Odyssey Charter School Community,

I hope that our OCS families are enjoying the last weeks of summer. Summer has a familiar rhythm, coming in with much fanfare and relief, followed by mid-summer quiet, and before-you-know-it “students are coming” excitement as the summer winds down. I know our faculty and support staff are eagerly anticipating the beginning of school and our students’ arrival.

The 19-20 school year ushers in our first 12th grade class! Construction is well underway in Building 23 to accommodate our final grade. These additional classrooms will allow this building to house Grades 9-12 together, creating one location for Odyssey Charter High School. Most of our sixth grade classrooms are moving to Building 21, which will now be the OCS Middle School. Building 22 will continue as our Intermediate School and includes Grades 3-5, and our youngest scholars in K-2 remain at Lower School Building 20.

There is much activity as we ready for the coming school year. I am happy to share that our Read-a-Thon proceeds, along with the generous donation from the OCS PTO, has enabled the school to purchase over 400 new Chromebooks to be deployed across our K-8 classrooms. Through grants that the OCS Green Team has secured, aeroponic gardens will be installed in our schools that will both beautify the surroundings and provide produce to our school and community. OCS also earned a $30,000 grant to support our middle school students by improving school climate and integrating social-emotional learning strategies in our classrooms. All around, great things are happening at OCS!

Speaking of our PTO, I want to thank this amazing school organization that gives back so much to our school. From book fairs that raise thousands of dollars to our school to family events like Trunk-or-Treat that bring our community together, the PTO is truly an integral part of Odyssey. I ask that all OCS families commit to donating time or resources over the coming year to help support the PTO’s efforts, which ultimately benefits everyone in the school. In addition, the PTO is seeking a Treasurer for the upcoming school year. If interested, please reach out at odysseycharterschoolpto@gmail.com.

Open and transparent communications remain at the forefront of the school’s efforts. To that end, the Board and Administration will continue to host Town Hall meetings in the upcoming school year. Please mark your calendars for the fall Town Hall meetings held from 6:00-7:00PM in the Lower School Multipurpose Room:

  • Wednesday, September 11
  • Wednesday, November 13

For those who could not attend, the executive summary from our July 31st Town Hall is attached to this communication for your review.

In addition, please note that the date of the August Board Meeting has changed and will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00PM in the Lower School Multipurpose Room.

Below are important events and reminders for August and September to help you plan for the return to school. In addition, please find information regarding Girls on the Run and Parade Band and Band Front attached to this communication.

  • Wednesday, August 21st – PTO Back to School Bash @ OCS Athletic Fields 5:00-8:00PM
  • Tuesday, August 27th – Sneak – a – Peek for Grades K, 6 5:00-5:45PM
  • Wednesday, August 28th – Sneak – a – Peek for Grades 1-5, 7 5:00-5:45PM
  • Wednesday, August 28th – 9th Grade Mixer 5:00-5:45PM @I/M Gym
  • Tuesday, September 3rd – First Day of School – Grades K, 6, 9, & 12 Only
  • Wednesday, September 4th – First Day of School – Grades K-12 All Students
  • Monday, September 16th – Open House Grades K, 3, 6-8
  • Tuesday, September 17th – Open House Grades 1-2, 4-5, 9-12
  • Friday, September 20th – Athletics Dress Down Day
  • Monday, 9/23-Friday, 9/27 – Kindness Week
  • Wednesday, September 25th – PTO Family Fun Night @ Grotto’s
  • Monday, September 30th – No After School Activities (Rosh Hashana Observance)

Thank you for your continued support of Odyssey and for being #OCSstrong! It is going to be an amazing SY19-20 in our boundless journey!

Looking forward to our best days ahead,

Denise Parks

Head of School