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April 2015

Dr. Nick’s Message

Greetings Odyssey Charter School Families,

The spring holidays have concluded and April has been bringing in some really nice warm weather. It has been great to have the students playing outside for recess, getting fresh air, and soaking up the sunshine. As we continue into our last quarter, we are working to help our students keep focused on becoming better readers, writers, and mathematicians.

The warm weather is also helping to spur on the work at our new upper school. With the successful completion of our nearly $35 million bond offering now completed, we have begun the actual project of renovating the campus at Barley Mill Plaza. Recently two of the eight buildings we purchased as part of our Barley Mill Plaza purchase are in the process of being demolished, according to plan. The area around these buildings is slated to become our playing fields and track.

Our new upper school in BMP #22 has been gutted. The first floor already has new metal studding and drywall. According to Dimitri Dandolos, Project Supervisor for Odyssey School, we are moving ahead on time and according to budget. It is truly exciting to see the beginnings of our new unified campus begin to take shape with these new developments.

We are also seeing significant increases in enrollment applications through the choice process. Odyssey had over 1400 student applicants this year. In addition, the number of fifth-grade students electing to continue with sixth-grade at Odyssey next year has improved dramatically.

We have been working hard to help our students keep up an emphasis on their studies, even with the advent of the many new activities families have scheduled for the spring and summer. If you are interested in our summer camp, please contact Fratzeska Bellafemine, Greek Program Coordinator, for more information about the Greek Language and Summer Camp offerings.

We are only six weeks from the end of our school year. With the weather changing and starting to get much warmer, spring fever has sprung. We have focused on helping our children to end the school year strong. Please make every effort to help support us in this effort and have your children give the end of the year their best effort.

As always, thank you for your continued efforts in support of Odyssey Charter School. We have begun our annual PTO Paving the Way fundraising for the school. Please look for letters from each of the school’s administrators talking about how your generous supplemental financial support helps to support our school’s programs. Please support our PTO with this program if at all possible.

Kindest regards,


Dr. Nick T. Manolakos
Odyssey Charter School


Lower School News

April has cruised right on by! We hope everyone enjoyed their spring break. The students came back ready to tackle the last few weeks of school. During April, we have enjoyed spending time studying Earth Day and ways in which we can help keep our home beautiful. In reading, we wrapped up unit 7 and started unit 8 on comparing and contrasting. We are using a variety of informational texts to help us with this skill. Time and money is our topic in math. In science, we are kicking off our last unit “Wood & Paper”. We are looking forward to all the hands-on activities that comes with this kit! Our end of year testing is underway, as well. May is right around the corner and we have a variety of awesome end-of-year activities to come, including our last field trip! Buckle up, it’s going to go quickly!
The Kindergarten Team

First Grade
This month in First Grade, our students have been introduced to our last science unit on Organisms. Students set up terrariums and aquariums to serve as artificial habitats for the plants, guppies, fresh water snails, pill bugs, and millipedes that the students will learn more about later when they arrive.

Our students have been learning how to predict in reading. Students participated in whole group and guided reading groups where they practiced the skill of predicting by using the title, a picture walk, and the text as clues. The student learned about probability after finished our unit on fractions.

We had a lot of fun in first on earth day by learning ways to take care of the earth. We also read The Lorax by Dr.Seuss and compared and contested the Lorax with the Onceler. As a yummy activity, the students made and ate Truffula Trees made with things like marshmallows, icing, cookies, and a variety sugar crystals.
First Grade Team

Second Grade
The second graders are excited about so many things. They are feeling the spring weather and the approaching homestretch of our school year. In April, we welcomed some interesting visitors into our classrooms. The students received mealworms and caterpillars to observe! They are learning all about their habitats, life cycles, and behavior. The mealworms and caterpillars should be transforming into beetles and butterflies any day now. The students are very enthusiastic about watching this process happen, so they can discuss and record their observations in their special Insect Journals. They are becoming quite the second grade scientists! In May, they will be visiting Bellevue State Park to learn even more about insects and their habitats. Also, the second grade Greek teachers have organized a June field trip to the Brandywine Zoo!

The second grade writers are completing their persuasive writing assignments, and they are beginning to write a “How To” piece. They are eager to share their expertise with their classmates. In Language Arts, the students continue to work on their reading and comprehension skills. Their enthusiasm for the Accelerated Reader program is amazing. Thanks to all of the parents who help encourage them to read at home. Keep up the great reading!

