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September 21, 2018

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lots of things to call your attention to this week, so let’s get started…….


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are coming up in late October. You can sign up for times online, and the directions to do so are in today’s Footnotes.


St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive

Next week is the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, and our Thursday school Mass will celebrate his legacy of service to the poor and needy. We have a very active St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Society here at the Madeleine parish, and we try to support them in their mission. Beginning on Monday, we will begin a food drive for the SVDP food pantry. Please help us by donating non-perishable food items next week. Food will be collected in the classrooms and then our 8th grade will bring them to the pantry. Thank you for your support.


After-school Spanish Class

The after school Spanish class will begin next Wednesday. This is for students in grades K through 5th. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can find information below along with an enrollment form.


Madeleine Performance Choirs

Our new performance choirs will also begin next week. This opportunity is open to students in 3rd through 8th grades. An information packet was sent home earlier in the week which included a parent sign off sheet. Please return this sign off sheet by Monday.


Called to Protect Training

For those of you who are new to The Madeleine and wish to volunteer this year, you must attend a training for Called to Protect, the Archdiocesan child abuse prevention program. There are many opportunities to do this around the Archdiocese, but we will host one next week on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:00pm in the parish hall. Please see the article in today’s Footnotes on how you can locate other trainings if you can’t come to the one here.


Student Directory

Finally, you should have received a Student Directory today. This document is for school use only and should not be used for commercial purposes.


Have a great weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive: Click Here
  3. Deadline for Parent Ed Survey- 9/21: Click Here
  4. Deadline for After School Spanish Class - 9/21: Click Here
  5. Parent/Teacher Conferences: Click Here



Family Donations Due October 5

Only two weeks away!

It’s time to get your groove on and find and deliver your best donations! Your auction donation (with an item value of at least $200) is due two weeks from today on October 5th. After that date, you will be billed for $250.


If you are building a cool donation, please note that the actual item does not have to be on campus until later in October. What we need by October 5 is for you to complete your online donation form at themadeleine.edu/donate, so we know about your grand creation.


Don’t know what to donate? Email auction@themadeleine.edu for some ideas. Or you can always write your best check ($200 minimum).


3 Easy Steps for Your Family Donation

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

2) Attach your printed donation confirmation to your item

3) Deliver your donation to the Parent Workroom (in the main hallway across from the school office)



Any and all auction-related questions can be sent to auction@themadeleine.edu. A member of the auction team will promptly get back to you!


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surveyParents Club Education Program Survey
It will take less than 5 minutes!
Parents are the most important educator in children’s lives. The Madeleine Parents Club is committed to fostering opportunities to enhance the education of parents and their children. We will focus on sharing information throughout the year that is most meaningful to you.

To best serve the community, please let us know what topics most interest you and how you like to receive the information. This survey is super short and easy and so helpful. Please respond by September 21. Thank you!

Click here to take the short survey


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spnishAfter-School Spanish Class @ The Madeleine

Open to K - 5th

Starting on September 26, after-school Spanish class will take place right here at school from 2:45 - 3:35pm for any interested students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.


This is a new program -- expanded to include 4th and 5th grades -- and will make a great transition into our middle school spanish program. There will be one class for kindergarten - 2nd grade and another class for 3rd - 5th grade.


Registration deadline is September 21.


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


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foodSt. Vincent de Paul Food Drive

September 24 - 27

On Thursday, September 27, eighth grade is leading our school Mass, which will celebrate Saint Vincent De Paul.

St. Vincent DePaul was committed to serving the marginalized. Our parish St. Vincent DePaul Society follows his model of serving the poor. We invite students to bring in non-perishable food to their classrooms by Thursday, Sept. 27th to help refill our parish’s St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Thank you for your support!


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safetyCalled to Protect Training

Wednesday, September @ 7pm in Parish Hall

As you know from Back-to-School Night, the Archdiocesan child abuse prevention program is named Called To Protect. Because your child’s safety is our number one priority, we follow the directives given to us by the Office of Child Protection. If you wish to volunteer with children here at school or in the parish, you must take the following steps:.



