tyee for winter and I can get you signed up to become a member.  

     

    Please call, text or email me if you are interested in becoming a member of TCO or have any questions.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Aaron Bech

    971-227-3771

    aaronbech@yahoo.com

    Father of Annika (5th) and Colin (2nd)

     

    --

    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

  • Sept. 27th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Talent Show Sign-Ups Due Sunday! Below

    PTA Meeting 10/1 Agenda: Below & Attached

    Party Board Spots Still Available! Below

    Volunteering at Odyssey: Below & Attached

    School Directory: Below

    Coffee Cart & Chat with Principal Berg 10/4: Below

    Oregon Battle of the Books Parent Meeting: Below

    Making Odyssey a Sustainable Campus – Eco-Warriors Needed: Below

    PPS Security Projects & Water Quality Updates: Attached

     

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    Upcoming Events

    PTA Meeting: Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8pm

    Odyssey Picture Day: Wednesday, October 2

    Coffee Cart & Chat with Principal Berg: Friday, October 4, 8am

    Odyssey Talent Show: Friday, October 18, 12:30pm & 6pm

     

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    Talent Show Sign Ups Due on SUNDAY (9/29)!

     

    We’ve added back the daytime Talent Show, all we need is acts. 

    Both shows will take place on Friday, October 18 (12:30pm and 6:00pm).



    Please use this form to sign up your child by this Sunday (9/29). No paper forms are going home this year. https://forms.gle/xQ7ayPCqJ2Ar4uyu5



    At the top of the form are all the show details. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

     

    Rebecca Hicks, 503.781.1435, rebgak@hotmail.com

    Karen Varney, 503.348.4900, ksvarney@hotmail.com

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    PTA Meeting: Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8:00pm

     

    Attached is the agenda. Please bring this agenda to the meeting (paper or electronic) as there will be limited paper agendas available.

     

    Thank you! 

    Jim Shikany, PTA President

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    Party Board Spots Still Available!

     

    Did you miss the Fall Festival or decide you'd like to join more of the great parties that were donated by so many in our community? You still have the opportunity to join one of these fabulous fêtes: 

    • Cozy Knitting Circle (6 spots left)
    • Mom's Night - Drinks, Dessert & Canvas Bag Craft (11 spots left)
    • Fall ice skating party for kids (2 spots left)
    • Sweet Relief- Holiday Cookies & Cocktails (4 spots left)
    • Bowling and Pizza Party! (2 spots left)
    • Middle School Winter Social (unlimited spots for 5678)
    • Tequila and Trucker Hats (1 spot left)
    • Rafting Spots for 678 Field Study (2 spots left)
    • Scotch Tasting Party (1 spot left)

    Check out the sign ups in the main entryway and: 

    1.      Add your name and email address wherever there is an empty space on the sign up sheets below. The party host will contact you once the party is filled up.

    2.     Write a check to “Odyssey PTA” with a note or on the memo line saying which party the payment is for (eg. “Fall festival party #2006: knitting party”). 


    Questions: email Liz Davis: dizlaly@gmail.com

     

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    Volunteering at Odyssey

     

    It was great seeing so many enthusiastic volunteers at the Volunteer Training on Tuesday!  For those of you who weren't able to attend, attached is the handout we distributed.  In it you'll find a summary of the material we covered, a list of many of the volunteer opportunities in the coming year, and confidentiality guidelines to keep in mind.  For more information about volunteer positions, please contact your cluster coordinator.

     

    Katie Hoffman, Volunteer Coordinator K-1-2 Cluster  ospc-K12@odysseyprogram.org

    Genevieve Fu, In-Class Volunteer Coordinator K-1-2  gfu@aya.yale.edu
    Marisa Borrevik, Volunteer Coordinator 3-4-5 Cluster  ospc-345@odysseyprogram.org

    Linda McNamara, Volunteer Coordinator 6-7-8 Cluster  ospc-678@odysseyprogram.org

     

    K12 families are invited to complete the K12 Volunteer Interest Survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5tUfvvT_Hx2aQ5hh9ta2PCLhmmtLoGGSmzkWluhJxlb-GCw/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    Many thanks!

    Genevieve, mom to Noomi (2nd) and An (5th)

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    School Directory

     

    Registration for the Odyssey School Directory is online at http://bit.ly/odysseyDirectory2019  The deadline has passed but if you register by October 2 you will be added. 

     

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    Coffee Cart & Chat with Principal Berg 10/4

     

    Coffee Cart is combining with Coffee with the Principal on Friday Oct 4th

     

    Everyone is welcome in the Library after drop off for coffee, treats and chatting!

     

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    Oregon Battle of the Books Parent Meeting

     

    I'm so happy to see that there's interest in OBOB here at Odyssey!  A green OBOB form went home with kids who expressed an interest and I've been collecting those.  If your child (in 3-4-5 or 6-7-8) is interested, but you haven't filled out a form please let me know and I'll get one to you.

     

    To get us started I'd like to host an informational meeting for the grown-ups only (possible team coaches or parents of participants) so I can show you what the battles look like and answer any questions.  There will be two meeting times (you can attend either one):

     

    Tuesday, October 8th

    8:15am in the library

    5:30pm in the library

     

    The meeting isn't mandatory and we'll still have time for teams to practice after school beginning in November, but this will be a chance without the kids present to get your questions answered.  Each team needs an adult team coach so we can go over what's involved in that role.

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions ahead of the parent meeting or if you need a form sent home.  I look forward to getting OBOB up and running soon!

     

    Thank you,

    Laura Jones

    Odyssey Library Assistant

    ljones2@pps.net

     

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    Making Odyssey a Sustainable Campus: Eco-Warriors Needed!

     

    · Does the latest report from the UN Climate Council get you heated up over climate change?

    · Do you worry about clean air, soil, and water for your children and future generations?

    ·  Feeling helpless about how you, individually, can make a meaningful change in face of the climate emergency?

     

    Assuage your eco-anxiety by joining with like-minded parents to make a real difference in the waste and carbon footprint of the Odyssey program. Model environmental stewardship to the next generation of global citizens through establishing waste-reduction and recycling systems, materials management and energy audits, garden programs, and cluster-appropriate sustainability and climate justice education curriculum opportunities.

     

    The bad news is, Odyssey currently has no sustainability management in place. The good news is, that means we get to start from scratch and realize substantial improvements in the health and ecological footprint of our campus, programs, and field studies. Whatever you are interested in, there’s an opportunity!

