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April 13, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

When I sit down to write this weekly communication for the Footnotes, I often ask Angela and Caryn if there is anything I should highlight or bring to the attention of the parent community. This week Caryn responded with the following list and I decided to “cut and paste” the entire list of ideas because they all contribute to the wonderful place we call The Madeleine. So thanks to……..

Wow, do we have a great school or what?!


With gratitude,


Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Weekly Jogathon Challenge: Click Here
  2. Construction Update: Click Here
  3. Art Show Volunteers Needed: Click Here
  4. Father-Daughter Disco Dance- 4/28: Click Here
  5. 2018 Annual Fund Campaign: Click Here

A note from and Fr. Mike and Susan

As you know, we are in the early stages of our Old Church Project Capital Campaign, the single largest fundraising campaign ever attempted at The Madeleine. Packets are going out to all members of our parish and school community—parents, parishioners, faculty, staff, alumni—inviting everyone to support this important project. The packets are being sent in stages so as not to overwhelm our volunteers. If you have not received yours yet, you will. Soon.

We know there are and have been a number of other “asks” occurring this spring—second collections for worthy causes, an annual appeal for our parish school, the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal and others.

But given the massive scale of our Capital Campaign, and the incredible effort and resources going into it, our hope is that you will do as we both are by putting The Old Church Project Capital Campaign at the very top of your priority list. If you can support only one “ask,” we humbly ask that you find it in your heart to support the capital campaign.

Now is our appointed time to ensure a legacy of Faith and Family, for today, tomorrow and for the next century. We ask you to join us.


Fr. Mike Biewend
Susan Steele





The Madeleine School Jogathon will be held on Friday, May 11. As most of you know, the Jogathon is the second largest fundraiser each year, raising money directly for the school's operational budget. Last year students raised over $42,000 in pledges– another new school record! This year our goal is to raise over $45,000. The goal for each student is $175. We have a wide range of great prizes for top fundraisers as well as weekly prize incentives along the way!  

Once again this year we will be using PledgeStar, a web based fundraising system, making it easier for family and friends to donate. You will be able to customize a private page for your family as well as monitor your student’s pledges. We strive for 100% student participation in our fundraising efforts.  To get started, please follow the instructions below:

         Go to http://pledgestar.com/madeleine

Enter your name and email address, then click Register

When you finish, the system will email pledge requests to your family and friends, allowing them to make secure credit card donations online or pay by check. You will be notified each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge progress online. If you need assistance, please call 1-888-598-7510.

Last Week's Winners

The winners of last week’s challenge are: Helena O. (8) ~ Sienna S. (3) ~ Parker R. (8) ~ Calvin D. (3) ~ Cate C. (4).

This Week’s Challenge… 

Anyone who sets up their PledgeStar page and sends at least 5 emails will be entered into a prize drawing. The deadline is Sunday, April 15.

New Sponsorship Opportunity Available for the 2018 Jogathon

Sponsorships at the $250 level have sold out! A huge thank you to last year’s t-shirt sponsors who are all returning this year. We are excited to offer an additional sponsorship opportunity for the Jogathon. Your company logo will be included on the Jogathon website and on an individual 2 x 3 banner to be displayed on event day. These spots are available for $150 and will be given out on a first come first served basis, so don’t miss your chance!

To purchase your spot or for more information, please email the Jogathon Chairs at: jogathon@themadeleine.edu.

Please help us in supporting this great event!

Jogathon Chairs,

Shelby Walker and Kelsi Charlesworth


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constructionConstruction Folks to be on Campus

A note from our business manager, James Wurzer:

In the coming weeks and months, as we gear up to begin construction on the Old Church Project, you may see a number of unfamiliar faces on our campus and in the school. We will have contractors, architects, tradespeople and more who will be testing, examining and preparing to begin construction immediately after the students break for summer.

As always, we appreciate your vigilance, and if you see anyone on campus you have questions about, feel free to contact me at jwurzer@themadeleine.edu or in the parish office at 503-281-5777.

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calendarMovie and Ice Cream Night!

Friday, April 20 @ 6 - 9pm

Drop your child off to see a movie, have some ice cream and play some games while you have a night off! For your kiddos kindergarten through 3rd grades, 6-9pm, in the Parish Hall, with two Madeleine middle schoolers (8th grader Claire G. and 7th grader Mimi B., with some Madeleine moms too) as a benefit for Water1st International.

$15 per child, all of which goes to Water1st, a charity which provides clean water to countries where women and children walk miles every day to get water.


Please RSVP to cgaber11@msn.com.

What's Cool About Our School?cool

American Immigration Council 5th Grade Writing Competition Winners

We are very pleased to announce that five of our 5th grade students were chosen for their writing in the American Immigration Council 5th Grade Writing Competition in Oregon.


