Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / May 22, 2015

A Note from the Principal’s Office…

Thanks to all that helped make this school year such a success. Staff, students and volunteers worked to accomplish goals and reach new levels of student success. We now have two years of fully implemented, Common Core aligned, reading and math standards and are reaping the benefits of the added rigor, problem solving opportunities, and real-world applications. Madison students are well on their way to college and career readiness.

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) FunThanks to our partnership with the Center for Gifted/Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder we are receiving 6 FREE in-house fieldtrips this June 1-8. Grades 3-5 will learn to extract DNA from strawberries and construct double-helix molecules. Grades K-2 will dive into Lego robotics by coding and programming a Lego creation. Check our social media this June for pictures. Don’t forget to register for Madison's World of Wisdom and Wonder Summer Program on June 15-26.

Summer “To Do” List As you make your summer plans, please be sure to remember how important it is for everyone to continue reading and practicing math facts each day. We need your help to ensure that students retain their reading and math skills and love for literature. Here are some summer reading and math tips to consider this summer:

  • Encourage your child to read almost anything: comic books, cartoons, magazines, etc.
  • Set a daily family reading time.
  • Wheaton Public Library Summer Programs.
  • Visit the Wheaton Public Library on Tuesday mornings in July! Madison staff will be there from 9-11 a.m. to read with kids and help them find great books.
  • Make sure your children know reading is an important part of your life. Let them “catch” you reading often.
  • Create a book-a-month club. Have everyone in the family read the same book.
  • Work daily on Xtra Math. Earn certificates and bring them back to school.
  • Learn new concepts with Khan Academy.

Last Day of School The Board of Education recently decided that Mon., June 8 will be the last day of school. It is a full day and report cards may not go home before Monday. If your child can not attend school on Monday, our office will be open to retrieve student items and report cards through June 17.

Changes in Teaching Assignments... There are some teachers on the move this year. First and foremost, we celebrate the retirements of two career educators. Congratulations to Mrs. Menzel and Mrs. Jacobs! Unfortunately, we also bid farewell to Mrs. Stewart and Ms. Gjeldum. They will be teaching at Longfellow Elementary next year. These changes have caused shifts within the assignments at Madison. Next year, Ms. Fograse will join the first grade team and Mrs. Schroeder will join the second grade team.

Have a safe and restful summer!

Tim Callahan

Thank you Madison PTA leaders and volunteers

What an amazing year it's been. Please click here to see all that the PTA has accomplished this year. A huge thank you to the following leaders, plus the countless other volunteers who donated time and finances to make it all happen.

Co-president: Janet Mathis

Co-president: Julie Ippolito

V.P. of membership: Monica Fahey

V.P. of ways & means: Robyn Beres

Treasurer: Jen Pashup-Graham

Secretary: Amy Fiorato

Principal: Tim Callahan

Teacher representative: Lisa Feeley

Audit: Hollie Bourne

Art appreciation: Louise Kirkman

Art to remember: Gaytana Morgan

Battle of the Books: Janet Mathis

Junior Battle of the Books: Dawnelle Muff

Beautification: John Phanthavong

Book fair: Stacy Circelli, Kristin Olson, Stephanie Brown

Butter Braid: Robyn Beres

Chess Club: Jennifer Sonntag, Krista Caprini, Sam Hurtado

Communications: Sarah Johnson, Misty Gniadek, Jaime Kammerzell, Amy Fiorato

Council Delegate: Julie Ippolito

Cultural arts: Louise Kirkman, Alis Priebe

Dining for dollars: Stephanie Brown, Melissa Roberts, Julie Ippolito

Directory: Dawn Draus, Kristin Olson, Sarah Johnson

Explore More Day: Amy Fiorato, Kristin Olson, Suzie Weber

Field Day: Monica Fahey

Fifth grade celebration: Heather Herr, Lynn Lehman

50th anniversary celebrations: Dawn Draus, Amy Schmidt, Michele Triscik, Jennifer Hasbrouck

