Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 5, 2018

Attend the PTA Parent Workshop

PTA Parent Workshop: Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age

Monday, Nov. 5, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Madison Gymnasium/MPR

Free/Suggested Donation $5

Liz Repking , Cyber Safety Consulting Founder, will be presenting and leading a discussion about the dangers facing kids in the digital age and offering tangible solutions for these issues. Liz has presented for District 200 in the past and is well versed in the topic. She is locally based in Glen Ellyn but travels around the country educating parents and children about cyber safety.

Topics that will be covered include online bullying, popular apps and how to use them safely, cell phone monitoring, gaming issues, and building healthy technology in the home.

Even if your kids aren’t using technology currently, chances are before long they will be and Liz has excellent tips about being proactive and planning ahead before your kids are one step ahead of you. This workshop will be useful to parents of kids of all ages, whether they are currently using technology or about to come of age where technology will soon be part of their world.

That same day students in grades 3rd -5th will also be getting a cyber presentation during the school day, so it’s an excellent time to be able to talk to your kids about what you both learn.

To learn more, contact Lisa Thomas at or check out the Cyber Safety Consulting website at

Support the playground fund

Want to support the playground fundraising campaign? The Madison Playground Committee has developed many ways in which you can help.


Sponsorship opportunities for the new Madison Playground are available at the $500, $1000, $2500 and $5000 level. This is a great opportunity for local businesses or neighborhoods to donate and gain recognition for their support of this great effort. Information and sponsorship levels are available online. Contact Mary Henderson or Beth Tatro with any questions or leads on possible sponsorships.

Yankee Candle

Your child should have brought home a fundraiser envelope from Yankee Candle. There are two ways to shop -- the catalog or online.

The envelope contains a catalog and an order form. Write your sales on the order form and return it to the school (teacher or office) no later than October 11. Please collect money while taking orders. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA. Orders will be delivered to Madison before the holidays for pick up.

You can also shop online at Click on "shop" and begin placing an order. When you check out, type in the Madison group number 999984637. The order will be delivered to your home.

If you have any questions regarding Yankee Candle sales, contact Megan Day at or Julie Ippolito at

Jeans and a Cute Top Shop

Wondering what you are going to wear to Trivia Night on Oct. 20? Need to update your fall wardrobe? Come out and shop at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop in Wheaton on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. to help the Madison Elementary PTA raise money for the new playground. Jeans and a Cute Top Shop will donate 15% of the sales to the Madison PTA in support of the new playground. You can either present the flyer or just mention Madison Elementary at the register. Also, from 6-8 p.m. is time set aside for just patrons wishing to help raise money for the new playground. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you.

Party Night with Mr. Cortesi

All Madison kids in grade K-5 are invited for a fun evening of gym games and activities on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. This evening of fun will be hosted by our own P.E. teacher, Mr. Cortesi, to support the new Madison Playground. Parents are welcome to stay for a family night of games or can drop off kids. Cost is $15 per child and 100% of proceeds go to the playground. Registration forms will coming home in folders, or you can print this flyer and send in with payment. Walk-ins with cash or check are welcome. Questions? Contact Mary Henderson.

Additional ways to support the Madison playground fundraising

  • Sign-up for swim lessons at Aqua Tots in Wheaton by January 15, 2019, and they will donate the $25 registration fee to the fund for ever family who registers. Please show this flyer when you register.

  • Contact Samantha Campen to host an in-house Norwex demo party between October and December 2018, and 25% of the party commissions will be donated to the fund.

Turn in Run-A-Thon donations

Donations were due on Mon., October 1, but don't worry, you can still send them in by Thursday for your student to earn a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes will be drawn on Fri., October 5.

Make a difference

Madison Elementary School will participate once again in Make A Difference Day, which is a community wide event that takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Help us "Stuff A Truck" with the People's Resource Center to reach their goal of collecting 40,000 pounds of food for their food pantry. We will be collecting healthy, non-perishable/non-glass food items to donate. Fill a plastic or paper bag and drop off at the school office between Oct 15-19. On October 26 the 5th grade students will help "Stuff A Truck" with our donations. Questions? Please contact Amy Angolkar at

Make A Difference Day Events in Wheaton

Saturday, Oct. 27 Food For Fines: The Wheaton Public Library will forgive a portion of your overdue book fines. Just bring in a food donation to the library and feel doubly good.

Thursday, Oct 11. and Thursday, Oct. 25 Food For Films: Get ready to have fun and feed the hungry. Bring in a food donation to Studio Movie Grill and get a free ticket for any movie on that day.

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day is Fri., Nov. 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This year students will learn about other countries and cultures while traveling through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa. It takes many hands to make this day a success, and we are currently seeking country instructors in first grade (Asia), 3rd grade (Pacific Rim) and volunteers in all grade levels. If you have some time to give, please consider helping us celebrate diversity on this amazing day. If you are available to help, please email the MCD committee at or talk to Rachel Bailey or Tone Rosen directly.

