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  • Introduction Letter from New Principal, Eryn Berg

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    I am honored to have been chosen as the new Odyssey principal.  Since starting my teaching career in Florida almost twenty five years ago, I have been committed to transformational learning and am excited to move to Odyssey and the embrace of experiential learning.  

    I spent the bulk of my teaching career in Brooklyn teaching high school and it was during that time that I was part of forming 9th grade institutes which committed themselves to interdisciplinary learning and team work.  It is with great excitement that I look forward to more of this work at Odyssey.

    During my time as an administrator I have served at high school, k-5, and k-8 levels and am looking forward to returning to the k-8 world.  This is truly a journey that I am honored to be on and looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know the students, teachers, staff, and families.

    I grew up here in the PNW and my two sons are enrolled in PPS.  I will have a 7th grader and 9th grader next year and truly understand how important it is that our schools provide opportunities for our children to grow academically and emotionally.  Critical thinking is key and I truly believe that by being self-reflective and choosing empathy and understanding, we can prepare ourselves for engagement in the world around us.  

    I am excited to get to know you and please do not hesitate to introduce yourselves and stop by and say hi once we get the new school year up and running.  Looking towards a great year together!

    Best,
    Dr. Eryn Berg

    eberg@pps.net 

  • June 7, 2019

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    This is a very difficult letter to write to all of you. When one becomes a principal of a school, they embark on a journey of working with families, students and staff to build a strong educational community. Over the past 10 years, we have accomplished many wonderful things together. Making Odyssey a great school, filled with learning, educational growth, building a strong sense of community, settling into a home of our own, and a happy and safe place to see your children start their educational career. 

    The time has come that I will be making a transition to another school. I have accepted the principal position for Lewis Elementary School in Southeast Portland. I will begin this chapter of my career on July 1, 2019. Change is difficult, but can also be very positive. I like to have that outlook on all aspects of life. 

    The process for selecting a new principal will begin immediately. The first step is that the Senior Director of the Wilson Cluster, Kristie Lindholm, will hold a community meeting. At this meeting, district leaders want to hear from parents and teachers about our school needs and the characteristics that make our school special. During the meeting, you will get more information on the full hiring process in much more detail. More information to come soon on the date and 
    time of the meeting. Gina Roletto, who was assigned here to be the Assistant Principal, has been offered another position and will not be joining Odyssey. The new principal, with district support, will select the assistant principal for the Odyssey Program. 

    Saying good-bye is never easy, and I know this will be difficult for me, after so many years of building relationships with students, families and staff. Odyssey is definitely one of my favorite schools in my educational journey and will always have a special place in my heart. 

    Thank you for being such a wonderful community. 

    Best regards,
    Deanne Froehlich

  • Return From Winter Break

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    Happy New Year! Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break with family and friends. The couple of weeks off certainly flew by quickly. Today, everyone is right back in the routine, focused on learning! It is hard to believe how fast the year is flying by, and that we have already completed four months of the school year.

    I want to THANK everyone who participated in the Giving Snowman!!! Your generous giving of gifts and gift cards allowed us to share the holidays with 38 families from our school community. (Hayhurst and Odyssey) Parents came in the last few days before break to pick up their bag of goodies….we had lots of tears, hugs, and thank you’s! I love that our Odyssey family can take care of our families who are in need and bring a bit more joy to everyone. THANK YOU!!

    As the weather gets colder, please be sure to send your child to school with winter jackets (labeled with their name), as we still go outside for recess, even in the cold. If we get snow or ice, be sure to check the PPS district webpage or listen to the news or radio for school closures or delays. Due to our muddy field, I also recommend sending an extra pair of sports shoes or boots….we need the kids to run around, but don’t want them to ruin their good shoes.

    We are entering the season of plays and rehearsals. Breathe deeply..it is always a bit crazy, but the end product is so worth it. Your kids love the plays and the work that they put into them is amazing. This is one of the many fabulous showcases of our program.

    Odyssey is a great school community, with such wonderful support for each other and the things that happen in our school. I wish everyone a wonderful New Year with lots of good cheer!