Go Green: Jeff Hasbrouck

Hospitality: Jen Doty

LLC Coordinator: Kathryn Medanic

Madison Cares/St. Baldrick's: Shannon Klopfenstein

Market Day: Michele Triscik, Amy Schmidt

Math Club: Jody Gosain, Christina Hull

Meet & Treat: Melisa Oker

Multicultural Day: Jen Pashup-Graham, Alis Priebe

New Family Welcoming: Jennifer Hasbrouck, Lynn Lehman

Pancake breakfast & book swap: Monica Fahey

Picture Day: Dawnelle Muff, Anne Nigrelli

Reflections: Gaytana Morgan

Room parent coordinator: Louise Kirkman

Room parties coordinator: Sybil Scaccia

Scholarship representative: Amy Schmidt

School supplies: Kathryn Medanic

Screen Free Week: Leigh Ann Gaul, Sybil Scaccia

Spirit Wear: Amy Fiorato

Staff appreciation: Janine Shimp

Trivia night: Robyn Beres, Julie Ippolito

Winter carnival: Robyn Beres, Melissa Roberts

Wrapping paper: Robyn Beres, Margit Spires, Evelyn Mosca

Yearbook: Dawn Draus

Join Madison PTA for 2015-2016

The PTA is a combined group of dedicated parents, teachers and staff who work to enrich the academic lives of our students. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience throughout the school year. PTA membership is $15 per family and includes one copy of the Madison Directory as well as access to our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot.

To sign up online go to:

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, follow the directions above and click on Madison PTA Family Membership Form to print and complete the forms at home. Registration forms are also available in the school office. Submit with payment in an envelope labeled "PTA Membership" to the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Monica Fahey at or by phone at 630-517-8187. Thank you for joining the PTA and making Madison a great school!

Best wishes to retiring staff

The Madison community would like to recognize two long-term members of staff for their dedication throughout the years to our school and to District 200. We wish them all our best in their retirement.

Karen Jacobs came to Madison in 1997 when her youngest daughter (she has four grown children) went to college. For 13 years she worked with Diane Graham in the computer lab, which was then housed in what is now Mrs. Graham’s office. She taught keyboarding and computer skills to children in all grades.

For the last five years Mrs. Jacobs has worked as an inclusion aide in 3rd and 4th grade. She has truly enjoyed her tenure at Madison and will greatly miss the staff. She has formed great friendships and she says she will miss the daily interaction. Working with children in all grades and being one of those teachers that all the kids knew were two of her biggest joys. She plans to spend time enjoying her hobby – sewing and quilting – as well as visiting her children and grandchildren. She will also be attending her high school-aged grandchildren’s sporting events and there are many of those.

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Pam Menzel came to Madison in 1995 as a resource teacher. Off and on during summer breaks she taught summer school for kids ranging in age from kindergarten through middle school. She thoroughly appreciates children and their different senses of humor. Each stage of development brings new nuances to her interactions with them. Mrs. Menzel has enjoyed seeing how children give of themselves and how they love to help their friends.

In retirement, she and her husband hope to spend more time with grandchildren in Michigan and plan to take advantage of travel opportunities throughout the entire year now that she will no longer be restricted to a school vacation schedule.

Congratulations on your retirement, Mrs. Jacobs and Mrs. Menzel. Best wishes from your Madison family!

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Volunteers needed for Field Day

Field Day is Thurs., June 4. If you would like to help please contact Monica Fahey at .

Yearbook Committee Update

For those students that ordered the Madison Paw Prints 2014-2015, Madison School's yearbook, they will be delivered to students before the end of the school year.

A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful members of the Yearbook Committee: Holly Harty, Jennifer Hasbrouck, Louise Kirkman, Julie Klink, Gaytana Morgan, Kristin Olson, and Megan Savitt. Thank you to the many parents that submitted your personal photographs. The memories captured are priceless and will be appreciated for years to come.

New members are welcome. If you are interested in being a part of this fun, creative committee, please contact Dawn Draus for more details at

Social and Digital Media Parent Survey

For the past several years, District 200 has offered a series of Parenting Seminars each semester to provide resources and tools to parents on a variety of topics. More recently, parents have expressed a heightened interest in resources and support surrounding their child's use of social and digital media.

To assist our district in providing parent resources and seminars that empower parents to feel educated and confident parenting in our world of social and digital media, we ask all parents to complete this survey.

Thank you Art Appreciation volunteers

We would like to thank the following parents who have volunteered to do Art Appreciation this year:

Sue Adkins, Debbie Buttell, Tricia Earley, Leigh Ann Gaul, Jorge Guajardo, Jennifer Guevara, Brooke Heavey, Andrea Hoglund, Julie Ippolito, Sarah Johnson, Jaime Kammerzell, Annie Kim, Louise Kirkman, Terri McCue, Vandana Mody, Gaytana Morgan, Meghan Orr, Alis Priebe, Sybil Scaccia, Pattie Selvie, Kelly Styrkowicz, Lisa Thomas, Jennifer Worobec, and Emily Yonkers.

The PTA appreciates all this committee does for our students throughout the year. Thank you!

