The Orca Wave

Odyssey Elementary October 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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School Safety

School Safety is a top priority. Per Washington State Law, RCW 28A.320.125, schools must conduct monthly safety drills when students are onsite. Our school has a Safety Committee that meets regularly to review and update our school’s safety plans.

In the event of an actual emergency, the school will notify families via Parent Square, the District’s communication system.

In Mukilteo School District, we practice the following drills over the course of the school year:

  • Fire Drill evacuation
  • Earthquake (Students Drop, Cover, and Hold; then evacuate)
  • Lockout
  • Lockdown
  • Shelter in Place

Shelter In Place Incident

On September 21, we had an actual Shelter In Place incident. As you learned via Parent Square messaging, schools were directed by the district to keep students inside due to the smokey air in the environment. As a result, we followed alternate indoor recess schedules.

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

On October 20, 2022, Odyssey will participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Many people and organizations will also practice other aspects of their emergency plans. In 2019, more than 66 million people participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The International ShakeOut Day is every third Thursday of October each year. Earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are our chance to practice together how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared.

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Library News

Welcome back Odyssey Families! We got off to a good start in September. All classes got library tours and are learning library routines and processes during their library visits.

Library visits: Each class gets a 30 min library visit weekly. Library visits consist of a 15 min lesson/read aloud and 15 min for book selection/checkout. Specialist library sessions are 45 min. These sessions include a read aloud activity, a library lesson, and a book checkout time.

Library Expectations: In order 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.

October Book Suggestions: Our current seasonal book display features fall books and books to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage month which runs through October 15. Students can visit the library web page to get more reading suggestions based on monthly celebrations and events.

Library Lessons: October library lessons will continue to focus on library routines, procedures, and expectations. This includes identifying different parts of the library, book care, and making positive choices. Lessons will be differentiated based on grade level and classroom/student needs.

Book Check Out: All students started September on a limited checkout, but book checkout will increase in October.

  • ​Kindergarten: 1 book
  • 1st-3rd grade: 1-2 books per week
  • 4th-5th grade: 2-3 books per week

All books are due one week after checkout. Each classroom teacher will have a library basket for book returns. Please remind your child to return their book to the basket by their next library visit. Students may renew books if they need more time to read them. They must bring the book to the library to get it renewed.

Overdue/Lost Books: It is important that students are responsible for their library materials. Lost or overdue books will result in limited checkout (1 book per week, must stay in class). It is important for students to talk to me in order to clear their account. If students are unable to pay the book replacement cost, they may clear their account by donating a gently used book to our library, or help out with a library job.

Library Web Page: Please be sure to visit the library web page for information, reading resources, library events, and more! The web page is updated frequently to reflect current library happenings.

If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me via email or dojo. Please do NOT leave a voice mail as I do not check voicemail regularly.​

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PE News

Hello Odyssey Orcas!

We are so excited to be back in the gym at Odyssey with all of you!!! We missed the September newsletter, so we wanted to let you know that we spent the month of September learning about our PE Expectations, spatial awareness (K-2), and football. October will be a month of fitness testing and volleyball.

Your child has a 45-minute period of PE, twice a week: one class with Mrs. Cass and one with Mrs. Corsi. Although we are two separate classes, we will co-teach most of the year and work together as a large group, and they earn one PE grade.

PE lessons:

Our lessons will cover fitness, nutrition, sports, and other active games, intended to help students understand the importance of good health and to encourage an active lifestyle.


Be Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

Wear clothes and shoes that are appropriate for PE. Students wearing shoes that are unsafe (sandals, heels greater than 1.5” and/or open-toed) are expected to simply walk during PE to be active during class.

Have an open mind that is ready to learn and accept new information.

What to expect in class:

Warm-ups, Instruction, Active Learning Time, Closure. At the end of each class, students self-assess and tell us what grade they have earned based on their effort, behavior, and participation.

We cannot wait to see you and we are looking forward to an amazing school year filled with fun and fitness!

-Mrs. Corsi, Mrs. Cass & Mrs. Rasmussen

Playing Music with Mr. Ryan

Kindergarten will be learning to move to the beat with the song “All Around the Kitchen.”

The 1st and 2nd will be learning to keep the beat with Rhythm Sticks.

The Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders will be learning how to play and keep the beat with the triangle, maraca, and tambourine.

Thank you Third, Fourth and Fifth grade parents for reading, discussing, signing, and returning our Music Introduction and Rules Sheet!

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

Tech with Mr. Pelton

Kindergarten will be working on keyboarding skills through the program Keyboarding Without Tears. We will also be exploring different games in class.

1st and 2nd graders are beginning their typing journey with the program typing club. They will also be learning how to navigate the internet safely.

Third, Fourth and Fifth graders will be using Google Sheets. We are learning to navigate sheets through the creativity of art.

Healthroom News

If your student has been prescribed glasses or contacts, please make sure they are taking them/wearing them at school every day. Corrected vision makes learning much easier!

If you need assistance with eye care or glasses for your student, please let us know. Perhaps your student does not want to wear their glasses. Please call our Nurse’s office at 425-366-3209 or email Nurse Jackie Watkins at and let us know how we can help.

Dates for health screenings for vision and hearing are scheduled for October 26th and 27th. Community Health Center’s dental team will also be on site to provide free Smile Checks, which are quick, visual assessments of students’ oral health. Consent for a student’s “Smile Check” is required and these forms will be sent home later in October.

As we get closer to Harvest Festivals and Halloween, please be mindful Odyssey has several students who have life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts (walnut, pistachio, cashew, hazelnut, almond, etc.). If you are sending in treats for class parties, please read labels carefully and avoid sending in snacks that contain - or could contain - traces of peanuts or other nuts. Ideas for peanut/nut-free treats HERE. Note: there are ads promoting products on this site.

Coming Soon: Flu Season

The time to get vaccinated for flu is now, before the season really gets underway! Many local pharmacies offer flu shot appointments or you may schedule with your healthcare provider. Vaccination against influenza reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your loved ones. Read more at How To Get Your Shot.

Note: COVID-19 booster doses and flu shots are safe to get at the same appointment!

District Health Services has student health information posted on the Mukilteo School District website. To access information and resources about student health conditions, when to return after illness, immunization requirements, medications or contact information for your School Nurse, go the Health Tab (under Students and Families).

Your right to Know - Title I Schools

Professional Qualifications of Teachers

Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the educators who teach students core subjects—reading, English language arts and mathematics.

At a minimum, the information given to you must explain these three essential components of an educator’s qualifications. Whether the student’s teacher–

1. Has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

2. Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

3. Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

Qualifications of Paraprofessionals

Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the paraeducators who teach students in a core academic subject area.

Paraeducators must work under the supervision of a certified teacher. In schools that operate a schoolwide program, all paraprofessionals must have special qualifications. Schools that operate a Title I, Part A program must have a high school diploma or GED and completed the following:

1. Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or

2. Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or

3. Meet a high standard of quality either through a) the ETS ParaPro Assessment; b) a paraeducator apprenticeship program approved by Washington State; or c) portfolio program.

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.