Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 7, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope our students have had a positive, encouraging and challenging start to the new school year! There are a lot of new and exciting things going on at Madison. Here are a few:

Madison School Improvement PlanThis year’s SIP (School Improvement Plan) looks different than in years past. Why? We have a new curriculum, new instructional methods, new district assessments, and new upcoming state assessments. In reading, our goals are written to track our progress toward teaching new Common Core standards and ensuring that we implement District 200’s new Reading Framework with integrity.

In math, the staff analyzed our students’ September pre-test scores on our District math assessments. Each grade level PLC chose a standard that aligns to the District Improvement Plan and set a challenging student growth target. In January, after students complete the next district math assessment, we will devise specific plans to assist students that haven’t met the goal and we hope to have some exciting examples of improved student achievement.

Madison’s Guidelines for Success As you know, last year we launched our Guidelines for Success. Students learned that, “At Madison, we are Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn!” We believe that when our students practice these three guidelines, they can accomplish anything at Madison and in life. Students learned about each concept in fun, engaging ways. Students learned about respect through a PTA funded assembly. Madison students wrote, performed and led our assembly on responsibility. And finally, we learned about being ready to learn through a staff and student produced video.

Now that our students have learned about these three important Guidelines for Success, our Behavior Committee has created a way to reward outstanding student demonstrations of these character traits. At the end of each trimester, one student from each classroom will be awarded a “Madison Coin” and pictures of these students will be displayed on our “Wall of PAWsitive Behavior.”

Our Student Wellness Initiative The Madison School Wellness Committee is launching a new exciting project to inspire students to be fit and active outside of school! During P.E. classes, Mr. Cortesi is introducing students to a free app called “MapMyRun.” Using this app on any smart device, students can log their exercise activities, follow the progress of their friends and teachers, and have fun getting fit! MapMyRun will allow students to keep track of time spent jogging, biking, walking, playing sports, walking the dog, doing push-ups and many more activities.

Madison’s 50th YearA committee of staff and parents have been working on some student-centered 50th Birthday celebrations coming up later this school year! Beginning after Winter Break, Madison will commemorate the five decades of learning at Madison. Students and staff should look forward to 60s Day, 70s Day, 80s Day, 90s Day, and our celebration of the last 14 years as well.

As always, there is a lot to look forward to at Madison. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education.

Tim Callahan, principal

Give to those in need this holiday season

If you would like to help spread holiday cheer to families in need, please consider giving to Christmas Sharing and the Madison mitten tree:

Christmas Sharing

Christmas Sharing started more than 25 years ago as a joint effort between churches and schools in the Wheaton area to provide for needy families during the holiday season. Needed items include clothing (gently used is okay), new underwear and socks, blankets, winter coats, mittens, boots, paper products, baby wipes, diapers, baby food, baby clothes, toys, food, face/body soap, cleaning supplies, and other nonperishable goods. The program also needs cash donations. Christmas Sharing tables will be set up near the main doors, and we will be collecting donations through Dec. 5. Thank you so much for all your support and together we can make a difference.

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Madison mitten tree

Take a mitten off the mitten tree and buy a gift for a Madison student in need. Each mitten will have a specific gift request with size and gender. The mitten tree will be in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the new item and attach the mitten to the outside of the gift. Return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Dec. 12.

Thank you so much for your support. Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker,

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Parents and staff: join Madison PTA Facebook group

With 160 members and growing, Madison PTA Wheaton, IL Facebook group has become a good way to share information about Madison PTA happenings. Any Madison parent/guardian or staff member may join the closed group. You'll find fun pictures, reminders and news. Madison Memos continues to be Madison PTA's main source for information, as it reaches all parents and staff.

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PACE testing to begin in Spring 2015

In March 2015, the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) will host testing for currently enrolled second through fifth grade students.

Students currently in PACE classes do not need to re-test for 2015-2016. Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE testing is Fri., Jan. 15, 2015. For more information, view the "Forms and Flyers" page of the Madison PTA section of

Need to know dates/times?

Check out the Madison calendar on Madison PTA and Madison staff keep the calendar updated. You can also find important dates at the end of every edition of Madison Memos.

Make a Difference Day Committee thanks you

Red bags covered our tables and lined the hallways of Madison. Thank you to all the Madison families that donated items for our recent food drive. On Fri., Oct. 25 we “stuffed a truck” with donations. Much appreciation to the enthusiastic fifth grade students who loaded the truck! Thanks also to the following volunteers that assisted in this project: Terry Bagley, Dawn Draus, Shannon Klopfenstein, Terri McCue, Amy Schimdt and Anne Valente. People’s Resource Center benefitted through your generous donations.

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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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Thank you vision and hearing volunteers

Thank you to the vision and hearing screening volunteers. The program ran efficiently due to the help of Sue Adkins, Monica Fahey, Kathryn Medanic, Anne Nigrelli, Kristin Olson, and Amy Schmidt.

Thank you Book Fair volunteers

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Book Fair! All proceeds support the LLC.