Thank you Room Parents

Thank you to everyone who served as room parents this year:

Kindergarten: Amy Angolkar, Gina Garza, Joy Linke, Melisa Oker and Janine Shimp

First Grade: Shelly Baker, Robyn Beres, Jennifer Guevara, Vandana Mody, Megan Savitt and Jacqueline Smith

Second Grade: Evelyn Amador, Monica Fahey, Melisa Oker, Janine Shimp, Margit Spires, Jaime Szafranski and Michele Triscik

Third Grade: Julie Hann, Louise Kirkman and Kelly Sturkowicz

Fourth Grade: Debbie Allgood, Debbie Buttell, Stacia Chivilo, Julie Fasano and Brit Schumacher

Fifth Grade: Jennifer Guevara, Jennifer Hasbouck, Kathy Hug, Kyu Kim, Amy Schmidt and Rachel Seifert

PACE: Evelyn Amador

Please remember to return your folder with all contents complete by the last day of school. You may turn that into the PTA mailbox labeled "Room Parents."

The PTA appreciates all you do for our staff and students throughout the year. Thank you!

You're invited to a special needs symposium

Please click here for more information about the event on June 3.

Recycle for art

The art room is in need of the following items for future art projects.

  • · Plastic water bottles, label removed if possible
  • · Empty paper towel rolls
  • · Cereal boxes
  • · Rinsed juice boxes
  • · Plastic margarine bowls
  • · Kleenex boxes

*The art room is always in need of paper towels and facial tissue.

Thank you,

Ms. Murray

Thank you staff appreciation volunteers

Thank you to the volunteers who generously donated time, food, and raffle prizes to this year’s staff appreciation activities and events:

Ambika Bailey, Mary Boedigheimer, Kirsten Borrink, Stephanie Brown, Jeannie Cho, Jen Doty, Dawn Draus, Amy Fiorato, Sarah Gochee, Debbi Gonzalez, Rebecca Grout, Becca Hary, Heather Herr, Julie Ippolito, Louise Kirkman, Nicole Klotz, The Krejci Family, Janet Mathis, Debbie McCormac, Evelyn Mosca, Kristin Olson, Meghan Orr, Tracy Osborne, Jen Pashup-Graham, Wendy Payne, Abby Richardson, Kristina Savenok, Megan Savitt, Sybil Scaccia, Amy Schmidt, Michele Triscik, Debbie Wedoff.

Pre-Order 2015-2016 school supplies

Do you hate the thought of running all over town to find the right supplies? The PTA is selling school supply kits for next year. This is offered as a convenience for parents, not as a PTA fundraiser.

All Madison students will bring home a school supply order form in the next week. Paper orders are due on May 29, while online orders are due June 5.

All families are encouraged to order online at; however, paper orders will be accepted for those families without computer access. School supply kits will be delivered to your child's classroom by Aug. 17. If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Medanic at

Multicultural Day needs you

By the time your child finishes fifth grade, Madison PTA will have taken him/her around the world. This wonderful annual tradition cannot continue without people to organize the day. We've reserved Thurs., Nov. 12 for this special experience. Please tell Julie Ippolito, or Janet Mathis, that you'd like to coordinate this great day.

Reflections theme announced

Get your creative juices flowing! The Reflections theme for 2015-2016 is "Let Your Imagination Fly."

If you would like to help with Reflections next year, please contact Janet Mathis, or Julie Ippolito,

Save the date

Trivia Night 2015 has been scheduled for Sat., Sept. 26. Mark your calendars for this fun night out just for our Madison parents and staff.

Enroll in Summer Camps

Enrollment for the 2015 WW South Summer Recreation Camps is open. Programs available include badminton, baseball, basketball, cheer, track, cross country, dance, football, golf, softball, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and swimming.

General Mills Box Tops for Education

Thank you for saving the Box Tops for Education. Because of your time and generosity, we have earned enough money to purchase Caudill, Monarch, and Bluestem Award books. Thank you for your support.

Incoming kindergartner registration

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2015, please call the school office at 630-682-2095 to add your child’s name to our kindergarten list and to obtain information on registration. Please pass this information to any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartner. Thank you!

Missing something? Check lost and found

Please have your student check the lost and found on the tables across from the gym. There are many very nice clothing items, mittens, hats, etc.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

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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Save the dates

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

May 25: No school - Memorial Day

June 4: Field Day

June 8: Last day of 2014-2015 school year

Aug. 17: Meet & Treat

Aug: 19: First day of 2015-2016 school year

Sept. 3: Picture Day

Sept. 16 & 17: Run-a-thon (rain date is Sept. 18)

Sept. 26: Trivia Night

Nov. 12: Multicultural Day

Jan. 23, 2016: Pancake breakfast

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.