Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 8, 2016

Attend the PTA meeting

Our next PTA meeting is Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. in the LLC. Please consider joining us for this evening meeting. Mr. Callahan will be talking to our PTA about class room sizes at Madison. In addition, we will be electing officers to serve during the 2016-2017 school year. The nominating committee has presented the following slate:

Kristin Olson, Co-President
Rachel Bailey, Co-President
Lisa Thomas, Vice President of Membership
Katie Morris, Treasurer
Suzie Weber, Vice President of Ways and Means
Louise Kirkman, Secretary

Explore More Day Celebrates 20 years

Can you believe that this year marks 20 years of Explore MORE Day at Madison?

Are you ready to Explore MORE?

Explore MORE Day is Fri., May 27. To celebrate 20 years of Exploring MORE, we have added some exciting new classes this year. Our students will love the new line-up and will enjoy some of the old favorites too. Mark your calendars. Registration flyers will be coming home in backpacks on Fri., Apr. 15. Our online registration system will open that afternoon. We encourage everyone to register right away to ensure students receive their top choices. All registrations must be completed by Apr. 20.

Fifth Grade Celebration planning is underway

The 5th Grade Celebration will be May 31 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Our 5th Grade Celebration Committee is currently working on planning a fun and memorable party for our 5th Graders.

We still need your help.

Baby pictures and questionnaires should be sent to Tracy Osborne by April 15. You can email them to, upload them to the Madison 5th Grade Celebration Facebook page, or send them to school with your 5th Grader. Please remind your 5th Grader not to share pictures with other students.

We are still seeking pictures for the 5th Grade DVD and memory book. Pictures can be posted to the 5th Grade Facebook page, emailed to Kristin Olson,, or submitted on a disk or flash drive to the 5th Grade Celebration mailbox in the school office. Please limit pictures to only those taken at school.

Lastly, we are currently collecting donations for raffle prizes. Any donations, no more than $15.00, are greatly appreciated. Some fun ideas include $5 and $10 gift cards, PE t-shirts for Edison, items to decorate lockers, fun pens and pencils, or anything you think a new 6th Grader would like. Donations can be dropped in the school office in the Raffle Bin. If you have any questions regarding the raffle, please contact Becky Grout at

District 200 PTAs to present scholarships

Please congratulate former Madison student Meezahn Senbetta for earning one of 30 District 200 PTA scholarships. Each year, PTAs across District 200 contribute to the $500 college scholarships. Senbetta and the other 29 recipients will receive their scholarships at an awards breakfast later in April.

Turn in your Raging Waves Plunge into Fitness Logs

Turn in your completed Raging Waves Plunge into Fitness log to your teacher by Wed., Apr. 13. You will get your FREE Raging Waves weekday pass from your teacher before the end of May. Extra fitness logs are available in the front office. Contact Sybil Scaccia at with any questions.

Thank you to all who made St. Baldrick’s Day successful

Thanks to all the 5th grade student and teacher efforts we raised over $28,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation and their work to raise children’s cancer awareness.

We also had a lot of fun in the process! Shaving heads and donating ponytails is a tangible way to make a difference in the fight against children’s cancer affecting so many families, including families at Madison. The event couldn’t have happened without the efforts of so many people, and we have many to thank.

A big thank you to all the special guests and volunteers that helped make this day a success:

