• April 5th Weekly Report

    In this Edition

    Odyssey’s New Chant: Below

    Drop Off & Pick Up Concerns: Below

    THIS SUNDAY! 2nd Annual Odyssey Skate Night April 7: Below

    Balancing Life & Technology Talk at Hayhurst April 9: Below & Attached

    Pizzicato Restaurant Night April 9: Below & Attached

    Costume Donations for K12 Please: Below

    Gabriel Park New Playground Planning Open House April 10: Below & Attached

    5-6-7-8 Coffee Chat April 11: Below

    345 Info Session April 12: Below

    Run For The Arts April 15: Below

    Childcare Provided! Emergency Preparedness Presentation April 18: Below & Attached

    RSVP! Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 26: Below



    Upcoming Events

    Odyssey 2nd Annual Family Skate Night: Sunday April 7, 5-7pm

    Balancing Life & Technology – at Hayhurst: Tuesday, April 9, 6 – 8:30pm

    Pizzicato Restaurant Night: Tuesday, April 9, ALL DAY!

    Gabriel Park New Playground Planning Open House: Wednesday, April 10, 6-8pm

    5-6-7-8 Coffee Chat at Driftwood: Thursday, April 11, 11:30am – 1:30pm

    345 Information Session: Friday, April 12, 8-9am

    Run for the Arts: Monday, April 15

    PTA Meeting/Emergency Preparedness Presentation: Thursday, April 18, 5:45-8:30pm

    Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: Friday, April 26, 11:30-1pm

    Save the Date! Odyssey Art Show: Thursday, May 9



    Odyssey’s New Chant


    We have a new Odyssey Chant!   Congratulations to Milo in 2nd grade.  He and his dad, Stephan, joined us for our Monthly Salute this morning and taught the whole school.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a chant.  They were all great!  It was such a treat to watch the Odyssey spirit and pride shine!


    Have your Odyssey student give you a preview.  Here are the words….


    At O-dy-ssey  (clap-clap-clap-clap)

    Learn to suc-ceed (clap-clap-clap-clap)

    Through his-tor-y (clap-clap-clap-clap)

    And u-ni-ty (clap-clap-clap-clap)

    At O-dy-sseeeey

    Learn to suc-ceeeed

    Through his-tor-yyyy

    And u-ni-tyyyy                                                                                                          



    Mathilda, Opal, Luke, Tatianna, Audie, Beatrice, and Etai performed our new Odyssey song.  I can’t replicate their fantastic performance, but let’s just say Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” will never be the same!  Great job! 


    Denise Self

    Assistant Principal



    Drop Off and Pick Up Concerns


    We are having trouble with the traffic flow in our parking lot and safety concerns for our community.  Most recently, the PJA after-school bus couldn’t drive behind our school because cars lined both sides of the drive-through.  Parking is not allowed where there are yellow curbs or areas marked with cones.  When dropping off or picking up, please do not have students cross the street in front of the school. 


    Deanne Froehlich



    Odyssey Skate Night Sunday April 7

    THIS SUNDAY!  APRIL 7th! 2nd annual Odyssey Family Skate Night!!  We have the entire Oaks Park Skating rink to ourselves! 5-7pm/$5 suggested donation!  Enjoy a night out with friends from Odyssey and celebrate a night of fun before our crazy month of May approaches! 



    Balancing Life & Technology Talk at Hayhurst April 9


    Mark your calendars April 9, 2019 from 6-8:30 pm at Hayhurst Elementary for a night about Balancing Technology and Life with local author and speaker, Doreen Dodgen-Magee. The Odyssey and Hayhurst PTAs are jointly sponsoring this event and providing light snacks. Middle and high schoolers are welcome to attend. For more information about our speaker, please visit her website at doreen dodgen-magee psy.d. or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/doreendodgenmageepsyd/



    Pizzicato Restaurant Night April 9


    Odyssey Families,


    Tuesday, April 9 is our last Restaurant Night of the year.  Let's go out with a bang!  We've got a shot at reaching $2,000 in Restaurant Night fundraising for the year, if this all goes well!


    Here's the deal.  The Hillsdale Pizzicato is donating 20% of their total store sales on Tuesday, April 9th to Odyssey.  It would be great to see you there!  See menu attached.


