Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / February 5, 2016

Winter Carnival is tonight

Madison's Winter Carnival is tonight, Feb. 5 from 5-8:30 p.m. The event includes food, carnival games, a cakewalk, face painting, and many raffle prizes. Game and raffle tickets are available at the door. See you tonight!

St. Baldrick’s Day is coming

We are well under way in the planning of St. Baldrick’s Day on Fri., Mar. 18. This year, the 5th graders are helping with the advertising, fundraising, program planning, and motivation.

If your child is interested in being a “shavee” and showing their solidarity with children battling cancer, please register by Wed., Feb. 24.

Email questions about shaving or donating ponytails to

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Make posters for St. Baldrick's Day

Madison Cares will be making posters for our friends shaving or donating hair as well as for those fundraising or just conducting general advertisement for St. Baldrick’s. Please meet in the LLC during your recess portion of your lunch hour on Mon. Feb. 22.

Questions? Please email

Thank you,

Madison Fifth Graders

PTA Elections Coming Soon

Later this month we will officially elect the members to serve on the 2016 nominating committee. The duty of the nominating committee is to provide a worthy candidate for each PTA office to be filled. Anyone who is willing to serve on the nominating committee can nominate themselves or be nominated from the floor. The committee will be selecting candidates for the office of Co-President, Treasurer, and Vice President of Membership. If you would like to be considered for the nominating committee, please join us at the PTA meeting on Thurs., Feb. 18th at noon.

Schwan’s starts Sat., Feb. 6

It’s time to stock up on delicious frozen food from Schwan’s! Shop online at and earn 20% for our PTA or buy a Schwan’s eGift Card and earn 40%. And Schwan’s delivers straight to your door!


There are three ways to place a fundraising order:

  1. Via Schwan’s Cares. (1) choose “Buy Now” to purchase an eGift Card (online only; limit 1 per customer, per campaign) OR (2) choose “Shop Now” to place a food order from Schwan’s. You can support at the campaign level or at an individual fundraiser level.
  2. By Phone. Place your order via toll free number 1-855-870-7208. Make sure to provide our Campaign ID,26158, or “Madison Elementary” when ordering by phone.
  3. Via During checkout simply type in our Campaign ID, 26158, to contribute to our fundraiser.


For new customers, you will choose your delivery date and time during checkout.

For existing Schwan’s customers, you will need to follow one of the three ordering steps above to create your fundraising affiliation and have your order contribute to the campaign. Your order will be delivered on your existing scheduled route day.

Form of payment is required when placing fundraising orders, but you can change payment at the door to a preferred method of payment (Check, Cash, EBT, or Credit and Debit Card are accepted). If you are not home during the time of delivery, your items will be left in a protected freezer bag at no cost to you.

Questions? Email

Third graders: sign up for Junior Battle

They've heard the announcements all year long about Battle of the Books for fourth and fifth graders. Now it's the third graders' turn! Check out the letter that went home for more details. Sign up by Feb. 9. If you have questions, contact Janet Mathis,

Library volunteers needed

Due to recent events, the LLC is in need of additional volunteers Wednesday mornings, Friday mornings and Friday afternoons. The following classes come in during those time periods:

Wednesday a.m. - KAS, 1C

Friday a.m. - KADB, K/1 King, 5E

Friday p.m. - 2S, 5G

If you are interested in helping out, please email Kathryn Medanic at Please indicate how often you'd like to volunteer (i.e., weekly, monthly, bi-weekly) and which shift you are interested in. The morning shift is from 9:15 a.m.-12 p.m. and the afternoon shift is from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Thank you for your consideration!

Attention incoming kindergartners

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2016, please call the school office at 630-682-2095 to add your child’s name to our kindergarten list and obtain information on registration. Please pass this information to any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartner.

Register your preschool age child at Jefferson

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Thank you Pancake breakfast volunteers

Thank you to the many parents and staff that volunteered at the Pancake Breakfast. The morning would not have been possible without your willingness to share a Saturday morning with our Madison community. Great coffee, delicious pancakes and sausages, and the book swap made for a fun morning with friends. Thank you also to I Have a Bean for their generous donation of coffee.

Thank you Madison Cares volunteers

We had a great turn out for our recent Madison Cares event on Mon., Jan. 25. Almost 100 students attended to make and donate a bookmark. The students also helped sort the food donations that benefitted the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton. Many thanks for your generous food donations of soup, cereal, oatmeal and crackers. Special thanks to the adults that helped pull this together: Terry Bagley, Jen Doty, Janet Mathis, and Anne Valente.

Our next Madison Cares is Mon., Feb. 22 at noon in the LLC.

Questions? Contact Shannon Klopfenstein at .

Join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA

The Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA is an association formed to provide resources and support for the parents, caregivers, students, and teachers of District 200. Our leadership are all parents of special needs children throughout the district. We believe that no one can better understand the unique challenges of working with and teaching a child with special needs than another parent of a special needs child.

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Special Education Resource Fair coming soon

Community Unit School District 200, is hosting our 6th Annual Special Education Resource Fair. The event will be targeting all individuals, parents, family members, and professionals who care for loved ones of any age with special needs in our community.

The event will be occurring Thurs., Mar. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This year families will be arriving at 6 p.m. to attend an informational speaker on topics pertaining to government benefits, special need trusts and guardianship, then will be provided an opportunity to gain information about local community agencies, services, and resources. Families are welcome to attend with their loved ones at Hubble Middle School (3S.600 Herrick Road, Warrenville, 60555) Door #1.

Questions? Please contact John Durachta, School Social Worker, Transition Program, Community Unit School District 200 at (630) 949-8850.

Missing Market Day? Schwan’s is coming!

Schwan’s provides high-quality foods such as hand-selected meats, wild-caught seafood, 100% Grade A vegetables and all natural fruits all conveniently delivered to your door!

Start clearing space in your freezer and look for more information later this month. This incredible program will give 20% of proceeds directly to Madison PTA during the first month!

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.

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!

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)

Save the dates

Click on the calendar on the Madison section of to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:

Feb. 5: Winter Carnival

Feb. 12: Valentine's parties at 2:15 p.m.

Feb. 15: President's Day - No School

Feb. 18: PTA Meeting at noon

Mar. 2: Kindergarten Round-up 7 p.m.

Mar. 4: No School

Mar. 17: PTA Meeting at 12 p.m.

Mar. 18: St. Baldrick's Day

Mar. 25-Apr. 1: Spring Break

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.