Second Grade students have become experts at addition and subtraction. They have learned several different strategies to add and subtract 3-digit numbers. They have also become familiar with multiplication with arrays, measurement, and fractions. Our next unit will focus on collecting data, graphing, and using a graph to answer questions.

The second grade teachers look forward to sharing the excitement of the end of the school year with these wonderful students.
Second Grade Team

Third Grade
April was another busy month of learning for 3rd graders! In reading, we have finished our compare and contrast unit where we completed our first author study on Tomie DePaola! We read the “Mysterious Giant of Barletta” and several of his Strega Nona stories (Strega Nona Meets Her Match, Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons and Strega Nona’s Harvest.) Students worked in three separate groups, reading one of the three different Strega Nona stories to compare and contrast characters, setting, plot and themes of their story to that of the original story of Strega Nona. We then completed Venn diagrams and story summaries and presented them to the class! We are currently finishing up another unit on cause and effect and learning about Pourquoi Tales (this form of traditional literature tries to explain how and why something happened in nature) and beginning a unit on fact and opinion. In math, we completed a unit on quadrilaterals and identified and sorted them according to their attributes. Did you know that a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square? Students are learning the metric system as well as the U.S. customary units of capacity, mass and length. We are also reviewing material for the upcoming spring state testing. In Science, we are continuing with our study of water and its properties. We can’t wait for our next field trip to White Clay Creek State Park where we will apply our geological knowledge to rocks and minerals. After we study water, students are excited for our last unit – mini society, where they will create their own products, advertise them, sell them and make “money”!

Fourth Grade
April showers bring… the Immigration/Ellis Island Unit! Fourth grade has begun their study of immigration during the period between 1820 and 1920. Students will participate in a simulation of Ellis Island on June 2nd. More information will be sent home soon regarding this culminating event. In math, we are studying measurement and are learning more about the metric system. Remember: King Henry Doesn’t Usually Drink Chocolate Milk! In Social Studies, we have learned about how our country started and are now dissecting the three branches of government and the Bill of Rights. We will be going to Philadelphia on May 29th on a historic walking tour and visiting Betsy Ross’ house. As testing begins, make sure to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy, hearty breakfast to give your brain energy! As always, fourth grade teachers would like to thank the parents for their continued support this school year.


Middle School

Social Studies

Fifth Grade
In 5th grade Social Studies we are in the midst of our Junior Achievement Biz Town unit. Your children are (hopefully) learning how to manage their money well by using checks, debit cards, credit cards, checking accounts and savings accounts. They know that we are looking to see how the community and the economy are related. We have also begun our interviews for our jobs at Biz Town and are looking forward to dressing professionally for our visit to JA Biz Town on May 22nd.
Mr. Morley

Sixth Grade
This month the sixth grade students have been working to answer some tough historical questions. They are practicing their literacy skills by diving into both primary documents and secondary sources to figure out who built the pyramids and if the dark ages were really a dark time. At the end of the month the students will take a week off of history to complete the Junior Achievement “It’s My Future” curriculum. The program has an emphasis on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. The classes will be taught by volunteers who will serve as role models for the students.
Ms. Beeson

Seventh Grade
The 7th Grade is about to wrap up the Why Trade? unit. The unit focused on the idea of trading. Students learned why countries trade as well as the cost and benefits of trading. We conducted a number of different simulations to reinforce the concepts learned. The most popular of the simulations was the Specialization Simulation. During that simulation, students created paper airplanes to analyze the reasons why specialization increases world output. The last month will contain the last unit of the year, Partnerships and Partitions, as well as DCAS Social Studies. The year is winding down but we still have a lot of work to do; but 7th grade can handle it!
Mr. Altmeier


Fifth Grade
5th grade Math students have been keeping busy this quarter. They are learning about coordinate graphs, multiplying fractions and volume!!! For coordinate graphs they have learned a ton of new vocabulary and for fractions they can explain why the value of fractions decrease when you multiply them. I’m sure they could explain what operation they represent if you ask them as well! As the end of the year approaches, students have continued to work hard.
Mrs. Reynolds