If you missed the book fair or forgot something on your list, you can shop an extended selection at the Online Book Fair through Nov. 11.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for helping make Sir Readalot's Scholastic Book Fair a big success! Please forgive any omissions.

Sue Adkins, George Archos, Mary Boedigheimer, Stephanie Brown, Stacy Circelli, Jen Doty, Linda Doherty, Karen Evans, Holly Harty, Heather Herr, Jeanett Hurtado, Beth Keane, Admira Kliko, Lynn Lehman, Janet Mathis, Becky McCarville, Dawnelle Muff, Kathryn Medanic, Dan Milinko, Anne Nigrelli, Kristin Olson, Amy Schmidt, Annette Shore, Jaime Szafranski, Vicky Samala, Margit Spires, Esther Torne, Monica Wagner, Kristi Wallrab, and Stephanie Whitehead, as well as the following Wheaton Warrenville H.S. National Honor Society students: Mary Budz, Rachel Circelli, Brian Doriott, Josh Deeman, Alex Enright, Alyse Farrar, Abby George, Connor Harty, Danielle Larbonaro, Jackie Nickerson, Katherine Nuttall, Jillian Whooton, and Marisa Zajac.

Keep on reading! We will see you at the next fair.

Mrs. Graham

Volunteers planning “trips” for Multicultural Day

Get ready to do some traveling! Many volunteers are busy preparing to celebrate diversity on Nov. 13. Families and businesses are donating time and resources to support this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow.

The morning will be busy with a “tour” around different regions of the world:

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Kindergarten- Mexico

1st grade-Asia: China, South Korea, Japan, and India

2nd grade- Europe: Sweden and Norway, Ireland and Spain

3rd grade- Pacific Rim: Australia/Great Barrier Reef, Kamchatka Peninsula, and Indonesia

4th grade-Latin America: Columbia, Cuba, and the South American Rainforest

5th grade- Africa: An African Experience

All volunteers for this event are invited to attend a luncheon from 12-1 p.m. Regretfully, children/siblings should not attend.

Madison students will participate in an afternoon assembly entitled World Music Tour by Guy Louis. Morning kindergarteners are invited to attend while accompanied by an adult. The first assembly for grades 3-5 will be from 1:15-2:05 p.m. with another following at 2:15-3:05 p.m. for grades K-2.

Many volunteers are still needed for set-up on Nov. 12 and in the classroom on Nov. 13. Check your calendars and work schedules! This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something wonderful in the classroom with your children.

Last call for Butter Braid

Please be sure to return all Butter Braid order forms to the office by Fri., Nov. 7. If you lost your order form, you can click here for a print at home version. Butter Braids pick up will be Thur., Nov. 20 in the Music Room from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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Market Day is a yummy way to help Madison

Madison participates in a monthly fundraising food program called Market Day.

Each month, restaurant-quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants are available for purchase. Market Day products are competitively priced and our PTA will earn profit on all purchases. Last year Market Day sales helped Madison raise nearly $2,000. These monies helped fund Multicultural Day, Explore More Day and many other important events for our students.

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It's easy to participate. Simply order online at or return the Order Guide to school. Pick up your order on the designated day and enjoy delicious, quick-to-prepare foods for your family.

Online orders for the November sale are due Sat., Nov. 8 by 11 p.m. Pickup is right after school on Wed., Nov. 12 from 3:30-4 p.m.

Look for our flyer each month and support Madison in an easy delicious way!

Contact Michele Triscik ( and Amy Schmidt ( with any questions.

Thank you Halloween party volunteers

Thank you to all the party planners and volunteers that helped make our Halloween parties a success! If you haven't already done so, please return the party folders to the box marked "Room Party Folders" under the PTA mailboxes as soon as possible. Planning will get started shortly for our Winter parties on Fri., Dec. 19.

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Find out more about Senate Bill 16 and what you can do

Illinois Senate Bill 16 (SB16) would redistribute state funding for schools and annually take millions away from District 200. It has already passed in the Senate. Learn about how if this bill becomes law, it will negatively impact District 200. You can find information at or attend the community information session on Thurs., Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m. at Hubble Middle School.

Shop Amazon; earn cash for Madison

When you shop on, please use the Madison PTA link: Madison PTA will earn 1% on every purchase! Click here for more information.
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Earn for Madison by spending at Target

Do you find yourself at Target once or maybe even twice a week or more? Did you know you could use that spending to earn money for Madison? By using your REDcard, Target's credit card or debit card, you can do just that. When you designate Madison as your elementary school, Target donates 1% of your total charge through their "Take Charge of Education" program.
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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:

Nov. 12: Market Day

Nov. 13: Multicultural Day

Nov. 14: No School

Nov. 17: Memos deadline

Nov. 20: PTA Meeting at 12 p.m.

Nov. 20: Butterbraid pick up

Nov. 24-28: Thanksgiving Break - No school

Dec. 17: Winter Concert

Dec. 22 - Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan. 24, 2015: Pancake breakfast

Feb. 6, 2015: Winter Carnival

May 22, 2015: Explore More Day