Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / February 10, 2017

Dear Madison Families,

“The sun will come out tomorrow!”...Well, I’m not so sure about that! It has been one foggy, cloudy start to 2017. It's the perfect weather to curl up with a great book! Madison students have a great opportunity to log those reading hours and earn fun rewards. Students must have their winter reading logs turned in by February 21 to earn Six Flags tickets and a chance to participate with our world class juggling assembly on February 23. Please remind your children to read each and every day until that habit becomes a lifelong habit.

You also may have heard that Madison students have agreed to accept a challenge from Washington Elementary School to work with the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fundraise and support this important movement to find a cure for childhood cancer. In three years, the Madison Elementary community has raised almost $75,000 for the foundation! Kids are quickly talking about ways that they can creatively support our efforts. Students can sign up to shave or sign-up to fundraise in other creative ways. Through this effort, we hope that all students learn that they have the power to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Lastly, I strongly encourage and hope that you can attend one of the District 200 Coffee House opportunities to learn more about the April 4 Referendum Projects. Edison Middle School will host a Coffee House talk on Friday, March 17 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Please stop by this or another coffee house to learn more and ask questions.

Tim Callahan

Nominating committee to be elected at February PTA meeting

By the end of June, Kristin Olson, Suzie Weber, and Louise Kirkman will have served their terms as co-president, vice president of ways and means, and secretary. We will be looking to fill these positions. If you're interested in helping to find people to serve in these roles, please contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey,

We need five people to be on the nominating committee, plus two alternates. Nominating committee members must have been a member of the PTA for at least 30 days by the time of the Feb. 21st meeting. The nominating committee will report its nominees at the March general membership meeting.

Participate in Plunge into Fitness

Earn a FREE weekday pass to Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville this summer in just three easy steps. Madison students grade K-5 can keep track of exercise on the fitness logs that were sent home on Fri., February 10. Starting Mon., February 13, initial each circle/box on the fitness log for every 30 minutes you exercise. Turn in your completed log to your teacher by April 21. You will get your FREE Raging Waves weekday pass from your teacher before the end of May. It’s simple and fun! Extra fitness logs are available in the front office or on the Madison website under the PTA Google drive forms/flyers. Contact Sybil Scaccia at for any questions.

Madison Yearbook group pictures day coming soon

Color Portraits will be taking the following group photos for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints school yearbook, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:15 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

  • Orchestra (no instruments): 5th grade only
  • Band (no instruments): 5th grade only
  • Patrol (with belts): 5th grade only
  • Chorus: 4th & 5th grades only
  • Battle of the Books (with shirt): 4th & 5th grades only
  • Conservation Club: 4th & 5th grades only
  • Math Club: 3rd, 4th & 5th grades only
  • Chess Club (with shirt, if available): K-5th grades
  • Before and After School Program: K-5th grades
  • Reflections participants: K-5th grades

If your son or daughter belongs to any of the groups listed above, he or she is invited to be included 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 kindergarten students that wish to be included must arrive by 2:15 p.m. and be accompanied by a parent. Please sign in as a visitor in the office first.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Madison

Madison’s Scholastic Book Fair will be March 13 - 16. The times of the book fair are 9:00 a.m. - to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. Your child will be visiting our book fair with his or her class and students will have the opportunity to purchase books at that time.

There is an 8.25% tax. Please make checks payable to Madison LLC. Major credit cards are accepted.

Please consider volunteering for the book fair. Sign up here!

Thank you for partnering with us in encouraging children to read.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Graham, Library Learning Center Director, at

Thank you Winter Carnival donors and volunteers

You have already read Principal Callahan’s expression of thanks in his email regarding this past Saturday’s Winter Carnival, and the committee would also like to extend thanks to specific people for their help in making the carnival run smoothly. Thank you to:

Sue Adkins, Rachel Bailey, Stephanie Brown, Tim Callahan, Katie Clum, Joe Cortesi, Lisa Doherty, Paula Duebener, Leigh Ann Gaul, Tom Grace, Christina Hull, Julie Ippolitto, Sarah Johnson, Nicole Klotz, Janet Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, Katie Morris, Gayle Murray, Kristin Olson, Melissa Roberts, Sybil Scaccia, Carolynne Struebing, Penny Wilson, the key club and other high school students, and the Custodial staff.

A huge thank you to many of our local businesses that made generous donations to our Winter Carnival this year:

Arlington Park, Arrowhead Golf, Bauer and Bauer Dentistry, Bricks, California Pizza Kitchen, Cellar Bistro, Chicago Wolves, Chick-fil-A, Chuck E Cheese, Cooper's Hawk, Corner Bakery, Cozymel's, DuPage Children's Museum, Egg'Lectic, Elements Massage, Enchanted Castle, Firehouse Subs, Fox Bowl, Gino's East, Goldfish Swim School, Gia Mia, Grahams, Hand and Stone Massage, Heidi's Salon, Houlihan's, Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, Karate For Kids, Kids Science Labs, Kid's Town, Kimmers, LA Fitness, Lux Nail Salon, Marek Ashley Salon, Morton Arboretum, Moves Dance Studio, Muldoon's, My Gym, Ogden 6, OMG Café, Orchard Valley Golf Course, Pinwheel Toys, Pump It Up, Raging Waves, Red Mango, Regal Movie Theatre, Rockin' Jump, Ruth Grace Hair Studio, Santa's Village, Schaumburg Boomers, Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Shedd Aquarium, Smashburger, Tasting Devine, The Sipping Muse, Top Golf, Vertical Endeavors, Warren's Ale House, and Zazu Salons.