     

    Even better news for us is there is a foundation dedicated to helping school communities define their sustainability goals, develop programs for implementation, identify grant and funding opportunities, and provide ongoing support. The Eco School Network helps parent and teacher-led sustainability teams at campus and district levels in partnership with PPS. The Network’s goal is to introduce sustainable practices and increase eco-awareness to enrich the lives of school children. Last year they trained 308 parent leaders who established 168 waste reduction initiatives throughout Oregon schools. Some of these programs resulted in an overall PPS reduction of 12 million Styrofoam trays!

     

    Will you join me at the Eco School Network Training next month and become part of the Odyssey Green Team?  Parents, teachers, and staff can help us make a tangible impact! Over the course of four consecutive Monday evenings, we will meet with trainers from the Network and other Portland sustainability-minded parents to:

    ·       Refresh and learn new strategies for implementing the changes you are most passionate about

    ·       Consult with others with similar interests

    ·       Walk away with a concrete plan in place for next steps at school

    ·       Receive on-going support and inspiration from the Eco-School Network

    Training will take place October 14, 21, 28, and November 4 from 6:30-8:15pm. Location TBD.

     

    Please contact me at ezahniser@gmail.com at your earliest convenience and I will register you for the training and share with you the current draft sustainability plan and action items for the Odyssey Campus. I’m also happy to answer any questions you may have about sustainability initiatives and the Eco School Network.

     

    Thanks,

    Emily Zahniser (parent to K12 and 678 Odyssey students)

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    --

    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

  • Sept. 20th Weekly Report

     In this Edition

    The Doctor Is In!: Below

    K-8 Volunteer Training: Below

    Talent Show Sign Ups – ONE WEEK LEFT: Below

    PTA Clothing Center – Need 6 Odyssey Volunteers 10/10: Below

    Oregon Battle of the Books at Odyssey - 9/26 Deadline: Below

    Odyssey Scrip Program – First Orders Due Monday 9/23! Below & Attached

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Odyssey Fall Festival: Saturday, September 21, 4-7pm

    First Scrip Orders Due!  Monday, September 23

    K-8 Volunteer Training: Tuesday, September 24, 8-9am

    Oregon Battle of the Books Registration Deadline: Thursday September 26

    Odyssey Picture Day: Wednesday, October 2

    Odyssey Talent Show: Friday, October 18, 12:30pm & 6pm

     

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    The Doctor Is In!

     

    Dear Odyssey Families:

     

    The last few weeks have been so enjoyable despite the rain that always seems to fall right at recess time.  We have been getting into the swing of learning and I’ve gotten to watch the Olympics happen in 6,7,8, K-2’s learning about the continents, and watch some teaming expertise happen in 3-5.  It has also been great visiting the art classrooms and seeing Alex walk students through some basics of art and how to start using warm or cool colors effectively.  Our library is up and running and between Louise (our substitute librarian) and Laura (our library assistant), the library has been open at least four days a week and kids are busy learning about the books available and checking them out.  Coach Payne has been supporting our students in learning the rules of the games outside.  Spanish is always a blast as usually Señor Rayne starts the day with music.  The building has been kept clean by our custodian Connie and Shaun as night custodian.  As usual, Angela keeps the office running like clockwork and supports all of us.  

    Speaking of rain, we go outside as much as possible so please send your child to school with a jacket and then don’t forget to stop by lost and found as jackets get left outside on a consistent basis.  We try to find the owner, but sometimes they turn up on the lost and found shelves so please keep an eye out.  Our new arrival and dismissal procedures have been running very smoothly and I hope that our bus loading zone helps with the traffic jam outside.  I know we are light on parking, but I appreciate how everyone tries to keep our parking lot safe and our arrival and dismissal running smoothly.  On that note, I would love to give parents a chance to chat with one another and me so I will be doing coffee with the principal during the year to give parents the opportunity.  The first principal’s coffee will be held October 4th in the library and anyone who can is invited to attend.  I know that sometimes it is hard to find the time to connect with other adults as we are all busy getting kids to school and working.  Please join me if you can. 

     

    I am looking forward to the Fall Festival and all of the other activities that will happen in the fall.  It is a great time in Oregon to watch the leaves change and watch our children grow and learn. 

     

    Thanks for all you do to support us all. 

     

    Best,

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

     

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    K-8 Volunteer Training


    K-8 volunteer training!!  If you are interested in volunteering at Odyssey please consider attending our Volunteer Training Session Tuesday, Sept 24th at 8am after drop off!  We will begin in the library with complimentary coffee cake and coffee:).  We will be going over expectations and opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.  This is also an excellent chance to be trained on various tools such as the copy machine and laminator!  Join us!  
    Katie Dill & Genevieve Fu
    Katie.dill@odysseyprogram.org 

    gfu@aya.yale.edu

     

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    Talent Show Sign Ups Due - 1 MORE WEEK LEFT!

     

    Breaking News … we’ve decided to add back the daytime Talent Show.

    Both shows will take place on Friday, October 18 (12:30pm and 6:00pm).

    Please use this form to sign up your child (no paper forms going home this year): https://forms.gle/xQ7ayPCqJ2Ar4uyu5

    At the top of the form are all the show details. If you have any questions feel free to contact us

    Rebecca Hicks, 503.781.1435, rebgak@hotmail.com

    Karen Varney, 503.348.4900, ksvarney@hotmail.com

     

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    PTA Clothing Center – Need 6 Odyssey Volunteers for October 10

     

    Since 1964, the PTA Clothing Center’s sole purpose has been to furnish

    age-appropriate clothing that fits children who need those services. By caring for the basic needs of our youth and allowing them to dress as their peers, we are encouraging positive self-esteem, academic success and regular class attendance.

    Each year every PTA in the PPS district is asked to send volunteers to help at the Clothing Closet. Odyssey has been asked to send at least 6 volunteers on Thursday, October 10. You will be needed from 9a.m.-1p.m. The PTA Clothing Center is located at the Marshall High School Campus: 3901 SE 91st Ave, Room B-60.

     

    Please consider volunteering, the Clothing Closet is not able to operate if schools do not provide volunteers on their assigned day. If you are able to volunteer, or have any questions, please email me at jamieclary@outlook.com

    Thanks,

    Jamie Clary

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    Oregon Battle of Books at Odyssey!

    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a state-wide competition for students in grades 3-12.  Run solely by volunteers, "OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students."  For more information check out the official website at: https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org

    Students who have questions about OBOB can see me in the library. If your student is interested in participating they can begin by reading from the book list at their grade level (3-4-5 or 6-7-8). Bookmarks with the official titles are in the Odyssey library or online at the OBOB website above.  Thanks to the proceeds from last year's book sale at Annie Bloom's the Odyssey library is stocked with multiple copies of all the titles.

