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October 12, 2018

A Note from Susan

I wanted to take a moment to highlight the programs and activities that are going on in our music curriculum to expand our students' opportunities in this area. Our 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders have been offered the chance to participate in an after school band program.

Last night Mr. Pederson arranged for representatives from Music World to bring a variety of band instruments to the school so that students see what an instrument is—up close and personal—and make a decision on participating in beginning band. Cary was thrilled when over 25 kiddos showed up to investigate playing an instrument. He will be rehearsing (teaching) the band on Tuesdays and Fridays. Now I just need to find him a place for this junior band. I wish the old church was finished!

Our fifth graders are also going to be included in another enhancement of the music curriculum. Every Friday we have secured the services of a violin teacher to instruct the class under Cary’s direction. These violins were purchased with funds from an auction paddle raise a few years ago. Who knows? We may have a young Itzhak Perlman or Lindsey Stirling in our midst.

Dr. Manzo is also working with students in grades 3-5 who wish to perform in a choral group. This junior choir meets once a week to work on liturgical music and developing their vocal skills. They will lead the singing at our weekly Mass, sing at two Sunday liturgies, and perhaps at some outside venues. This group is quite enthusiastic, and I expect great things from them in the coming years. Many, many thanks to Cary and Maria for offering these opportunities to our students. It is one of the numerous great things happening at The Madeleine.

Have a great weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. Parent Teacher Conferences: Click here
  3. YDP Schedule: Click here
  4. Oktoberfest : Click here
  5. Book Donations Click Here



order tickets todayTicket sales are open! Tickets are $90 each and include a drink ticket. You can round up to $100 and help buy a ticket for a teacher.  Click here to buy a ticket.

And you can sign up for “easel items” too when you buy your tickets. Some of the easel items include:


Check Out the Cool Auction Items!

From dog walking to summer camps, dinners to wine tastings, rare collectables and amazing gift baskets and more, this year’s auction has something for all interests and budgets.


Plan Now for the Ultimate Family Adventures!!

Take your family to Japan; Flathead Lake, Montana (Glacier National Park); Washington, DC; Manzanita; and more!


You Can Bid on These Too

Seattle Seahawk Ultimate (and we mean ultimate!) Fan Package, Trailblazers Game from the Nike Suite, Napa Valley getaway, whiskey, wine....oh, my! There is still so much MORE!!!

Volunteers Needed

Your Auction Chairs are working their fingers to the bone, but they can't do everything. Our auction runs on volunteers...remember, every Madeleine School family agrees to spend at least 10 hours of their precious time working on the auction. Are you signed up for yours yet? NO!? Well we have a job for you!

Look at the "night of event" volunteer needs list below, then click here to sign up for a job.

Need more information about these jobs? Have any other auction related questions? Email auction@themadeleine.edu


Sign up here for one of these volunteer jobs!

Dance Fever!!  

Last week, we introduced you to our Saturday Night Fever dancers!  You can start supporting our dancers even before you see dancing! Click here to vote!

Yes, You Do Need to Get Your Tickets!!!!

Click here to buy a ticket.


Any and all auction-related questions can be sent to auction@themadeleine.edu. A member of the auction team will promptly get back to you.


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Please read the directions below on how to schedule a conference.  Please click here to schedule your Parent Teacher Conference.

Middle School Families - Remember that these conferences are student-led. Be sure to plan to bring your child to the conference. 

7th & 8th Grade Families - please sign up with your child's homeroom teacher. Seventh grade students conference with Mr. Parker and eighth grade students conference with Mrs. Hanselman.

Ms. Yuhas Conference Scheduling - First priority is given to 6th grade students as well as Ms. Yuhas' math students. If you are not in these two categories, please email Ms. Yuhas if you would like to meet with her outside of the conference schedule.

Specialist Scheduling - It is not required, but our specialists (PE/Health, Music, Art and Counselor) are all available to meet with you as well. If you would like to schedule a time to speak with one of them choose their tab on the scheduling site.


