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October 12, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Accreditation 2017 is officially over! From all the feedback I have received (parents, team members, teachers, students, and pastor) I think I can say, “They came, they saw, and WE CONQUERED!” It was certainly an affirming event, but I would be lying if I said I can’t wait to do it again.


We have many people to thank for participating in the year long protocol. Kudos to our fabulous staff for the many hours of collaboration in order to write the Self Study, and collect all the evidence mentioned in the document, and for all the extra classroom preparation to be sure that we were at our best. Thank you to Angela for all the behind the scenes clerical work and hospitality. Thank you to Molly Briscoe and Susan Samuelson for planning, cooking and serving delicious meals to keep the team well fed. Thank you to Fr. Mike for his conversation with the team. I don’t know what he said, but they came away knowing that our school is a precious ministry of the parish. Thank you to all the students who talked to the team and were able to articulate why they love their school. Thank you to all the parents who came to the Tuesday Parent Meeting and shared their Madeleine story, including all the things they value and appreciate about our school community. All in all it was a powerful, validating experience. (Said with a tremendous sigh of relief!)



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Easel Item Sneek Peek: Click Here
  2. Parent Ed Night - 10/18: Click Here
  3. Sign up for Conferences: Click Here
  4. CYO Basketball Registration Open: Click Here
  5. Students Raise $160 for Hurricane Relief: Click Here



Auction Tickets Still Available

But, they are going fast!

There is a very strong likelihood that the auction will sell out before the end of the month. Don't be left out! $90 includes entrance to silent and live auctions, a delicious Cuban dinner and two drink tickets per person. Get 'em now by clicking on www.themadeleine.edu/tickets.


Raffle Sales Impact

Over $22,000 in sales!

Did you know that all the auction revenue (not including the paddle raise) goes straight to the school's operating budget? This means the raffle tickets your child sells this weekend pays teachers' salaries, buys new balls for recess and funds many, many other aspects of the school that you and your child love so much. So, please keep selling!


Need a bigger audience to make more sales? We have permission to sell at QFC, Starbucks on 15th & Fremont and New Seasons on Williams & Fremont. Here's all you need to do:


Easel Item Sneak Peek

Caroling with the Teachers

Our newest easel item was posted online last night, and it's an oldie, but a goodie! That's right . . . Caroling with the Teachers is back!


Bundle up your kids for a wonderful night with their favorite teachers. Simply drop off your children at The Madeleine School after dinner and let the faculty and staff take it from there. Your children will enjoy hot cocoa and tasty treats in addition to neighborhood caroling! What a great chance to wrap their presents or grab a quick drink with friends.


Hosts: The Amazing Madeleine Faculty & Staff
Date: Tuesday, December 12 from 6pm - 8pm
Location: The Madeleine Commons (please enter through the gym door)
Cost: $30 per student / 40 children, grades K-4 (Madeleine students only)


Did You Know . . .

You can jump back into the auction system at any time to purchase more easel items? These great events will fill up fast, so sign yourself and your family up today! Just go to www.themadeleine.edu/easelitems


Contact auction@themadeleine.edu with any auction-related questions.


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Parent Education Nightcalendar

Wednesday, October 18 @ 7pm

Speaker: Kevin Ashworth, MA, LPC, co-founder of NW Anxiety Institute


Although anxiety is a normal part of childhood, when it interferes with day-to-day life and impacts the whole family, it is hard for a parent to know what to do.


Kevin Ashworth will address the topic of anxiety in children specifically covering the following: school refusal, perfectionism, separation anxiety and generalized anxiety disorders in children. He will also save plenty of time to address your questions. This should prove to be an informative and educational night for our community.


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Our new online conference scheduling site is ready to go. Please read the directions below on how to schedule a conference.

Please click here to access our website to schedule your Parent Teacher Conference. We are trying out a new system and welcome any feedback once you have gone through the process. Please send feedback to Mrs. Chambers. kchambers@themadeleine.edu.

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.


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Sign up for Hot Lunchlunch

Deadline = October 24

Do it now, before you forget!

Sign ups are now open for hot lunches served during November. The deadline to sign up is October 24th.


Click here to sign up for hot lunch.


Madeleine Students Raised $160 for Hurricane Relief

Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Student to Student: a Catholic School Response to Hurricane Relief" collection taken up at the first Mass of the school year. The funds will help rebuild and repair Catholic Schools from the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Please keep in your prayers all those who are suffering from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and natural disasters.

Thank You,
Student Government


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lunchbagSt. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Mrs. Langhus’ 4th grade class exemplified a collective effort to support our friends at St. Stephens. Their numbers were staggering – 262 lunches! The full lunches and the meaningful decorations really do make a difference to someone’s day. Fall Blessings indeed. Thank you!


A few tips for the lunches you make:


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bulldogMadeleine Bulldogs - CYO Sports Update



CYO BASKETBALL (3rd-8th Grade):


CYO basketball offers league play for 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls with the season beginning November 27th and ending with the City Championship Tournament through mid-March. The season is comprised of a kick-off Jamboree tournament on December 2nd or 3rd, eight regular season Saturday games commencing on Dec 16 for 3rd and 4th grade teams and Jan 6th for all other teams, and culminates with THE CITY Championship Basketball Tournament. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.