The theme they wrote about was "Why I Am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants.” The top 10 students, five of which are Madeleine students, along with their parents, are invited to the federal court house to witness a naturalization ceremony. A judge then gives a brief talk and presents the top ten with their certificates.


Please congratulate:
Madeleine N. ~ 1st place

Katie B. ~ 3rd place

Top 10 Placement ~ Felix A., Charlotte B., and Daphne J.

Mrs. Hoglund

Congratulations to Beckett C.: The Madeleine's 2018 National Geographic Bee Delegate

Beckett went on to be an Oregon State qualifier. This competition took place at Western Oregon University in Monmouth last Friday.

Beckett did a great job and was very prepared. He made it through part of the preliminary round of the Geo Bee. Beckett spent every spare moment of his time preparing for the Geography Bee, looking over and reading atlases. He is looking forward to next year and competing again!

Congratulations, Beckett, we are proud of you!

8th Grade BottleDrop Fundraiser Continuesbottles

Help the 8th graders defray the cost of their Ashland trip by participating in their BottleDrop fundraiser. BottleDrop is a relatively new system for redeeming bottles and cans in Oregon.

Participating is super easy! Click here to learn how.

development2018 Annual Fund Campaign Kicks Off

If we raise $40,000, we get $40,000!

Whether you choose to support the Area of Greatest Need, Tuition Assistance or the Endowment, your donation to the 2018 Annual Fund Campaign will help the families around you who struggle to pay tuition. So far this school year, students at The Madeleine School have received almost $60,000 in financial aid. 


Give what you can and know you have answered the call to help those in need. If we raise $40,000, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation will match it with another $40,000! Make a difference in the lives of those around you every day!


Want to give right now?

Simply click on www.themadeleine.edu/schoolgiving


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crsThank You for Supporting Catholic Relief Services

You helped raise $788.55 for Catholic Relief Services through your participation in $2 Free Dress Days on Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day. Catholic Relief Services does important work to help those experiencing poverty around the world. Thank you for helping to make a difference!

St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!


Thank you to the 2nd Grade for contributing 244 lunches this week! Many were decorated with kind words and stickers indicating that spring has arrived. Your thoughtful touches were noticed and appreciated.


A gentle reminder to not put condiments on the sandwiches. St. Stephens’ volunteers asked specifically for this change. Eggs are on the “Big 8” of food allergens. Many lunches were not being accepted because of mayonnaise on the bread.


If you have any individual packets of either mayonnaise or mustard you would like to donate, we will happily accept them.

artGreetings from the Art Room!

The Madeleine Art Show is just around the corner! We look forward to sharing a great variety of art projects from the school year and would love your help with the show.


Here are a few opportunities to volunteer and help the art show be successful:

Now through May 11volunteer
This one can be done from home! Helping mount artwork on black paper. Supply packets are available to check out and return. Packets include art project, black paper, glue, tape and directions.

Monday, May 14 @ 8:30am and 1:00pm
Help display art on the walls

Thursday, May 17 @ 3:00pm
Help display art on tables and help with final art show prep

Friday, May 18 @ 8:30am
Help take down artwork and sort into student portfolios

To sign up for any of these art show volunteer opportunities, please visit The Madeleine's online volunteer portal:


And, of course, come to the Art Show, too!
Thursday, May 17 from 6:00-8:00pm in Parish Hall

On a final note, as we're moving into the 3rd trimester, there are three items we will be using for projects, and if anyone is able to help donate, these items would be much appreciated:

Thank you and Happy Friday!
Mrs. Groves


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Upcoming Easel Item Event: Spaces Still Available

Don't miss out on this fun-filled easel item event for Fathers & Daughters!


Father Daughter Disco Dance

sign up nowThis is your chance to show your daughters how you can Shake Your Groove Thing, but please, try not to dislocate anything in the process. Polyester pantsuits and platforms encouraged.


So, Superfreak, start growing out your hair and sideburns now (we recognize for some of you that will be a considerable challenge and suggest you get started right away) and get ready to request your favorite disco song on the signup sheet!


Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided for both daughters, dads or special guests. Come and have fun with the young lady or ladies in your life! All grades welcome


Hosts: Matteri, Skedsvold/Workmeister, Roberson/Gladysz, Anne & JT Thompson, and McMenamin families



Click here to sign up for this fun evening! 


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The Latest from Madeleine's Facebook Page

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.

Our latest feature in this new series is with our school’s favorite science and math teacher, Mrs. Ann Yuhas. Find out who the fur baby pictured below is, what Mrs. Yuhas’ first job was, her favorite quote, and more!

scienceMrs. Yuhas, Science & Math Teacher, The Madeleine School

What drew you to your profession?

I've always loved talking about science.

What do you love most about The Madeleine?

My students and coworkers!


I make the best:



Read the rest of Mrs. Yuhas’ feature on our Facebook page

to learn more about her!




