Mid-year Highlights + Family Day + Alamo for All
Mid-year is upon us! We have had an amazing first few months of school. Our students have participated in some incredible field trips to Barton Springs University and the Texas Natural History Collections at the Pickle Research Campus. We also had our first Service Learning day in October. Odyssey students volunteer monthly as a part of our Service Learning program at local nonprofit organizations to build community and learn the importance of giving back. Several students have also elected to take the PSAT, SAT and ACT this semester as they prepare for life after Odyssey. Our Odyssey community has already accomplished so much in these first few months but there is much more to come!
We have Family Day coming up, but our students (parents and staff) are probably more excited about the Fall and Winter Breaks. It’s a nice chance for everyone to decompress, take a break from the typical daily routines, travel and enjoy family and good food and treats.
In December, we will have mid-terms, so please help your students prepare for exams by asking them for Study Guides (these will be given to students one week before exams). Encourage them to go the extra mile when studying by: making flash cards, creating outlines, and beginning mid-term projects as early as possible. Many students have test anxieties and many of those anxieties can be minimized by simply preparing and studying just 15 minutes per day to build confidence and help retain knowledge. Not letting your anxiety rule you and, instead, using this stress to your advantage is a common suggestion among educational psychologists: “Stress is your body’s warning mechanism — it’s a signal that helps you prepare for something important that’s about to happen. So use it to your advantage. Instead of reacting to the stress by dreading, complaining, or fretting about the test with friends, take an active approach.”
Beyond the excitement of the holiday break (and exams, of course), our students will be preparing for Family Day, which is an annual event where our families, students, teachers, staff, and Board members gather in celebration of the school-wide accomplishments of this first portion of the year. We hear from our Head of School, our Board President, and our Student Council President. We reflect on what it’s like to be a part of such a positive and an effective learning environment. We enjoy a meal together, and student work is proudly on display. Parents and family members are able to see what amazing projects and assignments have been completed during the first portion of our school year. One of the highlights is that we are entertained by Back in Black and White — the Odyssey School rock band.
Are you planning to enjoy a movie with your family over the weekend or the holiday break?
We are pleased to announce a new Alamo Drafthouse program called Alamo for All. A new schedule of sensory-friendly movie showings.
All shows starting before 2 pm on Tuesdays follow Alamo for All rules, with more shows on the weekends at Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. Schedule may vary during holidays. At sensory-friendly Alamo for All shows,
- Lights are turned up
- Sound is turned down
- No pre-show or trailers
- All ages are welcome (including infants)
- Talking and noise is allowed and guests can move around
- Latecomers are admitted
- Adaptive technology is welcome (but no other electronics, please)
Shout-out to Alamo Drafthouse for realizing the need for more sensory-friendly movie options in Austin.
Enjoy your family during this time of giving thanks. We are thankful for all of our amazing students, families, teachers, and staff. Be safe, and we’ll see you after the break.