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February 1, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Another Catholic Schools Week (CSW) comes to a close! It is such a special week of activities, reflections, and gratitude for what we sometimes take for granted.


Our Sunday Mass was so well attended, and our school choir sounded great. Archbishop Sample’s Tuesday visit for Mass with the students was an extra blessing. He had so many complimentary comments regarding the students’ Mass theme, their participation, the choir and singing, fifth grade’s preparation, and how lovely the school and grounds looked. The classes composed the most beautiful prayers and created eye-catching bulletin boards to support the CSW theme of Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Thank you to the Parents Club for the thoughtful staff gifts on Monday and for the delicious lunch today. This week certainly reminds me of how precious the gift of Catholic education is to our kids, families, parish, community, and country.


Hot Lunch

Speaking of delicious lunches…..Don’t forget to order February hot lunch for your child. The process for ordering is the same as before. Our new kitchen staff uses Boonli (www.boonli.com) to post menus and accept orders and payment. If you have never ordered lunches before, or need a refresher, click here to find the directions. Remember you can order up until the day before. There is no two week window for ordering as before.


Field Trips, Jogathon & Called to Protect

Another reminder……Spring field trips will be starting and the Jogathon is coming up fast, so if you want to chaperone or tally, you must be up to date in the Called to Protect program. If you volunteered last year, you need to view the yearly online video (which changes each year.) If you are new to the school and/or have never volunteered before, you need to do a background check, attend a Called to Protect training in person, and sign off on a Standards of Conduct document. Click here for details and don’t hesitate to call the office for clarification.


No School on Friday

Hope you enjoy your day off tomorrow. The faculty will be at St. Pius X for an Archdiocesan Faith Formation Day. We will hear a speaker from Catholic Relief Services, focusing on Catholic social teaching, and have Mass with Archbishop Sample and teachers from all over the Archdiocese. The best part is that I live one mile from St. Pius, so no morning traffic(!), and I get to sleep in a bit. Great way to start the weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. 8th Grade Fundraiser - 2/1: Click Here
  2. Open House - Spread the Word - 2/5 & 2/6: Click Here
  3. Record Setting St. Stephen's Lunches: Click Here
  4. Hot Lunch Resumes Monday - 2/5: Click Here
  5. Get Ready for Spring with Called to Protect: Click Here










St. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Drum roll please! 833 lunches this week!!! Can you believe it?! Well, Mrs. Steele is very impressed by the largest single week turnout yet, and you should be as well.


Thanks to your immense generosity, lunches were distributed to St. Michael’s Chili Tuesday, First Christian Church (who just recently began a sandwich ministry), HOMEpdx, Operation NightWatch, nearby subsidized housing at Hamilton West and Rose Schnitzer Tower, SAFES West Shelter for Women and Children, and Grace Bible Church. Whew! That's a lot of people who were able to eat on Tuesday thanks to the lunches you made!


While our parent volunteers (Tiffany and Reid Cooper) were delivering the lunches, a woman pulled them aside and said, “We love your children. They are the absolute best to think of us each week, and we so look forward to Tuesday. God Bless You.”


Already in the first five months of this school year, we have made and donated more than 4,600 lunches. We are well on our way to meet (or surpass!) last year's total of 8,060 lunches!





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pizza8th Grade Fundraiser @ Fire + Stone

Thursday, February 1 @ 5pm - 9pm

Fire + Stone Pizzeria and Restaurant is donating 15% of its proceeds to the Madeleine 8th Grade Ashland Class Trip! Take a night off from cooking and help support Madeleine's 8th graders. Plus, there's no school on Friday, so no need to worry about homework!

WHERE: Fire + Stone, 3707 NE Fremont

WHEN: February 1 @ 5pm - 9pm

OPTIONS: Dine in or Take out


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open houseOpen House: Spread the Word!

Word of mouth is our best marketing tool, so be sure to tell everyone you know about our upcoming 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.


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Hot Lunch Resumes Mondaytrio

Our Hot Lunch Program will resume on Monday, so be sure to hop online and place your order! Visit www.boonli.com to view the menu, order and pay. If you've never ordered before, click here to see ordering instructions.


Trio will prepare and serve lunch five days a week and uses the same web site for ordering that we were already using, so you can log on with your same password.


If you have any questions or ordering difficulties, please contact Lisa Quinn with Trio Hospitality at 971-212-6023 or at lisa@triohosp.com.


