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December 1, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In case you are wondering why we had an 11:30 dismissal today….It is the end of the first trimester of school. Teachers will be working on report cards, which will be distributed next Friday. It is hard to believe that one third of the school year is over.


I need to remind all parents about the protocol of what to do if your child is going to be absent. Your child’s safety is an absolute priority for us, and Mrs. Rosebrook keeps close eye on the attendance. Our rule is that within the first 15 minutes of school, we know where everyone is. It was particularly challenging last week, given the number of children on early Thanksgiving vacation, to be making over 30 phone calls to track down missing children. This certainly cannot be done in 15 minutes. So please call or email us if your child is not coming to school.


ALSO, your child may not deliver the message that he/she is not going to be here. I know none of our students would do this but……it has been known to happen that older kids call in sick, after their parents go to work, and enjoy a day off..…think Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! So please let us know ASAP if your child is not going to be here.


Madeleine Marketplace

Next Thursday is our annual Madeleine Marketplace and Christmas Tree Lighting. (Wait, wasn’t Thanksgiving just last week??) Vendors will be set up in the Parish Hall to help you with your Christmas shopping. Dinner will also be available. Tables open at 2:00, so do a little shopping before you pick up your child. I will be there in the official capacity of “cookie judge” and “wine seller.” Hope to see you there.


YDP is Hiring

Our before and after school program, better known as YDP, is needing some additional help. In order to be in compliance with our licensing agency, we must have a certain number of adults on duty to meet the student/teacher ratios. This year we are serving many children, especially in the afternoon, and we need to hire some additional personnel. We have placed a few ads, but no luck in recruiting appropriate hires.


I think “word of mouth” advertising is the best, so I need some help in getting the word out. The Madeleine kids are great to work with, the pay is competitive, and the schedule follows the school calendar. So this means there are long Christmas, Spring, and Summer breaks. So if you know of someone who would like to work a few hours a day, a few days a week, please, please, please ask him/her to give me a call. Think high-schoolers over 18, part-time college students, nannies, retirees who want to get out of the house for a few hours. Perhaps this job is of interest to you? No stress, just lots of fun.


Christmas Program

Last reminder…..Please read the information about the upcoming Christmas program in today’s Footnotes. The date is Thursday, December 14th. Students in grades K through 6 will be performing in the Church at 7pm. (The parish bulletin said K-8, but that is incorrect.)


Have a great weekend.



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Book Fair - 12/3-12/8: Click Here
  2. $2 Free Dress Day - 12/5: Click Here
  3. Volunteer to help @ Madeleine Marketplace - 12/7: Click Here
  4. Friendship Family Present Pass - 12/11: Click Here
  5. Sign up for Caroling with the Teachers - 12/12: Click Here

presentThe Present Pass is Coming

December 11

On Monday, December 11th, our friendship families will be gathering for a Christmas celebration. For the activity each student will need to bring a small wrapped gift between $1 and $5 that is age and gender neutral. The eighth graders will read a Christmas book and pick a “password” that is said often in the book. Every time that word is said in the story, students will pass the present they are holding to the person next to them. Whatever present the student is holding when the book is finished is the student’s to open.

Merry Christmas!
Student Government


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Book Fair is here! books

December 3 - 8

Book Fair will be in the library December 3rd - December 8th. Stop in and have fun searching for new books with your kids. There will also be teacher wish lists if you would like to purchase a new book for a classroom library.


All purchases benefit our school with a minimum of 50% coming back to the Madeleine to purchase new books for our library and classrooms. In the past two years we have purchased over 700 new books for the library with book fair proceeds!


Sunday: After the 10 am mass
Monday - Thursday: After school
Thursday Eve: During Madeleine Marketplace
Friday: After drop off during coffee and donuts



The Book Fair is in need of a few more volunteers to help with a 45 minute shift after school from 3:15 - 4:00pm. We know you're busy during the holiday season, so we've got a deal for you . . . work for 45 minutes and get credit for 2 hours of volunteer time! You can even bring along your younger kids.

Contact Jen Tadjedin at jtadjedin@mac.com to sign up for your shift.


