Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 8, 2016

Reading Olympics: Be a Champion Reader!

Madison School’s 2016 reading incentive program begins Mon., Jan. 25 and ends Sun., Feb. 21. The goal for this four week reading challenge is to have students get in the habit of reading every night, learn about the Olympics and work toward and achieve goals. Reading with an adult or listening to stories on tape can also count toward your reading log.

Classes will be attending a Reading Olympics kick-off assembly to learn about this program and hear former Olympian race walker Debbi Sullivan’s presentation, “Believe It - Achieve It!

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Classes will be creating their own country to compete in the Reading Olympics.

At the conclusion of the program, students will receive medals based on the completion of their reading goals. Those students who win medals will participate in a Madison “Wacky” Olympic contest on Thurs., Mar. 3.

See the Reading Olympics Log for each grade level’s challenge and use the Log to record the number of minutes your child reads every day. Turn in the appropriate ring of the attached sheet when each goal is achieved! The final ring is due by Feb. 22.

Questions? Contact a member of the Reading Incentive Committee: Ms. Farmer, Mrs. Dern, Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. Gatlin, Miss Clum, Mrs. Tomek, Mrs. Witnik or Mrs. Graham.

Winter Carnival coming soon

Mark your calendar! Madison's Winter Carnival is Feb. 5 from 5-8:30 p.m. The event includes food, carnival games, a cakewalk, face painting, and many raffle items. Look for information to be coming soon via backpack.

Please consider getting together with friends and/or neighbors and create a basket or promote your business by donating an item for the raffle.

Want to assist in the planning? Please email Suzie Weber at This fun night isn’t possible without the help of our parents.

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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Attend the Pancake Breakfast

Have breakfast with your Madison family at the annual Pancake Breakfast on Sat., Jan. 23 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Madison staff will be making and serving pancakes. Don't forget the Book Swap. Bring your gently used books and swap them for new ones.

We are still in need of volunteers for both Friday set up and Saturday morning. When you send in your response please indicate if you would like to help with this fun event.

Questions? Contact Monica Fahey at

Missing Market Day? Schwan’s is coming!

Schwan’s provides high-quality foods such as hand-selected meats, wild-caught seafood, 100% Grade A vegetables and all natural fruits all conveniently delivered to your door!

Start clearing space in your freezer and look for more information next month. This incredible program will give 50% of proceeds directly to Madison PTA during the first month!

Group photo day coming soon

Color Portraits will be taking the following group photos for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints school yearbook, on Thurs., Jan. 28 at 2:15 p.m. in the MPR:

•Orchestra (no instruments): 5th grade only

•Band (no instruments): 5th grade only

•Patrol (with belts): 5th grade only

•Madison School Outdoor Sign Changers: 5th grade only

•Chorus: 4th & 5th grade only

•Battle of the Books (with shirt): 4th & 5th grade only

•Math Club: 3rd, 4th & 5th grade only

•Chess Club (with shirt, if available): K-5th

•Before and After School Program: K-5th

•Reflections participants: K-5th

If your son or daughter belongs to any of the groups listed above, he or she is invited to be included in the group picture. An announcement will be made over the P.A. informing students when they need to leave class for the pictures. There will be no retakes.

Morning kindergarten students that wish to be included must arrive by 2:15 p.m. and be accompanied by a parent. Please sign in as a visitor in the office first. Any questions, please contact Dawn Draus ( or at Also, please advise if there are any other new groups or clubs that need to be included.

Make bookmarks, donate food

Join Madison Cares in the LLC on Mon., Jan. 25 from 12-1 p.m. during the recess portion of lunch. We will be making bookmarks and collecting “cold weather food” for the PRC in Wheaton. We will donate the bookmarks to the PRC for their reading room.

First through third grade, please bring canned soup and crackers. Fourth and fifth grade, please bring oatmeal or cereal.

Questions? Contact Shannon Klopfenstein at

Thank you party planners

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered and helped out at our Winter room parties. We appreciate the planning and preparation that goes into making these parties fun for the students! Our Valentine room parties will be held on Fri., Feb. 12. If you still have the room party folder, please turn into your room parent so planning can start for the next party planning team.

Recycle Holiday Lights

The Go Green Club once again will be collecting old holiday lights for recycling. The collection box will be in the school office through Jan. 29, 2016.

This collection is in partnership with the City of Wheaton and Elgin Recycling ( The collection accepts incandescent and LED lights and extension cords in any condition. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas. Any questions please contact the Go Green Club at

Apply for a Special Education Teaching Assistant position

District 200 is still hiring Special Education Teaching Assistants for the 2015-2016 school year. Minimum starting pay rate is $11.51/hr. Interested individuals must submit an on-line application through the district website. To start an application individuals can go to the district website at – Employment Opportunities - (quick link on the left hand side of the page) - Support Staff - Teaching Assistant.

PACE testing to begin in Spring 2016

In March 2016, the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) will host testing for currently enrolled second through fifth grade students.

Students currently in PACE classes do not need to re-test for 2016-2017. Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE testing is Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016. Click here for more information.

Put your donations to work for local families

Our district partners with Family Tree’s community voucher program. With every donation you make in the name of your CUSD 200 school, Family Tree donates vouchers to your school. Your social worker distributes these vouchers to families in need at your school, who then go to Family Tree and shop for FREE. Family Tree Resale's Wheaton store is located at 310 E. Geneva Road.

Order the Madison School yearbook

You can now place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year.

Use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

Please contact Dawn Draus at or 630-221-1514 with any questions.

Missing something? Check lost and found

Lost and Found is now located in the main office. There are many very nice clothing items, lunch boxes and light weight coats. As the weather becomes colder it fills with many more wonderful articles. Please stop by and check it out or encourage your child to look for missing items.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

Mark your calendar

The PTA offers both daytime and evening meetings to accommodate all of our members.

The noon meetings will be held in the music room and our evening meetings will be held in the LLC. Hope to see you there!

Jan. 21 at 12 p.m.

Feb. 18 at 12 p.m.
Mar. 17 at 12 p.m.
Apr. 21 at 7 p.m.
May 19 at 12 p.m. (new officer installation)

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:

Jan. 15: No school

Jan 18. No school (Martin Luther King Day)

Jan. 23: Pancake breakfast

Jan. 28: Group picture day

Feb. 5: Winter Carnival

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.