    Once students begin reading the books and have decided to participate, they will start forming teams of 4-5 students.  Each team needs a volunteer coach (usually a parent of one of the teammates) and then they can start practicing for battles.  If there is more than one team at either level at Odyssey we would schedule school battles for after winter break to determine who will represent Odyssey at Regionals (usually in early March).

    I have coached teams and been a school coordinator for more than 10 years so am excited to help Odyssey students be successful and have fun with OBOB this year.  I'd like to have a weekly (totally voluntary) OBOB meeting/practice time in the library after school so I can answer questions, offer tips and run practice battles.  If there's interest in this it would begin sometime in October.

    Please fill out this Google form by September 26th if your student is interested (or even if you just want more information)

    https://forms.gle/xJAtUZddyfdzcnKaA

    or forms are available outside the library on the book return cart. 

    Thank you!

     

    Laura Jones

    Library Assistant

    Odyssey Program K-8 T, Th

    503-916-6310 x73505

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    Odyssey Scrip Program

    Upcoming Scrip Deadline!

    If you're ordering physical gift cards through our new on-line system, please place those orders before midnight on Monday, September 23rd.  They will ship the next day and I'll have them for you by Friday, the 27th!

    When you're ready to enroll, go here and enter the Odyssey Enrollment Code 768EL71F53LL6 to link your account to our school.

    Questions?

    Feel free to email Genevieve Fu at gfu@aya.yale.edu

    or Danica Wnuk at danicawnuk@gmail.com

     

    Thanks!

    Genevieve & Danica

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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

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  • Sept. 14th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Back to School Night – THIS THURSDAY: Below

    TAG Information Session: Below

    Fall Festival Registration & Information: Below & Attached

    Fall Festival Annual Bake Sale – Calling All Bakers! Below

    After-School Yoga: Below & Attached

    Talent Show Sign Up Time – TWO WEEKS LEFT: Below

    Principal Froehlich Get a GoatGram! Below & Attached

    Odyssey Scrip Program: Below & Attached

    School Directory: Below

    Odyssey Direct Giving: Below

    Boxtop Donation Information: Attached

    Student/Parent Handbook & Calendar: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Back to School Night (Parents Only): Thursday, September 19, 6-7:30

    Odyssey Fall Festival: Saturday, September 21, 4-7pm

    Odyssey Talent Show: Friday, October 18, 6pm

     

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    Back To School Night Date Thursday September 19

     

    Please note there were errors on some calendars for Back To School Night.  The correct date is Thursday, Sept. 19th from 6-7:30 PM.

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    TAG Information Session

     

    Parents:  Back To School Night is Thursday the 19th at 6:00 PM.  We will start the night with a brief TAG presentation in the auditorium at 5:15 PM for any parents who are interested.  This is a change from the October 9th date that was in the calendar.  We wanted to be mindful of everyone’s time and schedule it for a night when more people could attend.  

    Dr. Eryn Berg 

    Principal, Odyssey K-8

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    Fall Festival Registration & Information

     

    Registration and information for the 2019 Fall Festival is now available!

     

    This year's event will be held on September 21st from 4-7pm at the Odyssey campus. The Fall Festival Committee has a great evening planned including two bands, inflatables for the kids, food for purchase from Momma's Grub, free popsicles, a silent auction, raffles (one including a Manzanita house rental!), bake sale, jazzy jars, party boards and a wine pull.

     

    Apparel:

    2019 apparel is being sold in conjunction with the Fall Festival. We will have t-shirts, hoodie sweatshirts and zip up sweatshirts available, all with our new 2019 design. Apparel can be purchased through the Fall Festival website. Please see attached pictures for designs. Sizing table is below (tolerance means that the cut may have a slight variation depending on batch of up to those inches, but they should be standard. Please email Danica Wnuk with questions):

     

     

     

    XS

    S

    Med

    Large

    XLG

    2XLG

    3XLG

    Youth Tee

    Body Width

    12"

    14"

    16"

    18"

    20"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Tee

    Body Length

    18"

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Tee

    Sleeve Top

    4.75"

    5.5"

    5.75"

    6"

    6.25"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Tee

    Body Width

    n/a

    18"

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    28"

    Adult Tee

    Body Length

    n/a

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    32"

    33"

    Adult Tee

    Sleeve Top

    n/a

    7.25"

    7.75"

    8.25"

    8.75"

    9.25"

    9.75"

    Youth Hoodie

    Body Length

    19"

    21.5"

    22.5"

    24"

    25.5"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Hoodie

    Body Width

    15"

    17"

    18"

    19"

    20"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Hoodie

    Body Length

    n/a

    26"

    27"

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    Adult Hoodie

    Body Width

    n/a

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    28"

    30"

    Youth Zip Up

    Body Length

    20.25"

    21.75"

    23"

    24.5"

    26"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Zip Up

    Body Width

    15.25"

    16.25"

    17.25"

    18.25"

    19.25"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Zip Up

    Body Length

    n/a

    26"

    27"

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    Adult Zip Up

    Body Width

    n/a

    19.25"

    21.25"

    23.25"

    25.25"

    27.25"

    29.25"

     

    Wine Pull:

    For those who are unfamiliar with a wine pull: for each cork you buy, you are guaranteed to receive a mystery bottle of wine worth at least $24. Purchase your "corks" in advance, and be guaranteed a winner! (receive one bottle of wine per cork purchased)

     

    Website: 

    The silent auction catalog can be found at the below link as well as purchase links for tickets, raffle tickets, apparel and wine pull corks:

    https://hayhurst.ejoinme.org/FallFestival2019

     

    If you have any questions please reach out to Danica Wnuk (danicawnuk@gmail.com) or Todd Stevenson (tcstevenson@gmail.com)

     

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    Fall Festival - Calling all Bakers and Eaters For the 2nd Annual Bake Sale!

     

    Prices are as follows:

    Slice of pie, tart or cake - 1$

    Whole pie, tart, or cake (if any whole ones to sell) - 7$

    Everything else - .50 cents

    Damaged but still delicious items - .25 cents

     

    - please bring loose change and small bills as we won’t be able to break 10$ and 20$ bills.

     

    - please bring your own reusable plates to eat off of at the school and containers to take things home in.

