Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / December 11, 2015

Dear Parents,

As fall departs and winter approaches, I want to take the opportunity to point out some of the exciting opportunities to look forward to this season at Madison.

  • #Hour of Code: This is the official week of the global “Hour of Code” challenge. Many Madison students and over 100 million students worldwide have taken part in at least one hour of computer coding training during this annual movement. Here’s why: Try great coding games offered at

  • STEAM in LLC: Our library director, Mrs. Graham, launched “STEAM Tables” with our second and third grade students. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Tables will allow students to demonstrate learning in creative and innovative ways.

  • iPro Challenge: The Madison Health and Wellness Committee will soon be unveiling the “iPro Challenge” to students in hope of challenging students to stay active during the winter months. Stay tuned for an infomercial from “Dustpan Danny” and “Nailhead” regarding this technology infused, fitness challenge!

  • Conservation Committee: Madison parent Mrs. Thomas will be addressing our fourth and fifth graders soon with an opportunity to be a part of the school Conservation Committee. This team will research solutions, educate our students, and reform some of our practices around the school.

At Madison, our staff and parents provide many enriching opportunities that challenge and push our students to exercise their mind and body to reach their full potential. I am so thankful for the staff and parents that continue to find new ways to reach each student.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our annual winter concerts. Our Grades 1-3 concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 15. After a short intermission, our Grade 4-5 and school chorus concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. Our kindergarten concert is on Fri., Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m.


Tim Callahan

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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Join the Winter Carnival Committee

Planning is starting for Madison's upcoming winter carnival. It's not too late to join in on the fun! We are still looking for volunteers to join the committee and help plan this exciting family event. If you would like to join the committee, please go to Sign-up Genius and add your name, or email Suzie Weber (

Daily Herald covers multicultural day

Check out the news coverage of Madison's multicultural day: Wheaton school goes around the world in a day.

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 Gym:

•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.

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 beginning Dec. 1 and we will be collecting 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.

Prevent the spread of GI illnesses

The DuPage County Health Department recommends increased awareness and actions to control the spread of gastrointestinal illness. Read more here.

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:

Dec. 15: Winter Concert (7:00 p.m. Grade 1-3; 8:00 p.m. Grade 4, 5 & Chorus)

Dec. 18: Winter Concert (9:30 a.m. Kindergarten)

Dec. 18: Winter Room Parties at 1:15 p.m.

Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter break

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.