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April 20, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Looking ahead to the new school year, I want to highlight some opportunities to get involved in the life of The Madeleine School. We could not begin to offer the programs and activities that we have without the generosity of our parent volunteers.


School Advisory Council Applications Available

First of all, we need people to fill three positions on our School Advisory Council. This group advises Father Mike and me on policy and financial matters. It is a three year commitment, and the group meets monthly during the school year. Please click here to get more information and to fill out the application form. The deadline to apply is May 9.


Parents Club Planning Meeting

We also need some new faces on our Parents Club Board. The duties of this group are quite varied ranging from room rep coordinator to fundraising to hospitality to scrip sales to parent education. They also meet monthly, and it is a one year commitment. Alisa Pyszka has graciously offered to be the Parents Club Chair next year, but she can’t do it alone. She is gathering interested parents on April 26 at 7:00pm. Location to be announced depending on the number of people coming. Contact her at alisa.pyszka@gmail.com if you are interested.


Scrip Program Coordinator Needed

I am also looking for someone who has a special interest in our scrip program. Scrip raises approximately $20,000 each year in profit for our operating budget. I think that if we had increased participation and sales, we could easily improve the bottom line. How often do we go to Home Depot, Fred Meyer, or the local grocery store and pay with cash/credit card instead of scrip? I know I am guilty of this—except for Starbucks—I always have scrip for my morning latte!


We need someone who is willing to help with improving our marketing strategies and with weekly reminders to purchase scrip. New ideas and energy will help promote this program. You can easily get all you volunteer hours completed with this position.


Parish Affiliation Forms Due April 30

One last item….. If you would like to request the “in-parish” tuition rate for next year, you must fill out and submit a Parish Affiliation Form. Parish Affiliation Forms must be filled out each year and are due to Father Mike by April 30. I think the form is pretty self explanatory, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call. Click here to download the form.


Don’t forget The Madeleine Earth Day Recycling Events on Sunday morning.
Enjoy your weekend.



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Weekly Jogathon Challenge: Click Here
  2. Parents Club Planning Meeting - 4/26: Click Here
  3. Field of Dreams Closure - 4/27: Click Here
  4. Father-Daughter Disco Dance - 4/28: Click Here
  5. Walk for Water - 4/29: Click Here




The Madeleine Jogathon is only 3 weeks away! As most of you know, the Jogathon is the second largest fundraiser each year, raising money directly for the school's operational budget. We strive for 100% student participation in our fundraising efforts. If you haven’t created a PledgeStar account now is the time. Please remember to set up only one account per family. To get started, please follow the instructions below:

         Go to http://pledgestar.com/madeleine

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

This week the challenge was anyone who set up their PledgeStar page and sent five emails had their name entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a prize. The winners of this week's challenge are: Gabe S (K) ~ Ben B (1) ~ Maria B (1) ~ Louisa F (1) ~ Davis P (2) ~ Catherine R (6) ~ Grace W (4) ~ Jean-Luc L (7).

This Week’s Challenge… 

Anyone who has either 2 pledges with money collected or has received 4 per lap pledges will be entered into a prize drawing. The deadline is Sunday, April 22.

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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infoJoin the Parents Club Planning Meeting

April 26 @ 7pm

We are planning great things for the 2018-2019 school year and would love for you to join us. We are especially focused on parent education and community building this year. The Parents Club is meeting April 26th from 7:00 - 8:30pm.


Please contact Alisa Pyszka at alisa.pyszka@gmail.com or 503-504-8678 if you can attend or have ideas you want to share.


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calendarField of Dreams Closure for Special Event

April 27 @ 3:15pm

The Field of Dreams and basketball courts will be closed on Friday, April 27 from 3:15-6pm for the sold-out Mother-Son Kickball Auction Party. Thank you for your support!


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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!



Upcoming Easel Item Event: Deadline to sign up = April 25

Don't miss out on this fun-filled easel item event for Fathers & Daughters! Sign-up deadline is Wednesday, April 25!


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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Sign Up Now To Walk With Us

Sunday, April 29, 1:00PM | Laurelhurst Park, Portland

Carry water for 5 kilometers in solidarity with the 1 billion people who still lack access to clean water.


Join The Madeleine Team:  https://my.water1st.org/team/165483

Let’s win the biggest walking team again this year! 




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talentSign up Now for The Madeleine Talent Show

Auditions: Tuesday, May 8 @ 3:15pm
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, June 1 @ 3:15pm
Talent Show: Monday June 4th @ 8:30am


See the sign up board at the school entrance on Monday, April 23 (look for the Stars!!) and complete an application. Submit applications in the envelope or bring to the auditions.

Grab your friends and get your “Act” together! Let your talents shine in many creative ways

Some suggestions:


All music, lyrics and/or props must be present and ready at the audition.


If your child wants to participate but doesn't know what to do, we'll help brainstorm!


Any questions please contact:
mollyfaherty@yahoo.com or susan.samuelson@gmail.com

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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St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Believe it or not the end of the school year is almost here! I know this not because the sun is almost shining every day, but because it is the final lunch countdown for each class bringing in lunches this year.


Every class has one more shot to make this the best year of giving yet. It is within our reach to beat last year’s number of 8060. First grade made 155 lunches this week bringing our number just shy of 6000. Kindergarten, you are up next to Make a Difference One Sandwich at a Time.

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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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.

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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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

This Week’s Checklistcheckmark


Click Here for this week's handy Checklist



Download your copy of the bulletin at www.themadeleine.edu/bulletin


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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