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December 8, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I know some principals who dread the Christmas holidays because it is difficult to keep students focused, especially the little ones. Yes, visions of sugar plums are already dancing in their heads. I, on the other hand, love this time of the school year. True, I am no longer in the classroom, on the “front lines” so to speak, but I still remember writing holiday stories, doing Christmas crafts, and making secret gifts for mom and dad. And I got to wear all my holiday sweaters that were so popular back then.


The Christmas spirit was certainly on display last night at The Madeleine Marketplace and Tree lighting. I hope you were able to shop for a few things among the many vendors who participated. Kudos to Susie Anderson and Janeen Reilly for planning the event. Special thanks to Catherine Glavan for promoting and organizing the cookie contest. As one of the three judges, please know it was a very difficult task. Congratulations to our own Evelyn C. for winning the adult division, even though she is a seventh grader. A career in baking could be in her future.


Christmas Program

Speaking of Christmas, please be sure to read about and plan for the school Christmas program on Thursday evening, December 14. I think the weather is going to cooperate, so the show will go on. Details on costumes, time, location, are in the blurb below.


Report Cards

Report cards are going home today. Please review the grades and teacher comments with your child. Now is a good time to set some goals for the coming trimester. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your child’s teacher for guidance.


Have a great weekend and happy shopping.



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Friendship Family Present Pass - 12/11: Click Here
  2. Sign up for Caroling with the Teachers - 12/12: Click Here
  3. Madeleine Christmas Program - 12/14: Click Here
  4. Angels Among Us: Click Here
  5. Christmas Cookie Contest Winners: 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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Annual Madeleine School Christmas Programkids

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.


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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.


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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!


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!


Dance Camp with the Grant High School Dance Teamsignup

Monday, December 18 from 1pm - 4pm

Bring a friend and the Award Winning Grant High School Dance Team will teach you the moves of some of today's most popular dances such as Whip/Nae/Nae, The Dab, Despacito, as well as some of their own personal favorites. Parents! You are welcome too! Or drop the kids off ... and finish up that last minute Christmas shopping. Once everyone has got it down, how about we shoot a little music video of everyone so you can share it with friends & family? Today Parish Hall, tomorrow the VMAs!
Hosted by the Thompson, Johnson and Beaulieu Families


Click here to sign up for Dance Camp!


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skirtTree 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 benefit The Madeleine School. Please contact Deborah Naugler at 503-713-3068 if you would like to purchase one.

Thank you!
Madeleine Parents Club

Madeleine Cookie Contest Winners Announced


The Madeleine Christmas Cookie Contest was a success and raised over $1,000, which will be added to the auction proceeds benefitting the school. Not only did Father Mike, Father Anthony, and Mrs. Steele get to happily nibble cookies, but folks at the bake sale eagerly snapped up bags of cookies.

In case you missed it, Ellie W. won in the kids category. She's a student at Alameda and will be making her First Communion at the Madeleine this spring.

Evelyn C. won in the adults category. She's a Madeleine seventh grader who was volunteering at the food bank last night and didn't find out until this morning.

Father Mike, Father Anthony, and Mrs. Steele felt the judging was difficult because, without exception, all of the cookies were delicious AND they had so many to try.

Also check out this submission, which included Father Mike, dog Maddie, Maria Manzo, Michael Kissinger (with clarinet) and their pup in front of the church!



Many thanks! Merry Christmas!


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Jogathon Leaders

Picture a sunny day on the Field of Dreams . . . picture Madeleine students getting great exercise as they raise money for their school . . . picture yourself and a friend making it all possible! This could be you if you step forward to be a Jogathon Leader.


Our fearless leaders for the past several years, Kelsi Charlesworth and Shelby Walker, will be graduating from the Jogathon as their daughters graduate from The Madeleine.


So, the 2018 Jogathon will be their last. This means that you have the opportunity to learn from the best this year before you step up as a Jogathon Leader in 2019.


Sound interesting? How about a little bit of sugar to sweeten the deal? Our new Jogathon Leaders will be exempt from having to work a volunteer job at the 2018 Auction!


Contact Caryn Fiedler at cfiedler@themadeleine.edu with questions and expressions of interest.

open houseOpen House: Spread the Word!

It’s time to reach out to all the families who look forward to sending their kids to Madeleine next year. Word of mouth is our best marketing tool, so be sure to tell everyone you know about our Open House Events.


Parent Information Night – Monday, February 5th @ 7pm

Come hear all about the school from Principal Susan Steele, Father Mike Biewend and current parents. Visit the classrooms and enjoy conversations with current parents.

School Tours – Tuesday, February 6th from 10am - 1pm

Bring your child for a tour of the school and see the teachers and current students in action.

Sign up for Hot Lunchlunch

Ordering begins December 10

Sign ups will open for hot lunches served during January on December 10th.


Click here to sign up for hot lunch.




safetyParents Must Enter School to Pick Up Students

Please remember that when you come to school in the middle of the day to pick your child for a doctor appointment, you must come into the school to pick him or her up. You can NOT simply call the front desk from your car and say that you are outside. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your children safe.

Rube Goldberg Machines & Skipped Science Tests

Can you build a working Rube Goldberg Device with at least four steps that rings a bell at the end? Our eighth-graders can. Six teams competed for the chance to skip an upcoming science test. The winning device (themed “Chaos”) lasted 19 seconds and was built by Cameron, Jude and Will. Congrats to the "Chaos" team!


Here are some of the Rube Goldberg machines. Look closely for key components that keep the machine running, like dominoes, tubes and the bells at the end.





























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

doorSt. Stephen's Lunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

This week the fifth grade brought in 95 lunches. Thank you to the families who were able to provide this week.


Lately, I have been asked - "where is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Parish?" Well, it is not the parish on the south side, but is located downtown on the corner of SW 13th and Clay Avenue near the on-ramp to Hwy 26. St. Michael’s is still running their outreach programs at this parish so we are providing lunches for numerous outreach programs. It is a very vibrant and active community that we have paired with, and they are so appreciative of all our efforts.

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.

danceThe Annual 8th Grade Ballroom Dance Class Returns

January 2018

Hosted by 8th grade Madeleine Moms for more than a decade, this popular class brings together 8th graders from Catholic schools across Northeast Portland each year for seven classes of Cha Cha, Swing, Foxtrot and much more for only $42.50!


If you or someone you know has an 8th grader at The Madeleine, All Saints, St. Rose or Holy Redeemer, be sure to get them signed up! Classes begin Friday, January 5.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.


Questions? Contact Julie Doherty, Aimée Holzschuh or Aimée Samuelson at MadBallroomDance@gmail.com.

starsYDP 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.


"Word of mouth” advertising is the best, so we 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.

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.

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.


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