Trio currently serves a number of Catholic schools around Portland and their principals spoke very highly of the food and service that Trio provides. A few of the highlights that this company offers:



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prepareSpring is Coming . . . and that means Field Trips and Jogathon . . . and Called to Protect

What do field trips and the Jogathon have in common? They are both fun volunteer opportunities and both require that you complete Called to Protect. You heard us right – you can’t chaperone a field trip or help with the Jogathon unless you are current with the Called to Protect requirements.


Common Comments


Luckily for you, there are easy answers to all these questions. Click here for details on what you need to do. If you still have questions, call Angela Rosebrook at 503-288-9197. She is the Called to Protect guru who can tell you exactly what you need to do.


So, get going now before all the fun volunteer opportunities fill up with other people who have already completed Called to Protect.


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Volunteers Needed for Mardi Gras Fun Zone

Tuesday, February 13mask

The Fun Zone has become a tradition at The Madeleine Mardi Gras, but it needs your help to be successful. And, don’t forget, volunteering in the Fun Zone will help you rack up more volunteer hours! 


Just two jobs left! Sign up and join the fun!!


Click here to sign up now!


Questions? Contact the Fun Zone coordinator at madeleinemardigras@gmail.com 


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beeBeckett C. Wins The Madeleine Geography Bee

On Monday, ten Madeleine students competed in The Madeleine School’s National Geographic Bee. Our school champion Beckett C., 5th grader, will find out in March if he qualifies for the state Bee. Placing second was Noah K., also in 5th grade, and placing 3rd was 8th grader Ryan H.


Congratulations to all participants: Mimi T. and Eli K. (4th grade), Becket and Noah (5th grade), Stefan W. and Max M. (6th grade), Stella S. and Evelyn C. (7th grade), and Peyton W. and Ryan H. (8th grade). Good luck Beckett on your qualifying test!

announcementMadeleine Ministry Directory in Friday Folders

Dear Madeleine Parish School Parents,

Please note that in your child’s Friday Folder this week, you will receive a copy of the Madeleine Ministry Directory. Fr. Mike and I are pleased to share with you our 2017-2018 Madeleine Ministry Directory. There are many opportunities in which you can fulfil your volunteer hours, as required by our parish school. These Directories are updated frequently and are also available at the School Office, the Rectory and the Church Information Table.  


You may contact me directly, via email or phone, with any questions that you may have.


Love and Blessings

Greta Robbins

Ministry Coordinator



rememberIn-Parish Tuition Reminder

Dear Parents,
If you are receiving In-Parish Tuition, don't forget that you agreed to serve in a Parish Ministry as part of your Parish Affiliation Commitment. Good news! There are a couple ways coming up to help fulfill this commitment:

We need a wide range of help at these events, including food prep, kitchen help, serving, busing and clean-up.


These events are in addition to our Wine Tasting, Parish Picnic and Madeleine Marketplace events which have already passed for this year.


Have you fulfilled your commitment? If yes, thank you! If not, please contact Janeen Reilly in the parish office, at 503-281-5777 or jreilly@themadeleine.edu to say you can help at one of these events. Both are in need of volunteers and Janeen would really appreciate your help.

Thank you, Father Mike and Susan Steele

bulldogMadeleine Bulldogs - CYO Sports Update



CYO TRACK & FIELD (3rd-8th Grade, Boys & Girls): CYO Track & Field provides opportunities for children 3rd-8th grades to participate. They will compete in one of three groups: Roadrunners (3rd & 4th grade), Cubs (5th & 6th grade), and Cadets (7th & 8th grade). Track season practice may begin on March 12th and continues until mid-May. There are four developmental meets during the regular season. The season culminates with a series of championship meets - Meet of Champions.   


LACROSSE (K-8th Grade, Boys & Girls): CYO Lacrosse offers competitive experience, great sportsmanship and a chance to play with kids from other area grade schools and parishes. Four Divisions:  K-2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th. 


BASEBALL (3rd-8th Grade, Boys & Girls):  CYO Baseball teams compete in the Junior Baseball Organization (JBO) Districts. North (District Madeleine participates) metro teams compete in the Clackamas County JBO district. Three Divisions: 3rd/4th Midget, 5th/6th Junior, 7th/8th Senior. 


SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available through CYO. Click here to view and apply for a scholarship. The form can be found on the cyocamphoward.org website also. Apply early for a scholarship. Once you have been approved, you will receive a code that will allow you to register. Do not hesitate to apply if you need assistance.


