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School of the Madeleine
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Our 73rd Year of Catholic Education for the Community of St. Mary Magdalen Parish
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February 11, 2010


Dear Families,


A Madeleine student develops spirituality by exhibiting Gospel values and knowledge of the Catholic faith.


Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have a wonderful President's Day Weekend.  At school, we will celebrate the wonder of the human heart with our "Jump Rope for Heart" event. Students will gather in their Faith Families to have fun and learn about the importance of exercising to have a healthy heart. This event is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Please turn in sponsor forms to the class teacher. Mr. Carrethers, our PE teacher, will be in charge of this event.

Today we had a "pre-visit" from the team who will be on the accreditation visit for WCEA/WASC taking place at the Madeleine during March 17-19, 2010. We have been preparing diligently to have a Self Study document that tells our "story" and looks for the direction the school will take. We want to continue to be an excellent place of learning and growing in both academic ability and spiritual grace.

Remember, every family intending to return next year must submit an "Intent to Register Form" for next year.

 If you have received tuition assistance from FACE or would like to apply for assistance for next year please pick up a form from the office. In order to be considered, applications must be submitted by the March 23rd, 2010 deadline.

We are so proud of our 8th grade girls' volleyball team who are still in the running for the Championship! Well done and good luck.

Remember to come to the "Coffee with Catherine" on Tuesday, February 16th, right after morning prayer. The topic this month is Standardized Testing.

"From the first moment that a student set foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illuminated by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics. The Second Vatican Council summed this up by speaking of an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom."

- Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, The Congregation for Catholic Education




Catherine Deehan

Parent Participation Hoursworking woman
Please submit your hours before 3:00 pm March 5th.
The forms are inside the Parent Handbook  or can be picked up in the PA folder next to the office.
 If you have any questions, please contact Millie O'Connor.
Box Tops for Education
box topstops are due by Friday, February 19th
Please bring in all your box tops so the school can get credit for them!

Chess at the Madeleine

Starting on February 19th
Pick up a flyer in ECP

No School
Monday, February 15th
Presidents' Day Holiday

Coffee with Catherine
Tuesday, February 16th
After Morning Prayer

Parents' Association Meeting
Tuesday, February 16th

Family Liturgy
Sunday, February 21st
Come celebrate

24th Annual Celebration of
The Lillian Black Festival of the Arts
"...a time to showcase the creative spirit that is alive Art kidand well in our Catholic Schools."

Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland
This year's festival marks 24 years of showcasing live performances and visual arts. The works of talented students grades K through 12 will be a feast for your eyes. Multimedia presentations reveal the possibilities of creativity through technology. The Lively Arts will include appearances by high school groups and elementary school ensembles.
Attendance is free, parking is free, and a snack bar is available. Make this a whole family, whole school event. Celebrate the Arts of the 21st Century!

Please come visit the festival to view the artwork of Madeleine students.


Friday, February 26th, 2010, originally scheduled as
a minimum day, will now be a full day off for a Diocesan Staff Day

Carnival in Venice
Saturday, March 13, 2010
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Parents' Association cordially invites you to attend our largest fundraiser of year. Our goal is to raise $45,000. You can help with auction donations and/or attending the event.
Visit or click here to download a reservation form and/or a monetary donation form.
Event proceeds help fund MAD student enrichment programs and provide tuition assistance for families in need.
Thank you for your support!

Click here for a donation form.

We still need lots of help with pre-event tasks. To sign up, please contact Lori Zarate at
Reminder:  All new families must complete at least 10 out of 25 volunteer hours with the spring auction.


 Teresa Brofferio and Shelia Meade want to thank the
following for their help before, during and after this year's Grandparents Tea:
Janet James, John and Valerie Luluquisen, Srinoi
Rousseau, Babs Wardwell, Bonnie Christensen, Mary Blyskal, Katherine Ramage, Julie Sorbi, Millie O'Connor, Gwenna Banfield, Kim and Steve Bailey, Christina Steele,
Barbara and Charlie Banks, Alicia Mend
oza, Siobhan Mark, Michaela Sullivan, Jeanne Honore, Catie Nakamura, Joan Bell, Heather Skinner, Mikee Gildea, Jennifer Reid, Elizabeth Jacob at Buttercream for her generous donation of scones and ALL the people who donated the delicious cookies and other sweets.   We could not have done it without everyone's help !!! If we
missed a name, we apologize profusely! Don't forget to pick up your containers in the ECP!

