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  • 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

  • June 2017

    May 29, 2017

    Dear Hayhurst/Odyssey Community,

    Wow, this year has certainly flown by and we are in the last three weeks of the school year. We have lots of activities occurring in both buildings to make these last few days fly by.

    I have some staffing announcement to pass along to all of you, as this is the season for changes and hiring .

    To begin with, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to “Coach” Rick Rier on retiring after 38 years of teaching. He will be missed by all, and leaves us with big shoes to fill. A goodbye/ three cheers gathering announcement will be coming out soon.

    Shelley Penny will return as the school counselor at Odyssey, while we say our good byes to Jessica Natonick on getting our school off on the right foot in the counseling department.

    We received some extra FTE to hire a full time counselor at Hayhurst (thank you to the school board), so I will beginning interviewing in the next few weeks.

    Amy Kowalski will join Hayhurst as the new kindergarten teacher. She will be coming from Lent Elementary.

    LaPrincea Escovedo will join Hayhurst as the new second grade teacher (adding a third section to our second grade). She will be coming from Beverly Cleary Elementary.

    I will also be hiring for a half time Reading support grades k-2 at Hayhurst and a lunch room support at Hayhurst.

    I want to let all of you know, that together we send get well wishes to Karen Bunnell (1st grade at Hayhurst) on a good recovery for her broken arm. Mrs. Bunnell will be out for the remainder of the school year and we will look forward to seeing her in the Fall. Mrs. Y will finish out the year as the substitute.

    We also send good wishes and a speedy recovery to Edie Howard (k12 at Odyssey) who took a fall this weekend and broke both of her wrists. Mrs. Howard will be out for the remainder of the year and we look forward to seeing her in the Fall. Mrs. Writz will be the substitute for the remainder of the year.

    Three Cheers for another great school year!! I look forward to seeing everyone at the Hullabaloo (June 2nd at Hayhurst) and the Summer Spree (June 9th at Odyssey).

    Thanks,
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal
    Hayhurst/Odyssey
  • April 2017

    Dear Hayhurst/Odyssey Community,

    Several weeks ago I sent you an email to inform you about our staffing for next year. I have an update. Our Counselor Lucas Partridge has accepted a job with the Las Vegas School district. We are sad to see him go, but excited to hear about his upcoming adventures. He has been a wonderful addition to our Hayhurst staff and has supported our students and families.

    This position will be filled through our districts HR process. I will still be hiring one counselor who will be split between the two schools for the 2017-18 school year.

    I will keep you posted as staffing updates occur.
    Thanks,
    Deanne
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal
    Hayhurst/Odyssey
    503.916.6300
  • March 2017

    March 23, 2017
    Dear Hayhurst and Odyssey Community,
    Happy Spring!! This has definitely been a busy time of year and I think everyone is ready for a little Spring Break fun.
     
    This past week I have been working with our staffing formula for 2017-18 school year.  Many schools in the district have taken hard cuts in areas such as: secretarial, P.E., assistant principal, and classroom teachers. However, as a combined school, we are large in size (combined enrollment of 600 for Fall), and on two campus sites, this combination allows us to have minimal cuts to our school/programs in the upcoming year. The hope is that the state will not make any more reductions this year, and that our staffing will not need to change again. 
    Unfortunately, we will be losing our half time counselor (Jessica Natonick at Odyssey) and Lucas Partridge will be split between Hayhurst and Odyssey like many of our staff this past year.  Both sites will continue with an Assistant Principal (Mrs. Self and Mrs. Schlegel), and a principal secretary in each building (Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Hoffart).  I will continue as the principal over both campuses, which has worked well this year, so we will do it again! 
    Hayhurst will be adding another section of second grade, so we will have three classrooms of second graders. Hayhurst kindergarten teacher, Ms. Conway, is a temporary hire this year, so we will also have a posting for a kindergarten teacher.  Other than these few changes, all the other staff will remain the same. YAHOO!!!
    It is time to get our incoming Hayhurst kindergarten students registered. We will be hosting a Connect to Kindergarten evening on May 3, 2017 at 6:00pm.  Please let all of your friends and neighbors know, so we can get those students enrolled. Incoming Focus Option students will hear about enrollment in mid to late April, and then will need to register at that time.
    In April and May we will be starting SBAC-state testing, for grades 3-8.  Please look for upcoming information on days so that you can make sure your child is well rested and has a good healthy breakfast.  
    The new playground at Hayhurst is currently being built, and will be completed after Spring break. Swing by and check it out!  Thank you again to everyone who made this happen. It is a wonderful addition to the community. It appears that the playground at Pendleton Park will be closed for several more months, so the timing could not be better for a neighborhood play structure.  A special thanks to Cameron Broberg (former Odyssey student and brother of Hayhurst student) and his Boy Scout Troop for building and installing the benches around the new playground.  They are a wonderful addition to the school grounds and are certainly getting lots of use!  
    Wishing you all a great Spring Break! Rest, play and get ready for the last couple months of the school year!
    Thanks,
    Deanne
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal 
    Hayhurst/Odyssey
  • December 2016

    December 2016

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    It is hard to believe that December is quickly flying by, with a little winter weather, and lots of activities one can feel the holidays are right around the corner, and the first half of the school year is coming to a close.

