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September 8, 2017

A Note from Susan                                    

Dear Parents and Guardians,


The beginning of the school year is always so exciting. I hope your children are entertaining you with stories of their days here at The Madeleine. Lots of attention to routines, rules, and procedures usually make the year go smoothly. My granddaughter, Ceci, began third grade this week, and it has been delightful listening to her explain why they have to walk in the hallway, take turns, be polite, etc. It is good to see this through the eyes of a child.


I am sure your eyes couldn’t miss the new playground surface and our new bathrooms/spas(?). Aren’t they beautiful?! A big thank you to James Wurzer, our business manager, who among all his other responsibilities, brought both projects to fruition. We also owe a big thank you to Terry Silva, our maintenance man, who worked so hard to get the school in tiptop shape for opening day. It is amazing how many things need to be fixed over the summer. I really think our campus is one of the loveliest in Portland. We are truly blessed to worship, work, learn, and play in such a beautiful environment.


I have many items to update, remind, or inform you of so here we go…..



We have two parking lots on campus. I call them the north lot (next to the Field of Dreams/Garden Fever) and the south lot (in front of the school). The south lot is supposed to be for drop off and pick up of children. The north lot is to be used for parking when parents are walking their children into school. The flow of traffic for drop off/pick up is interrupted when parents park in the south lot and try to back out to leave. Not so bad at this time of the year, but when it starts raining and everyone is dropping off their child, the backup of cars on 24th can be a big problem. So please use the north lot when you are walking your child into the building.



The Archdiocese of Portland has developed a program that is designed to safeguard our students and raise awareness of child abuse. If you are new to the school and wish to volunteer, you must do three things the first year:

After the initial year, you must view an online video each year to keep your volunteer status active. The video changes each year, and we will distribute information on how to access this year’s video at Back to School Night.


Speaking of Back to School Night…

Be sure to mark your calendar for Back To School Night on Thursday, September 14. This is an evening to meet your child’s teacher and hear about highlights and activities for the coming year. We are changing up the schedule a bit this year. There will be a “wine and cheese social” from 6:15 until 7:00 in the Parish Hall. During these 45 minutes you can meet new parents, catch up with old friends, ask about parish classes, sign up for activities, and get information on volunteer opportunities, especially our fabulous auction, themed Havana Nights. We will start the meeting promptly at 7:00, so come early to socialize with our wonderful community. See you at 6:15 in the Parish Hall. Adults only, please.


Don’t forget that the Parish Picnic/Catechetical Sunday/Ministry Fair are all happening this Sunday at and after the 10:00 am Mass. Details of all these happenings are in today's Footnotes.


Well, I think that is enough for one week. We are off and running for 2017-2018!





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  1. Parish Picnic - 9/10: Click Here
  2. Auction News: Click Here
  3. Special Collection at School Mass-9/14: Click Here
  4. Back to School Night & Wine & Cheese Social-9/14: Click Here
  5. New Parent Potluck - 9/19: Click Here


Parish Picnic & Ministry Fair on Sunday

Sunday after 10:00 Mass

Families are back from their busy summers, kids are in school, parish events get back into full swing...and our Parish Picnic and Ministry Fair kicks it all off. It has been one of the biggest events each year, and we look forward to another great one this year.

Join us for Mass at 10:00 am, then a wonderful picnic on the parish grounds

After Mass, come on out to the parish grounds where we’ll have food, beverages and fellowship. Hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled to perfection by the Knights of Columbus, will be on the menu.

While you’re enjoying, peruse the Ministry Fair and find a ministry to join or support.

Please join us. Bring your family and friends and celebrate together! Please bring a dessert to share.

Catechetical Sunday this weekend as well

catecheticalThis weekend is Catechetical Sunday, the day we honor our parish school faculty and all ministers who serve the Christian community as catechists at The Madeleine. So please join us at 10:00 am Sunday for this special Mass.

This year's theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Those whom the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.


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Auction Raffle Has Begun!

Raffle packets are being sent home today in your child's Friday folder.  Please help support our school by selling your tickets. 


Do you have tickets to sporting events you can't use this fall? Tickets to sporting and local events are a huge incentive for kids to sell tickets. Please consider donating them to the Madeleine raffle to be offered as special prizes for students who turn in sold raffle tickets.


Contact auction@themadeleine.edu with questions.


Save the Date: Saturday, November 4th

Join us for a Cuban-inspired evening, in celebration and support of the Madeleine School. This year’s signature fundraising event will take place at the Madeleine School on Saturday, November 4th. Cuban cuisine, drinks, live and silent auctions, and fun.


Family Donations for the 2017 Auction

Due October 6

Welcome back to school!  Get ahead of your to-do list and get your auction donation in early this year, before the October 6 deadline -- because after the deadline, you will be billed for $250.


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).

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


Auction Sub-Chairs Still Needed

We still have sub-chair roles we need to fill. Please consider volunteering to assist with procurement. Contact auction@themadeleine.edu if you are able to help.


Auction Volunteers Needed

As part of our commitment to Madeleine, each two-parent family is required to contribute 30 hours per year -- 20 Service hours and 10 Auction hours. Each single parent family is required to contribute 20 hours per year -- 13 Service hours and 7 Auction hours. Look for sign-up lists at Back to School Night or contact auction@themadeleine.edu


Auction Video Production – Help Wanted

Screen Writers, Actors, Directors, Cinematographers, Voice Artists, Art Directors, Parent Executive Directors – with experience or interest in filmmaking – for a Madeleine 2017 Auction Production. Contact: karolyi.family.pdx@gmail.com


Send Us Your Photos for the 2017 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. Add your images to the online dropbox: CLICK HERE


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calendarOnline Calendar? We've Got You Covered!