Please be sure to visit these local businesses and tell them you saw them at the Carnival!

A special thank you to these people/families for making donations as well. We couldn't do it without your generosity: The Jacobson Family, The Johnson Family and Family Focus Travel, The Rodriguez Family, Bob Styrkowicz and Northwestern Mutual, and The Whitkanack Family.

Also a shout out to Heidi’s Salon for volunteering their time at the hair station and to the many local businesses and several Madison families who donated items for the raffle. Many yummy treats were collected for the calk walk – thank you for all the donations! Thank you to all the Madison families who attended and made it a day of fun for our kids and a successful fundraiser for our Madison PTA!

Your Carnival Committee: Amy Fiorato, Kelly Styrkowicz, Lisa Thomas, Suzie Weber

Order the Madison School yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please look here. This includes all orders as of February 3, 2017.

The Yearbook Committee would greatly appreciate your sharing of personal, candid photos for use in the school yearbook. The more variety of faces, the better the yearbook! Please upload your images using the following links.

Meet & Treat/First Day of School

Multicultural Day

Winter Holiday Happenings

Valentine's Day

Please be sure to upload only high resolution images of Madison School students, teachers, and staff only on school property or at the bus stop.

If you have any questions regarding the yearbook, please email Dawn Draus at

Attention incoming 2017-2018 kindergarteners

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2017, please call the school office (630-682-2095) so they may add your child’s name to the Madison kindergarten list. When you call you will receive important information regarding the registration process along with important dates.

Please share this news article with any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener.

Submit your inspiration nominations

Are you the parent of a child who has been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? With your child, take a minute to tell us about it.

Over a year ago, the PTA Council and the Superintendent's Office developed the Inspiration Nomination program to honor our District 200 staff members and acknowledge all that they do for our students. Forms are available in the Madison office, or you can can download the form here and submit it to Erica Loiacono at You can either email a scanned copy (or photo) to, or you can turn it into the PTA President mailbox.

Any Inspiration Nomination received will be shared with the staff member nominated along with recognition by the Superintendent and PTA Council. Then, two times per year, the Council and Superintendent will surprise select staff members who have really gone above and beyond by visiting their classroom and recognizing their work personally.

Want to play dodgeball?

Hey 5th graders!

Can you duck, dip, dive, and dodge? On Saturday, March 11, from 1-3 p.m. Franklin Middle School invites 5th graders from all CUSD200 elementary schools to participate in its Fifth Annual Dodgeball Tournament.

The theme of the 2017 event is “Service and Sacrifice.” With that theme in mind, the 2017 tournament will benefit the following charities and organizations: The DuPage Hundred Club; Team Red, White and Blue; The Pat Tillman Foundation; and Franklin Middle School. Each organization will benefit equally from the proceeds.

There will be separate boys and girls tournaments that will start with a round robin tournament. Each team will play four games and then will be seeded in a double elimination tournament. The winner of the tournament will be crowned champion!

Form a team of six boys or six girls and then pick up a packet in the office.

Good luck!

Join the Madison PTA

Madison PTA advocates for all children through literacy, math, science, problem solving, arts, music, social studies, character development, physical fitness, reaching out, and having fun. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience.

Your Family Membership includes our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot, which was launched in September with updated information for this school year.

For convenience we offer online registration

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, please select ‘PTA’ and then ‘Forms & Flyers’ to find registration and order forms. Print and complete the forms at home and submit payment(s) to the school office. Registration and order forms are also available in the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Lisa Thomas at

Donate to the art room

The art teachers are looking for anything from the list to be donated.

  • Egg carton

  • Yogurt and any plastic containers

  • Kleenex

  • Large T-shirts for smocks ( please, no button down shirts)

  • Paper towels

  • Wet Wipes

  • Q-tips

  • Wallpaper

  • Ribbon, string, buttons

  • Tape

  • Pencils

  • Magazines ( appropriate )

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray at

Save General Mills Box Tops for Education

Please save General Mills Box Tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in. Thank you to Mrs. Spires for heading up this effort. Last year we purchased many copies of the new Rebecca Caudill, Monarch, and Bluestem Award Book Nominees. Thank you for your support.

Order from Amazon and raise money for Madison

The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

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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:

Feb. 14: Valentine's Parties @ 2:15 p.m.

Feb. 20: No School

Feb. 21: PTA Meeting @ noon

Mar. 2: Report Cards

Mar. 3: No School

Mar. 8: Kindergarten Round Up (Parents Only) @ 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 13-17: Book Fair

Mar. 21: PTA Meeting @ noon

Mar. 27-31: Spring Break

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.