Join the Madison Chess Club

The first Chess Club meeting of the year will be October 11 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Chess Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Art and Music Room (enter door 2). All Madison students (K-5) are welcome. No prior experience needed.

There will be a short informational meeting for parents of Chess Club members at the first meeting. Questions? Please contact Mash Angolkar at

Recycle your markers and crayons at Madison

The Conservation Committee students began a project to collect old dried up markers and crayons to be recycled and repurposed; thus saving them from a landfill. The markers can be any brand and are shipped free of charge back to the Crayola Company as part of their Color Cycle program where they are turned into clean fuel. The crayons will be collected and taken to SCARCE, a local organization that melts old crayons and turns them into new crayons for special needs students. There is a box in each classroom and in the office. Crayons and markers can be brought in from home. Thanks to Madison parent Kate Clarke for spearheading this awesome program and offering to collect and ship the markers.

To read more about Color Cycle or SCARCE click these links:

Volunteer at the Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Madison Mon., Oct. 15 through Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018. The Fair is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Our Book Fair theme for fall 2018 is Enchanted Forest, a whimsical place full of irresistible books kids can’t wait to read so their imaginations can grow! We’d like your help to make this Book Fair that “once upon a time” experience for our students and inspire “happily ever after” results.

Volunteers are also need to help with the book fair. Please email Mrs. Graham,, with the days and times you can help. Thank you.

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Book fair set up.

  • Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15 & 16, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Help students write “wish lists.”

  • Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 & 18, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Working the cash register and helping students choose books.

  • Tuesday & Thursday evening, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Working cash register

  • Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Take down Fair.

We look forward to seeing you at the book fair. Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Mrs. Graham

Library Learning Center Director

Order the Madison yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2018-2019 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. For those new to the school, Madison Elementary School yearbooks cannot be ordered on ParentVue or Synergy as with the middle school and high school yearbooks. Our yearbook is 52 full color pages that include many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year.

Please click here to order and pay with a credit card or check. The passcode is 1014308585474714.

Please consider joining the Yearbook Committee. There are many opportunities to help from taking photos of special events, to creating actual yearbook pages using TreeRing, to helping with orders and more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus and Megan Savitt at

2018 - 2019 Reflections Participants Wanted

Calling all artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, photographers and writers! The PTA Reflections Program is now underway. This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me”. Use your imagination to creatively express this theme through artwork, writing, dance, film, photography and/or music.

You can find the entry form and rules for each specific category at the following site:

Please submit all completed projects (with entry form) by Wednesday, Oct. 24 to the main office. If you have any questions, contact Christina Hull at

Check Lost and Found

Lost and Found is already fulling up. Be sure to clearly label backpacks and lunch boxes on the outside, not the inside. As the weather turns colder, label sweatshirts, hoodies, coats, shoes, boots, mittens, scarves and hats! Look for lost items near the multi-purpose room.

Join the Girl Scouts and PTA for all school service event

Madison Beautification Day is Sun., Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.-noon. Get outside and enjoy the fall weather and some time together. You do not need to stay for the entire event, any help is appreciated.

  • We will be working alongside the Madison PTA to make our school a more beautiful place.
  • We’ll be weeding, trimming shrubs, mulching and planting as well as removing trash and doing a general clean-up of the school grounds.
  • Bring gloves and garden tools if you have them. Label your tools. We really need additional wheel barrows, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers.

We need lots of helpers -- parents, kids, extended family members. Everyone is welcome. When you arrive, check in at the front entrance of the school and you will be assigned an area in which to work. Please let us know if you a have plants or bulbs to donate. We also need a pick up truck -- contact Melissa Simon to learn more or donate any of these items. Cell or text 630-320-9427 or by October 1.

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

Join WWSNPTA's fall festivities

Join WWSNPTA today and enjoy a fall hayride and early admission to Danada Fall Festival at the Danada House Equestrian Center on October 14 at 10:00 a.m. Early admission, preferred parking, and hayride is for WWSNPTA members only.

Save General Mills box tops

Please save General Mills box tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top received. Thank you to Cecilia Horjes for heading up this effort. We purchased many copies of award books for the library. Thank you for your support.

Save the dates

Click on the calendar on the Madison section of to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:

Oct. 7: Beautification Day

Oct. 8: Columbus Day. No School

Oct. 12: Fundraiser - Jeans and a Cute Top Shop

Oct. 20: Trivia Night

Oct. 15-31: Chili's Dining for Dollars

Nov. 5: Parenting Workshop

Nov. 9: Institute Day - No School

Nov. 12: PTA Meeting @ 7 p.m.

Nov. 16: Multicultural Day

Nov. 19-23: Thanksgiving Recess

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.