Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / February 5, 2021

Make a Valentine's Day Card for Local Seniors

There is still time for students to make a Valentine's Day card for local seniors. Please bring your cards to school by Monday, February 8th. Virtual Academy students may drop off cards in the box on the porch at 1515 Mayo Ave. (Just down from the school). Let's share the love and spread some smiles!

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For In-Person: Students will not be passing out Valentine's Cards this year.

For Virtual: Valentine's Day will take place during Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Every Tuesday there is an optional Google Meet for VA students to help stay connected with Madison. Join in from 2-2:30 p.m. here.

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Monthly Madison Cares Volunteering Highlight: DuPage County Animal Services!

There are many opportunities to get involved in supporting our local animal shelter! Here are some of the ways:

  • Raise money to make a donation towards much needed supplies and care

  • Make item donations that are in great need at the shelter, a “wishlist” is available on the website

  • Foster a dog or cat as they await adoption into their lifetime family

  • Rescue a pet through adoption!

You can also volunteer through the shelter if you are age 10+. Look at options with a parent to determine if you can complete training and make a regular commitment to help the animals! (Check with the shelter on COVID-specific circumstances and safety guidelines)

Opportunities at DCAS include:

  • Small animal volunteer - play and socialize rabbits and other small animals
  • Cat socializer
  • Canine care - dog walking and socializing
  • Kennel & cat room cleaning and assistance

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Contributions Welcome for the Yearbook!

Submit Photos: The yearbook needs your help in gathering photos! Whether your student is in person or virtual, please share photos of what school looks like for you. Post them in the Madison PTA Facebook Group or email them to (Madison students only, please – no siblings.)

Enter the Cover Contest: 5th Graders received the rules for the 5th Grade Cover Contest on Monday, Feb. 1.

Purchase a Yearbook: Commemorate this wild school year with a Madison Paw Prints yearbook. Yearbooks can be purchased at until March 31, 2021. Login with your username/password from previous years (or create a login/password if you haven't ordered before) and select “Madison Elementary School 2020-2021.” You may choose to purchase either a softcover or hardcover book, and you can add your own custom pages if you'd like.

Have Questions? Contact Yearbook Chief Editor Megan Savitt.

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Want to Get Involved? Raise Your Hand or Nominate Someone for the 2021/2022 Madison PTA Board

The Madison PTA nominating committee will be meeting soon to identify candidates for three PTA board positions, which each have a two-year committment:

  • Co-President: will serve with Lauren DeReus for the first year and then take the lead as President the second year.

  • Co-VP Ways and Means: will serve with Kate Kessler for the first year and then take the lead with a new co-VP the second year.

  • Secretary: will replace Jessica Houston

Please see Article VII of the PTA Bylaws for job descriptions.

If you are interested in one of these roles or would like to nominate someone, please email Madison PTA President Beth Tatro at The deadline for nominations is February 9.

Thank you to the nominating committee (Amy Consolazio, Michelle Clousing, Heather Graf, Lisa Feely and Debbie McCraw) as well as the alternates (Rebecca Roell and Megan Zorn) for your hard work!

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Engage with DE&I

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the DEI Committee Chair (and Madison parent), Anjali Bharadwa, at or by phone at 630-660-5937.

Learn more about the DEI Committee.

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Upcoming Events

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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 and Alison Bruder at You can view the publication schedule and previous issues on the PTA website.