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April 6, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome back to school for the final trimester of the year…..less than 50 days to go! How can that be possible? As I look at the coming weeks, we have many activities coming up. Be sure to check the calendar as you make plans for your family.


Upcoming Parent Education Event

Next week, our Parents Club has arranged for a speaker on gun safety. The presentation will focus on guns in the home and what steps parents can take to reduce harm to their children. The date is Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00pm in the parish hall. It is being presented by Be Smart for Kids. Thank you to Kristin Rios for arranging for this event.


New Parents Club President

Speaking of the Parents Club…..a giant thank you to Alisa Pyszka (mom to Nate in 5 grade) who has graciously stepped forward to direct the Parents Club next year—as in officially agreeing to be the President. Now, as we all know, a good president needs a good cabinet of hard workers to carry out the tasks that need to happen for a successful year. Alisa is asking for you to seriously consider joining her in planning and carrying out the mission of Parents Club, which is threefold, fundraising, fun raising, and parent education. If you would like to be a part of this great endeavor, please contact Alisa at alisa.pyszka@gmail.com. Yeah, rah, Alisa.


Thank You to Deborah

Another yeah, rah, to Deborah Naugler, who has been the Parents Club president for the past two years. With the help of her small band of loyal worker bees, she has had the responsibility of planning and carrying out all the activities since September 2016. What a commitment to The Madeleine school community! Please be sure to thank her for her many volunteer hours.


With gratitude,


Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Jogathon Challenge: Click Here
  2. Deadline for Laskowski Scholarship - 4/10: Click Here
  3. Parent Ed Event - 4/11: Click Here
  4. 7th Grade Bake Sale - 4/12: Click Here
  5. 2018 Annual Fund Campaign: Click Here




The Madeleine School Jogathon will be held on Friday, May 11, and we are gearing up for the kick-off assembly on Monday, April 9. 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!  And the class that raises the most money will receive the honor of the “Golden Shoe” award and a classroom party. Last year, Mr. Parker’s 7th grade class won the award.


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



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.


This Week’s Challenge… 

Anyone who sets up their PledgeStar page and sends at least 1 email will be entered into a prize drawing. The deadline is Sunday, April 8.


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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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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Important Safety Issue: No Parking Zone

In front of our school, approximately 30 feet either side of the parking lot exit, the curbs are painted yellow.

As we all know, yellow curbs mean NO PARKING. To reinforce this, NO PARKING signs are posted at each end of the yellow curbs.

Unfortunately, people are frequently parking in the NO PARKING ZONES.

This is a dangerous, because cars parked in these zones make it hard for folks leaving the parking lot to see traffic approaching on 24th Avenue. This is especially difficult during morning school drop-off and evening pick-up times, but it's a problem at all times...whether during a game in the gym or on the field, during weekend Masses, weddings or funerals. Cars parked in the NO PARKING ZONE are causing a safety hazard.

So no matter why you believe you must park or stop there, even if you're just "stopping for a second," please remember that by doing so, you're not only breaking the law, you're causing a safety hazard. You are making our neighborhood less safe for other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Madeleine School Parent Ed Eventinformed

Wednesday, April 11 @ 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, April 11 from 7-8pm in the Parish Hall for a presentation on Be SMART for Kids, a nationwide child safety and public education campaign designed to reduce accidental child shootings and gun deaths, educating parents and caregivers on five simple strategies in a simple framework. 


The presentation includes resources and conversation guides to help parents talk to friends, neighbors and family members who may host your children about accidental child gun deaths, responsible gun storage, and more. Learn more at besmartforkids.org.











For questions, please contact Kristin Rios at kristinrios@mac.com.



The Madeleine Parents Club


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Bake Sale to Benefit Medical Teams bakeInternational

Thursday, April 12 

Before Spring Break, the 7th grade took a field trip to Medical Teams International to learn more about global poverty and the work that Medical Teams International does to help disaster victims. The class was moved by MTI’s important work and decided to organize a bake sale to support the organization. There are two ways you can participate:

  1. Buy lots of baked treats prepared by the 7th grade class after school on Thursday, April 12.
  2. Bring baked goods Thursday morning- all items must be pre-packaged and priced, “ready to sell.”


Thank you!

7th Grade


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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! So without further ado, grab your letter and 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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Thank You Annual Fund Campaign Volunteersthanks

Many thanks to the following folks who took an hour out of their morning to help prepare 1,600 Annual Fund Campaign letters for mailing.


Evelyn Bian ~ Cheri Krebs ~ Dave Lacey ~ Alisa Pyszka ~ Michelle Radford ~ Kelly Stewart ~ Deborah Naugler's Mom


Our goal for the 2018 Annual Fund Campaign (and the matching grant from Mr. Weston) is to raise $80,000 for tuition assistance and the Endowment at The Madeleine. But, we can't raise the money if we don't get the letters in the mail, so many thanks to these folks for lending a hand!!



