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September 23, 2016

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Another busy week at school. I am glad it is Friday so we can take a breath before we begin again with a jam-packed week of activities.

Thank you for coming to the Called to Protect training last Wednesday. The next scheduled training will be October 25th and the time will be 8:30am, right after morning drop-off. Remember you can check the Archdiocesan website to find another training that fits into your schedule. Please remember to get a certificate of attendance and drop it off at the school office.


A few reminders for next week…..

Staff Changes

Finally, I am so sad to announce that Lynn Robinson, our Development Director, will be leaving us. She has accepted a full-time position with Portland Community College as their Orientation and Advising Specialist. Lynn has been with us for over nine years and has overseen our development and auction activities. One reason for our strong financial standing is her leadership and hard work in the Development Office. Lynn has graciously agreed to continue to work with the Auction chairs so that they will have the support they need to carry off a successful event. Thank you, Lynn, for your many years of service to The Madeleine.


Fortunately for us, Caryn Fiedler, our Development Assistant, has agreed to take over Lynn’s position. Caryn has been in the Development Office for over three years and has been working closely with Lynn on most projects. She is also our Footnotes editor, so she knows firsthand what is going on at The Madeleine campus. I can’t think of a better person to provide a seamless transition during this time. Thank you, Caryn, for accepting this new role and new set of responsibilities.


Have a great weekend.             



Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Picture Day - 9/29: Click Here
  2. St. Vincent DePaul Food Drive-9/29: Click Here
  3. Annual Fund Deadline - 9/30: Click Here
  4. Parent-Teacher Conferences: Click Here
  5. Friendship Family Picnic - 10/3: Click Here

The Madeleine Round-Up

Auction Raffle Is In Full Swing!

Raffle Talk

We had a great first week of raffle sales with 49 out of our 258 students participating with sales totaling $3380! Second grade is leading the school in sales this week. Yay 2nd grade!


The goal this year is to reach 100% student participation where all 258 of our students are able to sell at least one ticket. Call your friends and relatives and check with neighbors...we have some great cash prizes this year that will appeal to everyone.


A $10 ticket for a chance to win a $4000 tuition/travel voucher, $800 cash or $400 Amazon gift card is not a bad deal.


FLASH PRIZE ALERT!!! Sell 5 tickets this week by Friday for a chance to win: a free jump hour for 5 people at G6 Trampoline/AirPark. The winner of the Fujifilm Mini 8 instant camera will be announced at Monday assembly.


Contact amandapower1@hotmail.com with raffle questions.


Send Us Your Photos for the Auction Slide Show

You know you want to see your kiddo up on the big screen during the auction! The only way to make that happen is to submit some photos. All you have to do is go to www.themadeleine.edu/photos and follow the simple directions. 

You may have photos of the following. Please send them in!

Back to School BBQ ~ Classroom parties ~ Recess ~ Lunch ~ Student plays ~ Sports ~ Field trips ~ Christmas Program ~ Art Show ~ Youth Group ~ Blessing of the Animals ~ Bike to School Day ~ YDP ~ Student Fundraisers ~ Science Night ~ Spirit Week ~ Jog-a-thon ~ Spring Musical ~Talent Show


Auction Questions


If you have any auction-related questions - donation questions, volunteer jobs questions or whatever - send an email to auction@themadeleine.edu


Family Donations for the 2016 Auction

Due October 7

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).

Click to Donate items    |   Click to Donate cash


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


Be sure to use #madeleineauction2016 for Instagram and Twitter!


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potluckNew Parent Potluck

Tuesday, September 27 @ 6pm in Parish Hall

Welcome all new families!  Please join us for the New Parent Potluck on Tuesday, September 27 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 auction, scrip, and volunteering will be available to address any of your questions.


The main course and beverages will be provided, but please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

picturesPicture Day

Thursday, September 29

Get those haircuts scheduled! You have less than 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.

Click here for online ordering instructions.


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St. Vincent DePaul Food Drivecans

Thursday, September 29

This Thursday 7th 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 to help refill our parish’s St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.

Thank you!
7th Grade


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Last Chance to Support the 2016 Annual Fund Campaigndevelopment

Donation Deadline = September 30th

If received by September 30th, your tax-deductible donation will help us raise $27,500, which will then be matched with another $27,500 by the OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation. 