Sixth Grade
In our 6th grade math class, we are excited to move onto our algebra unit. We will be analyzing and interpreting tables, graphs, and equations. With algebra comes a lot of real-world problem solving, and students will be creating equations, expressions, and inequalities based on these situations. We are excited to extend our thinking to the next level as we continue to prepare for 7th grade math! Our last two units will focus on algebra and data, which will also incorporate review of previous topics learned in sixth grade.
Ms. Rehrig

Seventh Grade
We are currently working with our 6th unit called “What Do You Expect?” This unit has been a blast so far. It has been a lot of fun watching students make predictions for an experiment and then test their theories! We’ve experimented with coin flips, cup tosses, picking blocks, and many more. Students have been working on gathering data and making decisions based off of class data. After many experiments, we turned to theoretical probability or the expected probability of an event happening. Students have been very creative with the creation of impossible and certain events. I am looking forward to seeing how students do on assessments within this unit! We are also nearing the beginning of our summative Spring assessments! I am excited to see how students perform on these post tests and compare their scores to the Fall!
Ms. Vinton


Fifth Grade
Science Fair was a big hit! A GIANT “Thank You” to all of the judges! Volunteering your science and engineering background to further the national initiative of promoting the sciences, and supporting Odyssey Charter School, we humbly thank you! Each year we like to see this event grow and hopefully next year, it will be even bigger!

Since we are taking DCAS Science on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26-27, this month has been review of concepts learned through the years. We have read up on our Solar System and the power of the Sun. We have refreshed our knowledge of Earth’s structure, forces that create landforms and forces that shape landforms. We have challenged ourselves by reading high-level quality text article from National Geographic called, “The War on Science: What causes reasonable people to doubt reason?” together we read, responded, and wrote with text evidence – what the article was about. We reviewed “The Water Cycle”. Our next refresher will be “Light” and “Energy Resources”.

Finally, we have Motion & Design kit. We will be learning about speeds impact on energy, storing energy, and measurement of speed, force, and motion.

Thank you to all the parents for supporting our 5th graders efforts in homework and giving reminders about responsibilities! During this spring season and testing time, every support we can give our children to help them become well-rounded, educated, responsible Odyssey Charter School students – goes a long way!
Mrs. Horgan

Sixth Grade
Greetings from the Sixth Grade Science Classroom!
During the month of April, students began their study of Earth history and the rock cycle by learning about the Theory of Continental Drift, Alfred Wegner, and Plate Tectonics. Students used a diagram of the continents with symbols representing fossil remains and rock types to reconstruct the possible shape of Pangaea. Students were introduced to the rock cycle and observed samples of metamorphic and igneous rocks using rock classification techniques. Last week, students visited Ashland Nature Center for a Field Geology lesson where they discussed the rock cycle, investigated local rocks, and observed effects of weathering and erosion. Currently, students are modeling techniques used by John Wesley Powell many years ago to study the rocks of the Grand Canyon. Students are making observations of the sedimentary rocks and learning to identify sandstone, shale, and limestone. Using their evidence, they infer changes to the landscape due to differential erosion.
Ms. Manolakos

Seventh Grade
Throughout the month of April, students in seventh grade science have been learning the ins and outs of "Properties of Matter". Students started by learning how to correctly read a thermometer in Celsius and even creating their very own. Phase changes were also discussed and each student had to write their own laboratory report on the process they would take in order to melt ice. This was a very challenging activity which will prepare them for future science classes! At the end of the month, students learned about chromatography and how it is used to solve crimes. Each group did an exciting laboratory experiment which ended up having them determine who was the suspect at the crime scene! The seventh graders will be wrapping up the year learning about Delaware's Watersheds and even taking a trip to the Ashland Nature Center to investigate our very own watershed and ecosystem in the Wilmington area.
Ms. Adamek

English Language Arts

Fifth Grade
It was truly a month of rolling up our sleeves and digging right into various sources and putting together information for our biography projects. Students have been introduced to the projects, they have chosen a person they would like to do research, and have been given deadlines to meet. They are getting ready for sixth grade with gradually taking on more responsibility for their work and consequences! They are well on their way on the learning curve!

In language arts, students have also been identifying more complex cause and effect relationships where they could see and grasp the domino effect of a single event or how several causes can come together to result in one overarching effect. You could help them by identifying cause and effect relationships at home—am sure they could get very creative with this!

