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June 9, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Only one more week to go! It seems trite to say it, but it seems each year goes by more quickly than the last…..even though they have the same number of days. Lots to finish in the next 7 days.



On another note…..I am happy to announce that Mary Hoglund has accepted the position of 5th grade teacher. Mary is a former Madeleine school parent and has two children at Central Catholic. For the past five years she has been working at the University of Portland supervising student teachers. She has seen “the good, the bad, and the ugly” in that role and has a great love and appreciation for the Madeleine school community climate. She began her teaching career in Washington and has worked with students in grades 1-5. She and her family have been members of the Madeleine parish ever since they moved to Portland, even serving as faith formation director for a few years. Welcome, Mary!





Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Yearbooks for sale! - 6/12: Click Here
  2. Talent Show Information: Click Here
  3. Part-time Development Coordinator Position - Apply Now! : Click Here
  4. Save the Date - Tee It Up for Technology - 8/26: Click Here
  5. Jogathon Results: Click Here

5thgradeA Note from Mrs. Doran


Dear Madeleine Community, 


It is hard for me to believe that it was 17 years ago that I first accepted a teaching position and entered the doors of The Madeleine. Moving back to Portland from Washington DC, the only thing I knew about this little school was that the outside was painted the color of a Band-Aid. It did not take me long to experience first-hand all that this wonderful school and church community had to offer: support and encouragement for one another, hard-working students and parents, service opportunities to help others, and many examples of those who are true disciples of Jesus. Seventeen years later, after getting married at The Madeleine and having two sons, I am truly grateful for the opportunities this community has provided me. You have supported and encouraged me. Thank you for entrusting your children to me and allowing me the privilege of being part of their educational journeys. I feel blessed in so many ways.


May God's blessings be with you always,




butterflyA Note from Mrs. Galash


Dear Madeleine families,

Thank you for letting me share a small part of your children's world.  I will miss them and their amazing creativity. I will also miss the energy of the school days and the sure flow of the seasons.  I will miss being surrounded by all things art, and watching as these budding artists blossom.  I have kept every note and every picture ever given to me, and I will always treasure them.

The Irvington neighborhood and the Madeleine have been my community for more than three decades, especially since my own children attended The Madeleine back in the days when the only play structure was a single wooden one that my dare devil daughter regularly flung herself from, prompting phone calls from the office urging me to have her keep her feet on the ground.  If you look carefully at the Mission Statement mural by the office, you will see my baby's footprint among the flowers I painted there.  (He is now almost 19 and was known as "Galoshes" to last year's Outdoor School students) The St. Francis bird feeder in the Garden Room was painted in memory of my grandmother and the happy childhood days I spent playing in her beautiful gardens and watching the birds at her feeder.  This school holds many memories for me.

 I'm not going away, just stepping aside to care for my mom.  I am honored and grateful to be able to do so. Mrs. Steele knows I will happily act as substitute for the new art teacher should he or she need one.  You are likely to run into me walking in the neighborhood or working in the Madeleine Garden and Wildlife Habitat, adjacent to the Field of Dreams, on garden clean up days.  I hope you will join in the effort to beautify the campus, bring back the Monarch Butterflies, and save the honeybees. The Monarch's Milkweed plants are just about to bloom with their cotton candy pink star blossoms. Stop by the Madeleine Garden for a peek.  You may even see our first Monarch of the season. The Garden is both legacy and the future.

I look forward to seeing what fresh and exciting art your sons and daughters create with their next art teacher as he or she brings new energy, experiences, and passion into the art room.  Two of the hardest things about leaving are knowing how much art I couldn't squeeze into in the limited time I had with your children, and knowing I won't be there to do those much anticipated "I can't wait until it's my class's turn to do that project" projects.  Many of you have asked if I would be willing to do Art Nights for parents or family/kid art classes or camps.  When life settles down, that would be lovely.  I can't imagine not being around people making art.  (I'm in the directory).  Maybe I will even have a little time to make some art of my own.

Keep making art.
Mrs. Galash


2016-2017 Yearbooks for Saleyearbook

Monday, June 12


Yearbooks will be on sale this Monday for $20 each. The books will be available to purchase before school and after school until they are sold out! Make sure you get yours on Monday.


