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March 22, 2019

A Note from Susan


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Susan has turned over her column this week for a very important message from the School Advisory Committee (SAC).

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year… wait have I lost you already? Are you still here or skimming for numbers in this paragraph? If you must, follow the link below, but do come back to this sentence and read on. The reasoning behind these numbers explains what is happening at our school and our best responses to those trends.

According to the new Archdiocesan Strategic Plan, there is a long-range plan to move away from the in-parish/out-of-parish tuition dichotomy. Proponents want tuition to be a single rate, closer to actual cost, complemented by a more robust financial aid program. This would lift the odious requirement on priests to police church attendance. Parents/guardians who historically haven’t applied for financial aid may find that they qualify. To be clear, this is not the Archdiocese’s policy now, but it is the desired direction over the next 7 to 9 years.

The next overlay is the school’s commitment to its previous five-year plan and current three-year plan, which call for a just wage for teachers and an equitable tuition structure that (1) maintains a fiscally sound budget (2) ensures every parish child can attend the school (3) offers a competitive tuition rate and (4) provides tuition assistance. Madeleine teachers are paid a little over 95% of the average rates of the area school districts. It is our goal to continue to slowly increase teacher salaries over time while still meeting our other goals and commitments.

Finally, let’s take a closer look at what’s happening within The Madeleine. Reviewing expenses, there are the annual increases for COLA, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and utilities. Looking at the good news on the revenue side, the school is full for next year, and both fundraising and tuition assistance donations look robust.

Procedurally, SAC’s finance committee developed the proposed budget, SAC voted to approve it and send it to the Pastoral Council. That council reviewed the budget and voted to adopt it for the 2019-2020 school year. It is set. As you reflect on the work that SAC does, remember each spring SAC solicits applicants for three open slots on the council, including mine.

Follow this link to review the tuition rates for next year. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Catherine Glavan, School Advisory Council Chair

Five for Friday

The news you need really, really fast!

  1. Service Project Results: Click Here
  2. Kids Kreations Orders: Click Here
  3. Jogathon Sponsorships: Click Here
  4. St. Patricks Parade Coverage: Click Here
  5. Don't Forget to Apply for Financial Aid: Click Here

tyThank You for your Generosity!

Results of Student Government Drives and Events

In the months of February and March student government has sponsored several charitable drives and events. Here are the numbers:

Madeleine, thanks for giving back to those in need, both in our local and global community!

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kidskKids Kreations 2019

Deadline to Order... Wednesday, April 10

It’s spring at The Madeleine, which means it’s time for Kids Kreations cards! Kids Kreations cards feature artwork by our fabulous students and have been a mainstay at the school since 2005.

Each child creates an original piece of artwork, which is reproduced in color on high-quality notecards. A set of notecards includes 20 cards (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch) and envelopes for $27.50. The inside of the cards are blank so they are appropriate for any occasion. Your child will be credited for their artwork on the back of the card.

This year kindergarten through 4th grade students created a special portrait of their family or someone in their family using markers and colored pencils. Fifth through 8th grade students worked on linocuts, choosing subject matter to their liking.

To Place Your Order, Click Here

Ordering Deadline: Wednesday, April 10th (unfortunately, we cannot accept any late orders). We plan to send them home on May 10th, in time for Mothers Day.

Questions? Contact Julie Perko at julieperko@yahoo.com or 503.780.1157

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Interested in Being a Sponsor?

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. Don’t miss your chance!

To purchase your spot or for more information, please contact Trisha Mumm at trisha.mumm@gmail.com.

Jogathon Chairs,
Kate Dankowski
Sarah McCormick
Trisha Mumm
Kelly Reavis

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St Patrick S Day Clip Art - Clipart librarySt. Patricks Day Parade

O'Slaviks Highlighted by KGW

For many Madeleine families the neighborhood St. Patricks Day Parade is an annual tradition. Parishioners, Coach Steve and Mrs. Slavik (former Madeleine teacher) started this event 30 years ago. KGW highlighted this beloved event and these two wonderful people....The O'Slaviks!

Watch Here

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After School Spanish Sign-Up

Spring Trimester Grades K-5

Click here for all the information to enroll for Spanish classes. Enroll by April 4th, classes run April 10-June 12.

Direct enrollment link  

Promo-code ($10 off): SPRING19 if enrolled before 3/29

safeParking Lot Safety

Let’s work together to keep our kids safe in the parking lots.

During drop-off and pick-up, the south parking lot (near the playground) is designated for those driving through and dropping off their kids. If you are walking into the school, please park in the north parking lot (near the field).

Thank you for helping to keep our kids safe this spring!

