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February 16, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As I look back over the previous three weeks, I understand why I feel a bit exhausted, as does the rest of the staff. We prepared for Catholic Schools Week, Mass with the Archbishop, Prospective Parent Information Night, Open House Tours, annual Principal Retreat, Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, 100th Day of School, budget committee meeting, School Advisory Council meeting, and enrollment letters for 2018-2019! A three day weekend is definitely looking good right now.


While you have a four day weekend to look forward to, the teachers will spend Tuesday morning at three different locations. Holy Cross School will host a workshop on refining our SLE assessments. Holy Redeemer will offer training on using our curriculum software, and we will welcome teachers to explore and map the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Our own Ms. Yuhas, science teacher extraordinaire, will be in charge of bringing teachers from seven different schools up to speed on NGSS. After the morning sessions, the Madeleine teachers will return to school to work on our Math In-Depth study. Well, that is the plan unless the weather does not cooperate and we have a snow day!


                                                  Have a lovely mini-vacation,

Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Rice Bowls: Click Here
  2. YDP Schedule Reminder: Click Here
  3. CYO Spring Sports Registration: Click Here
  4. Safety & Security Committee Seeks New Members: Click Here
  5. Get Ready for Spring with Called to Protect: Click Here

safetyspotMadeleine Safety & Security Committee Seeks New Members

Are you interested in safety and security issues at The Madeleine? Then, we need you! Volunteers are needed to serve on this important committee, which meets one evening of each month. The Madeleine Safety & Security Committee has multiple positions (3-year terms) available.


Over the past year the committee has completed work on several projects to help protect parishioners and students in the event of a natural disaster, including the purchase of a secure storage building for earthquake preparedness supplies, the installation of earthquake shut-off valves on gas meters, and the completion of a seismic assessment of the school, church and parish buildings. However, more remains to be done to assure the safety and security of children and adults, both at school and in church, from natural and human disasters.


If you are interested in serving on the Madeleine Safety & Security Committee, please contact the Chair, Marc Gonzales, at gonzalesmarc5@gmail.com or 503-519-8697.


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classYour Donations are Giving Hope to the Students at Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa in Puerto Rico

At the 2017 Auction, our generous auction guests raised over $35,000 during a second paddle raise in response to the urgent needs of a Catholic School in Arecibo, Puerto Rico that had been devastated by the hurricanes last fall. The school, Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa, is a rural Catholic school located about one hour outside of the capital city of San Juan. It was founded in 1926 and currently educates boys and girls ages 4–17 and also serves as an orphanage for 14 girls. Not only did the hurricanes destroy a great portion of the roof, creating devastation throughout the school, but they also damaged the chapel, furniture, electronics, clothes and books. In addition, it made the orphanage uninhabitable.


In January, Dunetchka Otero-Serrano, a parent of two girls at The Madeleine and a native of Puerto Rico, was able to visit the school and witness the damage firsthand. Here’s her story:


During my visit to Puerto Rico last month, I had the chance to visit Hogar schoolColegio La Milagrosa. Once I arrived at the school, I was impressed by how organized everything was and happy everyone was. Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa is like a Madeleine in the Tropics.


During my visit, I met Sor Clarible, Director of the school. She is a nurse by trade, no taller than five feet with a great smile and lots of energy.


directorWe spent an hour together and between tears and laughter we exchanged many stories. She told me about recovering from the hurricane and how the girls in the orphanage are coping. I told her about The Madeleine and how wonderful and supportive our community has been of Hogar Colegio La Milagrosa.


