Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / October 30, 2020

PTA Member Benefit: Access the 2020-2021 School Directory

All current PTA members can now access the 2020-2021 school directory via Directory Spot.

Virtual Academy families can also access the VA directory through Directory Spot. To switch between viewing the Madison directory and the VA directory, use the Directories tab.

What Is Directory Spot?

This is our school-wide directory that you can access via the Directory Spot mobile app or website. You can look up contact information for every student and staff member at Madison, see which students are in every class and even view the school calendar. If your child wants to get together with a new friend, you can easily find their contact info in Directory Spot.

It’s not too late to join the PTA and get access to this great resource!

Join the PTA Today!

Questions? Contact Keri Widmer:

Consider Donating for the Veteran's Day Collection, Benefitting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

From November 2-12, the Veteran's Day Committee will be collecting items to donate to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

Families can place contributions on tables in the front hall.

Collection Requests Listed by Grade:

  • Kindergarten: Toothbrushes and/or Toothpaste

  • First Grade: Shampoo

  • Second Grade: Paper Towels

  • Third Grade: Toilet Paper

  • Fourth Grade: Dish Soap

  • Fifth Grade: Laundry Detergent

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2020 - 2021 Reflections Participants Wanted (Submit by Nov. 4!)

Calling all artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, photographers and writers! The PTA Reflections Program is now underway. This year’s theme is “I Matter Because….”. Use your imagination to creatively express this theme through artwork, writing, dance, film, photography and/or music.

Please feel free to contact Christina Hull at for specific rules for any of the categories or with any questions.

Please submit all completed projects (with entry form) by Wednesday, November 4th to the main office or to your child’s teacher.

Madison Cares: October Service Highlight


This year with the unique school environment, in place of in-classroom projects, Madison Cares will be challenging students to take opportunities to help in the community in other ways!

Each month, we will highlight a local service organization or volunteer opportunity and how students can take part, both during COVID-19 and after. These monthly highlights are for awareness purposes - kids and their families may give back to the community in any way they choose!


Start simple! Find small ways to help a neighbor:

  • Rake leaves

  • Cook a meal

  • Make a card

  • Run an errand

  • Bring in mail

  • Spending time together - read a book/play a game (socially distanced as needed)

  • Shovel sidewalks

  • Ask how you can be of help!

  • Reach out to our local People’s Resource Center for more ways to support your neighbors:


The Stuff-a-Truck event supporting People’s Resource Center was October 23rd - thank you for sending in your non-perishable donations!

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Order Now for the Butter Braid Fundraiser 2020

Braided by hand, the pastries make a tasty addition to the winter season. Available exclusively through fundraisers, so the support you’re giving makes the treat a little sweeter. Click here to order online. All orders must be received by Nov. 10th and pick-up will take place in front of the main entrance on Nov. 18th from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Pick-up will be socially distanced drive-thru. Thanks for your support!

Picture This

Madison families, we need your help! Throughout the year, please share photos so we can fill the yearbook with smiling faces and show the world how Madison is STRONGER TOGETHER!

  • Halloween Fun - Share your photos from Spirit Week - theme days or your child with their personalized water bottle.

  • VA families can help too! Show us a day in the life of e-learning – saying the Pledge of Allegiance, studying in learning pods, doing PE, art and music. As long as it’s school related, submit it!

Share your photos on Facebook or via email to

(Madison students only, please – no siblings.)

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You can support the Madison PTA when you shop:

  • Box Tops for Education: Scan your grocery receipt in the Box Tops app, and Madison will earn 10 cents from every qualifying item. Download the app.
  • AmazonSmile: Join AmazonSmile and select Madison, so when you shop Amazon - on the website or through the app - the PTA will get 0.5% of your eligible purchases. Learn more on the PTA website.
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PTA Meeting Schedule and Minutes

View the full meeting schedule for the year and access minutes from previous meetings on the Madison PTA website.

Madison PTA 2020-2021 Executive Board

President: Beth Tatro

President-Elect: Lauren DeReus

V.P. Membership: Keri Widmer

V.P. Ways and Means: Heather Button and Kate Kessler

Treasurer: Meredith Sharpee

Secretary: Jessica Houston

See the list of committee chairs

If you have any questions about Madison Memos or would like to submit an item for a future issue, please email Debbie McCraw & Alison Bruder at You can view the publication schedule and previous issues on the PTA website.