We revisited the book Wonder with guest speakers from Children Craniofacial Association, along with Team Lentil who shared with us their life journey as a child who is affected with a craniofacial anomaly. The students enjoyed the assembly and were able to ask them several engaging questions. Many of the students found the visitors “brave,” “inspiring,” and “enlightening”!
Mrs. Yarram and Ms. Potochney

Sixth Grade
- In 6th grade ELA, we wrapped up our poetry unit with a Poetry Coffee House. On Friday, April 17th, the students were able to join with another ELA class and share some of their own poetry creations with their classmates. While listening, the students also enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and a snack. In the spirit of the original beatniks and coffee houses of the 1960s, the children were able to wear dark shirts, sunglasses, and berets, and instead of clapping, the audience snapped when poems were shared. The 6th graders really seemed to enjoy our exploration of poetry, and it was apparent in the quality of their creations. The following Free Verse poem, written by a 6th grade student, seems to capture the spirit of our poetry study.

    by Nikos Demetriou

    Poetry is like a song.
    A song that wants you to sing along.
    The way it flows on a paper,
    Or rolls off your tongue.

    Poetry is its own type of music,
    It creates its own acoustics,
    And when you read poetry for the first time,
    You want to start making your own rhymes.

    And don’t forget,
    That poetry will be read over, and over again,
    But every poem comes to an end,
    And when that happens you read it again.
Ms. Dawson and Mrs. Manley

Seventh Grade
7th grade ELA has been recycling the big questions of what are figures of speech and why do we use figurative language. The answer is simple! It is because of the fact that the human mind operates on symbols and representations. In our classes we have been working on Greek Mythology, which is unique in that it not only told one or two episodes, one or two tales, of super heroes or characters who actually represented something else from "real" life, but rather in that it was so intricately and elaborately woven together into a wondrous and colorful fabric representing the symbols of the human mind. More amazing still, is the fact that this was accomplished across such an extensive length of time and history. If we stop to wonder about the duration of a human life and the time it took to weave and interlace all the myths we have inherited from the Greeks, we shall doubtlessly admire and understand the amazing accomplishment and creation through Greek Mythology. Once you begin to get a taste of it, it seems that you want more. And, there are truly lots to choose from in Greek Mythology. But, in the end, we must remember the symbolic quality of Greek myths in order to fully appreciate their meaning and essence. So, here’s to appreciating myths and their origins!
Ms. Todd and Ms. Stockl


Greek Classes

In kindergarten we have been focusing on foods in Greek Language and the Euro, the money used in Greece, in Greek Math. Over the next few weeks we will be bringing home arts and crafts of sandwiches, salads, and fruit salads as we learn the foods. We will wrap up the units by making a menu for a Greek restaurant, complete with prices for each item! Καλή Όρεξη (Bon Appétit) (Enjoy)!
Elpida Bairaktari, Evi Sourlou &Niki Tantalou

First Grade
April has been a very busy month for first graders! We are currently concluding our Geometry unit. The children are now able to recognize parallel and perpendicular lines and right angles, identify plain and solid shapes based on their attributes, and calculate perimeter and area. Our next stop is going to be measurement, where we will use our knowledge of geometry and geometrical shapes to measure with standard and non-standard units. First graders are always in shape!
Niki Tantalou, Evi Sourlou

Second Grade
The second grade students are having an excellent month. In Greek language they are busy preparing for their upcoming field trip to the zoo. They are learning about animals and their habitats and how to describe them in Greek. Throughout the month, they have worked in groups, partners and individually to complete puzzles, jigsaws and play games. Additionally, they have created a book of farm animals where they have written full sentences in Greek to describe each farm animal. Please look for those books in their folders this upcoming week. In Greek math, they have been learning about shapes and their attributes. They have created projects using pasta where they had to design shapes when given specific attributes, such as: number of angles, name of shape, number of sides. Next they will learn how to distinguish parallel lines and right angles.
The Second Grade Team
Tina Iliadis, Sophia Vazou & William Dounavis

Third Grade
Dear parents/guardians,
Third graders enjoyed their Spring break during this month by making crafts related to the season and came back fresh to finish the school year. In language, we are working on our last theme “The sea and beaches in Greece”. This theme involves two units “Greek sea myths”, such as Homer’s Odyssey, the story of the return of Odysseus and his adventures, and “the sea life in Greece”. In Math, we are finishing Fractions and heading in our Geometry Unit.
Fragitsa Cambouri, Ourania Lalioti, Panagiotis Tsakalis

