Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / October 1, 2021

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Madison Runathon a Runaway Success

The Madison Fun Run was a huge success, and we have the amazing Madison community to thank for it. We had beautiful weather, and the students did such a great job completing their laps. It was an extra-special bonus to be able to have friends and family come and watch. THANK YOU for coming out to cheer for our students!

We are incredibly grateful for all of the generous financial support we received for this event. We have raised a total of $33,000 (THE MOST MADISON HAS EVER RAISED!!) for our school, and we could not have done it without all of you. With 81% of our students registered, we had fantastic participation. The students enjoyed the daily character-building lessons, and will be able to help fund some important programs this year because of the money we raised. Prizes will be ready for distribution early next week.

On behalf of the PTA, we are thankful to all of our teachers for building excitement in the classroom throughout the week, to Mr. Callahan for his leadership and encouragement, to Mr. Cortesi for making the day-of fun and memorable, and to the Fun Run committee members - Sarah Tobeck, Cecilia Horejs and Brian Small. And THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers on the day-of: Alyssa Baratta, Maggie and Jason Bragassi, Ellen Giuntoli, Kate Kessler, Jenelle Kud, Chrissy Ligler, Linda Madsen, Abby Markham, Katie Morris, Colleen Turner, Keri Widmer, Teresa Wong, and all of the parents who stepped in and helped mark laps on-the-spot! Another special thanks to Bauer & Bauer for sponsoring our t-shirts.

If you missed the Fun Run on Thursday, your classroom teacher has a t-shirt for you. Any other questions, feel free to reach out to Sarah Tobeck at

The Madison Fun Run is a great way to start the year. We are #MadisonStrong!

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Directory Spot Now Available for Madison PTA Members

Have You Joined the Madison PTA?

Becoming a member is the easiest way to support our PTA. A membership is $20 for new or renewing members and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. (2021-2022 data now available!) This app allows you to access the Madison School Directory and calendar right from your iPhone, Android, or on the web.

If you are a new member of the PTA you should have received an email with login instructions. Renewed members: your login will be the same as previous years.

Not a PTA member yet? Join Today!

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Clubs Return to Madison

PTA-sponsored Clubs will be starting soon, along with the following school-sponsored Clubs:

Morning Book Clubs: Mrs. Bailey is looking for parent helpers (register here) to help lead Morning Book Clubs on Monday mornings, once a month. All students, Grades K-5, can join a book club and engage in discussions around a book before school on Monday mornings.

Band: 5th Graders have the opportunity to join the Madison band! Most band students receive their instruments this week and we look forward to hearing a great performance later on in the year! Did you miss the sign-up? Reach out to our Band Director, Ms. Baker, here!

Orchestra: 5th Graders have the opportunity to join the Madison orchestra! Most orchestra students receive their instruments this week and we look forward to hearing a great performance later on in the year! Reach out to our Orchestra Director, Mrs. Fernandez, here!

Chorus: Mrs. DeCraene is excited for the return of the Madison Chorus! 4th and 5th Graders can join the chorus and will meet before school on Tuesday mornings. More information and paper permission slips went home this week.

Engineering with Ozobots: Mr. Grace has sent home a sign-up for this exciting club for 4th and 5th graders. The engineering club will meet on Friday mornings before school.

Math Club: Math Club returns with Mrs. Hull and our PTA volunteers. This club will meet again once a month on Mondays for 4th and 5th graders and on Tuesdays for 3rd graders. Meetings will be from 8:15 - 9:00. Sign up and more information here!

Running Club: The Running Club is back with Mrs. Feeley and Mrs. Acharya on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school with students in Grades 4th and 5th.

Intramural Sports Club: Mr. Kim is launching this club for 4th and 5th graders with an interest in competitive sports play (soccer, whiffle ball, flag football, kickball, floor hockey, and more!). The club will meet on Thursday mornings at 8:15 AM. Sign up here!

Tournament Play: ALL 4th and 5th graders will have opportunities to participate in traditional Tournament Play with Mr. Cortesi. Mr. Cortesi leads teams of students across the grades to compete in tournaments during the lunch and recess hours. This week, teams competed in soccer!

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Madison PTA Looking for More Volunteers

Art Appreciation

Nine in ten Americans believe it is important for K-12 students to receive an education in the arts. If you are part of the 90%, please consider volunteering for Art Appreciation. It is a terrific way to help in your son's or daughter's classroom once a month for about 20-30 minutes. Consider finding a partner and responsibilities can be shared. A schedule and materials will be provided for you. Please contact Abby Richardson via email at if you have any questions.

Multicultural Programming Chair

We are looking to evolve our traditional Multicultural Day and seeking a program chair willing to coordinate volunteers to help highlight various cultures throughout the year. Please contact Lauren DeReus via email at if you have any questions.

Explore More Day

Held the Friday before Memorial Day. Daylong program of learning from parents, guest teachers and hands-on activities. We are in need of a Committee Chair to coordinate the overall event and Sub-committee volunteers. Sub-committee volunteers are also needed for each grade, along with volunteers to teach classes, and help instructors in class. Please contact Lauren DeReus via email at if you have any questions.

Click here to volunteer today!

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PTA Helps with Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) recognizes the contributions and influencer of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and acheivements of the U.S. The PTA bought books and materials to help students learn about this cultural period. Thank you for your contributions!
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PTA Reflections Program Open for Submissions!

This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By...". Flyers with information about the PTA Reflections Program were sent home with all students this week. If you are interested in submitting artwork related to the theme, in one or more of the arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts., please note the following:
  • Completed art work with entry forms are due by Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021

  • Entries should be directed to the attention of Lesley Feinsot, Reflections Chair in the PTA mailbox.

  • There are specific rules of entry for each category. If you plan to submit an entry in a particular category or are interested in learning more about one or more of the categories, please email for a copy of the category guidelines and official rules. (Information is also available translated into Spanish.)
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Spiritwear Orders In Now, Holiday Sale Announced for November

If you ordered spiritwear earlier this year, it will be distributed Monday or Tuesday next week. If you missed this round, look for informationin Madison Memos and on Facebook regarding the holiday sale that will take place in November. Those orders will be delivered in December, before winter break.

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Say Cheese! Picture Day Retakes Scheduled for Tuesday

For anyone interested in retaking school pictures - please have your kids bring the photography packet to school on Tuesday, October 5. Those who missed the original picture day are also welcome to take pictures on Tuesday. If you'd like to order pictures with the retakes, please stay tuned for a new school code and information.

Questions? Email Cecilia Horejs.

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Madison Cares Update: 2021 Make A Difference Day!

This year we will partner again with People's Resource Center for their Stuff-A-Truck event, on Friday, October 22nd. It is always an amazing feeling to watch our students fill the truck with bags of food to help support their neighbors in need!

Look for donation bags and flyers coming home in backpacks in the coming weeks!

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Halloween Parties, Parade Planned for This Month

Room parents are busy preparing with classroom teachers and Madison administration to hold a safe a fun Halloween celebration this year. The Halloween parade will commence outdoors if weather allows, which will provide parents an opportunity to come and watch. In case of inclimate weather, the parade will be held indoors and only for the kids. After the parade, classrooms will hold Halloween parties. Due to safety precautions, there will be a limit on the number of volunteers - more information is coming soon!

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2021/2022 Madison PTA Leadership

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