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March 23, 2018

A Note from Susan                                    

I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful Spring Break. Whether you are traveling or having a Portland “staycation,” please do your best to rest and relax during the coming week and come back on Tuesday, April 3 ready to finish the last trimester of school with joy and purpose.


May you have a blessed Easter.


Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Deadline for Jogathon T-Shirt Survey - 3/25: Click Here
  2. Deadline for Financial Aid Application- 3/31: Click Here
  3. 2018 Annual Fund Campaign Kicks Off Today: Click Here
  4. Priorities for School Security: Click Here
  5. Parent Ed Event - 4/11: Click Here



T-Shirt Survey Due March 25!

The 2018 Jogathon is scheduled for May 11, and we are gearing up to kick-off this fun, annual event following Spring Break. In the meantime, the Jogathon Chairs are asking parents to complete a brief survey in order to select their child’s shirt size. T-shirts will be worn on event day. You must complete the survey in order to receive a shirt. We will not be choosing a size for your child. A separate survey must be completed for each child. Please complete the survey by Sunday, March 25.


Click on the link below to complete the t-shirt survey:



New Sponsorship Opportunity Available for the 2018 Jogathon


Sponsorships at the $250 level have sold out! A huge thank you to last year’s t-shirt sponsors who are all returning this year. We are excited to offer an additional sponsorship opportunity for the Jogathon. Your company logo will be included on the Jogathon website and on an individual 2 x 3 banner to be displayed on event day. These spots are available for $150 and will be given out on a first come first served basis, so don’t miss your chance!


To purchase your spot or for more information, please email the Jogathon Chairs at: jogathon@themadeleine.edu.


Please help us in supporting this great event!

Jogathon Chairs,

Shelby Walker and Kelsi Charlesworth


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deadlineDEADLINE to Submit Financial Aid Applications for 2018-'19 School Year

Deadline = March 31st

Everyone at The Madeleine firmly believes that a Catholic education should be accessible for all students and affordable for their families. Please do not hesitate to apply for financial aid for the 2018/19 school year.


Applications are processed by FACTS Tuition Aid, and allocations are determined by the number of people applying and the available pool of money. If you have any questions about this process, please call Susan Steele.


Applications for financial aid are due March 31st. You can still apply after this date, but the pool of funds available will be smaller. 


Click here to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year.


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development2018 Annual Fund Campaign Kicks Off

If we raise $40,000, we get $40,000!

After you rip open the report card envelope, be sure to check out the other envelope coming home today in your child’s Friday Folder. (Letters are in the mail to 7th and 8th grade families, so they don't end up at the bottom of your middle schooler’s backpack).


A quick glance at the letter will lead you to believe it is simply an appeal for the 2018 Annual Fund Campaign. A moment of reflection, however, might lead you to realize it is an opportunity to help families you see every day at Madeleine.


Whether you choose to support the Area of Greatest Need, Tuition Assistance or the Endowment, your donation will help the families around you who struggle to pay tuition. So far this school year, students at The Madeleine School have received almost $60,000 in financial aid. 


Give what you can and know you have answered the call to help those in need. If we raise $40,000, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation will match it with another $40,000! So without further ado, grab your letter and make a difference in the lives of those around you every day!


Want to give right now?

Simply click on www.themadeleine.edu/schoolgiving


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Madeleine School Parent Ed Eventinformed

Wednesday, April 11 @ 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, April 11 from 7-8pm in the Parish Hall for a presentation on Be SMART for Kids, a nationwide child safety and public education campaign designed to reduce accidental child shootings and gun deaths, educating parents and caregivers on five simple strategies in a simple framework. 


The presentation includes resources and conversation guides to help parents talk to friends, neighbors and family members who may host your children about accidental child gun deaths, responsible gun storage, and more. Learn more at besmartforkids.org.











For questions, please contact Kristin Rios at kristinrios@mac.com.



The Madeleine Parents Club


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artGreetings from the Art Room!

