Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / December 8, 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, 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 here. 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.

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Go Green to recycle holiday lights

The Go Green Committee will once again be collecting holiday lights for recycling. The collection box is set up in the school office and we’ll be collecting through January 19, 2018.

This collection is in partnership with the City of Wheaton. It will accept incandescent and LED lights and extension cords in any condition. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. Any questions please contact the Go Green Club at

Support Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA - Dine out

Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA Dine Out event at Jakes Pizza!

Twenty percent (20%) of sales will benefit Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA. Valid for dine-in, pick-up or delivery at:

Jake’s Pizza in Winfield

27W101 Geneva Rd.


No Coupons or Discount Cards may be used for this program

Dates: Tues., Dec. 12 and Wed., Dec. 13 - whichever works best!

Time: All Day – Lunch and dinner

**Present this coupon to the Jake’s Pizza employee**

Participate in the Wellness Bingo Challenge

The Health & Wellness Committee is sponsoring a Madison Health and Fitness Bingo Challenge for students beginning on Jan. 8, 2018 with a turn in date of Feb. 2, 2018. The Bingo card has instructions.

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Questions? Contact Mary Lynn McCafferty (

Thank You for Supporting Madison Multicultural Day 2017

Multicultural Day is a true celebration of our community’s diverse cultures. This Madison tradition could not have been possible without the help of the following parents, grandparents, extended family members, consulate members, Language Star representatives, and former Madison families:

Nicole Archer, Cameron Armstrong, Humberto Ayala, Craig Babich, Morgan Bainbridge, Shelly Baker, Danielle Bauer, Kari Becker, Melissa Bianco, Justin Biggs, Kirsten Borrink, Susana Sitges Breiter, Stephanie Brown, Michelle Cechini, Robyn Choate, Lindsay Cochrane, Tomomi Collins, Carrie Conover, Heidi Coppersmith, Joe Cortesi, Karen Dawson, Jennifer Denson, Brooke DeYoung, Sarah Dickinson, Rara Dragan, Dawn Draus, Carol Eisinger, Monica Fahey, Lesley Feinsot, Amy Fiorato, Trixie Fellenz & BASP, Lory Gallagher, Emily Garrity, Gina Garza, Victoria Gaudette, Debbie Gonzalez, Sarah Gochee, Thomas Grace, Heather Green, Becky Grout, Jess Harris, Cecilia Horejs, Lifei Huang, Barb Ioli, Roland James, Louise Kirkman, Nicole Klotz, Bruce & Rene Lauer, Chrissy Ligler, Cate Mascari, Janet Mathis, Lizette McNellis, Laura Meza, Vandana Mody, Alison Monette, Evelyn Mosca, Marla Mothershed, Michele Mowrer, Kristin Olson, Meghan Orr, Christina Mueller, Andrea O'Shea, Natalija Peters, John Phanthavong, Sviatlana Prakofyeva, Ambika Reid, Abby Richardson, Eduardo & Kelly Rodriquez, Megan Savitt, Lyndee Sears, Susanne Shehan, Melissa Simon, Gina Smethells, Marie Solstrand, Kelly Styrkowicz, Jaime Szfranski, Lisa Thomas, Michele Trisick, Colleen Turner, Anne, Bethany, and PaigeValente, WWSHS Key Club, Bridget Wade, Suzie Weber, Emily Wiezorek, Tasha Williams, Penny Wilson, Grant Yoder, and Megan Zorn.

A special thanks to the following local businesses for donating or discounting items for the luncheon: Capri Pizza and Pasta, Chuy’s, Jewel, and Panda Express. Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated!

Tone Rosen and Rachel Bailey

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 under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email 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.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Bailey (

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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

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 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

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.

Save the dates

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

Dec. 19: Winter concert

Dec. 22: Kindergarten Winter Concert at 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 22: Winter classroom parties

Dec. 25 - Jan. 5: Winter break

Jan. 15: No school

Jan. 22: No school

Jan. 27: Pancake breakfast

Feb. 10: Winter carnival

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.