Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / February 9, 2018

Come to the Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival is tomorrow (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)! We have great raffle prizes such as movie tickets, Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium tickets, spa days and many great local restaurant gift certificates. As always, we have some great carnival games lined up as well as face painting, hair decorating and the ever popular cake walk. Raffle and game tickets can be bought at the door. We are still in need of additional cakes for our cake walk. If you're able to bring one with you on Saturday, we would appreciated it.

Questions? Please contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Register for Madison Elementary STEAM Family Fun Night Fundraiser at Kids Science Labs

Who doesn’t love slime, chemical reactions, and solving interesting problems with science? Join us for an exclusive fundraiser for Madison Elementary! Teachers will lead students in an open house STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) private event, with all three science labs open for kids to engage hands-on science for up to 90 minutes.

This is not a drop off event so parents must remain on premises while their children are engaging in science. Ideal for kids ages 4-12.

Parents must pre-register to attend. There is no registration at the door.

When: Friday, February 16

Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

How much: $10 per child ($5 goes back to Madison PTA)

Where: Kids Science Labs

275 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton

630-517- 8045

Questions? Contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Volunteer at the book fair

The spring Scholastic Book Fair is March 12 – March 15. We are looking for volunteers to help us plan and conduct our school’s best reading event ever!

Join us if you:

  • like to organize and put things in place
  • bring creative flair to signs and decorations
  • enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up. (Set up is Fri., March 9 and take down is Fri., March 16.
  • want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book.

We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes. Questions? Contact Mrs. Graham (

Save the date: Top Golf fundraiser to support the new playground

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming, adults-only fundraiser on Sun., April 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Top Golf in Naperville. Proceeds will go directly toward the fund to build a new playground in the back of school. Details will be coming soon. We encourage you to attend and share the event with friends and family. Anyone can attend! We are currently looking for businesses to sponsor this fabulous event. Please contact Mary Henderson at if you/your business would like to be an event sponsor.

Calling all Kindergarten Students for the 2018-19 School Year

Kindergarten Round-Up is Wednesday, March 7

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*

Please visit the District 200 website for a list of required enrollment documents.

You can also enroll a kindergartner any time before March 7th at Madison in the main office.

For questions, please contact Brianna Barg at or call 630-682-2095.

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

Check the lost and found

Below are pictures of lost and found items on display this week. All lost and found items will be donated to local charities on February 16.

Congratulations Reflections participants

Each year Madison students are invited to participate in the National PTA Reflections contest, which encourages students to explore and be involved in the arts. Students reflected on a common theme and created original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

This year’s theme was “Within Reach.” Fourteen students participated, submitting 16 entries. Eleven entries moved on from the school level to the District level.

The creativity of every participant was evident. Congratulations to all (* denotes those who moved to the District level:

Aria Bharadwa, Lucy Bickel*, Nathan Draus, Emma Dyer*, William Feinsot*, Evelyn Henderson*, Dane Hull*, Alya Kliko, Patrick McDonnell, Elise Rosen*, Elliana Sheehan*, Samantha Valente*, Addison Waszak* and Caroline Zorn.*

Seven students, submitting eight entries, moved on to the DuPage West Region, which is comprised of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton/Warrenville, Carol Stream and Naperville PTAs.

Those works selected for advancement to the next level were:

Lucy Bickel - Literature

Emma Dyer – Visual Arts

William Feinsot – Photography

Evelyn Henderson – Visual Arts

Dan Hull - Music and Visual Arts

Elliana Sheehan – Literature

Samantha Valente - Literature

Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Reflections program.

Notice of PTA By-law vote

An amendment to the the Madison PTA by-laws will be voted on in the February PTA meeting. Verbiage will be changed to clarify that officer terms are for 2 years, which reflects how the PTA has always operated.

Get orthodontic services, support the Madison playground fund

Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics, owned by our own Bauer Madison family, have generously offered to donate $250 to our new playground fund for every single new patient that starts braces or Invisalign at their office between January 1 and May 31! Eighty new patients could bring Madison $20,000 toward building a new, accessible playground in the back of school. Their office is located on Roosevelt road in Wheaton. If you or someone you know is looking for these services, check them out and support the Madison playground fund!

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Coming soon: Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) testing

For the 2018-2019 School Year, please note that all second graders will be screened for PACE in February 2018 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in December 2017. 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 2018-2019 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2018, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments, will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2018-2019 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 for 2018-2019.

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, 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, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates and times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

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

Reminder from the health office

Unfortunately, this is the time of the year when many viruses and germs are prevalent. Deciding when to keep your child home from school is not always easy. Unnecessary absences interfere with learning and time off work or childcare issues can be inconvenient; however, little learning takes place for a child when sent to school ill. When a child is truly sick, it is important they stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to limit the spread of germs at school. Illnesses can spread quickly in a classroom and sending a sick child to school puts other students and staff at risk for illness. Let’s work together to keep our school community and our homes as healthy as possible! Below are some guidelines to help you decide when to keep your child home from school.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Please keep the student home if:

  • Skin rash from an unidentified cause that has not been evaluated by a physician. Please note that open sores should be covered until healed or evaluated by a physician.

  • The oral temperature is 100 degrees F or greater. A student with such a fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the aid of fever-reducing medication.

  • Experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Students should remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

  • Complaining of severe, persistent pain.