    January 1st will be Mrs. Maureen McGuinness's last day, as after many years of working in the school system she is is retiring. We will greatly miss her, as part of our Hayhurst-Odyssey team, but wish her all the best on her next adventures in life. Blake Engeldorf will be talking her place for the remainder of the school year. Mr. Engeldorf was the long term sub, for Susie Goetz this past Fall so he is familiar with our school set up and many of the students.

    Due to the wackiness of the month with the few snow days, I am moving the December birthday party to January and will combine the two parties in early January...more info. on the date in the new year.

    I want to thank everyone who participated in making the Giving Snowman a huge success this year!! This is an event that should make everyone feel good! As I begin to send the bags home with families, we have already had tears, thanks, and hugs. This is truly an event of community supporting community. Your generosity and kindness have definitely made the difference in many of our own families. THANK YOU!!

    I want to wish all of you a happy and healthy winter vacation. Enjoy the time as a family. Play board games together, eat meals together, laugh together, even do a little school work (reading and math together), our children grow up quickly so enjoy those precious moments.

    Happy Holidays!
    Cheers to the New Year!

    See you on January 3rd for the second half of the school year with lots of learning and fun!

    Thanks,
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal
    Hayhurst/Odyssey
    503.916.6300.....503.916.6310
  • November 2016

    Dear Hayhurst Community,
    As the holiday season gets closer we begin to think about the needs of others in our community. We have many within our own school community that appreciate the support and caring of others during the holiday season. The “Giving Snowman” will appear in the school office, with a variety of options for giving. Please feel free to stop by, pick out a tag, and support someone in need. The Giving Snowman will be up from November 14th-December 16th, with gifts being delivered prior to winter break. This is a wonderful opportunity for your children to be involved in giving to others and recognizing that there are others in our community that are in need of some holiday cheer.

    **The Scrip Team is prepared to help you help others this season……Please use the order form on the back of this letter to provide gift cards that Mrs. Froehlich can distribute to those in need. Place your order and payment in the PTA lockbox on the office counter. Gift cards will be delivered directly to Mrs. Froehlich to distribute for the holiday season.** Click herre to download the Giving Snowman Order Form

    Thanks for your support!
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal





    August 31, 2016

    Dear Odyssey Community,

    Welcome to the new school year! Our dream of having the Odyssey program in its own building is truly coming to life. After many years of wanting our own space it is now a reality! It has been a great start to the school year and the students have moved into the new space with great ease.

    There are many folks to THANK for their endless hours of evening and weekend time that they put into make sure that the building had the look and feel of an elementary school. I would like to thank all of you, with a special thanks going out to Toby Ethridge and Jim Shikany for the evening and weekend paint crew that they coordinated to get all classrooms a clean coat of paint before the first day. To Josh Hoffman and Paulson’s Flooring for donating and installing new carpets and flooring in four rooms with a week turn around time before the furniture was moved into each classroom, and to Laura Taylor for coordinating all of the volunteers on the many projects that have been occurring the last few weeks. It truly has been a team effort!!! Thank you so much!

    Tomorrow will be the first day of kindergarten and then the house will be full. Our real cafeteria tables arrived today, and we have all settled in. We still have district work to be done, such as the playground installment, science sinks in room 1, the school library set up, and the ADA access in the front of the school. Then we have our own Odyssey wish list to accomplish…one step at a time.

    Some things for you to know about:

    *I will meet with the staff next week and we will pick a date for grandparent’s and special friends day. I will send this out as soon as we have a date.

    *My lunch money site has been now set up under the name of Odyssey at East Sylvan. If you would like to put money on your child’s lunch account now you can. Just go to the PPS inside page and then Nutrition services. Look for My Lunch money and you should be good to go. Nutrition service sent all of you a postcard in the US Mail with your child’s student ID number for lunch. Please work on memorizing this number, so when they go through the lunch line they can punch in the number on the key pad.
    If you need to apply for free or reduced lunch please go to the web site www.pps.net/nutrition, you need to fill out the form and reapply each year.
    In your back to school packet you received a lunch menu for September/October. Our menu is a bit different, since we are a small school. We will send the menu home in paper and electronically every couple of months.

    *The first OSPC/PTA meeting will be on September 6 at 6:30 in room 1. This is a great opportunity to become involved in your children’s school. All parents are welcome.

    *Please save the date of September 21st for Back to School Night for parents, at 6:30pm. We will start in the auditorium and then off to class. This is a night for you to interact with the staff and learn about the curriculum and expectations for the year.

    *If you are interested in purchasing a school shirt for $10.00, stop by the office and pick one up. All of the students received one today (K12 cluster will get there’s tomorrow when the kindergarteners are at school)…we have spirit, yes we do! School spirit day will be on Friday’s.

    *This week I have been doing half days at each school (Hayhurst and Odyssey), however my hope is that next week I will do two days at each school and one day for district meetings. As of now my schedule will be Monday and Wednesday at Hayhurst and Tuesday and Friday at Odyssey. However, there may be times that I need to do the half day switch for things that are happening at each school. If you need to reach me, just call the office 503.916.6310 and I can be reached at either location. If you need to see me, you can visit me at either site.

    Once again, thanks for making this a great start to the school year!!

    Happy Back to School!!

    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal
    Odyssey/Hayhurst
    503.916.6310