Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / May 26, 2017

Thank you Explore More Day volunteers

The Explore More Day committee would like to thank the 150+ volunteers that helped our students “explore” something new this year. It is an amazing day that could not be possible without all of our volunteers and our partnerships with local businesses.

We would like to give a special thank you to the following parents and local businesses for offering their time and talents by teaching one of our enriching classes: Mash Angolkar, Kim Austin, Rachel Bailey, Melissa Bianco, Kirsten Borrink, Ross Brown, Megan Burke, Theresa Cutlan, Jen Denson, Cub Scout Pack 335, DuPage Cheer & Power Tumbling, Dave Eddington, Monica Fahey, Fermilab’s Jerry Zimmerman, Jim Fiorato, Kim Franch, Leigh Ann Gaul, Paul Gorski, Tyler Gorski, Heather Green, Lenn Hann, Home Depot of Carol Stream, Adam Ippolito, Julie Ippolito, Jaime Kammerzell, The Lauer Foundation - Bruce & Rene Lauer, Mr. Lee’s Science Magic, Louise Kirkman, Jed Klink, Julie Klink, Nicole Klotz, Mad Science of Chicago’s Western Suburbs, Janet Mathis, Mark Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, Moves Dance Studio, Dawnelle Muff, Ian Olson, Megan Orr, Alis Priebe, Tone Rosen, Sybil Scaccia, Margit Spires, Bob Stelletello, Jaime Szafranski, The Traveling World of Reptiles, John Weber, Charles Welch from the DuPage Art League, The Wheaton Police Department, WWSHS Baseball team, WWSHS Basketball team, WWSHS Football team, WWSHS Golf team, WWSHS Softball team, and the WWSHS Volleyball team.

Thank you to the Kindergarten planning team - Jaime Kammerzell and Tone Rosen, and the 1st grade planning team - Theresa Cutlan & Kim Franch in addition to the numerous volunteers in those grades for organizing an exciting day for our youngest Madison students.

We would also like to thank the Hospitality committee for offering our volunteers breakfast to start Explore More Day off right. In addition, thank you Dawn Draus and Michele Triscik for planning a delicious lunch for all our volunteers. A special thanks to Capri Pizza and Jersey Mike's for providing food at a discount for our event.

Lastly, we would like say a huge THANK YOU to Jim Fiorato for creating our very own Explore More Day Registration program. This program remarkably simplified the registration process and we will be able to use the program year after year. It is truly awesome and we greatly appreciate all the time Jim spent developing it.

As a final note, we are seeking new co-chairs to “shadow” our current chairs for next year’s Explore More Day. If you are interested or would like to learn more about the role please email

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Watch the 5th Grade Highlight Video

As part of this year’s 5th grade celebration, we created a highlight video that features pictures of the students during their years of K-5th grade at Madison. You are welcome to view the video on Youtube.

For the safety and privacy of our students, this is an “unlisted” link, which means only people that have this particular link will be able to view the video. You will not be able to find the video through a general Youtube search.

Parents and students are welcome to download their own copy of the highlight video. It is easiest to do this from Madison PTA’s shared Google drive. Please use the following link if you would like to save a copy of the video to your own personal computer or device:

Madison Class of 2017 Highlight Video for Download

Thank you to all the Madison teachers, staff, and parents who helped our children learn and grow through these precious years.

Conservation Committee to Receive Earth Flag

On Tuesday, May 30, Madison students will receive an Earth Flag that they earned from the Glen Ellyn-based organization SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education). We will join the ranks of many DuPage County organizations and schools who have implemented green practices to earn the flag. In the past two years, the Conservation Committee students have made Earth Day displays, helped with composting in the lunchroom, helped plant trees in the schoolyard, and come up with ideas for less paper waste. The 2nd grade with the help of Mrs. Graham researched conservation practices and made a video to show the entire school. All of the efforts have earned us an Earth Flag that we can proudly display at Madison School.