CYO HOT SHOTS BASKETBALL (1st & 2nd Grade Coed):  


Hot Shots is a combined 1st & 2nd grader coed basketball program with no weekly practices.  There will be a 30 minute practice time held prior to each Saturday game.  Season runs with the regular Basketball program and games start Jan 6th.  There are 7 regular season games and an optional end of season tournament on Feb 24th.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.



If you are interested in coaching or returning for another season, please send me an email. Click the links below to register to coach. Returning coaches - be sure to renew your concussion management! 





Looking forward to a great season!!
Go Bulldogs!

Aimee Holzschuh
Madeleine CYO Club Athletic Director



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old church projectOld Church Tours

As you may know, The Madeleine recently began a comprehensive survey regarding plans for our proposed Old Church Project. Before making any final decisions regarding these plans, The Madeleine needs to hear from you, including your thoughts regarding our needs and the possibility of conducting a major fundraising effort.


"But," you might ask youself, "how can I provide my thoughts on the Old Church Project if I've never even seen the Old Church?" Well, here's your chance!


Tours will be offered on a regular basis during the next few months both on school days and after Mass. If you are interested in a tour during the school day, please send an email to Caryn Fiedler at cfiedler@themadeleine.edu. Once the tours are up and running, Caryn will contact you to schedule a time for a tour. Stay tuned for more details in the Bulletin if you are interested in a tour after Mass.

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




If 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!


La Salle Youth Cheer Camplasalle

October 16 & 18

Attention all K - 8th graders! Come learn the basics of cheerleading, play games, learn fun chants and a fun dance, and even stunt with the LaSalle Prep cheerleaders! Plus, you’ll get to perform with the LaSalle Prep Cheerleaders at the Homecoming pre-game


WHO: K - 8th graders
WHERE: La Salle Cafeteria
WHEN: 10/16 and 10/18 (Monday and Wednesday) from 5:30-7pm
COST: $30.00 per child (includes camp, hair ribbon, and game admission)


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.


If you have any questions, feel free to email Coach Becky Kurtz at: kurtzb1@yahoo.com.

Catholic School Open Houses

The Portland area Catholic high schools are opening their doors this fall to their Annual Open House. Each high school will host an Open House for prospective students and their families. The time for each Open House is 1:00 – 4:00pm and they will be held on the following dates:

Ed. Note: We received this list very late this year—just this week, in fact—after De La Salle North and Valley Catholic’s dates had passed. To find out about those schools, please contact their admissions directors.


Be a Vendor at Madeleine Marketplacepresent

The Madeleine is hosting its annual Madeleine Marketplace Bazaar on Thursday, December 7. We are reaching out to potential vendors with an invitation to operate a booth to sell your items.


The one day bazaar, held in Parish Hall, opens at 2pm and closes at 8pm. The parish is made up of 800 families. Many, if not most, attend the annual Christmas tree lighting, which happens during the evening. Vendors may begin setting up at 1 pm, but no sooner. Tables will be assigned. Eight foot long tables and 60 inch round tables are available, as is electricity. Please bring your own table cloths and lights, if you like.


The one and only fee to participate is $60.00. 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 as a vendor and agree with the above terms, please make your check payable to “The Madeleine” for $60.00. On the memo line, please indicate the size table you would like (rectangular or round) and if you need electricity. Please mail your check to the event organizer, Susie Andersen, at 3401 NE Couch Street, Portland, OR 97232.


If you have concerns or questions please contact the parish office at 503-281-5777.

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


The Madeleine Old Church Project
planning survey kicks off

A note from Father Mike • We need to hear from you!

old church projectOn Monday, Oct. 9 we began a comprehensive survey regarding plans for our proposed Old Church Project. Before making any final decisions regarding these plans, we need to hear from you.
I’m asking you to share your thoughts regarding our needs and the possibility of conducting a major fundraising effort. More information should have arrived in your mailbox this week.
Your feedback will enable us to determine support for the project. If we, as a faith community, choose to move forward, the planning study will also help us identify prospective campaign leaders and volunteers and to establish a realistic campaign goal.
The Steier Group, our development firm, will compile this information and present it to leadership in early November.
I believe that this process is extremely important, and encourage every Madeleine family to participate. Your input is valuable as we take our first steps toward restoring our Old Church, and helping to grow the mission and ministries of The Madeleine.
Gratefully, Fr. Mike Biewend



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.


We have a few items still available for your purchasing pleasure from our recently completed Madeleine Uncorked wine tasting celebration. Order online at www.themadeleine.edu/uncorked

  • Luxury Suite: Blazers vs. Magic—Here’s your chance to see the Blazers from the beautiful Pacific Office Automation luxury suite in the Moda Center. Blazers vs. Magic. Ticket includes game admission and seating, and light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in the luxury suite. $75 per person, November 15, 7:00 pm

Order online at www.themadeleine.edu/uncorked


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