Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / March 6, 2015

Madison Paw Prints Cover Contest winner announced

Thank you to all the fifth graders that participated in the annual artwork cover contest. There were five finalists from 17 original artwork entries. The finalists included Sara A., Justice G., Kylie C. and Grace G. with Hannah C.’s entry to appear on the cover of the 2014-2015 Madison Paw Prints.

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Incoming kindergartener registration

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2015, please call the school office at 630-682-2095 to add your child’s name to our kindergarten list and to obtain information on registration. Please pass this information to any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener. Thank you!

Thank you Battle of the Books volunteers

A big thank you to all of the parents who helped coach nearly 40 fourth and fifth graders for Battle of the Books. Thank you to Terry Bagley, Paula Duebener, Krista Foley, Alma John, Nicole Klotz, Janet Mathis, Becky McCarville, Evelyn Mosca, Allison Nelson and Kristin Olson.

We're looking for Battle of the Books committee chair(s) for next season. If you would like more information about this fulfilling role (what's better than seeing kids get excited about books?), please contact Janet Mathis,

Market Day is a yummy way to help Madison

Madison participates in a monthly fundraising food program called Market Day. **NEW this month there are 3 different options to order FRESH PRODUCE**

Each month, restaurant-quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants are available for purchase. Market Day products are competitively priced and our PTA will earn profit on all purchases. Last year Market Day sales helped Madison raise nearly $2,000. These monies helped fund Multicultural Day, Explore More Day and many other important events for our students.

It's easy to participate. Simply order online at or return the Order Guide to school. Pick up your order on the designated day and enjoy delicious, quick-to-prepare foods for your family.

Online orders for the March sale are due by 11 p.m. on Fri. March 13. Pickup is right after school on Wed. March 18 from 3:30-4 p.m.

Flu Basics

Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.

Who's at Risk

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year, but there are some groups that are more at risk to experience serious complications from the flu. These groups include:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Anyone with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease

Because healthcare personnel (HCP) provide care to patients at high risk for complications of influenza, HCP should be considered a high-priority group for receiving vaccination. Achieving high rates of vaccination among HCP will protect staff and their patients, and reduce disease burden and healthcare costs.

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Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Follow the tips below to achieve a flu free season.

1. Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick: If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. One should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school or the work place.

3. Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Wash your hands: Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

7. Know the signs and symptoms of the flu: Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. For medical questions or concerns, contact your physician.

8. Get vaccinated against the flu!

- DuPage County Health Department

Dine at Arrowhead, earn money for Madison

Take a break from cooking on Thur., March 12, and enjoy a delicious meal at Arrowhead restaurant. Arrowhead will donate 20% of all food purchases made by Madison families from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The Madison PTA uses the money earned from Dining for Dollars for important events such as field trips and Explore More Day.

St. Baldrick’s Poster Party success

We had so much fun creating St. Baldrick’s Day posters and banners at our February Madison Cares! Many thanks to our volunteers who made this event run smoothly --Terry Bagley, Terri McCue, Amy Schmidt and Anne Valente. We enjoyed special guest, Jeannie Cho, who updated us on her personal cancer journey with her daughter, Sophie. Finally, a BIG thanks to all the students who attended. Have fun looking for your poster or banner around the halls. They look fantastic!

Looking ahead: St. Baldrick’s Day is on March 20. The beard is not safe!

Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA to meet

The newly-formed WWSNPTA will meet March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the District 200 Board of Education conference room. For more information, please click here.

Plunge into Fitness

Are you tracking your fitness? Earn a FREE weekday pass to Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville this summer in just three easy steps. Madison students grade K-5 can keep track of exercise on the fitness logs that were sent home. Initial each circle/box on the fitness log for every 30 minutes you exercise. After you have finished the fitness path, turn in your completed log to your teacher by April 13. You will get your FREE Raging Waves weekday pass from your teacher before the end of May. It’s simple and fun! Extra fitness logs are available in the front office or contact Sybil Scaccia at

Run the NEW200 5K on Apr. 25

Dust off your running shoes, and mark your calendar for the NEW200 Foundation 5K on Apr. 25. We'll have more information in upcoming editions of Madison Memos.

Incoming Edison parent meeting

Attention 5th grade parents. Edison will host the 5th grade parent orientation on Wed., Apr 29 from 7-8 pm in Edison's auditorium.

Missing something? Check lost and found

Please have your student check the lost and found on the tables across from the gym. There are many very nice clothing items, mittens, hats, etc.

All items will be donated to Goodwill if not claimed.

Upgrading to a new tablet? Donate your old one to Madison

Madison teachers have found many ways for refurbished iPads/other tablets /handheld devices to complement the curriculum. Simply take your old device into Madison’s office during school hours of 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the staff will make sure it’s put to good use in the classroom. Please let your friends and relatives know too! Donations are tax-deductible.

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Save the dates

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

Mar. 12: Dining for Dollars at Arrowhead

Mar. 18: Market Day pick up from 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Mar. 19: PTA General Membership meeting in the Music Room at 12:00 p.m.

Mar. 20: St. Baldrick's Day

Mar. 26: Madison's 50th Anniversary assembly at 2:30 p.m. - 80s theme

Mar. 30 - Apr. 3: Spring Break

Apr. 6-9: Book Fair

Apr. 25: New200 Foundation 5K

Apr. 29: 5th grade parent Edison orientation

May 22: Explore More Day

Sept. 3: Picture Day

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.