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September 15, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was great to see all of you last night at our Back to School Night. I heard from many people that there is such a wonderful spirit of enthusiasm, openness, and expectation for the coming year. The atrium was filled with such happy chatter that I felt bad about asking everyone to sit down so we could begin the evening.


Thank you for taking time out of your busy family and business lives to support your children and their teachers. School events, such as BTS night, serve more than just one purpose. Teachers definitely want to share their goals and objectives for the year, but we also want to build a partnership where home and school work together to nurture the growth of the whole child. That is our mission. That is why we are here—to help students grow spiritually, academically, morally, socially, and physically. Thank you for entrusting your children to The Madeleine School.

New Parent Potluck

We have another great evening planned for next week, The New Parent Potluck. Beginning a new school year at a new school can be overwhelming….to kids and parents! We want to provide a lovely relaxed evening meal for those new parents so they can ask all the questions that they think everyone else knows. Parents who participated in the Bridge Program are also invited. The Parents Club will provide the main dish and beverages. New parents are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. The event begins at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Hope to see you there.

Called to Protect

A few people asked me to clarify the Archdiocesan Called to Protect program that I touched on at Back to School Night. In an effort to prevent instances of child abuse, the Archdiocese of Portland has instituted this program in all parishes. The key points are that if you wish to volunteer in any program that involves children, you must submit a Volunteer Background Check (valid for 3 years), attend a Called to Protect training session, and then read and sign off on an online Standards of Conduct policy statement or sign a hard copy of the same document, which is available in the office.

You only need to attend the Called to Protect training once and background checks need to be renewed every three years. Beginning the second year of volunteering, you must view an online video to keep your status active. This year's video is called Safe Haven, which will be available at the end of the month.

For those who have never attended the Called to Protect training, the first one will be September 27th at 7:00pm in the parish atrium. We will have another training later in the year—date has not been set. You may attend a training at another Archdiocesan location (the trainings are all the same) -- just be sure that you sign in at the door and that the parish hosting the training gives you an attendance certificate. You must bring it to the school office so that I can record it in our database. You can click here to find the list of upcoming trainings.

For those who have previously completed the training, you just need to view the online video mentioned above. Directions for logging on to view the video will be sent out via Footnotes and email when it is active.

Hope you have a great weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Sign up for Schoolwide Text Alerts: Click Here
  2. New Parent Potluck - 9/19: Click Here
  3. Picture Day - 9/22: Click Here
  4. Hot Lunch Sign ups: Click Here
  5. Auction News: Click Here

textREMIND Texts Go School-wide

Text to 81010

For a few years, The Madeleine middle school teachers have used Remind texts to communicate timely information to their students' parents. It worked so well that Remind texts were unveiled school-wide last night at Back to School Night.


If you were unable to make it to Back to School Night, here's all you need to do to receive text alerts from the school for weather issues and closures:


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picturesPicture Day

Friday, September 22

Get those haircuts scheduled! You have one week until picture day. Don't forget that students have a choice to come to school in either free dress or their school uniform.



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Sign up for Hot Lunchlunch

Do it now, before you forget!

Sign ups are now open for hot lunches served during October. The deadline to sign up is September 24th.



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potluckNew Parent Potluck

Tuesday, September 19 @ 6pm

Welcome all new families! Please join us for the New Parent’s Potluck on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.


Enjoy dinner and drinks while meeting other new parents. There will be a short program where our fabulous principal, Mrs. Steele, and representatives from the auction, script, and volunteering will be available to address any of your questions.


Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Adults only, please.


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Auction Raffle Is In Full Swing!

Our first week of raffle sales resulted in over $4,000 in sales and 19 students earning a free dress pass for selling their first 15 tickets. Keep up the good sales pitches!  


We are still on the lookout for anyone who may have extra tickets to sporting events this fall that you can't use. Please consider donating them to use as incentive prizes for kids who are working hard to sell their raffle tickets.


Contact auction@themadeleine.edu with questions.


Save the Date: Saturday, November 4th

Tickets will be for sale soon!


Family Donations for the 2017 Auction

Due October 6

Get ahead of your to-do list and get your auction donation in early this year, before the October 6 deadline -- because after the deadline, you will be billed for $250.


3 Easy Steps

1) Fill out an online donation form at themadeleine.edu/donate

2) Attach your printed donation form to your item

3) Deliver your donation to the Parent Workroom 


This year we are targeting items and services that have historically generated the most interest from bidders. To make this process work, we are requesting that you donate an item or service from the list of items below OR prayerfully consider a cash donation and write your best check ($200 minimum).