    Thanks!
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal
    Odyssey/Hayhurst

     

  • Welcome Letter 2018-2019

    Dear Odyssey Families,

    Welcome Back to School!! It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end. However, I always enjoy the start of the school year seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year. 

    This year school starts on MONDAY, August 27th at 8:00am for grades 1-8. For kindergarteners, you will receive a call in the next few weeks to schedule a time slot to come in for an assessment for your child. Assessments will be on either August 27th, 28th  or 29thThe first full day of kindergarten will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th, at 8:00am.

    Here is some information that will assist you to begin the school year.


    School Hours

    School begins each morning at 8:00AM and the day ends at 2:15PM for grades K-5 and at 2:30PM for 6-7-8. We will send home a school calendar in the beginning of the year in the back-to-school packet to remind you of holidays, conference schedules, and school events.

     

    Beginning the School Day

    We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell

    (7:55 AM) for the benefit of our teachers, who are using this time to prepare for the day. We ask that all students (and all accompanying parents) go to the auditorium when they get to the school in the morning.  Students may socialize and wait to be dismissed to their classrooms. Supervision will be provided from 7:45-7:55AM.

     

    Entering the School

    Although our school has many doors to get in and out, our policy is to keep all doors locked from the outside, except for the main doors in the front of the building. Please enter and exit the building only through the front doors. Staff have a card key to enter and exit all doors during the day, so there is no need to ever prop a door open. 


    Bringing Your Child in the Morning

    If you are bringing your child to school and simply dropping them off, please drive (slowly) through the parking lot and be ready to have your child exit the car once you reach the end of the driveway. Please avoid idling your car outside. The front of the school is not a park and drop off point, last year we had many near accidents as folks opened car doors while others where zipping down the road.

     

    If you are going to accompany your child inside the school, please park in the parking lot and come inside. Other parking options are on the side streets or in the neighborhood. Please do not park in front of driveways!! 

     

    A visual map is hanging in the front hallway to show you the parking lot loop and drop off location.

     

    Picking Your Child Up at Dismissal Time

    At the end of the day, please park your car in the parking lot or the neighborhood and walk into the building. K12 parents will pick up their child from their homeroom at 2:15pm. 345 students will meet their parent in the front hallway or the grassy area in the front of the school at 2:15pm. The 678 students will be dismissed at 2:30pm and must have a set location to meet parents for pickup (front hallway, parking lot, curb). If your child is enrolled in Atlas or the PJA after school care program, the students will meet in Mrs. Howard’s room

    (room 19) and be escorted out to the bus once it arrives.

     

    Upcoming Events

    Dinner with the Principal, August 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm on the blacktop outside the cafeteria area (or in the cafeteria if it is raining). The whole family is welcome to attend. We will provide the food (gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available), and you get to see old friends, meet new ones, and ease your way back into the school year. This is always a fun evening!

    Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 25th from 9-12 at the school. Come help clean up and beautify our grounds, and work on some school projects inside and out. Bring the whole family and enjoy working together to improve our school.


    Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:30pm. Please save the date for a parent-only night with teachers. You will get to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the classroom expectations, and hear about the upcoming year.


    School Code and Dress Code

    Here is the dress code for all Portland Public schools. You may not have much problem with your student along these lines but it is important for everyone to know what is not acceptable, especially before school shopping.  “Appropriate dress contributes to a positive learning environment. The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rest primarily with the student and his or her parents. Students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health or safety of the students or others, is sexually suggestive (examples include bare midriffs, visible undergarments, plunging necklines, see-through materials, or sagging pants), is alcohol or drug-related (including advertising or advocating the use of such products), is vulgar, lewd, obscene, or plainly offensive, is insulting and/or demeaning to a particular person or group, or is indicative of gang activity or membership (Reference: 4:30.012-P). When you are shopping for your child, it is important that you follow these guidelines.

    Other school expectations:

    ·       No wheels-on-heels shoes.

    ·       No cell phones or watch phones during school hours. If seen, we will take them for the day. Students need to keep them in their backpack during school hours.

