Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 20, 2018

Sunday fun day fore a cause

Get ready to swing those clubs and help support Madison's playground fund. Join us on Sun., April 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Top Golf in Naperville. This adults-only fundraiser will have it all: 3 hours of golf, American buffet, and two premium drink tickets. Feel free to invite your friends and family too. Each bay holds six people. It's sure to be a Sunday fun day! Register on-line Madison Elementary School PTA or drop off a check to the front office. Special thanks to our valued sponsors Veritrust Wealth Management and Northwestern Mutual. Any questions, email

Attend the PTA meeting on April 25

See Madison Elementary students demonstrating problem-based learning using 21st Century technology. Come to the PTA meeting on Wed., April 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the LLC where Mr. Callahan will be showing videos students have made in the “Get Fit” lab.

Also at the meeting, we’ll be electing a new slate of officers for the next school year. The following slate of officers for the 2018-2019 school year will be presented for vote:

Lisa Thomas, Co-President

Amy Angolkar, Co-President

Michele Cechini, Vice President of Membership

Katie Morris, Treasurer

Kelly Styrkowicz, Vice President of Ways and Means

Jaime Sessions, Secretary

And the winner is...

Great job Madison! Our coin collection for the hurricane assistance, Adopt a Classroom, #VIstrong total was $2,768.25. Congratulations to winning classes: 2 Clum, 4 Fraser, and 5 Emma. Thanks to Rockin' Jump - Carol Stream and Chick-fil-A Wheaton for prizes!

Bike to school

Mark your calendars for National Bike to School Day on Wed., May 9. Join thousands of students across the country and plan on walking or biking to school on this day. Students who ride the bus can run a course out by the back playground if they'd like to participate. Join others in your neighborhood and make it a fun group outing!

Explore special needs extracurricular activities; attend the next meeting

Don't miss the Special Needs PTA General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Jefferson Early Childhood Center. We will announce the recipients of both the WWSNPTA Teacher Grant and WWSNPTA Student Scholarships and vote on our slate for 2018/19 school year.

Then join us to explore local Special Needs Extracurricular Activities during our “Springing into Sports & Fun” event on May 5 from 2-5 p.m. at Monroe following the Wheaton Park District's Fly-a-Kite Event adjacent to Monroe at Graf Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

"Springing into Sports & Fun" will showcase local special needs programming. Families will be able to sample their interests by visiting booths of various local organizations. Booths include, but are not limited to: DuPage Cheer and Tumble special needs cheer team, Chicagoland Ninja Moves Dance, Marian Joy’s Therapeutic Sports with interactive mini golf, Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey, Wheaton Park District, WDSRA and more.

Attend 5th Grade Student Step-Up; Parent/Guardian night; PACE meeting

5th graders will be visiting Edison on Monday, April 30 to learn more about their transition to Edison Middle School. Students will have an opportunity to meet Principal Rachel Bednar and Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris. Counselor Ms. Cyndi Menza will also share a slideshow about life as an Edison Panther. Current Panther students will lead small group tours and answer any questions the 5th graders may have. Each 5th grader will receive a folder with information and tips for a successful transition to middle school. Students will arrive at Edison around 9:30 a.m. and head back to Madison at 11 a.m.

Parents and guardians of current 5th graders are then invited to join Principal Rachel Bednar, Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris and Counselor Cyndi Menza on Tues., May 8 at 7 p.m. to hear some important information about your child’s transition to middle school. After the presentation, 6th grade teachers will be available to give parents tours of the building and answer questions about 6th grade. If you are unable to be there, presentation and handouts will be available following the presentation on Edison’s website at under Parents and Students > New Student Info.

If your child is in either PACE reading, PACE math, or both, please join us for a meeting at 6:00 pm, prior to the general meeting, on May 8 to learn about how the Fast Paced program at the middle school level differs from the elementary PACE program.

Join the yearbook committee

The annual all school photo is scheduled for Mon., April 23 at 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. All students, staff and faculty are invited to join. This year the shape will be a large heart with everyone dressing in red or pink. The Madison community cares for it's families, friends and neighbors. Recently, Madison students extended some much needed support to a school in the Virgin Islands. Madison School has heart!

Yearbook orders must be made by April 30 for the 2017-2018 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the students before the end of the school year. Please click to order and pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

Please use this passcode if you are having trouble uploading photos. 1014308585474714

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please click here to view all orders as of April 17, 2018.

Please consider joining the Yearbook Committee. There are many opportunities to help from taking photos of special events, to creating actual yearbook pages using TreeRing, to helping with orders and more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

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:

Apr. 23: All school photo (wear pink or red)

Apr. 25: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m.

Apr. 30: 5th graders visit Edison

May 2: Madison Fine Arts Concert at 7 p.m.

May 8: 5th Grade PACE meeting at Edison at 6 p.m.

May 8: 5th grade parent / guardian meeting at Edison at 7 p.m.

May 23: 2018-19 Kindergartners Visit

May 25: Explore More Day

June 4: Field Day

June 5: Field Day (rain date)

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.