The Madison School Newsletter / September 25, 2014
Senate Bill 16 to make negative impact on District 200
Do you think the Wheaton Warrenville PTA Council should take a position on the bill or remain neutral? Do you think Madison PTA should take a position on the bill or remain neutral? Please email your opinion to Janet Mathis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Madison PTA; receive the school directory
The PTA is a combined group of dedicated parents, teachers and staff who work hard to enrich the academic lives of our students. Your membership helps support the numerous programs and activities throughout the school year that enrich our children's experience at Madison.
Membership includes one copy of the school directory. This year we will accept payment via credit card in addition to cash or check. Please help us simplify our membership process by paying electronically.
• Go to http://www.cusd200.org
• 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, follow the directions above and click on the link to print and complete the forms at home. Registration forms are also available in the school office. Submit with payment in an envelope labeled "PTA Membership" to the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.
If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Monica Fahey at email@example.com or by phone at 630-517-8187. Thank you for joining the PTA and making Madison a great school!
Introducing DirectorySpot app for PTA Members
Madison PTA is excited to announce that we are implementing a new app, DirectorySpot, for our school directory. You will now be able to access the Madison School directory right from your smartphone with updated information.
The app will contain student names, student phone, student address, parent email addresses and parent names, grade levels and teachers. The app is very secure and only parents and staff of Madison School will be granted access. Each user will log on with an authorized email address and will set a password. If you would like more information on the security features, please visit http://www.directoryspot.net/security.html.
We are giving all Madison PTA members access to the electronic app, which is accessible from an iPhone, Android or on the Web. With the iPhone and Android technology, you can call, text, or email other parents or teachers with one click, right from the app.
Here are some screenshots from our new app (data is fictional):
Madison PTA members will receive an email with instructions on how to download DirectorySpot and set a password. PTA members will also receive a printed directory in October.
We hope you will love the “On the Go” directory. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trivia Night fun!
Trivia Night is going to be a fabulous evening for Madison parents and staff. Reserve your table now. They are filling up fast! Purchase a table of 10 for $250 or reserve your spot for $25 per person. There will be designated grade level tables as well. Email Robyn Beres with your reservations (email@example.com), then send your checks to school in an envelope marked "Trivia Night", payable to Madison PTA.
A cocktail hour kicks off the night while you browse the auction items up for bid. If you have an auction item you'd be willing to donate, contact Julie Ippolito (firstname.lastname@example.org) and fill out this donation form. We will also have a Wine Pull. Contact Amy Stout (email@example.com) to donate a bottle of wine worth $25 or more. For more information, click here.
Feel free to pick a theme for your table and dress up! Get ready for a fun night!
Come to the fall book fair
Madison's annual fall book fair is Oct. 27-30. Please support the Library Learning Center and encourage reading in your families.
Book fair and volunteer hours:
Mon.: 1-3:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., plus special evening hours during conferences
Tues.: 9:15-3:30 p.m.
Wed.: 8-9 a.m. (Bagels and Books with Dad)
9:15-3:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., plus special evening hours during conferences
Thurs.: 9:15-3:30 p.m.
Additional volunteer hours:
Mon.: 9:15 a.m. (set-up)
Mon.: 1-3:30 p.m. (wish lists)
Tues. & Wed: 9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. (wish lists)
Fri.: 9:15 a.m. (take down)
Art Appreciation volunteers needed
We are looking for one or more parent volunteers to do Art Appreciation. It's a once-a-month commitment between October and May. The volunteer and the teacher schedule a time that is mutually convenient to teach a half hour lesson about an artist and a piece. The lessons are preplanned and follow a set schedule. No art background is necessary, just a desire to help out in the classroom and be a creative with your child and his or her classmates.
Vision & hearing screening volunteers needed
Mary Lynn McCafferty, Madison school nurse, needs three volunteers the morning of Oct. 8 and two in the afternoon to help escort kids to and from their classrooms and assist with vision and hearing screening. She also needs one volunteer the morning of Oct. 22 for any rescreenings. Please let Janet Mathis (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you can help.
Help clean up Madison grounds
Please help keep our school grounds looking beautiful! Come Sun., Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We need many volunteers. Kids of all ages and parents welcome. Bring your gardening tools and gloves to help weed flower beds, rake, clean up, and spread mulch.
Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. Contact John Phanthavong, email@example.com for more information.
Thank you PTA committee chairs
It's only September, but already many PTA committees have been busy, and some have even wrapped up their work for the year. Please stop and thank these committee chairs for the work they've already done for Madison PTA this year:
Audit (2013-2014): Misty Gniadek
Hospitality: Jen Doty
LLC Coordinator: Kathryn Medanic
Madison Memos & Outdoor Sign: Jaime Kammerzell
Meet & Treat: Melisa Oker
New Family Welcoming: Jennifer Hasbrouck & Lynn Lehman
Picture Day: Anne Nigrelli & Dawnelle Muff
School Supplies: Kathryn Medanic
If you'd like to volunteer for Madison PTA, please sign up here. Any questions about Madison PTA? Contact Janet Mathis, firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Ippolito, email@example.com, co-presidents.