    Welcome back from spring break!  I hope you're all relaxed and refreshed.

    Genevieve Fu, gfu@aya.yale.edu



    Costume Donations for K12 Performance Please!

    Hello Odyssey families! K12 will be taking costume donations for our upcoming performance on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. APRIL 9 and 10 at drop off and pick up in the auditorium!  If you no longer need your child’s costume from the previous  ASIA PERFORMANCE please consider donating to the k12 program!  We are also in search of various animal costumes, masks etc ...any and all will do!! 


    Thank you!
    Katie Dill



    Gabriel Park New Playground Planning Open House Wednesday, April 10

    Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges, planning is underway for the next inclusive playground in the PP&R system at Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland. The new playground will provide a rich play experience for kids of all abilities to access and enjoy. Join us at a series of open houses this spring to help design YOUR new playground.

    Come to the first open house to learn more about inclusive play, see different play themes, and share your ideas:


    Gabriel Park Open House #1

    Wednesday, April 10, 6pm-8pm

    Stephens Creek Crossing - Community Room, 6719 SW 26th Avenue*


    *Parking at Stephens Creek Crossing is limited to residents. Please park at Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 SW Capitol Highway. Refreshments will be provided, and kids are welcome and encouraged to attend. Read more at www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/75411.



    5-6-7-8 Coffee Chat


    Hello 5-6-7-8 Families,


    My name is Linda, I am the 6-7-8 Cluster Coordinator this year and I will be next year as well.  I would like to have a day and time to have coffee and make myself available for questions, volunteering discussions and feedback on how this year has gone and ways to make things better for next year. 


    I am not providing coffee.  I will be an open mind, and friendly ear to listen. Please email me feedback, questions and RSVP to zsgooley@yahoo.com.  On 4/11 at Driftwood Coffee from 11:30am- 1:30pm. 


    Thank you,

    Linda McNamara zsgooley@yahoo.com


    345 Information Session April 12 8am-9am


    Friday, April 12th just after drop off from 8am-9am.  Do you have a current 2nd grade student at Odyssey? Are you wondering what’s different in the 345 cluster? We will have an informal Q & A with current parents of 345 students.  We will highlight some of the differences you can expect as your 2nd graders move up to the 345 cluster.  


    Thanks, Sarah Kramer, 345 Cluster Coordinator. sarah.kramer@odysseyprogram.org



    Run for the Arts!  Monday, April 15


    Run for the Arts: This year’s run is scheduled for Monday, April 15. Coach Payne will be sending pledge forms and instructions home right after spring break.  Please take note of the date, especially if you’d like to volunteer on race day. More information will be coming after spring break!


    Thank you,

    Jana Childes




    Family & School Preparedness Presentation April 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


    Come learn about what you as an individual and we as a community can do to be ready for the next big earthquake!


    Laura Hall has volunteered to come and lead a discussion about how to prepare our homes and schools. Laura Hall is co-chair of Parents4Preparedness, a group of parents helping other parents advocate for seismic safety in schools. She is also a Team Leader for the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team program, an earthquake preparedness instructor at Portland Community College, creator of PortlandPrepares.org, and the Communications Coordinator for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization.


    Childcare and fun time will be held in the gym during the April PTA meeting and Emergency Preparedness event on April 18th. Please RSVP to Sarah Silkie at ospc-giving@odysseyprogram.org to make sure there is room for your kid(s).



    RSVP TODAY! Odyssey Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 26


    Please RSVP, if you’re able to join us!! 

    Odyssey owes its success in large part, to the volunteers who generously donate their time to the program.  K12 cluster has 20 volunteers who come help on a regular basis, and 80-100 volunteers helping with the performance.  345 cluster benefits from 50 volunteers over the course of the year, plus 60-65 field study volunteers.  Finally, 678 has 40 volunteers over the course of the year, and 60-65 helping out with field study!  Add another 40 art volunteers for K-5 and we've got a whole heap of volunteers!!!

    The school will recognize these wonderful volunteers with a light luncheon on Friday, April 26th from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  We hope you're available to join us!  

    Please e-mail me at gfu@aya.yale.edu if you plan on attending.  We need numbers for food orders. We’ll happily accommodate dietary requests. 


    With thanks,

    Genevieve Fu, gfu@aya.yale.edu