Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 12, 2018

Come to the Winter Carnival

Planning for the Feb 10th Winter Carnival (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) is well under way! A flyer should have gone home this week with all the information to order food and tickets. If you have not received it, you can find all the information here We need lots of volunteers to help make this a fun event for the kids so please consider signing up for a shift or donating a cake.

We’ve received some great raffle prizes so far and there’s still more coming! Here’s a little sneak peak at some of our fun raffle items:

Shedd Aquarium tickets

Arlington Park tickets

Museum of Science and Industry tickets

Main Event fun passes

Chuck E Cheese family pack

Movie tickets to Studio Movie Grill and Ogden 6

Schaumburg Boomer’s tickets

1 hour massage at Elements Massage and Hand and Stone

Mani/Pedi at Lux Studio Nail Salon

Wine tasting for 6 at Tasting deVine

And gift cards to many local favorites such as Top Golf, Bricks, Houlihan’s, Cozymel’s, Emmetts, Mia Gia’s, Egg’lectic Cafe, Graham’s, Kimmer’s, Pinwheel Toys and much more!

Be sure to pre-order your raffle tickets before the Winter Carnival to avoid the lines. If you have something you would like to donate to our raffle, please contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Explore More Day chairs and coordinators needed

On Explore More Day, May 25, regular classes are set aside so students can try out different science, sport or art activities that they may not otherwise be exposed. Second - 5th graders can choose five exciting classes from a wide variety of course offerings led by Madison staff, parents and community members. Kindergarten and 1st grade follow a set curriculum.

Needless to say, this event takes lots of coordination and organization to put together. We want to extend a special thanks to Amy Fiorato and Kristin Olson, who have chaired Explore More Day for the past few years. In order to continue this great tradition at Madison, we need volunteers to work with them this year, who would then be willing to take on the chair positions for next year.

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For this year's Explore More Day, we're looking for a kindergarten parent (or two) to serve as the kindergarten coordinator, and a 1st grade parent (or two) to serve as the 1st grade coordinator.

If you would be willing to shadow Amy and Kristin this year to serve as chair(s) next year, please contact Rachel Bailey at right away. Initial planning meetings begin in mid-January. If you would be willing to serve as coordinator of kindergarten or 1st grade, please contact Kristin Olson or Amy Fiorato at

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm for Explore More Day. We hope it will be a very special day for everyone at Madison School. Please consider volunteering your time, a hobby and/or skills.

Reminder from the health office

Unfortunately, this is the time of the year when many viruses and germs are prevalent. Deciding when to keep your child home from school is not always easy. Unnecessary absences interfere with learning and time off work or childcare issues can be inconvenient; however, little learning takes place for a child when sent to school ill. When a child is truly sick, it is important they stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to limit the spread of germs at school. Illnesses can spread quickly in a classroom and sending a sick child to school puts other students and staff at risk for illness. Let’s work together to keep our school community and our homes as healthy as possible! Below are some guidelines to help you decide when to keep your child home from school.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Please keep the student home if:

  • Skin rash from an unidentified cause that has not been evaluated by a physician. Please note that open sores should be covered until healed or evaluated by a physician.

  • The oral temperature is 100 degrees F or greater. A student with such a fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the aid of fever-reducing medication.

  • Experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Students should remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

  • Complaining of severe, persistent pain.

  • Showing signs of an upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) or any other illness serious enough to interfere with the student’s ability to learn.

  • Signs of conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) present with symptoms such as secretions from one or both eyes, itching, and crusts on eyelids.

Reporting Absences

You must notify the school if your child is home sick and report any diagnosed communicable diseases. When reporting an absence, please indicate the reason for the absence. If due to illness, please report symptoms including whether your child has a fever, cough, or sore throat.

If you are not sure whether to send your child to school, you may call the school nurse for consultation. If you’re still in doubt, call or visit your physician.

Re-Admission after Contagious Illness

Re-admission following illness from contagious diseases may require a back-to-school permit signed by a physician. Guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health are used to manage communicable diseases in school. Please have medical documentation of any school accommodations that are requested.

Head Lice

Parents are encouraged to check their child regularly for head lice. If a case is discovered, it should be reported to the school nurse, who will advise parents of the most appropriate treatments. Arrangements will be made to check siblings and close contacts for lice infestation.

Student health services guidelines can be found on page 10 of the 2017 Elementary School Handbook.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Madison Health Office


Get orthodontic services, support the Madison playground fund

Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics, owned by our own Bauer Madison family, have generously offered to donate $250 to our new playground fund for every single new patient that starts braces or Invisalign at their office between January 1 and May 31! Eighty new patients could bring Madison $20,000 toward building a new, accessible playground in the back of school. Their office is located on Roosevelt road in Wheaton. If you or someone you know is looking for these services, check them out and support the Madison playground fund!

