Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / October 16, 2020

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Directory Spot Is Updated!

All current PTA members can now access the 2020-2021 school directory via Directory Spot. Emails went out last week with login instructions for anyone who joined the PTA this school year.

What Is Directory Spot?

This is our school-wide directory that you can access via the Directory Spot mobile app or website. You can look up contact information for every student and staff member at Madison, see which students are in every class and even view the school calendar. If your child wants to get together with a new friend, you can easily find their contact info in Directory Spot.

It’s not too late to join the PTA and get access to this great resource!

Thank You Fun Run Participants!

A HUGE thank you for participating in this year's Fun Run. We far surpassed our goal and raised over $18,000 for our teachers! Third grade raised the most per lap, so they will get a chance to silly string Mr. Callahan. Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to Sarah Perkins, Cecilia Horejs, Melissa Bianco, Megan Savitt, Mr. Cortesi and Mr. Gatlin for making this year’s Fun Run a success!

We’re Granting Teacher Wishes

The PTA has begun reaching out to teachers to find out what they could use in their classrooms this year. We will then use money raised from events and fundraisers – like the Fun Run – to purchase items from their wish lists. This year, the Madison PTA will be supporting both in-person and Virtual Academy teachers who have Madison students.

Halloween at Madison

This year, we won't be able to have Halloween parties and a parade, but we will be having Halloween Spirit Week, October 26-30! We've planned a week's worth of fun for both in-person and Virtual Academy students. Check out the schedule. We look forward to having a fun week celebrating Halloween!

A Yearbook for a Unique Year

Madison families, we need your help! Throughout the year, please share photos so we can fill the yearbook with smiling faces and show the world how Madison is STRONGER TOGETHER!

  • VA Families: Show us a day in the life of e-learning – saying the Pledge of Allegiance, studying in learning pods, doing PE, art and music. As long as it’s school related, submit it!
  • Halloween: Help us create a "Halloween at Home" section, featuring kids in costumes, trick or treating, carving pumpkins, etc. However you’re celebrating, we’d love to include it!

Share your photos on Facebook or via email to

(Madison students only, please – no siblings.)

Madison Cares: Stuff-a-Truck

The Madison community will be collecting non-perishable food donations to support the People’s Resource Center and its Stuff-a-Truck event. Donations may be placed outside the school office October 19-23 or dropped off at Prairie Path Books on Thursday, October 22 from 3-7 p.m. Please see the flier for more information and suggested donation items.

Read more about how you can participate in Madison Cares this year in our October update.

Questions? Please email

Virtual Academy Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Madison PTA Virtual Academy parents survey. We learned that most VA families would be interested in events and activities – both virtual and low-risk in-person events, so watch for these later this school year.

We also learned that you would like a place to connect with each other and communicate, so we set up a Facebook Group just for Madison VA families. Ask questions, share photos, coordinate meetups - this group is for you!

See the full survey results.

Support Madison While You Shop

You can support the Madison PTA when you shop:

  • Box Tops for Education: Scan your grocery receipt in the Box Tops app, and Madison will earn 10 cents from every qualifying item. Download the app.
  • AmazonSmile: Join AmazonSmile and select Madison, so when you shop Amazon - on the website or through the app - the PTA will get 0.5% of your eligible purchases. Learn more on the PTA website.

Save the Date

October 19-23: Madison Cares Stuff-a-Truck

October 26-30: Halloween Spirit Week

November 3: Election Day, No School

November 16: PTA Meeting - Zoom, Time TBD

View the 2020-2021 school calendar here.

PTA Meeting Schedule and Minutes

View the full meeting schedule for the year and access minutes from previous meetings on the Madison PTA website.

Madison PTA 2020-2021 Executive Board

President: Beth Tatro

President-Elect: Lauren DeReus

V.P. Membership: Keri Widmer

V.P. Ways and Means: Heather Button and Kate Kessler

Treasurer: Meredith Sharpee

Secretary: Jessica Houston

See the list of committee chairs

If you have any questions about Madison Memos or would like to submit an item for a future issue, please email Debbie McCraw at You can view the publication schedule and previous issues on the PTA website.