Madeleine artists have been busy this winter with each grade level exploring a variety of materials, techniques and types of art. We learned about the talented Henri Matisse with each class creating a piece of art in a style reminiscent of this prolific artist...some classes created paper cutouts, others experimented with painting in the style of the Fauves, and some took inspiration from Matisse's contour line drawings and portraits. This spring we will study more artists of the 20th century....artists like Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian and Alexander Calder.


In addition to our artist studies, we continue to study the "Elements of Art" and "Principles of Design." In the fall we focused on Color, Line and Shape and are now adding the Elements of Texture, Value, Shape and Form, as well as some Principles of Design focusing on Balance, Contrast, Pattern and Unity.


On a final note, we look forward to the Madeleine Art Show, which will be held on May 17. Weekly postings for volunteer projects to help with show preparation will begin in April. If you'd like to volunteer, there will be opportunities to help mount artwork prior to the show, as well as help display and hang artwork the week of the show.


Have a Happy Spring Break everyone!
Mrs. Groves


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scholarshipApply Now for the Laskowski Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, April 10

In November of 2010, The Madeleine School’s live auction Paddle Raise inspired donors to give $40,000 in honor of Pat and Kathy Laskowski. The Laskowskis sent five children to The Madeleine School between 1996 and 2011 and are current members of The St. Mary Magdalene Parish.


This scholarship is in addition to any financial aid you may receive from The Archdiocese of Portland Tuition Assistance Fund and/or The Madeleine School Tuition Assistance Fund.


Please submit your application to the front office of the school. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 10. The scholarship recipient will be notified by May 4.


Click here for eligibility criteria


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BottleDrop Comes to The Madeleinebottles

BottleDrop is a relatively new system for redeeming bottles and cans in Oregon. The Madeleine School has registered with the program, and the proceeds will benefit the 8th grade by providing funds for their Ashland trip. One of the best things about this program is that it can support not only the class of 2018, but future classes as well.


Participating is super easy! Click here to learn how.


Not sure what to toss in your blue BottleDrop Bag? We have answers!

As of January 1, 2018, additional beverages are now included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and have a refund value of 10 cents per container, regardless of what is written on the label. Manufacturers have until January 1, 2019, to include the 10-cent refund value on containers for the new beverages.


Most beverages in bottles and cans that are sold in sealed glass, metal, and plastic sizes from 4 ounces up to 1.5 liters are included. Some of the common beverages that have a 10-cent refund value are: Coffee/Tea ~ Kombucha ~ Energy and Sports Drinks ~ Hard Cider ~ Juice ~ Soda (3 liters or less in size) ~ Beer ~ Water (3 liters or less in size)


Beverages that are NOT included: Wine/Distilled Spirits ~ Milk (dairy and plant-based) ~ Infant Formula ~ Meal-Replacement Drinks

St. Stephen's Lunch Programlunches

Making a difference, one lunch at a time!

Mrs. Myers’ class did an amazing job this week. They brought in 189 lunches. Thank you third grade -- you all made a big difference in people’s lives!


With our weekly numbers being so strong, our lunches also help Operation Nightwatch. Each Tuesday evening St. Stephens opens their doors for a few hours, offering a warm and safe place for the homeless that were unable to get into shelters for the evening to have a bite to eat, watch movies, play games and have conversation. The homeless population also suffers from social isolation, and Operation Nightwatch is a program that reaches out to our friends and offers a nurturing relationship.


Priorities for Strengthening School Security

After meeting with representatives of the Parish Safety & Security Committee, Father Mike has asked for prompt action on several high priority security improvements for the Madeleine School.

A review of the school’s security camera system is underway, led by James Wurzer, parish business manager, with technical assistance from Stuart Brown, a school parent. They are discussing upgrades and expansion of the system with the vendor, as well as improvements in computers that monitor the cameras.

Another priority is improving lighting around the school. Previously the Irvington neighborhood had objected to school lighting along NE 23rd Avenue. James and Stuart suggest approaching the neighbors again with a modified design that may be more acceptable, for example, lighting along the ground.