The Madeleine Church

Sunday, April 22

9am - 1pm


Accepting E-Waste ~ Block Styrofoam ~ Athletic Shoes ~ Household Batteries ~ Household Fluorescent Lights ~ And Much More!


Not Able to Accept Packing Peanuts ~ Refrigerators ~ VHS Tapes


Click here to see the flyer for more details

Friends, Neighbors and Earth Lovers! cleanup

Here is a chance to come out of winter hibernation, get a nice dose of vitamin D and do some much needed spring cleaning!


Fourth graders, Faye and Roxy are hosting, in collaboration with Earth Day, a neighborhood clean-up. 


Madeleine Clean-up

Sunday April 22 - @The Madeleine 

following the 10AM mass for 90 minutes


These young ladies were inspired by their teacher, Mr. Brian Grant, and a unit on pollution and decided that there is not only great pride in taking care of the places you love, but that it would be way more fun to organize something for EVERYONE. Please join us. 


Faye and Roxy will handle the details ... you just show up with a can-do attitude, a love of Mother Earth and your Madeleine uniform! This also counts toward your parent volunteer hours, so if you are looking to log those in before the May 15th deadline, this is a great opportunity.


Yay Earth! Yay Teamwork!

churchWhat is a Capital Campaign?

When organizing and preparing for a capital campaign, many people want to know what a capital campaign is. This is not surprising because capital campaigns are not annual events, and they may only happen once in a lifetime for some parishioners.


The Madeleine Old Church Project Capital Campaign is about to launch, so capital campaign manager John Dillin took a minute to provide some answers to basic questions about capital campaigns.


A capital campaign:


Major? At The Madeleine, The Old Church Project has a Base Goal of $3.8 million and a Celebration Goal of $4.6 million. These are most certainly major goals.


Extraordinary? Every parish and school family will be asked to consider making a sacrificial commitment that is above and beyond normal giving to the parish and school. Yes, this is in addition to your standard tithe. Going above and beyond can be difficult and sometimes priorities must be made. We hope most families will see both the short and long-term benefits of supporting the capital campaign. As good stewards, we were taught to take care of our facilities so they can be enjoyed by those here today and those in the future.


Time Period? This campaign is asking for three-year pledges. By spreading gifts out over three years, donors can plan for larger gifts than they otherwise could by make with a one-time gift.

YDP Schedule Remindersstars

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


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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summerSummer Camps

At this time of year, we receive tons of listings for various summer programs and camps. In an effort to let you know about all of these great opportunities and still keep Footnotes to a reasonable length, the camps will now be listed only by name.

To get the complete details about each camp, simply click here!

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Applications now being accepted

Do you desire a loving friendship with God?
Do you wish to explore how God dwells in you, and in creation?
Do you wish to develop your prayer life in the Ignatian tradition?

Deepen your prayer life and grow in your relationship with God. Consider attending the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) Retreat.

Applications are now being accepted for 2018-19. Please visit our website: http://seelportland.org for more information and application.

There will be an Information Night on Monday, May 14, at 7PM at the Loyola Jesuit Center (3220 SE 43rd Ave).

Contact Janet Buck at 503-951-8682, or email info@seelportland.org for additional information.


Summer Retreat for Families with Members Who Have Special Needs

The Archdiocese of Portland’s Office for People with Disabilities hosts two family retreats at the end of the summer (one in English, one in Spanish) for families who have family members who have special needs.  


Registration has not opened yet, but more information can be found at http://specialneeds.archdpdx.org/journey-together-in-hope-family-retreats.


The English retreat will be August 24-26, and the Spanish retreat will be August 31-September 2. Limited financial assistance may be available to families.


Adults: $176 ~ Kids (12-18): $80 ~ Kids (4-11): $54 ~ Kids (0-3): Free


Questions? Please contact Kelsey Rea at krea@archdpdx.org or 503-233-8399.

calendarMother-Daughter & Father-Son Adolescent Development Programs

Sunday, May 20

Northwest Family Services will present Mother-Daughter and Father-Son Adolescent Development Programs, on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Program location will be at Providence Portland Medical Center Social Room, 4805 NE Glisan, Portland OR. The Mother-Daughter Program, for girls ages 9-12 and their mother or guardian, is from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Father-Son Program, for boys ages 10-13 and their father or guardian, is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 


These programs create a warm and friendly environment and help families prepare for the physical, emotional, and social changes that adolescents can expect to experience in the years to come. The cost is $15 per family per program and pre-registration by Monday, May 14 is required. 


For more information or to register, please visit Northwest Family Services’ website: www.nwfs.org/md-fs


Click here to see the flyer for the Mother-Daughter Program

Click here to see the flyer for the Father-Son Program

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Audio/Video Ministry needs your help!

screenWe 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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