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YDP Open During School Days Off

YDP will offer care on the following days in which there is no school:

If you are in need of care on the all day inservice days please sign up with Ms. Savery at YDP. The program will open at 8:00 and close at 6:00, except on Wednesday October 24, opening at 11:30 dismissal time. Students will need to bring a lunch. If you are already enrolled 5 days a week the cost is $30 a day. If you are enrolled less than 5 days a week the cost is $45 a day.

**Unfortunately due to space the Wednesday half day is already at capacity with full time students.


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oktoberfest 2018


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Book Donations Welcome!

If you are cleaning out the bookshelves at home the library is interested in receiving your gently used books. If we are not able to use them in the library we will either donate them to a classroom, may try to sell them to Powell’s (and use funds for purchase for the library) or donate them to The Children's Book Bank. If you have books to donate, please bring them to the library and give them to Mrs. Chambers. Thank you!


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Head Checks - Reminder…

If you discover the presence of head lice, don’t panic! It happens! You can deal with the situation on your own or call a professional company like Lice Knowing You. We also ask that you call the school office and tell Mrs. Rosebrook. She will then do a head check on the students in your child’s class. It is very common for these critters to find a home on a friend’s head.  When your child returns to school, please bring him/her to the office for a head check. We have a “no nits” policy so be sure that you have combed out all the nits. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to call Angela.

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Gymnasium Restrooms Update

gym restroomsThe general contractor notified us a couple of weeks ago that the completion of the restrooms has been delayed for a variety of reasons, including having to re-submit the ceiling design when issues became evident at demolition, as well as the initial delay in getting the construction permit. The general contractor is confident that the bathrooms will be complete before the school auction on November 3rd, and possibly up to a week before that. If you have questions or concerns, please contact James Wurzer, at jwurzer@themadeleine.edu.


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muertosDia de Muertos Ofrenda / Day of the Dead Altar at The Madeleine School

Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that combines the Catholic celebration of remembering our dead during All Saints and All Souls days with indigenous belief in supporting the spiritual journey that continues after death. The Dia de Muertos ofrenda is an altar with pictures of loved ones combined with religious imagery, humorous skull art, food, flowers and light. The ofrenda in the Catholic tradition might also include pictures of saints.For the month of October in Art, all grades will be learning about the tradition of Dia de Muertos and the distinct style of Mexican art that might be included in a public altar at a church or cemetery. We will be creating our altar outside of the art classroom and it will have artwork by all students. Our unit will also include artist studies of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.In order for this learning to be really meaningful, we would like to include pictures of your loved ones who have passed. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Send a photo to me by e-mail, and I will print it out: iparmeter@themadeleine.edu
  2. Send a photo with your student in an envelope with your name and student's name clearly on the back of the photo. I will copy it and return the original to you.
  3. Send a program from your loved one's funeral or memorial service. Please let me know if you need the program back: if you wish me to copy it or use the original.

And please contact me if you have special knowledge or skills you would like to share during this exciting unit! I will be assembling the ofrenda October 24 and 25 during conference times and would love it if you would stop by to help out or just say hi!

Mrs. Parmeter, Art Teacher


announcementOne Space Still Available

Spread the word! We have one space available in 1st grade for the 2018 - 2019 school year.



St. Stephen's Lunch Program

lunchesThe 4th graders rocked it this week and brought in 299 lunches! Congratulations, 4th Grade, on a job well done! Our friends at St. Stephens were so delighted and grateful.



safetyCalled to Protect Instructions

As you know from Back-to-School Night, the Archdiocesan child abuse prevention program is named Called To Protect. Because your child’s safety is our number one priority, we follow the directives given to us by the Office of Child Protection. If you wish to volunteer with children here at school or in the parish, you must take the following steps:


Below is a summary of the four steps.
Click here to see the details for each step.

Step 1: You must attend, in person, a Called to Protect training. 

Step 2: You must request a background check.