     

    - it can be anything you like. Sweet or savory! It can be a .98 cent brownie mix that you or your child makes at home or something really elaborate, or anything in between. It’s totally up to you guys :) If it gets slightly burnt or the filling oozes out or it is lumpy and bumpy or doesn’t rise etc...please still bring it and we will put in on the damaged but delicious table, as those items still taste amazing and your hard work should not go to waste!

     

    - if bringing a pie, tart or cake you can decide if you want us to sell it in slices for 1$ a slice or the whole thing for 7$. If you want us to sell slices please bring it already sliced and if you want us to sell the whole thing at once then please don’t slice it.

     

    - please bring a small folded label to put beside your item stating what it is and if there are any major allergies that people should be aware of such as nuts. This year we will only have a nut free separate section and everything else will be together so make to sure to state if it’s gluten free or dairy free on the label. Also feel free to write your name on the label so that people can hunt you down to tell you how delicious it was and ask for the recipe!!!! 

     

    - just drop it off at the bake sale table when you arrive at the auction

     

    - label your plate with your name and please remember to pick it before you leave

     

    If you think you might want to bring something please email me so that I can get an idea of how many tables to try and scrounge up. No need to tell me what you are bringing, just that you might.

     

    I am really looking forward to this again. It was so fun last year.

    Thank you all!

     

    Sharon Burke (Mom to Juliet 3rd and Henry 6th)

    blinde@rocketmail.com

     

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    Oregon Battle of Books at Odyssey!

     

    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a state-wide competition for students in grades 3-12.  Run solely by volunteers, "OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students."  For more information check out the official website at: https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/

     

    Students who have questions about OBOB can see me in the library.If your student is interested in participating they can begin by reading from the book list at their grade level (3-4-5 or 6-7-8). Bookmarks with the official titles are in the Odyssey library or online at the OBOB website above.  Thanks to the proceeds from last year's book sale at Annie Bloom's the Odyssey library is stocked with multiple copies of all the titles.

     

    Once students begin reading the books and have decided to participate they will start forming teams of 4-5 students.  Each team needs a volunteer coach (usually a parent of one of the teammates) and then they can start practicing for battles.  If there is more than one team at either level at Odyssey we would schedule school battles for after winter break to determine who will represent Odyssey at Regionals (usually in early March).

     

    I have coached teams and been a school coordinator for more than 10 years so am excited to help Odyssey students be successful and have fun with OBOB this year.  I'd like to have a weekly (totally voluntary) OBOB meeting/practice time in the library after school so I can answer questions, offer tips and run practice battles.  If there's interest in this it would begin sometime in October.

     

    Please fill out this Google form by September 26th if your student is interested (or even if you just want more information)

    https://forms.gle/xJAtUZddyfdzcnKaA

    or forms are available outside the library on the book return cart. 

    Thank you!

     

    Laura Jones

    Library Assistant

    Odyssey Program K-8 T, Th

    503-916-6310 x73505

     

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    After-School Yoga

     

    Yoga Playgrounds

    Thursdays 2:45-3:45

    Sept 26 - Dec 19

    12 weeks

    Grades 6-8

    Register and more information: http://www.yogaplaygrounds.com/registration/

     

    Description: In these fun and engaging classes kids will stretch and energize their bodies and minds through individual and group poses, mindfulness games and creative relaxation techniques. Packed with playfulness, positivity and fun, these classes give kids the tools they need to manage their behaviors to lead happier, healthier and more peaceful lives.

     

    Leslie Wilda, Yoga Playgrounds

     

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    Talent Show Sign Up Time - 2 MORE WEEKS LEFT!

     

    As of right now we have 10 acts signed up for the Talent Show. The reality is we need more acts to have a show. If your child is planning on performing please sign them up using this form: https://forms.gle/xQ7ayPCqJ2Ar4uyu5

    At the top of the form are all the show details. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

     

    Rebecca Hicks, 503.781.1435, rebgak@hotmail.com

    Karen Varney, 503.348.4900, ksvarney@hotmail.com

     

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    Principal Froehlich Get A GoatGram!

     

    Last Friday, as a Thank You for her advocacy and leadership, the PTA sent Principal Froehlich a GoatGram and gift certificate. The GoatGram was a “huge hit” and “folks want them back”! They were the talk of the day and their PTA meeting. 

     

    Attached are a couple of pictures of Deanne and the goats. 

     

    peace & courage,

    Jim Shikany, PTA President 

     

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    Odyssey Scrip Program

     

    What is a "scrip?"  

    It's a program that earns money for the Odyssey PTA while you shop!  You buy gift cards at their face value, and a percentage of that gift card is donated to our school.  You can use scrips gift cards for purchases ranging from as little as a cup of coffee (Starbucks) to a week in Maui (Hotels.com).

     

    New Leadership, New Process

    Danica Wnuk and I are leading the Scrip program for Odyssey this year. Many thanks to Lisa VanNatta for her years of service to this program!  We're switching over to a new system via the same scrip provider we've been using for years.  Instead of filling out paper forms, attaching a check, and dropping them off at the Odyssey Front Office, Odyssey families will manage their own accounts on-line.  

     

    Get Started!

    General information on this program can be found here.  When you're ready to enroll, go here and enter the Odyssey Enrollment Code 768EL71F53LL6 to link your account to our school.  Many informational flyers are attached to this email.

     

    Gift Cards Options

    Gift cards can take many forms.  Some are regular old-fashioned physical gift cards, some are electronic gift cards, which can be accessed via your ScripWallet on the ShopWithScrip website, and some are refillable physical gift cards.  The availability of these different options depends on the retailer issuing the gift cards.  ShopWithScrip will only refill a refillable gift card  previously purchased from them.

     

    Electronic gift cards are available immediately, if you pay via checking account or credit card, as are refills on physical gift cards that are already in your possession.  Physical gift cards will be bundled together and shipped to the school roughly every three weeks. Physical gift card orders will be cleared for shipping on the Mondays below.  I'll have them to distribute that Friday. 

     

    September 23

    October 14

    November 4

    December 2 & 16

    January 6 & 27

    February 17

    March 9 & 30

    April 20

    May 11

    June 1

     

    Payment Options

    There are three different payment options available.  Linking your checking account to your ShopWithScrip account gets immediate results for only a 15 cent fee per check-out.  New this year is the option to pay with a credit card for a 2.6% fee.  A credit card payment will also get you immediate access to electronic purchases.  Lastly, you can still pay by dropping a check off in the Scrip box in the Odyssey Front Office.  We'll have to pick up and deposit your check before your gift cards are available, with this option. 