Fourth Grade
This month in 4th grade Greek language class students were learning about animals and their habitats. In grammar they learned adjectives related to animal description as well as some verbs. Finally, they learned to describe their favorite animal. In Greek math they learned the metric system, they familiarized themselves with measurements of length , weight and capacity . They also got to do project comparing US measurements to metric measurements. We will rap up with our unit of measurements and work with geometry.
Anna Stoupaki, Tsourka Thaleia

Fifth Grade
Students gained experience with rectangular prisms and learned how we calculate the volume of rectangular prisms by counting the number of cubical units that fit in the 3D shape or by using the formula V= W x L x H. Also, students understood the difference between the Area and the Volume and the relationship between them.
Yiannis Kokkinomalis

Sixth Grade
The 6th Grade Greek Math classes have been studying Data & Statistics and reviewing previous work. We will be looking at the probability distributions of pairings of fictitious dice including examples of other naturally occurring distributions. There are many interesting examples in this chapter. At the same time we will be working intensively on our individual Greek Math projects for the following month.
Kyriakoula Micha & Vassillios Guidoglou

Seventh Grade
For the month of April, our wonderful 7th graders were exposed to the mystical world of Mythology. We enjoyed depicting Greek Gods and their traits throughout small texts. Practicing both our literary skills and our pronunciation in the Greek Language, it was a lot of fun! Moreover, we were introduced to various verbs and later made phrases utilizing these verbs in sentence form on sentence strips and put them up in our colorful classroom. At the end, we accomplished a paragraph about what we do in our everyday lives, routines, in the Simple Present Tense. Keep up the great work 7th grade Greek Language students!
Alexandra Pantelidis

Greek Culture
Dear OCS Families,
We are currently studying Greek root words in our culture classes. The students are learning to apply their knowledge of the Greek language to identify Greek roots within unknown English words. They are learning to decipher meaning and make inferences about words based on what they know in Greek. For example: all of our students know that the word chronos means time, therefore, they are able to use that information to make inferences about words such as synchronous, chronometer and chronological. These words are well above their grade level, but because they study Greek, they are able to decipher meaning sooner than other children. Currently they are in the process of creating a book with Greek roots, their meanings and images to represent them that will help them remember the definitions. Please look for this book to come home in the middle of May. We have also been singing and dancing to the song Prefixes, Suffixes, & Roots Rap.
Giannis Sporidis (Kindergarten), Dimitris Vafeiadis (1st Grade), Tina Iliadis (2nd Grade), Panagiotis Tsakalis (3rd Grade)




Lower School
KG is working on texture centers. First grade is exploring Pointillism and the art of Georges Seurat. Second grade is doing print making inspired by Andy Warhol. Third graders are making Egyptian style self-portraits. Fourth graders are creating comic books based on Greek myths! We look forward to seeing you at our art show at the lower school on May 28th from 6-8 pm.
Mrs. Roosma

Upper School
All students are working on their final projects for the year in art. The last project for 5th grade is creating a clay pinch pot that they need to turn into to something, for example, a pinch pot turned into a fish. 6th graders are creating their African masks, which most of them say is their favorite project! They also learn about what the masks are used for, the symbolism in the masks, and what shapes/lines/patterns are mostly used. The 7th graders are creating beautiful weavings in a circle. They made a loom out of a paper plate and they are weaving round and round. Mrs. Huelsenbeck, the library teacher, was nice enough to donate lots of handmade string that she made out of wool.
Mrs. Ciriaco


Lower School
Our students are becoming experts at navigating our library, searching for a specific genre, returning books on time and caring for their books. They are doing a terrific job at following our well-established library routines. They are “owning” their library by helping out as assistant librarians, which means they are helping in organizing, straightening, and even doing some shelving. As we near the end of the school year, you may be seeing a note come home concerning books your child may need to return. The book bag is always the safest place to keep library books – away from food and water, of course! Thank you for helping your child be a responsible library patron!
Mrs. Graham