Our Annual Fund Campaign supports our tuition assistance program and helps close the over $400,00 gap between what everyone pays in tuition and the actual cost of educating our students. 

Click here to make a donation to the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign.

Questions? Contact Lynn Robinson, Development Director, at 503-288-9197 or lrobinson@themadeleine.edu.


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picnicFriendship Family Fall Picnic

Monday, October 3

On Monday, October 3, 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, which you can see on 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


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Parent-Teacher Online Conference Sign-ups

If you haven't done so already, take two minutes right now to sign-up for Parent-Teacher conferences, which will be held October 26 - 28.

Click here to read the Parents' Guide to Booking Fall Conferences.

Please contact Alison Anderson at aanderson@themadeleine.edu if you have any questions.


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Sign up for Hot Lunch in October

lunchDeadline = September 24th

Sign ups are open for hot lunches served during October, but only until tomorrow. The deadline to sign up is September 24th.


Click here to review the monthly menu, place your order and make your payment.

St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunch

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Mr. Parker’s Seventh Grade students made 132 lunches this week. St. Stephen’s was very thankful for such amazing work. Also, when I saw the 7th graders lunches, 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.


~ Tiffany Cooper, Madeleine School Coordinator for St. Stephen's Lunches

ullmanCounselor Corner

by Carolyn Ullman

For years Love and Logic has guided parents by showing how to discipline kids without losing their love and respect. Over the next few weeks I will be posting some articles from Dr. Charles Fay to introduce you to the concepts or remind you of their beautiful simplicity. It works!


Helping Children Learn to Self-Evaluate and Make Responsible Choices

The analogy of a Behavior Car is often helpful in teaching kids about total behavior and their ability to control their behavior. We are the only one that can drive our personal “behavior car.” The engine is our desire to meet our needs and powers our car. When we receive that frustration signal the engine speeds up – runs faster. We gotta go somewhere – do something! The front two wheels are thinking and doing behaviors. We steer our car with the front wheels. That in turn affects the rear wheels which are feeling (emotions) and physiology. If we “pop the clutch” our front wheels loose contact with the ground and we allow emotion and physiology to control our behavior.
When that happens we most often “crash and burn” or behave in a way that is not responsible. Our job is to teach children to keep their front wheels in contact with the ground and allow thinking and doing to control feeling and physiology. Or in other words, use the thinking portion of their brain to drive their car rather than the feeling portion.


Helpful questions:

~adapted from Dr. Charles Fay

ydpEnthusiastic and Energetic Teacher Needed for Madeleine's After-School Program

Qualifications: Previous experience working with school-age students in educational or child care setting preferred OR coursework in child development, elementary education, special education, recreation, or early childhood education.

Candidates must pass criminal background check and be willing to enroll in the Oregon Child Care Division Online Central Background Registry. Candidates must obtain an Oregon Food Handlers card and become CPR/First Aid certified.

Approximate hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3 pm-6 pm; Wednesday 2:15-6 pm. Hourly wage based upon experience and qualifications. Hours are approximate, but would be within the times listed.

Position is available immediately. Contact The Madeleine School Principal Susan Steele, ssteele@themadeleine.edu

facebookCheck Out Madeleine's Facebook Page

Please join The Madeleine School on Facebook! We’ll be sharing event info and reminders, school announcements, fun photos, and more!

When you actively support the school on social media with a ‘Like’ and by sharing our posts you help spread the word about our incredible education program, our fundraisers, and our community involvement. Add The Madeleine School to your Facebook feed and stay tuned!

Like and follow The Madeleine School by clicking here.

Sign up Now for YDP During In-Service and Parent/Teacher Conferencesydp

Where will your children be when school is closed for In-Service and Parent-Teacher conferences in October? They could be enjoying a PJ Day and Halloween-related fun right here at Madeleine. Sign up now for a spot in Madeleine's YDP program.

Click here for rates and the registration form.

