Drawing on April 7th!
If your child is rising into a new classroom next year, this evening is for you!
Parents of rising K-9th grade students are invited into your next year’s classroom to enjoy a presentation about classroom culture and what to expect in your new grade level. Because we are a close-knit community, you may often see your next grade level teachers around the halls, but we encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know them better! You can ask questions, see learning artifacts, and experience a deeper view into your new teacher’s philosophy and style.
Please RSVP, especially if you plan to use childcare! As always, we plan very carefully for the number of children we expect to be in our care to ensure they have a safe and fun experience. Thank you for letting us know your plans!
Join us for our annual holiday performance & pot luck: The Festival of Light!
Our classrooms prepare unique and thematic artistic expressions of how we celebrate inner, natural, and poetic light in times of shortened days and the cold of winter. Following performances, we will celebrate the light in our community with a potluck and social gathering. We hope to see you there!
Save the date for November 15th and remember to RSVP for child care!
We are excited to welcome you back to campus for pizza, swimming, and fun!
Our Annual Community Pool & Pizza Party is a great way for old friends to reunite, to meet new friends, to enjoy our swimming pool, and to get ready for the first day of school! Some time will be just for play, and we will also spend some time together in our classroom communities so you feel all ready for that first day back.
We provide the dough, and we all potluck toppings, so please RSVP if you’re able to join us!
Every Monday morning, our prekindergarten through fifth grade classrooms gather each week to ground and center together!
Together, we practice breath-work, visualization, music, singing of a diverse, global variety of devotional songs, including those in Hebrew and Sanskrit languages. During our centering practices, we aim to cultivate and develop a relationship with our interior world. Children feel inside their bodies through the aesthetics of sound and vibration to connect with their authentic self. When we are meditating together, we are creating an experience that is invisible and experiential!
Community Centering teaches children techniques to relax their bodies and mind. Students are able to connect to the present moment. This is an integral practice because the children are cultivating and developing a relationship within themselves, and at the same time having an experience together, integrating different perspectives while in the midst of growing and learning.
Does your child have difficulty getting out the door in the morning? Does your child resist “unpleasant” activities like brushing teeth, cleaning up, or doing schoolwork? Are you struggling to effectively address everyday family challenges in a calm and creative way? In this highly interactive and practical event, we will:
Learn the three brain states and how to communicate with your children in each.
Identify what leads to recurring “problem” behaviors in your children.
Identify concrete strategies to use in effectively handling stressful situations.
Discover ways to prevent problems by creating more calmness and connection
Parents who register by February 6th will receive a digital copy of Shonnie’s “Mama’s Power Pack” which contains Taproots of Conscious Family Life, A New Take on Tantrums, and Instantly (Re)Connect with Your Child.
Childcare and light fare is provided!
Director of Operations, Coranna Adams, spoke to a full house during one of Asheville’s quarterly PechaKucha events on October 9, 2015.
PechaKucha is a global movement, named for the Japanese word for “chit chat,” which encourages cities to organize events that create a platform for local voices. Coranna’s presentation has been shared worldwide and continues to spread the word about the unique, Integral Education offered at Odyssey.
View her presentation below, and please note that it is most suitable to be watched by adults as it was prepared for a Friday Night audience of adults!
You can also view it on PechaKucha’s global website here.
Our preschool is Odyssey’s leading program in sweet, nurturing spirit. Their class offers a Friday Morning Market each week on campus and participates in Asheville city-wide and Montford neighborhood festivals throughout the year. Students are leaders in their every day routine with classroom jobs and extend this leadership to the greater community through their garden program.
3.5, 4, and 5 year olds tend the soil, seed, and water plant starts that later become the seedlings for sale at the market! In addition, Director Courtney Fincher leads her class through the cultivation and harvest of Holy Basil tea, another Odyssey product for sale to the community. All sales from this project are used to support programs in their classroom and to support our Odyssey family.
This sweet photo of our pre-k students on the playground, taken by our own pre-k director Courtney Fincher, was recently featured in The Laurel of Asheville! It was also mentioned on a blog, let the children play, focusing on a post about what you can do with bamboo. Cool!
Friday, April 26th, 8:30-9:30 am
The Pre-k kids will be out front selling tomato, pepper, & lettuce starts, & honey and eggs from the Jordan-Blackley Farm, Imladris Jams, bread from Annie’s Bakery, locally roasted coffee, sweet treats, 5th Sun products, and more.
The preschool teachers have been working on developing a garden curriculum that involves a Farmer’s Market component. The class dives into the theme during summer, but for the past few years have had a “Farmer’s Market” in the Spring. The Spring Market builds excitement for the summer curriculum and allows the class to raise some money for their garden needs. (They will have another later in the year to sell their harvests.) Please “save the date” for this fun event!