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March 16, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Susan has turned over her column this week for a very important message from the School Advisory Committee.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Each year the School Advisory Council (SAC) recommends a budget to Father Mike and the Pastoral Council for the upcoming year. Foremost in our consideration is continuing to provide an excellent Catholic education to the extended community, not just to those families who can comfortably afford it. Because the cost of educating our kids is greater than tuition cost, we also thank you for your generosity during the fundraising opportunities throughout the year. The budgeting process attempts to balance many factors such as: actual and anticipated changes in costs, the revenues needed to balance them, and the long term financial health of The Madeleine School.


Our Three-Year Plan has financial goals that include maintaining a fiscally sound budget and offering a competitive tuition rate to all families. The finance committee evaluated many factors, including tuition at other Archdiocese schools, faculty salary rates, and revenue sources. As in past years, some costs have increased, including higher utility, benefit, and healthcare costs. To offset these cost increases and propose a balanced budget, the School will need additional revenues.


After careful consideration of the items above, SAC recommended a tuition increase that is consistent with the goals in the Three-Year Plan, provides the funds necessary to meet important needs, and keeps tuition costs at The Madeleine competitive relative to peer schools in the area. SAC’s recommendation was approved by the Pastoral Finance Committee, the Pastoral Council, and ultimately adopted by Father Mike.


Click here to view next year's tuition rates. Please feel free to contact SAC at sac@themadeleine.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you,
Tim Resch, School Advisory Council Chair
Lucas Newman, SAC Finance Committee Chair

Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. St. Paddy's Day Parade - 3/18: Click Here
  2. Mugs for Hugs: Click Here
  3. Jogathon T-Shirt Survey: Click Here
  4. Apply Now for Financial Aid: Click Here
  5. Laskowski Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship Available: Click Here



T-Shirt Survey Due March 25!

The 2018 Jogathon is scheduled for May 11, and we are gearing up to kick-off this fun, annual event following Spring Break. In the meantime, the Jogathon Chairs are asking parents to complete a brief survey in order to select their child’s shirt size. T-shirts will be worn on event day. You must complete the survey in order to receive a shirt. We will not be choosing a size for your child. A separate survey must be completed for each child. Please complete the survey by Sunday, March 25.


Click on the link below to complete the t-shirt survey:



Your Jogathon Chairs,

Shelby Walker and Kelsi Charlesworth


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Come One, Come All! parade

29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sunday, March 18th @ 1pm

Whether you march or watch, don't miss it! The parade leaves from the Fernwood/Cleary School at 33rd and Hancock at 1:00 sharp! Contact Steve O'Slavik at 503-282-6370 for more information.


May the luck of the Irish be with you!


Click here to see the flyer


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mugMugs for Hugs: March 19-23

Lent is a time for almsgiving, and this Lent, Student Government is hosting a mug drive. You can bring in any mug, new or used. From March 19-23, mugs will be collected in each classroom. The class that brings in the most mugs will win a hot cocoa party, and the donations will benefit the St. Francis Dining Hall in SE Portland. Thanks for your support!


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teacherTeacher of the Week

Mrs. Schneider to be honored by K103

Each week during the school year, K103 and Concordia University honor a local educator. A couple of days ago, we found out that Mrs. Schneider will be honored the week of May 18. As part of this honor, Mrs. Schneider will be featured on the K103 web site and will be awarded a $103 gift card for classroom supplies, the Crystal Apple Award, and a Concordia University Continuing Education Scholarship. Congratulations, Mrs. Schneider!

calendarFinancial Aid Applications for 2018-'19 School Year Now Available

Deadline = March 31st

The investment you make in your child's education over the years is substantial. Everyone at The Madeleine firmly believes that a Catholic education should be accessible for all students and affordable for their families.


Please do not hesitate to apply for financial aid for the 2018/19 school year. Applications are processed by FACTS Tuition Aid, and allocations are determined by the number of people applying and the available pool of money. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to give Susan Steele a call.


Applications for financial aid are due March 31st. You can still apply after this date, but the pool of funds available will be smaller. 


Click here to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year.


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scholarshipApply Now for the Laskowski Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, April 10

In November of 2010, The Madeleine School’s live auction Paddle Raise inspired donors to give $40,000 in honor of Pat and Kathy Laskowski. The Laskowskis sent five children to The Madeleine School between 1996 and 2011 and are current members of The St. Mary Magdalene Parish.


This scholarship is in addition to any financial aid you may receive from The Archdiocese of Portland Tuition Assistance Fund and/or The Madeleine School Tuition Assistance Fund.


Please submit your application to the front office of the school. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 10. The scholarship recipient will be notified by May 4.


Click here for eligibility criteria


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BottleDrop Comes to The Madeleinebottles

BottleDrop is a relatively new system for redeeming bottles and cans in Oregon. The Madeleine School has registered with the program, and the proceeds will benefit the 8th grade by providing funds for their Ashland trip. One of the best things about this program is that it can support not only the class of 2018, but future classes as well.


Participating is super easy! Click here to learn how.

St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

This week the 4th grade brought in 109 lunches bringing our yearly total to 5,310! Way to go Bulldogs!


Last week our students had a special guest. Rev. Dr. Paul Davis, who is the Minister for Outreach at St. Stephen’s Parish, came to thank all of our students for participating in our lunch program and show them what a difference our lunch program makes for people experiencing poverty and homelessness.


In his weekly online newsletter, he highlighted his visit to The Madeleine and the efforts we make each week to help those who are hungry and in need. Here's what he wrote along with some photos from his visit:


Since 2015, students at The Madeleine School have been making an average of 175-200 sack lunches every week during the school year for us to share with our friends at the Table who are hungry! Every sack contains a sandwich, piece of fruit, chips, and a sweet for dessert!

Last school year, Madeleine's 265 students made us 8,060 sack lunches; so far this year, they've brought us another 5,600 to share!!

We owe our great partnership with Madeleine students to another one of our great partners, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, and their Social Services Coordinator, Denise Smith, who connected us when St. Michael's joined us to add lunch at the Table on Mondays & Fridays!
Last Monday, students saw some of our videos made by OES students and heard about volunteering from Madeleine student Helena, who joined us to share Saturday Breakfast last year! We hope to have more students - and the 5th Grade class - joining us this semester!!




Security Update

The Madeleine Safety and Security Committee has been hard at work and provided Father Mike with a variety of recommendations this week.


Thank you to Molly Briscoe, Stuart Brown, Marc Brune, Donna Prosser and Tess Strand for stepping up and joining the committee as its newest members.


And, thank you to everyone for your increased vigilance and understanding as we all work through new procedures to keep our school, church and entire campus safe from threats both natural and man-made.


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The 2017 Annual Fund Report report

Thanks to your generosity, the school's 2017 Annual Fund Campaign was a great success. It raised over $75,500 in donations and matching gifts for the Tuition Assistance and Endowment Funds as well as a discretionary fund for Area of Greatest Need.


Your support helps keep Catholic education affordable for all families at The Madeleine. Thank you!


Click here to read the 2017 Annual Fund Report.

YDP Schedule Remindersstars

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


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


April 2: Easter Monday - 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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