Are you getting nervous about keeping track of everything going on here at The Madeleine? No worries!


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

Student to Student: A Catholic School hurricanehResponse to Hurricane Harvey

In partnership with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), The Madeleine School will be holding a special collection at our school Mass on Thursday, September 14.


Each student is asked to bring $1 to assist their peers in Catholic Schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey. NCEA will distribute 100% of the funds collected from Catholic schools across the country to to help Catholic schools impacted by the storm to rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students.


For more information on these activities and the Student to Student campaign, please visit www.NCEA.org/STS.


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Back to School Nightremember

Thursday, September 14

6:15pm for Wine & Cheese Social

7:00pm for the Evening Program

On Thursday, September 14th we will have our annual Back To School night, however, this year we will kick it off with a wine and cheese social at 6:15pm in Parish Hall!


The evening program will begin at 7:00pm with information and announcements that apply to all parents and then there will be two classroom sessions when teachers will review the curriculum, activities, and highlights for the coming year.


This is not the time for individual conferences with your child’s teacher. Scheduled conferences are late in October, and we will give you information on how to sign up for those. Hope to see you next Thursday.


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spanishAfter-School Spanish Class @ The Madeleine

Open to K - 3rd

Starting the week of September 21, after-school Spanish class will take place right here at school from 3:15 - 4:15pm for any interested students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade.


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

thanks2017-18 School Year Room Parents

A BIG thank you to the following Rock Star Room Parents who have stepped up to keep you on track this year!

Kindergarten: Catherine Glavan ~ Susan Samuelson

1st Grade: Tanya Caspari ~ Jennie Ehleringer

2nd Grade: Minda Garvens ~ Amy Ratigan

3rd Grade: Katie Harpster ~ Mary Remuzzi

4th Grade: Elizabeth Whalen ~ Julie Perko ~ Joss Stokke

5th Grade: Susie McShane ~ Joanna Curley

6th Grade: Kami Beaulieu ~ Kasey Miller ~ Brian Hendrickson

7th Grade: Charity Adams ~ Tricia Burke

8th Grade: Jude Hanley


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potluckNew Parent Potluck

Tuesday, September 19 @ 6pm

Welcome all new families! Please join us for the New Parent’s Potluck on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm 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 the auction, script, and volunteering will be available to address any of your questions.


Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Adults only, please.


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volunteerVolunteer Opportunity: New Parent Potluck

Tuesday, September 19

Get a couple of volunteer hours out of the way during September by volunteering to support the New Parent Potluck on Tuesday, September 19. No "Called to Protect" training necessary!


This fun event gives the new families a chance to meet other parents, ask questions, and learn about volunteer hours, scrip, the auction, etc.

Volunteer roles and times:
• Setup in the Parish Hall: begins at 5pm
• Greet new parents and help with event: 5:45 – 7pm
• Cleanup: 7:30 – 8:30pm


Email Julie Baldwin at julie.juliebaldwin@gmail.com or text to 503-490-7731.



St. Stephen's Lunch Program

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Our amazing final tally for last year was 8,060 lunches made and delivered to St. Stephen's for distribution to those in need downtown. Can we beat this total this year?


What is the St. Stephen's Lunch Program?

Throughout the year we ask all students to participate in our school-wide service project, which provides lunches to Portland's homeless. One class each week is designated to bring in bagged lunches, which we then deliver to a local parish.


Our commitment to the hungry will begin Tuesday, September 12th with the 8th graders bringing in lunches, which will be taken to St. Stephen’s. We suggest that each child brings in at least six lunches, but any help is appreciated. Please include a sandwich and some snacks. Our contributions are distributed to multiple locations around downtown where people gather seeking a nutricious meal.


What should I include in the lunches we make? 

Please no condiments on sandwiches. Why no condiments? St. Stephen's volunteers specifically made this request because eggs are on the “Big 8” of food allergens. Many lunches in the past were not being accepted because of mayonnaise on the bread. Madeleine School has purchased boxes of individual packets of both mayonnaise and mustard to hand out separately. If you have extra individual packets of either mustard or mayonnaise at home that you would like to donate please do. Just place in a separate plastic bag and we will deliver it with the lunches. Thanks!


Here are a few tips for the lunches you make:


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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.

crossFaith Formation Class Information

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Please join us for a wine & cheese information evening Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM in the parish hall. For more information contact Julie Onderko, Director of Faith Formation, at Jonderko@themadeleine.edu


First Communion Sacramental preparation begins this Sunday!

To register contact Julie Onderko our Director of Faith Formation at Jonderko@themadeleine.edu


Children’s Liturgy of the Word returns Sunday, September 10th at the 10:00 AM Mass

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.

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


Informal wine & cheese get-together for those curious about the Catholic faith

Our community is warm and welcoming. We have a wonderful team of folks who assist in the exploration of the Catholic Faith. The initial stage is a period of inquiry—a time of investigation with no expectations, to discover if one wants to proceed on the journey to full membership in the Catholic Church.

In the spirit of our mission, you are personally invited to come and share wine and cheese with us at an informational meet & greet gathering, Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room of the parish center. No expectations, no obligations. We hope to see you there.

The Madeleine Day of Service—September 30

Signups start the weekend of September 9–10 after Masses

Our Third Annual Day of Service is September 30. Plan now to be a part of it. Below is a list of service projects we are planning to undertake. Signups will begin after Masses September 9–10.


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.