     

    Fred Meyer & New Seasons

    Fred Meyer and New Seasons scrips were big earners for our program in past years.  The supplier we had been using is no longer in existence, so we're working on getting these scrips directly from the retailers.  Stay tuned for more on this soon. 

     

    Questions?

    Feel free to email Genevieve Fu at gfu@aya.yale.edu or Danica Wnuk at danicawnuk@gmail.com

     

    Thanks for your patience!

    Genevieve & Danica

     

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    SCHOOL DIRECTORY

     

    Starting this year, entering information for the Odyssey School Directory will be online. The deadline for getting your information into the directory is September 16, 2019. Visit  http://bit.ly/odysseyDirectory2019 now to get your information in. See attached flier.

     

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    DIRECT GIVING

     

    You can complete your Direct Giving Commitment online. Visit https://form.jotform.com/92068330354151 now to complete your commitment form. Commitment forms are due September 16, 2019. See attached form.

     

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    Student/Parent Handbook & Calendar

    We gone electronic on these two items!  The Odyssey website calendar will contain all events, school closures, teacher planning days, etc.  The handbook is also on our website.

    Handbook:  https://www.pps.net/domain/5505

    Calendar:    https://www.pps.net/odyssey

     

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

     

     

  • Sept. 6th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    The Doctor is In! (Principal Newsletter): Below

    This WEEK - Restaurant Night at the Old Spaghetti Factory: Below & Attached

    Back to School Night – Date Correction: Below

    Odyssey Library News: Below

    Fall Festival Registration & Information: Below & Attached

    Fall Festival Annual Bake Sale – Calling All Bakers! Below

    New After-School Programming: Below

    Talent Show Sign Up Time! Below

    School Directory: Below & Attached

    Odyssey Direct Giving: Below & Attached

    Student/Parent Handbook & Calendar: Below

     

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    Upcoming Events

    FIRST Restaurant Night of the Year! Spaghetti Factory: Wednesday, September 11

    Back to School Night (Parents Only): Thursday, September 19, 6-7:30

    Odyssey Fall Festival: Saturday, September 21, 4-7pm

    Odyssey Talent Show: Friday, October 18, 6pm

     

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    The Doctor is In! (Principal Newsletter)

     

    Hello Odyssey Community,

     

    My first few days here have been amazing.  I have really enjoyed starting to get to know your children and you!  Thank you so much for all your support as we get the year off and running.  I also really appreciate that everyone so quickly adjusted to our new arrival and dismissal procedures and have joined me in an effort to make sure that we are upholding safety as a concern.  It has been a delight to have the kindergartners join us this week and they have been busy getting used to the routine.  Yesterday was our first day of specials and kids had a blast in PE, Library, and Art.  We are so excited that we can offer all of these specials for kids.  We have not hired a full time media specialist yet but Louise Chambers has been filling in as a long term sub and she has been terrific and had kids in the library yesterday to introduce them to the library and get it started.  Laura Jones is also here on the days that Louise is not here and our library is a vibrant and happening place where kids are learning and starting to check out books.  Thanks also to Mr. Z, Coach Payne, and of course Señor Rainey for providing our kids with these opportunities and for bringing enthusiasm and fun to our days here at Odyssey.  We are also so happy to have Dawn Furstenberg as our teacher for this year in 3,4,& 5.  She has been volunteering her time to work with the sub (Stacy) and the team and it already seems like she’s been here a long time.  Thanks Dawn and Stacy Hanf for getting our school year started and weathering a change in teacher.  I also really want to give a big shout out to the Odyssey Team of teachers and staff here at school.  Our custodians Connie and Shaun were here all summer making our building shine and preparing for the year.  Angela and I have been working together since early August and she has been an amazing support to get me and the teachers up and running.  We welcomed a new health assistant Emily Mann this year and she has been already getting to know kids and dispersing band aids and has been a welcome addition.  The school nurse Trudy does also stop by one day a week to support and make sure we are current on all things medical.  A hearty welcome to all our new staff this year.  

     

    Thanks for all those parents who can volunteer time and who help support us by copying, laminating, and just plain taking care of us.  I know that many of you cannot be here in person, but your continued support of the teachers and positive connections is also vital to our success and we appreciate all of you!  This is a joint effort and we all know it and feel it here.  The kids have been so fun to get to know and we had an assembly Thursday where we reviewed school rules and played a few games.  I look forward to getting to know them better and spending time observing classes and watching the amazing teaching and learning that happens here.  

     

    On a more serious note, we have had a few incidents of graffiti here at Odyssey that would fall under the category of hate speech.   I want to acknowledge the impact that the national events and conversations have had and will continue to have on students, families and staff.  There are ways for us to respond and create space for how we show up personally and professionally.  While for some, the natural reaction is to withdraw, I believe there is a requirement for action.  I ask that we as a community set an example for our own children and all of our students.  We must support and empower those in our communities who do not have a voice or whose voice may be silenced as a consequence of the events happening across this nation.  No matter what your personal belief, our priority is to create a kind, inclusive and safe environment for all our students and families.  In our community, we will not tolerate hate or discrimination.  In our community love wins and we will stand together to show that we are united against hate and discrimination.  Please let me know if you see or observe anything on campus that does not align with our values as an accepting and welcoming community.  

     

    We have reported the graffiti to PPS and we have immediately washed it off or cleaned it when we find it.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns.  

     

    I look forward to seeing you at our fall festival and hope that I will continue to get a chance to meet you all and welcome you into a new school year.  

     

    Best to you and yours,

    Dr. Berg 

     

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    Odyssey’s FIRST Restaurant Night of the Year!

     

    Odyssey's first Restaurant Night is next Wednesday, September 11 4:30–9 pm at the SW Waterfront Old Spaghetti Factory.

    Bring or show flyer to get 15% back for our school.

    Reservations are recommended! https://www.osf.com/reservations/

    Questions? E-mail me at gfu@aya.yale.edu

    Genevieve, mom to Noomi (2nd) and An (5th)

     

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    Back To School Night Date Correction

     

    Please note there were errors on some calendars for Back To School Night.  The correct date is Thursday, Sept. 19th from 6-7:30 PM.

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    Odyssey Library News

     

    Hello Odyssey Families,

     

    The new and improved library could use a volunteer to put a wheel on a bookcase and help move a couple of bookcases around to make the library space even better.  Please contact me at ljones2@pps.net if you can help!

     

    A shout-out to Miller Paint on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway for donating paint stir sticks and sand paper so our students can have shelf markers for the library!

