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November 2, 2018

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

November is the month that we associate with the grace of “gratitude.” Here at the Madeleine we have much to be grateful for all year long. As I watch our Auction volunteer parents hard at work today (and yesterday, and the day before that, etc.), I am humbled at their commitment to their children and their school. Tomorrow night promises to be a wonderful evening of excitement, entertainment, and enjoyment. And, hopefully, we will raise a lot of money!!!! Many thanks to the leadership and hard work of this year’s auction chairs, Heather Matteri, Mary Remuzzi, Susan Samuelson, and Jen Tadjedin. Along with their talented sub chairs, they have planned a trip back to the 70s, complete with disco balls, glitz, and polyester pantsuits. Having lived through the original disco era, I think I can say with confidence that they have captured the spirit of the decade. Can you dig it?

More gratitude….

Parent/teacher conferences are truly long days for the staff. It is always such a treat to have meals provided by the Parent Club to nourish our hard working teachers. A big thank you to Alison McPhee for organizing the meals and to the homemade “soup and salad makers,” Ali, Evelyn Bian, Tonia Kovtunovich, and Paula Trent. If you had a good conference, it could be in part to the yummy meals and snacks provided to the teachers! Thank you, parents.


Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. What's Cool About Our School: Click here
  3. Mrs Chambers' Tech Corner: Click here
  4. Halloween Happenings: Click Here
  5. Spanish Sign Ups K-5: Click Here


Night of Auction Schedule

5.00 pm: Check-In (Arrive early to avoid lines!), Silent Auction, Drinks & Apps
7:15 pm: Dinner And Live Auction
Dance Competition immediately after the Live Auction

Self Check-in in your Inbox

All Auction attendees receive an email inviting them to check-in online. Our suggestion? DO IT! It'll save you time when you get to the auction, as all you'll have to do is stop by the Fireside Room to get your drink tickets.

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.


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

Check Out the Auction Catalog!


Register for a Volunteer Bidder Number

If you're working at the auction, thank you! But don't think you have to be left out of the fun! Simply stop by the cashier stations on Saturday in the Fireside Room when you arrive and ask for a Volunteer Bidder Number.


Unclaimed Auction Items


If you forget to pick up the items you won at the auction on your way out the door, be sure to stop by the Parent Workroom on Sunday, November 4 after 10am Mass to claim your goodies. A final opportunity to pick up your items will be on Tuesday, November 6 at from 8:15am - 9:15am.


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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Halloween Happenings...

Thank you to all the room parents who planned festive parties on Halloween for the students. There were so many great costumes throughout the school including our own Mrs. Parmeter and Ms. Yuhas & Jenny. Check it out!


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Mrs. Parmeter

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Ms. Yuhas & Jenny








Kindergarten Costumes


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$450 Raised for Catholic Relief ServicesHalloween

Halloween Free Dress

On Halloween, Student Government hosted a $2 Free Dress in support of Catholic Relief Services. We raised a total of about $450, which is an outstanding amount. We thank you all for your donation, and we hope you had a great Halloween.

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What's Cool About Our School?

Maddy Naugler won the 5th grade writing competition last year with the theme of “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants”. She was an honored guest and read her essay at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Gala. Senator Merkley was also honored for his efforts in helping with the refuge and immigration crisis. Here is Maddy along with Senator Merkley- at Melody Ballroom!

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Mrs CMrs Chambers' Tech Corner

This Week's Focus: Snapchat

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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basketballCYO Basketball Registration Closing Soon!

Registration closes November 9 for both 3-8 grade basketball and also 1-2 grade Hot Shots. Teams will be formed soon!

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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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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St. Stephen's Lunch Program


And the 1st Grade is in the lead... 338 lunches this week! Many were decorated with kind words and Halloween decorations and most included drinks too. Thank You! Your thoughtful touches were noticed and appreciated. Kindness Counts! Thank you!


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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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!

 amazonAs the holiday season begins to ramp up, 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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