Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / June 1, 2018

Get your car washed Saturday

Join the 5th graders at WWSHS between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. They will be working hard to earn money for the new Madison playground. Mrs. Emma's class is working from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Ms. Gatlin's class is working the 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. shift, and Mr. Grace's class is washing cars from 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Hope you can join us. Your car will thank you!
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Pre-order 2018-2019 school supplies

Are you already dreading the school supply rush in August? Do you hate the thought of running all over town to find the right school supplies? Let the PTA help you. The PTA is now selling school supply kits for next year. This is offered as a convenience for parents, not as a PTA fundraiser.

All Madison students should have brought home a school supply order form. If you did not receive one, you can print one out from the Madison PTA website. Online orders can be made through July 15. Please note, sales tax will be added to all online orders.

All families are encouraged to order online at; however, paper orders will also be accepted. School supply kits will be delivered to your child's classroom by August 20. If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Medanic at

PTA Vote

Members of the PTA have the opportunity to vote on whether to allocate money from this year’s budget to the playground fund. Ballots will be handed out to PTA members at the volunteer luncheon on Mon., June 4. PTA officers will be there to answer any questions. Let your voice be heard!

2018-19 Meet & Treat Save the Date

Mark your calendars for next year’s Meet & Treat on Mon., August 20. All students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, put away school supplies, and yes, eat some treats from the PTA. Students and their families are welcome. Classrooms will be open from 3-4 p.m., and the PTA will be serving treats at 3:30 p.m in the gym or outside on the back playground, weather permitting. If you are interested in helping serve treats, please email the Meet & Treat Co-Chairs - Julie Schulz, and Shelly Baker,

Thank you EMD volunteers!

Explore More Day was a huge success because of the 100+ volunteers made up of parents and Madison Staff that helped our students “explore” something new this year.

We would like to thank Evan Walters for planning the Kindergarten program this year, and Kelly Styrkowicz and Catherine Campos for planning the 1st grade program. These leaders in addition to numerous volunteers in those grades orchestrated an exciting day for our youngest Madison students.

We would also like to give a special thank you to the following parents and local businesses for offering their time and talents by teaching one of our 35 enriching classes: Rachel Bailey, Danielle & Brian Bauer - Bauer & Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics, Melissa Bianco, Hollie Bourne, Bricks 4 Kids Naperville, Rick Busse, Jen Denson, Officer Joe Dimas – Wheaton Police Department, Damian Dockery, Monica Fahey, Jim Fiorato, The Frog Lady Presentations, Heather Green, Tom Hogan – The Enthusiastic Arborist, Home Depot – Carol Stream, Cecilia Horejs, Julie Ippolito, Louse Kirkman, Nicole Klotz, Bruce & Rene Lauer – The Lauer Foundation, Janet and Mark Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, James Morris, Moves Dance Studio, Ian Olson, Rams Cheerleading, Tone Rosen, Bob Stelletello, Jaime Szafranski, Lisa Thomas, Billy Wallrab, John Weber, Charles Welch – Dupage Art League, Jerry Zimmerman “Mr. Freeze” – FermiLab, the WWSHS basketball team, the WWSHS golf team, and the WWSHS volleyball team.

In addition, the following parents graciously donated their time: Shelly Baker, Dolly Batra, Kari Becker, Leah Benshoof, Erin Bloodworth, Kirsten Borrink, Maggie Bragassi, Stephanie Brown, Geena Chen Caputo, Michele Cechini, Jenny Claassen, Kate Clarke, Lindsay Cochrane, Patrick Coffey, Theresa Cutlan, Summer Czarnecki, Karen Dawson, Jen Doty, Erika Dyer, Lesley Feinsot, Lory Gallagher, Emily Garrity, John Garza, Sarah Gochee, Debbi Gonzalez, Shannon Hainaut, Jeff Hasbrouck, Lifei Huang, Samuel Hurtado, Matt Jordan, Hannah Joyce, Parminder Kaur, Julie Klink, Jacob Kozak, Jennifer Ledbetter, Erin Maranell, Hirut Mariam, Alexandra Martinez, Abby May, Debbie McCormac, Debbie McCraw, Lizette McNellis, Mary Milinko, Vandana Mody, Katie Morris, Evelyn Mosca, Michele Mowrer, Christina Mueller, Melissa Oker, Meghan Orr, Kristin Pereira, Kelly Peterson, Andrea Quartz, Ambika Reid, Abigail Richardson, Kelly Rodriquez, Megan Savitt, Julie Schulz, Luke Sheehan, Susanne Sheehan, Janine Shimp, Gina Smethells, Margit Spires, Heather Sturm, Matt Szafranski, Beth Tatro, Colleen Turner, Anne Valente, Bridget Wade, Erin Daly Walsh, Suzie Weber, Jill Weck, Kelly Whitkanack, and Tasha Williams.

