Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 10, 2015

Recognize outstanding teachers and staff

Has your student been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? Please pick up an Inspiration Nomination form in the Madison PTA President mailbox by the copy room or download it here for your child to fill out. Crayon, pencil, stickers and/or pictures in the margins are all a welcome personal touch. Simply send it into the Madison office or send directly to the District 200 Public Relations Office at 130 W Park Ave., Wheaton, IL 60189.

If your student would prefer to fill out an online nomination form, you can find it here.

Questions? Contact Erica Loiacono at 630-682-2469 or

2015-2016 Madison PTA officers nominated

At the general membership meeting held on March 19th, the PTA nominating committee announced their nomination slate for the executive committee to serve in the 2015-2016 school year. These individuals have accepted their nomination as follows:

PTA Co-President: Julie Ippolito, second term ending 6-2016

PTA Co-President: Kristin Olson, first term ending 6-2016

First Vice President of Membership: Monica Fahey, second term ending 6-2016

Second Vice President of Ways & Means: Suzanne Weber, first term ending 6-2016

Treasurer: Jennifer Pashup-Graham, second term ending 6-2016

Secretary: Louise Kirkman, first term ending 6-2016

The officer election will take place at the next general membership meeting on April 16 at 12 p.m. Anyone interested in serving as an officer on the executive committee may also be nominated from the floor at this time. The person seeking office must have been a member of the PTA for at least the last 30 days, and the person nominating them must have their prior consent. We welcome all PTA members to participate in the election of next year’s officers. We hope to see you there!

For questions, contact Sarah Johnson, or 630-588-8468.

Roller skating week needs volunteers

Next week is roller skating week in P.E., and you could help put smiles on kids' faces. If you can spare some time, students could use your assistance getting skates on and off, making sure wrist guards and helmets are on correctly, and putting skates away. If you'd like to help, please let Mr. Cortesi know:

Gaga has come to Madison!

As you may have heard from your kids, Madison now has a Gaga pit! The low wooden structure lets kids play a fast moving, more inclusive type of dodgeball. It also allows many children to participate at one time. It is a great game for kids at all levels of athleticism. Our thanks to Mr. Cortesi for spearheading its installation, and to John Weber and Greg Graham for their assistance in building it. Your PTA funds enabled us to pay for this exciting new piece of playground equipment, and the kids love it!

Madison raises money and awareness for St. Baldrick's

This year, Madison raised more than $23,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation (and the number keeps growing!) That makes a two-year total of more than $43,000 raised. Your kids are making a difference in the lives of others.

Madison's St. Baldrick's assembly also created media coverage. Check out the articles from the Daily Herald, Triblocal and Wheaton Patch:

Register for Explore More Day classes

The new online class registration is now open for 2nd – 5th graders at You can find links to the class registration form and the class descriptions on the right side of the web page. Registration will be open until Tues., Apr 14.

ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS! We need lots of help to make this the best day of the year. If you are able to volunteer, please submit your information on the bottom of your child’s class registration form. If you have any questions, please contact your Explore More Day Co-Chairs, Kristin Olson and Amy Fiorato, at

Battle of the Books team wins award

Madison's Battle of the Books team won the Wheaton Public Library's award for most participants again this year. Since the turn of the century, Madison's team has won this award almost every year! Madison had 33 fourth and fifth graders competing, more than any other school. The team also won a meet with a score of 76 (just one question shy of a perfect score!) Congratulations to all the Battlers, including those kids who didn't compete at the Wheaton Public Library.

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Donations needed for Staff Appreciation Week Raffle

Teacher appreciation week is one month away. We would like to hold a raffle as a fun activity to show the Madison Staff how much we appreciate their daily efforts educating and caring for our children. If you have an item that you can donate (gift certificate, sporting event tickets, etc.), please contact Janine Shimp at

Market Day is a yummy way to help Madison

Madison participates in a monthly fundraising food program called Market Day. **NEW this month there are 3 different options to order FRESH PRODUCE**

Each month, restaurant-quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants are available for purchase. Market Day products are competitively priced and our PTA will earn profit on all purchases. Last year Market Day sales helped Madison raise nearly $2,000. These monies helped fund Multicultural Day, Explore More Day and many other important events for our students.