Date | networking dummiesSave the Date

Grandparents and Honored Guests Day

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 23rd for this annual event. Please note, this year the date follows on the Thursday after First Communion. The event will run from 12:45 to 3:00 that day.

We kindly request attendance by grandparents or a student's honored guest, which may include someone close to them such as an aunt, favorite neighbor or former nanny, etc. Parents may volunteer to help with the event or may attend Mass with their child if they would like to be part of this day as well.

If your child does not have someone in this role to attend this event, not to worry. Your child's teacher will make sure all are included in the activities that day.

More details and an invitation to follow in upcoming Footnotes and Friday Folders.

Questions? Contact Cheri Krebs at ckrebs@themadeleine.edu.

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calendarFinancial Aid Applications for 2019-20 School Year Now Available

Deadline = March 31st

The investment you make in your child's education over the years is substantial. 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 2019/20 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 do not hesitate to give Susan Steele a call.

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 the 2019-2020 school year.

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scholarshipApply Now for the Laskowski Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 5

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 $1,000 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 Friday, April 5. The scholarship recipient will be notified by May 3.

Click here for eligibility criteria

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mrscPodcasts for Kids

Spring Break starts today at 3:15! I might be as excited as the kids. During this week you may find your kids in some down time, whether that be hanging out at home, on a car ride to the beach, or on a plane ride to somewhere warm. I have two links for you to explore some podcasts: one for littles and one for the tweens & teens in your family. A family favorite of ours is Story Pirates.

Enjoy the break, stay safe, and see you all in April!

St. Stephens Lunchesssl

Thank you 3rd Grade!

Mrs. Myers’ class did an amazing job this week. They brought in 187 lunches. Thank you 3rd 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 who 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.

Happy Spring Break and when we return, 2nd grade you are up next!

Easel Items: Spaces Still Availablediscoball

Upcoming easel item events include:

Click here to sign up before they sell out!

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Image result for lent free clip artEmbrace Lent as a Family

Suggested Activities from NCEA

This month's Parent Engagement flyer encourages families to observe Lent together. Simple, yet impactful activities can help strengthen family ties and educate everyone on the true meaning of the Lenten season.

Care for Creation Committee Announces...

Earth Day Recycling Event, Sunday April 14th, 9am-12pm


Adolescent Development Programs

Mother-Daughter and Father-Son Programs, May 5th

These programs create a supportive enviroment and help families prepare for the physical, emotional, and social changes that adolescents can expect to experience in the years to come.

The Mother-Daughter Program will be presented by mother-daughter team, Cathy Hansen and Janice Nelson, for girls ages 9-12 and their mother or guardian. The Father-Son Program will be presented by Dr. Bill Toffler, former Professor and Director of Education, Department of Family Medicine, OHSU for boys ages 10-13 and their father or guardian.

Pre-registration by Monday, April 29, 2019 is required. For more information or to register, please visit Northwest Family Services’ website:


Summer Campssummer

In the Spring we receive many listings for various summer programs and camps. In an effort to let you know about all of these great opportunities and still keep Footnotes to a reasonable length, the camps will now be listed only by name.

To get the complete details about each camp, simply click here!

This Week’s Checklistcheckmark

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(summary of important dates and events)


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Stations of the Cross

Fridays, March 29; April 5, 12 ✟ 11:00 am


Tuesdays, March 26; April 2, 9, 16  ✟ 1:00–7:00 pm, Fireside Rm.

Contemplative Healing Service

Saturday, March 30 ✟ 6:15 pm

–A 30-minute prayer service culminating in Anointing of the Sick, open to any Catholic who has a serious physical condition, is advanced in age, pregnant, facing upcoming surgery, or suffers from mental illness.

Passion (Palm) Sunday

April 13–14

✟ Sunday, 10:00 am Mass—Please gather 15 minutes prior to start time at the turnaround in front of the Parish Hall, and join the procession into the church.

✟ Saturday, 5:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am—Gather in front of church.

Chrism Mass

Monday, April 15 ✟ 7:00 pm; St. Mary’s Cathedral

Communal Reconciliation

Sunday, April 7 ✟ 11:30 am

–Several priests will be on hand to hear your confession.


Friday, April 19 ✟ 12:00 pm, Church

–A beautiful liturgy that meditates on Christ’s suffering.


Saturdays 4:00–4:40 pm or on request

–Confessions also available on a drop-in basis at the Parish Rectory.

Bible Study with Sr. Sharon

Mondays ✟ 1:30 pm, Fireside Room ✟ 7:00 pm, Rectory

–Join Sister Sharon for spirited, interesting and insightful discussion of the Bible. All are welcome!

Daily Mass Times

Fireside Room ✟ Tues., 12:30 ✟ Weds., Thurs., Fri., 7:30 am

Church: ✟ Thursday, 2:00 pm


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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.