The Madison School Newsletter / September 9, 2016
Parent's Night Out
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 (email@example.com)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Bailey, email@example.com and Room Parents can contact Margit Spires, firstname.lastname@example.org. We can make arrangements to get you all the important information.
Go Green seeks volunteers
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 www.cusd200.org
· 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison School Directory coming soon!
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 www.cusd200.org/madisonpta 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 Communications@madisonschoolpta.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to the art room
The art teachers are looking for anything from the list to be donated.
Yogurt and any plastic containers
Large T-shirts for smocks ( please, no button down shirts)
Ribbon, string, buttons
Magazines ( appropriate )
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray at email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3662363. Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for WWSHS dance camp
Save the dates
Click on the calendar on the Madison section of www.cusd200.org 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.