Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / September 12, 2014

Join Madison PTA for 2014 – 2015

The PTA is a combined group of dedicated parents, teachers and staff who work hard to enrich the academic lives of our students. Your membership helps support the numerous programs and activities throughout the school year that enrich our children's experience at Madison.

Membership includes one copy of the school directory. This year we will accept payment via credit card in addition to cash or check. Please help us simplify our membership process by paying electronically.

• Go to

• Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

• On left side menu, select PTA

• On left side menu, select Join Madison PTA! – Family Membership

• Click on the link to register and pay online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, follow the directions above and click on the link to print and complete the forms at home. Registration forms are also available in the school office. Submit with payment in an envelope labeled "PTA Membership" to the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Monica Fahey at or by phone at 630-517-8187. Thank you for joining the PTA and making Madison a great school!

Madison PTA business membership due today

The Madison Elementary PTA is offering local businesses or individuals the opportunity to advertise in our school directory. Your payment will help support numerous Madison PTA programs and will be great advertising for your business at the same time!

Space can be purchased in a choice of 3 sizes:

  • Business Card $15
  • Quarter Page $25
  • Half Page $50

*Note: All ads & cards will be printed in Black & White.

Go to Join PTA - Business Membership on the Madison PTA website to register and pay. Submission Deadline Sept. 12.

If you have any questions regarding PTA business membership, please contact Monica Fahey at or by phone at 630-517-8187.

Respiratory Illness Facts

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As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, we appreciate your cooperation and vigilance toward early detection and prevention of respiratory illness, particularly in school settings among students.

With the recent increase in respiratory illness reports in many parts of the nation and Illinois, alongside the upcoming cold and flu season, the DuPage County Health Department is recommending increased awareness and actions to help control and prevent the spread of illness, toward keeping our students and community safe and healthy.

As you may be aware from recent media reports, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causes respiratory illness, and the virus can be found in respiratory secretions such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum.

The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.

Many infections are mild and resolve on their own, requiring only treatment of the symptoms. Specific symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, and wheezing or asthma exacerbation. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for EV-D68 infections; no antiviral medications are currently available for treating of EV-D68 infections.

You can help protect yourself and your child from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

• If you or your child are experiencing cold-like symptoms with wheezing or difficulty breathing, contact your physician immediately to arrange for appropriate testing and care.

• To prevent spread of respiratory illness due to enterovirus, influenza, and other infections in the school setting, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing respiratory illness symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, and wheezing).

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs and toys, especially if someone is sick.

• To protect against influenza, get your child and family vaccinated against seasonal flu.

Vaccination is recommended yearly for everyone 6 months and older.

If you or your physician have any further questions, please contact the DuPage County Health Department at (630) 221-7553. More information on enterovirus D68 is available at:

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

Online payment now available for committees

Beginning in 2013, Madison PTA began using an online payment software called School Pay to collect payments for PTA membership, general donations, and yearbooks. We found School Pay to be simple and reliable and many parents have used this payment option. This year we encourage more committees to use School Pay if your committee needs to collect any sort of payment from parents.

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Here are some great reasons to consider using online payments:

1. Responsible for fewer cash and check payments.

2. Fewer lost orders and payments from the use of the “backpack mail” system.

3. Less time spent recording orders and payments to submit to the treasurer.

4. Track online sales and payments from your home computer at any time.

5. Download information to an Excel spreadsheet for further use.

6. Easily run financial reports to submit to the treasurer each month.

7. Convenient and quick option for parents to use.

Sarah Johnson will support and assist committee chairmen who are interested in using School Pay. Set up of a new online payment item may take approximately 2-3 weeks. For more information, contact Sarah Johnson at

Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200 Developmental Screening

Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 offers numerous free screenings throughout the school year for children birth through 5 years of age who are residents of District #200 but who are not yet eligible for kindergarten classes.

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The purpose of this screening is to determine if the child’s development is on target with age expectations. A screening can be completed in two ways. First, parents can access the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3) on the Jefferson Early Childhood website . Click on “Developmental Screening”. When that form is completed, the parent will be called with the results and any necessary follow-up can be discussed. Another way that parents can access a screening is to call (630) 682-2109 and request a paper copy of the ASQ-3. If it is determined that a face-to-face screening is required, children come in to Jefferson Early Childhood Center for approximately one hour to be screened in the areas of speech, language, hearing, vision, motor skills, play skills and conceptual skills. These screenings are not designed to determine if a child is ready for kindergarten. Parents with questions regarding kindergarten readiness are encouraged to contact the elementary school that their child will attend.

Face-to-face screenings are by appointment only and are scheduled on various Mondays throughout the year. Since appointments book up quickly, we encourage you to initiate the developmental screening process sooner rather than later.

Show your school spirit

This year's spirit wear is on display outside of the school office. If you misplaced your order form, download the form from the Madison PTA website or order online. Sale ends Fri., Sept. 19. For more info contact Amy Fiorato at


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School Supply thank you

The PTA wants to thank all the Madison families who ordered school supply kits from Carlson's for the 2014-2015 school year. Carlson’s delivered 171 school supply kits to Madison the Monday prior to the first day of school.

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We also want to thank Kathryn Medanic, Leigh Ann Gaul, Dawnelle Muff, Anne Nigrelli, Suzie Weber and Jennifer Sutherland who helped deliver the kits to your child’s classroom. Thank you for all your help!

