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February 2, 2017

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

     I am writing this column on Thursday morning just in case we have another snow/ice day tomorrow. Please remember that Portland Public students do not have school tomorrow due to a teacher workday. This is the first time in my 23 years as a principal that we have to call it on our own without PPS resources (i.e. maintenance crews on the road, ODOT, police, etc.) Luckily we have Father Mike, who with guidance from the Holy Spirit, will check out the campus early in the morning to see if we can safely have school. We will get the decision out via the email, website, and flash alert as soon as we can.

Open House

     Open House activities are next Monday and Tuesday—Parent information night on Monday at 7:00 and school tours on Tuesday from 10 to 1. Many thanks to the parents who are volunteering to help “tell the Madeleine story” to our prospective families. We really couldn’t do it without you. If you know of anyone who might be interested in enrolling, please encourage them to come on Monday night or give me a call.


Financial Aid Applications

     Finally, our School Advisory Council is working on the budget for next year, and we hope to announce any tuition increases around Spring Break. Financial aid applications for next year are available online, and the deadline for Archdiocesan tuition grants is March 31. Click here to access the online application. If you anticipate a need, it is a good idea to get in the pool of applicants while awards are being made which is early April. Questions? Please don’t hesitate to give me a call.



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  1. Open House - Spread the Word: Click Here
  2. Art Project a Facebook Hit: Click Here
  3. Last Chance for Auction Art: Click Here
  4. Volunteers Needed for Open House: Click Here
  5. Madeleine Employment Opportunity: Click Here

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 6th @ 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 7th 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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Volunteers Needed for 2017 Open Housevolunteer

We need just a few more volunteers in the classrooms to talk to prospective families on Monday night. Here are the details:

Information Night – Monday, February 6
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Needed: Classroom reps

Please contact Julie Baldwin at julie.juliebaldwin@gmail.com or 503-490-7731 to sign up!


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glassGlass Bowls are a Hit

Last week our sixth graders finished the first of their bowls inspired by the Seattle glass artist, Dale Chihuly.


Loving how they turned out, that evening I snapped this photo and posted it to my Art Teacher Facebook group. By the following day there were nearly 600 reactions to and comments on my post from art teachers across the US and from far corners of the globe.


A school in Maumelle, Arkansas has even asked if they could send their Flat Chihuly ("like Flat Stanley but with artistic flair ") to have his picture taken with the Madeleine-made bowls! I look forward to hosting their Flat Chihuly and am certain his visit will add an extra measure of fun to the unit of study for students at both schools.


I hope you will take the opportunity to stop by the STEAM wing and check out these beautiful Chihuly-inspired pieces, and all the other Madeleine student art currently on display.
  - Mrs. Galash


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announcementEmployment Opportunity at The Madeleine School

Enthusiastic and energetic teacher needed to work with some amazing kids at the Madeleine School.

Qualifications: Previous experience working with school-age students in an educational or child care setting preferred OR coursework in child development, elementary education, special education, recreation or early childhood education.

Candidates must pass criminal background check and be willing to enroll in the Oregon Child Care Division Online Central Background Registry. Candidates must obtain an Oregon Food Handlers card and become CPR/First Aid certified.

Approximate hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3pm-6pm; Wednesday 2:15-6pm. Hourly wage based upon experience and qualifications. Hours are approximate, but would be within the times listed. Position is available now.


Interested candidates should submit a resume to Principal Susan Steele at ssteele@themadeleine.edu.


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Last Chance to get Auction Artwork

There are 10 prints still available of the amazing sixth grade “Made in Oregon” auction project. And, yes, their class project really did sell for $4200 at the auction! Now you can own a print of this beautiful artwork for $100. All proceeds go toward the auction. Here are the details:


Questions: Contact Sally Damewood at sallydamewood@gmail.com 


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St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

The 2nd grade did a tremendous job of almost every single family contributing this week, and we delivered 278 sack lunches!

Recently, the Oregon Food Bank reported that the rate of food insecurity (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) in Oregon is 16.1%. Meaning, about 644,000 Oregonians are food insecure, and of those 223,480 are children. Thank you for your continual commitment to the St. Stephen’s Lunch Program!

Adult Confirmation

Are you an adult Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Is the Holy Spirit nudging you to receive this most important Sacrament of Initiation and become full members of the Church?


We will have preparation classes for adults seeking Confirmation beginning Sunday, February 19th from 9:00 AM to 9:50. There will be 6 preparation sessions scheduled (same time frame, dates vary) with reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, May 13th.


For more information and to register, please contact Julie Onderko, jonderko@themadeleine.



Mardi Gras Volunteers Needed

Our annual Mardi Gras celebration is still a few weeks away, but the planning is well underway. It’s one of the biggest events on campus each year, with people coming not only from the parish and school, but from the whole neighborhood.


To bring this off successfully, we need volunteers! We need help with setup, cleanup, food, the kids’ FunZone in the gym and much more. We’d love your help!


Please contact Janeen Reilly, jreilly@themadeleine.edu, and she’ll find just the right spot for you!

Future Falcon Night at La Sallebasketball

February 3 @ 6pm

On Friday, February 3, the La Salle girls' basketball team is hosting its Future Falcon's Night. Students will receive free admission to the game, pizza, LS swag and the opportunity to meet the players and coaches. We hope to see you there!


Register online by February 2nd at www.lsprep.org.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word help needed!

“Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”—Luke 18:16

Is the Lord calling you to serve the children of the parish? Children’s Liturgy of the Word needs more catechists particularly for the 1st through 6th grade group. If you are interested please contact Julie Onderko, jonderko@themadeleine.edu

St. Patrick’s Dinner....save the date

The Knights of Columbus annual St. Patrick’s Dinner is March 11 in the Parish Hall. Save the Date! Watch the bulletin and online for more information coming very soon!


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