Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 20, 2015

Thank you Multicultural Day volunteers

With the help of almost 100 volunteers, Multicultural Day 2015 was an amazing experience for the entire Madison community. The day began with a delicious breakfast provided by Rachel Bailey and the hospitality committee, and ended with an international luncheon organized by Michele Triscik and Dawn Draus. A special thank-you to the grade level coordinators: Jaime Szafranski, Stephanie Brown, Rachel Bailey, Jen Pashup-Graham, Louise Kirkman, and Alis Priebe.

MCD would not be possible without our incredible team of volunteers: Sue Adkins, Cameron Armstrong, Katie Armstrong, Sandy Armstrong, Ambika Bailey, Leah Benshoof, Robyn & Mike Beres, Kirsten Borrink, Namita Bose, Hollie Bourne, Debbie Buttell, Krista Caprini, Garrett Cobo, Summer Czarnecki, Jennifer Sutherland Denson, Jen Doty, Paula Duebener, Monica Fahey, Amy Fiorato, Lauren Forgas, Kim Franch, Gina Garza, Nancy Giordano, Debbi Gonzalez, Greg Graham, Heather Green, Becky Grout, Jeff Hasbrouck, Maggie Hinsdale, Brooke Heavey, Jeanett Hurtado, Adam Ippolito, Jaime Kammerzell, Stacia Keegan, Shannon Klopfenstein, Nicole Klotz, Stephanie Kriegermeier, Rene' Lauer, Debbie McCormac, Teri McCue, Linda and Kevin Madsen, Janet Mathis, Abby May, Kathryn Medanic, Vandana Mody, Linda Moore, Katie Morris, Evelyn Mosca, Dawnelle Muff, Melisa Oker, Myra Powers, Abby and Dan Richardson, Misse Roberts, Daniel Rosen, Oskar Rosen, Sverre Rosen, Tone Rosen, Mike & Martha Savage, Megan Savitt, Sybil Scaccia, Janine Shimp, Annette Shore, Gina Smethells, Cathy Soliani, Margit Spires, Missy Straza, Lisa Thomas, Esther Torne, Lynn Tucker, Anne Valente, Randy Wenger, and Shon Williford.

Thank you to all of the Madison staff for your help with our journey around the world!

Julie Ippolito & Kristin Olson

Madison mitten tree

Take a mitten off the mitten tree and buy a gift for a Madison student in need. Each mitten will have a specific gift request with size and gender. The mitten tree will be in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the new item and attach the mitten to the outside of the gift. Return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Dec. 11.

Thank you so much for your support. Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker,

Christmas Sharing collection

It is Christmas Sharing time again! Christmas Sharing started over 25 years ago as a joint effort between the churches and schools in the Wheaton area with the goal being to provide for needy families during the holiday season.

Madison school is asking for your donations to assure the success of the program. Needed items include clothing (gently used is okay), new underwear and socks, blankets, winter coats, mittens, boots, paper products, baby wipes, diapers, baby food, baby clothes, toys, food, face/body soap, cleaning supplies, and other nonperishable goods. The program is also in need of cash donations.

There will be Christmas Sharing tables set up near the main doors and we will be collecting donations through the first week of December.

Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker,

Spotlight on Mrs. Emma and Mr. Cortesi

Mrs. Cynthia Emma, current 5th grade teacher at Madison, attended school in District 200 herself and decided in 10th grade that she wanted to be a teacher. Mrs. Emma student-taught 3rd grade at Madison and the following year started teaching here. In her 23 years at Madison, she has taught both 4th and 5th grades. She enjoys connecting with her students and really loves the "ah-ha!" moments. She wants all children and families to remember that learning doesn't just happen at school, but she encourages everyone to stretch and grow and seek opportunities beyond school to further develop themselves. Because her own children attended Lincoln and have fed into Edison and WWS with many of her former students from Madison, she has kept up with and run into many of those students. In her free time she attends her kids’ sporting and theater events.

