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October 19, 2018

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last year at this time, in addition to ramping up for the annual auction, we had just concluded the Western Catholic Education Association’s (WCEA) accreditation visit. The previous year we had written our self-study document, measuring the school and its programs to the benchmarks outlined in their Improving Student Learning (ISL) protocol. It was lots and lots of discussion, writing, revising, gathering data, and planning so there was a collective sigh of relief when it was over. In June we found out that all that work was worth it when we received the highest term of six years, and the visiting team asked to use our document for future trainings of other schools.

That said we do need to continue to do a few tasks each year to stay in compliance and one of those is to submit a Catholic Identity Report on two of the eight standards used to measure a school’s Catholic identity. The first task is to survey the school’s shareholders and to incorporate that data into the report. The WCEA gives us the questions for the survey so that there is continuity among the member schools. This year we need to consider Standard 4 on Catechist Certification and Standard 8 on Evangelization. I would like to ask you to take a few minutes and complete the survey of 13 questions. There are a few questions that you might not know the answer to, but no worries. Just answer Don’t Know. Here is the link for the survey and you have two weeks to complete it. Thank you for helping us write our report.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. New Scrip Online Options: Click here
  3. Technology Corner: Click here
  4. CYO Basketball: Click Here
  5. $2 Free Dress Day 10/31: Click Here


Deadline Approaching for Auction Tickets!

order tickets todayTuesday, October 23

Auction tickets are on sale, and it’s time to get your groove on and buy them!

Believe or not, the deadline to buy tickets is THIS TUESDAY, October 23 at 11:59pm. We have to give our caterer the number of guests attending in advance so they can plan for enough food.

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

The Faherty FamilyWe are Family! Meet our 2018 Honorary Auction Chairs, Marilyn and John Faherty

Marilyn and John Faherty raised their big Catholic family during the disco era. When they headed out on vacation with their six children, they did so in a baby blue Volkswagen bus with the kids wearing matching T-shirts with a Peace symbol on the front, and bell-bottom pants.
Click here to read the entire story...

Group Bidding -- Go in Together for Big Items!

Have you always wanted to bid on one of the big ticket items you hear aboutblazers in the Live Auction, but thought it was out of your price range? Well, the secret is to strategize with your friends before the auction.

Let’s say the dinner you have your eye on is for eight people. Pick three other couples you’d like to spend the evening with and volunteer to be the bidder for the group. Then determine the maximum you want to spend per couple. The night of the auction, collect bidder numbers from your friends, and when you successfully bid for that delicious dinner, submit all four bidder numbers to the recorder. Voila! You will each be charged for just your portion of the total bid.

Here are some items to consider bidding on with your friends:

Raffle Ticket Sales Enter the Homestretch

There is still time to sell those tickets and ensure 100% participation! Need a way to sell tickets? There are spots open to sell tickets at Mass. There are sign-ups in the hall or reach out to Heather Matteri at hmatteri@mac.com for details.

order tickets todayYes, 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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scrip board

NEW!! Online Scrip Purchase Options

Check out the convenient, new online scrip store! This new option allows for you to purchase without a processing fee from your checking or savings account or you may use your credit or debit card with a 2% processing fee to offset transaction charges. Also new is a recurring purchase option...no need to place a separate order each month! Be sure to choose which "store" you would like to purchase from depending upon how you would like to pay.


All orders made before 9:00 am on Tuesday mornings will be available for pickup at Friday Morning scrip sales in the Garden Room. Orders not picked up will be sent home with your student.


You can access the store at www.themadeleine.edu/scrip

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Outdoor School 5

6th Grade Class at Outdoor School

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank you for the opportunity to bring your 6th graders to Outdoor School. It’s such a magical time for our class to spend time together to grow Spiritually, Academically, Morally, Socially and Physically. You should be extremely proud of the way your student represented himself/herself, his/her family and The Madeleine. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your most prized possession. Your students have exceeded all expectations and received several compliments throughout the week. Being that it is Ms. Savery’s last year chaperoning and Ms. Grant’s first year going to Outdoor School, this class really touched our lives this week and has helped us grow as teachers. Thank you for allowing us to have this experience.