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Visit themadeleine.edu/amazon to Benefit The Madeleine School

amazonWhen shopping on Amazon, 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!

centralCentral Catholic CYO Nights

Central Catholic will be hosting a CYO Night several times throughout the school year to encourage middle school students to attend volleyball, football, and basketball games and check out their athletic program. To receive free admission, students can wear their CYO sports jersey.


Click here to see the flyer with dates and complete details.

Madeleine Parish Blood Driveblood

October 5 from 2pm - 7pm

Madeleine Parish will again be hosting an Ecumenical blood drive on October 5, 2016, in the Parish Hall. We hope you will consider making a potentially lifesaving donation. One donation can save up to three lives.


A convenient time to donate can be arranged by calling Neil Davidson, the drive facilitator, at (503) 288-3627. Hours of the drive are 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. If you cannot donate yourself, please consider recruiting someone else to give. Just pass along to them the contact information listed above.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Let’s help out by helping our community and our nation!

brainTips to Help Your Student Succeed: Introduction to Executive Function

September 27 @ 7pm at West Hills Christian School

Join Marydee Sklar in a practical and easy to understand exploration of the brain’s executive function skills. Get a picture of how your child’s brain connects to his or her behavior. Use Marydee’s simple tips and strategies to set up success for your student and your whole family.


Click here to read the flyer with complete details

Portland Area Catholic High Schools Work cancerTogether to Raise Money for Children's Cancer Association

Sunday, October 2 @ 8am

On Sunday, October 2, Jesuit, Central Catholic, St. Mary's Academy and Valley Catholic students are coming together to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association. In fact, Hunter Baldridge, who is an alum of Madeleine and a current Central Catholic student, is helping to organize the event!


If you would like to sign up for the walk or support a student you know, please visit JoyRX.kintera.org/walkforjoy16.


Click here to read the flyer with complete details.

Invitation to Parents of K-5 Students

Dessert Meetup hosted by moms in the Portland Eco-School Network

The Eco-School Network parents help “green” the experience of their children at school. At the meetup, learn how you can get involved for the 2016-17 school year.

Four Dessert Meetups will be held in homes of Portland Network members. If you cannot attend one in your area, you may attend another. Feel free to bring other interested parents. 

Please RSVP to Jeanne Roy, 503-244-0026 or Jeanne@earthleaders.org, and she will send you the name of your host and directions for the home meetup in your area.

The Eco-School Network, www.ecoschoolnetwork.org, aims to introduce or upgrade sustainable practices and to increase eco-awareness as a means to enrich the daily experience of K-5 children at school. Network parents from about 30 schools share ideas, experiences, and projects, in person and online, and provide mutual support and inspiration. The sponsor of the Eco-School Network is the Center for Earth Leadership, www.earthleaders.org, a local nonprofit founded by life-long Portlanders, Jeanne and Dick Roy.


This Week’s Checklistcheckmark


Click Here for this week's handy Checklist



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


The Madeleine Ministry Fair
This Weekend, following 10:00 am Sunday Mass

  • Live your faith! Join a Madeleine Ministry.
  • Come meet our ministry leaders.
  • Learn about our ministries and the many opportunities you have to serve our faith community.
    (Yes, there will be coffee and cinnamon buns)
  • Madeleine Ministry pamphlets will also be available at
    Saturday, 5 pm Mass and Sunday, 8 am Mass.

If we’re really going to be the Church that Christ calls us to be, we ALL need to care and serve one another.

The Madeleine Day
of Service

Day of Service is October 15. Sign up at ww.themadeleine.edu/service

Our Second Annual Day of Service is October 15. Plan now to be a part of it. Below is a list of service projects we are planning to undertake. Take a look, then go to www.themadeleine.edu/service to sign up.


The Madeleine Music Ministry

Join us at www.themadeleine.edu/choir

Do you or your child love to sing or play an instrument? Our Madeleine Music Ministry is looking for YOU to join one of our wonderful music ministry teams! ALL are welcome!! Click to read more....


Confirmation program reaches out to high school youth

Programs at The Madeleine or at Central Catholic High School

It’s time to begin thinking about confirmation for high school youth, and this year, we have some exciting news. Not only will we hold a confirmation program here at The Madeleine, but in an exciting pilot program, we will also be managing a confirmation program taught at Central Catholic High School! Click to read more





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