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September 28, 2018

A Note from Susan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Just a short note today, because I am rushing out to join all my family and friends for a weekend of picking grapes in the glorious sunshine. It should be a great harvest, which will probably continue over the next two weeks.


Auction News

I can sense that the Auction activities are beginning to really ramp up. In fact, tickets sales open on Friday, October 5th. Can the auction really be only 5 weeks away?


Auction raffle ticket sales are going well. Thanks to all of you who have supported your children in getting those tickets sold. We have quite a few students who are going beyond their original allocation and are requesting additional tickets, but we do not have any more here at school. If you have unsold tickets left over, PLEASE return them. The raffle committee will get them to those students who need them. It would be great, though, if we had 100% participation from all students. So try to sell a few for the class participation recognition, and then return what you have left over.


Friendship Family Picnic

Next Friday we will be having a Friendship Family picnic, which means all students will eat lunch together with their Friendship partners. We will be outside (weather permitting), so a sack lunch is the way to go. For those of you who use our hot lunch program, Trio Hospitality will be offering a variety of sandwiches, etc. for a “grab and go” meal. Check their website for ordering options.


Have a great weekend.




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction News: Click Here
  2. Parent Ed Event - 10/3: Click Here
  3. Blessing of the Animals- 10/4: Click Here
  4. Friendship Family Picnic - 10/5: Click Here
  5. Sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences: Click Here



Last Call for Donations!

Due October 5

Friday, October 5th is the final deadline for your (mandatory) auction donation (with an item value of at least $200). After October 5th, 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)


Post-Auction Party Night News! 

This year's auction crew has put an entirely new spin on the after party, which is included in your ticket price!  More fun! And more ways to raise money!


In the spirit of the much loved television sensation, Dancing with the Stars, Madeleine is hosting its very first, very own, Dance Competition! Our contestants are stars in their own right. Four Madeleine parents and a special super star guest contestant. 


All of these amazing people started training earlier this summer with the professional dancers at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Our plan is to see who can win the most votes and raise the most money as the dancers go toe-to-toe at the after party.


Click here to learn more about these daring souls!


So how are they raising money? Starting October 5th both you and everyone you know can go online and vote for your favorite dancer. Buy one vote or buy 100. All money raised is part of the auction fundraising and goes to the school’s operational budget. The night of the auction, you will be able to vote on your phone while these incredible dancers perform live immediately following this year's Madeleine Auction! 


Raffle Update

Raffle sales are in full swing with more than 450 tickets sold this week alone! Our goal this year is 100% participation and that means we’d like every child in the school to sell at least one ticket. If every student in a class sells at least one ticket, the whole class will win a donut hole party. To date, the kindergarten class is leading with the most sales and participation closely followed by third grade. So, keep your kiddos selling those tickets!


If your child is already done selling raffle tickets, please turn in any leftover tickets on Friday morning so other kids can sell them.


Send Us Your Photos for the 2018 Auction Slide Show

Due October 1

Submit 1-2 of your best photos for a video shown at the auction that showcases all of our wonderful kids. School-related, close-up photos with several students are best. No vacation photos, please! Send to www.themadeleine.edu/photos-for-auction.



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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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.


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Friendship Family Fall Picnicpicnic

Friday, October 5

On Friday, October 5th, 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 an activity with the purpose of building community across grade levels.

Due to various allergies, this year each student is asked to bring in his or her own lunch. If your student receives hot lunch, options on Friday will be limited to "grab & go" lunches. 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 lunch or order a "grab & go" lunch from the hot lunch program**

Thank You,
The Friendship Family Committee

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Blessing of the Animalspets

Thursday, October 4 @ 3:00pm

Bring your pet(s) or a picture of your pet(s) for a blessing as part of Madeleine School's celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi!

We will gather around the circular driveway at 3:00pm.

To ensure the safety of everyone gathered, as well as the safety of everyone’s pets, dogs need to be on leashes and other pets should be brought using appropriate means (cages, travel carriers etc.). Dogs that do not enjoy the company of other dogs should be left at home. 

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muertosDia de Muertos Ofrenda / Day of the Dead Altar at The Madeleine School

Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that combines the Catholic celebration of remembering our dead during All Saints and All Souls days with indigenous belief in supporting the spiritual journey that continues after death. The Dia de Muertos ofrenda is an altar with pictures of loved ones combined with religious imagery, humorous skull art, food, flowers and light. The ofrenda in the Catholic tradition might also include pictures of saints.

For the month of October in Art, all grades will be learning about the tradition of Dia de Muertos and the distinct style of Mexican art that might be included in a public altar at a church or cemetery. We will be creating our altar outside of the art classroom and it will have artwork by all students. Our unit will also include artist studies of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

In order for this learning to be really meaningful, we would like to include pictures of your loved ones who have passed. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Send a photo to me by e-mail, and I will print it out: iparmeter@themadeleine.edu
  2. Send a photo with your student in an envelope with your name and student's name clearly on the back of the photo. I will copy it and return the original to you.
  3. Send a program from your loved one's funeral or memorial service. Please let me know if you need the program back: if you wish me to copy it or use the original.

And please contact me if you have special knowledge or skills you would like to share during this exciting unit! I will be assembling the ofrenda October 24 and 25 during conference times and would love it if you would stop by to help out or just say hi!


Mrs. Parmeter, Art Teacher

grandmaVisit with the Elderly on Madeleine's Day of Service

September 29

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.


The Sweet Sound of Violins

At the 2015 Madeleine School auction, paddles were raised high for funds for the Mad Science + Arts Wing. One of the many items purchased with those paddle raise funds were a complete set of 30 violins.


This year the 5th graders are learning to play the violins under the instruction of Ms. Farquhar who will be coming in once each week. Ms. Farquhar has been playing the violin since the age of seven and has a Bachelor of Music from the Univerisity of Miami.


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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vaccinationImmunization Rates for The Madeleine School

According to state law, schools are required to report their immunization rates. They are shared three ways: electronically in Friday Footnotes, posted to the school website on the "Forms" page and a hard copy in the school office. If you have any questions about Madeleine's immunization rates, please contact Angela Rosebrook.


Click here to see Madeleine's immunization rates.

announcementOne Space Still Available

Spread the word! We have one space available in 1st grade for the 2018 - 2019 school year.



St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Mrs. Grant’s Sixth Grade knocked it out of the park Tuesday, and brought in a whopping 236 lunches! Middle School started us off to a tremendous start this year to make this the best year yet. This year our students are averaging 7.5 sandwiches each. THANK YOU! The smiles and cheers we receive each week as we pull up to St. Stephen’s with a full car of lunches are all for you.

safetyCalled to Protect Instructions

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 two videos this year called "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" and "Duty to Report."



Follow step 4 above. View the two videos ("Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" and "Duty to Report") 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!

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!


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: 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.

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


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.