Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / May 21, 2021

Thank You, Madison PTA Volunteers!

The Madison PTA would like to thank the many volunteers who made this year successful. It was certainly a unique year, and many of our programs and fundraisers looked different this year. All of the volunteers found creative ways to make this a special and memorable year for all of our students.

A Special Thank You to the 2020-2021 Committee Chairs

Amy Angolkar (Madison Cares), Melissa Bianco (Run-A-Thon), Alison Bruder (Communications), Heather Button (Butterbraid, Council Delegate), Patrick Coffey (Field Day), Heidi Coppersmith (Room Parent/Party Coordinator, Spirit Wear), Megan Day (Fifth Grade Celebration), Heather Graf (Madison Cares, Meet and Treat), Cecilia Horejs (Picture Day, Run-A-Thon), Christina Hull (Math Club, Reflections), Julie Ippolito (Fifth Grade Celebration, New Family Welcoming), Todd Jacobson (Beautification), Debbie McCraw (Communications, VA Room Parents), Katie Morris (New Family Welcoming), Andrea O'Shea (Spirt Wear), Sarah Perkins (Run-A-Thon, Scholarship Representative), Megan Savitt (Yearbook), Janine Shimp (Staff Appreciation), Beth Tatro (Explore More Day), Lisa Thomas (Go Green), Keri Widmer (Directory), Brittney Zeller (School Supplies)

Thank You to This Year's Room Parents

Morgan Bainbridge, Danielle Bauer, Diana Benoist, Anshu Bera, Melissa Bianco, Catherine Campos, Emily Carmichael, Michele Cechini, Michelle Clousing, Lindsay Cochrane, Heidi Coppersmith, Tania Harvey, Mary Henderson, Danielle Kerger, Kate Kessler, Lauren Laster, Abby May, Andrea O’Shea, Karri Paxon, Ambika Reid, Abby Richardson, Christy Riggs, Lauren Roman, Janine Shimp, Emily Tasch, Colleen Turner, Jill Weck, Keri Widmer, Lindsay Wilkinson, Brittney Zeller

Thank You, Madison PTA Board Members!

At the May 10 Madison PTA meeting, the slate of executive board officers was passed by unanimous vote.

Thank you to our outgoing executive board for all of your work during the 2020-21 school year:

  • 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

And congratulations to our new executive board:

  • President: Lauren DeReus
  • President-Elect: Debbie McCraw
  • Membership: Keri Widmer (second term)
  • Ways and Means: Kate Kessler (second term) and Diana Benoist
  • Treasurer: Meredith Sharpee (second term)
  • Secretary: Heather Graf

You can access the minutes from all of this year's Madison PTA meetings on the website.

Pre-Order School Supplies Now for 2021-22

As a service to parents, the PTA is now selling school supply kits for the 2021-22 school year. Carlson's Paint, Glass and Art store in Wheaton will assemble each kit and will have them ready for your student when they return to school in the fall.

Due to our current circumstances, we will not be accepting paper orders this year. All orders must be placed online by June 27th through Carlson's website. Please note that sales tax will be added to all online orders.

Explore More Day 2021

Explore More Day 2021 will take place in class across the week of June 1. In-person Madison teachers will be doing Explore More Day activities with their students at different times throughout the week. Mr. Callahan will lead an Explore More Day activity for VA students during Tuesdays at 2 on June 1. The Madison PTA will help fund the purchase and coordination of curriculum and supplies for these activities. Special thanks to Mr. Callahan, Mrs. Feeley and all the Madison teachers for making this special event happen!

ISO Our Next Madison Paw Prints Yearbook Editor

The Madison PTA is looking for volunteers for the 2021-22 school year. Check out our website to learn more about the different committees and positions.

IMMEDIATE NEED: We are looking for a new Yearbook Editor for next year. The work actually begins this month, with getting pictures of Explore More Day and Field Day. Please contact Megan Savitt with questions or if you're interested.

Stay tuned for a complete, updated Signup Genius form for the 2021-22 school year. We’ll share the link on Facebook and via email when it’s open for new volunteers.

Granting Teacher Wishes with PTA Funds

Thank you for your support of the Madison PTA! We were able to fund teacher wishlists multiple times throughout the year. Check out the Madison PTA Facebook Group for photos from Mrs. Emma, Mrs. Cruz and Mrs. Bailey. Thank you, Meredith Sharpee, for coordinating teacher wish lists!

District 200: Board Meeting Updates

Communications Updates

Keep up with all District 200 news in the centralized newsroom. All stories and Board Highlights that the District sends are archived in this location. The newsroom can be found at

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

CUSD 200 has partnered with Walgreens to host a vaccine clinic at Pleasant Hill Elementary School on Saturday, May 22. Any community member who is eligible for the vaccine may register to get one at the clinic. Learn more and register online.

District 200 Summer Learning Acceleration Opportunities

COVID-19 has impacted students in all different ways. District 200 is taking a comprehensive approach to analyze all students’ needs and determine programming to accelerate learning. This approach includes analyzing multiple data sources. A one-size-fits-all approach cannot meet all students' needs to accelerate learning; therefore, numerous summer opportunities have been designed. The full list of summer learning opportunities can be found on the District website at Families should contact their building administrator with questions about these programs.

Join DEI200 for a Virtual Cooking Class

Celebrating the beautiful diversity within District 200 through cooking is a great way to learn something new about a culture you aren't familiar with, get to know your neighbor, and have a fun family activity to share with your child. During this free, virtual event, Rachel Bautista will be sharing a Bolivian dish. She will walk attendees through the steps of the cooking process and share her insights on the Bolivian recipe. All attendees will receive a grocery list upon registration so they can purchase the ingredients prior to the event.

This event will be held on May 26th at 7 p.m. via Zoom. To reserve your spot, please email Stasi Brown.

Upcoming Events

  • May 22: District 200 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, Pleasant Hill Elementary School
  • May 26: DEI200 Virtual Cooking Class, 7 p.m.
  • May 31: No School/Memorial Day
  • June 1-4: Explore More Day
  • June 3: Mobile Food Pantry, Hubble Middle School, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • June 4: Fifth Grade Celebration
  • June 8-9: Field Day
  • June 9: Board of Education Meeting, Hubble Middle School, 7 p.m.
  • June 10: Mobile Food Pantry, Monroe Middle School, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • June 10: Last Day of School
  • June 27: School Supply Pre-Order Deadline

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.