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October 5, 2018

A Note from Susan

This was a busy week at school, and I want to thank the many people who helped plan and carry out the activities. The Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis, was a great success yesterday…..mainly because no one was bitten. Thank you to all who brought your pets and a big thank you to Deacon Mike for the surprise treat of chocolate chip cookies, punch, coffee, and dog treats.

We also had a great turn out at Wednesday night’s Parent Education night. Dr. Howard Hiton did a great presentation on building relationships and communication skills with boys.  Thank you to Carolyn Ullman for recommending Dr. Hiton and to Mary Starrs, our Parent Club education coordinator for making all the arrangements for the evening. If you have a great idea on a topic you would like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to bring it to our attention. We hope to have another parents session later in the year.

On an entirely different note…….It is time to talk about those “critters” we call head lice. From the experience of being a mom of four children, I would recommend that you make it a Sunday night bath routine of checking your child’s head each week. If you do 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.

Have a great weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. YDP Schedule: Click here
  3. Beginning Band Instrument Try-outs: Click here
  4. Gymnasium Bathroom Update : Click here
  5. Picture day!! 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:

Still need an auction job?

As a reminder, all families are required to contribute 10 of their 30 hours of service for the year to the auction. Here is what we still need help with:

Sign up here.

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!

Last Call for Donations!

DEADLINE IS TODAY! Friday, October 3

Today, Friday, October 5th is the final deadline for your (mandatory) auction donation (with an item value of at least $200). After October 5th, you will be billed for $250.

If you are building a cool donation, please note that the actual item does not have to be on campus until later in October. What we need by October 5 is for you to complete your online donation form at themadeleine.edu/donate, so we know about your grand creation.

3 Easy Steps for Your Family Donation

  1. Fill out an online donation form at themadeleine.edu/donate
  2. Attach your printed donation confirmation to your item
  3. Deliver your donation to the Parent Workroom (in the main hallway across from the school office)

Send Us Your Photos for the 2018 Auction Slide Show

Submit 1-2 of your best photos for a video shown at the auction that showcases all of our wonderful kids. School-related, close-up photos with several students are best. No vacation photos, please! Send to www.themadeleine.edu/photos-for-auction.


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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Smile....Picture Day on Thursday!

smileOrder forms for pictures went home in Friday Folders last week. Please return the forms filled out with payment on Thursday. This is an optional free dress day. If your order form is lost please come to the office for another one.

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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Blessing of the Animals

Thursday afternoon was a beautiful day for the Blessing of the Animals led by Deacon Mike.


blessing of the animals 2018


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Beginning Band Instrument Try-outs

Wednesday Oct 10, 6:30 pm


Happy Friday everyone! If your child is in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, they may come to Beginning Band Wind Instrument Try-outs. The date is: Wed. Oct 10th at 6:30pm in the Music Room. Any student from grades five through eighth grade may attend. No previous instrumental skill is necessary.

Representatives from Music World will bring band wind instruments to The Madeleine for the students to try. Mr. Pederson and the Music World reps will be in attendance to facilitate the tryouts. Every student should feel comfortable to try any of the instruments they wish. Feedback will be provided by Mr. Pederson and the representatives from Music World on what is believed to be the best selection for the child. However, the student should have the final choice of instrument.

If you choose, Music World will have the instruments available to rent that evening, along with the method book and a few other supplies some instruments may need. Please see the link below to access both the Beginning Band Information and the Sign-Up / Permission Slip forms for more information. We hope to see many students in attendance. Thank you for your support!

For more information please click on the following links:


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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


conferences Our online conference scheduling site is ready to go. 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.

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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

lunchesWell Mrs. Hoglund’s  5th graders were absolute SUPER STARS this week and brought in 321 lunches! Your class was the first to break the 300 mark for the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations 5th Grade! Along with the lunches our car was filled with packets of mayonnaise and mustard and other odds and ends.  Thank you Madeleine for your generosity! 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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oktoberfest 2018

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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Join Rahab’s Sisters

Rahab’s Sisters, a small nonprofit in SE Portland, creates community through radical hospitality for those marginalized through poverty, homelessness, violence or substance abuse. We gather each Friday night and serve our guests a warm meal, on a tablecloth and with flowers. We provide hygiene supplies, mental healthcare and access to social services. Our doors are open to anyone who identifies as a woman. Rehab’s Sisters is a place with no violence, no fear, a sanctuary from the chaos that can exist on the streets for many of our guests. We serve unconditional love to every woman who walks through our doors.

I hope you can join me for this special event. Please RSVP to Kristin Rios, kristinrios@mac.com

October 11th, 5:30pm-8pm
Cerimon House
5131 NE 23rd Portland, OR

To learn more about Rahab’s Sisters visit our website at www.rahabs-sisters.org


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Fourth Annual Madeleine Day of Service

day of service thank youOur Fourth Annual Madeleine Day of Service was held last weekend, with 152 people devoting their Saturday to helping out local community service organizations.

A wide range of organizations were recipients of this generosity by The Madeleine Community—L’Arche, Children’s Book Bank, Community of Hope, Oregon Food Bank, Portland Police Sunshine Division, plus cleanup work on The Madeleine campus.

And it’s safe to say that those who served gained as much as those who were served.

The Day of Service has grown tremendously since its beginnings, so mark your calendar for next year!

Thank you to everyone who participated with the gift of their time, love and energy to the community.

You can see more pictures on page 5 of this week's parish bulletin


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


Faith Formation fall 2018—
Registration open now!

Come and Explore! Interested in becoming Catholic?

Sundays 9:00, Fireside Room

Join us as we explore our Christian faith. We invite those who are thinking about becoming Catholic and those who were baptized in the Catholic Faith, but not yet confirmed or received First Communion to join us. This weekend we begin our Time of Inquiry, exploring questions such as Who Is Jesus?, What do Catholics Believe?, and What is Prayer? We are gathering through the fall on Sundays from 9:00 to 9:50 am in the Fireside Room. If you would like more information, please contact Christi at c_bohmbach@yahoo.com or 503-206-1900.

Adult Confirmation

If you are an adult and have not been confirmed or made your first communion, please contact Fr. Mike.

Upcoming Baptism Classes and Baptisms 

The next scheduled Baptism Classes are October 14, November 18, December 9, 11:30 am. Parents are required to attend one of these classes prior to having a child baptized. Upcoming baptisms within the Mass are Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am; Saturday, November 17, 5:00 pm; and Sunday, December 9, 10:00 am. Contact Darlene Maurer, dmaurer@themadeleine.edu for more information or to register.


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Contributing to Friday Footnotes

If you have information to contribute to Friday Footnotes, please e-mail the copy exactly as you would like it to appear in a Word document to: fridayfootnotes@themadeleine.edu. Deadline is Wednesday at 5pm, or Tuesday at 5pm if there is no school on Friday.