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Talent Show Info

Monday, June 12 @ 8:30am


Performers' Instructions:

 - Please come dressed in your costumes Monday morning (bring uniform change of clothes for after).

- Performers check-in directly to the Parish Hall at 8:00 - 8:10 am with Molly Briscoe, Susan Samuelson, and Kris Thompson.

(This is approved by Susan Steele!)  

- We will get seated in performance order in the hallway near the 5th grade classrooms. 

- Following your performance, please drop any props to the right side of the stage (when facing stage).

- Return to sit with you class if you'd like (unless you have another performance).

- Tune instruments or your voice when you arrive at 8:00 (do NOT tune when you get on stage - we have a tight schedule).

- Parents and children responsible to pick up props at end of show!


Break a Leg!!



- Please head directly to the Parish Hall after dropping your kids at class and be seated so the show can begin as quickly as possible.


We have SO MUCH TALENT to experience - we don't want to miss a thing!!


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


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jobJob Opening in The Madeleine Development Office: Apply Now!

Resumes due June 16


Interested in a part-time, super family-friendly schedule and commute?

We are now accepting resumes for the part-time Development Coordinator position for 15 hours per week.


Duties include writing Friday Footnotes, updating the web site, marketing, data entry into both our donor and auction databases, assisting with the Annual Fund Campaign and other as needed tasks.


If this sounds interesting to you, please send a resume to Susan Steele at ssteele@themadeleine.edu by Friday, June 16. We will be contacting potential candidates after August 1.


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golfSave the Date: 4th Annual Tee It Up For Technology Golf Tournament

August 26th @ 8am


The Madeleine School is hosting a 4 Player Scramble golf tournament at Heron Lakes on August 26th at 8:00am. 


Get a foursome together, don your flashiest golf apparel and come enjoy a wonderful day on the course to support The Madeleine School Technology program. For more event information and registration, CLICK HERE. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Brian Grant at bgrant@themadeleine.edu.


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Record-breaking Jogathon Results

The Jogathon results are in and what a great year! Students received over $46,000 in pledges – a new school record! The class who raised the most money and winner of the “Golden Shoe” award is 7th grade. They will celebrate with a pizza party. The class with the highest participation is 4th grade. They will receive an ice cream party. Thank you so much to all the students and families for supporting this important fundraiser.


We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to this year’s sponsors:

Ashley Realty Works Team

Backflip Productions

Barre 3

Braces by Dr. Joe

Chip McPhee Insurance Agency

First Republic

Fresh Faces RX

Mottau & Company

Pediatric Dentistry P.C.

The Refinery


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Fun on the Eighth Grade Ashland Trip

The 8th Grade trip to Ashland was a wonderful success. We had a fantastic time. The students enjoyed The Merry Wives of Windsor and Odyssey performances, performed their own play in Lithia Park, visited the Oregon Vortex/House of Mystery, enjoyed dorm food, explored downtown Ashland, logged at least 15 miles of walking, and had fun all along the way. A memorable trip. We have several “thank yous” to some very special people.




Is your child interested in joining the MUSE Band?


The MUSE band is open to students in grades 4-8. In addition to the weekly band practice the kids have several performances throughout the year, camps in the summer, and they march in the Junior Parade for the Portland Rose Festival at the end of the year! If you would like more information on the program and instructors, please to check the website – www.museband.com. If you register and pay for the next school year before July 15th, you get a discount on the tuition.



4th Graders Daniel, Noah and Zoe - getting ready to march in this year's Junior Rose Fesitval Parade.


announcementStill a Space Available

Spread the word! We still have one space available in 1st grade for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Word of mouth has always proven to be our strongest form of marketing, so text your friends and neighbors and invite them to come for a tour and submit an application.


Join the Bridge Program! bridge

Help Welcome New Families

to The Madeleine School


The Bridge Program creates a welcoming community by connecting new families with current families at the school. The goal of the program is to be a resource for new families and to help them navigate their first year at the Madeleine so they don’t feel left out, lost or overwhelmed. 