Online payment now available for committees
Beginning in 2013, Madison PTA began using an online payment software called School Pay to collect payments for PTA membership, general donations, and yearbooks. We found School Pay to be simple and reliable and many parents have used this payment option. This year we encourage more committees to use School Pay if your committee needs to collect any sort of payment from parents.
Here are some great reasons to consider using online payments:
1. Responsible for fewer cash and check payments.
2. Fewer lost orders and payments from the use of the “backpack mail” system.
3. Less time spent recording orders and payments to submit to the treasurer.
4. Track online sales and payments from your home computer at any time.
5. Download information to an Excel spreadsheet for further use.
6. Easily run financial reports to submit to the treasurer each month.
7. Convenient and quick option for parents to use.
Sarah Johnson will support and assist committee chairs who are interested in using School Pay. Set up of a new online payment item may take approximately 2-3 weeks. For more information, contact Sarah Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200 Developmental Screening
Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 offers numerous free screenings throughout the school year for children birth through 5 years of age who are residents of District #200 but who are not yet eligible for kindergarten classes.
The purpose of this screening is to determine if the child’s development is on target with age expectations. A screening can be completed in two ways. First, parents can access the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3) on the Jefferson Early Childhood website . Click on “Developmental Screening”. When that form is completed, the parent will be called with the results and any necessary follow-up can be discussed. Another way that parents can access a screening is to call (630) 682-2109 and request a paper copy of the ASQ-3. If it is determined that a face-to-face screening is required, children come in to Jefferson Early Childhood Center for approximately one hour to be screened in the areas of speech, language, hearing, vision, motor skills, play skills and conceptual skills. These screenings are not designed to determine if a child is ready for kindergarten. Parents with questions regarding kindergarten readiness are encouraged to contact the elementary school that their child will attend.
Face-to-face screenings are by appointment only and are scheduled on various Mondays throughout the year. Since appointments book up quickly, we encourage you to initiate the developmental screening process sooner rather than later.
Madison basketball starts soon
Please look for the registration flyers to come home soon in backpack mail with your 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. We are signing up players, volunteer coaches and assistant coaches for this fun-filled co-ed program that runs Nov. 2014 through Mar. 2015. There is a coach meeting in late October. Forms and payment must be dropped off at the Wheaton Park District Community Center.
Please contact Brittanyanne Schumacher (RianL04@yahoo.com) if you have any questions or would like to coach this year.
Participate in the Reflections program
Reflection time is here. This year’s theme is "The world would be a better place if… ."
All Madison students may act on the theme, create an original work, and be recognized.
Categories include: dance choreography, music composition, film production, photography, literature and visual arts. General rules will be posted in the main office.
For additional information, please click here. Submit your entry to the school office by end-of-day Oct. 10.
Get creative Madison students!
Gaytana Morgan, email@example.com
Support Madison; eat wings
Wing lovers - this one is for you! Madison’s first Dining for Dollars event of the school year will take place on Wed., Oct. 1 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Warrenville.
Dining for Dollars is an opportunity for Madison families to enjoy a great meal and also earn money for the school.
On Oct. 1, Buffalo Wild Wings will offer kid’s meals for only $1.99, which includes free ice cream! Kids also will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel. Please note that this event is valid all day, so feel free to enjoy lunch or dinner while earning money for Madison PTA.
A flyer will come home in Friday folders as we get closer to the event. Make sure to give the flyer to your server or mention that you are with Madison Elementary. Questions? Contact Melissa Roberts (Melissa _Roberts@comcast.net) or Julie Ippolito (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Walk or bike to school
Join your classmates on Wed., Oct. 8, for National Bike/Walk to School Day. By walking or biking to school, you’ll enjoy the trees transitioning to fall colors, keep yourself and the environment healthy and help reduce congestion on city streets. Let’s have some outdoor fun before cold winter days are upon us. Questions? Contact Jeff Hasbrouck (email@example.com).
Earn for Madison by spending at Target
Save the dates
Click on the calendar on the Madison section of www.cusd200.org to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:
Sept. 25: Movie night canceled due to mosquitoes.
Sept. 26: No school
Oct. 1: Dining for Dollars at Buffalo Wild Wings
Oct. 8: Vision and hearing screening
Oct. 8: National Walk/Bike to School Day
Oct. 15: Market Day
Oct. 16: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: Trivia night
Oct. 27 & 29: Parent/teacher conferences
Oct. 27-31: Book Fair
Nov. 13: Multicultural Day
Jan. 24, 2015: Pancake breakfast
Feb. 6, 2015: Winter Carnival
May 22, 2015: Explore More Day