Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 27, 2017

Winter carnival is coming in February

This year’s carnival is only a week away!

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for games, food, and prizes!

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
  • Raging Waves tickets
  • Arlington Park tickets
  • DuPage Children’s Museum family pass
  • Santa’s Village tickets
  • Schaumburg Boomer’s tickets
  • 1 hour massage at Elements Massage
  • 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, Warren’s Ale House, Cozymel’s, Mia Gia’s, Egg’lectic Cafe, Graham’s, Kimmer’s, Muldoon’s, Pinwheel Toys and much more!

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

Information went home in backpacks already! Please visit to for more information.

Volunteers are still needed! Contact Suzie Weber, Kelly Styrkowicz, Lisa Thomas, or Amy Fiorato. Or email to volunteer your time.

Nominating committee to be elected at February PTA meeting

By the end of June, Kristin Olson, Suzie Weber, and Louise Kirkman will have served their terms as co-president, vice president of ways and means, and secretary. We will be looking to fill these positions. If you're interested in helping to find people to serve in these roles, please contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey,

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 Feb. 21st meeting. The nominating committee will report its nominees at the March general membership meeting.

Madison Paw Prints Cover Contest

The results of the staff and faculty voting is in! The top SIX (there was a tie for 5th place) artwork entries in the yearbook cover contest are Alyssa C., Gianna H., Holly K., Bella K., Lexi M., and Leah M. There were a total of 26 amazing original artwork entries. Thank you to each student that participated in the contest. Madison students will vote for the winner, which will appear on the cover of the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints yearbook.

Madison Yearbook group pictures day coming soon

Color Portraits will be taking the following group photos for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints school yearbook, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:15 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

•Orchestra (no instruments): 5th grade only

•Band (no instruments): 5th grade only

•Patrol (with belts): 5th grade only

•Madison School Outdoor Sign Changers: 5th grade only

•Chorus: 4th & 5th grade only

•Battle of the Books (with shirt): 4th & 5th grade only

•Math Club: 3rd, 4th & 5th grade only

•Chess Club (with shirt, if available): K-5th

•Before and After School Program: K-5th

•Reflections participants: K-5th

If your son or daughter belongs to any of the groups listed above, he or she is invited to be included in the group picture. An announcement will be made over the P.A. informing students when they need to leave class for the pictures. There will be no retakes. Morning kindergarten students that wish to be included must arrive by 2:15 p.m. and be accompanied by a parent. Please sign in as a visitor in the office first.

Order the Madison School yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please look here. This includes all orders as of 1/24/17.

The Yearbook Committee would greatly appreciate your sharing of personal, candid photos for use in the school yearbook. The more variety of faces, the better the yearbook! Please upload your images using the following links.

Meet & Treat/First Day of School

Multicultural Day

Winter Holiday Happenings

Please be sure to upload only high resolution images of Madison School students, teachers, and staff only on school property or at the bus stop.

If you have any questions regarding the yearbook, please email Dawn Draus at

Distinguished Educator Award Nominations

Nominate an educator between January 10 - 31

Do you have a favorite District 200 educator who has inspired you and made a difference in you or your child’s life? Please fill out a nomination form and let us know who they are!

Nominations may be made by any District 200 student, parent/guardian, alum, staff, or community member. Any educator is eligible for nomination if he/she is currently employed by District 200; classroom aides are not eligible. A parent or student may nominate more than one educator; however, a separate nomination form must be used for each.Educators are not allowed to self-nominate.

The Student Excellence Foundation will present six educators with our Distinguished Educator Award. Awards are presented to one educator at each school level (preschool/elementary, middle, and high school), for each the North & South portions of the District. Awards will be presented on April 18, 2017.

We look forward to reading the nominations of all the great educators in our District!

Attend the upcoming PACE parent event

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Attention incoming 2017-2018 kindergarteners

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2017, please call the school office (630-682-2095) so they may add your child’s name to the Madison kindergarten list. When you call you will receive important information regarding the registration process along with important dates.

Please share this news article with any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener.

Shop at Whole Foods and support Madison

Whole Foods Market Wheaton will be donating 1% of its net profits on Saturday, Jan. 28 to Madison Elementary as part of their opening week celebrations. Come check out the new store and support Madison while you stock up on groceries! The store is relocating to 89 Danada Square East and will open its doors to the public on January 25 at 9 a.m.

Submit your inspiration nominations

Are you the parent of a child who has been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? With your child, take a minute to tell us about it.

Over a year ago, the PTA Council and the Superintendent's Office developed the Inspiration Nomination program to honor our District 200 staff members and acknowledge all that they do for our students. Forms are available in the Madison office, or you can can download the form here and submit it to Erica Loiacono at You can either email a scanned copy (or photo) to, or you can turn it into the PTA President mailbox.

Any Inspiration Nomination received will be shared with the staff member nominated along with recognition by the Superintendent and PTA Council. Then, two times per year, the Council and Superintendent will surprise select staff members who have really gone above and beyond by visiting their classroom and recognizing their work personally.

Composting to start in lunchroom

The Conservation Committee is excited to announce that composting soon will be available in the lunchroom. With help from SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), an organization based in Glen Ellyn, the Conservation Committee will work on earning an Earth Flag for Madison School. Representatives from SCARCE will visit the Conservation Committee in February to kick off a school-wide project to assist Madison School earn the flag. For more information, visit SCARCE at

Join the Madison PTA

Madison PTA advocates for all children through literacy, math, science, problem solving, arts, music, social studies, character development, physical fitness, reaching out, and having fun. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience.

Your Family Membership includes our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot, which was launched in September with updated information for this school year.

For convenience we offer online registration

Go to

· Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

· On left side menu, select ‘PTA’

· On left side menu, select ‘Join Madison PTA! – Family Membership’

· Click on the link to register and pay online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please select ‘PTA’ and then ‘Forms & Flyers’ to find registration and order forms. Print and complete the forms at home and submit payment(s) to the school office. Registration and order forms are also available in the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Lisa Thomas at

Screen Free Committee Chair Opening

The PTA is looking to fill the Screen Free Week Committee Chair role. If you are interested in helping coordinate this fun springtime event, please contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey,

Donate to the art room

The art teachers are looking for anything from the list to be donated.

  • Egg carton

  • Yogurt and any plastic containers

  • Kleenex

  • Large T-shirts for smocks ( please, no button down shirts)

  • Paper towels

  • Wet Wipes

  • Q-tips

  • Wallpaper

  • Ribbon, string, buttons

  • Tape

  • Pencils

  • Magazines ( appropriate )

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray at

Save General Mills Box Tops for Education

Please save General Mills Box Tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in. 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. Thank you for your support.

Order from Amazon and raise money for Madison

The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

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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:

Jan. 28: Shop Whole Foods

Feb. 4: Winter Carnival

Feb. 14: Valentine's Parties @ 2:15 p.m.

Feb. 20: No School

Feb. 21: PTA Meeting @ noon

Mar. 2: Report Cards

Mar. 3: No School

Mar. 8: Kindergarten Round Up (Parents Only) @ 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 13-17: Book Fair

Mar. 21: PTA Meeting @ noon

Mar. 27-31: Spring Break

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.