Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / September 8, 2017

Order a Madison Paw Prints yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 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. There is a 15% discount if ordered by September 30!

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, this link includes all orders as of September 1, 2017.

Please consider 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 group picture day in January and many more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

PTA registration is now open for 2017-18

Get a head start and become a member of the PTA for the upcoming school year. As a member you have access to the digital all school directory Directory Spot, which lets you be in contact with other families as well as provides information about Madison School.

Your membership also goes to support the many fun programs and events such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Field Trips, Class Parties, Math Club, Chess Club, Battle of the Books, Conservation Committee, Meet and Treat, Winter Carnival, Field Day, and more!

Sign Up is easy. Simply click on this link and follow instructions. There is an option to pay by credit card online or print a form and return to the office with cash or check.

There are many ways to volunteer both behind the scenes and in the school. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, simply click this link and follow instructions to sign up for a committee of your choice.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown at

Join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA (WWSNPTA)

Our Mission Statement "To promote enrichment, respect, and inclusivity for all students in our District through education, communication, and opportunities for students, families, and schools to learn and grow together."

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.

Please join at or contact Sarah Gochee at

Participate in the annual Run-A-Thon Fundraiser

Madison’s Run-A- Thon is back again!

On Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Thursday, Sept. 21 (rain date is Monday, Sept. 25), Madison’s students and staff will participate in our biggest fundraiser this year.

One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds go directly to Madison PTA. This supports programs such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Cultural Arts, Field Day and

many other wonderful programs.

Each participant will receive a Run-A- Thon t-shirt, generously donated by Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics and has a chance of winning exciting prizes including, Madison spirit wear, movie passes, roller skating passes, dinner at Alfie’s Inn Restaurant, games, gift cards, Bowling Party, and much, much more!

To sponsor Madison students or make a donation to our Run-a- Thon, use our online payment option here. Please share this online payment option with out-of- town friends and family.

If you’d like to volunteer for this event, please contact Debbi Gonzalez ( Questions? Contact Michele Triscik (


Gardening help needed

Please help us keep our school grounds looking beautiful this fall. Come out Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids of all ages and parents are welcome. Bring your gardening tools, wheelbarrows, and gloves to help weed garden beds, cut back fading perennials, plant new perennials and spring bulbs, and spread mulch. We will be working alongside Girl Scout troops who are working toward a service badge. Refreshments will be provided. Rain date is October 7. Please contact Todd Jacobson ( for more information and let him know if you can commit a pick-up truck to the project.

2017 - 2018 Reflections Theme Announced

The 2017-2018 National Reflections theme is “Within Reach”. Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Entries are due early in the school year, so interested students are encouraged to work on their entry over the summer. For more information, visit the PTA Reflections website
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Register for band and orchestra

Did you know that the District 200 instrumental music program is known throughout Illinois for its excellence?

Over the past two weeks of school, 5th graders saw, heard, and tried out the instruments offered for instruction. Families will have a chance to meet the directors, ask questions, rent instruments, purchase lesson books, and register students for band or orchestra. Registration nights are at Hubble and Monroe Middle Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at Edison and Franklin Middle Schools on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Feel free to drop in; allow about a half hour. The busiest times are from 5:00 to 6:30, when it may take a little longer.

If parents cannot attend these sessions, please contact the band or orchestra teacher from your school. Further information may also be available on teacher classroom pages on school websites. Students younger than 5th grade may also participate in large group rehearsals if they take private lessons outside of school. There is an $80 fee for elementary band or orchestra participation; this is adjusted for students who qualify for exempt or reduced fees.

Please contact the instructor for more information! The band director at Madison is Mike Klos at and the string orchestra director is Natasha Alley at

We hope to see you at registration night!

LLC volunteers needed

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 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 Thank you for your consideration!!

Volunteer for the book fair

A Great Book Fair Can Never Have Too Many Volunteers!

Dates: Oct. 16 – Oct. 20, 2017

Our school is conducting a Scholastic Book Fair to motivate students to read more. Join our volunteer group and help us plan and conduct our school’s best reading event ever!

Join us if you …

  • like to organize and put things in place

  • bring creative flair to signs and decorations

  • enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up. Set up is Friday, Oct. 13 and take down in Friday, Oct. 20.

  • want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book

We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes.

Contact Mrs. Graham to sign up for a day and time.

Join Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 335 is looking for boys in grades 1-5 who would like to join our Pack. Cub Scouts aims to help elementary aged boys develop character and personal fitness through outdoor activities and become good citizens in our community. Come to our kickoff meeting in the Madison gym, on Friday, Sep. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Fiorato (

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.

Save the dates

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

Sept. 20 & 21: Run-A-Thon

Sept. 20: PTA General Membership Meeting, 12 noon, Art Room

Sept. 30: Beautification day

Oct. 21: Trivia Night

Nov. 17: Multicultural Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.