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March 9, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Best Science Night Ever! From the train prototype that could travel from New York to Los Angeles in seven hours to the straw bridge competition, our school community enjoyed the creativity and hard work of our middle school students. In addition to completing a science report, they had to develop a hands-on demonstration to delight the younger students of the school. Of course, it wouldn’t have happened if we did not have such an outstanding science teacher, Ms. Ann Yuhas. She reminded me of a circus ring master, overseeing the Van der Graaf generator, the super bubble mixture, the germ detection exhibit, and numerous other scientific experiments. Wow! STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education is alive and well at The Madeleine School.


Special thanks to all of the parent volunteers who stepped in at the last minute to make it such a successful evening. A big thanks, too, to our parents who volunteered for door security last night. It was reassuring to have a few people sharing the responsibility of security for the event.


Next week, I will be going to Anaheim, California, along with Ms. Witka, Mrs. Langhus, and Father Mike. We will be attending the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This is the largest event of its kind in the world, with over 40,000 participants! The congress offers in-service religious education and spiritual formation to catechists and related ministries. Topics range from biblical studies, to liturgical music, to personal development. I have attended in the past and have had the privilege of hearing renowned speakers, such as Bishop Robert Barron, Father Gregory Boyle, and Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. Who knows….we may even sneak in a late night visit to Disneyland, which is next door to the Anaheim Convention Center.


With gratitude,

Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. $2 Free Dress Day - 3/16: Click Here
  2. Security Update: Click Here
  3. CYO Spring Sports Registration Closing Soon: Click Here
  4. Apply Now for Financial Aid: Click Here
  5. Laskowski Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship Available: Click Here

Be On the Lookout! The 2017 Annual Fund Report Comes Home Todayreport

Check in with your child to get your copy of The Madeleine School 2017 Annual Fund 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.

volunteerMadeleine Mulch Spreading Party

Saturday, March 10 @ 8am

We will be spreading a new shipment of mulch around the parish and school grounds Saturday morning, March 10. In gratitude for use of our field, the GPS soccer group will be helping, but we could use help from The Madeleine community too!

Join us 8:00am Saturday, March 10 in the Parish Hall circular driveway. If you have a wheelbarrow, please bring it as we only have a few here. The weather forecast is beautiful. It should only take 2-3 hours at most. If you have not fulfilled your service hours requirement, this would be a GREAT opportunity!

Question? Contact Terry Silva at tsilva@themadeleine.edu

hat$2.00 Green Free Dress for St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 16th

On Friday, March 16th, there will be a two dollar free dress day supporting Catholic Relief Services: Operation Rice Bowl. Make sure you wear green for St. Patrick’s Day, and your green money will be collected at the front door. Catholic Relief Service’s mission is to put faith into action to help the world’s poorest by creating a lasting change.


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Upcoming Easel Item Event: Spaces Still Available

Don't miss out on this fun-filled easel item event for grades 6 - 8!


Middle School Movie Mixer

sign up nowWhat better way to spend an afternoon off school than with all your school friends at McMenamin’s Mission Theater? Shed your school uniform, grab your buddies and head on over for an afternoon filled with pizza, popcorn, pals and and a movie at the Mission Theater. Middle school kids will be hanging out together having a great time in the comfort of their own private viewing of a matinee. Join in!


Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 13.

Please note that you must provide your own transportation. Carpools are encouraged due to limited parking.

Hosts: McMenamin, Lincoln, Johnson/Hayes, Harvey Families

Click here to sign up for this fun afternoon!

cookiesCookie Sale - Proceeds Benefit Water 1st

Friday, March 16

On Friday, March 16, we will be putting on a cookie sale. It is at the end of the half day on Friday and will be outside the school's main entrance. This year we are volunteering for Water 1st. 100% of the proceeds from the bake sale will go to Water 1st, which helps provide clean and sustainable water for people in third world countries. Thank you so much for the support! Hope to see you there!
Katie S. and Ellie M.

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.

beeBeckett C. advances to State Geography Bee!

Fifth grader, Beckett C., won the Madeleine School National Geographic Bee in January. By scoring so well in an online qualification test, Beckett earned the opportunity to compete in the State National Geographic’s Bee this April. Congratulations Beckett and best of luck!



Madeleine Bulldogs Take 1st Place!

Madeleine’s 5th grade boys took 1st place in the city championship against All Saints! Our 12 man team brought it with contributions from everyone! The final score was 48-43.

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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rememberParents Club Meeting - All are Welcome!

Tuesday, March 13 @ 7pm in the Library

Come one, come all! The next Parents Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm in the Library. All are welcome to attend! This is your forum, as parents, for bringing up ideas, questions and concerns.


Questions? Please contact Deborah Naugler at deborahnaugler@hotmail.com

School Advisory Council (SAC) Meetingsac

March 14 @ 6:30pm in the Library

The School Advisory Council (SAC) will hold its March meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the Library. 

Click here to read the agenda

All meetings are open to visitors unless specifically designated as being closed. If you would like to attend the meeting and add something to the agenda, please contact the Chair prior to the meeting (Tim Resch:tresch@samuelslaw.com).

SAC Purpose and Members

The purpose of the Madeleine School Advisory Council (SAC) is to provide advice to Father Mike and Susan Steele regarding policy direction for program needs of the school, especially in Planning, Finances, Technology and Development.

If you can't attend a SAC meeting, but have a topic you would like to bring to the group's attention, please contact one of the members: Fr. Mike Biewend, Susan Steele, Tim Resch (Chair), Catherine Glavan (Vice-Chair), Diana Nunez (Secretary), Eric Anctil, Lucas Newman, Erskine Williams, John LaBarca, Lance Mayhew, Karis Stoudamire, Deb Naugler (Parents Club Representative), Caryn Fiedler (Development Representative).

microwaveNew Microwave Delivered!

Many thanks to Jeff Robertson and Evelyn Bian for donating a new microwave for students to heat up lunches brought from home and for YDP to to heat up snacks after school. Extra thanks to Jeff for not only delivering and setting up the new microwave, but also for hauling away the old one.

Pennies for the Poor- and the winner is….. St. Andre Bassette

$637 Raisedpennies

The results are in from our Pennies for the Poor fundraiser, which helps support St. Andre Bassette’s ministry! We have counted up the pennies and bills, subtracted the silver, and a winner has been determined. We will start with second place...drumroll please...kindergarten! Now in first place we have…drumroll please..second grade! Good job everyone, you raised $637 to help St. Andre Bassette serve people experiencing homelessness in the Portland area. Thank you for your support!

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!


Security Update

Thank you to our entire community for your vigilance, care and notes of support as we work through the aftermath of the recent security incident. Here are the latest updates:

Of course, in today’s world, we need to always remain vigilant and be prepared for threats whether natural or man-made. Thank you for your support.


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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!

Well, the fifth grade accepted St. Stephen’s challenge to make more than 200 lunches and came through with 212! Thank you so much fifth grade. St. Stephen’s was so thankful since they have seen a surge of folks of all ages in need of a sack lunch. Our dedication in preparing and sending lunches each week is very valuable work. Great Job! Next up is fourth grade. What do you say fourth grade? Can you out do 212?

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

bulldogCYO Spring Sports Registration Closing Soon

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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