Upper School
In Library Research class, we are continuing our unit on Visual Literacy. Fifth graders are learning some of the ins and outs of book design and illustration as they work toward completing their ABC picture books. Sixth and seventh graders have explored the importance of photographs, maps and diagrams as stand-alone sources as well as support for text.
Our Spring Buy One, Get One book fair was held in the library the week of 4/20 and gave students the opportunity to purchase books at a great price. We also purchased some recently-released fiction for our library collection so students should find some new books on our shelves soon!
With the year coming to a close, we will be sending home overdue notices. Please ask your child to check their rooms, cars, lockers, under couch cushions and anywhere else the books may be hiding. With our small collection, it is vital that every book that leaves the library returns.
Sue Huelsenbeck and Naomi Hoffman

Physical Education

Lower School
Physical Education will close out the school year with Fitnessgram for older students (2nd-4th) and reinforcement of learned skills for younger students (K & 1). Earlier in the school year all second, third and fourth grade classes were tested in cardiovascular endurance (the pacer test), flexibility (back-saver sit-and-reach & trunk lifts) and muscular strength/endurance (push-ups and curl ups). All of these students will see how much they’ve grown from the beginning of the school year to the present.
Kindergarten and first grade will complete review lessons on: locomotor (traveling) movements, i.e. galloping, skipping, karaokes, etc..while being safe; reinforcement of the importance of regular exercise and how circuit training with different modalities will help to create a balanced exercise regime; Throwing and catching review will facilitate positive growth with hand-eye coordination; and the concept of fitness should be fun: a variety of games will help reinforce the main idea that a healthy lifestyle is a fun, active life while staying safe.
Mr. P worked with his students to learn Greek dancing. Kindergarten learned the Palamakia, first and second grade practiced the Hasaposerviko, while third and fourth grade danced the Kalamationos. It was an excellent learning experience for all involved (including Mr. P.)!
Last, all students completed their final Health lessons in direct peaceful confrontation. Please practice “I statements” with your 1st-4th graders and work on helping your Kindergartners identify their different emotional states.
Genuinely, Zachary Plerhoples

Upper School
The 5th, 6th, and 7th grade has spent the month of April learning various skills related to team handball. The students have learned how to accurately throw using an overhand throwing technique, throw while moving to open space, and throw for distance. They have also worked on various defensive strategies such as how to defend a player 1 vs 1 and how to play a "zone" defense. The students have started playing small sided games using pug goals and the basketball nets and will continue playing mini games into the month of May.
Mr. Laudeman


Lower School
Kindergarten is finishing up our unit on Louis Armstrong and beginning to learn songs about trains. Train songs are great for practicing steady beat and locomotor movement. We especially like to practice vocal exploration by making train noises! In 1st Grade, we are studying The Carnival of the Animals by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. We are having so much fun trying to figure out what the animals are based on whether the music is loud/soft, fast/slow, etc. 2nd Grade has been learning about Ella Fitzgerald, and we are getting ready to scat and improvise our own songs. 3rd grade is learning about the notes on the scale, as well as working on a folk dancing unit. 4th graders have started recorder again and are working towards earning their Recorder Karate black belts by the end of the year!
Ms. Dries

Upper School
The year is nearly at an end! So we are trying to keep things exciting as we work through the last few weeks in music.

7th grade is preparing an experiment to determine whether or not people react the same way to music. They will be presenting their classmates with various selections of music, and gauging emotional responses to determine whether or not we are predisposed to "feel" a certain way about music. 6th grade is still hard at work on percussion and has been spending time working on, and creating, ostinatos. Soon they will be composing and presenting their own ostinato compositions as small groups. And in 5th grade we are continuing with recorder but will also be incorporating conducting and singing back into our weekly classes.

Band parents should be on the look out for a form sent home about additional rehearsals the week before the concert, similar to the extra rehearsals we held before our winter concert. Please make sure our musicians are staying on top of their schedules and their practicing at home.
Derrick Kelley

Technology and Business Education Class

SBA SKILLS: In preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, students in grades 3 and 4 have been learning how to type number sentences on the computer to solve word problems. Grades 2, 3, and 4 are also beginning to learn the top row keys on the keyboard and are now practicing with “computer skins” covering the keyboard – they were a bit worried but are doing a great job and are so proud of themselves!