     

    Thank you!

     

    Laura Jones

    Library Assistant

    Odyssey Program K-8 T, Th

    503-916-6310 x73505

     

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    Fall Festival Registration & Information

     

    Registration and information for the 2019 Fall Festival is now available!

     

    This year's event will be held on September 21st from 4-7pm at the Odyssey campus. The Fall Festival Committee has a great evening planned including two bands, inflatables for the kids, food for purchase from Momma's Grub, free popsicles, a silent auction, raffles (one including a Manzanita house rental!), bake sale, jazzy jars, party boards and a wine pull.

     

    Apparel:

    2019 apparel is being sold in conjunction with the Fall Festival. We will have t-shirts, hoodie sweatshirts and zip up sweatshirts available, all with our new 2019 design. Apparel can be purchased through the Fall Festival website. Please see attached pictures for designs. Sizing table is below (tolerance means that the cut may have a slight variation depending on batch of up to those inches, but they should be standard. Please email Danica Wnuk with questions):

     

     

     

    XS

    S

    Med

    Large

    XLG

    2XLG

    3XLG

    Youth Tee

    Body Width

    12"

    14"

    16"

    18"

    20"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Tee

    Body Length

    18"

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Tee

    Sleeve Top

    4.75"

    5.5"

    5.75"

    6"

    6.25"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Tee

    Body Width

    n/a

    18"

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    28"

    Adult Tee

    Body Length

    n/a

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    32"

    33"

    Adult Tee

    Sleeve Top

    n/a

    7.25"

    7.75"

    8.25"

    8.75"

    9.25"

    9.75"

    Youth Hoodie

    Body Length

    19"

    21.5"

    22.5"

    24"

    25.5"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Hoodie

    Body Width

    15"

    17"

    18"

    19"

    20"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Hoodie

    Body Length

    n/a

    26"

    27"

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    Adult Hoodie

    Body Width

    n/a

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    28"

    30"

    Youth Zip Up

    Body Length

    20.25"

    21.75"

    23"

    24.5"

    26"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Zip Up

    Body Width

    15.25"

    16.25"

    17.25"

    18.25"

    19.25"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Zip Up

    Body Length

    n/a

    26"

    27"

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    Adult Zip Up

    Body Width

    n/a

    19.25"

    21.25"

    23.25"

    25.25"

    27.25"

    29.25"

     

    Wine Pull:

    For those who are unfamiliar with a wine pull: for each cork you buy, you are guaranteed to receive a mystery bottle of wine worth at least $24. Purchase your "corks" in advance, and be guaranteed a winner! (receive one bottle of wine per cork purchased)

     

    Website: 

    The silent auction catalog can be found at the below link as well as purchase links for tickets, raffle tickets, apparel and wine pull corks:

    https://hayhurst.ejoinme.org/FallFestival2019

     

    If you have any questions please reach out to Danica Wnuk (danicawnuk@gmail.com) or Todd Stevenson (tcstevenson@gmail.com)

     

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    Fall Festival - Calling all Bakers and Eaters For the 2nd Annual Bake Sale!

     

    Prices are as follows:

    Slice of pie, tart or cake - 1$

    Whole pie, tart, or cake (if any whole ones to sell) - 7$

    Everything else - .50 cents

    Damaged but still delicious items - .25 cents

     

    - please bring loose change and small bills as we won’t be able to break 10$ and 20$ bills.

    - please bring your own reusable plates to eat off of at the school and containers to take things home in.

    - it can be anything you like. Sweet or savory! It can be a .98 cent brownie mix that you or your child makes at home or something really elaborate, or anything in between. It’s totally up to you guys :) If it gets slightly burnt or the filling oozes out or it is lumpy and bumpy or doesn’t rise etc...please still bring it and we will put in on the damaged but delicious table, as those items still taste amazing and your hard work should not go to waste!

     - if bringing a pie, tart or cake you can decide if you want us to sell it in slices for 1$ a slice or the whole thing for 7$. If you want us to sell slices please bring it already sliced and if you want us to sell the whole thing at once then please don’t slice it.

     - please bring a small folded label to put beside your item stating what it is and if there are any major allergies that people should be aware of such as nuts. This year we will only have a nut free separate section and everything else will be together so make to sure to state if it’s gluten free or dairy free on the label. Also feel free to write your name on the label so that people can hunt you down to tell you how delicious it was and ask for the recipe!!!! 

     

    - label your plate with your name and please remember to pick it before you leave.

    - just drop it off at the bake sale table when you arrive at the auction

    If you think you might want to bring something please email me so that I can get an idea of how many tables to try and scrounge up. No need to tell me what you are bringing, just that you might you bring something.

    I am really looking forward to this again. It was so fun last year!

    Thank you all!

    Sharon Burke (Mom to Juliet 3rd and Henry 6th)

    blinde@rocketmail.com

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    NEW AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

     

    Don't forget to sign-up your kiddos for after school activities, space is limited. And a special reminder for 345 that LEGO Robotics starts this upcoming Monday Sept. 9th. We have something for every cluster this year, yaaaa! Check out the classes and links below. 

    K12 Spanish (Tuesdays, 2:15-3:15, classes run for the whole year) - Register here and see attached flyer

    K12 LEGO (Mondays, 2:15-3:45, Fall term) - **K12 is full, but please add your name to the waitlist if you are interested. If we have enough kids on the waitlist we may be able to add a second class!*

    345 LEGO Robotics (Mondays, 2:15-3:45, Fall term) - **Class starts this Monday, Sept. 9th!** Register here

    678 Yoga (Thursdays 2:30-3:45, Fall term) -  Register here. 

     

    FAQs 

    • Where do the after school classes take place? - The after school classes will take place at Odyssey, most likely in one of your student's cluster classes. If you have a child in K-5th grade who is signed up for one of these classes a teacher will walk them to their after school class immediately following the end of school that day. Space is limited so we are extremely thankful to the teachers who have so graciously loaned us their classroom for these programs - don't forget to thank them!  
    • How do I sign up? - Check out links above. 
    • What is the cost? - The cost varies depending on the activity, but usually ranges from $100-$200. The exception is K12 Spanish which runs for the whole year, so you are paying for a full year of Spanish not just Fall term. 
    • Will there be scholarships or financial assistance offered for after school activites? - Yes, the PTA offers financial assistance to students for PTA sponsored after school activities (most of the above are included). Please contact the principal, Dr. Eryn Berg (eberg@pps.net) to enroll your child through this program. As always, this information will be kept anonymous. 
    • Will Odyssey staff be present at each class? -  No, all after school classes are put on by an outside program and Odyssey does not handle or is in anyway involved in the registration and running of the class. 
    • Are snacks provided?- No, however, they usually offer time at the beginning of class for your kiddos to enjoy a snack brought from home before activities begs in.