Thank you, thank you to the MAD parents who brought us our fabulous Alice in Wonderland Grandparents' Tea!  Many parents and grandparents have commented on how lovely the event was. Thanks to our fantastic co-chairs, Sheila Meade and Teresa Brofferio, and their decorations maven, Mary Blyskal.  Finally, thanks to Jeanne Honore and Heather Skinner for helping our children become the wonderful entertainment!

Got a great idea for improving the school?  The P.A. wants todollar sign fund you!  Proposals for expenditures of over $1,000 will be accepted until February 16th.  Please get proposals to Mikee Gildea (via the PA folder is fine).  Copies of all pending proposals will be available for review until March 15th.  The PA welcomes input and comments on pending proposals as well.
Please follow the guidelines in the PA Bylaws, Article VII (2) (c) (i), located in your Parent Handbook
on p 27.

To see the unapproved minutes for January's Parent Association Meeting click here.

Fall Festival in February?
The used book sale was such a great success that books are now being collected for next year's Fall Festival. If you have some good used books that you are ready to part with, please bring them to the next Parents' Association Meeting, on Tuesday, February 16th

Is my child too ill to attend school?

Fever - 100 degrees or higher - A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

Sore Throat/Colds/Cough - Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.

Rash - A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to
itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.

Vomiting/Diarrhea - A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there
is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.

Gretchen Meyer, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
2016A Delaware St.
Berkeley, CA. 94709


Judy Freeman, a well-known speaker, consultant, and books 2writer on all aspects of children's literature and school librarianship, has compiled a list of the best children's books of the decade.  She selects the best book for each year of the decade in each of five different categories.   She then selects her favorite pick of the decade for each category.    She provides a great list of recommended reads.  Click here to check it out at the Readkiddoread website.


Also check out Greatkidbooks.   A blog written by the Friday Librarian at Redwood Day as a resource for parents, click here. It has good recommendations with short  book reviews.


Track Season Starting
Spring is near and that means track season! We will be starting practices the first week of March on Wednesdays and Fridays after school. First meet is March 14. Come to the informational meeting on Feb. 22 at 7pm in ECP. All interested families should come. Kids are welcome.
Coaches Eric Hoglund and Robert Bertero will be returning! All grades are welcome to participate, so if you like to run, jump, throw and get lots of ribbons, come see what it is all about.  Contact Wendy McWilliams with questions at
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Do what you must to get off the junk mail lists! This can be extremely helpful. Every year, tons and tons of junk mail is wasted, along with the ink that is used in it. Even you can make an impact!

MAD Student
shampoo bottle
The next time you travel, please remember to collect toiletries for a Friendly Place, a woman's homeless shelter. It is run by the St. Joseph of Carondelet sisters.
Please place your donated items in the basket in Betsy's office.

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Welcome to RenWeb!

RenWeb is our new online database management system where you can access pertinent information regarding your family information, your child's records: medical, attendance, progress reports, and report cards. To sign up, simply go to or click here. The school code you need to enter is SM-CA. From there go the the Parent's Web section.
Once there, click on "First Time User" and enter your email address. If the system recognizes your email address, it will send an automated email to you with  your password to log in to the ParentsWeb.

Please note: If the system does not recognize your email address, this means that you do not have the correct email address on record with the school and the sign up process will not work. Contact Mary at with the correct email address.

Changing your information on RenWeb?
This is a simple process. Once logged into ParentsWeb
click on the "Web Forms" button under "School Information" on the left hand side of the site. Then click on "Family Demographic" to take you to the screen to change various information on record with the school. Simply select the proper Web Form and submit your changes. The changes will then be reviewed by the school and approved.

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Escrip is an easy and effective way for you to help raise money for our school.  EScrip will contribute a percentage of your purchases made by shopping with registered grocery club cards and debit/credit cards.  EScrip will also handle your used car donation with the proceeds going to The Madeleine.  In 2008, School of the Madeleine received almost $13,000 from eScrip.  If every Madeleine family signed up with eScrip, our school could make over $40,000 a year - just by registering the cards you already use every day.  No extra purchases needed!  And it's super easy to sign up.  Simply click here and go to "Sign Up".  Our group ID is 136926527.  If you need help or have any questions, please email our eScrip coordinator, T. J. Mark, at
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Mission Statement

The School of the Madeleine is a Catholic elementary school with a vibrant Dominican tradition of education and service in the Diocese of Oakland. The mission of the School of the Madeleine is to inspire students to grow as educated, morally informed individuals who are spiritually, academically, and socially prepared to become responsible citizens and leaders.