Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 7, 2016

Dear Madison Community,

Each year, District 200 celebrates Veteran’s Day by remaining in school on November 11. We use this special day as a chance to teach students about the important meaning of Veteran’s Day.

Here at Madison, we enjoy the opportunity to honor our United States Veterans with an early all school assembly. We also ask Veterans to speak in classrooms about their experiences and allow students the chance to say “thank you”.

Do you have a family member that was in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marines? We would like to honor that person during our assembly at 9:20 a.m. If you know someone that served in our military, ask them to be our honored guest on November 11.

We would like all of our honored guests to RSVP by November 1 so we can be prepared to honor them appropriately. RSVP by email at or calling (630) 682-2095. We are also assembling teams of Veterans and civilians to speak in classrooms about military life and the value of freedom. Please let our office know if you or an honored Veteran is interested in visiting classrooms after the assembly, until about 11:00 a.m.

This year we are also collecting resources for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans located right here in Wheaton. Each grade level will be working to collect items to assist our heros in need. Please read our plan to help.

Thank you for helping us to utilize this day as an important learning experience for our students and a chance to honor those who have served our country as military personnel.


Tim Callahan, Principal

Madison Elementary School

Dine for Dollars at Firehouse Subs

Dining for Dollars is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 13 at Firehouse Subs. Take a break from cooking and head out to Danada. Fifteen percent of the cost of your meal will go to support the PTA. Plan now to celebrate your successful parent/teacher conference with dinner at Firehouse Subs -- 272 Danada Square West. Questions? Contact Suzie Weber at

Parent's Night Out

Our 3rd annual trivia night is here! Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. for a fun-filled evening. This year, the admission price of $35 / person includes dinner provided by Mi Casa restaurant. Reservations can be emailed to

This year, trivia night will include a craft beer pull, as well as many exciting prizes up for auction. We are still accepting donations for the silent auction. Please contact Stephanie Brown ( if you would like to contribute a basket or prize.

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Donate craft beer to Trivia Night

Did you read above? Trivia Night is featuring a craft beer pull. Just purchase a pack of any craft beer (or mixed pack) and drop it off at Stephanie Brown's house (2073 Wexford Circle) in the cooler on her porch. At Trivia Night, make a donation to pull a surprise craft beer pack to enjoy at your table.

Contribute to Trivia Night baskets

New this year, Madison neighborhoods are busy right now getting themed-baskets ready to raffle. With the purchase of a raffle ticket, you might be the lucky winner of one of our themed baskets. Baskets themes include: Italian, Wine Lover's, Date Night-In, and much more. If you would like to start a basket with your street/neighborhood, just send your idea and information to

Madison School Directory is available now

The 2016-2017 Madison School Directory App is now available! The Madison PTA developed the directory, which is available to all current PTA members. If you would like access to the Madison School Directory, please be sure to join our PTA. You can find information about joining Madison PTA at

Please take a moment to check your family information. If any changes need to be made, please contact the Directory Committee at If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything. Just log in (same username and password) and you will see the new data. If you are a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.

For Smartphone Users:

  1. Download the DirectorySpot app by going to your app store and searching "DirectorySpot" or by clicking on the appropriate link here: iPhone - or Android -

  2. Launch DirectorySpot, enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password."

  3. Click on the link in your email to set your password, relaunch the DirectorySpot app, and login with your username and password

For Tablet, Mac, or PC Users:

  1. Go to and click on "Login" in the upper right hand corner.

  2. Enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password." An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.

  3. Click on the link in your email to set your password and login.

Note – if downloading to an iPad, just search for “iPhone apps” and you will find DirectorySpot.

Make sure to check out all the features, such as the auto dial when you click on a phone number, or the auto launching of maps when you click on an address. If you hold down the cell phone number, you will get an option to send a text or call the number (iPhone only). DirectorySpot will even create an email if you click on someone's email address.

NEW this year - Be sure to look at the ‘Sponsors’ link located in the lower right corner. These businesses help support numerous PTA activities for our students throughout the year and we thank them for their generosity. Tap on the business logo to go directly to the company website.

