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January 5, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome back and happy New Year. I hope your Christmas vacation was filled with family time and perhaps some relaxation???? I enjoyed being with 3 of my grandchildren and 3 grand dogs!


We are getting ready for the new school year, which begins in September. Our Open House for prospective families will be February 5th and February 6th, with an information night for prospective parents on Monday and school tours on Tuesday. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our school community, please have them come or give me a call for information. I maintain that the best marketing we can do is “word of mouth.” More details about the Open House days will be coming.


In today’s Friday Folder is the annual re-registration form for 2018-2019. If your child will be returning to The Madeleine next year, you must fill out the form and return it to the office. We need an accurate count of how many open spots we might have in order to register new students. Please take a minute and fill out the form if you know of your plans for next year. It will make Angela’s job so much easier if she can collect the forms in the next two weeks. If you have a child who will be 5 before September 1st and wish to enroll him/her in Kindergarten, please include that child on the re-registration form, too. Forms are due by January 19th.


The annual book and materials fee for the coming year is also due, but not until February 1st. (Get those Christmas bills paid first!) Please note that the fee increases after the due date of Feb. 1st.


We need volunteers for both days of our Open House--- greeters, tour guides, hospitality, etc. If you would like to help, contact Julie Baldwin, who is organizing our helpers. She can be reached at julie.juliebaldwin@gmail.com.


Have a great weekend.



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  4. Old Church Update: Click Here
  5. Joyful Giving: Click Here

angelAngels Among Us

Christmas Teacher Wish List

Thank you to the many angels who fulfilled so many of our teachers' wishes with everything from Hokki stools to electric pencil sharpeners and gift cards galore.


These items are not in the budget, but really enhance the classroom and provide hundreds of dollars in classroom extras! 

open houseOpen House: Spread the Word!

It’s time to reach out to all the families who look forward to sending their kids to Madeleine next year. Word of mouth is our best marketing tool, so be sure to tell everyone you know about our Open House Events.


Parent Information Night – Monday, February 5th @ 7pm

Come hear all about the school from Principal Susan Steele, Father Mike Biewend and current parents. Visit the classrooms and enjoy conversations with current parents.

School Tours – Tuesday, February 6th from 10am - 1pm

Bring your child for a tour of the school and see the teachers and current students in action.


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lunchHot Lunch Update

As many of you know, our Kitchen Coordinator, Nora Balsz, accepted a new position at another parish over the break. This has caused a temporary pause in our hot lunch program. Rest assured, however, that the process is already under way to get our hot lunch program going again full time. Please stay tuned to future editions of Friday Footnotes for information about Madeleine's Hot Lunch Program.


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Geography Beebee

Coming in January

Students, it’s time to brush up on your map and geography skills! Grades 4-8 will be participating in the National Geographic Society’s 2018 National Geographic Bee.


During the week of January 8-12, classroom Bees will take place. The top two students from each grade will participate in the school Geography Bee on January 29. The winner of the school Bee will be eligible to take an online test to qualify for the state Bee.


Click here to see the attached flyer for more information about the app, official study guide, and other preparation material for the Bee!



Jogathon Leaders

Picture a sunny day on the Field of Dreams . . . picture Madeleine students getting great exercise as they raise money for their school . . . picture yourself and a friend making it all possible! This could be you if you step forward to be a Jogathon Leader.


Our fearless leaders for the past several years, Kelsi Charlesworth and Shelby Walker, will be graduating from the Jogathon as their daughters graduate from The Madeleine.


So, the 2018 Jogathon will be their last. This means that you have the opportunity to learn from the best this year before you step up as a Jogathon Leader in 2019.


Sound interesting? How about a little bit of sugar to sweeten the deal? Our new Jogathon Leaders will be exempt from having to work a volunteer job at the 2018 Auction!


Contact Caryn Fiedler at cfiedler@themadeleine.edu with questions and expressions of interest.


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danceThe Annual 8th Grade Ballroom Dance Class Returns

Classes start tonight @ 8:15pm!

Hosted by 8th grade Madeleine Moms for more than a decade, this popular class brings together 8th graders from Catholic schools across North and Northeast Portland each year for seven classes of Cha Cha, Swing, Foxtrot and much more for only $42.50!


If you or someone you know has an 8th grader at The Madeleine, All Saints, St. Rose, Holy Redeemer, Holy Cross or St. Ignatius be sure to get them signed up! Classes begin tonight at 8:15pm right here in Parish Hall! Feel free to just show up and pay at the door.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details and a link to sign up.


Questions? Contact Julie Doherty, Aimée Holzschuh or Aimée Samuelson at MadBallroomDance@gmail.com.



Favorite Things Partysignup

Saturday, January 27 @ 6pm

“Brown paper packages tied up with string....these are a few of my favorite things.” Come hungry because there will be plenty of food, wine (everyone’s favorite), fun and mingling with other Madeleine moms on a cold winter’s night. Bring a ”favorite” thing you wouldn’t want to live without ($25 limit) in a brown paper package to exchange. There will be no dog bites, no bee stings, no feeling sad because we all will walk away with new favorite things. Come on, we all know there are better things than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens!

