Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / September 7, 2018

Run for a cause

Game on Madison! The 2018 Run-a-Thon will run as follows:

Wednesday, September 19th

9:20 a.m. 3rd Grade
10:10 a.m. Kindergarten
11:00 a.m. 4th Grade

Thursday, September 20th
9:20 a.m. 5th Grade
10:10 a.m. 1st Grade
11:00 a.m. 2nd Grade

The students will be bringing home more information and fundraising sheets in the next few weeks. As a reminder, the Run-a-Thon funds programs such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, School Assemblies, Class Parties and many other wonderful programs that make Madison a special place to send our kids to school.

A few slight changes to note for this year's Run-a-Thon:

(1) a lap sheet will NOT be sent home following the run. Instead, look to your child's t-shirt generously donated by Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics for the lap count.

(2) The class in each grade that runs the most laps (avg per student) will win an extra roller skating session with Mr. Cortesi AND will be entered to win the grand prize.

Finally, we are also looking for volunteers for both days to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you are interested in helping please email Heidi Coppersmith at with which day(s) work best for you. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Abby May, Danielle Bauer, Cecilia Horejs.

Order the Madison yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2018-2019 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. For those new to the school, Madison Elementary School yearbooks cannot be ordered on ParentVue or Synergy as with the middle school and high school yearbooks. Our yearbook is 52 full color pages that include many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year.

Please click here to order and pay with a credit card or check. The passcode is 1014308585474714.

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 orders and more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus and Megan Savitt at

2018 - 2019 Reflections Participants Wanted

Calling all artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, photographers and writers! The PTA Reflections Program is now underway. This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me”. Use your imagination to creatively express this theme through artwork, writing, dance, film, photography and/or music.

You can find the entry form and rules for each specific category at the following site:

Please submit all completed projects (with entry form) by Wednesday, Oct. 24 to the main office. If you have any questions, contact Christina Hull at

Join the Trivia Night committee

Sign up now for the Trivia Night committee. This is one of Madison’s major fundraisers held on October 20 that funds a lot of the programs in which your children participate both in or out of the classroom. This is an adult-only fundraiser, so enjoy a night out with friends while benefiting your school. There are many ways you can help. Sign up on signup genius or email to volunteer.

Help clean up Madison grounds

Everyone is welcome to join us for Madison Beautification Day. This is a service project sponsored by the Madison Girl Scout Troops in conjunction with the Madison PTA. But all students and parents are welcome to join in the fun. Our goal is to make the school a more beautiful place to be by doing weeding, trimming shrubs, mulching and general clean up of the school grounds. Mark your calendars for Sun., Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-Noon.

Contact Melissa Simon for more details at

Volunteer in the LLC

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 can 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

Become a member of the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA

Joining WWSNPTA is now easier that ever with our online enrollment. Become a member of the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA today.

Anyone who has interest in the welfare of special needs children can be a member, including parents, families, teachers, school administrators, social workers, therapists, students and friends. Your dues will help us run important programs such as:

  • Special Needs Resource Fair
  • Springing into Sports and Fun
  • Staff Grants
  • Student Scholarships

Join online -

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LLC teaches students to check out and in books

Madison’s Library Learning Center is ready for an exciting year. Students have checked out books and learned about taking care of books and returning books on time. During the year, students will hear book talks, explore authors and illustrators, learn how to find books on their own using the Computer Catalog, research a variety of topics, use technology, and create in the GetFIT Lab. Third, fourth and fifth graders learned how to check out and in their library books. Fifth graders are participating in a “Library Boot Camp,” where they have 12 days of intensive library review to become independent library users and to learn how to help other students in the library.

Students may check out materials anytime during the school day with their teacher’s permission. Weekly, kindergartners check out two books, first graders check out three books, second graders begin with one and will work their way to six books. Third, fourth, and fifth graders may check out six books. No fines are charged for overdue books, but if a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.

Reading and being read to is a wonderful experience. Please feel free to visit Madison’s Library Learning Center and explore it for yourself. I look forward to working with your children this year.

Mrs. Graham, Library Learning Center Director

Join Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 335 is looking for boys in grades K-5 who would like to join Scouting. Come to our kickoff meeting in the Madison gym on Friday, Sep. 7 at 7 p.m. For more information, email

Save General Mills box tops

Please save General Mills box tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top received. Thank you to Cecilia Horjes for heading up this effort. We purchased many copies of award books for the library. Thank you for your support.

Save the dates

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

Sept. 17: PTA Meeting @ noon

Sept. 19 & 20: Run-a-Thon

Sept. 21: Institute Day. No school.

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.