You also have the ability to print the Directory listings and/or class lists from home. On your Tablet, Mac, or PC go to and log in. Simply select “Download PDF’s” from the left side menu, and follow the prompts on the next screens.

If you have any data changes throughout the year, please contact the Directory Committee at and we will update on the App and Directory website.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kristin Olson & Sarah Johnson

Madison School PTA

Directory Committee

Thank you for a successful Run-A-Thon

Way to go Madison students, family, and staff! We raised a little over $14,000 from our Run-a-Thon. One hundred percent of the money goes directly to Madison’s PTA.

Congratulations to all the raffle winners. We gave away over 40 raffle items.

Thank you to the following businesses that helped support the Run-a-Thon raffle: Alfie’s Restaurant, Carol’s Garden Restaurant, Chick-Fil-A, Costco (Bloomingdale & Oakbrook), Fox Bowl, Grahams Chocolate, Heather Herr (31 business), Jet’s Pizza, Learning Express, Lombard Roller Rink, Odgen 6 Theater, Prairie Path Books, Pump It Up Trampoline, School Supplies America, Science Labs, Sky High Sports, Target (Warrenville & Wheaton) and Wheaton Drama.

Thank you to Mr. Cortesi for donating a group lunch. Also another BIG thank you for Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics for making a generous donation to purchase our Madison Run-a-Thon t-shirts for our students and staff to wear.

Madison’s PTA appreciates all the support given in reaching our goal toward our biggest fundraiser this year. We can’t wait to run again next year!

Order from Amazon and raise money for Madison

The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Join the Madison PTA

Madison PTA advocates for all children through literacy, math, science, problem solving, arts, music, social studies, character development, physical fitness, reaching out, and having fun. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience.

Your Family Membership includes our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot, which will be launched on September 26 with updated information for this school year.

For convenience we offer online registration

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, please select ‘PTA’ and then ‘Forms & Flyers’ to find registration and order forms. Print and complete the forms at home and submit payment(s) to the school office. Registration and order forms are also available in the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Lisa Thomas at

Submit "Your Story" to Reflections

It is not too late to create and submit your entry for this year's Reflections Arts Program. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 12th. Students can submit their completed entries, along with the Student Entry form, at any time. Bring them to the office or to Room 1326 (the PACE room).

This year’s theme is “What is Your Story." Tell your story through dance, a short film, a poem or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art. If you need more information or forms, please contact Christina Hull at

Get creative Madison students! We can't wait to hear your story.

Smile (again) for Madison picture retake day

Madison picture retake day is Friday Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

If you are unhappy with your child’s pictures and would like a retake, you MUST send back the original pictures to your child’s teacher. These pictures will be destroyed.

If your child was absent and you would like to order pictures, there are additional forms in the office that can be filled out and brought back to your child’s teacher. Orders can also be submitted online at Enter school code 10018601.

MR. GRACE'S 5th GRADE CLASS ONLY will retake the class picture at 9:20 Friday, Oct. 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawnelle Muff ( or Anne Nigrelli (

Make a difference day!

Madison Elementary School will participate once again in Make a Difference Day, which is a community-wide event that takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22.

We will be collecting non-perishable / non glass food items and household items to donate. Every student will be given a bag to fill with items. All donations can be delivered to the school daily until Friday, Oct. 21 when we will "stuff the truck" with all of our donations. Look for your donation bag to come home soon.

Screen Free Committee Chair Opening

The PTA is looking to fill the Screen Free Week Committee Chair role. If you are interested in helping coordinate this fun springtime event, please contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey,

Go Green seeks volunteers

The Go Green committee is looking for volunteers to help with the Conservation Committee. If you have an interest in conservation and would like to help promote fun ways to take care of the planet and the environment at Madison please contact Lisa Thomas at

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. This year students will learn about other countries and cultures while traveling through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa. It takes many hands to make this day a success, and we are currently seeking country instructors in all grade levels. If you have some time to give, please consider helping us celebrate diversity on this amazing day. If you are available to help, please email the MCD committee at

Spotlight on Mr. Grace and Mr. Babich

For Mr. Tom Grace, becoming a teacher was part of his DNA. Teaching is very rewarding for him, and working with 5th graders at Madison for 22 years further solidifies his belief that this is where he is supposed to be.