We understand that you may have a fun idea that aligns with our target list, so you can contact Stephanie Richmond or Matt Drapcho at auction@themadeleine.edu to share your thoughts.


Volunteers Needed

As part of our commitment to Madeleine, each two-parent family is required to contribute 10 auction hours. Each single parent family is required to contribute 7 auction hours. Go to www.themadeleine.edu/hours to sign up for your auction job.


Video Production – 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. Contact: karolyi.family.pdx@gmail.com


Send Us Your Photos for the 2017 Auction Slide Show

Send us the best photos of your kiddo(s) in a Madeleine setting. Submit your images to the online dropbox at themadeleine.edu/photos-for-auction.


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Auction Funds Strike Again

At the 2015 Madeleine School auction, paddles were raised high for funds for the Mad Science + Arts Wing. Donors were so generous that the technology portion of that year's paddle raise continues to give year after year.


Pictured above and below are 7th graders engineering, coding, and racing LEGO cars built with WeDo 2.0, which are kits bought with funds from the 2015 auction.



calendarOnline Calendar? We've Got You Covered!

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volunteerVolunteer Opportunity: New Parent Potluck

Tuesday, September 19

Get a couple of volunteer hours out of the way during September by volunteering to support the New Parent Potluck on Tuesday, September 19. No "Called to Protect" training necessary!


This fun event gives the new families a chance to meet other parents, ask questions, and learn about volunteer hours, scrip, the auction, etc.

Volunteer roles and times:
• Setup in the Parish Hall: begins at 5pm
• Greet new parents and help with event: 5:45 – 7pm
• Cleanup: 7:30 – 8:30pm


Email Julie Baldwin at julie.juliebaldwin@gmail.com or text to 503-490-7731.

School Advisory Council (SAC) Meetingsac

Click here to read the agenda

The next meeting of the Madeleine School Advisory Council (SAC) is scheduled for Thursday, September 21 at 7pm in the Library. 


All are welcome to attend meetings; please notify the Chair (Tim Resch: tresch@samuelslaw.com) in advance if you would like time on the agenda. 


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. SAC meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm in the school library. All meetings are open to visitors unless specifically designated as being closed.


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. The SAC members are: Fr. Mike Biewend, Susan Steele, Tim Resch (Chair), Eric Anctil, Catherine Glavan, John LaBarca, Lance Mayhew, Lucas Newman, Diana Nunez, Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Erskine Williams, Caryn Fiedler (Development Representative), and Deborah Naugler (Parents Club Representative) .

backtoschoolFun at Back to School Night

It's official! The Back to School Night Wine and Cheese event was a hit. Rumor is that it might become a regular thing. Many thanks to Cathy Bargovan and Casey Savage for setting up for the fun-filled evening.


If you were unable to join us for the festivities last night, click here to read the 2016 - 2017 Fundraising Report, which describes all the wonderful student service projects and parent fundraising totals.


If you still have questions about anything, feel free to email your child's teacher with classroom-specific questions or Susan Steele with any school-wide questions.


Stay tuned to future issues of Friday Footnotes to learn how to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences, which are scheduled for late October.

spanishAfter-School Spanish Class @ The Madeleine

Open to K - 3rd

Starting the week of September 21, after-school Spanish class will take place right here at school from 3:15 - 4:15pm for any interested students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade.


Click here to see the flyer for complete details and registration information.


Parking Lot Safety

We have two parking lots on campus. The north lot is next to the Field of Dreams/Garden Fever, and the south lot is in front of the school. The south lot is for drive through drop off and pick up of children. The north lot is to be used for parking when parents are walking their children into school.


The flow of traffic for drop off/pick up is interrupted when parents park in the south lot and try to back out to leave. Not so bad at this time of the year, but when it starts raining and everyone is dropping off their child, the backup of cars on 24th can be a big problem. So please use the north lot when you are walking your child into the building.


St. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Welcome Back! At The Madeleine, “We build community based on love, understanding, and respect for the dignity of all people as modeled by Jesus Christ.” Mrs Hanselman’s 8th Grade class clearly demonstrated this by providing 214 lunches to Portland's hungry this week. Thank you Class of 2018!


This year we will continue our school-wide service project with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and HOMEpdx, which work to feed the homeless in downtown Portland.


A few tips for the lunches you make:

serviceThe Madeleine Day of Service

September 30

Our Third Annual Day of Service is September 30. Plan now to be a part of it. Volunteer opportunities include L'Arche, Children's Book Bank, Community of Hope, Oregon Food Bank, and Portland Police Sunshine Division.


