Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 25, 2019

Save the Date for Winter Carnival

Save the date for this year's Winter Carnival on February 23 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. We'll have carnival games, face painting, hair decorating, lots of great raffle items and the ever popular cake walk!

More info will be coming out in the next couple of weeks, but right now we are looking for donations from businesses for our raffle table - gift baskets, gift cards to local establishments, tickets to sporting events or museums, etc. If you or someone you know has something to donate, please contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Mark your calendars for Madison yearbook group/club pictures

Color Portraits will be taking the following group photos for the 2018-2019 Madison Paw Prints school yearbook, on Tues., Jan. 29 at 2:20 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Orchestra (no instruments): 5th grade only

Band (no instruments): 5th grade only

Patrol (with belts): 5th grade only

Chorus: 4th & 5th grade only

Battle of the Books (with shirt): 4th & 5th grade only

Conservation Club

Running Club

Math Club: 3rd, 4th & 5th grade only

Chess Club (with shirt, if available): K-5th

Reflections participants: K-5th

If your child belongs to any of the groups listed above, they are invited to be included in the group picture. An announcement will be made over the P.A. informing students when they need to leave class for the pictures. There will be no retakes. Morning kindergarten students that wish to be included must arrive by 2:15 p.m. and be accompanied by a parent. Please sign in as a visitor in the office first.

Yearbook Orders

Orders can now be placed for the 2018-2019 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. For those new to the school, Madison Elementary School yearbooks cannot be ordered on ParentVue as with the middle school and high school yearbooks. Our yearbook is 52 full color pages that includes many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year.

Please click to order and pay with a credit card or check. The passcode is 1014308585474714.

Please refer to this spreadsheet, which includes all orders as of Mon., Jan. 29, 2019, to verify if an order has been placed for your child.

We need your help! Please join 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 orders and more. A volunteer or two from each grade level is needed to take pictures of each student and create the grade's collage page. We are still looking for volunteers for every grade level. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus and Megan Savitt at

Calling all kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year

Kindergarten Round-Up is Wednesday, March 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for in-office enrollment.

Principal and Teacher presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Madison LLC. This is a parent only event.

Skip the line the night of Kindergarten Roundup! Enroll your student any time before March 6 at Madison in the main office. Please visit the District 200 website for a list of required enrollment documents.

Click here for more information about the District 200 Kindergarten program.

For questions, please contact the main office at 630-682-2095.

Explore More Day volunteers needed

For this year's Explore More Day, May 24, we're looking for a kindergarten parent (or two) to serve as the kindergarten coordinator, and a 1st grade parent (or two) to serve as the 1st grade coordinator. Initial planning meetings begin in February.

On Explore More Day, regular classes are set aside so students can try out different science, sport or art activities. Second - 5th graders can choose five exciting classes from a wide variety of course offerings led by Madison staff, parents and community members. Kindergarten and 1st grade follow a set curriculum.

Also, we are always looking for new material. If anyone has a special interest or hobby that you'd be willing to present as a new Explore More Day class, please let us know.

If you would be willing to serve as coordinator of kindergarten or 1st grade, or if you have a class you'd be willing to lead, please contact Rachel Bailey, Stephanie Brown, or Amy Fiorato at

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm for Explore More Day. We hope it will be a very special day for everyone at Madison School. Please consider volunteering your time, a hobby and/or skills.

Donations to benefit Madison families

If you are looking to donate anything such as clothing, home stuff, toys, electronics, etc. please consider giving to Family Tree Resale on Geneva and Main in Wheaton (by the Jewel).

For every bag of donations they receive on behalf of Madison School, Family Tree will in turn donate a voucher to our school for a family to use to purchase items. Just drive around to the side door, walk in, and someone will help you unload your donations. Be sure to mention Madison School.

Come to the Pancake Breakfast tomorrow

Madison's Pancake Breakfast is Sat., Jan. 26, from 8:30-10 a.m. in the MPR. Spend a fun morning with family, friends, and staff while enjoying delicious pancakes, sausages, juice, hot chocolate, and coffee.

Save Your Pop Tabs

Madison Elementary students will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities at Central DuPage Hospital throughout the rest of the school year. The funds RMHC receives from recycling the pop tabs helps keep families together while their loved one is in the hospital. RMH provides meals, a place to stay, and the comforts of home during a difficult time. Each grade will have a collection container outside of the office when we return from winter break. Students can collect pop tabs from home, family, friends, or neighbors. The grade with the most tabs collected at the end of the year will receive a special reward. Start collecting those tabs over winter break! Questions contact Amy at

Time to return Madison welcome signs

We hope your child enjoyed their "Welcome to Madison" yard sign. It is now time to return the signs so that they can be used to welcome our new students next year. If you would like to have your yard sign as a keepsake, please submit a check made out to Madison PTA in the amount of $8. Questions? Contact Julie Ippolito at

PACE screening to begin in February

Elementary testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE)

Grades 2-5 will begin in February.

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2019 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2019. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2019-2020 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2019, 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. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 11, 2019. 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 2019-2020 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 for 2019-2020

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, 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, and will be scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 11, 2019 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

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

Volunteer in the LLC

If you are looking for additional ways to help out at Madison, please consider volunteering in the library. This year we are short volunteers. Specifically, the LLC could use extra help on Tuesday and Friday mornings (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (1-3:30 p.m.). If you were to volunteer, you could expect to help check in and out books for students, shelf recently returned books and help Mrs. Graham with whatever else she may need that day. It is a lot of fun and we'd love to have you! Please contact Kathryn Medanic at to volunteer.

Save General Mills box tops

Please save General Mills box tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top received. Thank you to Cecilia Horjes for heading up this effort. We purchased many copies of award books for the library. Thank you for your support.

Test for Radon; give back to Madison PTA

Chances are good that one of your resolutions for 2019 is to be healthier. Have you thought about the health of your home?

Did you know that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking? Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that enters the home through cracks and voids in concrete foundations and can become trapped in homes at levels that are beyond the safe level of 4.0 (pCi/L).

According to a study conducted by IEMA 41% of homes tested for Radon in Illinois had levels higher than the safe action level of 4.0 (pCi/L).

Fortunately Radon can be tested for and remediated!
The cost of testing and a reduction system is far less trouble than any potential long term health care costs.

For a limited time Signature Craftsmen will contribute $35 from each $185 test back to the Madison PTA. Please reach out with any questions, and also specify that you are a Madison Family when scheduling your test. Not only are you protecting your loved ones, you are also helping our Madison Community.

Call now to schedule your appointment.
Tom Gallagher ~ Signature Craftsmen (630) 688-7888

Save the dates

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

Jan. 26: Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 18: No school

Feb. 23: Winter Carnival

March 1: No school

March 6: Kindergarten Round Up

March 11: PTA meeting @ noon

March 25-29: Spring Break

May 24: Explore More Day

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.