Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 2, 2018

PTA supports Jefferson Early Learning Center referendum question

The D200 Working Together Campaign is supporting the November 6 ballot referendum question regarding the Jefferson Early Childhood Center. They are asking permission to build a new early childhood center without levying a separate, special property tax to finance the costs.

Jefferson is an early childhood center that provides critical interventions for the 3-5 year olds in District 200. State and federal mandates require the district to begin providing services to children who are identified with a special need or disability on their 3rd birthday. The current building does not meet ADA requirements and is not suitable for our youngest learners, many of whom have special needs.

Please visit their Facebook page and website for more information about how the new Early Childhood Learning Center will benefit our community with no increase of taxes.

To raise money for another mailing to the community, the D200 Working Together Committee is hosting a wine social fundraiser. You must buy your tickets and they are limited! Door price includes heavy appetizers and four wine tasting tickets. A generous portion of entry and wine purchases will be returned to the committee. Please RSVP.

If you would like a yard sign, they are available for pick up at 211 S. Wheaton on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. from now until the election. If that time does not work, you can also email Michele Triscik (former Madison parent) at and she will be happy to get you a sign for your yard.

New playground equipment purchased

Madison has purchased our new playground to be installed in summer 2019!

We are near the fundraising finish line and thanks to the generosity of our families and corporate partners, as of October 30, 2018, we have reached an amazing 87% of our goal, with nearly $65,000 already raised and the $10,000 demo and mulch cost being covered by District 200.

Track our fundraising progress at:

We are still working to raise the remaining funds required for installation. Below is an outline of the project costs:

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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.

Donate to Christmas Sharing

It is Christmas Sharing time again! Christmas Sharing started over 25 years ago as a joint effort between the churches and schools in the Wheaton area with the goal being to provide for needy families during the holiday season. Madison school is asking for your donations to assure the success of the program.

Needed items include clothing (gently used is okay), new underwear and socks, blankets, winter coats, mittens, boots, paper products, baby wipes, diapers, baby food, baby clothes, toys, food, face/body soap, cleaning supplies, and other nonperishable goods. The program is also in need of cash donations.

There will be Christmas Sharing tables set up near the main doors and we will be collecting donations through the first week of December. Thank you so much for all your support and together we can make a difference.

Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker.

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The students will learn about other countries and cultures while traveling through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa. We have enough country instructors in every grade level, but are looking for more volunteers to help the day of in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. 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.

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, which includes all orders as of Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, to verify if an order has been placed for your child.

Interested in 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. 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

Donate Halloween candy to the troops

Madison Cares is partnering with Restoration Dental to collect Halloween candy that will be shipped to the troops through Operation Gratitude care packages. We will collect candy in the school office November 1-5. The candy will be brought to Restoration Dental the morning of November 5 and they will cover the cost of shipping to Operation Gratitude.

Thank you Trivia Night volunteers

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to another successful Trivia Night. Our Madison community is extremely generous with their time and money, generating $7,000 in revenue, which contributed to both the PTA for your children's events at Madison and the new playground. An extra special thank you to the Trivia Night committee: Lauren DeRuss, Julie Ippolito, and Kelly Styrkowicz, and to and everyone who helped set up and clean up that evening.

Thank you for your donations

Thank you to all the parents who generously donated to the Parent-Teacher conference dinners. The staff loved it all.

Diana Benoist, Hollie Bourne, Stephanie Brown, Catherine Campos, Stacy Cano, Heidi Coppersmith, Dawn Draus, Sarah Gochee, Becca Hary, Melissa Luetkehans, Abby May, Debbie McCraw, Katie Morris, Ambika Reid, Tone Rosen, Julie Schulz, Jaime Sessions, Gina Smethells, Lisa Thomas, Kristi Wallrab, Jill Weck, Emily Wiezorek, Ashley Young, Megan Zorn.

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.

Take advantage of the Special Needs preview at STEM Expo

The Student Excellence Foundation partnered with the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA to provide a pre-screening for families with special needs so they can can enjoy the STEM Expo before the crowds arrive. Join us for Special Needs Preview on Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Please register online

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

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

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

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:

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

Feb. 23: Winter Carnival

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.