  • Showing signs of an upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) or any other illness serious enough to interfere with the student’s ability to learn.

  • Signs of conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) present with symptoms such as secretions from one or both eyes, itching, and crusts on eyelids.

Reporting Absences

You must notify the school if your child is home sick and report any diagnosed communicable diseases. When reporting an absence, please indicate the reason for the absence. If due to illness, please report symptoms including whether your child has a fever, cough, or sore throat.

If you are not sure whether to send your child to school, you may call the school nurse for consultation. If you’re still in doubt, call or visit your physician.

Re-Admission after Contagious Illness

Re-admission following illness from contagious diseases may require a back-to-school permit signed by a physician. Guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health are used to manage communicable diseases in school. Please have medical documentation of any school accommodations that are requested.

Head Lice

Parents are encouraged to check their child regularly for head lice. If a case is discovered, it should be reported to the school nurse, who will advise parents of the most appropriate treatments. Arrangements will be made to check siblings and close contacts for lice infestation.

Student health services guidelines can be found on page 10 of the 2017 Elementary School Handbook.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Madison Health Office


Nominating committee to be elected at February PTA meeting

By the end of June, Rachel Bailey, Katie Morris, and Stephanie Brown will have served their terms as co-president, treasurer, and vice president of membership. We will be looking to fill these positions. If you're interested in helping to find people to serve in these roles, or if you're interested in learning about these roles, please contact Rachel Bailey,, or Lisa Thomas,

We need five people to be on the nominating committee, plus two alternates. Nominating committee members must have been a member of the PTA for at least 30 days by the time of the February 28 meeting.

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Help enhance education at your child's school

The Student Excellence Foundation has partnered with the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council in creating a Fund-a-Classroom, crowdfunding program, where educators can submit proposals for their classroom needs.

Madison Elementary has the following projects available for your contributions:

First grade is asking for iPads for each classroom:

You can support a specific classroom by donating online or mailing a check to:

Student Excellence Foundation P.O. Box 253 Wheaton, IL 60187

When mailing a check, please include the name of the project you are supporting so it will be correctly applied to that classroom.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Bailey (

Attend District 200 Parenting Seminars

How​ ​to​ ​Raise​ ​Resilient​ ​Children​ ​with​ ​Jackie​ ​Rhew,​ ​LCPC,​ ​CADC

Wed.,​ ​Feb. ​21​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Monroe​ ​Middle​ ​School,​ ​1855​ ​Manchester​ ​Rd.,​ ​Wheaton

This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement for the child. Factors that contribute to school avoidant behaviors as well as early identification of maladaptive coping responses will be explored. Attendees will learn how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain by Dana Suskind, MD is a free workshop in collaboration with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Project HELP.

Tues., Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Park District Community Center.

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain by Dana Suskind, MD encourages parents to use the power of their words to build their children's brains and shape their futures. Research proves a child's early language exposure is key to closing the achievement gap and giving children the best start in life. The workshop will provide strategies of incorporating more words and enriching a child's early language into day to day life and much more!

To register, contact Jefferson Early Learning Center at 630-682-2474. Free childcare provided.

SPANISH​ ​PRESENTATION​ ​-​ ​Does​ ​Your​ ​Child​ ​Have​ ​a​ ​Smartphone?​ ​Learn​ ​How​ ​to​ ​Keep Your​ ​Child​ ​Safe​ ​with​ ​Ferney​ ​Ramirez March​ ​7​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Johnson​ ​Elementary​ ​School,​ ​2S700​ ​Continental​ ​Drive,​ ​Warrenville

Parents,​ ​Teens,​ ​Parties​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Law​ ​-​ ​Panel​ ​Discussion​ ​with​ ​State’s​ ​Attorney​ ​Bob​ ​Berlin, Dr.​ ​Michael​ ​Maniacci​ ​and​ ​Social​ ​Worker​ ​Marc​ ​Anderson

Thurs.,​ ​April​ ​12 at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Wheaton​ ​Warrenville​ ​South​ ​High​ ​School,​ ​1920​ ​S.​ ​Wiesbrook​ ​Rd

Your child wants to attend or host a party where alcohol will be present. How do you handle this? What are the legal implications for children who drink underage? What are the legal implications for parents who host parties where alcohol is present? Parents will learn the strategies to have conversations with their children that focus on the potential outcomes of attending a party with alcohol present and also how to help their child decline invitations to parties.

Registration​ ​is​ ​free.​ Call or text Traci at (630) 270-9678 or email to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content, contact Traci Burnham at (630) 784-7226.

Support the butterfly garden

Do you have a passion for gardening? Would you like to see a butterfly garden put in at Madison School? The Go Green Committee is considering putting in a pollinator garden that would include native perennials and attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. The students would learn about how plants grow in the Illinois Prairie landscape and why these plants are important for many insects and birds as well as provide a beautiful garden space.

The garden would require some maintenance over the summer. If you and/or your family would be willing to commit to weeding once or more in the spring or over summer please contact the Go Green Committee at

General Mills Box Tops for Education Challenge

Please save General Mills Box Tops and send them to the LLC. Madison earns 10 cents for every General Mills Box top. 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.

Save the dates

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

Feb. 10: Winter carnival

Feb. 19: No School

Feb. 28: PTA Meeting at noon

May 25: Explore More Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.