Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / September 24, 2015

Saturday night fun

Looking for something exciting to do this Saturday night? Join us for a great night and a fabulous fundraiser. Madison's 2nd annual trivia night is still taking reservations. This adults-only event will raise thousands of dollars for the PTA and fund important items like field trips and school assemblies. You, your family and friends are all welcome. You can request to sit with a specific Madison family or to be placed at a grade level table.

Don't forget the "I love the 80's" theme. Dress up or come as you are. The American Legion does not allow patrons to bring any beverages into the venue-they must be purchased there. However, this event is BYOF (Bring your own food) so feel free to coordinate with your table mates. To make your reservation, please contact the trivia committee at

Donate wine for Trivia Night

THERE IS ONLY 24 HOURS LEFT TO DONATE a bottle of wine for the Wine Pull Fundraiser. Please consider helping! Your donation of a bottle of red or white wine valued at $20 or more is tax deductible and proceeds from this event fund all the amazing programs the PTA sponsors. We have received some great bottles of wine so far, but could use a few more. All donations can be dropped off at Kristin Olson’s house (1221 S. Gables Blvd) or Becca Hary’s house (112 Danada Dr.) by noon tomorrow.

Madison Run-A-Thon results

Great job Madison students and teachers! You ran 1,047 miles, which is approximately the distance from here to Orlando, FL.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with Run-A-Thon: Sue Adkins, Evelyn Amador, Rachel Bailey, Robyn Beres, Lori Burger, Jeannie Cho, Traci Colquhoun, Jen Denson, Dawn Draus, Jen Doty, Jim Fiorato, Bob Hren, Cecilia Horejs, Adam and Julie Ippolito, Holly Jacobson, Tiffany Kolar, Janet Mathis, Abby May, Kristin Olson, Kelly Styrkowicz, Kristi Wallrab, Randy Wenger, Suzie Weber, and Debbie Wedoff.

A shout out to all the Madison families who held posters, ran, jumped into help when needed, and/or cheered on their runners. Thank you also to Dawn Draus, Gina Smethells, and Randy Wenger for taking great pictures during the event.

A special thank you goes to Tim Callahan and Joe Cortesi who helped plan and organize our Madison Run-a-thon schedule. Also thank you to all the teachers who helped cheer on their students, run laps with their class, and let us rearrange their schedules for the day. We appreciate your support in making this event so successful.

We hope the students like the t-shirts that were given to them made possible by a generous donation from Weber Orthodontics.

Run-A-Thon pledges were due Tues., Sept. 22 but you can still turn them in if you forgot! Send them into your child’s teacher. All students who turn in a pledge sheet will receive a raffle ticket. Remember online donations are available for friends and family.

Art Appreciation seeks volunteers

We are looking for one or more parent volunteers to do Art Appreciation. It's a once-a-month commitment between October and May. The volunteer and the teacher schedule a time that is mutually convenient to teach a half hour lesson about an artist and a piece. The lessons are pre-planned and follow a set schedule. No art background is necessary, just a desire to help out in the classroom and be a creative with your child and his or her classmates.

The following classrooms are in need of volunteers:

Mrs. Summers: AM
Mrs. Emma
Mr. Grace

Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Gatlin could use additional volunteers as well.

Contact Louise Kirkman at to volunteer.

Help clean up Madison grounds

Please help keep our school grounds looking beautiful! Come Sat., Oct. 3 (rain date Oct. 17) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We need many volunteers. Kids of all ages and parents welcome. Bring your gardening tools and gloves to help weed flower beds, rake, clean up, and spread mulch. We will be working alongside Girl Scout troops earning a service badge.

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Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there. Contact John Phanthavong ( for more information. For questions pertaining to Girl scouts, please contact Lisa Thomas (

Madison basketball coordinator needed

Madison basketball is in need of a new coordinator. Some responsibilities include evaluating rosters, forming teams and hosting the end of the season party. It is a fun job with many rewards!

If you or someone you know is interested please contact Brittanyanne Schumacher at or 630-624-3914 or Darrell Houston, Athletic Supervisor, at or 630-510-5129.

Please click here for additional program information.

Mark your calendar

The PTA offers both daytime and evening meetings to accommodate all of our members.

The noon meetings will be held in the music room and our evening meetings will be held in the LLC. Hope to see you there!

Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 at 12 p.m.
No meeting in December
Jan. 21 at 12 p.m.
Feb. 18 at 12 p.m.
Mar. 17 at 12 p.m.
Apr. 21 at 7 p.m.
May 19 at 12 p.m. (new officer installation)

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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Save the dates

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

Sept. 25: No school

Sept. 26: Trivia Night

Oct. 12: No school (Columbus Day)

Oct. 15: PTA meeting at 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 & 29: Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct. 30: Halloween Parties at 2:15 p.m.

Nov. 12: Multicultural Day

Nov. 13: No school

Nov. 19: PTA meeting at noon

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break

Jan. 23, 2016: Pancake breakfast

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.