Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 6, 2017

Book your Trivia Night table

Trivia Night is October 21. Book your table now. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails and dinner Dicky’s BBQ. Tickets are $25 per person. Each table can seat up to 10 people. Pay via School Pay ( or send a check made out to Madison Elementary PTA, Attention Trivia Night. If you have a full table, but each person/couple pays individually, you can send an email to with a list of names.

We also are looking for wine donations valued at $20 per bottle minimum for our wine pull. Donations can be dropped off at 2073 Wexford Circle (cooler on the front step).

Once again, there is a raffle for four Black Hawks tickets for the November 5 game vs. Montreal. Can’t make the event, but are interested in the ticket raffle? Julie Ippolito (before school) and Stephanie Brown (after school) will be on the Madison playground selling raffles for $10 each. The winner will be announced at the event. You don’t have to be present to win.

Questions? Email

Have you registered for the PTA yet?

Become a member of the PTA . As a member you have access to the digital all school directory Directory Spot, which lets you be in contact with other families as well as provides information about Madison School.

Your membership also goes to support the many fun programs and events such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Field Trips, Class Parties, Math Club, Chess Club, Battle of the Books, Conservation Committee, Meet and Treat, Winter Carnival, Field Day, and more!

Sign Up is easy. Simply click on this link and follow instructions. There is an option to pay by credit card online or print a form and return to the office with cash or check.

There are many ways to volunteer both behind the scenes and in the school. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, simply click this link and follow instructions to sign up for a committee of your choice.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown at

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This year students will learn about other countries and cultures while traveling through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa. It takes many hands to make this day a success, and we are currently seeking country instructors in first grade (Asia) and volunteers in all grade levels. If you have some time to give, please consider helping us celebrate diversity on this amazing day. If you are available to help, please email the MCD committee at or talk to Rachel Bailey or Tone Rosen directly.

Help make a difference

Madison Elementary School will participate once again in Make A Difference Day, which is a community wide event that takes place on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Help us "Stuff a Truck" with People's Resource Center to reach their goal of collecting 40,000 pounds of food. We will be collecting healthy non-perishable/non-glass food items to donate. Fill a plastic or paper bag and drop off at the school office between October 19-25. On October 27 the 5th grade students will help "stuff the truck" with our donations. Questions? Please contact Amy Angolkar at

Order your yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check. There is a 10% discount if ordered by October 31!

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please click here, to view all orders as Oct.1, 2017.

Please consider joining the Yearbook Committee. There are many opportunities to help from taking photos of special events, to creating actual yearbook pages using TreeRing, to helping with group picture day in January and many more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

P.E. happenings

The P.E. department is seeking 4x6 photos of Madison students playing sports/fitness/Lego activities for the P.E. hallway. Categories include: running, baseball/T-ball/softball, soccer, golf, football/cheerleading, basketball, Legos and miscellaneous (swimming, hiking, etc.). Please label and send us your photos!

All K-5 students will be roller skating during their P.E. time the week of October 23. Each student will need to bring in $7 cash for equipment rental. Students are not allowed to bring in their own skates, but helmets and wrist guards are required and may be brought from home. This fun activity requires help from parents. Please consider volunteering your time.

Please help your child remember gym shoes and socks every day for P.E. Students also may bring in their own goggles for throwing games.

Questions? Please contact your P.E. teacher -- Mr. Cortesi, Mr. Fry or Mr. Spontak.

Order Butter Braid

Our delicious Butter Braid fundraiser will be starting on October 18 and will run through November 1. Look for order forms coming home soon in your child's backpack. There will be samples available for tasting at both conference nights, so be on the lookout to try these delicious breads if you haven't done so already. You don't want to miss out!

Please direct questions to Kelly Stykowicz (

State to report on KIDS

Kindergarten readiness is a key area of focus for the State of Illinois. To this end, school districts in Illinois will begin reporting on 14 readiness measures of the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) for each kindergartner beginning in the fall of 2017. You can learn more by visiting the KIDS Families Toolkit 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.

2017 - 2018 Reflections Theme Announced

The 2017-2018 National Reflections theme is “Within Reach”. Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Entries are due early in the school year, so interested students are encouraged to work on their entry over the summer. For more information, visit the PTA Reflections website
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Volunteer for the book fair

Madison’s Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: October 16 – October 19, 2017

Shopping hours:

Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from October 8 to October 21, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Graham

Order from Amazon and raise money for Madison

The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Save the dates

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

Oct. 9: No School

Oct. 16-19: Book Fair

Oct. 17 & 19: Parent / teacher conferences

Oct. 21: Trivia Night

Oct. 23 - 27: Roller skating week

Nov. 17: Multicultural Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.