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Mr. Joe Cortesi has been teaching P.E. at Madison for 10 years. He earned his business degree from ISU, but then realized that teaching is really where his passion lies. Being with the kids and developing positive relationships with students in all grades is what fuels him. His approach to P.E. is to keep kids active all the time, because idleness gets kids into trouble. He looks for ways to engage the children in continuous games and he tries hard to maximize his time with each class. He believes in learning through play and focuses less on drills and theory. Mr. Cortesi talks to kids about the importance of sportsmanship, pride, personal responsibility and positive choices. In his free time, he enjoys interior design, woodworking and life as a newlywed. He also coaches golf, one of his main passions.

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Madison Welcome Signs

The time has come to return all 'Welcome to Madison' yard signs. Please drop off your sign to the office no later than Dec. 4. If you would like to keep your sign, please send a $6 check made out to Madison PTA with "yard sign" noted in the memo section.

Recycle Holiday Lights

The Go Green Club once again will be collecting old holiday lights for recycling. The collection box will be in the school office beginning Dec. 1 and we will be collecting through Jan. 29, 2016.

This collection is in partnership with the City of Wheaton and Elgin Recycling ( The collection accepts incandescent and LED lights and extension cords in any condition. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas. Any questions please contact the Go Green Club at

Thank you conference dinner donators

Much appreciation to the parents that made this year's parent teacher conference dinners possible. Your donations fed the Madison staff well!

Thank you: Ambika Bailey, Beth Bauer, Leah Benshoof, Megan Day, Lisa Doherty, Dawn Draus, Sarah Gochee, Becca Hary, Jaime Kammerzell, Nicole Klotz, Evelyn Mosca, Meghan Orr, Abby Richardson, Kristina Savenok, Megan Savitt, Brit Schumacher, Heather Sturm, and Michele Triscik.

Dining for Dollars coming soon

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Apply for a Special Education Teaching Assistant position

District 200 is still hiring Special Education Teaching Assistants for the 2015-2016 school year. Minimum starting pay rate is $11.51/hr. Interested individuals must submit an on-line application through the district website. To start an application individuals can go to the district website at – Employment Opportunities - (quick link on the left hand side of the page) - Support Staff - Teaching Assistant.

PACE testing to begin in Spring 2016

In March 2016, the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) will host testing for currently enrolled second through fifth grade students.

Students currently in PACE classes do not need to re-test for 2016-2017. Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE testing is Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016. Click here for more information.

Put your donations to work for local families

Our district partners with Family Tree’s community voucher program. With every donation you make in the name of your CUSD 200 school, Family Tree donates vouchers to your school. Your social worker distributes these vouchers to families in need at your school, who then go to Family Tree and shop for FREE. Family Tree Resale's Wheaton store is located at 310 E. Geneva Road.

Order the Madison School yearbook

You can now place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year.

Use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

Please contact Dawn Draus at or 630-221-1514 with any questions.

Missing something? Check lost and found

Lost and Found is now located in the main office. There are many very nice clothing items, lunch boxes and light weight coats. As the weather becomes colder it fills with many more wonderful articles. Please stop by and check it out or encourage your child to look for missing items.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

Mark your calendar

The PTA offers both daytime and evening meetings to accommodate all of our members.

The noon meetings will be held in the music room and our evening meetings will be held in the LLC. Hope to see you there!

Jan. 21 at 12 p.m.

Feb. 18 at 12 p.m.
Mar. 17 at 12 p.m.
Apr. 21 at 7 p.m.
May 19 at 12 p.m. (new officer installation)

Upgrading to a new tablet? Donate your old one to Madison

Madison teachers have found many ways for refurbished iPads/other tablets /handheld devices to complement the curriculum. Simply take your old device into Madison’s office during school hours of 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the staff will make sure it’s put to good use in the classroom. Please let your friends and relatives know too! Donations are tax-deductible.

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Save the dates

Click on the calendar on the Madison section of to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 1: Dining for Dollars at Chipotle

Dec. 15: Winter Concert @ 7 p.m.

Dec. 18: Winter Room Parties at 1:15 p.m.

Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter break

Jan. 15: No school

Jan 18. No school (Martin Luther King Day)

Jan. 23, 2016: Pancake breakfast

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.