Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / May 17, 2019

Staff Appreciates Luncheon

Big thanks to Janine Shimp who organized the Staff Appreciation Luncheon and all the parents who donated and volunteered. The staff was very grateful.

Catherine Campos, Stacy Cano, Dawn Draus, Sarah Gochee, Kate Kessler, Melissa Luetkehans, Abby May, Debbie McCraw, Katie Morris, Andrea O'Shea, Julie Schulz, Gina Smethells, Emily Wiezorek, and Brettney Zeller.

Playground plans progress

As warmer weather prevails and the end of school nears, we're making final plans to install the new playground. We're just pennies away (wink, wink!) from being fully funded. In an effort to ramp up excitement from the students, we'll be collecting those last few pennies on June 10 and 11. On the afternoon of June 11, the school district will be at Madison to remove the old playground (weather permitting). The Wheaton Park District plans to begin installation the following week. Thanks to everyone that has been supporting this project along the way.

Crayon and marker recycling program a success

Conservation Committee students wrapped up the year by guessing how many markers and crayons were recycled this year. The answer? Twenty four pounds of crayons and 326 markers.

The crayons went to SCARCE to be turned into new crayons while the markers were sent back to Crayola for the parts to be recycled. Most importantly students learned that we helped keep these out of the landfill and that they can make a difference doing small things.

Special thanks to 5th grade student Luca Pascente and his mom Kate Clark for taking on this project. They are both moving on to Edison next year so if anyone would like to take over this project, please let me know. It only requires collecting the markers and shipping them back to Crayola (free) and dropping off old crayons at SCARCE. Kate scheduled two pickups over the course of the school year. This is an easy job to do from home for working parents looking to help out and can be done with your child's assistance. Kate would be happy to talk to anyone interested in running this program next year. Email Lisa Thomas for more information.

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Morton Arboretum donates two trees

Madison PTA thanks Todd Jacobson, parent and head of horticulture at Morton Arboretum, for donating two trees to be planted on school grounds at Madison. The students learned about the importance of trees and had fun shoveling dirt and watering the roots. They can come back in 30 years and see how big they will have grown!
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Donations needed for pollinator garden

The third grade is seeking the following donations for it pollinator garden:

  • Child size work gloves
  • Garden trowels
  • Dandelion/weed pullers-tools
  • Shovels
  • Mulch (bagged)
  • Compost mulch (bagged)
  • Manure (bagged)
  • Rakes

Please contact Mrs. Feeley ( with any questions.

Buy a Taste of Wheaton wristband, raise money for PTA

Madison is working with the Wheaton Park District to raise money for the PTA. For each person that signed up for the Fun Run in Color in April, Madison received $5 - we raised a total of $310 for the the PTA! This month we are supporting the Taste of Wheaton. For each person that purchases an activities wristband through the school, the PTA will receive $3. Not only do these events support our local community, they are providing funds to support the teacher supplies. Thanks for your continued support!

Volunteer to launch Coding Club

Are your students interested in a coding club? Committed parent helpers are needed to launch a coding club for the 2019-2020 school year. Email Shannon Klopfenstein ( if you are able to help. Ideally parents who have a coding background and would be interested in presenting a lesson will volunteer, but any parent volunteer to help keep the club time on task are much appreciated.

Save the date - Trivia Night 2019

Trivia Night is Sat., November 2, 2019. This adults-only fundraiser supports the PTA with all its proceeds. Trivia Night is a chance to mingle with friends and make new friends during a night of food, drinks, silent auction and trivia.

Sign-up to join the committee to help in various ways, from planning, getting auction prizes, communicating and helping the actual night of the event. Email if you are interested. Our goal is to have a meeting before school is out for summer to get a jump start on planning.

Donations to benefit Madison families

If you are looking to donate anything such as clothing, home stuff, toys, electronics, etc. please consider giving to Family Tree Resale on Geneva and Main in Wheaton (by the Jewel).

For every bag of donations they receive on behalf of Madison School, Family Tree will in turn donate a voucher to our school for a family to use to purchase items. Just drive around to the side door, walk in, and someone will help you unload your donations. Be sure to mention Madison School.

Learn about your Madison PTA Executive Committee members

Read below about the new officers that will be serving on the PTA Executive Committee and put a name to a face. Feel free to reach out to them at any time to offer your time or talents.