Below is a summary of the four steps.

Click here to see the details for each step.

Step 1: You must attend, in person, a Called to Protect training. 

Step 2: You must request a background check.

Step 3: After your background check has cleared, you must go online and read a document called “Standards of Conduct.”

Step 4: You must view an online video each year to stay active.



Follow step 4 above. View the two videos and be sure your background check has not expired.

Click here to see the details on how to access the videos.


Please call the school office if you are confused about any of these steps. If you wish to volunteer in your child’s class, don’t wait until the last moment to complete these steps!


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Our online conference scheduling site is ready to go. Please read the directions below on how to schedule a conference.


Please click here to schedule your Parent Teacher Conference.

Middle School Families - Remember that these conferences are student-led. Be sure to plan to bring your child to the conference. 

7th & 8th Grade Families - please sign up with your child's homeroom teacher. Seventh grade students conference with Mr. Parker and eighth grade students conference with Mrs. Hanselman.

Ms. Yuhas Conference Scheduling - First priority is given to 6th grade students as well as Ms. Yuhas' math students. If you are not in these two categories, please email Ms. Yuhas if you would like to meet with her outside of the conference schedule.

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musicBand Program Starts Up at The Madeleine

Dear Parents,
In the coming weeks your fifth through eighth grade student will have an opportunity to enrich their education with instruction on a band instrument.


One of the most positive experiences you can offer your child is the chance to learn self-discipline at the highest level via participation in band. In addition, their cooperative talents, self-expression, coordination, poise, sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and creative mind will all be nurtured through their study of instrumental music.


For more information please click on the following links:

Beginning Band FAQ

Beginning Band Sign-up/Permission Slip


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Volunteers Made It Happen!

Thank you to Julie Baldwin and her team of volunteers for coordinating and hosting this week's New Parent Potluck. As with so many events here at The Madeleine, the New Parent Potluck wouldn't have been possible without all their hard work.


Julie's team of volunteers includeded Maria Dodson ~ Catherine Glavan ~ Heather Matteri ~ Susie McShane ~ Amanda Power ~ Alisa Pyszka ~ Michelle Radford ~ Mary Remuzzi ~ Stephanie Richmond ~ Susan Samuelson ~ Jen Tadjedin.


Our new Madeleine School families enjoyed dinner and drinks while listening to brief presentations and Q&A by Susan Steele and representatives from the auction, SAC, scrip, development and Parents Club.

golf Tee It Up For Technology Golf Tournament Results

The results are in! Thanks to the hard work of Brian Grant and the support of 50 golfers, The Madeleine School's 2018 Tee It Up for Technology golf tournament raised over $3,100 for our technology program. 


Congratulations to the winning team of Michael Hare, Lucas Newman, and Missy Smith and Josh Walker. Other winners included:

Men's Long Drive - Marc Baumgartner

Women’s Long Drive - Missy Smith

Women's Closest to the Pin - Missy Smith.
Men’s Closest to the Pin - Josh Walker


Mark your calendars for next year's tournament on the Saturday after Labor Day!

hitonMadeleine Parent Ed Night: "What About Boys?"

Wednesday, October 3 @ 6:30pm in Parish Hall

Nationally and locally boys represent 70% of middle school and high school discipline referrals. They make up two-thirds of those in special education classes. And their dropping rates of graduation and college attendance are cause for concern.


We know that relationships hold the key to improving boys’ health and academic performance. But how do we establish and maintain connections with boys?


In this workshop, participants will learn about boys’ unique developmental issues and explore ways to enhance communication with boys.


Speaker Howard Hiton has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 1987. He was the recipient of the Oregon Pediatric Society’s Award for Service to Children and the Oregon Peacemaker Award of Excellence for his support of youth. He is the author of Building on Strengths and a co-author of BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: Helping Boys Connect Through Physical Challenge and Strategic Storytelling, a Guidebook for Leading Boys Groups. Howard’s presentation style is consistently evaluated as being warm, engaging, and thought provoking.

announcementThree Spaces Available

Spread the word! We have space available in 1st grade, 4th grade and 6th grade for the 2018 - 2019 school year.