    ·       No electronics. Again, if seen we will take them for the day, unless classroom teachers specify.

    ·       If your child uses a skateboard, scooter, or bicycle anywhere, not just here at school, please get them a suitable helmet. If this is a financial problem, let the principal know. We can help.

    ·       If your child rides a bike to school, make sure they lock their bike up in the rack in front of the school.


    ·       The warm weather will continue for the next month or so. Please dress your child in summer clothing. 

     

    ·       Please have them bring a water bottle to school each day.


    Staff

    I am still in the process of hiring a school counselor and a PE teacher to join the team. Everyone else is returning from last year.

    K-1-2

    Edie Howard

    Sue Gregoire

    Kate Wilebski


    3-4-5

    Dede Marron

    Heather Mankowski

    Angela LeVan


    6-7-8

    Alan Damon

    Kristina Rothwell

    Harmony Brinks-Detzer

    Jack Rainey –

       8th grade Spanish


    Angela Hoffart-Principal’s Secretary, Denise Self-Assistant Principal, Blake Engeldorf-Learning Center, Fran Barth-Technology, Susie Beckers-Media Specialist, Debi Crawford-Art, Caroline Kornberg-Speech Therapist, Peter Puhvel-English Second Language.

     

    This year I am planning on being at Odyssey every Wednesday. Thursday is district meetings. Some days I am a little bit at each school, depending on meetings and events. Please feel free to call or stop by on any day, as I am easily accessible and happy to chat or see you in person on either campus.

     

    I look forward to seeing you all very soon.  Please plan to come for the “Dinner with the Principal” on August 23rd and then to “Back To School Night” on September 13th.  I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!

     

    Happy New School Year!

    Deanne Froehlich

    Principal

    Odyssey/Hayhurst

  • June, 2018

    June 15, 2018



    Dear Odyssey Families,

    The end of the school year has come upon us and I’m sure we are all ready for a break. We’ve had a great year in our new location! Listed below are events taking place over the summer and when we return to school in August:   

    Meet & Play on our PlaygroundCome play on the playground and meet Odyssey families: 

        K-1-2 Summer Playdates
             Tuesdays, July 10th – August 7th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm  

     
          Kindergarten Only – Popsicle Party/Meet Your Classmates/Tour the Classrooms         
          Tuesday, August 14th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm                           

    August 23rd, 5:30 pm - Dinner with the Principal. Mrs. Froehlich’s Back-to-School dinner for Odyssey families. Mrs. Froehlich will provide dinner. It’s a great evening of fun. All Odyssey families are invited.   
    Location: East Sylvan gym/cafeteria

    August 25th, 9:00am-Noon - The Odyssey Program School Community Care Day.  Bring your garden tools and make our school grounds beautiful. Location: Front of the school.

    The first day of school for grades 1st - 8th is Monday, August 27th .

    Odyssey Back To School Night, Tuesday, Sept. 13th , 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This is a parent-only event for parents to meet the teacher and hear what to expect for the coming year.

    Supply lists can be found on our website at
    www.odysseyprogram.org .

    I wish you a wonderful summer. Read, play, and spend some time outdoors. I look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

    Sincerely,

    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal, Odyssey / Hayhurst Schools

  • January 2018

    January 8, 2018

     

    Dear Odyssey Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you again for all of your support.

    Happy New Year!


    Cheers!

    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal, Hayhurst & Odyssey

  • August/September 2017

    August 2017

     

     

    Dear Odyssey Families,

    Welcome Back to School!!  It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end.  However, I always enjoy the start of the school seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year.

    This year school starts on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30th, at 8:00am for grades 1-5.  For kindergarteners, you will receive a call in the next few weeks to schedule a time slot to come in for an assessment for your child. Assessments will be on either August 30th, 31st  or September 1st.  The first full day of kindergarten will be on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th, at 8:00am.

     

    Here is some information that will assist you to begin the school year.