We would also like to thank the Hospitality Committee for offering our volunteers breakfast to start Explore More Day off right. In addition, thank you Dawn Draus and Michele Triscik for planning a delicious lunch for all our volunteers. A special thanks to Capri Pizza and Jersey Mike's for providing food at a discount for our event.

This was an amazing day that would not have been possible without all of our volunteers and our partnerships with local businesses.

As a final note, the Madison PTA is seeking committee members for next year’s Explore More Day. If you are interested or would like to learn more about the role please email

Thank you LLC Volunteers

Thank you to the Library Learning Center volunteers this year. Also, thank you to Kathryn Medanic, the LLC Volunteer Coordinator. The library volunteer program has always been an important aspect of Madison’s LLC program. Volunteers shelve books, check books in and out, read stories, and complete the many tasks involved to make the library run smoothly. Volunteers also allow Mrs. Graham the opportunity to work with classes on research projects and other activities. With the district’s reduction of library aides at the elementary level, we especially need volunteers next year to continue providing services for our students. Volunteers are needed either mornings (9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or afternoons (1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.). You can volunteer when it is convenient for you; once a week, twice a month, etc. If you are interested in volunteering next year, please contact Kathryn Medanic at

Thank you to this year’s library volunteers:
Leah Benshoof, Joo Chang, Jan Denson, Linda Doherty, Melissa Dorn, Karen Evans, Monica Fahey, Gina Garza, Sarah Gochee, Barb Ioli, Kamanthi Magalage, Janet Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, Marla Mothershed, Melisa Oker, Abby Richardson, Vickie Samala, Janine Shimp, Susana Sitges Breiter, Margit Spires, Ann Sutherland, Jaime Szafranksi, and Suzie Weber. Thank you so much for your time and dedication! Also, thank you to Margit Spires, who organized the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program.

Thank you Madison PTA leaders and volunteers

What an amazing year it's been. 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: Rachel Bailey

Co-President: Lisa Thomas

V.P. of membership: Stephanie Brown
V.P. of ways & means: Kelly Styrkowicz
Treasurer: Katie Morris
Secretary: Jaime Sessions
Principal: Tim Callahan
Teacher representative: Lisa Feeley

Audit: Hollie Bourne, Abby May
Art appreciation: Louise Kirkman
Art to remember: Kelly Styrkowicz
Battle of the Books: Janet Mathis
Junior Battle of the Books: Ambika Bailey, Stephanie Brown
Beautification: Todd Jacobson
Chess Club: Mash Angolkar
Communications: Amy Fiorato, Jaime Sessions
Council Delegate: Kelly Styrkowicz
Dining for dollars: Kelly Styrkowicz
Directory: Stephanie Brown
Explore More Day: Amy Fiorato, Kristin Olson
Field Day: Monica Fahey
Fifth grade celebration: Michele Triscik, Cecilia Horejs
Go Green: Lisa Thomas
Hospitality: Rachel Bailey
LLC Coordinator: Kathryn Medanic
Madison Cares: Amy Angolkar
Math Club: Rachel Bailey, Christina Hull, Jody Gosain
Meet & Treat: Julie Schulz, Shelly Baker
Multicultural Day: Tone Rosen, Rachel Bailey
New Family Welcoming: Julie Ippolito
Pancake breakfast & book swap: Monica Fahey, Meghan Orr, Cecilia Horejs
Picture Day: Cecilia Horejs
Reflections: Christina Hull
Room parent coordinator: Kristin Olson, Shannon Klopfensteins
Room parties coordinator: Kelly Styrkowicz

Run-A-Thon: Michele Triscik, Debbi Gonzalez, Cecilia Horejs
Scholarship representative: Janet Mathis
School supplies: Kathryn Medanic
Spirit Wear: Jessica Houston, Shannon Hainaut
Staff appreciation: Janine Shimp
Trivia night: Stephanie Brown
Winter carnival: Kelly Styrkowicz
Yearbook: Dawn Draus, Megan Savitt

Volunteer for a leadership role

Are you ready to step into a leadership role? There are many committees that currently are in need of a chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Please consider chairing one of these important PTA committees/clubs:

Explore More Day (need committee members to carry forward)

Room Parent Coordinator (co-chair)

LLC (need a co-chair to shadow current chair and take the lead the following year 2019-2020).

Please contact Lisa Thomas if you are interested in any of these positions. If you're willing to serve as a committee/club chair but are unsure of what would be a good fit, let us know, we'll be happy to discuss the various roles with you.

Attend the Back to School Fair

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Get orthodontic services, support the Madison playground fund

Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics, owned by our own Bauer Madison family, have generously offered to donate $250 to our new playground fund for every single new patient that starts braces or Invisalign at their office between January 1 and May 31! Eighty new patients could bring Madison $20,000 toward building a new, accessible playground in the back of school. Their office is located on Roosevelt road in Wheaton. If you or someone you know is looking for these services, check them out and support the Madison playground fund!

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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 (

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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.

Save the dates

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

June 4: Field Day

June 5: Field Day (rain date)

Sept. 19 & 20: Run-a-Thon

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.