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freedress$2 Free Dress Day to Benefit Children's Book Bank

Tuesday, December 5

On Tuesday, December 5th there will be free dress for $2 to support the Children's Book Bank. The Children's Book Bank is a local non-profit organization that provides bags of books to low income children in our area that may not otherwise have books in the home. In past years, The Children's Book Bank has given over 80,000 books to more than 8,000 local children! 


We will use the free dress money to purchase books from our book fair to donate to this fantastic organization. 


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Holiday Easel Item Events: Spaces Still Available

Don't miss out on two Christmas-themed easel item events that still have space available!


Madeleine Christmas Cookie Competitioncookies

Thursday, December 7 @ Madeleine Marketplace

Got a Christmas cookie that has Santa lingering under your tree? Enter it in the Madeleine Christmas cookie competition. Winner in the adult category gets six VIP seats at the 4PM Christmas Eve mass. Winner in the kid category gets a private meet-and-greet with live animals in the Christmas pageant -- a donkey (named Zorro), an alpaca (Giligan) that plays the role of a camel, a pair of goats (Jeffrey and Carmel), and a pair of sheep (Peaches and Humble).

Click here to enter the Madeleine Christmas Cookie Competition!

Then cook up a dozen cookies and drop them off on in Parish Hall on December 7th between 8:15am and noon. Father Mike, Father Anthony and Susan Steele will begin judging cookies at 1pm. The winners will be announced in the evening before the tree lighting.


Caroling with the Teacherssignup

Tuesday, December 12 from 6pm - 8pm

Here's your chance to get two hours of Christmas shopping or gift wrapping done without small children around! Bundle up your kids for a wonderful night with their favorite teachers. Simply drop off your children at The Madeleine School after dinner and let the faculty and staff take it from there. Your children will enjoy hot cocoa and tasty treats in addition to neighborhood caroling!


Click here to sign up for Caroling with the Teachers!


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volunteerSign up Now to Volunteer at Madeleine Marketplace

Volunteers of all kinds for various shifts are needed for the Madeleine Marketplace. Many opportunities for fun jobs!!


Please contact Janeen Reilly at the rectory at 503-281-5777. If you can help with set up on December 6, contact Susie Andersen at 503-231-9882.


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Annual Madeleine School Christmas Program

December 14 @ 7pm

Grades Kindergarten through 6th will bring you the songs of Christmas. Be sure to put it on your calendar!


Details to Know

Arrival time: 6:30pm in your child's classroom

Attire: Sunday Best or one of the following costumes


Questions? Contact Mr. Pederson at cpederson@themadeleine.edu.


Madeleine Students Answer the Call to Help

On Saturday, November 18, Mallory, Alec, and Wade spent a sunny morning collecting food for the St Vincent De Paul holiday food drive organized by the parish.


Thank you for doing your part to help feed our hungry neighbors this Christmas!




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Madeleine Students Compete with the Jr. Wheelblazers



Helena O. and Peyton W., competing with the Jr. Wheelblazers (part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association), recently played in the Bridge City Classic tournament and won five games! Way to go, girls!

Madeleine "Mathletes" Compete at MathFest


On Saturday, November 18, students from schools across Portland gathered at Central Catholic High School to compete in the annual Mathfest. In addition to each participant taking an individual exam known as the "conTEST," two “mathletes” from each school were paired with two students from another school, and put their agile brains to work at a series of group problem-solving events.


Participants from The Madeleine School this year were: 7th graders Charlie B., Quinn B., Trevor Y. and Teddy G.; and 8th graders Ava T., Claire K., Sebastian R. and Ryan H.




The team of Ava and Sebastian, along with two peers from another school, placed first in two team events: Guess My Rule and Locks and Boxes. In the individual 7th grade competition, Teddy placed 2nd and Charlie placed 4th.

Congratulations to all The Madeleine School students who were chosen to participate! Go Madeleine Math!

