Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 11, 2019

Calling all kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year

Kindergarten Round-Up is Wednesday, March 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for in-office enrollment.

Principal and Teacher presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Madison LLC. This is a parent only event.

Skip the line the night of Kindergarten Roundup! Enroll your student any time before March 6 at Madison in the main office. Please visit the District 200 website for a list of required enrollment documents.

Click here for more information about the District 200 Kindergarten program.

For questions, please contact the main office at 630-682-2095.

Thank you volunteers for helping Madison Market sales soar

Thank you to the entire Madison community for the generous response to Madison, Inc.’s Madison Market. We donated over $2,100.00 to the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield.

This adventure in entrepreneurship could not have happened without our mentors. Thank you for your time and expertise: Brent Bailey, Hollie Bourne, Reed Callahan, Brian and Samantha Campen, Carrie Conover, Joe Cortesi, Lauren DeReus, Tom and Margaret Grace, Sarah Gochee, Josh Lindsay, Sri Mallu, Jen McDonnell, Parin and Vandana Mody, Kerry O’Brien, JoAnn Pschigoda, Gina Smethells, and John and Jill Weck.

Thank you also to the volunteers who were ‘sharks’ at Madison’s Shark Tank: Mrs. Rachel Bednar, Mr. Tim Callahan, Mr. Jack Dern, Mr. Bill Farley, Mr. Matt Jewell, Mrs. Joan Sauer, Dr. Jeff Shuler, Dr. Chris Silagi, Mr. John Weber.

Last, but not least, thank you to the Madison PTA for making this learning experience a possibility for the fifth-grade students.

Donations to benefit Madison families

If you are looking to donate anything such as clothing, home stuff, toys, electronics, etc. please consider giving to Family Tree Resale on Geneva and Main in Wheaton (by the Jewel).

For every bag of donations they receive on behalf of Madison School, Family Tree will in turn donate a voucher to our school for a family to use to purchase items. Just drive around to the side door, walk in, and someone will help you unload your donations. Be sure to mention Madison School.

Save the date; come hungry

Save the date! Madison Pancake Breakfast is Sat., Jan. 26, from 8:30-10 a.m. in the MPR. Spend a fun morning with family, friends, and staff while enjoying delicious pancakes, sausages, juice, hot chocolate, and coffee. Look for flyers and registration coming home in backpacks after winter break.

Get involved with the PTA

Mark your calendars for the next PTA meeting on Monday, January 14 at noon in the art room. Mr. Callahan will address school safety.

Also, the PTA wants to hear from you! We know there are creative minds out there. Maybe you’ve seen something neat at another school or in the community that would work at Madison. Here is the chance to share your ideas. Can’t be there? You can share via email. If there are any topics you’d like to see discussed or addressed please feel free to email Lisa Thomas at

Save Your Pop Tabs

Madison Elementary students will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities at Central DuPage Hospital throughout the rest of the school year. The funds RMHC receives from recycling the pop tabs helps keep families together while their loved one is in the hospital. RMH provides meals, a place to stay, and the comforts of home during a difficult time. Each grade will have a collection container outside of the office when we return from winter break. Students can collect pop tabs from home, family, friends, or neighbors. The grade with the most tabs collected at the end of the year will receive a special reward. Start collecting those tabs over winter break! Questions contact Amy at

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

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

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.

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:

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.