Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / August 25, 2017

Welcome to another school year at Madison! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Thank you to Shelly Baker and Julie Schulz for last week’s Meet & Treat. It was so fun catching up with friends after summer break.

We are very excited about the year ahead - continuing the Madison traditions of Multicultural Day, Winter Carnival, Pancake Breakfast, and Explore More Day. In addition, we hope that your children can be involved in the PTA sponsored clubs - Battle of the Books, Math Club, Chess Club, and The Conservation Committee.

We could not put on these amazing events and extra-curricular activities without some fundraising. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Run-a-Thon, will be held September 20 and September 21 (Sept. 25 rain date) and our adults-only fundraiser, Trivia Night, will be on Saturday, October 21. Please consider contributing to both these efforts as every dollar raised goes back to the students at Madison (contributions are tax deductible).

Have you joined the PTA? Becoming a member is the easiest way to support our PTA. A family membership is $15 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Please visit the Madison PTA website, and click-on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA Membership, please contact Stephanie Brown at

Can you help? 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 Just click on Committee Sign Up. You will see that the opportunities are endless!

There are two committees that are in need of a chair or co-chairs:

Chess Club

Screen Free Week

If you or you and a friend are interested in chairing or would like more information, please contact Rachel Bailey ( Lisa Thomas (

Our first PTA meeting will be held Wednesday, September 20 at 12:00 p.m. in the music room. We encourage all PTA members to attend. We are always eager to have as much input as possible so that the needs and desires of every Madison student are represented in the decision making process. We even offer an evening meeting for working parents. Here is a schedule of this year’s meetings:

Wednesday, September 20, 12 noon

Wednesday, February 28, at 12 noon

Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

The Executive Board recently met to develop a budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The budget determines how PTA funds are allocated. This budget is available to review by any PTA members by contacting our Treasurer, Katie Morris at The PTA will vote on the budget during our General Membership meeting on September 19.

We are looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to contact any of the officers on the Madison PTA executive committee below with any comments, questions or suggestions. We are always happy to hear from you!

Rachel Bailey, Co-President –

Lisa Thomas, Co-President -

Stephanie Brown, VP of Membership –

Kelly Styrkowicz, VP of Ways and Means –

Katie Morris, Treasurer –

Jaime Sessions, Secretary –

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 Stephanie Brown at

Join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA (WWSNPTA)

Our Mission Statement "To promote enrichment, respect, and inclusivity for all students in our District through education, communication, and opportunities for students, families, and schools to learn and grow together."

Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA is an association formed to provide resources and support for the parents, caregivers, students, and teachers of District 200. Our leadership are all parents of special needs children throughout the district. We believe that no one can better understand the unique challenges of working with and teaching a child with special needs than another parent of a special needs child.

Please join at or contact Sarah Gochee at

Get your "paws" on the new Spirit Wear for 2017

Madison's new spirit wear is on display outside of the school office. Making its debut is a brand new mountain lion logo! Youth and adult sizes are available. Online ordering is available through September 4. All orders will be delivered to your child's classroom. Please be on the lookout for flyers coming home with your child. To view styles and place orders, go to

Questions? Contact Shannon Hainaut at

Participate in the annual Run-A-Thon Fundraiser

Madison’s Run-A-Thon is back again! On Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Thursday, Sept. 21 (rain date is Monday, Sept. 25), Madison’s students and staff will participate in our biggest fundraiser this year.

One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds go directly to Madison PTA. This supports programs such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Cultural Arts, Field Day and many other wonderful programs.

Each participant will receive a Run-A-Thon t-shirt, generously donated by Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics, and has a chance of winning exciting prizes including Madison spirit wear, movie passes, roller skating passes, dinner at Alfie’s Inn Restaurant, games, gift cards, Bowling Party, and much, much more!

Get your running shoes ready! If you’d like to volunteer for this event, please contact Debbi Gonzalez ( Questions please contact Michele Triscik (

Smile for picture day

Mark your calendars - Picture day will be Thursday, August 31. Every child will have their picture taken for the yearbook and a class photo. If you would like to order pictures, order forms will be coming home - check those back packs! Orders can also be placed through the color portraits website:, using school code: 10018601 (this information is also located on the order forms). Extra order forms will be available in the office. If your child is absent, there will be a picture retake day.

Questions, please contact Cecilia Horejs (

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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Register for band and orchestra

Did you know that the District 200 instrumental music program is known throughout Illinois for its excellence?

During the first 2 weeks of school, 5th graders will see, hear, and try out the instruments offered for instruction. Families will have a chance to meet the directors, ask questions, rent instruments, purchase lesson books, and register students for band or orchestra. Registration nights are at Hubble and Monroe Middle Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at Edison and Franklin Middle Schools on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Feel free to drop in; allow about a half hour. The busiest times are from 5:00 to 6:30, when it may take a little longer.

If parents cannot attend these sessions, please contact the band or orchestra teacher from your school. Further information may also be available on teacher classroom pages on school websites. Students younger than 5th grade may also participate in large group rehearsals if they take private lessons outside of school. There is an $80 fee for elementary band or orchestra participation; this is adjusted for students who qualify for exempt or reduced fees.

Please contact the instructor for more information! The band director at Madison is Mike Klos at and the string orchestra director is Natasha Alley at

We hope to see you at registration night!

Battle of the Books volunteers needed

Madison's Battle of the Books program will begin the week of Labor Day. 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 today,

Sign up your fourth/fifth grader for Battle TODAY

If your fourth or fifth grader would like to try Battle of the Books this year, please sign them up today. Here is the flyer that went home this week with more information. Please email Janet Mathis with your child's name, grade and teacher, and please let her know if you can volunteer:

LLC volunteers needed

Our Library Learning Center (LLC) is in need of your support. We are seeking volunteers in both the morning (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (1 - 3:30 p.m.) sessions. Mrs. Graham, our LLC Director, couldn't have the program she has today without your help. Your time is appreciated no matter how often you volunteer, be it every week, every other week, or once a month. Volunteering in the library is a special way parents and grandparents can share in their child's school day. Some of the LLC volunteering activities include shelving, checking materials in and out, preparing displays and bulletin boards, and assisting students and faculty. If you are interested in volunteering in the Madison library, please contact Kathryn Medanic at Thank you for your consideration!!

Volunteer for the book fair

A Great Book Fair Can Never Have Too Many Volunteers!

Dates: Oct. 16 – Oct. 20, 2017

Our school is conducting a Scholastic Book Fair to motivate students to read more. Join our volunteer group and help us plan and conduct our school’s best reading event ever!

Join us if you …

  • like to organize and put things in place

  • bring creative flair to signs and decorations

  • enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up. Set up is Friday, Oct. 13 and take down in Friday, Oct. 20.

  • want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book

We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes.

Contact Mrs. Graham to sign up for a day and time.

Join Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 335 is looking for boys in grades 1-5 who would like to join our Pack. Cub Scouts aims to help elementary aged boys develop character and personal fitness through outdoor activities and become good citizens in our community. Come to our kickoff meeting in the Madison gym, on Friday, Sep. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Fiorato (

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:

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 (K, 3, 5)

Aug. 31: Curriculum Night (1, 2, 4)

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.