New York Times Bestselling Author & Illustrator David Soman Visits The Madeleine

On Tuesday of this week students in grades K-3 got to spend time with New York Times bestselling author and illustrator David Soman. Mr. Soman has published many books, but he is most known for The Ladybug Girl series, which he co-writes with his wife, Jacky Davis.


Mr. Soman read to the students, gave a few drawing tutorials, and answered questions. One second grader had this to say to Mr. Soman about his visit, “You inspired me to be a good artist, and now I want to be one when I grow up!”


Our visit was made possible by Green Bean Books on Alberta. Families were given the opportunity to order books for the visit, and Mr. Soman took time to personally autograph each one. It was such a special day!




musicMusic Thrives

Welcome back from spring break everyone! I hope all of you had a relaxing and fun vacation. The music room has been filled with excitement this spring season. There is a lot going on. Many of the grades have been through a couple units with the ever popular ukuleles (considered the most popular instrument on the planet today). These instruments are great tools to learn music and provide much enjoyment for everyone involved.


The third and fourth graders have had more experience with the ukuleles last year and have moved on to the recorders. The initial sounds produced on a recorder can be somewhat harsh, but all the students have learned the use of the diaphragm and how to control their embouchure (muscle use). Each of them are playing recognizable tunes with great clarity and success. I look forward to hearing them grow.


This is also spring musical season. The 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes all have musicals being rehearsed. Third grade has the wonderful musical titled, "Portland, A Musical," by Portland native, Ralph Nelson. They are a treat to work with. Nancy Roth, a wonderful pianist, has been working with the class and will perform with them.


Our 4th grade class will be performing the popular musical titled, "Go West!" This has been a tradition here and The Madeleine. The students look forward to this toe-tapping western musical. We are putting the finishing touches during our rehearsals.


The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade spring musical is titled, "Beauty and the Beast." One of Disney's most beloved classics will hit the stage in May. All the students have been busy rehearsing lines, songs, and choreography to make this a memorable event. You can find all the dates for these musicals on the school calendar.


The last few months of school always seem to be the busiest, yet the most rewarding. The excitement of learning and musical engagement is welcomed by all. I am excited to see the student progression in these last few months. Music truly thrives here at The Madeleine.

Mr. Cary Pederson
The Madeleine School
Music Teacher

artGreetings from the Art Room!

It is hard to believe April is already here, and exciting...as this means the Madeleine Art Show is just around the corner on May 17! We look forward to sharing a great variety of art projects from the school year. We would love your help with the show. Here are a few opportunities to volunteer between now and May 18:

Starting now...April 8 through May 11volunteer
This one can be done from home! Helping mount artwork on black paper. Supply packets will be available to check out and return. Packets will include art project, black paper, glue, tape and any directions.

Monday, May 14 (morning or afternoon)
Helping display art on the walls

Thursday, May 17 (afternoon)
Helping display art on tables and extra wall spaces

Friday, May 18 (morning)
Helping take down artwork and sort into student portfolios

And, of course, come to the Art Show, too!
Thursday, May 17
Parish Hall

If you'd like to sign up to help with any of the above projects, please send an email to Mrs. Groves, kgroves@themadeleine.edu; or you can call 503.288.9197, ext 210.

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! 

mug“Thank You for the Mugs!”- St Francis Dining Hall

Hugs for Mugs, our mug drive for St. Francis Dining Hall, was a huge success. Second grade brought in the most with 54 mugs, winning a hot cocoa party. Together, with your help, over 200 mugs were dropped off at the beginning of Spring Break. The dining hall director and support team were incredibly grateful to receive all those mugs. Thank you!

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!

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.


Not sure what to toss in your blue BottleDrop Bag? We have answers!

As of January 1, 2018, additional beverages are now included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and have a refund value of 10 cents per container, regardless of what is written on the label. Manufacturers have until January 1, 2019, to include the 10-cent refund value on containers for the new beverages.


Most beverages in bottles and cans that are sold in sealed glass, metal, and plastic sizes from 4 ounces up to 1.5 liters are included. Some of the common beverages that have a 10-cent refund value are: Coffee/Tea ~ Kombucha ~ Energy and Sports Drinks ~ Hard Cider ~ Juice ~ Soda (3 liters or less in size) ~ Beer ~ Water (3 liters or less in size)


Beverages that are NOT included: Wine/Distilled Spirits ~ Milk (dairy and plant-based) ~ Infant Formula ~ Meal-Replacement Drinks


Priorities for Strengthening School Security

After meeting with representatives of the Parish Safety & Security Committee, Father Mike has asked for prompt action on several high priority security improvements for the Madeleine School.

A review of the school’s security camera system is underway, led by James Wurzer, parish business manager, with technical assistance from Stuart Brown, a school parent. They are discussing upgrades and expansion of the system with the vendor, as well as improvements in computers that monitor the cameras.