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Go Green to recycle holiday lights

The Go Green Committee will once again be collecting holiday lights for recycling. The collection box is set up in the school office and we’ll be collecting through January 19, 2018.

This collection is in partnership with the City of Wheaton. It will accept incandescent and LED lights and extension cords in any condition. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. Any questions please contact the Go Green Club at

Participate in the Wellness Bingo Challenge

The Health & Wellness Committee is sponsoring a Madison Health and Fitness Bingo Challenge for students. The program began Jan. 8, 2018 and has a turn in date of Feb. 2, 2018. The Bingo card has instructions.

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Questions? Contact Mary Lynn McCafferty (

Coming soon: Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) testing

For the 2018-2019 School Year, please note that all second graders will be screened for PACE in February 2018 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in December 2017. 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 2018-2019 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2018, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled in 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, Jan. 12, 2018. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments, will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2018-2019 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 2018-2019.

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, Jan. 12, 2018 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates and 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.

Help enhance education at your child's school

The Student Excellence Foundation has partnered with the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council in creating a Fund-a-Classroom, crowdfunding program, where educators can submit proposals for their classroom needs.

Madison Elementary has the following projects available for your contributions:

First grade is asking for iPads for each classroom:

You can support a specific classroom by donating online or mailing a check to:

Student Excellence Foundation P.O. Box 253 Wheaton, IL 60187

When mailing a check, please include the name of the project you are supporting so it will be correctly applied to that classroom.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Bailey (

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Contribute pictures, order your yearbook

The Yearbook Committee needs your photos from the Winter Concert and the winter class parties. Please use the link below to upload your photos to the Holiday Happenings folder for use in the school yearbook.

Please be sure to create an account using this passcode if you are having trouble uploading photos.

Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please click here to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please click here to view all orders as Dec. 18, 2017.

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 group picture day in January and many more.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

Attend District 200 Parenting Seminars

How​ ​to​ ​Raise​ ​Resilient​ ​Children​ ​with​ ​Jackie​ ​Rhew,​ ​LCPC,​ ​CADC

Wed.,​ ​Feb. ​21​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Monroe​ ​Middle​ ​School,​ ​1855​ ​Manchester​ ​Rd.,​ ​Wheaton

This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement for the child. Factors that contribute to school avoidant behaviors as well as early identification of maladaptive coping responses will be explored. Attendees will learn how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.

SPANISH​ ​PRESENTATION​ ​-​ ​Does​ ​Your​ ​Child​ ​Have​ ​a​ ​Smartphone?​ ​Learn​ ​How​ ​to​ ​Keep Your​ ​Child​ ​Safe​ ​with​ ​Ferney​ ​Ramirez March​ ​7​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Johnson​ ​Elementary​ ​School,​ ​2S700​ ​Continental​ ​Drive,​ ​Warrenville

Parents,​ ​Teens,​ ​Parties​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Law​ ​-​ ​Panel​ ​Discussion​ ​with​ ​State’s​ ​Attorney​ ​Bob​ ​Berlin, Dr.​ ​Michael​ ​Maniacci​ ​and​ ​Social​ ​Worker​ ​Marc​ ​Anderson

Thurs.,​ ​April​ ​12 at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Wheaton​ ​Warrenville​ ​South​ ​High​ ​School,​ ​1920​ ​S.​ ​Wiesbrook​ ​Rd

Your child wants to attend or host a party where alcohol will be present. How do you handle this? What are the legal implications for children who drink underage? What are the legal implications for parents who host parties where alcohol is present? Parents will learn the strategies to have conversations with their children that focus on the potential outcomes of attending a party with alcohol present and also how to help their child decline invitations to parties.

Registration​ ​is​ ​free.​ Call or text Traci at (630) 270-9678 or email to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content, contact Traci Burnham at (630) 784-7226.

Nominating committee to be elected at February PTA meeting

By the end of June, Rachel Bailey, Katie Morris, and Stephanie Brown will have served their terms as co-president, treasurer, and vice president of membership. We will be looking to fill these positions. If you're interested in helping to find people to serve in these roles, or if you're interested in learning about these roles, please contact Rachel Bailey,, or Lisa Thomas,

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 February 28 meeting.

Support the butterfly garden

Do you have a passion for gardening? Would you like to see a butterfly garden put in at Madison School? The Go Green Committee is considering putting in a pollinator garden that would include native perennials and attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. The students would learn about how plants grow in the Illinois Prairie landscape and why these plants are important for many insects and birds as well as provide a beautiful garden space.

The garden would require some maintenance over the summer. If you and/or your family would be willing to commit to weeding once or more in the spring or over summer please contact the Go Green Committee at

General Mills Box Tops for Education Challenge

Please save General Mills Box Tops and send them to the LLC. Madison earns 10 cents for every General Mills Box top. 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.

Save the dates

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

Jan. 15: No school

Jan. 22: No school

Jan. 27: Pancake breakfast

Feb. 10: Winter carnival

May 25: Explore More Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.