Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / May 29, 2020

Thank you Madison PTA

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 each and every event happen.

President- Amy Angolkar

President Elect- Beth Tatro

V.P. Membership- Michele Cechini

V.P. Ways and Means- Kelly Styrkowicz and Heather Button

Treasurer- Katie Morris

Secretary- Jessica Houston

Principal- Tim Callahan

Teacher Representative- Lisa Feeley

Art Appreciation- Abby Richardson

Jr. Battle of the Books- Lesley Feinsot

Beautification- Todd Jacobson

Butter Braid/Dining For Dollars- Kelly Styrkowicz

Chess Club- Mash Angolkar and John Weber

Communications- Amy Fiorato, Debbie McCraw and Jaime Sessions

Council Delegate- Kelly Styrkowicz

Directory- Michele Cechini

Explore More Day- Amy Fiorato and Stephanie Brown

Field Day- Patrick Coffey

Fifth Grade Celebration- Kelly Styrkowicz

Go Green- Lisa Thomas

LLC Coordinator- Kathryn Medanic and Meredith Sharpee

Madison Cares- Amy Angolkar and Heather Graf

Math Club- Jen Denson

Meet & Treat- Shelly Baker, Heather Graf, and Keri Widmer

Multicultural Day- Heather Button, Michele Cechini, and Sarah Gochee

New Family Welcoming- Julie Ippolito

Pancake Breakfast/ Picture Day- Cecilia Horejs

Reflections- Christina Hull

Room Parent/Party Coordinator- Beth Tatro

Run-a-Thon- Abby May, Cecilia Horejs, Danielle Bauer, and Heidi Coppersmith

Scholarship Representative- Sarah Perkins

School Supplies- Kathryn Medanic and Brittney Zeller

Spirit Wear- Jessica Houston

Staff Appreciation- Janine Shimp

Trivia Night- Mary Henderson

Winter Carnival- Kelly Styrkowicz

Yearbook- Megan Savitt

Thank you for your generosity!

We're often asked where the PTA Funds go. Thanks to our wonderfully generous Madison Community, the PTA was able to fund the following enhancements in 2019-2020:

  • Over $15,000 in wishes granted to our teachers for classroom enhancement, including the purchase of Ozobots, enhanced furniture for the GetFIT Lab, and new rolling lunch carts for each classroom
  • Nearly $900 for Madison, Inc. providing hands-on collaborative learning for our 5th Graders
  • Birthday books program given to students by Mr. Callahan
  • Field Trips
  • Class parties
  • Nearly $2,000 for Staff Appreciation
  • $860 for grounds beautification
  • Virtual Mr. Lee Field Trip for our 5th Graders
  • The Wild & Wacky Team Challenge assembly to celebrate a successful Reading Incentive
  • Nearly $800 for Reading Improvement

Thank you for your continued support and generosity, Madison Community!! Your donations go a long way toward enriching the lives of our students!

Volunteer for a leadership role

Are you ready to step into a leadership role? There are committees/clubs that currently are in need of a chair for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact if you are interested in any of the positions. If you are 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. Please consider chairing one of these important PTA committees/clubs:

*Battle of the Books- 4th & 5th grade students participate. Meets weekly from September-March with matches after school at the Wheaton Public Library.

* Junior Battle of the Books- 3rd grade students participate. Meets every other week for 10 weeks.

* Math Club- 3rd-5th grade students participate. Meets once a month at lunch/recess time.

* New Family Welcoming- Help organize and deliver Welcome to Madison signs for Kindergarten and new Madison Students. Signs are delivered before the first day of school.

* Madison Memos- Put together our newsletter that is shared twice a month.

* Explore More Day- 1-2 people to join our current volunteer to help plan Explore More Day which is held at the end of May.

Join the Madison Cares committee

Have you been looking for a PTA committee to join where you can make a big impact with your student(s), but don't have a lot of time to commit? Consider joining us on the Madison Cares committee this fall! You can do as much as helping plan/organize a grade-level project, or as little as one hour each semester assisting with an event. Come help us teach our kids the importance of giving back in our communities!

Stronger Together T-Shirts

We are so incredibly lucky to be part of this wonderful Madison Community. The Madison PTA purchased these shirts for all Madison Staff as a thank you for all of the tremendous work they did in facilitating e-learning this spring.

Commemorate these crazy times by purchasing shirts for your family. All shirts are $10 each and all net proceeds will be donated to the Student Excellence Foundation's Food Insecurity Crisis Fund. Youth and Adult sizes available.

For sizing information, email

Order by June 3, 2020

Shirts will be delivered to your home.

To order, visit:

Welcome New PTA Officers

Our new PTA Executive Committee Officers for the 2020-2021 school year were voted in at our April PTA meeting. We would like to welcome Keri Widmer as V.P. of Membership, Kate Kessler as Co-V.P. of Ways and Means and Meredith Sharpee as Treasurer. Thank you to Amy Angolkar, Michele Cechini, Katie Morris and Kelly Styrkowicz for your time and commitment to the Madison PTA.

