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November 16, 2018

A Note from Susan


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Two big holidays are looming right in front of us, and holidays usually involve FOOD. I want to direct your attention to our scrip program as a way of supporting our school by purchasing the food (you were going to buy anyway) with scrip gift cards.

We have scrip for most of the major grocery stores—New Seasons, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer/QFC, Safeway, Albertsons, Beaumont Market, Natural Grocers, and Thriftway. You can purchase holiday linens and decorations at stores such as Macys, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Kohl’s, Target, and many more. Going to the movies over the vacation? Don’t forget to pick up Fandango or Regal Cinemas scrip for tickets. Another holiday tradition ---putting up the Christmas lights? Home Depot and Lowes have a great selection right now, and we have scrip for both stores. I could keep going, but I hope you get the picture. Click here for a complete list of scrip offerings. You can even skip the turkey and trimmings cooking extravaganza and get some scrip for pizza or a burger. Some of our scrip purchases need to be ordered by Tuesdays at 9:00 am for Friday pick-up, but many we have in stock all the time. Quantities may be limited next week, but plan now for Christmas.

Another holiday tradition involves online shopping on Black Friday. Please use the Madeleine link to our Amazon account which can be found on the Footnotes page, upper right hand corner. Click and then it will take you to another page where you can choose the school or parish Amazon account. (Pick the school account432x432 Happy Face Wink Clipart ) Then shop until you drop! If you have any friends and family who would be willing to use this portal when they shop Amazon, tell them to go to www.themadeleine.edu/amazon, then choose the school account, and shop, shop, shop. Remember that you must go through these steps each time you want to use Amazon. Your computer/Amazon account will not automatically donate 4% to The Madeleine unless you access Amazon using our portal.

Finally, again planning ahead, if you or someone you know, will be purchasing gift cards for their employees, the mailman, manicurist, favorite babysitter, yoga instructor, special barista, etc., please order from The Madeleine. For example, Starbucks gift cards are so popular during the holidays… order them here! For large quantities, let us know in advance so we can fill your order.

St. Stephens Needs Our Help

Speaking of large quantities…..St. Stephens has put in a special request for more sandwiches over the Thanksgiving holiday. Normally it would be 7th grade’s turn to make lunches on Tuesday 20th, but we are declaring an All School St. Stephens lunch. If everyone makes 5 lunches, we will meet their request. See the special plea below.

Since we will not be publishing a newsletter next week, please have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Amazon Shopping Update: Click here
  2. Online Scrip Purchasing: Click here
  3. Auction Results: Click here
  4. Auction Photos: Click here
  5. Book Fair Needs Volunteers: Click Here

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Join in a Family Service Opportunity in our Neighborhood

Event: St. Vincent de Paul Door to Door Food Drive

Who: families with kids of all ages

When: Saturday, November 17th

Time: 9:00-12:00

Where: meet under the carport on the 23rd street side of the church

Donuts will be served!

We will divide up into groups, and hit the streets! The neighborhood has been seeded in advance with bags, so with any luck, folks will be ready for us.

This is a great Family Friendly community service opportunity to kick off the holiday season. It is in giving that we receive.

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NEW INFO - Purchases Benefit The Madeleine!

 amazonHoliday shopping season is here. Did you know that every time you shop Amazon you could earn our school 4% of your purchase amount?

The best part? You don’t have to do anything except use our unique Madeleine Amazon Shopping Link each and every time you shop. You can also share this link with family and friends.

Make your Amazon purchase count:
1. Click on the Amazon Shopping Link bubble found in the top right corner of Friday Footnotes or go to www.themadeleine.edu/amazon.

2. Shop and check out within 24 hours!

IMPORTANT Details!!!

If we all work to make it second nature to first click on that Madeleine Amazon Shopping Link every single time we use amazon.com, we can make some serious, easy moolah for our school. Happy shopping!


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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. With the exception of Thanksgiving week as it is a holiday week...special orders placed that week will be fulfilled by November 30th.

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

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Auction Nets an Amazing $194,852

Thanks to everyone's hard work, the 2018 Madeleine School Auction grossed $245,150 and had a net of $194,852. This will be allocated with $168,552 (second highest ever!) toward the school's operating budget and $26,300 toward our paddle raise to “Finish the Job” on important improvements around the school.

The amazing allocation of $168,552 to the school's operating budget was made possible by your generous participation in the auction, excellent leadership from the auction chairs, subchairs who worked to keep their expenses as low as possible, a great selection of items new to the auction and stupendous support from our advertisers and sponsors.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on the auction, especially auction chairs Heather Matteri, Mary Remuzzi, Susan Samuelson and Jen Tadjedin.

Easel Items: Spaces Still Available

Upcoming easel item events include:

• Holiday Cookie Bakeoff on December 6
• PJs, Popcorn and Pizza (for grades K-5) on December 8
• Christmas Basketball Clinic (for grades 3 – 8) on December 20
• Dance Camp with the Grant High School Dance Team (for all grades) on December 21

Click here to sign up before they sell out

Lose Something at the Auction?

There were a few random items left behind at the auction...are you missing a wig? sunglasses? We will put the auction lost and found box under the stairs with the other lost and found. Check there for your missing items!

Post-Auction Questions?

Please email auction@themadeleine.edu with any auction related questions.


