Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 6, 2015

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day is Thurs., Nov. 12. This year classes will travel through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa, learning about the world.

Attention Kindergarten Parents:

We need your help! We are looking for three additional parents to help from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the A.M. kindergarten and all day kindergarten Multicultural Day classes. In addition, we are looking for three volunteers to help in the afternoon from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in the P.M. kindergarten classes.

Attention 5th Grade Parents:

We are looking for one additional parent helper from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

There is no planning required. We just need additional support in the classrooms. If you are available to help, please send an email to

All MCD volunteers are invited to attend a delicious lunch provided by many local restaurants. If you would like to contribute to the luncheon, we are currently seeking cases of water and pop. Please email Michele Triscik regarding donations at

The students look forward to this day with great excitement and it would not happen without all of our volunteers. Thank you so much for all your support and enthusiasm for the day.

If you have any questions, please email your Multicultural Co-Chairs, Kristin Olson & Julie Ippolito at

Review the proposed calendar

The 2016-2017 proposed calendar for District 200 is available for review on the district website:

The proposed dates have the school year beginning on Aug. 17, 2016, and commencing on May 31, 2017. The Board of Education will discuss and possibly approve the calendar at the Nov. 11 Board of Education meeting. For questions or to make public comments regarding Proposed Board Policy, please contact Dr. Robert Rammer, Assistant Superintendent at

Place your order for Butter Braid

Did you forget to order Butter Braid?! It’s not too late. You may still fill out your order form and send it in to school OR contact Suzie Weber at to give her your order or to request another form. Butter Braid makes a perfect (and easy) treat at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just any ordinary day. Great to give as a gift too. Treat yourself, your family, and your friends and support the Madison PTA at the same time.

Madison mitten tree

Take a mitten off the mitten tree and buy a gift for a Madison student in need. Each mitten will have a specific gift request with size and gender. The mitten tree will be in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the new item and attach the mitten to the outside of the gift. Return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Dec. 11.

Thank you so much for your support. Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker,

Christmas Sharing collection

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.

Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker,

Apply for a Special Education Teaching Assistant position

District 200 is still hiring Special Education Teaching Assistants for the 2015-2016 school year. Minimum starting pay rate is $11.51/hr. Interested individuals must submit an on-line application through the district website. To start an application individuals can go to the district website at – Employment Opportunities - (quick link on the left hand side of the page) - Support Staff - Teaching Assistant.

PACE testing to begin in Spring 2016

In March 2016, the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) will host testing for currently enrolled second through fifth grade students.

Students currently in PACE classes do not need to re-test for 2016-2017. Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE testing is Thurs., Jan. 14, 2016. Click here for more information.

Thank you book fair volunteers

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Book Fair last week. It was our best book fair ever and we couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Sue Adkins, David Bagley, Lisa Doherty, Jen Doty, Dawn Draus, Paula Duebener, Monica Fahey, Michelle Fluks, Jody Gosain, Jorge Guajardo, Brooke Heavey, Jeanett Hurtado, Jaime Kammerzell, Admira Kliko, Shannon Klopfenstein, Kelly Masse, Kathryn Medanic, Patti Mendiola, Terri McCue, Marla Mothershed, Callixte Nsabiyeze, Ian Olson, Michael Pascente, Vicky Samala, Annette Shore, Margit Spires, Jaime Szafranski, Jaime Torne, Lynn Tucker, and the WWSHS Key Club.

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Thank you Halloween party teams

Thank you so much to all the party teams and volunteers who helped plan and organize the Halloween parties. If you haven’t done so, please return the party folder back to your room parent so those can be passed to the Winter party planning teams. Winter parties will be on Fri., Dec. 18 from 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Thank you for making a difference

Thank you to all the Madison families that donated items for our recent “stuff a truck” event. On Fri., Oct. 23 the fifth grade students loaded up the truck with all of your very generous donations. The event would not have been possible without all of you and the following volunteers: Terry Bagley, Jennifer Doty, Dawn Draus, Terri McCue, Anne Valente and Suzie Weber.

You helped make a difference in the lives of people within our community.

Does your child want to learn to play chess?

All Madison students (K-5) are welcome! Chess club meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Art room. Enter at Door 2. Our first meeting is Thurs., Nov. 5. There will be a short informational meeting for parents of Chess Club members at the first meeting.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Denson ( or Samuel Hurtado (


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Put your donations to work for local families

Our district partners with Family Tree’s community voucher program. With every donation you make in the name of your CUSD 200 school, Family Tree donates vouchers to your school. Your social worker distributes these vouchers to families in need at your school, who then go to Family Tree and shop for FREE. Family Tree Resale's Wheaton store is located at 310 E. Geneva Road.

Order the Madison School yearbook

You can now place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year.

Use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

Please contact Dawn Draus at or 630-221-1514 with any questions.

Missing something? Check lost and found

Lost and Found is now located in the main office. There are many very nice clothing items, lunch boxes and light weight coats. As the weather becomes colder it fills with many more wonderful articles. Please stop by and check it out or encourage your child to look for missing items.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

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!

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:

Nov. 5: First Chess Club meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 12: Multicultural Day

Nov. 13: No school

Nov. 19: PTA meeting at noon

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 1: Dining for Dollars at Chipotle

Dec. 15: Winter Concert @ 7 p.m.

Dec. 18: Winter Room Parties at 1:15 p.m.

Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter break

Jan. 23, 2016: Pancake breakfast

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.