Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / December 7, 2018

Don't miss the Winter Concert

The winter Concert is Thursday, December 13. The timeline for the event is as follows:

6:40 p.m. All classrooms are open. Grades 1-3 students report to classrooms. Students in Grades 4-5 who have Grade 1-3 siblings report to classrooms.

7:00-7:40 p.m. Grades 1-3 Performance. Grades 1-3 perform in MPR/Gym.

7:40-8:00 p.m. Intermission. Grades 1-3 parents may exit and retrieve students at classrooms if not staying for 8:00 p.m. performance. Grades 4-5 students report to classrooms.

8:00 p.m. Grades 4-5 and Chorus Performance. Grade 1-3 remain in classrooms if parents stay for 8:00 p.m. performance.

Kindergarten performs in a short concert on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Time to return Madison welcome signs

We hope your child enjoyed their "Welcome to Madison" yard sign. It is now time to return the signs so that they can be used to welcome our new students next year. If you would like to have your yard sign as a keepsake, please submit a check made out to Madison PTA in the amount of $8. Questions? Contact Julie Ippolito at

Fleece needed

As we enter the "gift-giving" season of the year, consider donating fleece or a fleece throw kit to Madison Cares. The 4th and 5th graders will be assembling fleece throws for the teens that Ronald McDonald House and CDH serve. We prefer the 72" kits or 2 yds of fleece fabric so we can make them large enough for the teens. Jo-Ann fabrics has lots of sales, and Amazon has tons of deals. Don't forget to use Amazon Smile and choose Madison PTA (Wheaton) as your beneficiary! Contact Amy at

Buy a gift; help a Madison family

The Madison Mitten Tree is back. Please sign up to buy a gift to help our Madison families during the holiday season. The form will be located in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the item with the number on the outside of the gift and return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Friday, Dec. 14.

Thank You for Supporting Madison Multicultural Day 2018

Multicultural Day is a true celebration of our community’s diverse cultures. This Madison tradition could not have been possible without the help of the following parents, grandparents, extended family members, consulate members, Leman Middle School students and staff, and former Madison families:

Aimee Anicete-Navata, Humberto Ayala, Brent Bailey, Craig Babich, Melissa Bianco, Maggie Bragassi, Lisa Callahan, Michele Cechini, Jenny Claassen, Michelle Clousing, Lindsay Cochrane, Tomomi Collins, Carrie Conover, Jennifer Denson, Tiffany DeRosas, Bryan DeRosas, Dorian Dickinson, Sarah Dickinson, Rara DragAn, Dawn Draus, Lory Gallagher, Emily Garrity, Gina Garza, Vicki Gaudette, Sarah Gochee, Selda Harris, Judy Holz, Cecilia Horejs, Saw'Daniel Htun-Lynn, Lifei Huang, Christina Hull, Jeanett Hurtado, Samuel Hurtado, Barb Ioli, Elizabeth Kennedy, Kate Kessler, Karla King, Denise Krohn, Mayura Kumar, Steve Laczo, Bill Laster, Lauren Laster, Rene' Lauer, Bruce Lauer, , Linda Moore, Simone Morton, Marla Mothershed, Fatima Musa, Jessica Neri, Melisa Oker, Dorthy Okpebholo, Shawn Okpebholo, Leo Perez, Carina Perez, Sarah Perkins, Brad Rathe, Ambika Reid, Abby Richardson, Mike Savage, Martha Savage, Megan Savitt, Susanne Sheehan, Janine Shimp, Gina Smethells, Carhy Soliani, Lesley Stephan-Feinsot, Sal Tamayo, Lisa Thomas, Bridget Wade, Suzie Weber, Emily Wiezorek, Penny Wilson, Kris Wojtka, Brittney Zeller, Megan Zorn. Also thanks to the Leman Middle School “Latinos in Action” students who came and helped.

A special thanks to the following local businesses for donating or discounting items for the luncheon: Capri Pizza and Pasta and Cozymels. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Tone Rosen and Rachel Bailey

Order a 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 as with the middle school and high school yearbooks. Our yearbook is 52 full color pages that includes 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 refer to this spreadsheet that includes all orders as of Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, to verify if an order has been placed for your child.

The Yearbook Committee needs your help! Please consider joining our committee as there are many opportunities to help, such as taking photos of special events, creating actual yearbook pages using TreeRing, helping with orders and more. A volunteer or two from each grade level is needed to take pictures of each student and create the grade's collage page. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus and Megan Savitt at you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus and Megan Savitt at

PACE screening to begin in February

Elementary testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

Grades 2-5 will begin in February.

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2019 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2019. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2019-2020 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2019, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 11, 2019. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2019-2020 classes:

4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast Paced Language Arts

Please Note – Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test for 2019-2020

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, but reside in the

District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.

Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 11, 2019 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

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:

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.

Volunteer in the LLC

If you are looking for additional ways to help out at Madison, please consider volunteering in the library. This year we are short volunteers. Specifically, the LLC could use extra help on Tuesday and Friday mornings (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (1-3:30 p.m.). If you were to volunteer, you could expect to help check in and out books for students, shelf recently returned books and help Mrs. Graham with whatever else she may need that day. It is a lot of fun and we'd love to have you! Please contact Kathryn Medanic at to volunteer.

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:

Dec. 13: Winter Concert

Dec. 24-Jan. 4: Winter Break

Jan. 14: PTA Meeting @ noon

Jan. 18: No School - Institute Day

Jan. 21: No School - MLK Day

Jan. 26: Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 23: Winter Carnival

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.