Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / May 7, 2021

Madison PTA Appreciates Our Teachers!

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and the PTA was busy delivering surprises and gratitudes to Madison teachers, and Virtual Academy teachers who have Madison students. Each day, PTA provided a breakfast or lunch for all in-person staff and capped off the week with an all-school dance party plus a raffle of prizes for the teachers and staff. Virtual Academy teachers each received a $15 Dunkin' Donuts gift card, which we heard made their day!

We are so grateful for all of our teachers, especially during this very challenging year!

Madison PTA Slate of Officers 2021-22

The below slate of nominations was presented at the March 15 PTA meeting. Officer elections will take place at the upcoming general membership meeting on May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Anyone else interested in an officer position may be nominated from the floor at that time. The person nominating must have consent from the nominee prior to the meeting. Newly elected officers will be installed at the May general membership meeting and will begin their term July 1.

President: Lauren DeReus, 2nd term

President-Elect: Debbie McCraw, 1st term

Vice President of Membership: Keri Widmer, 2nd term

First Vice President of Ways and Means: Kate Kessler, 2nd term

Second Vice President of Ways and Means: Diana Benoist, 1st term

Treasurer: Meredith Sharpee, 2nd term

Secretary: Heather Graf, 1st term

Thank you to all of our volunteers and to this year's nominating committee: Heather Graf, Michelle Clousing, Amy Consolazio, Lisa Feeley and Debbie McCraw.

Here's Your Chance to Make Madison (Even More) Beautiful!

The Beautification Committee is in need of a chairperson, as the current chair (Todd Jacobson) will be finishing his term at the end of the current school year. The Beautification Committee is responsible for organizing the annual beautification day typically held in September or October, where students & parents help to cut back perennials, rake leaves, pull weeds, apply mulch, etc. The chair position also is responsible for the purchasing/planting of plants for the seasonal containers at the Mayo entrance and in other areas that will enhance the existing landscape around the building. This is a very minimal time commitment and you ultimately make up the schedule for any projects you'd like to organize. Only basic gardening or yard work skills are required and Todd will provide all of the necessary orientation & guidance for the position. For more information, please contact Todd Jacobson directly at

Planning in Progress: Explore More Day

The Madison PTA is working hard to plan some traditional end-of-year activities under the current guidelines set forth by District 200. Several parent volunteers are discussing ways we can support Explore More Day, Fifth Grade Celebration and Field Day for our students during the month of June, in partnership with our amazing Madison staff. While these events may not look the same as in years past, we feel it is important to carry on these Madison traditions. Please join us at our upcoming PTA meeting to discuss plans or email your ideas to

District 200: Board Meeting Updates

Communications Updates
Keep up with all District 200 news in the centralized newsroom. All stories and Board Highlights that the District sends are archived in this location. The newsroom can be found at

District 200 Summer Learning Acceleration Opportunities

COVID-19 has impacted students in all different ways. District 200 is taking a comprehensive approach to analyze all students’ needs and determine programming to accelerate learning. This approach includes analyzing multiple data sources. A one-size-fits-all approach cannot meet all students' needs to accelerate learning; therefore, numerous summer opportunities have been designed. The full list of summer learning opportunities can be found on the District website at Families should contact their building administrator with questions about these programs.

Full Remote Learning Option
District 200 will return all students to full in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. School districts are required to continue to provide the option of remote learning for students that qualify for medical exceptions. A student may qualify for a medical exception through the following circumstances:

  • A student who has a diagnosed medical condition that causes the student to be at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19.
  • A student who lives with a household member with a diagnosed medical condition that causes the individual to be at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19.

To assist in planning for next year, the district is asking parents/guardians to request remote learning by May 15, 2021, by completing this form: Full Remote Learning 2021-2022. Completing this form assists the school district in planning and preparation for the next school year. The Required Medical Paperwork for Enrollment required to begin class in the full remote option can be submitted at a later time.To complete the registration process, the application for remote learning must be completed by a health care provider. Students who select the Virtual Academy will be committed to this learning model for the entire duration of the 2021-2022 School Year, with no changes at the trimester or semester.

To learn more about the full remote option, families can review the following information:
April 28 Committee of the Whole Presentation
High School Full Remote Information

Questions can be directed to:
High School - Ian Smith,
K-8 - Danielle Moran,
Early Childhood - Stephanie Magnini,
Special Education - Erica Ekstrom,

DEI200: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Upcoming Events

  • May 10 - PTA Meeting, 7 p.m. at Madison (Outside by the Picnic Tables!)
  • May 12 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
  • May 13 - D200 Mobile Food Pantry at Hubble Middle School, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • May 20 - D200 Mobile Food Pantry at Monroe Middle School, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • May 31 - No School/Memorial Day
PTA Meeting Schedule and Minutes

The next Madison PTA meeting is on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. We will meet in person at Madison, by the picnic tables. You can 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 and Alison Bruder at You can view the publication schedule and previous issues on the PTA website.