Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 20, 2017

Last Call for Trivia Night

If you want to attend Trivia Night on October 21 you can still book a seat(s) or table. Cost is $25 a person. Trivia Night is Madison’s adult-only fundraiser, which includes a cash bar and BBQ dinner provided by Dicky’s BBQ. We have fantastic silent auction prizes this year, including Bears tickets, Bulls tickets, golf outings, spa packages, dinner, and much more!

Our Grand Prize raffle is 4 BlackHawks tickets to the November 5 game vs Montreal, an original 6 team.

Can’t attend, but want to help? You can buy raffle tickets for the BlackHawks or donate wine. For information or tickets, please email

Order Butter Braid

Our delicious Butter Braid fundraiser started October 18 and will run through November 1. Order forms went home this week in your child's backpack. Hopefully you had a chance to sample the delicious breads at one of the conference nights. You don't want to miss out!

Please direct questions to Kelly Stykowicz (

Picture retakes

On Monday, Oct. 30, Color Portraits will return for picture retakes. If you ordered your pictures online and are waiting to receive them, you can still view them digitally. To do this, visit this link at and lookup your child's picture using their ticket code. Go to the "ORDERS" tab, click on "AFTER PICTURE DAY" and enter the ticket code. If you are not sure what your child's ticket code is, please call the front office at Madison and the staff will assist you.

Help enhance education at your child's school

The Student Excellence Foundation has partnered with the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council in creating a Fund-a-Classroom, crowdfunding program, where educators can submit proposals for their classroom needs.

Madison Elementary has the following projects available for your contributions:

First grade is asking for iPads for each classroom:

You can support a specific classroom by donating online or mailing a check to:

Student Excellence Foundation P.O. Box 253 Wheaton, IL 60187

When mailing a check, please include the name of the project you are supporting so it will be correctly applied to that classroom.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Bailey (

Participate in the Conservation Committee Halloween costume contest

Join the Conservation Committee in promoting costumes made out of reusables or recyclables. If your child's costume has any part that has been handmade out of items that would have been tossed in the trash or recycle bin they are eligible to win prizes in the Madison Goes Green for Halloween contest. Participating students should meet in the gym 15 minutes before the parade to be part of the costume contest. Contestants are eligible to win prizes. For questions contact

Run-A-Thon raised more than $13,000

Way to go Madison students, family and staff! We raised more than $13,000 from our Run-A-Thon. One hundred percent (100%) of the money goes directly to Madison's PTA.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with Run-A-Thon:

Morgan Bainbridge, Melissa Baker, Shelly Baker, Danielle Bauer, Melissa Bianco, Hollie Bourne, Maggie Bragassi, Stephanie Brown, Leeann Cacovean, Michele Cechini, Heidi Coopersmith, Erika Dyer, Monica Fahey, Debbie Gonzalez, Rebecca Grout, Laurie Hines, Cecilia Horejs, Chrissy Ligler, Abby May, Aaron McCraw, Kathryn Medanic, Evelyn Mosca, Melisa Oker, Kristin Olson, Meghan Orr, Andrea O'Shea, Michael Pascente, Kristin Pereira, Tone Rosen, Susanne Sheehan, Janine Shimp, Gina Smethells, Beth Tatro, Lisa Thomas and Michele Triscik.

A shout out to all the Madison families who held posters, ran, jumped in to help when needed and cheered on their runners.

A special thank you goes to Tim Callahan and Joe Cortesi who helped plan and organize our Madison Run-A-Thon schedule. Also thank you to all the teachers who helped cheer on their students, ran laps with their class, and let us rearrange their schedules for the day. We appreciate your support in making this event so successful.

A special thank you goes to Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics for generously donating our Madison Run-A-Thon t-shirts.

Madison's PTA appreciates all the support given in reaching our goal towards our biggest fundraiser this year.

Support the butterfly garden

Do you have a passion for gardening? Would you like to see a butterfly garden put in at Madison School? The Go Green Committee is considering putting in a pollinator garden that would include native perennials and attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. The students would learn about how plants grow in the Illinois Prairie landscape and why these plants are important for many insects and birds as well as provide a beautiful garden space.

