Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / December 12, 2014

Consider a donation to Madison PTA

If you're looking for end-of-year giving opportunities, the Madison PTA is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Simply write a check to Madison PTA, write "donation" in the Memo line, and send it in to the attention of Madison PTA treasurer. Monies support awesome opportunities to enhance the educational experience at Madison like Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, assemblies, field trips, classroom needs, and much, much more. Last year, Madison PTA spent more than $65 per student.

Want your kids to stay active over break?

Check out Mr. Cortesi's "Let's Play" camp. Read more about it here.

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Madison Cares to make blankets

We have several fun and meaningful service related projects coming up in 2015! Our first 2015 Madison Cares project will take place on Mon., Jan. 26 in the LLC. We will be making fleece blankets for Project Linus. Please have your student join us during the recess portion of their lunch hour.

In January, we will collect items for “birthday bag” donations that benefit the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton. More specifics on this coming up when school resumes.

St. Baldrick’s hair donations

With the holiday season upon us, many of you may be “grooming” your kids over the break. If your daughter is interested in donating her hair for St. Baldrick’s Day on March 20, you may want to consider how much you cut now. This year, we will donate hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. The length requirement is 8 inches.

Notice of Asbestos in Building

Community Unit School District 200 has conducted the required inspections of asbestos containing materials in District 200 schools. Read more here.

Madison collecting old Christmas lights

Don't throw away those broken Christmas lights! Recycle them. Bring your broken and unwanted strands of lights to Madison now through mid January. The collection box is located in the office. Thanks for supporting Madison's efforts to go green! Questions? Contact Jeff Hasbrouck at

Save the date!

Madison’s annual pancake breakfast is Sat., Jan. 24 from 8:30-10 a.m. Flyers will be going home this week. If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact Monica Fahey at

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Group picture day

Color Portraits will be taking the following group photos for the 2014-15 Madison Paw Prints school yearbook on Wed., Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.

· Orchestra (no instruments) - 5th grade only

· Band (no instruments) - 5th grade only

· Patrol (with belts) - 5th grade only

· Madison School Outdoor Sign Changers Group - 5th grade only

· Chorus - 4th & 5th grade only

· Battle of the Books (with shirt, if available) 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 child belongs to any of the groups listed above, he or she is invited 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 kindergartners that wish to be included must arrive by 2 p.m. and be accompanied by a parent. Please sign in as a visitor in the office first. Any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at (630) 221-1514 or

Committee Chairs - Volunteer lists available

The PTA has a list of volunteers who signed up at the beginning of the year to help on all of the different committees. If your committee is starting work please contact Misty Gniadek ( for a list of volunteers ready to help you!

Parents and staff: join Madison PTA Facebook group

With 160 members and growing, Madison PTA Wheaton, IL Facebook group has become a good way to share information about Madison PTA happenings. Any Madison parent/guardian or staff member may join the closed group. You'll find fun pictures, reminders and news. Madison Memos continues to be Madison PTA's main source for information, as it reaches all parents and staff.

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PACE testing to begin in Spring 2015

In March 2015, 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 2015-2016. Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE testing is Fri., Jan. 15, 2015. For more information, view the "Forms and Flyers" page of the Madison PTA section of

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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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:

Dec. 17: Winter Concert

Dec. 19: Winter Parties

Dec. 22 - Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan. 7: Group picture day

Jan. 16: Teacher Institute - No school

Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day - No school

Jan. 22: PTA Meeting at noon

Jan. 24: Pancake breakfast

Jan. 26: Madison Cares

Feb. 6: Winter Carnival

Mar. 20: St. Baldrick's Day

May 22: Explore More Day

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.