Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / September 9, 2016

Parent's Night Out

Mark you calendar and secure a babysitter, Trivia Night is scheduled for October 22.

This fundraiser will be a fun filled adults only night to benefit Madison students. The event will include a cocktail hour while you browse through many exciting items that are up for auction, followed by a fun and challenging game of Trivia.

For this night to be successful, we are asking for silent auction donations. If you have an item to donate, like event tickets, theater tickets or a weekend get-away, please contact Stephanie Brown (

Attention PTA Committee Chairs and Room Parents

Mark your calendars. Please plan to attend the PTA Committee Chair & Room Parent kick-off meeting on September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the LLC. We will be providing all the information you need to make your job easy including the tax exempt form, the new copying process, your budget information, and a list of volunteers that have signed up to help.

If you are unable to attend, Committee Chairs should contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey, and Room Parents can contact Margit Spires, We can make arrangements to get you all the important information.

Go Green seeks volunteers

The Go Green committee is looking for volunteers to help with the Conservation Committee. If you have an interest in conservation and would like to help promote fun ways to take care of the planet and the environment at Madison please contact Lisa Thomas at

Join the PTA

Win a Madison Spirit Wear shirt for your child! Become an official paid member of Madison PTA by September 23 and you will be eligible to win a shirt. All members who are signed up prior to September 23 have a chance to win. Registering is easy! Follow the instructions below.

Online registration and payment:

· Go to

· Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

· On left side menu, select ‘PTA’

· On left side menu, select Join PTA – Family Membership​​

· Click on the link to register and pay online

The cost of membership is $15. This fee helps to provide social events, classroom and building improvements, curriculum-based enrichment programs and more.

A schedule of the monthly PTA meetings is available on the Madison School website. Members are invited to attend and share their thoughts and ideas or to listen in and find out what's happening. If you prefer to pay by cash or check please contact Lisa Thomas at for a form. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

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

Madison School Directory coming soon!

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Madison Elementary offers parents and teachers a directory app called DirectorySpot available on both iPhone and Android smartphones. The Madison PTA develops the directory, which is available to all current PTA members. So be sure that you have registered for PTA Membership! Online PTA Membership can be completed on the PTA section of the Madison website at or by clicking here.

If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, the app still reflects last year’s data. We hope to launch data for the 2016-2017 school year by early October. At that time, all PTA members for the current school year will receive instructions over email for how to download, access, and use DirectorySpot.

DirectorySpot puts many great features right at your fingertips. You can view class lists as well as the school calendar, and the app gives you the option to download and print a PDF of the directory . The app also performs auto dial when you click on a phone number, or the auto launching of maps when you click on an address. DirectorySpot will even create an email if you click on someone's email address.

If you would like access to the Madison School Directory, please be sure to join our PTA.

If you have any questions regarding the Madison School Directory, please contact the Directory Committee at

SchoolPay available for Madison committee use

PTA committees are welcome to use Madison’s online payment system called SchoolPay. There are many advantages to using SchoolPay to collect payments for your event or fundraiser:

  • Improves payment collection by providing a quick and convenient way for parents to pay.

  • Provides a secure form of online payment.

  • Reduces the use of backpack mail in which payments get lost or forgotten by children.

  • Reduces the amount of cash and check payments that require collection by a chairman.

  • Provides a helpful interface for tracking payments and creating monthly Treasurer reports.

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For chairman who are new to using SchoolPay, it can take some extra time to learn how to use SchoolPay or to establish a payment item for the first time. Therefore, please be sure to allow approximately 2-4 weeks to coordinate with Madison’s SchoolPay administrator prior to launching the online payment option for your committee.

Although the use of SchoolPay may take some extra time and effort at first, our online payment system will make your work easier. If interested, please contact Madison’s SchoolPay Administrator at

Order the Madison school yearbook

You can now place orders 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. There is a 15% discount if ordered by September 30.

The Yearbook Committee would appreciate you sharing your "Meet & Treat and First Day of School" photos for use in the yearbook. Please upload your images using the following link:

Please be sure to share 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, please contact Dawn Draus at

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

Help spruce up Madison's grounds

Please help keep our school grounds looking beautiful this fall. Come out Sun., Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We need many volunteers. 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 fall mums, and spread mulch. We will be working alongside Girl Scout troops earning a service badge. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Paul Franch ( for more information.

Submit "Your Story" to Reflections

Reflections time is here. This year’s theme is “What is Your Story." Tell your story through dance, a short film, a poem or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art.

Flyers were sent home in backpacks last Friday. If your son or daughter is interested in participating, please return the bottom portion of the flier and we will send home the informational packets including the rules for each category.

Get creative Madison students! All entries are due to the school office by Wed., Oct. 12.

If you have any questions please contact Kristin Olson,, Rachel Bailey, or Christina Hull,

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.

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, could not 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

Thank you Run-A-Thon volunteers

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with the Run-A-Thon:

Sue Adkins, Shelly Baker, Hollie Bourne, Monica Fahey, Jim Fiorato, Laurie Hines, Sarah Johnson, Nicole Klotz, Chrissy Ligler, Janet Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, Marla Mothershed, Chrissy Mueller, Allison Nelson, Kristin Pereira, Tone Rosen, Lyndee Sears, Missy Straza, Kelly Styrkowicz, Mark Triscik, Colleen Turner, Kristi Wallrab, Suzi Weber, Jill Weck, and Kelly Weideman.

Thank you also to Dawn Draus and Megan Savitt for taking great pictures during the event.

A special thank you goes to Tim Callahan and Joe Cortesi who helped plan and organize our Madison Run-A-Thon schedule. Also thank you to all the teachers who helped cheer on their students, run laps with their class, and let us rearrange their schedules for the day. We appreciate your support in making this event so successful.

A huge thank you to Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics for generously donating a t-shirt to every student and staff member at Madison!

Run-A-Thon pledges are due on Thursday. Sept. 22. All students who turn in a pledge sheet or online donation will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win one of over thirty exciting prizes including a Garmin, movie passes, games, 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 have any questions please feel free to contact Michele Triscik at

Register for WWSHS dance camp

Wheaton Warrenville South High School is hosting a dance camp for 1st through 6th grade girls on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. Participants will be performing during halftime at the Sophomore game on Friday, Sept. 23.

Click here for more information. Please contact Jill Lewaniak ( with any questions.

Save the dates

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

Sept. 13: PTA Committee Chair meeting in LLC

Sept. 18: Madison Beautification

Sept. 20: PTA General Membership Meeting, 12 p.m. in Music Room

Sept. 23: No School

Oct. 10: No School

Oct. 11 & 13: Parent/Teacher conferences

Oct. 18 PTA General Membership Meeting, 7 p.m. in LLC

Oct: 22: Trivia Night

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.