She gave me a tour of the building. It was worse than I expected with the most extensive damage concentrated in the orphanage area. Compounding the problems, since the orphanage is on the third floor and missing most of the roof, the classrooms on the second floor are starting to get wet when it rains. Currently, the girls are staying in an off-campus building that belongs to the archdiocese.roof


The last room I visited was the most violently damaged by the hurricane. The girls’ living room/common area is completely roofless now, but on the wall was still standing the statue of Virgin Mary. Sor Claribel told me that the statue was always fragile and unstable at the base. In fact, she insisted that I jerk the statue a bit so I would understand how unstable it really was. How the Virgin Mary statue withstood the hurricane escapes everyone, even the most skeptical people like me.


statueHonestly, hope and joy was everywhere even though there is a lot of expensive and disruptive work ahead of them. They say they are emotionally ready for rebuilding the orphanage in a better way. Everyone I got to talk with expressed how overwhelmingly thankful they are to The Madeleine School and how our help is going to make things much better.

Read Across America Dayread

Friday, March 2

To honor Dr. Seuss and his book Fox in Socks, students are invited to wear crazy socks to school along with their free dress for the first day of the month, which will actually occur on Friday, March 2 due to Thursday Mass.


Eighth graders will read a Dr. Seuss book aloud to their Friendship Family. Students will each get a Goldfish treat (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) to enjoy during the read aloud. At the end of the activity, each student will receive a Dr. Seuss bookmark.



ricebowlDon't Forget Your Lenten Rice Bowl

During Lent, join our faith community by participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl. Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action program encouraging encounters with our global neighbors through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Please consider preparing simple, meatless meals on the Fridays of Lent, and place the representative savings in the Rice Bowl. We will collect your Rice Bowls at the end of Lent. For suggested activities designed to help families grow in faith this Lenten season, see crsricebowl.org/families.


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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.


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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St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

The seventh grade class marked Mardi Gras with an impressive 168 lunches. Thank you again for all of the effort and care you put into making these lunches. We can tell you that they are genuinely appreciated and needed. And remember too that any spare canned and packaged goods that you may be looking to donate are always welcome as well.

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. Here's one way to help fulfill this commitment:

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


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.

Thank you, Father Mike and Susan Steele

A Message from Carolyn Ullmancu

Promoting Healthy Masculinities Workshop

March 10 @ 9am

Dear Parents: Attached is a flyer for a workshop on a very important topic. Howard Hiton, Stephen Grant and Peter Mortola are a tremendous trio of professionals. Additionally, Howard Hiton is a colleague of mine and a resources for me on a variety of subjects. If you are interested and want to know more about supporting healthy masculinity, social competence and emotional literacy in our male children, this may be the workshop for you. If you have any questions, contact me a cullman@themadeleine.edu.


Click here to see the flyer.


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.   


Track Practice Schedule
• March: M/W 5:30-6:30pm @ Madeleine Field
• April: M/W 6-7pm @ Grant Track


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 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.

basketballCatholic Schools Night @ University of Portland

February 22 @ 8pm

WHAT: Catholic Schools Night @ UP Men’s Basketball vs. BYU
WHEN: Thursday, February 22 @ 8pm
COST: $10 tickets (regularly $25)
CONTACT: Jon Brooks at 503-943-7431 or brooksj@up.edu


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.

booksBooks Open Minds: Why All Children Need Books Featuring Diverse Characters

Thursday, March 8 from 7 - 8:30pm

As you may recall, this past December we used the proceeds from our $2 Free Dress Day to purchase books from our book fair to donate to The Children's Book Bank.


Now you can join The Children’s Book Bank on March 8th for Books Open Minds for a free event about why all children need books and characters that reflect the diversity of our community.


Moderated by Melody Martínez, Board Member of The Children’s Book Bank, guest panelists will explore how powerful it can be when children see themselves reflected in the books they read.


Thursday, March 8th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Children’s Book Bank, 1915 NE 7th Avenue
Click here to register here by March 2nd.


The Children's Book Bank believes in the transformative power of books to open minds, spark the imagination, and build curiosity. With your support, The Children’s Book Bank is working to ensure all children have the opportunity to see themselves and their possibilities reflected in the books they read.


The mission of The Children’s Book Bank is to increase the chances for children to succeed as future readers, learners, and citizens by filling their homes and lives with quality books.

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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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