The Madison School PTA Newsletter / May 6, 2022
TODAY Marks Deadline to Complete Registration Form for Explore More Day
Students in Grades 2-5 will get the chance to travel throughout the building and try a few of the 40 exploratory classes on this special day, Friday, May 27th! To help us prepare for an exciting EMD experience for every student, please do the following by Friday, May 5th:
1. Please review this Class Description worksheet with each of your students in Grades 2-5.
2. Please complete the Registration Form, linked below, for each child.
Students in Grades K-1 will also enjoy an exciting day of new Explore More Day activities, but they will remain in their homeroom class while they learn and discover together.
Have questions or wish to volunteer for the big day? Reach out to email@example.com
Madison PTA and Students Show Love for Madison Teachers and Staff
- Rallied students to bring in notes and drawings for teachers
- Organized room parents to present the class gift to teachers
- Raffled off prizes for teachers
- Sponsored breakfasts and lunches for the Madison staff (a few that will still happen in between now and the end of the year)
Thank you for your generosity!
Year in Review: Madison PTA Gives Back
A HUGE THANK YOU to the generous contributors! With this year's fundraising efforts from the Madison school community, the Madison PTA has provided $18,000 worth of resources, on a variety of areas benefiting our students and teachers during the 2021/2022 school year.
MEET & TREAT
To welcome Madison families back to school for the new year and to welcome NEW families to Madison, the PTA supplied the Kona Ice truck for Meet & Treat and welcome signs for new students/families.
The PTA was able to offer our faculty and teachers the opportunity to submit a request for anything they "wish" for in their classroom to help them provide a better experience for the students each day. Among the items that were provided this year include:
- Headsprout subscriptions and Dreambox licenses
- Junior atlases
- Math games and supplies to support PACE as well as the math coach
- Various gardening items for pollinator gardens in courtyard
- Type to Learn subscriptions
- Chair pockets
- PE hockey sets, paddle boards, hockey goals, tug of war rope, cones, fleece balls, obstacle course steppers, dodge balls, air pump
Many clubs returned this year, after a pandemic hiatus, along with a few new ones! The PTA helped supply Ozobots for the Engineering club, and pies for PI Day in Math club.
Many other items are purchased throughout the year, including birthday pencils and birthday books, various supplies needed for the classroom parties including the Madison bags and pop its provided at the Valentines parties, MANY books for the classrooms for variety and to support social-emotional learning, multi-cultural awareness, along with flowers, potting soil, etc. for our beautification crew to "beautify" the school grounds.
The PTA was able to provide ribbons for Reflections winners, whiteboards, ten frames, circle spots for seating in the classroom, Monarch books, March Madness books voted on by each classroom. The LLC, finally returning to normal, has a new rug for students to sit on during library time as well as E-Street shelving, allowing Madison's younger readers easier access to the many books in the library.
END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES
As the year comes to a close, and the 5th graders are ready to move on, the PTA provides each student with a Madison Elementary 5th grade T-shirt, and 5th grade send off party. The PTA also funds Explore More Day and the many awesome experiences the Madison students will get to have that day.
TEACHER AND FACULTY APPRECIATION
Finally, to thank our awesome faculty and teachers, the PTA surprised them with donuts & coffee from time to time, and provided them with meals and snacks to keep their energy up during conferences. The PTA also provided gift cards, etc. to the many teachers and "behind the scenes" helpers that make the school run each and every day.
Field Day is Back: Parent Volunteers Wanted
Madison is excited to be hosting Field Day again this year! Field Day is a fabulous day
when regular curriculum is set aside and the kids get to go out in the sun to run around, be
crazy and compete with their friends in a variety of fun activities:
❖ Fun Competition
❖ Water Challenges
❖ 4th & 5th Graders Vs. Teachers in an Epic Battle - Savage!
❖ Popsicles for all!
We are looking for parents who would like to help one (or both!) of the following days:
1. Wednesday, June 1 - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade classes:
- KG - 9:50 AM
- 1st Grade - 11 AM
- 2nd Grade - 1:15 PM
- Big Game - 2:30 PM
2. Thursday, June 2 - Grades 3-5:
- 3rd Grade - 9:50 AM
- 4th Grade - 11 AM
- 5th Grade - 1:15 PM
- Big Game - 2:30 PM
Flyers with the sign-up form went home in backpacks this week. Please return the sign-up form to your child's classroom teacher and the teachers will pass along to the coordinators. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Field Day Coordinators
Voting for Madison PTA Leadership to Take Place on May 16
The below slate of accepted leadership nominations will be voted in at the next PTA general meeting on May 16th at 7 pm. Any questions or concerns regarding elections can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madison PTA Committee 2022-2023 Sign-Up Now Live
Battle of the Books & Jr. Battle of the Books
DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion)
Explore More Day
Fifth Grade Celebration
Library Learning Center
Meet & Treat
New Family Welcoming
Pancake Breakfast & Book Swap
Room Parent Coordinator & Room Parents
Now Collecting: Photos for 5th Grade Montage Video
Attention 5th-grade parents!!!
It is hard to believe that the 5th-grade class has a month left at Madison. A committee of parents is working on planning fun end-of-the-year activities for the 5th graders. Two of the projects we are working on include a montage video and an end-of-year booklet that will use baby photos and a questionnaire completed by each 5th grader (completed in class).
We ask parents to do the following by May 15:
Please use this form to submit one baby photo per student and Madison photos from grades K - 5. All images submitted must be taken on school grounds. Photos of students in small groups will be best, but we will also be able to use class photos and individual images. We will try to include all images submitted. Please follow the directions found on the form very carefully.
Thank you, and reach out to Carrie Conover with any questions.
Madison PTA Proposed Bylines Up for Vote at May Meeting
The 2022 Madison PTA proposed bylaws have been posted to the PTA website and will be voted on for approval at the May 16 PTA meeting. All comments/questions will be entertained during the meeting. Thank you!
Applications Available for Jefferson Early Childhood Center Tuition Program
Register now for the 22-23 Jefferson Early Childhood Center Tuition Program! The program is open to community preschoolers who are three or four years of age by September 1, 2022. Please visit the Jefferson website at www.cusd200.org/Jefferson to fill out an application. Applications are admitted on a first-come, first served basis. Please contact the school office at 630-682-2474 if you have any questions.
Illinois PTA Offers Session on Social Emotional Learning Standards
What are Social Emotional Learning Standards? What do parents and educators need to know about what practical tips these standards provide in determining student needs? What resources are available? Please join the Illinois PTA on Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. to hear from several well-versed practitioners in the field.
Registration is available and will close on Monday, May 11, 2022.
*Spanish interpreter available.
To see previous episode of the Illinois PTA's Spring 2022 Leadership Series click here.