    If I missed anything please feel free to email me @ borrevikfamily@gmail.com

    Thanks!

    Marisa Borrevik

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    Talent Show Sign Up Time!

    It's time to pick and perfect your talent show act! Below is the link to the sign-up form. At the top of the form are all the show details. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

    https://forms.gle/xQ7ayPCqJ2Ar4uyu5

    Rebecca Hicks, 503.781.1435, rebgak@hotmail.com

    Karen Varney, 503.348.4900, ksvarney@hotmail.com

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    SCHOOL DIRECTORY

     

    Starting this year, entering information for the Odyssey School Directory will be online. The deadline for getting your information into the directory is September 16, 2019. Visit  http://bit.ly/odysseyDirectory2019 now to get your information in. See attached flier.

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    DIRECT GIVING

    You can complete your Direct Giving Commitment online. Visit https://form.jotform.com/92068330354151 now to complete your commitment form. Commitment forms are due September 16, 2019. See attached form.

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    Student/Parent Handbook & Calendar

    We have gone electronic on these two items!  The Odyssey website calendar will contain all events, school closures, teacher planning days, etc.  The handbook is also on our website.

    Handbook: https://www.pps.net/domain/5505 Calendar: https://www.pps.net/odyssey

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P: 503-916-6310



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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator

  • Aug. 30th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    New After-School Programming: Below

    Scholarships for After-School Programming: Below

    Fall Festival Registration & Information: Below & Attached

    Restaurant Nights – September 11 at Old Spaghetti Factory: Below & Attached

    Expense Reimbursement Requests from PTA: Below

    New Volunteer System Delayed: Below

    Student/Parent Handbook & Calendar: Below

    Talent Show Sign Up Time! Below

     Odyssey Carpool Signup: Below

    Direct Giving Form: Attached

    Directory Submission Form: Attached

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    Upcoming Events

    1st Restaurant Night of the Year! Spaghetti Factory: Wednesday, September 11

    Odyssey Fall Festival: Saturday, September 21

     


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    New After-School Programming

     

    NEW After School Activities this Year!

     

    Along with our favorites from last year, we are excited to include a couple of new after school activities this year for clusters 345 and 678. Information will be sent out shortly on when and how to sign up for each activity. (Registration for 345 LEGO Robotics is now open. Please follow this link to register). 

     

    FALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY ROSTER:

     

    K12 Spanish (Tuesdays, 2:15-3:15) - Taught through the Portland Early Learning Project, students will start speaking in phrases from the very first class using "puzzle piece" sentences, role-play, and more! Our instructors create an environment that fosters a natural process to using language.

     

    K12 LEGO (Mondays, 2:15-3:45) - Everything is Awesome! We are bringing back the ever popular LEGOs class. Through Play-Well TEKnologies kids will explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering. (An email will be sent out next week to register). 

     

    345 LEGO Robotics (Mondays, 2:15-3:45) - Continue the LEGO journey with LEGO Robotics put on by Engineering for Kids. This class is designed  to introduce students to both robot building as well as programming. (Register here). 

     

    678 Yoga (Thursdays 2:30-3:45) - We are incredibly lucky to have Yoga Playgrounds with us this year! Each class has a customized theme where your young adults will begin to learn the physical and mental benefits of regular yoga practice. They are given the tools to manage their behaviors to find calm, balance and less stress in their lives. (An email will be sent out next week to register). 

     

    If you have any questions please feel free to email me (borrevikfamily@gmail.com). I know there are so many amazing activities out there that we would love to bring to Odyssey for our kiddos, so please feel free to reach out with suggestions. Also keep in mind that we have a very limited window to schedule these activities with rehearsal schedules and field studies.  

     

    Thanks!

    Marisa Borrevik

     

    *The PTA offers financial assistance to students for PTA sponsored after school activities. Please contact the principal, Dr. Eryn Berg (eberg@pps.net) to enroll your child through this program. As always, this information will be kept anonymous. 

     

    **All after school activities are independent of Odyssey and are run by outside programs

     

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    Scholarships for After-School Programming

     

    Guardians,

     

    If you are requesting scholarship assistance for after school activities, please contact Dr. Berg by 2:30pm, Wednesday, September 4. Thank you. 

     

    peace & courage,

    Jim Shikany, PTA President 

    j_shikany@yahoo.com

     

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    Fall Festival Registration & Information

     

    Happy first week of school Odyssey Families! I wanted to officially announce that registration and information for the 2019 Fall Festival is now available!

     

    This year's event will be held on September 21st from 4-7pm at the Odyssey campus. The Fall Festival Committee has a great evening planned including two bands, inflatables for the kids, food for purchase from Momma's Grub, free popsicles, a silent auction, raffles (one including a Manzanita house rental!), bake sale, jazzy jars, party boards and a wine pull.

     

    Apparel:

    2019 apparel is being sold in conjunction with the Fall Festival. We will have t-shirts, Hoodie sweatshirts and zip up sweatshirts available, all with our new 2019 design. Apparel can be purchased through the Fall Festival website. Please see attached pictures for designs. Sizing table is below (tolerance means that the cut may have a slight variation depending on batch of up to those inches, but they should be standard. Please email Danica Wnuk with questions):

     

     

     

    XS

    S

    Med

    Large

    XLG

    2XLG

    3XLG

    Youth Tee

    Body Width

    12"

    14"

    16"

    18"

    20"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Tee

    Body Length

    18"

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Tee

    Sleeve Top

    4.75"

    5.5"

    5.75"

    6"

    6.25"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Tee

    Body Width

    n/a

    18"

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    28"

    Adult Tee

    Body Length

    n/a

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    32"

    33"

    Adult Tee

    Sleeve Top

    n/a

    7.25"

    7.75"

    8.25"

    8.75"

    9.25"

    9.75"

    Youth Hoodie

    Body Length

    19"

    21.5"

    22.5"

    24"

    25.5"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Hoodie

    Body Width

    15"

    17"

    18"

    19"

    20"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Hoodie

    Body Length

    n/a

    26"

    27"

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    Adult Hoodie

    Body Width

    n/a

    20"

    22"

    24"

    26"

    28"

    30"

    Youth Zip Up

    Body Length

    20.25"