Be An Angel Among Us

Christmas Teacher Wish Listangel

You can become a Christmas Angel by giving a gift from the "Teacher Wish List."  These items are not in the budget, but would enhance the classroom. Thanks to the many angels last year, donations to the teacher wish list provided hundreds of dollars in classroom extras! 


Click here to see the 2017 teacher wish list.  Earn your wings this year and join the many angels in our midst! 


Questions? Contact Caryn Fiedler at cfiedler@themadeleine.edu.

Science, Pasta and Marshmallows

Last week the sixth graders completed their study of earthquakes by building “earthquake-resistant” towers. Check out their creations!






science5 Stay tuned for more photos from the science lab. Ms. Yuhas is one of our most regular contributors to Friday Footnotes, so you never know what you might learn about your kiddo's time in the science lab!


Got a great pic of a school activity? Send it to fridayfootnotes@themadeleine.edu for possible publication in an upcoming issue of Friday Footnotes.




Calling All Basketball Uniforms & Sweatshirts recycle

Has your child outgrown (or is no longer needing) their basketball uniform or their basketball sweatshirt with their name on it? Please bring these items to the Madeleine Uniform Closet as soon as possible.


Sweatshirts with names on them will be repurposed with new names on them! That's right, a NEW name can be put on those outgrown sweatshirts so they can be passed on to a smaller child.


Let's be models of change and do our part for the planet by reusing and repurposing our old uniforms!


If you would like a repurposed sweatshirt, please contact Deborah Naugler.

deborahnaugler@hotmail.com or via telephone 503-713-3068


Thank you for helping our planet and world.

lunchesSt. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

We began this charitable season with the 7th and 6th grade classes bringing in lunches the week before and after Thanksgiving. The 7th grade brought in 168 lunches, and the 6th grade were close behind with 155 lunches. Thank you for being so generous and taking the time this busy holiday season to serve others.

Tree Skirts for Sale Benefit The Madeleine School

Please consider purchasing a lovely burlap tree skirt for your holiday tree. With a tidy bound edge, these oversized circles can be folded in half and wrapped around your tree.

Cost = $20. All proceeds will go directly to the school.

Skirts will be sold at the Marketplace or contact Deborah Naugler at 503-713-3068 if you would like one before Thursday.

Thank you!
Madeleine Parents Club

La Salle Catholic College Prep Chess lasalleTournament

Saturday, December 9 from 9am - 5pm (players arrive by 8:30am)


A fun, festive, five-round chess tournament for all chess players in grades K-12. This holiday tournament has been designated as a qualifier for the OSCF 2018 State Seaside championship, and will be NWSRS rated; G30.


Register on-line at https://www.lsprep.org/yuletide or search for Yuletide at www.lsprep.org.  Early-bird cost is $25 if registered by Monday, December 4.  Cost doubles thereafter.


Email Daniel at LSprepChess@yahoo.com for further information.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

grantDance Day with the Grant Gendrills

Saturday, December 2 from 9am - 2:30pm


Who: Grades K - 8

What: The Gendrills invite all K - 8 students for a day of dance. Dancers will be divided into age groups and learn a dance routine. There will be a showcase for parents at 2pm.

When: Saturday, December 2 at 9am

Where: Marshall Campus (Grant's off-site home)

Price: $30 per dancer (check payable to Grant High School)

Bring: Sack lunch and water. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for the gym floor.

Register by emailing switzer5@centurylink.net and pay at the door.


For more information, please contact Coach Kali Capps at kaliandis@gmail.com.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

mirrorWomenStrength Self-Defense Classes

January 3, 10, 17 from 6pm - 9pm @ The Madeleine



Open to ages 13 and above, although those 13-16 need to be accompanied by a female adult.


Registration opens on Tuesday, December 5th at 9am.

Register at www.portlandoregon.gov/police/womenstrength or at 503-823-0260.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.


It is important that registrants attend the entirety of all three training sessions because empowerment is taught based self-defense. This is a holistic approach that includes more than just physical fighting skills. Assertiveness, using your intuition, definitions of sexual assault and domestic violence -- just to name a few -- are all taught.


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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.


Congratulations for making it all the way to the end of Friday Footnotes!

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.