PTA seeks co-president

Due to a change in circumstances, the PTA is looking for nominations for a new co-president for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The co-president will shadow President Beth Tatro and assist her throughout the year. Please email if you have an interest or know someone who might be great! Thank you!

Thank you Yearbook Committee

Thank you to the 2019-2020 Yearbook Committee designers Michele Cechini, Holly Cobb, Katie Morris, Dorothy Okpebholo, Andrea O'Shea, Sarah Perkins, Meredith Sharpee and our photographer extraordinaire, GIna Smethells! Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.

If you have not yet ordered a yearbook and would like to, you still have time. Click on the following link to order and have it shipped to your home:

If you are interested in being a part of the yearbook committee next year, please contact Megan Savitt at

Pre-order 2020-2021 school supplies

As a service to parents, the PTA is now selling school supply kits for the 2020-2021 school year. Carlson's Paint, Glass and Art store in Wheaton will assemble each kit and will have them ready for pickup at Carlson's the week of August 10-14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Due to our current circumstances, we will not be accepting paper orders this year. All orders must be placed online by June 12 through Carlson's website at Please note that sales tax will be added to all online orders.

The school supply list and online pricing is available on the PTA website at

If you have any questions, email Brittany Zeller at

Thank you LLC volunteers

Thank you to the Library Learning Center volunteers this year and 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. Volunteers are needed next year, either mornings (9:15-11:45 a.m.) or afternoons (1:00-3:30 p.m.). If you are interested in volunteering next year, please contact Meredith Sharpee at

Thank you to this year’s library volunteers: Tracy Amorosa, Amy Angolkar, Christine Bainbridge, Maggie Bragassi, Melissa Bianco, Julie Bickel, Samantha Campen, Joo Chang, Karen Dawson, Sarah Gochee, Joyce Harris, Mary Jane Helvie, Morgan Hill, Barb Ioli, Abby Markham, Ashley Martin, Katheryn Medanic, Melisa Oker, Sarah Perkins, Frances Phanthavong, Abby Richardson, Rebecca Roell, Meredith Sharpee, Susanne Sheehan, Janine Shimp, Kelly Styrkowicz, Jaime Szafanski, Suzie Weber, and Keri Widmer. Thank you so much for your time and dedication! Also, thank you to Cecilia Horejs, who organized the General Mills Box Tops For Education program.

Thank you Art Appreciation volunteers!

A big shout out to all of the Art Appreciation volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year. The students and teachers appreciate your enthusiasm, time and efforts examining and discussing artists and their art.

Thank you to the following volunteers (sincere apologies if you were missed): Katie Armstrong, Melissa Bianco, David Chase, Al Coppersmith, Jen Denson, Lesley Feinsot, Sue Hervey, Mary Henderson, Jessica Houston, Lifei Huang, Denise Krohn, Steve Laczo, Debbie McCraw, Ambika Reid, Julie Schulz, Gina Smethells, Amanda Smith, Victoria Smith-Gaudette, Beth Tatro and Brittney Zeller.

And...if you are interested in signing up for next school year or would like more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Abby Richardson at

Thank you room parents

Thank you to the room parents for all of your support coordinating classroom parties, teacher recognition and teacher appreciation. The teachers and parents sincerely appreciate you serving as a liaison for the classroom. Of course the children appreciate your efforts with the parties and making their classroom a fun place to be!

Thank you Chess Club!

Thanks for a great year. Hopefully all the children enjoyed and will participate next year.

About 10% of Madison students were involved with Chess club this year. The total roster was 47 students.

We had Madison Chess Club Crosstown Classics (MCCCC) with Lincoln and Longfellow.

The club sent 19 students to the All-Wheaton chess tournament.

Most improved awards go to:

Camille Archer

Michael Crowley

Thank you to the PTA for supporting the group with funds to offset tournament fees.

Parent support was AMAZING this year and greatly appreciated.

A big thank you to:

John Weber for coaching again and sharing his knowledge of the game.

And of course, Amy Angolkar for working the books and crowd control behind the scenes.

Save General Mills box tops and scan your receipt

General Mills is phasing out its clipped Box Tops, but some may still be found on products throughout the store. If you have Box Tops, send them into the LLC. If you've never been one to remember to clip and send in Box Tops but have a smart phone, just download the new Box Tops app, and scan your receipt to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Madison's earnings. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top scanned. The LLC has purchased many copies of award winning books. Let's continue the effort. Download the new app.

For more information, visit

Save the dates

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

June 6: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 10-11 a.m.

June 13: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 10-11 a.m.

June 20: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 10-11 a.m.

June 29: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 10-11 a.m.

July 6: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 4-5 p.m.

July 13: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 4-5 p.m.

July 23: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 4-5 p.m.

July 29: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 4-5 p.m.

Aug. 6: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 4-5 p.m.

Aug. 13: Mobile Food Panty, Hubble Middle School, 4-5 p.m.

Aug. 17: First Day of School, 1-12 grade

Aug. 18: First Day of School, Early Childhood and K

View the 2019-2020 school calendar here.