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September 22, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Lots of reminders this week so here goes…..


Food Drive

St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day is next week, so we are having a four day food drive to honor his commitment to the poor. Students may bring canned or non-perishable food to school and it will be given to our parish SVDP society. They will use it for emergency food distribution boxes. We also will incorporate this corporal work of mercy in our Thursday liturgy. Food items should be taken to the classroom.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences were scheduled for October 26 and 27. In working out the scheduling, we decided we needed to add another half day to accommodate working parents’ schedules. This means that conferences will begin on Wednesday afternoon, October 25th, and school will dismiss at 11:30. If you ordered hot lunch for that day, you will be issued a credit. Due to our internet and network being down for three days, the online scheduling for conferences was delayed. Hopefully we will be able to activate it early next week. I will email you as soon as it is ready to go.



They say you need to repeat something seven times before it becomes routine, so here goes number three….If you are walking your child into school, please use the north parking lot by the Field of Dreams. The south lot is for pick up and drop off. It seems our grandparents and dads aren’t aware of this rule, so please share this information with others who transport your child to school. Thank you for following this traffic pattern.


Blessing of the Pets

October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis, a great lover of animals and creation. It has been our tradition to bless our pets on this day so here is the plan. At 2:15 we will gather outside the parish hall along the circle driveway. Since Fr. Mike will be at the Priests Convocation, Deacon Mike O’Mahoney will preside at the blessing. Students have a choice of bringing a picture of their pet or……parents may bring the pet to the school at 2:15. Please be sure dogs are on leashes and cats are in carriers, etc. We don’t want to have any unfortunate pet-related incidents!



Finally, as you know our Accreditation visit is coming up on October 10-12. On Tuesday evening, Oct. 10th, the visiting team would like to meet with a representative group of parents from the school. They will have questions about our school and how it serves the community. If you would like to be a part of this group, please let me know. I need to have about 30 people for the meeting, so if you are available, (and you know the mission statement and SLEs!) let me know.

Enough reminders for today….have a great weekend.





Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Hot Lunch Sign ups: Click Here
  2. Auction Tix on Sale Now: Click Here
  3. Food Drive Starts 9/25: Click Here
  4. Madeleine Day of Service - 9/30: Click Here
  5. Parent Ed Night - 10/18: Click Here

Sign up for Hot Lunchlunch

Deadline = Sunday, September 24

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.


Click here to sign up for hot lunch.


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foodSt. Vincent de Paul Food Drive

September 25 - 28

The school will be celebrating St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day on Thursday, September 28th, with the theme “We are Called to Feed the Hungry.” In living out that call, the school will be having a food drive Monday to Thursday. Every student is asked to bring in non-perishable food items to their classroom. This food will be used to restock our parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Thank you for your support!


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textREMIND Texts Go School-wide

Text to 81010

All parents were invited to sign up for Remind texts 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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Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

Just $75 each now through September 30th

Includes entrance to silent and live auctions, dinner and an EXTRA drink ticket (for a total of 3 drink tickets per person with purchase).
Auction tickets will be $90 each after September 30th, so get 'em now by clicking on www.themadeleine.edu/tickets.


The 2017 Havanna Nights Easel Item Kick-off

A highlight among parents and auction attendees, this year's line-up of easel items will not disappoint. Once again some of your all-time favorites will be back, brought to you by your fellow Madeleine parent hosts and hostesses.

The Daddy Daughter Disco ~ School-wide Mother Son Kickball Tourny ~

Middle-school Movie Mixer ~ PJs and Popcorn Movie Night ~

This year we are stepping it up a notch and adding some new ways to have fun with your Madeleine friends. Like how about Dance Camp?! Learn the latest and greatest dance moves from the Grant High School Dance Team. Fun for all ages.

Or The Thanksgiving Day Flag Football ... before you pass the sweet potatoes, come on over to the Field of Dreams and throw a couple passes in an epic, but friendly game of flag football.

And finally, in Portland nothing says "Family" more, than a family bike ride. In the spirit of Parkways, get in on the fun with the entire family and join us for The Madeleine Neighborhood Family Bike Adventure.

All Easel item activities and events are open to Madeleine Parish members, as well as family and friends. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spots today.

Purchase your auction tickets and then fill your “cart” with these great events that not only support the kids and school, but offer loads of opportunity for more fun all year long! Click on www.themadeleine.edu/tickets.


Family Donations for the 2017 Auction

Due October 6

Two weeks left to get your auction donation in for the October 6 deadline -- because after the deadline, you will be billed for $250.


Are you still wondering what to donate? Do you travel for work? Ever wonder when you will find the time to use all those airline miles? They would make an exceptional donation item. In particular, Alaska or American Airlines miles.


3 Easy Steps

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

2) Attach your printed donation receipt to your item

3) Deliver your donation to the Parent Workroom 


If you have questions about your donation, contact Stephanie Richmond or Matt Drapcho at auction@themadeleine.edu.


Volunteers Needed

Are you still trying to figure out how to get your 10 auction volunteer hours? Volunteers are still needed in the areas of procurement (making follow-up phone calls to business who have already been asked to donate) and security (keeping an eye on the door for party crashers). Go to www.themadeleine.edu/hours to sign up for your auction job.