Market Day is a yummy way to help Madison

Madison participates in a monthly fundraising food program called Market Day.

Each month, restaurant-quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants are available for purchase. Market Day products are competitively priced and our PTA will earn profit on all purchases. Last year Market Day sales helped Madison raise nearly $2,000. These monies helped fund Multicultural Day, Explore More Day and many other important events for our students.

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It's easy to participate. Simply order online at or return the Order Guide to school. Pick up your order on the designated day and enjoy delicious, quick-to-prepare foods for your family.

Online orders for the September sale are due on Sat., Sept. 13 by 11 p.m. Pickup is right after school on Wed., Sept. 17 from 3:30-4 p.m.

Look for our flyer each month and support Madison in an easy delicious way!

Contact Michele Triscik ( and Amy Schmidt ( with any questions.

Welcome to Kindergarten

Madison welcomed over 80 new faces to the 2014/2015 school year. The New Family Welcoming committee surprised each student with a personalized sign at their home prior to the first day of school.

A great group of volunteers helped makes this a success. Special thanks to Dawn Draus, Misty Gniadek, Misse Roberts, Sara Strasser, Penny Wilson, Hollie Bourne, Sheri Badgley, Lisa Szudarski, Suzie Weber, Heather Herr and Paula Duebener.

Here’s to a great start to the new school year!

Jennifer Hasbrouck and Lynn Lehman, Co-Chairs

Pictured below: Aidan Linke, Maliah Angolkar, Gory Heavey and Nico Ayala.

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Meet & Treat thank you

A great big thank you to Evelyn Amador, Kirsten Borrink, Theresa Cutlan, Lisa Doherty, Monica Fahey, Becca Hary, Julie Ippolito, Nicole Klotz, Janet Mathis, Kelly Masse, Kathryn Medanic, Melisa Oker, Kristin Olson, Janine Shimp, Margit Spires, Amy Stout, Lisa Thomas, Suzi Weber, and Arlene Welninski. You made the Meet & Treat a big success. You handled the huge turnout (more than 1,000 scoops served) with kindness and patience.

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Join Madison PTA Facebook group

Madison PTA invites all Madison parents and staff to join the Madison PTA Wheaton, IL Facebook group. Click here to join.

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New ongoing fundraiser:

When you shop on, please use the Madison PTA link: Madison PTA will earn 6% on every purchase! Click here for more information.
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Save the Date for Trivia Night

Mark your calendars and book your sitters! Madison's first Trivia Night is scheduled for the evening of Sat., Oct. 18. More information to come. Contact Robyn Beres ( with any questions.

Sell wrapping paper

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser officially has begun! By now you should have received your packet from school in your child's backpack. There are two wonderful catalogs to order from and they are both full of fantastic wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, house wares and more! You can easily invite out-of-town friends and family to order online. For in-town family and neighbors use the included order form and collect cash or checks payable to Madison PTA. Kids may begin bringing in their coupons for items purchased. Prizes will be handed out of Fridays.

Thank you for making our first fundraiser such a huge success! Contact Robyn Beres ( with any questions.

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PTA meeting Sept. 18 at noon

At Madison's first PTA meeting this year, those in attendance will vote on the 2014-2015 budget. If you would like a copy of the proposed budget, please contact Jen Pashup-Graham, treasurer,

Earn for Madison by spending at Target

Do you find yourself at Target once or maybe even twice a week or more? Did you know you could use that spending to earn money for Madison? By using your REDcard, Target's credit card or debit card, you can do just that. When you designate Madison as your elementary school, Target donates 1% of your total charge through their "Take Charge of Education" program.

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Right now we have 100 REDcard holders who have designated Madison as their school, and last year Target donated about $3000 to Madison PTA. So next time you're at the Target checkout, please consider applying for a REDcard, and start earning for Madison!

Participate in the Reflections program

Reflection time is here. This year’s theme is "The world would be a better place if… ."

All Madison students may act on the theme, create an original work, and be recognized.

Categories include: dance choreography, music composition, film production, photography, literature and visual arts. General rules will be posted in the main office.

An information packet will come home soon. Submit your entry to the school office by end-of-day Oct. 10.

Get creative Madison students!

Gaytana Morgan,

Collect Box Tops for Education

Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in to the LLC. 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. Questions? Contact Diane Graham, LLC director, at

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Support Madison; eat wings

Wing lovers - this one is for you! Madison’s first Dining for Dollars event of the school year will take place on Wed., Oct. 1 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Warrenville.

Dining for Dollars is an opportunity for Madison families to enjoy a great meal and also earn money for the school.

On Oct. 1, Buffalo Wild Wings will offer kid’s meals for only $1.99, which includes free ice cream! Kids also will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel. Please note that this event is valid all day, so feel free to enjoy lunch or dinner while earning money for Madison PTA.

A flyer will come home in Friday folders as we get closer to the event. Make sure to give the flyer to your server or mention that you are with Madison Elementary. Questions? Contact Melissa Roberts (Melissa or Julie Ippolito (

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Save the dates

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

Sept. 18: PTA meeting @ 12 p.m.

Sept. 26: No school

Oct. 18: Trivia night

Oct. 27 & 29: Parent/teacher conferences

Nov. 13: Multicultural Day

Jan. 24, 2015: Pancake breakfast

Feb. 6, 2015: Winter Carnival

May 22, 2015: Explore More Day