Our Honored Kids and Families: Sophie Cho and the entire Cho Family and Nina Serna and her family; Special guests from District 200: Dr. Schuler, superintendent; Chris Crabtree and Barbara Intihar, Board of Education members; Cathy Mousseau and Pamela Paulsen, New 200 Foundation members; Madison Staff: Judy Bilitzki, Tim Callahan, Katie Clum, Joe Cortesi, Courtenay Cook, Kathy DiOrio, Cindi Emma, Jamie Farmer, Lisa Feeley, Desiree Fleming, Erin Gatlin, Sheila Giambalvo, Tom Grace, Diane Graham, Sarah Hernandez, Matt Jewell, Pam Menzel, Tori Rebholz, Kim Schultz, Javier Solano, Kim Summers, Stacy Wecker, and Mary Jo Witnik; Flutist: Kathleen Bremer; Bagpiper: Jon Howat; Photographers: Dawn Draus, Julie Klink and Randy Wenger; Parent Volunteers:, Leah Benshoof, Stephanie Brown, Laura Burger, Sue Busse, JoAnn DePergola, Monica Fahey, Krista Foley, Jennifer Pashup-Graham, Becky Grout, Julie Ippolito, Meg Jamen, Stacia Keegan, Nicole and Kevin Klotz, Kristin Olson, Wendy Payne, Megan Savitt, Michelle Triscik, and Oliver Valente; Madison Cares Committee: Terry Bagley, Shannon Klopfenstein, Janet Mathis, and Anne Valente.

We would also like to thank the 10 stylists from around the area who generously donated their time and talents for this day. Sonia Carriedo and Araceli Perez (Marquiz Salon and Spa), Nadya Khamisi (Ulta Beauty and Madison mom), Molly Samples (Ulta Beauty), Anshael Bass (The Salon and former Madison student), Christine Moons (Lotus Salon and Spa), Lisa Dibattista (Salon 21 and Madison mom), Patricia Mueller (Ellyn Beauty Salon), Angela Blangin and Britnee Barstatis (SportClips).

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A huge thank you to all the students, staff, and adults that shaved and/or donated their hair:

Ponytail Donors: Heidi Bourne, Gianna Chivilo, Rowan Cutlan, Reet Gohar, Gianna Horejs, Avery Krejci Kira Mothershed, Ella Priebe, Lexi Shore, Lucy Wallrab, and Mrs. Brook West; Shavees: David Allgood, Zach Benshoof, Josh Borrink, Grant Brown, Ethan Cacovean, Ethan Clark, Quinn Colquhoun, Liam Dockery, Nathan Draus, Marc Duebener, Callan Fahey, Timothy Foley, Tom Grace,Luke Grout, Corey Gul, Quinn Harty, Mr. Jon Howat, Liam Hughes, Colin Jamen, Jonah Klink, Will Klotz, Avery Krejci, Kyle Lamberty, Carter McCue, Yaahn Mody, Mr. Parin Mody, Zach Morton, Ezra Mouw, Colin Nelson, Quentin Oker, Luca Pascente, Grayson Pavicich, Kenneth Schroeder, Ben and David Shimp, Corwin Shore, Gavin Sonntag, Russell Styrkowicz, Alex and Ethan Szafranski, Logan Turner, Billy Wallrab, Luke Webber, Jake Wedoff, Andrew Welninski, Logan West, and Mrs. Brook West.

Finally, the Wheaton Fire Department who offered the highest fundraiser a ride to school the day of the event. Congratulations to Avery Krejci! She earned it.

Madison Yearbook Update

You can still place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Use this link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover).

DID YOU KNOW? You can pay with a check when purchasing a yearbook online. Just click on the payment option drop down menu and select 'Check'. Enter the information from your check as prompted.

All yearbooks must be prepaid by April 30. If you pay after April 30, shipping charges will apply and the yearbook will be sent directly to your home.

Click here for a list of all students that have ordered a yearbook as of April 4, 2016.

Custom Pages - TreeRing offers a custom yearbook option. You can personally create two pages with photos that you upload. Please be sure to upload your personal photos to a private folder under your account, otherwise, the Madison community has the ability to view your photos on TreeRing. These custom pages will take the place of two pages that will appear in non-custom books, the Lunch and Recess collage page and a compilation page of various Madison events. If you opt to include custom pages, the deadline to complete these pages and be 'print ready' is TODAY, April 8.