St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Our lunch program is off to the best start ever! Tina Hanselman’s 8th Grade class started our year strong by providing 223 lunches! Awesome job 8th grade! But, Mr. Parker’s 7th Grade students snuck in and beat it by a sandwich, and made 224 lunches! Way to Go! St. Stephen’s was very thankful for such amazing work.


When I saw the lunches made by the 7th graders, it reminded me to mention how meaningful and appreciated kind words and art work are. It only takes a few extra minutes, but a few kind words can really turn someone’s a day around.

grandmaVisit with the Elderly on Madeleine's Day of Service

In September we officially celebrate Grandparents with Grandparents Day.
Some of us are lucky to have grandparents in our lives, others not so lucky. But luckily for us, the Seniors at Laurelhurst Village - a local Assisted Living Facility on SE Stark - are always more than willing to be stand-in Grandparents.


Madeleine families will be visiting with them while they have their lunch on Saturday, September 29 as a part of the Madeleine Day of Service. You and your family are invited to join us - bring crafts, make cookies, do magic tricks! Whatever.


As a part of this important community activity there will be a table set up in heartthe back of the church at the end of this week's masses. Have your child stop by so they can make a special "LOVE" button for the seniors. Join us on Saturday September 29th or sign up to be a part of future holiday visits.


See the sign-up board in the main school hallway for more details.

serviceMadeleine Day of Service: Save the Date

September 29
The annual Madeleine Day of Service is Saturday, September 29. We’ve arranged for groups from The Madeleine to participate in three hours of volunteer work at a number of wonderful agencies and projects around Portland, including but not limited to, Blanchet House, The Children’s Book Bank, the Oregon Food Bank, Laurelhurst Manor and our own Maddie’s Cart.


Volunteer groups will go out both morning and afternoon on Saturday, September 29, so you can sign up for a time slot that works with your schedule. Many of the opportunities are perfect for youth and adults. The Day of Service will conclude with a picnic barbeque back at The Madeleine for all volunteer participants. Sign ups will be available soon, so watch this space and the front hallway near the school doors for more information.

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!

leLands' End Uniform Sale: 40% off

Stock up now for winter!

At checkout, simply enter the Promotion Code LESUFRIEND and PIN 1470.
Receive 40% off full-price styles online, in-store or by phone. Discount will be applied at checkout. Offer valid through September 25 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Sacramental Prep Signups are Open
Registration for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist 2018-19 is open! Classes begin in September, and instructional sessions will take place during  10:00 am Mass when children are dismissed along with Children’s Liturgy of the Word.


Contact Trisha Mumm, trisha.mumm@gmail.com, 503-341-5828 for more information! 

Calling All Green Minded Parents

What:  Portland Eco-School Network Dessert Meetups

When:  September 24, 25, 26, & 27

Time:  7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.

Where: Home of Portland Network parents

Topic:  Eco-School Network parents will describe how they work within their schools and how interested parents can get involved (or can gain access to support and resources to start sustainability projects they care about). 


The mission of the Portland Eco-School Network is to introduce sustainable practices and increase eco-awareness to enrich the lives of children at school. Parents come together in person and online to share ideas, experiences, and project summaries, as well as offer each other motivation and inspiration.  


Please RSVP to Rachel Willis at 814-715-2362 or rachel@ecoschoolnetwork.org, and she will send you the address of the host. 

centralCentral Catholic Football Event for Current 8th Graders

Friday, October 5

On Friday, October 5, current 8th graders are invited to experience a night as a Central Catholic football player and learn about what we offer academically, spiritually and athletically. Please join us for this evening of Central Catholic football fellowship.


Please RSVP to Coach Pyne by email or phone no later than October 3.
503-235-3138 x1146


Click here to see attached flyer for complete details.

