The Madison School Newsletter / November 17, 2017
Order from Amazon this holiday season, raise money for Madison
As you start to think about all that Christmas shopping you need to do, don’t forget to use AmazonSmile, which will donate back to Madison.
The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking here. Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
Support Christmas Sharing this holiday season
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 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
- Winter coats, mittens, boots,
- Paper products
- Baby wipes and diapers
- Baby food, baby clothes, and toys
- Face/body soap
- Cleaning supplies
- Nonperishable goods
- Cash donations
Christmas Sharing tables are near the main doors through the first week of December.
Thank you so much for all your support and together we can make a difference.
Questions? Please contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison Social Worker, at Lisa.email@example.com
Coming soon: Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) testing
For the 2018-2019 School Year, please note that all second graders will be screened for PACE in February 2018 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in December 2017. 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 2018-2019 classes:
3rd Grade PACE Mathematics
3rd Grade PACE Reading
In March 2018, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled in 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. 12, 2018. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments, will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2018-2019 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 for 2018-2019.
Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, 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, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates and times prior to testing.
Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website www.cusd200.org under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms
Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email PACE@cusd200.org with any questions.
Help enhance education at your child's school
The Student Excellence Foundation has partnered with the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council in creating a Fund-a-Classroom, crowdfunding program, where educators can submit proposals for their classroom needs.
Madison Elementary has the following projects available for your contributions:
First grade is asking for iPads for each classroom:
You can support a specific classroom by donating online or mailing a check to:
Student Excellence Foundation P.O. Box 253 Wheaton, IL 60187
When mailing a check, please include the name of the project you are supporting so it will be correctly applied to that classroom.
Contribute pictures, order your yearbook
Multicultural Day photos are needed for use in the yearbook. Please use the link below to upload your candid images, Please be sure to create an account using this passcode if you are having trouble uploading photos.
Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please click here to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.
If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, this link includes all orders as Nov. 13, 2017.
Please consider joining the Yearbook Committee. There are many opportunities to help from taking photos of special events, to creating actual yearbook pages using TreeRing, to helping with group picture day in January and many more.
If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend District 200 Parenting Seminars
How to Raise Resilient Children with Jackie Rhew, LCPC, CADC
Wed., Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Rd., Wheaton
This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement for the child. Factors that contribute to school avoidant behaviors as well as early identification of maladaptive coping responses will be explored. Attendees will learn how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.
SPANISH PRESENTATION - Does Your Child Have a Smartphone? Learn How to Keep Your Child Safe with Ferney Ramirez March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Johnson Elementary School, 2S700 Continental Drive, Warrenville
Parents, Teens, Parties & the Law - Panel Discussion with State’s Attorney Bob Berlin, Dr. Michael Maniacci and Social Worker Marc Anderson
Thurs., April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, 1920 S. Wiesbrook Rd
Your child wants to attend or host a party where alcohol will be present. How do you handle this? What are the legal implications for children who drink underage? What are the legal implications for parents who host parties where alcohol is present? Parents will learn the strategies to have conversations with their children that focus on the potential outcomes of attending a party with alcohol present and also how to help their child decline invitations to parties.
Registration is free. Call or text Traci at (630) 270-9678 or email email@example.com to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content, contact Traci Burnham at (630) 784-7226.
Support the butterfly garden
Do you have a passion for gardening? Would you like to see a butterfly garden put in at Madison School? The Go Green Committee is considering putting in a pollinator garden that would include native perennials and attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. The students would learn about how plants grow in the Illinois Prairie landscape and why these plants are important for many insects and birds as well as provide a beautiful garden space.
The garden would require some maintenance over the summer. If you and/or your family would be willing to commit to weeding once or more in the spring or over summer please contact the Go Green Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you registered for the PTA yet?
Become a member of the PTA . As a member you have access to the digital all school directory Directory Spot, which lets you be in contact with other families as well as provides information about Madison School.
Your membership also goes to support the many fun programs and events such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Field Trips, Class Parties, Math Club, Chess Club, Battle of the Books, Conservation Committee, Meet and Treat, Winter Carnival, Field Day, and more!
Sign Up is easy. Simply click on this link and follow instructions. There is an option to pay by credit card online or print a form and return to the office with cash or check.
There are many ways to volunteer both behind the scenes and in the school. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, simply click this link and follow instructions to sign up for a committee of your choice.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown at email@example.com
General Mills Box Tops for Education Challenge
Please save General Mills Box Tops and send them to the LLC. Madison earns 10 cents for every General Mills Box top. Thank you to Mrs. Spires for heading up this effort. Last year we purchased many copies of the new Rebecca Caudill, Monarch, and Bluestem Award Book Nominees.