Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / December 6, 2019

Buy a gift; help a Madison family

The Madison Mitten Tree is back. Please sign up to buy a gift to help our Madison families during the holiday season. The form will be located in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the item with the number on the outside of the gift and return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Friday, Dec. 13.

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2020 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2020. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2020 -2021 classes:


3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading


In March 2020, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2020-2021 classes:


4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast-Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast-Paced Language Arts


Please Note: Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test

Students currently attending a private school and/or homeschooled, but reside in the District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.


Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, scheduled around mandatory state testing. Parents will be notified by their child's school about testing dates & times prior to testing.


Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website.


Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email PACE@cusd200.org with any questions.

Join the PTA to access Directory Spot

Have you joined the PTA? A family membership is $20 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Directory Spot provides contact information for students, teachers and staff, including class lists! Please visit the Madison PTA website, www.madisonschoolpta.org and click on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Michele Cechini at membership@madisonschoolpta.org.



To join the PTA please click here.

Fleece needed

As we enter the gift-giving season of the year, please consider donating fleece or a fleece throw kit to Madison Cares. The 5th graders will be assembling fleece throws in January for the children at Almost Home Kids. We will accept 48 in. or 72 in. kits or 1.5 or 2 yards of fleece fabric. Jo-Ann Fabrics often has sales or coupons.


Questions? Contact Amy Angolkar madisoncares@madisonschoolpta.org

Order the Madison yearbook

Orders are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Madison Paw Prints yearbook. Our yearbook is 52 full-color pages that include many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year. Each yearbook costs $17 (plus tax) and will be delivered to your student on the last day of school. Included with each yearbook order, you have the option of creating two custom pages for free (or not if you choose). Additional custom pages (beyond the first two) can be purchased for $0.99 (per 2-page spread). For those new to the school, Madison Elementary School yearbooks cannot be ordered on ParentVue or Synergy as with the middle school and high school yearbooks.


To order your yearbook, please go to www.treering.com/validate and enter passcode 1014308585474714.


If you have any questions, please contact Megan Savitt at yearbook@madisonschoolpta.org.

Math Club volunteers needed

We are still looking for some additional parents to help with 3rd Grade Math Club. Unfortunately, we had to cancel 3rd grade Math Club in October because there were not enough parent volunteers to make it successful. If you are interested in helping with the upcoming months please email Jennifer Denson, jmsuth@yahoo.com. Third grade meetings are on Tuesdays and the dates for the remainder of the school year are Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, and Apr. 14. All meetings are during lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Volunteer at Madison

Your involvement in the PTA helps make Madison a wonderful place to learn and grow. We

have many committees that are looking for volunteers. If you have some time to give, please

consider signing up to volunteer. A description of our committees and volunteer sign-up is

available on our website www.madisonschoolpta.org. Click on “Committee Sign Up.”

Attend Parent Workshops 2019-2020

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Save General Mills box tops and scan your receipt

General Mills is phasing out its clipped Box Tops, but some may still be found on products throughout the store. If you have Box Tops, send them into the LLC. If you've never been one to remember to clip and send in Box Tops but have a smart phone, just download the new Box Tops app, and scan your receipt to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Madison's earnings. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top scanned. The LLC has purchased many copies of award winning books. Let's continue the effort. Download the new app.


For more information, visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

Save the dates

Click on the calendar on the Madison section of www.cusd200.org to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:


Dec. 19: Winter Concert

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Recess

Feb. 22: Winter Carnival


View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.