Parenting Teens in a Digital World

October 24

Presented by Yshai Boussi, LPC

This workshop will focus on helping you, as a parent, understand and support your teen around technology. Specifically, I'll share the latest data and research, cover social media and gaming and have lots of practical tips and suggestions to help you navigate this stuff effectively with your teen.

Both teens and parents welcome to attend. Teens attend at no cost.

The current rate lasts until October. If you sign up for both this workshop and another scheduled in February about helping your teen overcome anxiety, depression and excessive stress, you can sign up for both and get a further reduced rate.

If you're motivated to come to one or both of these workshops, but don't have the funds, please email me, and I'll make sure you're able to attend. We've all gone through periods where we need a little extra support, so please don't hesitate to reach out.

Here's the link with more information and registration:


This Week’s Checklistcheckmark


Click Here for this week's handy Checklist



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


Marriage Workshop with David & Hollis Wenzel

Sunday, September 30th, 1:00-5:00 pm • The Madeleine Parish, Fireside Room

Devote intentional time to your marriage in this informative and interactive seminar. Couples in all stages of marriage are invited to deepen and strengthen their relationship through this workshop.


Registration Fee: $25 per couple paid at the time of registration
Questions? Beth Schaller, 503-781-4737, bschaller@sjpdx.org
Darlene Maurer, 503-281-5777, ext. 25, dmaurer@themadeleine.edu
For more information and to register: www.themadeleine.edu/marriage


Faith Formation fall 2018—
Registration open now!

Come and Explore! Interested in becoming Catholic?

Sundays 9:00, Fireside Room

Join us as we explore our Christian faith. We invite those who are thinking about becoming Catholic and those who were baptized in the Catholic Faith, but not yet confirmed or received First Communion to join us. This weekend we begin our Time of Inquiry, exploring questions such as Who Is Jesus?, What do Catholics Believe?, and What is Prayer? We are gathering through the fall on Sundays from 9:00 to 9:50 am in the Fireside Room. If you would like more information, please contact Christi at c_bohmbach@yahoo.com or 503-206-1900.

Sacramental prep signups are open

Registration for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist 2018-19 is open! Classes begin in September, and instructional sessions will take place during 10:00 am Mass when children are dismissed along with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Contact Trisha Mumm, trisha.mumm@gmail.com, 503-341-5828 for more information!

Do you have a Confirmation-age youth (freshman/sophomore)?

Begins September 30

Confirmation classes begin September 30. Class begins at 9:00 am, Mass at 10:00 together, and ends at 12:00 noon. To register or for more information, contact Emily Guidos, comfirmation@themadeleine.edu.

Adult Confirmation

If you are an adult and have not been confirmed or made your first communion, please contact Fr. Mike.


Upcoming Baptism Classes and Baptisms 

The next scheduled Baptism Classes are October 14, November 18, December 9, 11:30 am. Parents are required to attend one of these classes prior to having a child baptized. Upcoming baptisms within the Mass are Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am; Saturday, November 17, 5:00 pm; and Sunday, December 9, 10:00 am. Contact Darlene Maurer, dmaurer@themadeleine.edu for more information or to register.


Formed: A New Resource

The Madeleine has purchased access to a website called “Formed”, where you can:

  • Prepare for Sunday Mass by watching an insightful five-minute video by renowned Catholic teachers.
  • Enjoy a movie with your family that is both nurturing and entertaining.
  • Enrich your marriage with the award-winning video series “Beloved”.
  • Learn more deeply about the Eucharist through the video series “Presence”.
  • Help your children grow in character and embrace the beauty and wonder of the Faith.

This access is for all parishioners, school families, and anyone who would like to explore our faith more deeply.

Whatever your curiosity, there are hundreds of books and audio books available for download as well as study materials and talks on topics relevant to our times. Formed is an excellent resource for supplementing your library or video collection and for faith sharing groups.

Sign up today at https://formed.org by using the Parish Access Code: QKX7TK. For those who wish to access Formed on the go, you can download the app on iTunes or Google Play Store.

Questions: Darlene Maurer, dmaurer@themadeleine.edu


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