Hosted by Lindsie Campbell, Noel Larson & Susan O'Leary


Click here to sign up for the Favorite Things Party!


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givingMaking Giving Joyful

Many thanks to those of you who chose to remember The Madeleine School with an end-of-year donation.


We recognize that the many appeals during the holidays can be a challenge for each family trying its best to be as generous as possible during the holidays. Knowing that each family has its own giving preferences, we provide many opportunities for giving to The Madeleine School throughout the year. We are grateful if you chose to support The Madeleine School during the holiday season!


Our goal is to make giving to The Madeleine School a joyful experience for your family that aligns with your family’s wishes and timeline. For this reason, we’re providing you with an overview of upcoming events, drives, and appeals that will take place at The Madeleine School to help your family achieve your personal giving objectives.


Our best to you for a wonderful 2018!


Click here to see descriptions of upcoming events, drives and appeals taking place at The Madeleine School.


Please know that you may support The Madeleine School at any time of the year by visiting The Madeleine School Giving Page at www.themadeleine.edu/schoolgiving.


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Old Church Project—Some Changes in Response to Your Input

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Old Church Project Planning Study. We received many comments in support of the project, many questions about the project, and a few concerns.

Restrooms move out of Middle School

One of the questions that arose had to do with the placement of the restrooms, which in the original concept were positioned in what is now the Middle School hallway and part of the Seventh Grade classroom.
Responding to concerns—from parents, school faculty and students—about loss of space in Middle School, we went back to the architects to see what other options they could come up with. They came up with some great options.

Gym Restroom Expansion Added To Plan

In addition, Susan Steele requested that a remodel/reconfiguration of the restrooms near the gym be explored—currently they’re too small when students are changing for PE class. See the before and after images below to see the proposed changes. Click to see the before and after plans.

Together, we will make the Old Church Project something we can all be proud of...something that will serve our school, our parish and our community for the next century of service at The Madeleine


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Book Fair Successbookfair

Winter Book Fair was a huge success thanks to all who came to support!
Throughout the week, we sold over $4,200 worth of books from Scholastic. The money we raised from sales is used to purchase new books for both the library and the kids' individual classrooms.


In addition, the $2 Free Dress Day brought in $426! This money was used to purchase books for The Children’s Book Bank, a local charity that gives books to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to books at home.


Thanks again to the volunteers who helped make the Book Fair a great success.

pizza8th Grade Fundraiser @ Fire + Stone

Thursday, February 1 @ 5pm - 9pm

Fire + Stone Pizzeria and Restaurant is donating 15% of its proceeds to the Madeleine 8th Grade Ashland Class Trip! Take a night off from cooking and help support Madeleine's 8th graders. Plus, there's no school on Friday, so no need to worry about homework!

WHERE: Fire + Stone, 3707 NE Freemont

WHEN: February 1 @ 5pm - 9pm

OPTIONS: Dine in or Take out

The Scoop at St. Mary's Academyscoop

January 5 @ 4:15pm

Calling all 8th grade girls! Our crew of St. Mary’s Academy Ambassadors have planned a super fun event for you and your friends to get “The Scoop” on high school life at St. Mary’s.


Join us on Friday, January 5 from 4:15-6:00pm for an afternoon filled with exciting activities and delicious ice cream! RSVP to Kelsey Hui via email at admissions@smapdx.org by Tuesday, January 2.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

screenagersScreening of Award-winning Screenagers Documentary

Tuesday, January 16 @ 6:30pm

RSVP Requested

Join Holy Cross Catholic School for a screening of the award-winning Screenagers documentary that looks into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. The Holy Cross tech teacher and called to protect trainer will also lead a discussion and provide tips for parents.


The documentary will be shown on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Cross School Hall.


Holy Cross Catholic School
5202 N. Bowdoin Street, Portland, OR 97203

RSVP at https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-holy-cross-catholic-school-6600 or call the school office at 503-289-3010.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

starsYDP is Hiring

Our before and after school program, better known as YDP, is needing some additional help. In order to be in compliance with our licensing agency, we must have a certain number of adults on duty to meet the student/teacher ratios. This year we are serving many children, especially in the afternoon, and we need to hire some additional personnel. We have placed a few ads, but no luck in recruiting appropriate hires.


"Word of mouth” advertising is the best, so we need some help in getting the word out. The Madeleine kids are great to work with, the pay is competitive, and the schedule follows the school calendar. So this means there are long Christmas, Spring, and Summer breaks. So if you know of someone who would like to work a few hours a day, a few days a week, please, please, please ask him/her to give me a call. Think high-schoolers over 18, part-time college students, nannies, retirees who want to get out of the house for a few hours. Perhaps this job is of interest to you? No stress, just lots of fun.

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Audio/Video Ministry needs your help!

We are putting together a team of ministers to assist in running the video screens and sound system during our weekend liturgies. This is a very important ministry, as both sound and screens help to enhance our worship experience.

Both ministries make use of technology, so comfort with an iPad for the sound levels and presentation software on a laptop computer for the video screens are very helpful. (Similar to Powerpoint—you run the presentations that have been built for each Mass, and will not need to edit or create them.)

Interested? Please contact Rich Hammons, rhammons@themadeleine.edu.


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