The Go Green Committee would like to thank Amy Angolkar, Diane Graham, and Lyndee Sears for their work with the Conservation Committee. We'd also like to thank Todd Jacobson and The Morton Arboretum for donating trees and organizing a tree planting event in the schoolyard.

2017-18 Meet & Treat Save the Date

Enjoy summer but mark your calendars for next year’s Meet & Treat on Monday, Aug. 21. All students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, put away school supplies, and yes, eat some treats from the PTA. Students and their families are welcome. Classrooms will be open from 3-4 p.m., and the PTA will be serving treats at 3:30 p.m in the Gym or outside on the back playground, weather permitting. If you are interested in helping serve treats, please email the Meet & Treat Co-Chairs - Julie Schulz, and Shelly Baker,

Thank you Room Parents

On behalf of the entire PTA, thank you to this year's room parents. Your commitment and dedication lasts for the entire school year, and we are so grateful for your efforts. We appreciate all of your thoughtfulness, creativity, and joy you bring to Madison students and teachers.

Kindergarten: Allison Moody, Christina Muelle, Sarah Hackney, Amanda Smith, Lyndee Sears
First Grade: Jaime Szfranski, Meredith Fiebbe, Laura Hines, Megan Savitt, Tone Rosen
Second Grade: Lean Benshoof, Diana Benoist, Melissa Oker, Amy Angolkar, Meghan Orr, Christa Renello
Third Grade: Megan Zorn, Susanne Sheehan, Jennifer Guevara, Megan Savitt
Fourth Grade: Evelyn Mosca, Monica Fahey, Wendy Payne, Megan Day, Korey Day, Janine Shimp
Fifth Grade: Shannon Klopfenstein, Shelly Baker, Jen Doty, Jeanett Hurtado
PACE: Louise Kirkman

Please remember to return your folder with all contents by the last day of school. You may return them to PTA mailbox labeled "Room Parents”. Thank you!

Thank you Madison PTA leaders and volunteers

What an amazing year it's been. Please click here to see all that the PTA has accomplished this year. A huge thank you to the following leaders, plus the countless other volunteers who donated time and finances to make it all happen.

Kristin Olson
Co-president: Rachel Bailey
V.P. of membership: Lisa Thomas
V.P. of ways & means: Suzie Weber
Treasurer: Katie Morris
Secretary: Louise Kirkman
Principal: Tim Callahan
Teacher representative: Lisa Feeley

Audit: Hollie Bourne
Art appreciation: Louise Kirkman
Art to remember: Suzie Weber
Battle of the Books: Janet Mathis
Junior Battle of the Books: Julie Schulz, Dawn Draus
Beautification: Paul Franch, Todd Jacobson
Chess Club: Sam Hurtado
Communications: Sarah Johnson, Jaime Kammerzell, Amy Fiorato
Council Delegate: Lisa Thomas
Cultural arts: Kirsten Borrink
Dining for dollars: Suzie Weber
Directory: Sarah Johnson, Kristin Olson,
Explore More Day: Amy Fiorato, Kristin Olson
Field Day: Monica Fahey
Fifth grade celebration: Sybil Scaccia, Carolynne Struebing
Go Green: Lisa Thomas
Hospitality: Rachel Bailey
LLC Coordinator: Kathryn Medanic
Madison Cares: Misse Roberts
Math Club: Rachel Bailey, Christina Hull, Jody Gosain
Meet & Treat: Megan Day, Jaime Szfranski
Multicultural Day: Tone Rosen, Kristin Olson, Rachel Bailey
New Family Welcoming: Jennifer Hasbrouck, Misse Roberts, Julie Ippolito
Pancake breakfast & book swap: Monica Fahey, Meghan Orr
Picture Day: Dawnelle Muff, Anne Nigrelli
Reflections: Christina Hull
Room parent coordinator: Margit Spires
Room parties coordinator: Michele Triscik

