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November 9, 2018

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Heather, Jen, Susan and Mary and all the volunteers who made our annual auction, “Saturday Night Fever,” an unabashed success. From the silent auction, to the easel items, to the class projects, to the dance competition, to the live oral auction (have I missed anything?) there was so much to see, do, and bid on. Final numbers have not been released, but I know the paddle raise brought in over $26,000 for all the upgrades to our school building. This does not happen without the dedication and hours of work on the part of all the volunteers. So, once again, thank you for all you do for our kids.

Have a relaxing Veterans Day weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction Update: Click Here
  2. Clothing Drive: Click here
  3. Amazon Shopping Update: Click here
  4. What's Cool About Our School: Click here
  5. Family Service Opportunity: Click Here


Overall Auction Results

Saturday Night Fever, the 2018 Madeleine Auction, brought some groovy disco vibes back to the northwest with more than 275 auction guests and volunteers bringing both a spirit of community and a generous attitude to the evening.

Thank you to everyone who worked, attended, donated or prayed to make this evening so much fun. And a special thanks to our amazing auction chairs Heather Matteri, Mary Remuzzi, Susan Samuelson, Jen Tadjedin.

While the final numbers are still being tabulated, it’s safe to say that our auction guests were overwhelming in their generosity. Be sure to read upcoming editions of Friday Footnotes for the grand announcement of how much we raised for our kids.

Paddle Raise Results

$26,300 raised to help "Finish the Job"

Thanks to the generosity of 61 families, $26,300 in restricted funds was donated during the Paddle Raise to help “Finish the Job” and bring four important school projects closer to completion.

This year’s paddle raise proceeds will go toward closing the funding gap for four school improvements, including an upgraded fire suppression system, an emergency evacuation system, fully-rebuilt middle school restrooms and covered bicycle parking. Some of these projects have been on our paddle raise wish list for years, so we’re lucky to finally have our wishes fulfilled.

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

Winning Bidders Pick Up Your Loot!

We still have a number of auction items and gift certificates waiting to be picked up. Please email Anne Thompson, our amazing post-auction coordinator, at oregon.thompsons@comcast.net to make arrangements to claim the items you won at the auction.

Post-Auction Questions?

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




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And the Winner Is...disco

Angela Rosebrook!

All of our Madeleine dancers did an outstanding job on the dance floor after the live auction with their instructors from Arthur Murray. However, one dancer came home with the first ever Madeleine mirror ball trophy...our own Angela Rosebrook!

Many thanks to all of our dancers and to the two sponsors of the dance contest: Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP and Patrick J. Henry Homes.






Upcoming Clothing Drive to Help the Homeless

November 13-16

In the winter, have you ever had to walk around downtown without a coat? Freezing right? There are many people in our community who don’t have warm clothing to help them survive the harsh elements. Student Government will be having a clothing drive to support Maddie’s Cart, a service run by our Madeleine parishioners that provides for the homeless. This drive will be from November 13-16. Students will drop off clothing in boxes located in each of their classrooms. Thank you for working together to support the homeless in our community.

Here is a list of items needed:


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What's Cool About Our School?

The 5th grade students made Veteran's Day wreaths for 17 homeless veterans who are recently no longer homeless in Kansas City. The veterans are newly established in tiny homes, and their new front doors will have our wreaths to welcome them home on Veterans Day. We reused old Madeleine uniforms to help us create these beautiful wreaths! A huge, special thank you to our 5th grade parents!

Here is the video highlighting this project:

Veterans Community Project in Kansas City


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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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Picture Retakes pix

November 13

Pictures will be coming home with your child today - check those backpacks! If you would like to have picture retakes those will happen on Tuesday, November 13, first thing in the morning. Please send in your packet of pictures that you do not want with your child that day. This will be an optional free dress day for students doing retakes.


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!


Student Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting

Thursday, November 15th

The School Advisory Council (SAC) will hold its November meeting on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30pm in the Library.

Click here to read the agenda

All meetings are open to visitors unless specifically designated as being closed. If you would like to attend the meeting and add something to the agenda, please contact the Chair prior to the meeting (Catherine Glavan: catherine_geary@hotmail.com).

SAC Purpose and Members

The purpose of the Madeleine School Advisory Council (SAC) is to provide advice to Father Mike and Susan Steele regarding policy direction for program needs of the school, especially in Planning, Finances, Technology and Development.

If you can't attend a SAC meeting, but have a topic you would like to bring to the group's attention, please contact one of the members: Fr. Mike Biewend, Susan Steele, Catherine Glavan (Chair), Diana Nunez, Erskine Williams, John LaBarca, Lance Mayhew, Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Jeff Allen, Brian Cratsenberg, Jen Johnson, Alisa Pyszka (Parents Club Representative), Meg Scharle (Pastoral Club Representative), Caryn Fiedler (Development Representative).

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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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Mrs. Chambers' Tech Corner Mrs C

Social Media Mini-Series: Instagram

Today’s tech focus is Instagram. This is the second installment in a mini-series all about social media. Instagram is SUPER popular with both kids and adults. Here is an article on the ins and outs of the app. If there is one thing, well actually two things, that I can highlight from the article they are: a new Instagram account defaults to public. You need manually go to settings and change to private. Also, the world of hashtags is wide open. Any Instagram user can search for anything. There is no way to filter or control this app. The article offers two PDF versions of tips and info at the top of the page for quick reference.

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St. Stephen's Lunch Program

276! Yes, 276!

The Kindergarten class had an impressive first time out. They also thoughtfully decorated the bags and included special cards, bible verses, plastic flowers, stickers and left over Halloween candy. Nourishing one’s soul as well as one’s belly. Bravo!

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basketballCYO Basketball Registration Closes November 9th!

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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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!


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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.


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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