Ms. Grant and Ms. Savery


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Mrs. Chambers

Mrs. Chambers' Tech Corner

Want a "Common Sense" Perspective on Fortnite?


Hello! I am Kate Chambers, the Madeleine School Media Specialist. I see each one of your kids every week for library and technology classes. You may have seen papers come home from me over the past few weeks from either a tech class or a library class (or both!). If you haven’t yet, be on the lookout! I like to label my assignments with “Library Lesson with Mrs. Chambers” or “Tech Lesson with Mrs. Chambers.” Often times, items will come home that were completed in collaboration with the classroom teacher.


Having this position at our school, I have access to many technology tips and helpers for both the educational side as well as the parenting side. I am a member of a few national and international teaching organizations that specialize in technology, as well as, a member of the Archdiocese Technology Committee. I am rolling out this corner of the Footnotes today to be able to use this space as a place to offer you resources both based on technology education, but also, technology tips for parents. I am a parent myself, so I get it. I have a 4th grader, 2nd grader, and a 2 year old.


Today’s resource comes from a website I use constantly as a teacher and a parent: Common Sense Media. I go here for reviews on books, websites, apps, digital devices, anything media. Something that came across my email today that I feel is so worthwhile to share is a Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnite. Whether your child plays this game, doesn’t play this game but knows about it, or has no desire to play it at all, it is worth the read.


I would really appreciate feedback on offering this corner to you. Do you feel this will be worth your time reading? Will you read it weekly? Or even, are there are specific technology topics that you would eventually like me to feature...please email me at kchambers@themadeleine.edu. Thank you for reading (and offering feedback!).


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code to the futureStudents in Grade 2-5, This is for You!

You may have noticed a bright yellow flyer that came home with your child recently with information about an after-school coding program offered by Code to the Future. Since we had a large waiting list for the Thursday session, we are able to offer the same program on Mondays. If your child is interested, please go to www.codetothefuture.com/events to get details and register.

This Week! Parenting Teens in a Digital World

October 24 • Presented by Yshai Boussi, LPC

A note from Mrs. Ullman...

Dear Parents:

For those interested in the ups and downs of parenting in the digital world, this workshop is a must. Ysai Boussi is an excellent speaker and his statistics are up-to-date and relevant. He also has a blog and a parent newsletter that I will share with you in the next Friday Footnotes. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Carolyn Ullman, School Counselor


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/


Halloween $2 Free Dress Day!

October 31

Student Government is hosting a $2 free dress to celebrate Halloween. On Halloween, $2 earns you the right to wear colors such as black, orange and purple. Your $2 will be donated to Catholic Relief Services, whose mission is to “promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies." 


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basketballCYO Basketball Registration Open!

Practices start November 19th

Pre-season Jamboree December 1st and 2nd

Games December-March

Click here to register

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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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music notesMatsiko World Orphan Choir Comes to The Madeleine School and Parish

The Matsiko World Orphan Choir, will be making a stop at The Madeleine School on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 (All Saints’ Day). Their performance (2pm in the Church), will be a wonderful experience and an inspiration for all.


These children are part of the International Children's Network, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide as many of our world's 600 million orphaned and at-risk children sponsorship for a college education. Our own Madeleine Primary Choir will perform a musical piece with the choir, as well.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be encouraged and to help support children who are singing to break the cycle of poverty. Click here for more information.



Please read the directions below on how to schedule a conference. 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.

St. Stephen's Lunch Program


Mrs. Myer’s 3rd Grade class started the year strong and is the class to beat. They came in with a whopping 306 lunches! Thank you 3rd Grade families for supporting this cause. In my calculations you averaged a bit more than 10 lunches per student! Also, a big thank you to the Parent’s Club for donating mustard. FYI we also collect and bring in mustard and mayonnaise packets. If you find a bunch in a kitchen drawer at home, please place packets in a ziplock bag and we will make sure they go to the right place.

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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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

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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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