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September 29, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are so happy to be piloting a new aspect of our Madeleine music program. Maria Manzo, our parish music director, is partnering with Cary Pederson, our school music teacher, to develop the vocal skills of our intermediate and middle school students, enhancing the Archdiocesan music curriculum. Maria was so gracious to step in last year to provide the music for our school Masses. It is exciting to see this collaboration continue this year with the formation of three school choirs. The 3rd and 4th graders are in a Primary Choir. The 5th and 6th graders participate in the Intermediate Choir. The 7th and 8th graders form the Senior Choir.


Mr. Pederson will be responsible for presenting the Archdiocesan music curriculum, which encompasses topics such as music notation, terminology, rhythm, composition, musical instruments, history, and culture. Dr. Manzo will use her expertise and experience with choral music to develop the students’ singing voices. This is a unique program and opportunity for our students. Do we have some kinks to work out…..Sure! Do we have some challenges to overcome…….you bet! But we are committed to a music program of excellence and achievement.


In addition to their weekly music classes and Thursday liturgy, the choirs will have opportunities to perform for our parishioners and at off campus events. Right now we have scheduled the Primary Choir to sing at the 10:00 Mass on October 22. Details of this liturgy will be emailed to the 3rd and 4th grade parents next week, but mark your calendars now. You won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned for future performances for our other choirs.


Auction Volunteer Jobs

As you all know by now, each family is required to provide 10 hours of time to help put on the auction. We literally could not hold the auction without the help that you all provide. And, without the auction, the school’s operating budget would be challenged to support all the specialists who bring such depth to your children’s education.


SO, if you have not signed up yet for your auction job, please log into our volunteer system at www.themadeleine.edu/hours and help fill the volunteer holes. I’ve been told that the auction team is particularly in need of folks to help with procurement (calling business to follow-up on donation requests) and cashiering (processing guests’ purchases the night of the auction). Training will be provided in both areas if you have never done these jobs before.


Called to Protect Volunteer Program

Thanks to all the parents who came for the initial Called to Protect training last Wednesday. There will be another training at The Madeleine on November 8th for new volunteers. The next step is to complete a background check and the new process is supposed to be up and running. Come to the office and talk to Angela to request this background check. And also sign the Standards of Conduct document.


For returning volunteers…..This year’s online video is called “Safe Haven” and it is produced by a new company working with the Archdiocese. Remember….. to keep your volunteer status “active” you must view this video. You can click here for instructions on accessing the video. (New volunteers do not need to do this. Next year a different video will be announced.) A few notes about this year’s procedure.


Finally two reminders for next week:
1. Our first Friendship Family gathering is a picnic on Monday. Each class, except Kindergarten, is asked to bring an item to share with their family and each child brings his/her own sandwich for lunch. Please read further down in Footnotes if you don’t know what item your child is supposed to bring to share.
2. Our annual Blessing of the Animals is on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis at 2:15pm. We need to move the gathering to the covered basketball court because there is a parish blood drive going on at the same time in the parish hall.


I hope you have a great weekend planned. I am off to the vineyard with my family for our first of three harvests. Hope the weather cooperates and the migrating birds haven’t arrived!




Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Auction Tix Deadline - 9/30: Click Here
  2. Madeleine Day of Service - 9/30: Click Here
  3. Friendship Family Picnic - 10/2: Click Here
  4. Blessing of the Animals - 10/4: Click Here
  5. Parent Ed Night - 10/18: Click Here

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

Blessing of the Animalspets

Wednesday, October 4 @ 2:15pm

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 on the basketball court at 2:15pm.

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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Deadline for Early Bird Tickets = September 30

Just $75 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.


New Easel Items Added

This year’s auction team is please to bring you….MORE easel items!


Hosted by your talented Madeleine friends and families, this next round of easel items will let you and your Nonna pose for a precious portrait! Give you the opportunity to win VIP seats to the Christmas Eve Mass, AND two chances for moms to have a much needed girls night out. We couldn’t stop at just 8, so here are 4 more and there is still more to come!


These great events will fill up fast, so sign yourself and your family up today. Even if you've already bought your tickets, you can jump back into the system to purchase more easel items at any time at www.themadeleine.edu/tickets.


Family Donations for the 2017 Auction

DEADLINE = October 6

Only one week 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? Here are some ideas:


3 Easy Steps to submit your donation

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 cashiering (processing guests' purchases the night of the auction). Go to www.themadeleine.edu/hours to sign up for your auction job.


Advertise in the Auction Catalog

Do you or someone you know own a business? Consider advertising in the auction catalog where hundreds of highly coveted sets of eyes will see your ad both in the catalog both online and in print. From a business card ad to a full page, we have an opportunity for every budget. Click here to see our ad rates.


Auction Raffle Is In Full Swing!

Over $14,000 in sales!

Keep selling and earning those free dress passes! Remember 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.


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 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.


Contact Denise Mathes at dmathes155@gmail.com.


Click here to see the flyer with complete details.


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

Please click here to access our website to schedule your Parent Teacher Conference. We are trying out a new system and welcome any feedback once you have gone through the process. Please send feedback to Mrs. Chambers. kchambers@themadeleine.edu.

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.

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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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.


St. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Mrs. Miller’s sixth grade class brought in 148 lunches this week. Thank you! As the weather becomes colder and wetter, our shelters become much busier and everything helps. Thank you again for your dedication to our outreach program.


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

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!

Youth Cheer Clinic at Central Catholicribbon

Wednesday, October 4

Registration is now open for the Pink Out Youth Cheer Clinic being held at Central Catholic High School (CCHS) on Wednesday, October 4 at 3:30pm.


The 2017 Pink Out Clinic supports Breast Cancer Awareness. Pink Out campers will perform at halftime with the CCHS Cheerleaders and Songleaders at the varsity football game on Friday, October 6.


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

Be a Vendor at Madeleine Marketplacepresent

The Madeleine is hosting its annual Madeleine Marketplace Bazaar on Thursday, December 7. We are reaching out to potential vendors with an invitation to operate a booth to sell your items.


The one day bazaar, held in Parish Hall, opens at 2pm and closes at 8pm. The parish is made up of 800 families. Many, if not most, attend the annual Christmas tree lighting, which happens during the evening. Vendors may begin setting up at 1 pm, but no sooner. Tables will be assigned. Eight foot long tables and 60 inch round tables are available, as is electricity. Please bring your own table cloths and lights, if you like.


The one and only fee to participate is $60.00. You act as your own bank and take payment at your own risk. Wi-Fi is available. Food and drink will be available for purchase as well as kids movies, crafts, caroling and pictures with Santa.

If you are interested in participating as a vendor and agree with the above terms, please make your check payable to “The Madeleine” for $60.00. On the memo line, please indicate the size table you would like (rectangular or round) and if you need electricity. Please mail your check to the event organizer, Susie Andersen, at 3401 NE Couch Street, Portland, OR 97232.


If you have concerns or questions please contact the parish office at 503-281-5777.

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.

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


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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.