CANDY PROJECTS & PRESENTATIONS: Upper School students have continued to learn about spreadsheet and presentation software. 5th grade students completed a “Candy Preferences” project, where the entire class’ candy favorites were represented in bar graph form on a spreadsheet. 6th grade students are presenting their “Me Projects” to the class – showing off their presentation software skills. Finally, 7th grade students are fine-tuning their “Career Presentation” slide shows – you can see some of their work on the “What Do You Want to Be?” bulletin board in the 7th grade hallway.
Mrs. Stoume


Dear Odyssey Families,
I am so excited to share the results of our Math Olympiad competitions from March and April. As you may have heard, our 4th and 5th grade teams participated in the Egg Harbor Township Tournament for Jersey Shore Mathletes. One of our 4th graders won 3rd place in the individual competition. We also had two honorable mentions. One from 4th grade and another from 5th. Odyssey was represented well by ALL of our student mathletes.

Our 6th and 7th grade team competed in the first ever Arthur J. Turner, Jr. Scholarship Foundation Math Bee. Our team took home 1st place overall as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the individual and partner events. Winning isn’t everything but it was so nice to see all of their hard work pay off. I’m so proud to coach our Math Olympiad teams. What a great showing!

Upcoming events in ACE: 4th Grade Yard Sale (5/2 @ Lower Campus), 5th Grade Fundraiser for Delaware Humane Association (Take One, Help Many), 6th Grade Pet Treat Sale to benefit Faithful Friends (5/16 @ Bellefonte Arts Festival), and 7th Grade Fundraising Talent Show to benefit St. Jude (6/1 @ Upper Campus for grades 5-7).

May is going to be busy, busy, busy. Thank you for all of your support!
Mrs. Smith


School Nurse


With spring comes more fun outside. All this extra exercise is great for our bodies and minds! Sometimes, though, injuries and illness happen. Here are a few reminders about staying healthy and safe as we get back outside more.

The best way to avoid head injury is to wear a helmet.
Few children get through childhood without falling on their heads at least once. Most of the time, no problems result, but a child should be watched closely for several days after a fall for signs of concussion. CALL THE DOCTOR IF: If your child seems excessively sleepy or confused, feels weak or decreased coordination, nausea/vomiting, slurred speech, complains of headaches or visual disturbances, or if they have a seizure. Your child may develop a bruise or “goose egg” on the head; however, the size of a bump does not indicate the seriousness of the injury. Apply ice to prevent swelling. If your child is sent home from school with a head injury they need to be watched carefully for the above signs of serious injury. Notify your child’s school if your child was injured at home, so staff can monitor them for signs indicating a more serious injury.

Occasionally children are hurt while playing. The best treatment is prevention, but if that fails, the recommended treatment for these type of injuries include:
    I-AN ICE OR COLD PACK APPLIED, with a cloth covering
When you apply ice packs to the site you need to place a barrier (towel) between the ice pack and your skin to prevent frostbite. Ice is to be applied for 20 minutes and removed for at least 20 minutes then reapplied. Some physicians recommend heat or warm soaks after the first 48 hours. Consult your doctor to verify their preferred method of treatment. Also consult your doctor if your child experiences significant discomfort, if swelling is present, or if there is an inability to bear weight on the injured limb.

Warmer, sunnier days, also means more sun exposure and risk of sunburns. We encourage students to prevent skin damage by bringing hats to wear outside, and applying sunscreen SPF 15+ before school. If a student is to use sunscreen at school, they must store it in their book bag, and your child must be able to apply it independently. As the days get warmer, encourage your kids to seek shade, particularly in the middle of the day and to use shady areas during breaks, lunchtimes, sports and trips.

When the temperatures soar as they often do during the months of May through August, children like adults, can find themselves at risk for heat related illness. When children are busy and having fun they forget to drink fluids and may dehydrate. Symptoms of dehydration are varied and can include, but are not limited to: dry mouth, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps, weak or rapid pulse, confusion, fainting and nausea. Relying solely on thirst is often a poor indicator of hydration. By the time a child is thirsty, he is already dehydrated. In hot weather, a child's response to physical activity is different from adults for several reasons:
  • Children use more energy than adults while doing the same thing.
  • Children have a low sweating capacity.
  • Children‘s body core temperature rises at a higher rate during dehydration.
For these reasons it is extremely important to monitor the amount of fluids your child consumes. Encourage children to start the day with fluids, i.e. milk and juice and continue drinking throughout the day. Watery fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, grapes, oranges, tomatoes and corn also count. There is no substitute for water, as it is the best fluid to hydrate the system. Keep in mind that children must be reminded to drink even when they are not thirsty. Until they get in the habit, it may take constant reminding and encouragement.
Mrs. Tzinoudis & Mrs. Lowe


Counselors Corner

The Lower School is looking forward to an exciting end of the year PBS Party! Students may cash our 75 tickets if they wish to attend an OCS carnival at the end of May. The PBS team is thrilled to have the opportunity to host a larger party to close out the year. A big thank you to one of our 2nd grade teachers, Ms. Bowne, and her mom. They were nice enough to offer several games from their party business to make this event a success.

