Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / February 7, 2020

The Winter Carnival is coming!

The Winter Carnival is on February 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. We have some great activities and games planned along with great raffle prizes. Flyers will be sent home soon with more info. We are still looking for raffle donations so if you have anything you can donate, please contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

To make this event a success, we do need volunteers to help the day of as well as cake/cookie donations for the cake walk. Please sign up here if you can help

Donate Valentine's cards

If anyone is willing to buy an extra box of valentines cards for our needy kids, that would be greatly appreciated. Please send boxes to Lisa Parrilli, the social worker. Thanks for your generosity!

PTA needs YOU

The PTA is looking to nominate the 2020-2021 Executive Committee. We are in need of volunteers to fill the President Elect, Treasurer, V.P. of Membership and V.P. of Ways and Means positions. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Heather Graf at

Nominating Committee elected

Heather Graf, Michele Cechini, Lisa Feeley, Mary Henderson, Sarah Perkins, Heather Button and Kelly Strykowicz were voted in as this years Nominating Committee at our January PTA meeting.

Calling all kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year

Kindergarten Round-Up is Wednesday, Feb. 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for in-office enrollment.

Principal and Teacher presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Madison LLC. This is a parent only event.

Skip the line the night of Kindergarten Roundup! Enroll your student any time before February 26 at Madison in the main office. Please visit the District 200 website for a list of required enrollment documents.

Click here for more information about the District 200 Kindergarten program.

For questions, please contact the main office at 630-682-2095.

Thank you for attending the Pancake Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who attended the Madison Pancake Breakfast on February 1. A very special thank you to Cecilia Horejs and to all of the staff and parent volunteers that helped with this amazing Madison community event.

Kindergarten and 2nd-5th Coordinators Needed for Explore More Day

Thank you to Sarah Tobeck (K), Karla De La Rosa (1st), Tracy Schovain (1st) and Marcia Fields (2nd-5th) for volunteering as co-coordinators for Explore More Day.

We are still in need of one more kindergarten parent to serve as co-coordinator.

Also, we need additional volunteers to shadow the current committee chairs for 2nd - 5th grade since this is the committee chairs' last year at Madison.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie Brown and Amy Fiorato at See also:

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2020 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2020 -2021 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2020, 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. 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 2020-2021 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

Students currently attending a private school and/or homeschooled, 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, scheduled around mandatory state testing. Parents will be notified by their child's school about testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website.

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

Join the PTA to access Directory Spot

Have you joined the PTA? A family membership is $20 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Directory Spot provides contact information for students, teachers and staff, including class lists! Please visit the Madison PTA website, and click on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Michele Cechini at

To join the PTA please click here.

Order the Madison yearbook

Orders are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Madison Paw Prints yearbook. Our yearbook is 52 full-color pages that include many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year. Each yearbook costs $17 (plus tax) and will be delivered to your student on the last day of school. Included with each yearbook order, you have the option of creating two custom pages for free (or not if you choose). Additional custom pages (beyond the first two) can be purchased for $0.99 (per 2-page spread). 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.

To order your yearbook, please go to and enter passcode 1014308585474714.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Savitt at

Math Club volunteers needed

We are still looking for some additional parents to help with 3rd Grade Math Club. Unfortunately, we had to cancel 3rd grade Math Club in October because there were not enough parent volunteers to make it successful. If you are interested in helping with the upcoming months please email Jennifer Denson, Third grade meetings are on Tuesdays and the dates for the remainder of the school year are Feb. 11, Mar. 10, and Apr. 14. All meetings are during lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Volunteer at Madison

Your involvement in the PTA helps make Madison a wonderful place to learn and grow. We

have many committees that are looking for volunteers. If you have some time to give, please

consider signing up to volunteer. A description of our committees and volunteer sign-up is

available on our website Click on “Committee Sign Up.”

Attend Parent Workshops 2019-2020

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Save General Mills box tops and scan your receipt

General Mills is phasing out its clipped Box Tops, but some may still be found on products throughout the store. If you have Box Tops, send them into the LLC. If you've never been one to remember to clip and send in Box Tops but have a smart phone, just download the new Box Tops app, and scan your receipt to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Madison's earnings. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top scanned. The LLC has purchased many copies of award winning books. Let's continue the effort. Download the new app.

For more information, visit

Save the dates

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

Feb. 17: President's Day No school.

Feb. 22: Winter Carnival

Feb. 26: Kindergarten Round up

Feb. 28: Institute Day. No school.

Mar. 30-Apr. 3: Spring Break

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.