Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 24, 2015

Senate Bill 1 will negatively impact District 200

District 200 stands to lose millions if Senate Bill 1 passes (the largest reduction in Du Page County and the 2nd largest in the state). SB1 is a revised version of SB 16. The District 200 PTA Council will vote at its next meeting whether to take a stance on this bill. Madison PTA will vote at its meeting May 21 whether to take a stance on this bill.

Please let Janet Mathis know your thoughts on the issue,

Please click here to read more about SB1.

Congratulations new Madison PTA executive committee

Madison PTA unanimously elected the following people for next year's executive committee:

Julie Ippolito, co-president, second term

Kristin Olson, co-president, first term,

Monica Fahey, membership v.p., second term

Suzie Weber, ways & means v.p., first term

Jen Pashup-Graham, treasurer, second term

Louise Kirkman, secretary, first term

The new executive committee starts July 1. Thank you to Janet Mathis, co-president, Robyn Beres, v.p. of ways & means, and Amy Fiorato, secretary, who will complete their second terms in office on June 30.

The Madison community is grateful for your time and dedication to our school.

Recognize outstanding teachers and staff

Has your student been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? Please pick up an Inspiration Nomination form in the Madison PTA President mailbox by the copy room or download it here for your child to fill out. Crayon, pencil, stickers and/or pictures in the margins are all a welcome personal touch. Simply send it into the Madison office or send directly to the District 200 Public Relations Office at 130 W Park Ave., Wheaton, IL 60189.

If your student would prefer to fill out an online nomination form, you can find it here.

Questions? Contact Erica Loiacono at 630-682-2469 or

Clean up Madison grounds

Have you noticed that there were more yellow daffodils around Madison school this spring? Student volunteers helped plant them in the fall in celebration of Madison’s 50th anniversary.

We want to continue to keep Madison beautiful. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the school grounds on Sat., May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. We will be weeding flower beds, picking up litter, and spreading mulch. Some tools will be provided, but if you have your own gardening tools, please bring them. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please contact John Phanthavong ( with any questions.

Screen Free Week schedule

Can you go a whole week without electronics? Of course you can! Your family decides what Screen Free means for you. Does it mean no TV? No computer (okay if for school)? No video games? No tablets? No smart phones? Whatever you decide it means, is the pledge you will make.

From Mon. May 4 through Sun. May 10, the Madison PTA has several activities planned to help you and your family stay away from screens.

Mon., May 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Mr. Cortesi’s Dynamite Night in Madison’s multipurpose room

Hula Hoop contest, Beanbag Tag, Mouse Trap, Pin the Guard

Tues., May 5, 12:00-9:00 p.m.

Fundraiser at Oberweis on Roosevelt Rd. in Glen Ellyn.

Madison receives 30% of all our sales…ice cream, milk, lemonade, containers to go, etc.

An Oberweis flyer will be sent home with your child next week. Please remember to bring this flyer with you on May 5.

Wed., May 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bingo in Madison’s multipurpose room.

Try your luck and win some prizes!

Thurs., May 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Game Night in Madison’s multipurpose room.

Bring your favorite board game to play with your friends.

Every student who goes without screens for the week will have a chance to win one of several Target gift cards. Just turn this pledge sheet by Tues., May 12.

Questions? Contact Leigh Ann Gaul at

Dress for the all school yearbook photo

The annual all school yearbook photo is scheduled for Mon., May 4 at 2:30 p.m. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Madison School, students, staff, and faculty will form a large number 50. Students and faculty are encourage to wear a navy blue or dark blue shirt.

Please contact Dawn Draus at if you have any questions.

Free camp today at Bower

Let's Play is offering a FREE Friday Night Camp at Bower this afternoon (April 24). The camp will be taught by Joe Cortesi and Bower's Chris Bogosian.

The Friday Night Camp is open to everyone in the community and is free, but you need to register your child through the Wheaton Park District. Enter "Lets Play" into Keyword search and "Match All words" in search options or call the Wheaton Park District 630-690-4880.

There will be two camps:

One for ages 5-8 (4pm-5pm) Registration Code 203380-1

One for ages 8-12 (5pm-6pm) Registration Code 203380-2

The students that participated in the summer camps and winter break camp had a great time!

Questions can be sent to:

Bike to school

Madison will participate in National Bike to School Day on Wed., May 6. All students are encouraged to participate. Students in grades K-2, must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you St. Baldrick’s Day Volunteers

St. Baldrick’s Day at Madison was a huge success. We raised $24,000 for children’s cancer research in the fight against this disease, which affects so many families, including families at Madison. The event couldn’t have happened without the effort of so many people.

A big “thank you” to all the volunteers that helped make this day a success:

Evelyn Amador, Terry Bagley, Robyn Beres, Judy Bilitzki, the family of Marty Blader, Mary Boedigheimer, Kathleen Bremer, Stephanie Brown, Mr. Callahan, The Cho Family, Kathy DiOrio, Dawn Draus, Chase and Ellie Ewoldt (St. Baldrick’s Ambassador), Becky Grout, Julie and Adam Ippolito, Meg Jamen, Julie Klink, Nicole and Kevin Klotz, Janet Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, Pam Nielsen, Kristin and Ian Olson, and Jennifer Pashup-Graham, The Polley Family, Melissa Roberts, Amy Schmidt, Dr. Schuler, Nina Serna’s family, Javier Solano, Marilyn Stangeland, Michele Triscik, Anne and Tess Valente, and Stacy Wecker.