Each volunteer is expected to check in with their Bridge family at least once over the summer, during the first week of school, and during the first trimester. In addition, there are three opportunities during the school year to get volunteer hours:


If you are interested in being a “bridge” for a new family, please contact Julie Baldwin at Julie.JulieBaldwin@gmail.com.  


auction2017 Auction Items Needed!


Help Wanted!

Screen Writers, Actors, Directors, Cinematographers, Voice Artists, Art Directors, Parent Executive Directors – with experience or interest in filmmaking – for a Madeleine 2017 Auction Production. Post Too. Contact: karolyi.family.pdx@gmail.com


Central Oregon Vacation Home Still Needed!

Still looking to secure one or two large (we need space for 16 people) homes in Central Oregon for a golf event in the summer of 2018. Ideal locations: Black Butte, Sunriver, or Eagle Crest. Tentative/target dates are July 13-15 or July 20-22. Please contact Jerod Fitzgerald (jerodfitzgerald@hotmail.com) or Tim Resch (tresch@samuelslaw.com) if you have a lead.


**Also, keep emailing your photos for the 2017 Auction Slide Show. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and follow the simple directions. 


Thank you!


SSLSt. Stephen's Lunches


We are in the final stretch and Mrs. Langhus’ 4th grade did an amazing job bringing in 226 lunches! 4th grade has continually had strong numbers all year. Thank you!


I want to thank all of the room parents for their continued support this year. Your commitment to remind parents and students that it’s their week has truly made a difference in making this such a successful year.  Our final and last week for the 2016-17 school year is next Tuesday, and 3rd grade - the honor is yours!

bulldogMadeleine Bulldogs - CYO Sports/Camp Update



Camp Howard Open House:

Open House at Camp Howard June 25th from 2pm-5pm.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


Benefit Dinner:

Save the Date for CYO Camp Howard Benefit Dinner on October 17th. Proceeds from our dinner fund CYO and Camp Howard scholarships, programs and a portion is set aside for endowment. CLICK HERE for more information.



To find out more about the various summer camps and programs,



Registration is now open. CYO Volleyball is open to girls in 3rd-8th grade. Earlybird practice can begin in late August with regular practices starting after Labor Day. Don't delay - August will be here before you know it, and registration closes August 18th.



Registration is now open. Leagues available for Fall are:

Find out more about CYO Football HERE.


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 are in need of assistance.


Please contact the Athletic Director if you are interested in coaching a 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 http://www.themadeleine.edu/cyo


Go Bulldogs!!

Aimee Holzschuh
Madeleine CYO Club Athletic Director


crossFaith Formation Class Information


Parents Interested in becoming Catholic? 

Are you feeling that tug of the Holy Spirit inviting you to explore the Catholic Church?  You are invited to make a no obligation inquiry. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins September 24.  We will meet on Sundays from 9:00 to 9:50am. The first 8 weeks are a time of inquiry with no commitment or obligation. Please take this suggestion to prayer.


Adult Catholic but not yet Confirmed?

Adult preparation for Confirmation will begin after the First of the year.  However, for those who desire a more comprehensive overview of Catholicism, you are welcomed to join the RCIA instructional sessions earlier beginning September 24—it’s an option.


Do you have a Confirmation-age (9th/10th Grade) daughter or son? 

Save the date! Confirmation begins September 24. Pre-register during the summer. Confirmation sessions will meet on Sundays after the 10am Mass (and include lunch). There will be a meeting option at Central Catholic High on late start mornings.


First Communion 2018

Instructional sessions for First Reconciliation & First Eucharist begin Sept 17, 2017.  Pre-register over summer to be kept in the informational loop!  Otherwise watch the bulletin for updates. We have a new model for this year.  Although the instruction will largely remain the same, the bulk of the children’s instructions will take place during Mass when they are dismissed along with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. 


If you have questions or need more information please contact Julie Onderko, Director of Faith Formation jonderko@themadeleine.edu


Now Taking Brick Orders for our 2017 Installationbrick

Makes a great graduation gift!

Celebrate and remember your loved ones with a personalized brick on The Madeleine School's Field of Dreams Walkway. The walkway is located on Klickitat along the basketball court.


