Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / March 6, 2020

Attend the book fair

Madison’s Scholastic Book Fair is Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fair will be open Tuesday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from Mar. 11 through Mar. 24, 2020.

We need volunteers to help with the book fair. Please email Mrs. Graham,, with the days and times you can help. Thank you!

We need help:

  • Setting up the book fair Friday, March 13 from 9-12:30 or 1:30-3:30
  • Helping students write their “wish lists” Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17 from 9-12:30 or 1:30-3:30 or 3:30-5:30.
  • Working the fair Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 & 19 from 9-12:30 or 1:30-3:30.

We look forward to seeing you at the book fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Calling all Madison Fun Run fans!

We are once again partnering with the Rotary Club of Wheaton and Wheaton Park District for their 7th Annual Fun run in Color on Saturday, April 18. The fun Run is an untimed 5k run/walk for all ages and abilities. All participants will receive a race shirt and a finisher's medal.

This year the race is offering Madison the opportunity to raise money back towards the PTA. For every individual registration that uses our unique Madison code, the participant will receive $5 off registration and Madison PTA will receive $5 back. The code must be entered at the time of registration. Use code MADISON20 to save your $5.

Registration is now open! Price increases after March 17, so what are you waiting for??

Thank you Winter Carnival volunteers!

Thanks to all those who came out for the Winter Carnival. We had another great event! A special thank you to the following volunteers: Amy and Jim Fiorato, Michele and Mark Cechini, Heather Button, Debbie McCraw, Debbe McCormac, Nicole Archer, Keri Widmer, Lanie Ligler, Ligita Jazerskas, Katie Armstrong, Julie Schulz, Andrew Smethalls, Holly Jacobson, Amy Angolkar, Alex Martinez, Kathryn and Leah Medanic, Sarah Perkins, Suzie Weber, Jenelle Kud, Kari Becker, Leah Benshoof, Katie Morris, Heather Graf, Michele Mowrer, Maggie Bragassi, Avani Bharadwa and Calvin Savitt. We couldn't do it without you and really appreciate you taking time out of your busy weekend!

Waste Free Wednesday!

March 18 will be a waste free lunch day. Help the Conservation Committee see if we can reduce the amount of waste at lunch! Students are trying to beat 39 lbs.

Tips include packing reusable containers, silverware, water bottles and napkins. Not only helps the planet but is easier on the budget when you reuse. Thanks for participating!

Thank you class party planners!

A big "thank you" to all the parents that were part of planning a class party during this school year! You made these parties fun, interesting and safe for our students through your creativity and planning. It's a lot of work to put these parties together and it takes all of the volunteers working together to make them happen. Thank you for your time and talents you shared with the students.

Save the date

The tentative date and time for the all-school photo is April 6 at 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. Please send your student to school in Madison Spirit Wear or in "Madison blue." Morning Kindergarten students are welcome to join as long as they are accompanied by a parent and sign in at the front desk.

Kindergarten and 2nd-5th Coordinators Needed for Explore More Day

Thank you to Sarah Tobeck (K), Karla De La Rosa (1st), Tracy Schovain (1st) and Marcia Fields (2nd-5th) for volunteering as co-coordinators for Explore More Day.

We are still in need of one more kindergarten parent to serve as co-coordinator.

Also, we need additional volunteers to shadow the current committee chairs for 2nd - 5th grade since this is the committee chairs' last year at Madison.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie Brown and Amy Fiorato at See also:

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

In March the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2020-2021 classes:

4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast-Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast-Paced Language Arts

Please Note: Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test

Students currently attending a private school and/or homeschooled, but reside in the District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.

Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, scheduled around mandatory state testing. Parents will be notified by their child's school about testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website.

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

Join the PTA to access Directory Spot

Have you joined the PTA? A family membership is $20 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Directory Spot provides contact information for students, teachers and staff, including class lists! Please visit the Madison PTA website, and click on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Michele Cechini at

To join the PTA please click here.

Order the Madison yearbook

Orders are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Madison Paw Prints yearbook. Our yearbook is 52 full-color pages that include many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year. Each yearbook costs $17 (plus tax) and will be delivered to your student on the last day of school. Included with each yearbook order, you have the option of creating two custom pages for free (or not if you choose). Additional custom pages (beyond the first two) can be purchased for $0.99 (per 2-page spread). For those new to the school, Madison Elementary School yearbooks cannot be ordered on ParentVue or Synergy as with the middle school and high school yearbooks.

To order your yearbook, please go to and enter passcode 1014308585474714.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Savitt at

Math Club volunteers needed

We are still looking for some additional parents to help with 3rd Grade Math Club. Unfortunately, we had to cancel 3rd grade Math Club in October because there were not enough parent volunteers to make it successful. If you are interested in helping with the upcoming months please email Jennifer Denson, Third grade meetings are on Tuesdays and the dates for the remainder of the school year are Mar. 10 and Apr. 14. All meetings are during lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Volunteer at Madison

Your involvement in the PTA helps make Madison a wonderful place to learn and grow. We

have many committees that are looking for volunteers. If you have some time to give, please

consider signing up to volunteer. A description of our committees and volunteer sign-up is

available on our website Click on “Committee Sign Up.”

Attend Parent Workshops 2019-2020

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Save General Mills box tops and scan your receipt

General Mills is phasing out its clipped Box Tops, but some may still be found on products throughout the store. If you have Box Tops, send them into the LLC. If you've never been one to remember to clip and send in Box Tops but have a smart phone, just download the new Box Tops app, and scan your receipt to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Madison's earnings. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top scanned. The LLC has purchased many copies of award winning books. Let's continue the effort. Download the new app.

For more information, visit

Save the dates

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

Mar. 16: PTA Meeting @ noon

Mar. 30-Apr. 3: Spring Break

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.