    21.75"

    23"

    24.5"

    26"

    n/a

    n/a

    Youth Zip Up

    Body Width

    15.25"

    16.25"

    17.25"

    18.25"

    19.25"

    n/a

    n/a

    Adult Zip Up

    Body Length

    n/a

    26"

    27"

    28"

    29"

    30"

    31"

    Adult Zip Up

    Body Width

    n/a

    19.25"

    21.25"

    23.25"

    25.25"

    27.25"

    29.25"

     

    Wine Pull:

    For those who are unfamiliar with a wine pull: for each cork you buy, you are guaranteed to receive a mystery bottle of wine worth at least $24. Purchase your "corks" in advance, and be guaranteed a winner! (receive one bottle of wine per cork purchased)

     

    Website: 

    The silent auction catalog can be found at the below link as well as purchase links for tickets, raffle tickets, apparel and wine pull corks:

    https://hayhurst.ejoinme.org/FallFestival2019

     

    If you have any questions please reach out to Danica Wnuk (danicawnuk@gmail.com) or Todd Stevenson (tcstevenson@gmail.com)

     

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    Restaurant Nights!

     

    Odyssey Families,


    Welcome to the 2019–2020 school year! Odyssey
    Restaurant Nights are a great opportunity for our community to come together
    and dine out to earn money for our school. Restaurant Nights are monthly, on
    the 2nd Wednesday of every month, with the exception of October and April,
    which happen on Tuesdays. I'll send reminders and details about eachevent at
    the beginning of each month. All are welcome, so tell/bring friends and family!

    Our BIG EVENT this year is McMenamin's Friends & Family Night at Raleigh Hills Pub on Tuesday, October 15th. They're generously donating 50% of their total night's sales to our school. Come one, come all!

    The
    first event of the year is coming up on Wednesday, September 11th at the
    Old Spaghetti Factory. Flyer attached. Please bring a printout or show
    it on your phone to get 15% back for our school! Hope to see you there!

    Questions? E-mail me at gfu@aya.yale.edu

    Genevieve, mom to Noomi (2nd) and An (5th)

     

    Odyssey Restaurant Nights 2019–2020

    SEPTEMBER
    Wednesday, September 11 4:30–9:00 p.m. 15% Donation with Flyer

    Old Spaghetti Factory 

    0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland 97239

     


    OCTOBER

    Tuesday, October 15th 5–9 p.m. 50% Donation of Total Sales

    McMennamin’s Friends & Family Night

    Raleigh Hills Pub

    4495 SW Scholls Ferry Road,Portland 97225


    NOVEMBER

    Wednesday,
    November 13

    Location TBD


    DECEMBER


    Wednesday, December 11
    4:00–9:00 p.m. 20% Donation with Mention
    of Odyssey

    City Thai 

    6341 SW Capitol Highway,
    Portland 97239

     

    JANUARY 20% of Odyssey Sales

    Wednesday, January 8

    Papa Murphy’s

    4350 SW Multnomah Blvd,
    Portland  97219

     

    FEBRUARY

    Wednesday, February 12

    Location TBD

     

    MARCH

    Wednesday, March 11 All Day 20% Donation with Flyer

    Verde Cocina

    5515 SW Canyon Ct,
    Portland 97221


    APRIL
    20% of Day’s Sales

    Tuesday, April 14th 
    All Day

    Pizzicato

    6358 SW Capitol Hwy,
    Portland  97239

      

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    Expense Reimbursement Requests from PTA

     

    Hello Odyssey Community,

     

    For the 2019-20 school year, we will begin using an online system for requesting expense reimbursements from the PTA. Next time you need to be repaid, simply click this link to fill out the online form and attach your receipt(s) -- no more paper that needs to be dropped in the Odyssey office mailbox!

     

    In addition to reducing our paper usage, we expect this will be a smooth and efficient process for making payments and managing documentation.

     

    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Dan Soltesz

    Treasurer

     

    dan.soltesz@odysseyprogram.org  

    (503) 806-3110

     

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    New Volunteer System Delayed

    The new volunteer system that our district is implementing has not yet arrived.  We will continue to use the sign-in binder until it does, and I’ll try to send an email out to let you know when it’s time to provide your driver’s license / ID.  Once I get it scanned in, you’ll be set!  J

     

    Student/Parent Handbook & Calendar

    We gone electronic on these two items!  The Odyssey website calendar will contain all events, school closures, teacher planning days, etc.  The handbook is also on our website.

    Handbook:  https://www.pps.net/domain/5505

    Calendar:    https://www.pps.net/odyssey

     

    Angela Hoffart

    Principal’s Secretary

    Odyssey Program @ East Sylvan

    P:  503-916-6310

    F:  503-916-2124

     

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    Talent Show Sign Up Time!

     

    Summer … the perfect time to pick and perfect your talent show act. You’re already having play dates so why not come up with an act and keep yourself busy on these summer days. Below is the link to the sign-up form. At the top of the form are all the show details. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

     

    https://forms.gle/xQ7ayPCqJ2Ar4uyu5

     

    Rebecca Hicks, 503.781.1435, rebgak@hotmail.com

    Karen Varney, 503.348.4900, ksvarney@hotmail.com

     

     Odyssey Carpool Info
    How does it work? The linked map has markers for each household that is interested
    in carpooling. Look at the map to find markers close to you. If you click on a marker it
    will then give you the available information about that family. It is up to you to reach out
    to people you might want to carpool with.
    Link to Carpool Website
    It's time to update the Odyssey carpooling map! If you're new and want to be added, it’s
    easy! Here’s how to do it:
    1. Click on the “Additions” tab in the upper left hand bar of the map. A drop-down list appears
    2. Select “Add Marker – Detailed” and a window for entering your family’s information appears.
    3. Under the Location tab, enter your child’s last name and home address that you are looking to
    carpool to/from.
    4. Under the Details tab you can add more specific information about when you can provide rides
    and when you need rides.
    a. IMPORTANT: You must add either an email address or phone number if you want
    anyone to contact you.
    b. It helps to add a parent first name, and put an X in the box to indicate which cluster your
    child(ren) is in.
    5. The “Preview” button lets you see how it will look to other people
    6. When it looks good, hit the “Submit” button to send it to the map Admin for approval. Do save
    the URL provided so you change your own entry in the future.
    If your family is already on the map, check your info and make any needed changes. If
    you notice a family that has left Odyssey is still on the map, contact the map coordinator
    to have that entry removed.

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    Terri Preeg Riggsby

    Communications Coordinator