The Orca Wave

Odyssey Elementary November 2022 Newsletter

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Mission and Vision

WHY Vision: Achieve our potential to become contributing citizens and lifelong learners.

HOW Mission: Build Relationships, Use Resources, Embrace Rigor, Get Results.

13025 17th AVE W, Everett, WA 98204

Phone: 425-366-3200 Fax: 425-366-3202

Rebecca Oren, Principal

Keira Anderson, Assistant Principal

Ryan Oxner, Dean

Tammy Bailey, Administrative Assistant

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up on November 21st – 23rd. This whole week (November 21st – 25th), there is NO SCHOOL due to conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday. If you have questions or need support with scheduling your child’s conference, please email or Parent Square message your child’s teacher directly or call the office at 425-366-3200.

We are so looking forward to meeting with our families again, or for the first time for those families who missed engagement conferences at the start of the year.

November Safety Drill: Lockout

The November Safety Drill is a Lockout. A Lockout occurs when there is a safety threat in the community. This could be a dog on campus or police activity in the area by not onsite. When a school implements a Lockout, all exterior doors are locked, and attendance is taken. If students or staff are outside, they return to the main building. Learning and regular activities continue as scheduled except for outdoor recesses. Everyone stays inside until the Lockout drill is completed or the potential threat is resolved.

When a drill or event occurs at school, families will be notified via Parent Square.

Be on Time for School Each Day!

Time for School! When the first bell rings, students begin to walk to class. Teachers are waiting at the classroom door to greet students as they arrive. Students unpack and prepare for a day of learning.


Class starts! When the Tardy Bell rings, students should be in their classrooms ready to learn. Students who arrive to school are late or tardy. This means they feel rushed and behind when they enter the classroom because learning has already begun. It also is disruptive to the teacher and other students because the teacher may have to stop what they are doing to assist the late student. When a student is late or tardy, it is recorded in their attendance records. Our goal is for all students to arrive on time each day.

Breakfast at School Served Daily

Cost is Free for 22-23 School Year


8:30am Bus Riders and Walkers

8:40am Student Drop-Off

Note: Students should be in the breakfast room by 8:45 to ensure they have plenty of time to eat and arrive at class on time. Students arriving to class after the 9:00 bell from breakfast will be recorded as tardy excused. Our school is trying to reduce student tardiness and encourage daily on-time arrival.

Library News

Happy November Odyssey Families. We are so grateful to have your students in the Odyssey Library!

Library Events: Save the date for the Scholastic Book Fair! Students can preview the book fair during the week of Nov 14-18 when they go to their library class. The book fair will be open for shopping during conference week (Nov 21-23). Details to be announced!

Library Expectations: To make the best use of library time, it is important that all students meet library (Odyssey) expectations: Safe, Respectful, and Responsible. Support and positive reinforcement will be provided to ensure student success. Students must do their best with expectations in order to be able to check out books. Interventions and redirection will be put in place if students struggle with expectations. Positive incentives are in place to recognize expectations.

November Book Suggestions: Our current seasonal book display features fall books and books to celebrate Native American Heritage month. Students can visit the library web page to get more reading suggestions based on monthly celebrations and events.

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PE News

November will begin our basketball unit. We will dribble, pass and shoot our way through the first 3 weeks and end the month with our next unit, hockey.

Playing Music with Mr. Ryan

Kindergarten will be learning to keep the beat with rhythm sticks.

The 1st and 2nd graders will be learning to keep the beat with the triangle, tambourine, and maraca.

The Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders will be learning how to play the conga drums in the Ghana tradition.

Also, the Fourth graders will be learning the music alphabet and staff in preparation for learning the recorder in January.

For any music questions, you may email Mr. Ryan at

Tech with Mr. Pelton

In November we will be working with Google Slides, Google Drawings, and Jamboards. In Google slides we will Disguise a Turkey in hopes of saving it from a Thanksgiving Dinner. With Google Drawings we will finish up our mansions we have been building using different shapes. With Jamboards, the students will digitally scratch off paper to create different rainbow art.

Health Room News

Now that the weather is getting colder, please remember to send your students to school with weather-appropriate clothing and possibly pack an extra set of clothing in case they get wet from outdoor recess/play. The health room does not have little-sized clothing, and what they have is reserved for bathroom accidents or other health-related reasons that would require clothing changes.

Orca Wear Sale

Rainbow Grade Level Color Tshirts Order Link

The deadline for grade-level orders is November 21 (orders will be delivered to school by December 12).

Orca Wear Store - All Year

Orders are accepted all year long until June 12, 2023. Delivery is 2-3 after the order is placed.

Connect with the Odyssey PTA

Keep checking our website for updates throughout the year. And feel free to contact us anytime!

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Simone Neal (425-356-1319),, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277),, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.