    School Hours

    School begins each morning at 8:00AM and the day ends at 2:15PM for grades K-5 and at 2:30PM for 6-7-8. We will send home a school calendar in the beginning of the year. At this time we are still unsure about late openings. Once the teacher union has made a decision we will inform you so you can add this to your planning.  Information is also posted on the reader board, Facebook, weekly email newsletters, and flyers that go home in your child’s backpack.

    Beginning the School Day

    We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell (8:00 AM) for the benefit of our teachers, who are using this time to prepare for the day. We ask that all students (and all accompanying parents) go to the auditorium when they get to the school in the morning.  Students may socialize and wait to be dismissed to their classrooms.

     

    Entering the School

    Although our school has many doors to get in and out, our policy is to keep all doors locked from the outside, except for the main doors in the front of the building.  Please enter and exit the building only through the front doors.  Staff has a card key to enter and exit all doors during the day, so there is no need to ever prop a door open. 

    Bringing Your Child in the Morning

    Bringing your Child to School.  If you are bringing your child to school and simply dropping them off, please drive (slowly) through the parking lot and be ready to have your child exit the car once you reach the end of the driveway.  Please avoid idling your car outside.  The front of the school is not a park and drop off point, last year we had many near accidents as folks opened car doors while others where zipping down the road.

    If you are going to accompany your child inside the school, please park in the parking lot and come inside. Other parking options are on the side streets or in the neighborhood. Please do not park in front of driveways!! 

    A visual map is hanging in the front hallway to show you the parking lot loop and drop off location.

    Picking Your Child Up at Dismissal Time

    At the end of the day, please park your car in the parking lot or the neighborhood and walk into the building.  K12 parents will pick up their child from the homeroom at 2:15pm.  345 students will meet their parent in the front hallway or the grassy area in the front of the school at 2:15pm.  The 678 students will be dismissed at 2:30pm and must have a set location to meet parents for pickup (front hallway, parking lot, curb).  If your child is enrolled in Atlas or the PJA after school care program, the students will meet in the auditorium and be escorted out to the bus once it arrives.

    Upcoming Events

    Dinner with the Principal, August 23nd from 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria.

    Please bring the whole family to attend an all school dinner in the cafeteria/playground. We will provide the food, and you get to see old friends, meet new ones, and ease your way back into the school year. This is always a fun evening.  OSPC/PTA will be holding and informational session starting at 5:30pm in the auditorium for new parents about the program, direct give, and fundraising.

    Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 26th from 9-12 at the school. Come help clean up and beautify our grounds, and work on some school projects inside and out. Bring the whole family and enjoy working together to improve our school.

    Back to School Night will be held on September 12th from 6:00-7:30pm.  Please save the date for a parent-only night with teachers.  You will get to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the classroom expectations, and hear about the upcoming year.

    Staff

    We welcome James Winkler to the staff as the new Physical Education teacher.  I am still in the process of hiring a school counselor to join the team.  Everyone else is returning from last year.

    K-1-2

    Edie Howard

    Sue Gregoire

    Kate Wilebski

    3-4-5

    Dede Marron

    Heather Mankowski

    Angela LeVan

    6-7-8

    Alan Damon

    Kristina Rothwell

    Harmony Brinks-Detzer

    Jack Rainey –    8th grade Spanish

    Angela Hoffart-Principal’s Secretary , Denise Self-Assistant Principal, Blake Engeldorf-Learning Center, Fran Barth-Technology, Susie Beckers-Media Specialist, Debi Crawford-Art and the school Counselor is to be determined.

    My schedule this year will be similar to last year: Monday and Wednesday at Hayhurst, Tuesday and Friday at Odyssey, Thursday is district meetings or in one of the buildings. Some days I am a little bit at each school, depending on meetings and events.  Please feel free to call or stop by on any day, as I am easily accessible and happy to chat or see you in person on either campus.

    I look forward to seeing you all very soon.  Please plan to come for the “Dinner with the Principal” on August 23nd and then to” Back To School Night” on September 12th. I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!

    Happy New School Year!

     

    Deanne Froehlich

    Principal

    Odyssey/Hayhurst