COACHES NEEDED: Please contact the Athletic Director if you are interested in coaching a Spring sport. We'd love to have you join the team!


BOARD MEMBER & ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OPEN POSITIONS:  Are you interested in helping shape the CYO Athletic Program at The Madeleine? Then, we need you! The Madeleine Athletic Board has upcoming open board member positions. The board meets quarterly during the year to discuss the CYO sports programs and scholarships offered.   Please download the application at http://www.themadeleine.edu/cyo and return it by March 2nd.


For more information about these or other sports offered or to register, check out the website at http://www.themadeleine.edu/cyo.


Go Bulldogs!!


Aimee Holzschuh

Outgoing Madeleine CYO Club AD



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YDP Schedule Remindersstars

Here’s a reminder of YDP's schedule for the remainder of the academic year. Be sure to mark your calendars!


February 2: In-service - YDP open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
February 19: Presidents Day - YDP Closed
February 20: In-service - YDP open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm


March 16: 11:30am dismissal - YDP open
March 26 – 30: Spring Break - YDP closed


May 4: Conference day - YDP open 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
May 25: 11:30am dismissal - YDP closed
May 28: Memorial day - YDP closed


June 15: Last day of school 11:30 dismissal - YDP closed


Due to renovations throughout the building, there will be no summer YDP camps.


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The Madeleine Crab Feed - RESCHEDULED

The new date is Sunday, February 25, 5:00 pm in the Parish Hall. 

You may have heard in the media about the delay in the crab season. 
So, to make sure we can offer the delicious, fresh crab you expect, we have decided to postpone our 2018 Crab Feed.

If you already purchased a ticket, you’re in, of course. Your current ticket will be valid on the new date

However, if you cannot make it on February 25, by all means let us know and we’ll refund your ticket price. Paid patrons have received emails and/or phone calls with instructions on how to request a refund if necessary.

Join us February 25 at 5:00 pm

So crack a crab with your friends, and enjoy a great evening in support of our parish. Enjoy all-you-can-eat dinner, great conversation, and a genial community atmosphere.

Doors open at 5:00 pm; dinner served at 5:30 pm with Dungeness crab, roasted chicken and all the fixin’s.

Beer, wine and soft drinks are available

Childcare available

Children aged 5-11 enjoy pizza and childcare. Registration is required at time of ticket order; donations accepted at the door to cover costs.

Order your tickets today at www.themadeleine.edu/crabfeed

Tickets have been selling fast, so order today! $40 per adult, $20 for youth 12-18 (Should price be an issue, please see Fr. Mike. We have funds to help!) If you prefer, tickets are available at the parish office with check, cash or credit card.

museM.U.S.E. Band 31st Annual Winter Concerts

The 31st Annual M.U.S.E. Band Winter Concerts provide a great opportunity to support your child’s classmates who will be performing in a large ensemble with students from neighboring schools while also sneaking in a little culture. Also, the concerts provide a great chance to see if your child might want to join M.U.S.E. next year.


Eastside schools and all westside Catholic schools

@Central Catholic High School

Sunday, February 11

Beginning Band Concert 1:00pm

Intermediate/Advanced 2:30pm  


Bryant Allard

M.U.S.E. Instrumental Programs

Basketball Night at St. Mary's Academy

February 2 @ 6:30pm

basketballWe invite you to the St. Mary’s Academy CYO Basketball Night on February 2. Festivities start at 6:30pm, and the varsity game begins at 7:00pm.

Come watch the St. Mary’s Academy Blues take on the Tigard High School Tigers. Enjoy free concessions, face painting, raffle prizes, and more!

No need to RSVP for this event. Admission is free, and St. Mary’s Academy is easily accessible by public transportation. If you have any questions, email Kelsey Hui at Kelsey.hui@smapdx.org or call 503-721-7728.

Go Blues!


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

UPlogoUniversity of Portland hosts "Exploring the World through Reading and STEM"

Sunday, February 25 from 11am - 3pm @ The Chiles Center

Come visit the University of Portland for a family day of fun on Sunday, February 25th. The STEM Education and Outreach Center has teamed up with Kappa Delta Pi, an Education Honor Society, to bring you a full day of fun activities promoting literacy, reading and STEM.


Click here to see the event flyer.

jobYDP 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.

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Download your copy of the bulletin at www.themadeleine.edu/bulletin


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.