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We would also like to thank the 12 stylists from around the area who generously donated their time and talents for this day. Anshael Bass (former Madison student), Sonia Carriedo, Lisa Dibattista (Madison Mom), Alexis Dunaway, Olivia Foley, Jessica Herbert, Stephanie Johnson, Nadya Khamisi (Madison Mom), Christine Moons, Patricia Mueller, Courtney Ramsland, and Mandi Wright.

Another huge “thank you” to all the students and staff that shaved and/or donated their hair:

David Allgood, Maliah Angokar; Bear Awadzi, Joseph Badgeley, Luke Baker, Marty Blader, Ian Boedigheimer, Josh Borrink, Lily Brown, Mr. Callahan, Ethan Clark, Micah Colquhoun, Aidee Delgadeo, Liam Dockery, Nathan Draus, Miles Duebener, Callan Fahey, Timmy Foley, Carter Gaul, Brett Gniadek, Mr. Grace, William Greene, Luke Grout, Jason Hartman, Quinn Harty, Patrick Herr, Liam Hughes, Caden Ippolito, Colin Jamen, Jonah Klink, Barrett Klopfenstein, Will Klotz, Christopher Lehman, Sydney Long, Richard Masterson, Anna Mathis, Carter McCue, Mrs. Menzel, Santiago Mosca, Ezra Mouw, Colin Nelson, Josh Nigrelli, Quentin Oker, Emma Olson, Carson Parker, Dawson Parker, Bennett Polley, Melissa Roberts, Ryleigh Roberts, Ella Schmidt, Kenny Schroeder, David Shimp, Corwin Shore, Edwin Smith, Javier Solano, Gavin Sonntag, Shane Szudarski, Logan Turner, Samantha Valente, Lukas Velazquez, Gabe Waszak, Julie Weber, Trenton Weber, Aiden Weck and Jake Wedoff.

Stuff for the Poor shoe drive

The shoe drive for Stuff for the Poor continues through Mon., April 27. Please bring in your gently worn unwanted adult and children’s shoes. This charity collects the shoes and resells them in Uganda and Haiti. The proceeds from the sales help cover educational expenses for children in these areas. On Mon., April 27 during the recess portion of the lunch hour, students will pair up and inspect the shoes. Encourage your student to attend and make a difference in the life of a student around the world.

Questions? Email Shannon Klopfenstein at

Attend the social media parent seminar

Do you know where your children are online? Melissa Hemzacek, LSW and Internet Safety Specialist from the High Tech Crimes Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, is scheduled to give an online safety for children and teens presentation at Hubble Middle School on Tues., April 28 at 7 p.m. This presentation is open to all D200 parents; however, the district does ask that you RSVP for the event here.

Enroll in Summer Camps

Enrollment for the 2015 WW South Summer Recreation Camps is open. Programs available include badminton, baseball, basketball, cheer, track, cross country, dance, football, golf, softball, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and swimming.

Incoming kindergartner registration

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2015, please call the school office at 630-682-2095 to add your child’s name to our kindergarten list and to obtain information on registration. Please pass this information to any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartner. Thank you!

Run the Trek for Tech 5k

Join the fun & family-friendly 5k on April 25 to help increase access to technology in the classroom in District 200.

Sign up to walk or run the annual 5k Human Race by Giving DuPage. Friends or friends that want to support your 'trek', can donate here. Thank you!

Incoming Edison parent meeting

Attention 5th grade parents. Edison will host the 5th grade parent orientation on Wed., Apr 29 from 7-8 pm in Edison's auditorium.

Missing something? Check lost and found

Please have your student check the lost and found on the tables across from the gym. There are many very nice clothing items, mittens, hats, etc.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

Upgrading to a new tablet? Donate your old one to Madison

Madison teachers have found many ways for refurbished iPads/other tablets /handheld devices to complement the curriculum. Simply take your old device into Madison’s office during school hours of 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the staff will make sure it’s put to good use in the classroom. Please let your friends and relatives know too! Donations are tax-deductible.

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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:

Apr. 25: Run the Trek for Tech 5K

Apr. 27-29: PARCC Testing

Apr. 27: Madison Cares

Apr. 29: 5th grade parent Edison orientation

May 4: Special Needs PTA meeting, 7:30 p.m.

May 4-10: Screen-free week

May 6: Bike to school day

May 21: PTA general membership meeting, noon

May 22: Explore More Day

Aug. 17: Meet & Treat

Sept. 3: Picture Day

Sept. 16 & 17: Run-a-thon (rain date is Sept. 18)

Nov. 12: Multicultural Day

Jan. 23, 2016: Pancake breakfast

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.