Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 10, 2014

Reserve your seat for Trivia Night

It's not too late to reserve your seats for this fun adult only event! Come meet other parents in a casual and entertaining setting. Cocktail hour and Silent Auction are from 6-8 p.m. followed by the Trivia Event where tables will compete against each other in a battle of wit and knowledge.

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The bar at the American Legion is fully stocked and you are invited to bring in your own food for your table. Coordinating with your table mates is a great way to ensure lots of yummy food and even some delicious desserts! Plates and cutlery will be provided.

Silent auction donations continue to roll in! Here’s a sneak peak of items on which you can bid:

  • Tickets to Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker including autographed ballet slippers
  • Kenneth Cole luggage set
  • Lake Geneva weekend getaway
  • 9th row Chicago Bulls tickets
  • “Principal for the Day”-your child will LOVE this prize
  • and much more

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Still have a great auction item to donate? Email Julie Ippolito at Amy Stout ( is managing wine pill donations. To reserve seats at this event, contact Robyn Beres at

Dear Parents,

In my role as principal of Madison Elementary I have many important tasks and responsibilities. None is more important than the safety and security of our 440 students and our many staff members. The Madison staff believes strongly in the primary importance of student safety as well. Our school Safety Committee has been meeting regularly to review protocols and make adjustments and improvements when necessary. Please allow me to review some of our school emergency and safety protocols.

Arrival and Dismissal: It is important that all students and parents remember the following:

• Students may not enter school grounds before 9 a.m. unless for BASP, club, or special event.

• Students must leave school grounds immediately after school unless supervised by a parent.

“Lock-Down” Emergency: Parent volunteers should be familiar with our protocols:

• All students and adults rush to a position of safety if emergency announced.

• Follow the instructions of the nearest staff member.

Severe Weather Emergency: If severe weather causes parents to retrieve their children during an emergency situation, the school will enact the following:

• Parents/emergency contacts will enter the Multi-Purpose Room through Door 3.

• Staff will assemble to guide dismissal process and retrieve students for exit.

• Students only will be released to those adults listed as parents or emergency contacts.

• Students not able to be picked up will be cared for until a parent or emergency contact becomes available.

Attendance: We take our attendance taking responsibilities very seriously. In fact, too often, our office is forced to call the police to report the unknown whereabouts of absent students.

• Remember to always call the main office to report an absence. These calls can be made the night before or morning of the absence. Simply telling the teacher does not suffice.

• Check to make sure all emergency contact numbers are up-to-date.

Thank you very much for helping us keep your children safe and secure at all times.


Tim Callahan, Principal

Madison Elementary

Make a Difference Day collection

Madison is participating in Make a Difference Day, which is a community-wide event. From Oct. 13-24 we will collect non-perishable/non-glass food and household items to donate to the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton. Every Madison family will be given a blue reusable grocery bag to fill with items. Students can deliver all donations to school daily through Fri., Oct. 24 when we will “stuff-a-truck” with all of our donations. Questions? Contact Shannon Klopfenstein at (

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Does your child want to learn to play chess?

All Madison students (K-5) are welcome! Chess club meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Art and Music rooms. Enter at Door 2. Our first meeting is Thurs., Oct. 30. There will be a short informational meeting for parents of Chess Club members at the first meeting.

Questions? Please contact Samuel Hurtado (, Krista Caprini ( or Jennifer Sutherland (

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Introducing DirectorySpot app for PTA Members

Madison PTA is excited to announce that we are implementing a new app, DirectorySpot, for our school directory. You will now be able to access the Madison School directory right from your smartphone with updated information.

The app will contain student names, student phone, student address, parent email addresses and parent names, grade levels and teachers. The app is very secure and only parents and staff of Madison School will be granted access. Each user will log on with an authorized email address and will set a password. If you would like more information on the security features, please visit

We are giving all Madison PTA members access to the electronic app, which is accessible from an iPhone, Android or on the Web. With the iPhone and Android technology, you can call, text, or email other parents or teachers with one click, right from the app.

Here are some screenshots from our new app (data is fictional):

Madison PTA members will receive an email with instructions on how to download DirectorySpot and set a password. PTA members will also receive a printed directory in October.

We hope you will love the “On the Go” directory. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Johnson at

Come to the fall book fair

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Madison's annual fall book fair is Oct. 27-30. Please support the Library Learning Center and encourage reading in your families.

Book fair and volunteer hours:

Mon.: 1-3:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., plus special evening hours during conferences

Tues.: 9:15-3:30 p.m.

Wed.: 8-9 a.m. (Bagels and Books with Dad)

9:15-3:30 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., plus special evening hours during conferences

Thurs.: 9:15-3:30 p.m.

Additional volunteer hours:

Mon.: 9:15 a.m. (set-up)

Mon.: 1-3:30 p.m. (wish lists)

Tues. & Wed: 9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. (wish lists)

Fri.: 9:15 a.m. (take down)

If you can volunteer, or if you have questions, contact Stacy Circelli ( or Diane Graham (


Market Day is a yummy way to help Madison

Madison participates in a monthly fundraising food program called Market Day.