It's easy to participate. Simply order online at or return the Order Guide to school. Pick up your order on the designated day and enjoy delicious, quick-to-prepare foods for your family.

Online orders for the April sale are due by 11 p.m. on Fri. April 17. Pickup is right after school on Wed. April 22 from 3:30-4 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Michele Triscik ( or Amy Schmidt (

Stuff for the Poor shoe drive

Are you spring cleaning? Set aside your unwanted gently used shoes for the Madison Cares April service project -- Stuff for the Poor. This charity collects and sells used shoes to adults and children in Uganda and Haiti. A local buyer buys the items and resells them at a fair price, providing wearable shoes to those in need. Proceeds from the shoe sales help cover educational expenses for children in these villages.

The shoe drive begins Wed., April 15-Mon., April 27. Questions? Email Shannon Klopfenstein at

Attend the social media parent seminar

Do you know where your children are online? Melissa Hemzacek, LSW and Internet Safety Specialist from the High Tech Crimes Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, is scheduled to give an online safety for children and teens presentation at Hubble Middle School on Tues., April 28 at 7 p.m. This presentation is open to all D200 parents; however, the district does ask that you RSVP for the event here.

Family Day of Play

The Wheaton Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative is hosting a Family Day of Play for the District 200 community on Sat., Apr. 11 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. This FREE event will feature activities for children and resources for their parents. Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members are invited. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Questions? Contact Erica Loiacono at 630-682-2469 or

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Help needed for dental clinic

Madison's school nurse needs 1-2 volunteers to help with the dental clinic on Fri., Apr. 17. Hours would be 9:20-noon, and if there are any students left, it would resume at 1 p.m. Please email Janet Mathis if you can help,

Enroll in Summer Camps

Enrollment for the 2015 WW South Summer Recreation Camps is open. Programs available include badminton, baseball, basketball, cheer, track, cross country, dance, football, golf, softball, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and swimming.

Incoming kindergartner registration

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2015, please call the school office at 630-682-2095 to add your child’s name to our kindergarten list and to obtain information on registration. Please pass this information to any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartner. Thank you!

Plunge into Fitness Logs - Due April 13

Turn in your completed Raging Waves Plunge into fitness log to your teacher by Mon., April 13. You will get your FREE Raging Waves weekday pass from your teacher before the end of May. It’s simple and fun! Extra fitness logs are available in the front office or contact Sybil Scaccia at

Run the Trek for Tech 5k

Join the fun & family-friendly 5k on April 25 to help increase access to technology in the classroom in District 200.

Sign up to walk or run the annual 5k Human Race by Giving DuPage. Friends or friends that want to support your 'trek', can donate here. Thank you!

Incoming Edison parent meeting

Attention 5th grade parents. Edison will host the 5th grade parent orientation on Wed., Apr 29 from 7-8 pm in Edison's auditorium.

Missing something? Check lost and found

Please have your student check the lost and found on the tables across from the gym. There are many very nice clothing items, mittens, hats, etc.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

Upgrading to a new tablet? Donate your old one to Madison

Madison teachers have found many ways for refurbished iPads/other tablets /handheld devices to complement the curriculum. Simply take your old device into Madison’s office during school hours of 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the staff will make sure it’s put to good use in the classroom. Please let your friends and relatives know too! Donations are tax-deductible.

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Save the dates

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

Apr. 13-17: Roller skating

Apr. 16: PTA General Membership Meeting at noon

Apr. 25: New200 Foundation 5K

Apr. 27-29: PARCC Testing

Apr. 29: 5th grade parent Edison orientation

May 4: Special Needs PTA meeting, 7:30 p.m.

May 22: Explore More Day

Aug. 17: Meet & Treat

Sept. 3: Picture Day

Sept. 16 & 17: Run-a-thon (rain date is Sept. 18)

Nov. 12: Multicultural Day

Jan. 23, 2016: Pancake breakfast

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.