Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / March 8, 2019

Buy books at the Book Fair

Madison's Scholastic Book Fair is Mon., March 11 through Thurs., March 14, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will be open Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available from March 3 to March 16.

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Volunteers are also needed to help with the book fair. Please email Mrs. Graham,, with the days and times you can help.

  • Friday, March 8, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. help set up fair
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 11 & 12, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. or 1-3: 30 p.m. help students write "wish lists."
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 & 14, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. or 1-3: 30 p.m. work the cash register and help students choose books.
  • Tuesday evening 4 p.m. -8 p.m. work the cash register.
  • Friday, March 15, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. help take down Fair.

We look forward to seeing you at the book fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Explore More Day instructors needed

On Explore More Day, May 24, regular classes are set aside so students can try out different science, sport or art activities. Second - 5th graders can choose five exciting classes from a wide variety of course offerings led by Madison staff, parents and community members. Kindergarten and 1st grade follow a set curriculum.

For this year's Explore More Day, we're looking for instructors for the following classes:

Slime, Gak & Ooze (all day)

Pizza Making (half day)

Soap Making (half day)

Fleece Pillows (all day)

If you would be willing to serve as a class instructor, or if you have a new class you'd be willing to lead, please contact Rachel Bailey, Stephanie Brown, or Amy Fiorato at

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm for Explore More Day. We hope it will be a very special day for everyone at Madison School. Please consider volunteering your time, a hobby and/or skills.

Thank you class party planners

A big "thank you" to all the parents that were part of planning a class party during this school year! You made these parties fun, interesting and safe for our students through your creativity and planning. It's a lot of work to put these parties together and it takes all of the volunteers working together to make them happen. Thank you for your time and talents you shared with the students.

Thank you Staff Appreciation donation volunteers

Thank you to the following parents for your amazing help and donations for the Staff Appreciation luncheon! The staff was truly grateful!

Stephanie Brown, Michelle Clousing, Heidi Coppersmith, Karen Dawson, Damian Dockery, Dawn Draus, Janice Eddington, Sarah Gochee, Becca Hary, Marissa Lauren, Chrissy Ligler, Michele Mowrer, Ambika Reid, Tone Rosen, Gina Smethells, Jaime Sessions, Emily Wiezorek, and Jill Weck.

Sign up for the Fun Run

Looking forward to spring? Sign up for the Fun in Color Run and join the Madison Family Team.

Madison PTA is partnering with the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Rotary Club AM to bring you a special offer and an opportunity to support the PTA.

Follow this link to register and use code MADISON19 to save $5. For every registration the school will receive an additional $5 back toward school projects. Code must be entered at time of registration for discount and to participate in fundraiser.

Already registered? Let us know we can still add you to the Madison team and work out getting you the discount. Walkers welcome too! Feel free to share with friends and family.

Questions? Email Beth Tatro at

District 200 to host Town Hall meetings

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Smile Programs is coming to Madison

Madison has partnered with Smile Programs - the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care on April 4, 2019. Sign up your child with the forms sent home with your student.

Even better, dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

Smile Programs are in-school dental programs that save you time and provide a safe and comfortable place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed local professionals. Dental care includes a complete dental exam and cleaning as well as fluoride, sealants and x-rays when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

Children who see a dentist regularly may have fewer health issues like:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Help keep your child healthy, in school and learning. Permission forms are due by February 20.

Donations to benefit Madison families

If you are looking to donate anything such as clothing, home stuff, toys, electronics, etc. please consider giving to Family Tree Resale on Geneva and Main in Wheaton (by the Jewel).

For every bag of donations they receive on behalf of Madison School, Family Tree will in turn donate a voucher to our school for a family to use to purchase items. Just drive around to the side door, walk in, and someone will help you unload your donations. Be sure to mention Madison School.

Save Your Pop Tabs

Madison Elementary students will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities at Central DuPage Hospital throughout the rest of the school year. The funds RMHC receives from recycling the pop tabs helps keep families together while their loved one is in the hospital. RMH provides meals, a place to stay, and the comforts of home during a difficult time. Each grade will have a collection container outside of the office when we return from winter break. Students can collect pop tabs from home, family, friends, or neighbors. The grade with the most tabs collected at the end of the year will receive a special reward. Questions contact Amy at

Time to return Madison welcome signs

We hope your child enjoyed their "Welcome to Madison" yard sign. It is now time to return the signs so that they can be used to welcome our new students next year. If you would like to have your yard sign as a keepsake, please submit a check made out to Madison PTA in the amount of $8. Questions? Contact Julie Ippolito at

PACE screening to begin in February

Elementary testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

Grades 2-5 has begun.

In March 2019, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 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 has passed. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2019-2020 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 2019-2020

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 will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & 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.

Volunteer in the LLC

If you are looking for additional ways to help out at Madison, please consider volunteering in the library. This year we are short volunteers. Specifically, the LLC could use extra help on Tuesday and Friday mornings (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (1-3:30 p.m.). If you were to volunteer, you could expect to help check in and out books for students, shelf recently returned books and help Mrs. Graham with whatever else she may need that day. It is a lot of fun and we'd love to have you! Please contact Kathryn Medanic at to volunteer.

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:

March 11: PTA meeting @ noon

March 25-29: Spring Break

May 24: Explore More Day

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.