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Auction Night Action...disco

Saturday Night Fever Photos


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This Year's Paddle Raise...Finish the Job

Auction Video

Madeleine parent Rob Chandler envisioned and created this fantastic video highlighted at our auction with the help of his friend Aaron Corpus, Director.



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Paddle Raise Makes This Possible!

Make The Commons Less Common - 2017 Auction

The new music area rug arrived this past week and is a wonderful sight for anyone entering the music room. All the students have complimented on how much they like it. The rug is multi-functional, which can be utilized for both music classes and YDP. The kindergarten through third grade classes have already used the rug for learning basic note reading within a treble clef staff. Fourth grade and up are using it as a means to understanding Italian symbols within music. The symbols expressed throughout the rug are the most commonly used terminologies in music. The border outlines the keys of a piano. Many students are pretending to play the piano on the border while calling out the note names they recognize. This is particularly helpful for fourth grade, as we are just beginning to learn the notes of a piano. This music rug is a welcome and fresh addition to the new look of our music room. From all of us here at The Madeleine, thank you!

Cary Pederson
Music Teacher

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St. Stephen's Lunch Program

After a long weekend the 8th grade did a tremendous job and brought in 157 lunches, 75 extra sandwiches and many bags of Halloween candy! Thank you!

Next Tuesday we are asking that ALL CLASSES participate in bringing in lunches. Please have each student bring in at least 5 lunches. If you can make them festive with Thanksgiving decorations or turkey sandwiches all the better. Our friends at St. Stephen’s asked us for as many sack lunches as possible to bring out to folks living outside. Thank you in advance for making next week the best ALL SCHOOL service project for St. Stephen’s yet! Go Bulldogs!

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outdoor school

The Gray Family Foundation Funds Outdoor School Grant Application

$4,650 received by The Madeleine School

In November 2016, Oregon became the first state in the country to fund a full week of Outdoor School for 5th or 6th grade students with the passage of Measure 99.

Unfortunately, due to a quirk in the law as it currently stands, Catholic School students are ineligible to access these funds to pay for Outdoor School. Luckily for us, the Gray Family Foundation recognizes this quirk and wants to make sure all Oregon students get to experience the adventure of Outdoor School.

As a school, we applied for and received a grant for $4,650 from the Gray Family Foundation to lessen the financial burden on our 6th grade families to pay for Outdoor School. This amounts to a cost reduction of $155 per student! Be on the lookout for future fundraising by the 6th grade class as they continue to strive to bring down their Outdoor School costs.

“Do what you can. If you can’t give money, give time or give your expertise. I think there is something everyone can contribute.” -John Gray

booksBook Fair Coming...Volunteers Needed

Our book fair is on the horizon - December 3rd-7th. Volunteer for this fun event (counts towards your fundraising hours) and help us raise funds to buy new books for the library and classrooms. Volunteers needed to help set up, cashier, tear down and go to Scholastic warehouse for restocks during the week. As always, your children are welcome to come with you to the shifts you work.

You can sign up directly on the volunteer sign in. If you have questions, please contact Jenny Curtis, jcmangelsdorf@gmail.com

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Got the Best Cookies Around?

Prove it...In the Madeleine Christmas cookie bake-off! December 6th

The winner in the adult category scores four-VIP seats at the 4pm Christmas Vigil and a $75 Williams and Sonoma gift certificate. The winner in the kid category wins cookies for a YEAR from Bluebird Bakers, a trophy, and a meet-and-greet with the Christmas Eve pageant animals.

Registration is $25: click here to register.

On December 6th deliver a dozen of your best cookies to The Madeleine. Winners will be announced at the tree lighting, but need not be present to win. Tie on your apron, thumb through your recipes, and bring on your best!

Mrs. Chambers' Tech CornerMrs C

Social Media Mini-Series: You Tube

Continuing on the theme of social media, today I am highlighting YouTube.

YouTube is such a part of kids’ lives these days. It is so important to know how this site works and to know that you can put controls on your child’s account. I am again going to Common Sense Media for a resource they offer parents titled A Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube. I appreciate that they mention the app YouTube Kids. The name of the app sounds great and one would think that it would solve a parent’s worries, but media gets through that shouldn’t so it’s important to get to know that app as well.

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Socks sock clipart free clipart image imageSocks on Sale? Sock Drive Happening Soon!

When your kids return from Thanksgiving they will receive more information on a sock drive that starts November 27th through December 13th. If you are out on Black Friday shopping, remember to grab those socks at a great deal!


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After School Spanish Sign-Up

Winter Trimester Grades K-5

Click here for all the information to enroll for Spanish classes. Enroll by January 8th, classes begin January 16.


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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!


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FORMED—An Advent Preparation Resource

The Madeleine has purchased access to a website called “FORMED,” where you can find a wealth of information on our Catholic faith. Content is family-oriented with many programs designed especially for children. FORMED is offering short daily videos by Dr. Tim Gray to enrich your Advent preparations. Reflections for children are also available from Brother Francis to get the whole family spiritually prepped for Christmas. A simple registration is all that is required to automatically bring both reflection programs to you. Register at https://formed.org/promo/advent-reflections-registration. Check the selection that you have a FORMED account through the parish. No access code is required to receive these daily reflections, however, now would be a great time to register to take advantage of all FORMED offerings throughout the year. Sign up today at formed.org by using the Parish Access Code: QKX7TK. Access to FORMED is also available on the go by downloading the app on iTunes or Google Play Store. Questions: Darlene Maurer, dmaurer@themadeleine.edu.


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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