Another priority is improving lighting around the school. Previously the Irvington neighborhood had objected to school lighting along NE 23rd Avenue. James and Stuart suggest approaching the neighbors again with a modified design that may be more acceptable, for example, lighting along the ground.

Two other priorities are to review small alarm buttons that teachers could wear and use to instantly call for assistance or alert others in case of an emergency or major security threat. And Father Mike said the other high priority is to improve the physical security of the school, including the option of installing bulletproof glass at the front entrance and main doors of the school.

Father Mike also emphasized that while physical security improvements are needed, and he said he fully supports them, the most important immediate need is for everyone – parents, teachers, staff, students, all parishioners – to be observant and alert, and to respect and follow the security procedures already in place.

Even as new security measures are being introduced, Father Mike said, it is important to keep in mind that Madeleine School already has very good security, especially relative to other schools, and he is committed to making it even better.

If anyone has questions or interest in the safety and security efforts at the Madeleine, please contact Marc Gonzales at gonzalesmarc5@gmail.com.


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churchCampaign Leadership Team Completed

A key box in the capital campaign organizational chart is filled. Fr. Mike Biewend and the general campaign co-chairs of The Madeleine Old Church Project have completed recruitment of a campaign cabinet.

Fr. Mike and campaign co-chairs Dirk Fournier, Efrain Lopez, Janeen Reilly, Mark Allred and Tim Resch are pleased to announce that the following volunteers have accepted invitations to join the campaign cabinet:

Ron & Carol Baier ~ Nolan & Dana Bozarth ~ Sandy Coila ~ Jim & Julie Doherty~ Caryn & Lee Fiedler ~ Lisa Hawkins & Tom Abbott ~ Norris & Viviane Hibbler ~ Al & Nancy Hicks ~ Tom & Karen Hughes ~ John & Mary Keith ~ Jeff & Marianne Kersten ~ Michael Kissinger & Maria Manzo ~ Dan & Ann LaGrande ~ Ken & Julie Lance ~ Carl & Donna Mason ~ Laurie Merlino & Therese Lavallee ~ Michael & Anne O’Mahoney

Announced earlier, the campaign’s Honorary Chairs are:
Joan Brenner ~ Howard Hedinger ~ Georgia Leupold-Marshall ~ Gregg & Chris Miller ~ James & Terri O’Hanlon

Cabinet members will immediately begin inviting volunteers to join the Parish Gifts Committee and the School/Alumni Gifts Committee and Events Committee. Training and job descriptions are available for all volunteers. Feel free to contact campaign manager John Dillin in the parish offices if you are interested in helping.

Campaign leaders have announced a Base Goal of $3.8 million and a Celebration Goal of $4.6 million.

Meeting the Base Goal will mean completion of the main construction and upgrade projects, including improvements to the school security system. Completion of finishing work and purchase of furniture and fixtures will happen with meeting the Celebration Goal.

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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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

volleyballSummer Volleyball Camps

All Around Volleyball Academy will be offering volleyball camps during the summer of 2018 and hopes Madeleine athletes can join the fun.

Back in 2014 All Around Volleyball Academy was started with the hope to give young athletes a positive environment to enhance their volleyball skills, meet new people and have fun. Through the years we have been able to reach many athletes in the Portland metro area, and hope that you can join our AAVA family.

All Around Volleyball Academy was started by three St. Mary’s Academy graduates, Emma, Claire, and Caroline, who played competitive volleyball for their program, and various clubs in the area. Catholic education and CYO participation are values shared among the coaching staff here at AAVA. Our President and coach Emma attended Holy Family in Eastmoreland, Claire graduated from St. Agatha, and Caroline from Cathedral. All staff have played in CYO sports teams and consider it to be a highlight of grade school. Emma has carried her passion for CYO all the way from player to coach; she was head coach for several great seasons with Holy Family girls volleyball!

AAVA President and coach Emma had the opportunity to attend high school and play volleyball with Madeleine and St. Mary's alumna Isabella Langhus, whose mother is the fourth-grade teacher at the Madeleine!

If you would like some more information regarding AAVA feel free to check out our website: allaroundvolleyballacademy.com

Live, love, volleyball.

-All Around Volleyball Academy staff


Click here to see the flyer for the Junior Camp (for incoming 3rd - 6th grades)

Click here to see the flyer for the Senior Camp (for incoming 7th - 10th grades)

st marys


St. Mary's Academy Summer Program: Register Now

Spark creativity, build confidence and experience sisterhood at St. Mary’s Academy! Summer Program registration is now open for first through eighth grade girls. Explore our athletics, theatre, science and leadership camps designed to empower young women on the field, on stage and in the real world.

To view the full summer camp catalog and register for classes, please follow this link: www.stmaryspdx.org/summer-camp.


For more information about the St. Mary’s Academy Summer Program, contact Summer Program Coordinator Kelsey Hui at summerprogram@smapdx.org or call 503.721.7728.

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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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