Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / August 24, 2018

Welcome to another school year at Madison!

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Thank you to Shelly Baker and Julie Schulz for organizing the Meet & Treat. It was so fun catching up with friends after summer break.

We are very excited about the year ahead - continuing the Madison traditions of Multicultural Day, Winter Carnival, Pancake Breakfast, and Explore More Day. In addition, we hope that your children can be involved in the PTA sponsored clubs - Battle of the Books, Math Club, Chess Club, and The Conservation Committee.

We could not put on these amazing events and extra-curricular activities without some fundraising. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Run-a-Thon, will be held September 19 and September 20 (rain date September 24) and our adults-only fundraiser, Trivia Night, will be on Saturday, October 20. Please consider contributing to both these efforts as every dollar raised goes back to the students at Madison (contributions are tax deductible).

Have you joined the PTA? Becoming a member is the easiest way to support our PTA. A family membership is $15 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Please visit the Madison PTA website, and click-on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA Membership, please contact Michele Cechini at

Can you help? Your involvement in the PTA helps make Madison a wonderful place to learn and grow. We have many committees that are looking for volunteers. If you have some time to give, please consider signing-up to volunteer. A description of our committees and volunteer sign-up is available on our website Just click on Committee Sign Up. You will see that the opportunities are endless!

Our first PTA meeting will be held Monday, September 17 at 12:00 p.m. in the art room. We encourage all PTA members to attend. We are always eager to have as much input as possible so that the needs and desires of every Madison student are represented in the decision making process. We even offer an evening meeting for working parents. Here is a schedule of this year’s meetings:

Monday, September 17 (12 p.m.)

Monday, November 12 (7 p.m.)

Monday, January 14 (12 p.m.)

Monday, March 11 (12 p.m.)

Monday, April 22 (7 p.m.)

The Executive Board recently met to develop a budget for the 2018-2019 school year. The budget determines how PTA funds are allocated. This budget is available to review by any PTA members by contacting our Treasurer, Katie Morris at The PTA will vote on the budget during our General Membership meeting on September 17.

We are looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to contact any of the officers on the Madison PTA executive committee below with any comments, questions or suggestions. We are always happy to hear from you!

Lisa Thomas,

Amy Angolkar,

Michele Cecnini, VP of Membership –

Kelly Styrkowicz, VP of Ways and Means –

Katie Morris, Treasurer –

Jaime Sessions, Secretary –

Join the Trivia Night committee

Sign up now for the Trivia Night committee. This is one of Madison’s major fundraisers held on October 20 that funds a lot of the programs in which your children participate both in or out of the classroom. This is an adult-only fundraiser, so enjoy a night out with friends while benefiting your school. There are many ways you can help. Sign up on signup genius or email to volunteer.

Order your 2018-19 Spirit Wear

The online store is open and taking orders till Fri. Aug. 31. Don’t miss your chance to show your school spirit. There’s something for everyone.

All orders/payments are done online with zero shipping charge. Items will be delivered to your child’s classroom toward the end of September.

Car magnets can be purchased for $5 in the office at any time of the year (please bring exact amount). But apparel? The time is now.

Questions, concerns, fashion recommendations, personal shopping services... email

Smile! Picture day is August 27

Mark your calendars. Picture Day is August 27. Every child will have their picture taken for the yearbook and class photo. If you would like to order pictures, forms should have already come home. Check those backpacks! Extra order forms are available in the office or place your order online. Questions? Contact Cecilia Horejs (

Lace up those sneakers for Run-a-Thon

Mark your calendars for Madison PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year – the Run-a-Thon – on September 19 and 20.

Students will fundraise and collect pledges for laps ran during the event. An online fundraising option will be available for friends/family who are not local. Each student receives a free Madison Run-a-Thon t-shirt generously donated by Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics. Each sponsored student will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win exciting prizes.

Money raised through the Run-a-Thon supports the PTA and funds programs students love such as:

- Explore More Day

- Multicultural Day

- Field trips

- Class parties

- School assemblies

Stay tuned for more information on exact running times for each grade and for opportunities to volunteer for this event.

Questions? Please contact Danielle Bauer, Heidi Coppersmith, Cecilia Horejs, or Abby May

Help clean up Madison grounds

Everyone is welcome to join us for Madison Beautification Day. This is a service project sponsored by the Madison Girl Scout Troops in conjunction with the Madison PTA. But all students and parents are welcome to join in the fun. Our goal is to make the school a more beautiful place to be by doing weeding, trimming shrubs, mulching and general clean up of the school grounds. Mark your calendars for Sun., Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-Noon.

Contact Melissa Simon for more details at

Volunteer in the LLC

Our Library Learning Center (LLC) is in need of your support. We are seeking volunteers in both the morning (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (1 - 3:30 p.m.) sessions. Mrs. Graham, our LLC Director, couldn't have the program she has today without your help. Your time is appreciated no matter how often you can volunteer, be it every week, every other week, or once a month. Volunteering in the library is a special way parents and grandparents can share in their child's school day. Some of the LLC volunteering activities include shelving, checking materials in and out, preparing displays and bulletin boards, and assisting students and faculty. If you are interested in volunteering in the Madison library, please contact Kathryn Medanic at

Become a member of theWheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA

Support the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA by becoming a member. Your dues will help us run important programs such as:

  • Special Needs Resource Fair
  • Springing into Sports and Fun
  • Staff Grants
  • Student Scholarships

Anyone who has interest in the welfare of special needs children can be a member, including parents, families, teachers, school administrators, social workers, therapists, students and friends.

Click here for family membership form and here for the staff membership form.

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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:

Aug. 27: Picture Day

Aug. 28: Curriculum Night @ 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 3: Labor Day. No school.

Sept. 19 & 20: Run-a-Thon

Sept. 21: Institute Day. No school.

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.