PBS- US Party Event US students who chose to spend some of their PBS (Positive Behavior Support) tickets on this event seemed to really enjoy themselves. We had many options available that they could choose from including; compute games, board games, mosaic painting, a WI room and of course chosen by all, the ice cream sundae room!!!! Our middle school students are also enjoying cashing in their PBS tickets once a month for the opportunity to dress down and wear their regular clothing.

Please note: Yvonne Nass is coming back to the Lower School on May 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm. She will be discussing the challenge of keeping our children safe in the world of today’s technology. All Upper School and Lower School parents are encouraged to attend. Child care will be available by calling the Lower School at (302) 994-6490 48 hours in advance.
Barbara Berrick & Kristin Nannas


Code of Conduct Reminders

Although this is not currently officially in the Code of Conduct, we would like to remind you of our student dismissal policies.

Procedures for changes in dismissal:

    For the safety of the students, as per our standard dismissal procedures, phone calls, emails, or faxes to the school are NOT accepted as notification of a change in dismissal.
    Changing a student’s standard dismissal plan on a given day is strongly discouraged, but must be in writing and sent to school with your child(ren) in the morning.
    (If an exception is made, we are not responsible for messages not being received or remembered.)

    Any EARLY dismissals must be prior to 2:45 pm (Upper School) or 3:00 p.m. (Lower School).
    Parents arriving after 2:45 pm (US) or 3:00 pm (LS) for early dismissal will be directed to the car line or the child’s bus stop.
    If a student is not picked up prior to the early dismissal time, the student(s) will be dismissed according to their normal dismissal procedure.
    Notes indicating changes or early dismissal must accompany the student to school in the morning.

iWatches/Smart Watches
With the release of the Apple iWatch and similar devices, students have inquired about wearing these communication devices to school. Please refer to the Code of Conduct sections regarding “Communication Devices” and “Possession of Electronics…”. These watches are not appropriate for school use; further, such devices are very expensive, and students are wholly responsible if brought to school.


Enrollment Update

Once your child indicates that he or she is leaving Odyssey, he or she must go through the application/lottery process again if he or she wants to return to Odyssey. If there is still a sibling here, the child would get sibling preference in the lottery, but is not guaranteed acceptance to OCS. For example, this year we had 9 siblings apply for 2nd grade, but we had no open seats. None of those siblings has been admitted to OCS.


Greetings from the OCS PTO!

Paving the Way
Fundraising Campaign

Thank you to all of the friends and families of Odyssey Charter School for your contribution to our Paving the Way campaign!! We have raised $40,707 this year for our amazing school!! This includes an extremely generous donation from one of our families for $10,000!! THANK YOU!!

Brandywine Brewing Company and OCS Guest Bartending Event
Odyssey PTO will be hosting a fundraiser at the BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville, Delaware on May 19th.

All tips will be donated to OCS, 10% of your dinner bill will be donated if you write OCS on the bill. The “Basket of Cheer” raffle winner will be pulled at this event as well. You don't have to be an Odyssey Owl to attend.

Can't attend but want to contribute? Please visit: PTO Fundraising Page and click on "Donate".

List of the bartenders and their scheduled time:

    6:00-6:20pm Dr. Nick & Tracie Principe
    6:20-6:40pm Demetra Tzinoudis & Katie Standish
    6:40-7:00pm Shelly Towler & Danielle Wenzel
    7:00-7:20pm Kristin Nannas & Casey Bowne
    7:20-7:40pm Jeannie Giordano & Melanie Burridge
    7:40-8:00pm Charlotte Horgan & Michele Poppiti
    8:00-8:20pm Dan Newcott & Evan Winokur
    8:20-8:40pm Shane Morley & Leah Berrick
    8:40-9:00pm Matt Laudeman & Katie Manley
100% of funds raised at the BBC Guest Bartending Event will go to Middle School Sports Programs.

Thank you,
Odyssey Charter School PTO