Run-A-Thon: Sybil Scaccia, Michele Triscik, Debbi Gonzalez, Cecilia Horejs
Scholarship representative: Janet Mathis
School supplies: Kathryn Medanic
Spirit Wear: Abby May, Hollie Bourne
Staff appreciation: Janine Shimp
Trivia night: Stephanie Brown
Winter carnival: Suzie Weber, Kelly Styrkowicz
Yearbook: Dawn Draus, Megan Savitt

Volunteer for a leadership role

Are you ready to step into a leadership role? There are many committees that currently are in need of a chair for the 2017-2018 school year. Please consider chairing one of these important PTA committees/clubs:

Chess Club

Explore More Day (need co-chairs to assist current chairs and carry forward)

Field Day (need co-chair to assist current chair and carry forward)

Screen Free Week Committee Chair

Please contact Rachel Bailey at or Kristin Olson at if you are interested in any of these positions. If you're willing to serve as a committee/club chair but are unsure of what would be a good fit, let us know, we'll be happy to discuss the various roles with you.

Pre-order 2017-2018 school supplies

Are you already dreading the school supply rush in August? Do you hate the thought of running all over town to find the right school supplies? Let the PTA help you! The PTA is now selling school supply kits for next year. This is offered as a convenience for parents, not as a PTA fundraiser.

All Madison students should have brought home a school supply order form. If you did not receive one, you can print one out from the Madison PTA website. Paper orders are due by May 26, while online orders can be made through July 15. Please note, sales tax will be added to all online orders.

All families are encouraged to order online at; however, paper orders will also be accepted. School supply kits will be delivered to your child's classroom by August 21st. If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Medanic at

Pre-order Edison school supply Kits

Attention 5th grade parents! Order school supplies by June 5 and your child’s kit will be shipped to Edison for free and s/he can pick it up on locker set-up day. Orders after June 5 will be shipped to your home or office. Last day to order is July 21. Easy online ordering without need for a login. Phone orders also accepted. Parents will be able to modify the student kit (i.e., to remove items they already have). See School Supply Kit Flyer for more information. Questions? Contact Krista Foley at

PTA registration is now open for 2017-18

Get a head start and become a member of the PTA for the upcoming school year. 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 Lisa Thomas at

2017 - 2018 Reflections Theme Announced

The 2017-2018 National Reflections theme is “Within Reach”. Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Entries are due early in the school year, so interested students are encouraged to work on their entry over the summer. For more information, visit the PTA Reflections website
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Battle of the Books volunteers needed

Soon after school starts in the fall, Madison's Battle of the Books program will begin. Now that your kids are in fourth and fifth grade, it's harder to find volunteer opportunities where you can actually work with your child. Battle of the Books is a fun way to be with your child and get to know other fourth and fifth graders. Battle meets weekly during the recess portion of the lunch hour. Team up with a few of your friends and rotate weeks, or be with your group each week--the choice is yours. Each group reads 12-13 books. See the full list here. If you're interested in this wonderful opportunity, please email Janet Mathis,

Attention incoming 2017-2018 kindergarteners

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2017, please call the school office (630-682-2095) so they may add your child’s name to the Madison kindergarten list. When you call you will receive important information regarding the registration process along with important dates.

Please share this news article with any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener.

Register for WWSHS summer camps

Wheaton Warrenville South offers various summer camp course offerings for all ages. Click here to find the course description, date and fees, along with the Summer Recreation registration link. All registration is done online. Questions? Please contact the athletic office at 630-784-7243.

Save General Mills Box Tops for Education

Please save General Mills Box Tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in. 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. Thank you for your support.

Order from Amazon and raise money for Madison

The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Save the dates

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

May 29: No School

May 31: Last Day of School

Aug. 21: Meet & Treat

Aug. 23: First day of 2017-2018 school year

Aug. 24: First day of school for Kindergarten

Aug. 24: Curriculum Night

Aug. 31: Curriculum Night

Aug. 31: Picture Day

Sept. 20 & 21: Run-A-Thon

Oct. 21: Trivia Night

Nov. 17: Multicultural Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.