He says that Madison, the students, the community, and the families are all very supportive of this school and come together in amazing ways to value community service. As a 5th grade teacher he has seen this repeatedly when his students lead these initiatives from stuffing trucks with food, preparing meals at Feed my Starving Children, and most recently with the St. Baldrick’s events. He is proud that our school has been able to raise close to $80,000 over three years to help find cures for childhood cancers.

One of the key things that he wants students to learn is that it’s okay to fail. From failure we learn, but kids are afraid of failing. He speaks fondly of the growth that he witnesses in his students within a year as he prepares them for their careers beyond elementary school.

In his free time, he enjoys reading and watching his daughter play college volleyball. His son is a head lifeguard at Northside Pool, which Mr. Grace has managed every summer for 22 years.

Do you recognize Madison’s new morning bus duty and traffic control staff member from his second grade photo? Mr. Craig Babich came to Madison last year and works with Ms. Cook in the English Language Learning department. As a full-time ELL teacher, Mr. Babich works with the students in our school who are learning English as a second language and he currently teaches Kindergartners through 4th graders. He says he loves teaching kids who speak more than one language. It’s a fascinating view into world cultures and family traditions as well.

Before coming to Madison, Mr. Babich taught bilingual education in Aurora. He also coached football and basketball while teaching middle school ESL. He taught in Guatemala for two years where he learned Spanish. Mr. Babich earned his M.Ed and has a specialty in ESL. Before teaching he worked in accounting for 2.5 years. He was born in Joliet and attended St. Xavier on the south side of Chicago. He is currently part of Madison's orchestra, learning to play the bass along with the students. Welcome to our school, Mr. Babich!

Summer readers rewarded for efforts

Over 100 students participated in the summer reading program, “Read, It’s a Bright Idea!” Everyone received finger lights, flashlights, pencils, leis, and certificates. Fifteen students won the raffle for a free book at Madison’s Scholastic Book Fair, October 11-13.

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A Great Book Fair seeks volunteers

Our school is conducting a Scholastic Book Fair from Oct. 11-13 to motivate students to read more. Join our volunteer group and help us plan and conduct our school’s best reading event ever!

We are seeking volunteers for:

Tuesday, Oct. 11

· Help students write “wish lists” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

· Need cashiers from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., chose your hours.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

· Need cashiers and help students write “wish lists” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13:

· Need cashiers from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., choose your hours.

E-mail the hours you wish to volunteer. We appreciate your support.

If interested, please contact Mrs. Graham at

News from the LLC

What have students been doing in the LLC? We're glad you asked...

Fifth graders participated in a Library Boot Camp. Students began the first full day of school and took part in an intense 12 day program learning and reviewing many aspects of the library to be successful independent users of the library and to help others.

The LLC presented a Bluestem Award to third, fourth, and fifth graders introducing the 20 books nominated for this years award. There is a class competition going on. Each student in the class that reads the most Bluestem nominees by March will receive a free book at the March book fair.

The LLC spoke to the fourth and fifth grade students about the 20 Caudill nominees. Each student that reads at least 10 will receive a free book at the March book fair.

Fourth and fifth graders learned how to check books in and out on their own. The teachers and I have noticed that the students are more involved in the library than ever before. They have really taken on the challenge and are excited about the new responsibility.

All classes began the year reviewing library procedures, book care, library manners, I PICK book selection strategies, how to use placesticks, and reminders on returning library books.

First graders are learning about authors and illustrators. They will be learning how to use the computer to find books independently.

Second graders are making landforms in the LLC GetFit lab.

Third graders are experimenting with force and motion in the GetFit lab.

Mr. Grace and Mrs. Graham received a grant from New 200 Foundation for Ozobots, which are miniature smart robots that can be programmed using code technology. All students will have the opportunity to participate in Ozobot challenges this year.

