Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 16, 2018

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.

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.

Thank you for homeless shelter donations

Thank you to the Madison community for all the household items donated for the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and to the Daisy Troop who helped load all the items into Mrs. Feeley's car to transport to the shelter. Your support was greatly appreciated.

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

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

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. 19-23: Thanksgiving Recess

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

Feb. 23: Winter Carnival

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.