August 20, 2015
Greetings Odyssey Families,
I hope this communication reaches all of you in good health and spirits. On behalf of the entire administrative team, I would like to welcome you back to the start of another exciting school year. Hopefully, summer has been an opportunity for quality time with all of your families.
I would like to personally thank each of you who participated in the School Beautification Project last Saturday and also to those of you who were able to attend the Back to School Social on Sunday at Brandywine Springs Park. Both of these events were extremely well attended and supported by our School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Many thanks to the new slate of officers, led by President Mrs. Shamekia Martin, for getting us off to a great start.
Since we last spoke, there have been many new changes at Odyssey Charter School. We are currently in the process of completing our move from St. Thomas to the new Upper School at Barley Mill Plaza #22. Both buildings will be open for staff later this week, and we will begin our teacher In-service Program the week of August 24th. The first day for Kindergarten students is August 31st, with Grades 1-8 students starting on September 1st.
The administrative team has undergone a realignment of responsibilities. Ms. Pastis has decided to retire from Odyssey after many years of work on behalf of our school. We thank Ms. Pastis for her contributions to our school. The administrative team will realign in the following fashion: Mrs. Denise Parks will become Supervisor of Schools/Instruction (K-8), Mr. Daniel Newcott, Dean of our Lower School (K-3) and Mrs. Kathryn Standish, Dean of our Upper School (4 -8).
The daily start and end times for school have also been adjusted this year. Yesterday the school’s administration sent out an email communication with detailed explanations of the rationale for these changes. I am now very well aware that these changes have caused concern for some families. Please know we will continue to try to stay out in front of important communication issues so that we are all better informed about school affairs.
This year we will again offer Sneak a Peek on Thursday evening, August 27th from 5:30 to 7:00pm. This year Sneak a Peek will be extended to Kindergarten and 4th through 8th grade students. Kindergarten students with last names beginning with A-M should visit between 5:30-6:10, and Kindergarten students with last names beginning with N-Z should visit between 6:15-7:00. All students in grades 4-8 may visit anytime during visiting hours. We look forward to seeing those of you on the 27th! Students new to OCS will have the opportunity to visit the school on a separate day for grades not participating in Sneak a Peek.
I hope that you will join me in extending a warm welcome to all the new faculty members. They bring a diversity of experiences, skills and abilities that will further strengthen our school and help us continue to excel. Our new employees and their teaching assignments are listed below:
Allison Rykaczewski, 2nd Grade
Kaitlin Bonner, 3rd Grade
Joanne Laurent, 4th Grade
Kirsten Raeburn, 7th Grade ELA
Olga Chaviari-Wallace, 7th Grade Greek Language
Juliana Sheehan, 8th Grade ELA
Cody Quig, 8th Grade ELA
Jackie Cawley, 8th Grade Math
Tim Calio, 8th Grade Social Studies
Tami Soltow, 8th Grade Science
Vicky Goulis, 8th Grade Greek Math
Bob Steinfeld, Music/Band
Paul McCullough, Art
Amanda Horning, Reading Specialist
We are looking forward to seeing all of our Kindergarten students on Monday, August 31th . We will see all our other students starting Tuesday, September 1st.
On behalf of all of us here at Odyssey, we hope that all of you enjoy the last days of summer with your family and friends.
Dr. Nick T. Manolakos
Odyssey Charter School