Questions? Contact Diane Graham (

Save General Mills Box Tops for Education

Please save General Mills Box Tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in. 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. Thank you for your support.

Order the Madison school yearbook

You can now place orders for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check. There is a 15% discount if ordered by September 30.

The Yearbook Committee would appreciate you sharing your "Meet & Treat and First Day of School" photos for use in the yearbook. Please upload your images using the following link:

Please be sure to share only high resolution images of Madison School students, teachers, and staff only on school property or at the bus stop.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

Donate to the art room

The art teachers are looking for anything from the list to be donated.

  • Egg carton

  • Yogurt and any plastic containers

  • Kleenex

  • Large T-shirts for smocks ( please, no button down shirts)

  • Paper towels

  • Wet Wipes

  • Q-tips

  • Wallpaper

  • Ribbon, string, buttons

  • Tape

  • Pencils

  • Magazines ( appropriate )

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray at

SchoolPay available for Madison committee use

PTA committees are welcome to use Madison’s online payment system called SchoolPay. There are many advantages to using SchoolPay to collect payments for your event or fundraiser:

  • Improves payment collection by providing a quick and convenient way for parents to pay.

  • Provides a secure form of online payment.

  • Reduces the use of backpack mail in which payments get lost or forgotten by children.

  • Reduces the amount of cash and check payments that require collection by a chairman.

  • Provides a helpful interface for tracking payments and creating monthly Treasurer reports.

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For chairman who are new to using SchoolPay, it can take some extra time to learn how to use SchoolPay or to establish a payment item for the first time. Therefore, please be sure to allow approximately 2-4 weeks to coordinate with Madison’s SchoolPay administrator prior to launching the online payment option for your committee.

Although the use of SchoolPay may take some extra time and effort at first, our online payment system will make your work easier. If interested, please contact Madison’s SchoolPay Administrator at

CUSD 200 Facilities inspected buildings for asbestos

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Run to benefit WWSHS track

The 41st Annual DuPage Heritage Gallery “Red” Grange Fitness Run will be held on Saturday, October 15th at the WWSHS Track!

I know this is a busy time of year, but please try to schedule this date on your calendar. Let’s keep the spirit of Red Grange alive in Wheaton! He is fondly remembered as “The Wheaton Ice Man” and “The Galloping Ghost”! This will be a special opportunity to use the WWSHS track. Wheaton’s own legend Bernie “The leprechaun” Hurley has spent his life to preserve Wheaton’s history and Red Grange’s legacy. It would be wonderful this year to have a large turn out to take a picture with Bernie and run a few laps for a good cause. A group picture will be taken at the start of the run and at the conclusion of the run. How awesome would it be to have all of the D200 elementary schools represented!

Everyone is welcome! Come run from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.. You may run, jog, or walk for the entire time, or whatever your schedule permits.

This is a great opportunity to promote good health and fitness for the whole family, as well as raise money for your school and The DuPage Heritage Gallery. Participants may choose to collect pledges for the laps that they run. Sixty prcent of pledge money collected will directly benefit your child’s school, forty percent will benefit The DuPage Heritage Gallery. Participants are not required to collect pledge money to participate! All participants will receive a certificate, and participants collecting $20.00 or more will receive a medallion from The DuPage Heritage Gallery. Again, you do not have to collect pledges to participate!

Please contact Jen Wecker at if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Jen Wecker, Emerson PE teacher

Bernie Hurley, Former Hawthorne PE Teacher and DuPage Heritage Gallery

Howard Gaede, DuPage Heritage Gallery

Save the dates

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

Oct. 10: No School

Oct. 11 & 13: Parent/Teacher conferences

Oct. 13: Dining for Dollars at Firehouse Subs

Ot. 17-21: Roller Skating week in PE

Oct. 18 PTA General Membership Meeting, 7 p.m. in LLC

Oct: 22: Trivia Night

Nov. 4: No School

Nov. 15: PTA General Membership Meeting, Noon in Music Room

Nov. 18: Multicultural Day

Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.