Step 3: After your background check has cleared, you must go online and read a document called “Standards of Conduct.”

Step 4: You must view the videos this year called "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace."


View the two videos ("Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" and "Duty to Report") and be sure your background check has not expired.

Click here to see the details on how to access the videos. 

Please call the school office if you are confused about any of these steps. If you wish to volunteer in your child’s class, don’t wait until the last moment to complete these steps!

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Shopping for Halloween? Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit The Madeleine!

 amazonIf you’re already looking ahead to Halloween and planning your spooky decorations and costumes, remember to use the Madeleine Parents Club Amazon link. This program donates a portion of everything you spend on Amazon to The Madeleine – and it won't cost you a single cent more! You can click this link to get shopping immediately, or you can read more about this “free fundraiser” here. The more you shop on Amazon using www.themadeleine.edu/amazon, the more money the school makes. The prices and shopping experience are exactly the same as the “normal” Amazon, but using that link earns the school a minimum of 4% commission. It’s one of the easiest fundraisers you’ll ever find!  

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Parenting Teens in a Digital World

October 24 • Presented by Yshai Boussi, LPC

This workshop will focus on helping you, as a parent, understand and support your teen around technology. Specifically, I'll share the latest data and research, cover social media and gaming and have lots of practical tips and suggestions to help you navigate this stuff effectively with your teen.

Both teens and parents welcome to attend. Teens attend at no cost.The current rate lasts until October. If you sign up for both this workshop and another scheduled in February about helping your teen overcome anxiety, depression and excessive stress, you can sign up for both and get a further reduced rate.If you're motivated to come to one or both of these workshops, but don't have the funds, please email me, and I'll make sure you're able to attend. We've all gone through periods where we need a little extra support, so please don't hesitate to reach out.

Here's the link with more information and registration: portlandfamilycounseling.com/parenting-21st-century-teens/

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Download your copy of the bulletin at www.themadeleine.edu/bulletin


We Need You!

Thank you, wonderful Madeleine parishioners, for your support of Maddie’s Cart! The men, women and children living outside in our community are so grateful for your gifts of clothing, food, financial donations, and yourself!

As the weather is changing, coats, hoodies, blankets, sleeping bags, and tarps are needed now. And even though we are doing laundry for many of the people we are serving, ‘street clothing’ (clothing you would wear if you were living outside) continues to be a priority. (A list is available here: www.themadeleine.edu/maddiescart.)

Please join us if you can on Monday morning (we gather at 6:30am in the school’s kitchen) or Monday evening (5:30pm) to share clothing, food and a warm smile with the people in our community living outside.


Care for Creation seeking new chairperson

The Care for Creation Committee is looking for a new Chair! This Parish Ministry brings The Madeleine community together in efforts to care for God’s Creation: the environment and all the earth’s inhabitants. The Committee’s biggest event has for more than 10 years been the spring Electronic Waste Recycling Drive. More in this week's bulletin: www.themadeleine.edu/bulletin


The Madeleine Marketplace—call for vendors

Our annual Madeleine Marketplace Bazaar is Thursday, December 6. We are reaching out to potential vendors with an invitation to operate a booth selling your items. Bazaar opens at 2 pm and closes at 8 pm, in The Madeleine Parish Hall. Vendors may begin setting up at 1 pm. Tables will be assigned. Eight-foot long tables and 60” round tables are available, as is electricity. Please bring your own tablecloths and lights, if you like. Fee to participate is $60. You act as your own bank and take payment at your own risk. Wi-Fi is available. Food and drink will be available for purchase as well as kids’ movies, crafts, caroling and pictures with Santa.
If you are interested in participating and agree with the above terms, please make a check out to The Madeleine for $60. On the memo line please indicate the size table you would like and if you need electricity. Mail check to Susie Andersen at 3401 NE Couch St. Portland, OR 97232. Questions? Contact Susie, 503-680-7728 or susan.andersen@comcast.net.


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