An inscribed brick makes a perfect graduation, anniversary or birthday gift. Your $75 donation will support The Madeleine School's 2017 Annual Fund Campaign.


Please click here to view and print your order form. Engravings will be done in August when the weather is warm and dry. Thank you for your support!

Shopping for Summer? Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit The Madeleine!




If you’re planning to shop for vacation supplies and movies/books/games to keep the kids busy, remember to use the Madeleine Parents Club Amazon link. This program donates a portion of everything you spend on Amazon to The Madeleine – and it won't cost you a single cent more! You can click this link to get shopping immediately, or you can read more about this “free fundraiser” here.


The more you shop on Amazon using www.themadeleine.edu/amazon, the more money the school makes. The prices and shopping experience are exactly the same as the “normal” Amazon, but using that link earns the school a minimum of 4% commission. It’s one of the easiest fundraisers you’ll ever find!

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!



Got Golf on the Brain?

Support Madeleine School by Buying Tickets to the Winco Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge (August 21 - 27)


With the arrival of spring, we know you golfers are thinking golf, Golf, GOLF! Here’s a chance to combine your love of the sport and raise thousands of dollars for The Madeleine School. 


The WinCo Foods Portland Open has a program called Tickets Fore Charity, which will give us 100% of the proceeds from any tickets we sell. In addition, Nabisco and the WinCo Foods Foundation kick in a bonus pool of money based on percentage of sales.


In the past, our participation with this program has raised over $6,000 for The Madeleine School. So, click here to buy your tickets and 100% of the ticket proceeds will benefit The Madeleine School!


youthgroupUpcoming Youth Group / 

God Squad Ministry Events:

God Squad Events


June 11th

- Hiking Trip through the Gorge 12:00-4:00. See flyer with details HERE. Meet At St. Charles.


We will need parent volunteers to drive and chaperone. Please contact Gabe if you are able to help. RSVP: To Gabe at gabet@stcharlespdx.org 


Youth Group Events

June 11th

Our next Youth Group will be spent in adoration. We will engage in a guided meditation on Matthew 10:26-33.

Please stay up to date with youth ministry by going to our web site www.stcharlespdx.org and clicking on the Youth Ministry Tab.

This Week’s Checklistcheckmark


Click Here for this week's handy Checklist



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


Send us your Class of 2017 graduates!


We want to recognize all of Class of 2017 high school graduates from The Madeleine in our bulletin this June. Whether she or he went to our parish school or not...we want to recognize each and every one!

Visit www.themadeleine.edu/graduates. If your grad’s school is not listed in the menu, enter it in the “other” field.

We need to receive your Graduate’s name by June 6 so we can list him or her in our June 11 bulletin. Thank you!


PDX Catholic Tots upcoming events

Have young kids who are not yet in Kindergarten? Join the mailing list for PDX Catholic Tots and hear about upcoming events for families of little ones!

Friday, June 16 (8-10pm): Dad’s Night Out at Old Gold. Dads enjoy an evening out together in honor of Father’s Day weekend! 2105 N Killingsworth St.

Wednesday, July 12 (11-2pm): Picnic, Play, and Splash Pad at Columbia Park. Enjoy a day at the park with the tots! Bring a picnic for your family or enjoy Portland Park’s Free Lunch Program served at noon. Meet near the splash pad and play structure on the corner of N Winchell and N Woolsey Ave.

Saturday, July 29 (2-5pm): University of Portland Brewers Fest. Enjoy small batch beers brewed by UP alumni and friends. To purchase your $12 tickets online and for more information please visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/up-brewers-fest-2017-tickets-32628965113.

Have an idea for an event? Please email me! Ann Hart, ahart@themadeleine.edu.


Congratulations for making it all the way to the end of Friday Footnotes!

Contributing to Friday Footnotes

If you have information to contribute to Friday Footnotes, please e-mail the copy exactly as you would like it to appear in a Word document to: fridayfootnotes@themadeleine.edu. Deadline is Wednesday at 5pm, or Tuesday at 5pm if there is no school on Friday.