Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 9, 2015

Enjoy pancakes with your Madison family

Madison’s annual pancake breakfast is Sat., Jan. 24 from 8:30-10 a.m. If you've misplaced the flyer look for another being sent home this week. If you would like to volunteer or have questions please contact Monica Fahey at Enjoy a fun breakfast with Madison families and staff!

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Madison Cares to make blankets; collect birthday bag donations

We have several fun and meaningful service related projects coming up in 2015! Our first 2015 Madison Cares project will take place on Mon., Jan. 26 in the LLC. First through fifth grade students will be making fleece blankets for Project Linus. Please have your student join us during the recess portion of their lunch hour.

Starting Jan. 14, we will collect items for “birthday bag” donations that benefit the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton. We are looking for the following items: birthday candles, packages of balloons, streamers, birthday plates/napkins and small party favors. We will also accept gently used birthday themed gift bags.

Questions? Contact Shannon Klopfenstein at

Winter Carnival coming soon

It’s Winter Carnival time! Mark your calendars for Fri., Feb. 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. This event is full of activities for everyone. It’s a great opportunity for parents, students and staff to enjoy an evening together. Would you like to volunteer for this fun event? Contact Robyn Beres ( or Misse Roberts ( for more information. Look for the Winter Carnival packet next week.
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Market Day is a yummy way to help Madison

Madison participates in a monthly fundraising food program called Market Day.

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 January sale are due Fri., Jan. 16 by 11 p.m. Pickup is right after school on Wed., Jan. 21 from 3:30-4 p.m.

Look for our flyer each month and support Madison in an easy delicious way!

Contact Michele Triscik ( and Amy Schmidt ( with any questions.

Thank you Winter party planners

Thank you to all the party planners and volunteers that helped make our Winter parties a success! If you haven't already done so, please return the party folders to the box marked "Room Party Folders" under the PTA mailboxes as soon as possible. Planning will get started shortly for the Valentine's party on Fri., Feb.13 from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

St. Baldrick’s hair donations

If your daughter is interested in donating her hair for St. Baldrick’s Day on March 20, you may want to consider how much you cut now. This year, we will donate hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. The length requirement is 8 inches.

Notice of Asbestos in Building

Community Unit School District 200 has conducted the required inspections of asbestos containing materials in District 200 schools. Read more here.

Multicultural Day help needed

Yes… we're already looking ahead to next fall! So many volunteers have already said "yes" for next school year's Multicultural Day, but we need a couple of people who are willing to put it all together. If you'd like to make a huge difference in the lives of Madison students, please contact Julie Ippolito,, or Janet Mathis,

Madison collecting old Christmas lights

Last chance to recycle those broken or unwanted holiday lights. Drop off your lights at the recycling box located just inside the office. The box will be available until Thurs., Jan. 15. Thanks for supporting Madison’s efforts to GO GREEN and protect the environment. Questions? Contact Jeff Hasbrouck at

Parents and staff: join Madison PTA Facebook group

With 160 members and growing, Madison PTA Wheaton, IL Facebook group has become a good way to share information about Madison PTA happenings. Any Madison parent/guardian or staff member may join the closed group. You'll find fun pictures, reminders and news. Madison Memos continues to be Madison PTA's main source for information, as it reaches all parents and staff.

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PACE testing to begin in Spring 2015

In March 2015, the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) will host testing for currently enrolled second through fifth grade students.

Students currently in PACE classes do not need to re-test for 2015-2016. Students may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE testing is Thurs., Jan. 15, 2015. For more information, view the "Forms and Flyers" page of the Madison PTA section of

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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Shop Amazon; earn cash for Madison

When you shop on, please use the Madison PTA link: Madison PTA will earn 1% on every purchase! Click here for more information.
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Earn for Madison by spending at Target

Do you find yourself at Target once or maybe even twice a week or more? Did you know you could use that spending to earn money for Madison? By using your REDcard, Target's credit card or debit card, you can do just that. When you designate Madison as your elementary school, Target donates 1% of your total charge through their "Take Charge of Education" program.
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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:

Jan. 15: PACE testing request deadline

Jan. 16: Teacher Institute - No school

Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day - No school

Jan. 21: Market Day

Jan. 22: PTA Meeting at noon

Jan. 24: Pancake breakfast

Jan. 26: Madison Cares

Feb. 6: Winter Carnival

Mar. 20: St. Baldrick's Day

May 22: Explore More Day

Sept. 3: Picture Day

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.