Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / March 5, 2021

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Join the Reading Celebration!  This year, instead of our traditional reading incentive program, students will participate in “Madison’s March Madness Reading Celebration”.  Each day beginning in March, and lasting for 16 days (Sweet Sixteen), students will enjoy viewing staff members read a favorite picture book through the Google Classroom platform.  Students will keep a running bracket sheet to record their own personal favorites.  When students return from Spring Break, they will participate in a fun reading celebration ceremony! VA students: Stay tuned for more information from Mr. Callahan regarding participation in the reading incentive!
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Yearbook Reminders

Have Questions? Contact Yearbook Chief Editor Megan Savitt.

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District 200: Return to Learn Updates

Through the "Return to Learn" efforts, the district is aiming for 6/1 to establish full day in-person elementary learning opportunity for 2021-22 School Year. HERE is a full look at the plan.

Currently, the district is working with various providers to get teachers and staff vaccinated by early March.

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Madison Cares: March Volunteering Highlight - DuPage Pads

DuPage Pads is a local organization making a huge impact in our community! Their mission is to end homelessness through interim housing and continued support services (help finding long term housing and secure employment).

DuPage Pads is primarily run by volunteers, and there are many ways students and parents can help be part of the solution!

  • Start by visiting the website to get inspired!

  • Outside of COVID, families and church organizations are needed to volunteer for overnight shifts to set up the sleeping pads, and prepare meals to be distributed in the evening

  • Create a fundraiser in your neighborhood to raise funds to donate (lemonade stand, selling homemade items)

  • Cook or buy a freezer meal to bring to an interim housing location

  • Organize a donation drive through scout troops, church groups, etc.

  • Gather urgently needed donation items (see website for detailed list):

    • New clothes, especially sweatshirts

    • Paper towels

    • Laundry detergent

    • Gift cards for basic needs

    • Non-perishable food items, especially microwavable meals (ramen, mac-n-cheese cups), tuna, crackers, peanut butter

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DE&I Updates and Ways to Get Involved

Input Requested

  • DEI Survey: How is CUSD 200 doing on matters relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? We invite ALL community members to fill out this 5-minute, anonymous survey that will help guide our DEI efforts.

Opportunities To Get Involved

  • DEI Book Club: All ages are welcome to participate in our newly forming book club. We are planning to read two books per year. To learn more and to help guide our planning, please fill out this form.
  • DEI Committee: Interested in participating in the work of DEI200? Sign up to get involved.


Check out these resources from Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President emerita of Spelman College and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria:

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Extracurricular activities are returning after spring break! Mr. Yi has begun practicing with the Madison band and orchestra again! The district enhanced the air-handling system in areas where musicians play, and students were provided with special masks and coverings for their instruments, allowing them to play safely.After Spring Break, Mrs. Feeley and Mrs. Acharya will bring back the Madison Running Club! All 4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate. Stay tuned for more details.
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Upcoming Events

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PTA Meeting Schedule and Minutes

The next Madison PTA meeting is on March 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Watch your inbox for the link. You can view the full meeting schedule for the year and access minutes from previous meetings on the Madison PTA website.

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Madison PTA 2020-2021 Executive Board

President: Beth Tatro

President-Elect: Lauren DeReus

V.P. Membership: Keri Widmer

V.P. Ways and Means: Heather Button and Kate Kessler

Treasurer: Meredith Sharpee

Secretary: Jessica Houston

See the list of committee chairs

If you have any questions about Madison Memos or would like to submit an item for a future issue, please email Debbie McCraw and Alison Bruder at You can view the publication schedule and previous issues on the PTA website.