Auction Raffle Is In Full Swing!

Raffle sales now total over $10,000. Keep selling and earning those free dress passes!  


On that note, we need to issue a clarification. We're are sorry for any misunderstanding, but want to make sure that everyone understands that each student earns one free dress pass for selling the first 15 raffle tickets. Additional free dress passes are earned for every five additional raffle tickets sold after the first 15.


Please remember that all checks need to be made to the Madeleine School and all monies must match the tickets turned in for each student. Each week there will be drawings for prizes for those who sold and submitted tickets.


Contact auction@themadeleine.edu with questions.


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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.


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Many thanks to Julie Baldwin for coordinating our annual New Parent Potluck. Her team of volunteers, including Michelle Radford, Jen Tadjedin, Molly Briscoe, and Lindsie Campbell, helped to make everyone feel welcomed.


Our new Madeleine School families enjoyed dinner and drinks while getting to know each other. They were also treated to brief presentations and Q&A by Susan Steele and representatives from the auction, SAC, scrip, development and Parents Club.

Friendship Family Fall Picnicpicnic

Monday, October 2

On Monday, October 2, the school will be celebrating its annual Friendship Family Fall Picnic. A friendship family is a group of about 14 students with one or two students from each grade. These families stay intact through a student’s years at the Madeleine. Friendship Families gather about once a month for some sort of activity with the purpose of building community across grade levels.

For the fall picnic, each student is to bring in their own sandwich to eat, and his/her grade level item- see the list below. Students will meet their Friendship Family and share lunch and play “get to know you” games during an all school lunch period.


What to bring?

**All students bring their own individual sandwich of choice**

Thank You,
The Friendship Family Committee

freedressFree Dress Passes

Use 'em or lose 'em

Some families have been asking whether or not students may use free dress passes left over from last school year. The student body overall understands that free dress passes expire at the end of each school year. Believe it or not, some kids save their free dress passes all year and make it through June without ever putting their uniforms on in order to use them up! So, use 'em or lose 'em. Thank you for your understanding and support in this area.

News from the Art Roomart

As you know, Kelley Groves is our new Art teacher. She has written a great one page newsletter to introduce herself to you, let you know what's going on in the art room and explain the grading rubric for art.


Click here to read Kelley's newsletter.

Library Newslibrary

I want to take a moment to introduce myself to the whole school and make sure you are up-to-date on the latest library procedures.

My name is Mrs. Chambers, and I am beginning my 12th year at Madeleine and 14th year teaching. I have had a few different roles over the years here at Madeleine and my previous school. Over the years, I have been a teacher in 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms as well as 2 years as Library Media. I am glad to be back as the Library Media Specialist this year. I am also a parent here with a son in 3rd grade and a daughter in 1st grade. I have a little one at home as well. My husband is in education as well as a principal of a local middle school.


If you have a child in kindergarten or 1st grade, expect one library book to come home weekly; that's as long as they return the one they checked out the previous week. One book checked out per child in these grades. If you have a child in grades 2 through 8, he/she may check out 2 books at a time. Grades K-3 have return carts in their classroom. You may use those or the Book Return bookcase outside of the Library. I am available before and after school if you need to do a quick check-in and check-out. Sometimes you just can't wait until your library day to get that next book in the series. I totally get that! We also offer a Parent Resource section, so feel free to check that out sometime. We are always adding to the collection and are open to books you may recommend.

We do not collect monetary fines here at Madeleine, but if a book is lost or damaged, you will be billed for the replacement. At the end of the year, all books need to be returned in order for your child to receive his/her report card on the last day of school.

Please stop in a say hi sometime! Happy Reading!

learningGetting to Know the Learning Support Team

This year, the Learning Support Teachers will continue to support classroom learning by leading small groups, being involved in classroom lessons and discussions, working one on one with students, and assisting with STAR testing. We are excited to be working with all Madeleine students, and we wanted to let you know that we are in classrooms starting next week. In working with the classroom teachers, we are committed to providing differentiated instruction for all learners at The Madeleine.

If there is something we can do to support your student’s learning, please contact your classroom teacher or the Learning Support Teachers with your thoughts at astephens@themadeleine.edu

Pam Harmon ~ Gaila Savery ~ Suzette Kamm ~ Andy Stephens

Parent Education Nightcalendar

Wednesday, October 18 @ 7pm

Speaker: Kevin Ashworth, MA, LPC, co-founder of NW Anxiety Institute

Although anxiety is a normal part of childhood, when it interferes with day-to-day life and impacts the whole family, it is hard for a parent to know what to do. Kevin Ashworth will address the topic of anxiety in children specifically covering the following: school refusal, perfectionism, separation anxiety and generalized anxiety disorders in children. He will also save plenty of time to address your questions. This should prove to be an informative and educational night for our community.


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starsYDP Days Now Included in the Online Calendar

The online school calendar has been updated to include early dismissal days, in-service days and holidays that reflect whether YDP is open or closed.


Click here to check out interactive school calendar and always have the most recent calendar updates available right at your fingertips on your phone.


St. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Mr. Parker's 7th grade class kept the ball rolling by providing 188 lunches to Portland's hungry this week. Thank you!


A few tips for the lunches you make:

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.

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.

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!

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.