Each month, restaurant-quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants are available for purchase. Market Day products are competitively priced and our PTA will earn profit on all purchases. Last year Market Day sales helped Madison raise nearly $2,000. These monies helped fund Multicultural Day, Explore More Day and many other important events for our students.

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It's easy to participate. Simply order online at or return the Order Guide to school. Pick up your order on the designated day and enjoy delicious, quick-to-prepare foods for your family.

Online orders for the October sale are due Sat., Oct. 11 by 11 p.m. Pickup is right after school on Wed., Oct. 15 from 3:30-4 p.m.

Look for our flyer each month and support Madison in an easy delicious way!

Contact Michele Triscik ( and Amy Schmidt ( with any questions.

Join Madison PTA; receive the school directory

The PTA is a combined group of dedicated parents, teachers and staff who work hard to enrich the academic lives of our students. Your membership helps support the numerous programs and activities throughout the school year that enrich our children's experience at Madison.

Membership includes one copy of the school directory. This year we will accept payment via credit card in addition to cash or check. Please help us simplify our membership process by paying electronically.

• Go to

• Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

• On left side menu, select PTA

• On left side menu, select Join Madison PTA! – Family Membership

• Click on the link to register and pay online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, follow the directions above and click on the link to print and complete the forms at home. Registration forms are also available in the school office. Submit with payment in an envelope labeled "PTA Membership" to the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Monica Fahey at or by phone at 630-517-8187. Thank you for joining the PTA and making Madison a great school!

Thank you for Milton Township Food Pantry Donations

Many thanks to all of the Madison families who donated to the Milton Township Food Pantry. The volunteer from MTP was amazed at the amount of food we collected in such a short period of time! Their van was completely full-we even had to put some bags up front with the driver! Thank you for helping out the community in this time of need.

Madison basketball starts soon

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We are signing up 3rd, 4th and 5th grade players, volunteer coaches and assistant coaches for this fun-filled co-ed program that runs Nov. 2014 through Mar. 2015. There is a coach meeting in late October. Forms and payment must be dropped off at the Wheaton Park District Community Center.

Please contact Brittanyanne Schumacher ( if you have any questions or would like to coach this year.

Reflections submissions due today

Deadlines for submission to Reflections is due today, Oct 10. If your budding Picasso forgot to turn in their entry today, we will be accepting entries on Mon., Oct 13. Please have your child turn in the office by end of day to have their submission qualify.

For additional information, please click here.

Get creative Madison students!

Gaytana Morgan,

It's a Wrap! Charleston Wrap delivery on Oct. 23rd

Thank you to all who participated and made our first fundraiser of the year a success!

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Charleston Wrap orders will be delivered to Madison on Thurs, Oct. 23. Pick up is available in the Music Room from 3:30-5:00 p.m. For parents with students in the BASP program, we will set your orders aside for you to take home when you pick up. Please note that we will not be able to send orders home with students alone. An adult must accompany your child for pick up.

If you are available to help out on delivery day please contact Robyn Beres at We could use help lifting boxes and moving them into the Music Room starting at 1:00 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 23.

Picture re-takes

Picture re-takes are scheduled for Mon., Oct. 20 in the morning. PM Kindergarteners interested in re-takes will have their picture taken in the morning as well. For a photo re-take, bring the original photo package back to your child's teacher. If the child was absent on picture day and would like to purchase photos, bring the order form to your child's teacher. There are additional forms available in the office. Questions? Contact Dawnelle Muff ( or Anne Nigrelli (

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Find out more about Senate Bill 16 and what you can do

Illinois Senate Bill 16 (SB16) would redistribute state funding for schools and annually take millions away from District 200. It has already passed in the Senate. Learn about how if this bill becomes law, it will negatively impact District 200. You can find information at or attend one of these community information sessions:

Wed., Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m., Monroe Middle School

Thurs., Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m., Hubble Middle School

Shop Amazon; earn cash for Madison

When you shop on, please use the Madison PTA link: Madison PTA will earn 1% on every purchase! Click here for more information.
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Earn for Madison by spending at Target

Do you find yourself at Target once or maybe even twice a week or more? Did you know you could use that spending to earn money for Madison? By using your REDcard, Target's credit card or debit card, you can do just that. When you designate Madison as your elementary school, Target donates 1% of your total charge through their "Take Charge of Education" program.
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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:

Oct. 13: Columbus Day - No school

Oct. 14: Butter Braid sale begins

Oct. 15: Market Day

Oct. 16: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m.

Oct. 18: Trivia night

Oct. 20: Picture re-takes

Oct. 23: Pick up Charleston Wrap orders after school in the Music Room

Oct. 27 & 29: Parent/teacher conferences

Oct. 27-31: Book Fair

Nov. 13: Multicultural Day

Jan. 24, 2015: Pancake breakfast

Feb. 6, 2015: Winter Carnival

May 22, 2015: Explore More Day