Amy Angolkar, president

I have two children Maliah (10) will be in 5th grade and Luka (6) will be in 1st grade next school year. Before becoming a stay-at-home parent 10 years ago I was a kindergarten teacher. I grew up in the small central Illinois town of Elmwood. I enjoy baking, crafting, reading and spending time with family and friends. I love the teachers and staff at Madison. They are all dedicated to giving each child the best learning experiences. I also love all of the extracurricular activities that Madison provides and all of the PTA sponsored events throughout the year. Reach me at

Beth Tatro, president-elect

I have two children at Madison, Lily (9) and Austin (7) and Daphne (4) will be there in another year. I love the sense of community the school provides. The staff and parents are incredibly dedicated to the students and it shows. I grew up in Naperville, attended Purdue University and got an MBA from DePaul before marrying my high school sweetheart, Matt. I’m a professional in the heavy highway construction industry – usually writing about the benefits of construction and planning educational programs for engineers. In my spare time I volunteer for philanthropic and political organizations. I’m excited to take a more active role at Madison! Reach me at

Michele Cechini, vice president of membership

I have been married to Mark for 10 years. We have two daughters, Katie (8) and going into 2nd grade in August, and Hannah (22) and currently a writer for Channel 7 News in Boston. I grew up in Saugerties, NY, a small town in the Hudson Valley region. Before having Katie, I was visual director /senior merchandise manager for 18 years at Bloomingdales. I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family. I love Madison because of the strong sense of community it has as well as all the wonderful extracurricular activities the school and PTA provide for the kids. Reach me at

Kelly Styrkowicz, co-vice president of ways and means (fundraising)

I’ve been married to Bob for 15 years and have three boys, Russ (13), Ben (10) and Will (8). I grew up in a suburb of Boston before going to Valparaiso University and have stayed in the Midwest ever since. I was a recruiter in the financial services industry for about 13 years and now do some part time marketing for my husband’s Northwestern Mutual office. We moved to Wheaton when my oldest was in third grade and I have really enjoyed getting involved with the PTA and learning about all the great things they do to support the Madison community. Reach me at

Heather Button, co-vice president of ways and means (fundraising)

My family has been in Wheaton for many generations. My grandmother was the city treasurer and great uncle Elmer Hoffmann was a U.S. Representative. I graduated from Northwestern University with a business degree and spent 15 years living in Chicago working in sales for cosmetic surgery, hospitality and as the director of a trade magazine. Currently I am a realtor with Keller Williams Premiere Properties in Glen Ellyn. My husband William and I have been married for nine years and our son Will (9) attends fourth grade with Mr. Grace. My hobbies currently are home improvement projects, painting and decorating. Reach me at

Katie Morris, treasurer

James and I married in 2003 and have three children. Kristin (7th grade at Edison), Jonny (4th grade), and Matthew (1st grade). I grew up in Gurnee and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Jobs brought us to the western suburbs after college, and we ultimately landed in Wheaton in 2011. We're thrilled to be part of the Madison community. It's a great group of families served by outstanding teachers and staff. We especially love how much our kids love Madison. They've all been nurtured by great teachers here. For that we are forever thankful. I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and owner of Veritrust Wealth Management, an independent firm located in Naperville. Helping my clients reach their financial goals is a joy and a privilege. My biggest hobby is downhill skiing. If you run into me in the winter, you'll no doubt hear me talking about it. The rest of the year I like running, spending time near Lake Michigan, and generally spending as much time outside as possible. Reach me at

Jessica Houston, secretary

I have two boys, Dean (8) and Davis (5) who keep me super busy! When I’m not at their soccer or lacrosse practices and games, I enjoy…no wait, I’m always at a soccer or lacrosse practice or game, never mind! I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois in Art Education. I have been teaching elementary art for 16 years and I love it! My favorite thing about Madison is the amazing teachers and their dedication to the success of every single student. Madison is truly the best! Reach me at

Save pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Great job so far collecting pop tabs. The collection ends Wed., May 29. A great big thank you to everyone that has brought in tabs. We have collected an amazing 181 pounds so far for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Kindergarten has now taken the lead with 5th and 2nd grades close behind. The winning grade will earn an extra special recess during the last week of school. Keep collecting!

Time to return Madison welcome signs

We hope your child enjoyed their "Welcome to Madison" yard sign. It is now time to return the signs so that they can be used to welcome our new students next year. If you would like to have your yard sign as a keepsake, please submit a check made out to Madison PTA in the amount of $8. Questions? Contact Julie Ippolito at

Save General Mills box tops

Please save General Mills box tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top received. Thank you to Cecilia Horjes for heading up this effort. We purchased many copies of award books for the library. Thank you for your support.

Save the dates

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

May 24: Explore More Day

May 27: Memorial Day. No School

June 6: Fifth Grade Celebration

June 7: Field Day (Rain date - June 10)

June 11: Last Day of School

Nov. 2: Trivia Night

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.