Two other priorities are to review small alarm buttons that teachers could wear and use to instantly call for assistance or alert others in case of an emergency or major security threat. And Father Mike said the other high priority is to improve the physical security of the school, including the option of installing bulletproof glass at the front entrance and main doors of the school.

Father Mike also emphasized that while physical security improvements are needed, and he said he fully supports them, the most important immediate need is for everyone – parents, teachers, staff, students, all parishioners – to be observant and alert, and to respect and follow the security procedures already in place.

Even as new security measures are being introduced, Father Mike said, it is important to keep in mind that Madeleine School already has very good security, especially relative to other schools, and he is committed to making it even better.

If anyone has questions or interest in the safety and security efforts at the Madeleine, please contact Marc Gonzales at gonzalesmarc5@gmail.com.


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churchCampaign Leadership Team Completed

A key box in the capital campaign organizational chart is filled. Fr. Mike Biewend and the general campaign co-chairs of The Madeleine Old Church Project have completed recruitment of a campaign cabinet.

Fr. Mike and campaign co-chairs Dirk Fournier, Efrain Lopez, Janeen Reilly, Mark Allred and Tim Resch are pleased to announce that the following volunteers have accepted invitations to join the campaign cabinet:

Ron & Carol Baier ~ Nolan & Dana Bozarth ~ Sandy Coila ~ Jim & Julie Doherty~ Caryn & Lee Fiedler ~ Lisa Hawkins & Tom Abbott ~ Norris & Viviane Hibbler ~ Al & Nancy Hicks ~ Tom & Karen Hughes ~ John & Mary Keith ~ Jeff & Marianne Kersten ~ Michael Kissinger & Maria Manzo ~ Dan & Ann LaGrande ~ Ken & Julie Lance ~ Carl & Donna Mason ~ Laurie Merlino & Therese Lavallee ~ Michael & Anne O’Mahoney

Announced earlier, the campaign’s Honorary Chairs are:
Joan Brenner ~ Howard Hedinger ~ Georgia Leupold-Marshall ~ Gregg & Chris Miller ~ James & Terri O’Hanlon

Cabinet members will immediately begin inviting volunteers to join the Parish Gifts Committee and the School/Alumni Gifts Committee and Events Committee. Training and job descriptions are available for all volunteers. Feel free to contact campaign manager John Dillin in the parish offices if you are interested in helping.

Last week, campaign leaders announced a Base Goal of $3.8 million and a Celebration Goal of $4.6 million.

Meeting the Base Goal will mean completion of the main construction and upgrade projects, including improvements to the school security system. Completion of finishing work and purchase of furniture and fixtures will happen with meeting the Celebration Goal.

YDP Schedule Remindersstars

Here’s a reminder of YDP's schedule for the remainder of the academic year. Be sure to mark your calendars!


March 26 – 30: Spring Break - YDP closed


April 2: Easter Monday - YDP Closed



May 4: Conference day - YDP open 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
May 25: 11:30am dismissal - YDP closed
May 28: Memorial day - YDP closed


June 15: Last day of school 11:30 dismissal - YDP closed


Due to renovations throughout the building, there will be no summer YDP camps.


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st marys


St. Mary's Academy Summer Program: Register Now

Spark creativity, build confidence and experience sisterhood at St. Mary’s Academy! Summer Program registration is now open for first through eighth grade girls. Explore our athletics, theatre, science and leadership camps designed to empower young women on the field, on stage and in the real world.

To view the full summer camp catalog and register for classes, please follow this link: www.stmaryspdx.org/summer-camp.


For more information about the St. Mary’s Academy Summer Program, contact Summer Program Coordinator Kelsey Hui at summerprogram@smapdx.org or call 503.721.7728.

cyoCYO March Newsletter


Click here to read the latest from our friends at CYO.



This Week’s Checklistcheckmark


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Audio/Video Ministry needs your help!

screenWe 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.



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