Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / May 6, 2016

Dear Madison Community,

Summer is just around the corner and I would like to take time to remind everyone about the importance for summer reading and math review. While summer gives students and teachers a much needed break from school, summer is also a time when many children stop reading and practicing math facts and concepts. Kids who do not practice over the summer can lose 1 to 3 months of progress during the summer. In addition, research shows that many teachers will spend 6 weeks of teaching time re-teaching forgotten information. So let’s make a pledge to turn this around and get the students reading this summer!

We understand it gets difficult with family travels and sports, but remember it only takes 20 minutes a day. Read. Read together, read aloud, and/or read at dinner. Just read. It’s an important habit to maintain. Keep those flash cards on the kitchen table or open free accounts at and use the free samples on

Madison students have made great progress this year and we are excited to partner with families to maintain that growth! Here are some fun ways to help our children avoid the “Summer Slide” in reading and math skills:

Mrs. Graham’s Summer Challenge: The District 200 Library Learning Center teachers are pleased to announce a district-wide celebration of summer reading. Our goal is to encourage children to keep reading throughout the summer. The theme this year is: Read! It’s a Bright Idea! This program is for students who will be in 1st through 5th grades next year and Mrs. Graham will supply students with everything they need to participate and track their reading.

RAZ-Kids: This summer, many of our primary grade students will be using RAZ-Kids to access online reading materials at their individual reading level. Teachers will receive progress reports while kids earn “rewards” and online games. If you think this would be a great program for your child, email your principal and classroom teacher.

Special Summer Night: This summer the Madison staff will be hosting a special Reading Night for families on Wed., July 27. More details will be coming soon, but we urge you to put it on your busy summer calendar.

Below is a graph showing some more generalizations about the summer slide. Share it with others. Very few people actually realize that summer learning loss is REAL and it takes very little to prevent it! Let’s spread the word and make this summer one filled with memories and reading!


Tim Callahan, Principal
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Fifth Grade Celebration planning is underway

The 5th Grade Celebration will be May 31 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

We currently are collecting donations for raffle prizes. Any donations, no more than $15, 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 or use. Donations can be dropped in the school office in the bin marked “5th Grade Party Raffle Prizes”. Our hope is to have enough for every 5th Grader to go home with a prize.

Deadline for dropping off raffle prizes is Thursday, May 19, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the raffle, please contact Becky Grout at

Order your yearbook

Please use the following link to place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison School yearbook, the Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and shipping charges will apply.

The passcode to order is 1014308585474714.

Please click HERE for a list of all student that have ordered a yearbook as of May 2, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Dawn Draus at

Volunteer for a leadership roles

Are you ready to step into a leadership role? There are many committees that currently are in need of a chair for the 2016-2017 school year. Please consider one of these important PTA roles:

Battle of the Books Committee Chair

Beautification Committee Chair

Jr. Battle of the Books Committee Chair

Multicultural Day Committee Chair

Reflections Committee Chair

Screen Free Week Committee Chair

Field Day is coming

Field Day is Fri., May 20 . To make this a fun and exciting day for our children and the staff we are in need of parent helpers to help with the break station and games. The schedule for the day is as follows:

7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. Set up of equipment

9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. AM and All Day Kindergarten and Third Grade

10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Second and Fourth Grades

1:15 P.M. to 2:15 P.M. PM Kindergarten, First and Fifth Grades

We are in need of ice and coolers to keep drinks cold, please let me know if you can help with these items.

If you are willing to help, please click here to print the volunteer form or send an email to Monica Fahey ( by Fri., May 13. We will then contact you regarding which station you will be working and instructions.

Raging Waves passes coming soon

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Raging Waves Plunge into Fitness program. Free weekday passes will be sent home before May 30. Passes expire Aug. 12, 2016. Raging Waves is offering an additional online only coupon to all Madison families and staff. Go to and save an extra $7 off an over 48" general admission ticket. Use store name: madison15.

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

Sign up for free bowling this summer

Registered kids 14 and under receive two free games of bowling every day all summer long. Wheaton Bowl and Fox Bowl are among hundreds of bowling centers around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Visit to register.

Spring Clean-up was a success

Many thanks to the volunteers that made Madison’s Spring Clean-up another successful event. The children helped with the front entrance planters, planted bright geraniums around the school sign, and spread mulch around the flower beds. All of their hard work keeps our school looking beautiful and there will be fewer weeds to pull during the Fall Clean-up. Even though we were a little short-handed, we were still able to fill eight yard-waste bags full of leaves, branches, and weeds. Please consider volunteering next school year to help with the work load.

We would like to thank the following families that helped:

Cub Scout Pack 335, Dens 7 and 8: Greg, Gabe, and Grace Graham; Kevin and Will Klotz; Alex, Andy, and Nico Martinez; and Mark and Jack Mathis. Thanks to Shyla Paramsothy, Wendy and Kate Payne, and Kyla and Jacqueline Phanthavong.

Join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA

The Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA is an association formed to provide resources and support for the parents, caregivers, students, and teachers of District 200. Our leadership are all parents of special needs children throughout the district. We believe that no one can better understand the unique challenges of working with and teaching a child with special needs than another parent of a special needs child.

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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

Register for WWS Summer Programs

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

Mark your calendar

The last PTA meeting is May 19 at 12 p.m. in the music room. Hope to see you there!

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:

May 19: PTA Meeting at 12 p.m.

May 20: Field Day (Rain date is May 23)

May 20: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

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.