The garden would require some maintenance over the summer. If you and/or your family would be willing to commit to weeding once or more in the spring or over summer please contact the Go Green Committee at

Join the Madison Chess Club

Chess club meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Art Room (enter door 2). The first Chess meeting will be November 2 at 6:30 p.m. Chess Club will continue until Spring Break. All Madison students (K-5) are welcome. No prior experience needed!

There will be a short informational meeting for parents of Chess Club members at the first meeting. Questions? Please contact Mash Angolkar at

Attend District 200 Parenting Seminars

Drugs?​ ​Not​ ​My​ ​Child...​ ​with​ ​Tim​ ​Ryan

Wed.,​ ​Nov. ​1​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Wheaton​ ​North​ ​High​ ​School,​ ​701​ ​W.​ ​Thomas,​ ​Wheaton

A truly educational keynote, Tim explains who today’s addicts truly are; how they get their hands on heroin, opiates, and other substances; the startling death rates amongst addicts – young and old alike.Woven into Tim’s facts and figures is both his own harrowing story of heroin addiction, incarceration, and losing his own son to an overdose. Through this presentation, audience members will recognize how the heroin pandemic affects--and requires the help of--an entire community; discover avenues for immediate and sustainable treatment and recovery; and learn what is being done to address the pandemic and how to get involved.

How​ ​to​ ​Raise​ ​Resilient​ ​Children​ ​with​ ​Jackie​ ​Rhew,​ ​LCPC,​ ​CADC

Wed.,​ ​Feb. ​21​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Monroe​ ​Middle​ ​School,​ ​1855​ ​Manchester​ ​Rd.,​ ​Wheaton

This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement for the child. Factors that contribute to school avoidant behaviors as well as early identification of maladaptive coping responses will be explored. Attendees will learn how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.

SPANISH​ ​PRESENTATION​ ​-​ ​Does​ ​Your​ ​Child​ ​Have​ ​a​ ​Smartphone?​ ​Learn​ ​How​ ​to​ ​Keep Your​ ​Child​ ​Safe​ ​with​ ​Ferney​ ​Ramirez March​ ​7​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Johnson​ ​Elementary​ ​School,​ ​2S700​ ​Continental​ ​Drive,​ ​Warrenville

Parents,​ ​Teens,​ ​Parties​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Law​ ​-​ ​Panel​ ​Discussion​ ​with​ ​State’s​ ​Attorney​ ​Bob​ ​Berlin, Dr.​ ​Michael​ ​Maniacci​ ​and​ ​Social​ ​Worker​ ​Marc​ ​Anderson

Thurs.,​ ​April​ ​12 at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Wheaton​ ​Warrenville​ ​South​ ​High​ ​School,​ ​1920​ ​S.​ ​Wiesbrook​ ​Rd

Your child wants to attend or host a party where alcohol will be present. How do you handle this? What are the legal implications for children who drink underage? What are the legal implications for parents who host parties where alcohol is present? Parents will learn the strategies to have conversations with their children that focus on the potential outcomes of attending a party with alcohol present and also how to help their child decline invitations to parties.

Registration​ ​is​ ​free.​ Call or text Traci at (630) 270-9678 or email to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content, contact Traci Burnham at (630) 784-7226.

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 volunteers to help the day of and/ or help with set up / decorations the day before. 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

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 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 order here 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.16, 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

Thank you conference dinner volunteers

A very big thank you to the following parents that donated to the parent/teacher conference dinners. The staff was very grateful for all you did to make sure they were well fed.

Lindy Ayala, Diana Benoist, Julie Bickel, Hollie Bourne, Stephanie Brown, Carrie Conover, Heidi Coppersmith, Lisa Doherty, Dawn Draus, Sarah Gochee, Becca Hary, Chrissy Ligler, Melisa Luetkehans, Kelly Masse, Abby May, Katie Morris, Evelyn Mosca, Andrea O'Shea, Nicole Richwine, Tone Rosen, Kristina Savenok, Lisa Thomas, Michele Triscik, Suzie Weber, and Jill Weck.

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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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.

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. 21: Trivia Night

Oct. 23 - 27: Roller skating week

Nov. 3: Institute day. No school

Nov. 17: Multicultural Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.