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October 6, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Well, after 1.5 years of preparation, the official Accreditation Visit is almost here. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week, the 6 member team will be observing, questioning, examining, scrutinizing, witnessing, and, hopefully, affirming our school community. The staff has done an outstanding job of getting ready. We wrote a 63 page Self Study document guided by the Western Catholic Education Association protocol. We gathered evidence to support our statements in the manuscript. We were asked to analyze our program to determine the achievements and goals, and then to formulate an action plan to see what we want to accomplish in the next six years. To say this process was challenging is an understatement, but since the finish line is in sight, we all agree it has been a worthwhile endeavor.


Thank you to all the parents who agreed to come to the Tuesday night parent meeting. I know the team will be impressed with the level of involvement and commitment that defines the Madeleine parent community. Please come to the parish hall at 6:30. The meeting should be about an hour in length.


There is an 11:30 dismissal on Thursday. The visiting team will then meet with the faculty and any interested community members to share their findings. If you are not headed out for a three ½ day weekend, please join us to hear the final report.



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction Donation Deadline - 10/6: Click Here
  2. Sign up for Conferences: Click Here
  3. St. Stephens Lunch Milestone: Click Here
  4. 2, 1, K Adventures in Learning Day: Click Here
  5. Parent Ed Night - 10/18: Click Here



Family Donations Due TODAY!

DEADLINE = October 6

Today is the last day to submit your auction donation to avoid being billed for $250. What's important is that you enter your donation online so we can credit you with the donation. No worries if you can't deliver the actual item until next week.


Here are some quick and easy ideas:


3 Easy Steps to submit your donation

1) Fill out an online donation form at themadeleine.edu/donate

2) Attach your printed email confirmation to your item

3) Deliver your donation to the Parent Workroom (in the main hallway)


If you have questions about your donation, contact Stephanie Richmond or Matt Drapcho at auction@themadeleine.edu.


Raffle, Raffle, Raffle

Over $19,000 in sales!

Did you know that raffle ticket sales are one of the largest single moneymaking parts of the auction? Keep selling and earning those free dress passes and prizes!


Need a bigger audience to make more sales? Sign up on the bulletin board in the front hallway to sell raffle tickets after Mass this weekend.


Auction Tickets Still Available

$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.


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


Advertise in the Auction Catalog

Do you or someone you know own a business? Consider advertising in the auction catalog where hundreds of highly coveted sets of eyes will see your ad in the catalog both online and in print. From a business card ad to a full page, we have an opportunity for every budget. Click here to see our ad rates.


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


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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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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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2, 1, K Adventures in Learning Day

angelOn Thursday, the Primary classes met for a "2, 1, K Adventures in Learning Day." Our focus was the Feast of the Guardian Angel. We sang a song with hand motions, prayed, and made special angels to watch over our school and Parish! kids








2, 1, K Adventures in Learning Days are special activities held a few times each year when the three grades come together to learn and explore the world.


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St. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Well, the fifth graders were SUPER STARS this week and brought in 226 lunches! Your class was the first to break the 200 mark for the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations Fifth Grade! Along with the lunches our car was filled with boxes of oranges, apples, drinks and snacks that were left over from our Friendship Family lunch on Monday. Thank you Madeleine for your generosity! Our friends at St. Stephens were so delighted and grateful.


A few tips for the lunches you make:


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St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Commenmoration

On the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the kindergartners made beautiful birds to adorn the statue of St. Francis. We read the story of St. Francis and the Wolf. The children also had a prayer service in the courtyard to commemorate St. Francis.

















Blessing of the Animals

Pets were in abundance!










bulldogMadeleine Bulldogs - CYO Sports Update


Benefit Dinner

Save the date for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner on October 17th. Proceeds from the dinner fund CYO and Camp Howard scholarships, programs and a portion is set aside for endowment. CLICK HERE for more information.

CYO Overview

If you are new to The Madeleine or new to CYO, click here for a brochure with more details about everything CYO has to offer.

For more information about CYO at The Madeleine, check out the website http://www.themadeleine.edu/cyo


Go Bulldogs!!

Aimee Holzschuh
Madeleine CYO Club Athletic Director

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!


St. Mary's Academy Open Housesma

October 15

St. Mary's Academy’s Open House is Sunday, October 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. St. Mary’s invites all interested families to tour our campus, meet our outstanding faculty and staff, and learn more about how young women become leaders at SMA. Plan on about one hour for your visit to St. Mary’s. Final school tours will be given at 3:15 p.m. All are welcome!



Valley Catholic Open HouseValleyCatholic

Sunday, October 8

Valley Catholic High School Open House is this Sunday, October 8 from 1-4pm. The Opening Address is at 1:45pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


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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2017 Catholic Charities Art Contest

Deadline = October 13

Catholic Charities invites all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade to submit artwork that will be used throughout the year in various media formats, including, but not limited to its Christmas card, website, mass mailings, emails and its new magazine.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

Click here for the template to be used for art entries.

This Week’s Checklistcheckmark


Click Here for this week's handy Checklist



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 projectBeginning Monday, Oct. 9 we will be beginning 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 be arriving 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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