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October 25, 2018

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we close out the short week of school and move into conferences, our auction chairs and volunteers are hard at work finalizing everything for our biggest fundraising event on November 3rd. I am so thankful for everyone who has given their time, talent and resources to organize this special event. I always enjoy spending time with parents outside of the busy school day in support of our school community. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, I urge you to get them now as there are only a few days remaining for ticket sales. You can click here to be taken directly to the ticket sales page.

Last week I provided you information on a survey that we are asking you to complete as part of our compliance for our recent accreditation. I would like to ask you to take a few minutes and complete the brief survey. 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 until Friday 11/2 to complete it.


Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you at conferences.



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. New Scrip Online Options: Click here
  3. Matsiko World Orphan Choir: Click here
  4. CYO Basketball: Click Here
  5. Halloween $2 Free Dress Day: Click Here


Deadline to Buy Auction Tickets

order tickets todayTuesday, October 30

We have to tell the caterer how many meals to prepare, which means we need to know if you will be at the auction. Please be sure to buy your tickets by Tuesday, October 30. Don't be left out!

Click here to buy your tickets here!

$90 includes entrance to silent and live auctions, a delicious dinner, one drink ticket per person PLUS the after party and dance competition. You can round up to $100 and help buy a ticket for a teacher.

Group Bidding -- Go in Together for Big Items!

Have you always wanted to bid on one of the big ticket items you hear about 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.

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

Last Week for Raffle Ticket Sales

Use this long weekend to sell your tickets and ensure 100% participation for your class! All tickets (sold or unsold) MUST be turned in on Friday, November 2 by 8:30am. It's literally a state law!


Night of Auction Schedule


order tickets todayYes, You Do Need to Get Your Tickets!!!!

Click here to buy a ticket.



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


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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After School Spanish Sign-Up

Winter Trimester Grades K-5

Click here to access all the information for the upcoming winter Spanish classes for K-5th grade. Enroll by January 8, 2019. Classes start January 16.


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basketballCYO Basketball Registration Closing Soon

Registration Closes November 9th for Grades 3-8 basketball as well as Grades 1-2 Hot Shots.

Click here to register for Grades 3-8

Click here to register for Grades 1-2


Practices start November 19th, Pre-season Jamboree December 1st and 2nd,

Games December-March

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Mrs. ChambersMrs. Chambers' Tech Corner

Parents Guide

Social Media is very much a part of our lives. Whether you feel it is for the good or for the bad, the reality is that it is not going away. In middle school classes, we talk about both the good and the bad. We recently did a lesson on “haters & trolls” on social media, and also how social media is used for helping groups of people get their positive message out.

From the parent side, we need to do everything we can to understand these apps and sites that our children are on or might possibly be on in the future. That means you need to get an account. If your child is on Instagram, you need to get on Instagram and follow them. Learn the ins and outs of that app or site so you are familiar with all of its features.

I am kicking off this mini-series about social media sites and apps with a focus on Snapchat. Here is a Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Snapchat put out by Common Sense Media.

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St. Stephen's Lunch Program


Ms. Witka's 2nd Grade class did a fantastic job this week. They brought in 259 lunches! As the weather starts to turn these nutritious meals will go a long way to helping those in need. Thank you 2nd Grade.

A reminder...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.

Book Donations Welcome!

kids on booksIf 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!

Shopping for The Holidays? 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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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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