When finished customizing, set your book to 'print ready' or you won't receive your custom pages. Not customizing? Just leave your book NOT 'print ready' and you will receive the standard book.

All School Photo - The annual outdoor all school photo has been rescheduled for Thurs., April 14 at 2:30 p.m. with hopes for warmer weather. Keeping it simple this year, students can wear whatever they want. All morning Kindergarten students are invited to attend the photo under supervision of a parent.

Please contact Dawn Draus at with any questions.

Order from Schwan's

Our Schwan’s fundraising campaign will continue to earn 5% for another 75 days. If you haven’t had a chance to give their delicious frozen foods a try, then follow the instructions below to place your order. Remember, Schwan’s delivers straight to your door!


There are three ways to place a fundraising order:

  1. Via Schwan’s Cares. Choose “Shop to Give” to place a food order from Schwan’s.
  2. By Phone. Place your order via toll free number 1-855-870-7208. Make sure to provide our Campaign ID, 26158, or “Madison Elementary” when ordering by phone.
  3. Via During checkout simply type in our Campaign ID, 26158, to contribute to our fundraiser.


For new customers, you will choose your delivery date and time during checkout.

For existing Schwan’s customers, you will need to follow one of the three ordering steps above to create your fundraising affiliation and have your order contribute to the campaign. Your order will be delivered on your existing scheduled route day.

Form of payment is required when placing fundraising orders, but you can change payment at the door to a preferred method of payment (Check, Cash, EBT, or Credit and Debit Card are accepted). If you are not home during the time of delivery, your items will be left in a protected freezer bag at no cost to you.

Questions? Email

Help clean up Madison grounds

Please help keep Madison Elementary beautiful! Volunteers are needed on Sun., Apr. 24 from 12-3 p.m. to help clean up the school grounds. All are welcome. Come for as little or as long as you can. We will be weeding flower beds, planting perennials, picking up litter, and turning over mulch. Some gardening tools will be provided but if you have your own tools please bring them. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? Contact John Phanthavong at

GetFIT@Madison’s Library Learning Center

Madison's LLC is looking for donations for our STEAM room. Examples of items include:

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We have dreams to add LittleBits, a Lego wall, Ozobots, and Spheros.

Thank you for your help,

Mrs. Graham

Mobile Dental Clinic is coming

Smile Illinois Mobile Dental Clinic is coming to Madison on April 15. Applications were sent home on March 3. Please return the completed application as soon as possible. The health office has extra copies if needed. Questions? Please contact Mary McCafferty at

Register for WWS Summer Programs

Wheaton Warrenville South Summer Recreation Registration is now open. Clink here to register.

Plunge into Fitness to earn FREE Raging Waves Pass

Are you tracking your fitness? Earn a FREE weekday pass to Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville this summer in just three easy steps. Madison students grade K-5 can keep track of exercise on the fitness logs that were sent home. Initial each circle/box on the fitness log for every 30 minutes you exercise. After you have finished the path, turn in your completed log to your teacher by April 13. You will get your FREE Raging Waves weekday pass from your teacher before the end of May. It’s simple and fun! Extra fitness logs are available in the front office. Contact Sybil Scaccia at with any questions.

Mark your calendar

The PTA offers both daytime and evening meetings to accommodate all of our members.

The noon meetings will be held in the music room and our evening meetings will be held in the LLC. Hope to see you there!

Apr. 21 at 7 p.m.

May 19 at 12 p.m. (new officer installation)

Save the dates

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

Apr. 11 - 20: PARCC Testing for Grades 3, 4, 5

Apr. 15: Smile Illinois Mobile Dental Clinic

Apr. 18-22: Earth Week

Apr. 21: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m.

May 2-May 6: TV Turn off Week

May 4: Bike to School Day

May 19: PTA Meeting at 12 p.m.

May 27: Explore More Day

May 30: No school - Memorial Day

May 31: 5th Grade Celebration

June 1: Last day of school

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.