Sign up after Mass or contact Denise Mathes at dmathes155@gmail.com.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

bulldogMadeleine Bulldogs - CYO Sports Update


Benefit Dinner

Save the date for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner on October 17th. Proceeds from the dinner fund CYO and Camp Howard scholarships, programs and a portion is set aside for endowment. CLICK HERE for more information.

CYO Overview

If you are new to The Madeleine or new to CYO, click here for a brochure with more details about everything CYO has to offer.

For more information about CYO at The Madeleine, check out the website http://www.themadeleine.edu/cyo


Go Bulldogs!!

Aimee Holzschuh
Madeleine CYO Club Athletic Director

Registration Open for Joint CYO Swim Team with All Saints

Open to Kindergarten - 8th grade

We are looking forward to another fun swim season beginning October 1st. Our developmental CYO swim team is open to swimmers grades K - 8 who have an interest in adding a layer of focused bi-weekly practice and low-pressure competition to their swim skill set. 


If you are new to swimming and are not sure if your child is ready, please read the click on the letter below by Coach Jen Brigham. It is likely to help you make your decision. You are also welcome to contact Head Coach Jen at jabrigham@gmail.com or Team Manager Bridget Sickon at maka0507@gmail.com for any questions you may have regarding our program.


Click here to read the letter from Coach Jen Brigham to help you decide if your child is ready to join a swim team.


Click here to start the CYO Swim Team registration process.



Madeleine at Dawn

Thank you to James Wurzer, Madeleine's Business Manager, for submitting this photo he snapped of the school's hallway at dawn.

crossFaith Formation Class Information

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Please join us for a wine & cheese information evening Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM in the parish hall. For more information contact Julie Onderko, Director of Faith Formation, at Jonderko@themadeleine.edu


First Communion Sacramental preparation begins this Sunday!

To register contact Julie Onderko our Director of Faith Formation at Jonderko@themadeleine.edu


Children’s Liturgy of the Word returns Sunday, September 10th at the 10:00 AM Mass

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




If you’re already looking ahead to Halloween and planning your spooky decorations and costumes, 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!

catholic charities

2017 Catholic Charities Art Contest

Deadline = October 13

Catholic Charities invites all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade to submit artwork that will be used throughout the year in various media formats, including, but not limited to its Christmas card, website, mass mailings, emails and its new magazine.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.

Click here for the template to be used for art entries.

Calling All Green Minded Parents

Come to the Eco-School Network’s upcoming “Dessert Meetup” info session to learn about sustainability initiatives in our schools.


The Eco-School Network is a program that trains and supports parents doing volunteer sustainability projects in elementary schools. Join us for our upcoming Dessert Meetup to learn how you can start or support sustainable projects at your child's school.


Date: September 26th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: The Dessert Meetup will be held in the home of an Eco-School parent in Northeast Portland. Please contact us for more information.


If you’re interested in joining us for the upcoming meetup or want to hear more, click here to fill out our interest sheet, or RSVP to Lindsey@earthleaders.org or 503-227-2315.

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Click Here for this week's handy Checklist



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


Informal wine & cheese get-together for those curious about the Catholic faith

Our community is warm and welcoming. We have a wonderful team of folks who assist in the exploration of the Catholic Faith. The initial stage is a period of inquiry—a time of investigation with no expectations, to discover if one wants to proceed on the journey to full membership in the Catholic Church.

In the spirit of our mission, you are personally invited to come and share wine and cheese with us at an informational meet & greet gathering, Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room of the parish center. No expectations, no obligations. We hope to see you there.


Audio/Video Ministry needs your help!

We 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.


We have a few items still available for your purchasing pleasure from our recently completed Madeleine Uncorked wine tasting celebration. Order online at www.themadeleine.edu/uncorked

  • Luxury Suite: Blazers vs. Magic—Here’s your chance to see the Blazers from the beautiful Pacific Office Automation luxury suite in the Moda Center. Blazers vs. Magic. Ticket includes game admission and seating, and light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in the luxury suite. $75 per person, November 15, 7:00 pm
  • Winemaker Salon: Wine Tasting with the Winemaker— Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team of Chris Pittenger and Sarah (daughter of parishioners Larry & Betsy Mason), Gros Ventre is a small, family-owned winery operating out of the Sierra Foothills. Winemaker Salon is the perfect evening for people who love wine. The winemakers from Gros Ventre Cellars will share stories behind each bottle along with perfectly paired bites. $75 per person, Friday, October 27

Order online at www.themadeleine.edu/uncorked


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.