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March 2, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Many members of our school community have been asking how they can help in keeping our campus safe. Here is an opportunity accompanied by a request from Ms. Yuhas regarding next week’s Science Night…….


We need your help! In light of recent events, we are asking for volunteers during next week's Science Night. Science Night is an incredibly popular celebration that involves the entire Madeleine community. As such, we need volunteers from any class to secure our outer doors and help keep our school safe.

Volunteers would be expected to stand at an assigned door to prevent anyone from exiting or propping doors open. We have four entrances to secure that evening. We ask that adult volunteers sign up for a brief 30 minute shift between 6:15 and 8:30. At a minimum, we need 16 volunteers to ensure a safe and fun event. Please click here to sign up online. If there aren't enough volunteers, we will have to cancel Science Night this year.

Volunteer slots are from 6:15 - 6:45, 6:45 - 7:15, 7:15 - 7:45, 7:45 - 8:30.

Thank you for your time!
Ann Yuhas


While on the subject of safety and security, please be sure to read the Security Update that has the latest information on last week’s security incident. Click here for the complete document.


With gratitude,

Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Apps Due for Madeleine Athletic Board - 3/2: Click Here
  2. Science Night - 3/8: Click Here
  3. Apply Now for Financial Aid: Click Here
  4. Laskowski Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship Available: Click Here
  5. Microwave Needed: Click Here

Photos of the Week


Recess Superstar!

Thank you to all, including Father Mike, who have provided extra sets of eyes (and feet!) at recess time.



Many Thanks to the Portland Police!

And, thank you to Aimee Holzschuh, Madeleine parent and owner of Sweetly Aimee, for whipping up a batch of these gorgeous and delicious cookies for Susan Steele to deliver to the Police Department. The cookies even starred as the Facebook page header for the Portland Police.

bulldogDeadline to Submit Application for Madeleine Athletic Board

Deadline = Friday, March 2

Board Member & Athletic Director Positions Open:  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.


Questions? Contact Aimee Holzschuh, Outgoing Madeleine CYO Club AD



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scienceScience Night 2018

Thursday, March 8 @ 6:30pm

You’re invited! The Madeleine School proudly presents Science Night 2018 on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in Parish Hall. For this event, please enter and exit only through the main Parish Hall door by the circular driveway!

The middle school will be hosting an evening of science challenges and fun for scientists of all ages. Parents and children are invited to play at the bridge station, make their own rocket, build science toys, or compete in the Straw Challenge (click here to see instructions for the Straw Challenge).


Middle school students will be also presenting many exciting science demonstrations. All of the 6 – 8th grade science projects will be on display in Parish Hall. See you there!


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Science Night Securityvolunteer

Volunteers Needed

As part of our ongoing security efforts, we are asking for volunteers to be door monitors for brief 30 minute shifts during Science Night.


Click here to sign up now!



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 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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safetyspotSafety & Security Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 6 @ 7pm in Library

The next Safety & Security Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm in the Library.


If you are interested in joining the committee, please click here to complete an application and bring it with you to the meeting.


Please contact the Chair, Marc Gonzales, at gonzalesmarc5@gmail.com or 503-519-8697 with any questions.


Madeleine 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 with any questions.


Click here for the Safety & Security Committee application.


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prepareStill Need to do Called to Protect?

If you think you might be volunteering on campus in the remaining months of the school year, you must be 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 so she can tell you exactly what you need to do.


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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 resource 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.

St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

A big thank you to the sixth grade this week who brought in 178 lunches!


Chili Tuesday hosted by St. Michael's is seeing a rise in numbers this month due to the cold weather. All the lunches were used for this weekly lunch.

microwaveMicrowave Needed for YDP

YDP needs a new microwave for heating up snacks after school. Does anyone have a countertop microwave to donate? If so, please contact Gaila Savery at gsavery@themadeleine.edu.


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"traffic20 Is Plenty" Yard Signs

Sunday, March 4 @ noon

(Available while supplies last)

Did you know the new speed limit for residential streets in Portland is 20 miles per hour as of April 1?


If you would like a free yard sign to remind those driving through your neighborhood, you can pick one up at Vernon Elementary School (2044 NE Killingsworth St.) on Sunday, March 4 from noon - 4pm. Available while supplies last.


If you would like more information about this new law, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390.

SusanNew Madeleine Facebook Feature

We’re very excited to be featuring the incredible individuals who make The Madeleine School and Parish so special with a new series of Q & A’s that will help you get to know the teachers, faculty, and staff in our community better.


We’re kicking off the new series with a conversation with our esteemed principal, Susan Steele. Find out how her own formative education led her into teaching, what her first job was, and many other things we’re pretty sure you didn’t already know about her (like that her favorite song is by Led Zeppelin!)

What drew you to your profession?
In college, I knew that I wanted to work with children as a career. I thought about social work, but then I remembered how much I loved my elementary school days and the nuns who staffed the school. I started out in the classroom, but after a few years my principal suggested I think about going into administration. I liked the idea of supporting teachers and making curriculum decisions.

What do you love most about The Madeleine?
The staff and the community of parents and children.

Read the rest of Susan’s feature on our Facebook page to learn what her favorite song is!


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

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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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!


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!


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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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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