Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 13, 2017

Attend the Pancake Breakfast

Have breakfast with your Madison family at the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Madison staff will be serving pancakes. Don't forget the Book Swap. Bring your gently used books and swap them for new ones.

We are still in need of volunteers for Saturday morning. When you send in your response please indicate if you would like to help with this fun event.

Questions? Contact Monica Fahey at or Meghan Orr at

Winter carnival is coming in February

This year’s carnival will be on a Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Planning for Winter Carnival is well under way! We’ve received some great raffle prizes so far and there’s still more coming! Here’s a little sneak peak at some of our fun raffle items:

  • Shedd Aquarium tickets
  • Raging Waves tickets
  • Arlington Park tickets
  • DuPage Children’s Museum family pass
  • Santa’s Village tickets
  • Schaumburg Boomer’s tickets
  • 1 hour massage at Elements Massage
  • Mani/Pedi at Lux Studio Nail Salon
  • Wine tasting for 6 at Tasting deVine

And gift cards to many local favorites such as Top Golf, Bricks, Houlihan’s, Warren’s Ale House, Cozymel’s, Mia Gia’s, Egg’lectic Cafe, Graham’s, Kimmer’s, Muldoon’s, Pinwheel Toys and much more!

Be sure to pre-order your raffle tickets before the Winter Carnival to avoid the lines. If you have something you would like to donate to our raffle, please contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Look for information to come home via backpacks soon. Please visit to for more information.

Questions? Contact Suzie Weber, Kelly Styrkowicz, or Amy Fiorato. Or email

Shop at Whole Foods and support Madison

Whole Foods Market Wheaton will be donating 1% of its net profits on Saturday, Jan. 28 to Madison Elementary as part of their opening week celebrations. Come check out the new store and support Madison while you stock up on groceries! The store is relocating to 89 Danada Square East and will open its doors to the public on January 25 at 9 a.m.

Submit your inspiration nominations

Are you the parent of a child who has been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? With your child, take a minute to tell us about it.

Over a year ago, the PTA Council and the Superintendent's Office developed the Inspiration Nomination program to honor our District 200 staff members and acknowledge all that they do for our students. Forms are available in the Madison office, or you can can download the form here and submit it to Erica Loiacono at You can either email a scanned copy (or photo) to, or you can turn it into the PTA President mailbox.

Any Inspiration Nomination received will be shared with the staff member nominated along with recognition by the Superintendent and PTA Council. Then, two times per year, the Council and Superintendent will surprise select staff members who have really gone above and beyond by visiting their classroom and recognizing their work personally.

Join Girls on The Run

Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls! Registration for the 2017 Spring Girls on the Run opens on January 15. We will form the team based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of girls accepted is based on the number of coaches or volunteers who are willing to help. Your daughter has a secure spot if you coach. We will meet two days a week (tentatively Tuesday/Thursday) after school in Madison’s gym.

Registration opens 9am Monday, January 16 at Scroll down to find Madison Elementary and sign up! If you require financial assistance, please contact Stephanie Brown,

Composting to start in lunchroom

The Conservation Committee is excited to announce that composting soon will be available in the lunchroom. With help from SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), an organization based in Glen Ellyn, the Conservation Committee will work on earning an Earth Flag for Madison School. Representatives from SCARCE will visit the Conservation Committee in February to kick off a school-wide project to assist Madison School earn the flag. For more information, visit SCARCE at

St. Baldricks steering committee needed

Madison students love the annual St. Baldick's event and plan for monthns to shave or cut their hair for this amazing charity. Help bring St. Baldricks back to Madison for a 4th year. Volunteer for the steering committee. We need four or five planners. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kristin Olson or Rachel Bailey at

Recycle holiday lights

For your convenience the Go Green Club will once again be collecting old holiday lights for recycling. The collection box will be set up in the school office through Jan. 27, 2017.

This collection is in partnership with the City of Wheaton. It will accept incandescent and LED lights and extension cords in any condition. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas. Any questions please contact the Go Green Club at

Have you purchased the Madison school yearbook?

Orders can now be placed 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 5% discount if ordered by November 30!

The Yearbook Committee would greatly appreciate your sharing of personal, candid photos for use in the school yearbook. The more variety of faces, the better the yearbook! Please upload your images using the following links.

Meet & Treat/First Day of School


Multicultural Day

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

Join the Special Needs PTA for its General Meeting and Jefferson Tour

The Special Needs PTA has scheduled its general meeting and a tour of Jefferson Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The tour starts at 6:30 p.m. Join us for an opportunity to walk through the facility and a chance to ask some questions about the proposed renovations. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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Join the Madison PTA

Madison PTA advocates for all children through literacy, math, science, problem solving, arts, music, social studies, character development, physical fitness, reaching out, and having fun. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience.

Your Family Membership includes our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot, which was launched in September with updated information for this school year.

For convenience we offer online registration

Go to

· Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

· On left side menu, select ‘PTA’

· On left side menu, select ‘Join Madison PTA! – Family Membership’

· Click on the link to register and pay online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please select ‘PTA’ and then ‘Forms & Flyers’ to find registration and order forms. Print and complete the forms at home and submit payment(s) to the school office. Registration and order forms are also available in the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Lisa Thomas at

PACE testing requests due in January

In March 2017, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2017-2018 classes:

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

  • 3rd, 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 2017-2018

Students may be recommended for testing by their Teacher and/or Parent.

The deadline for a Parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 13, 2017.

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, scheduled around mandatory PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 13, 2017 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

Screen Free Committee Chair Opening

The PTA is looking to fill the Screen Free Week Committee Chair role. If you are interested in helping coordinate this fun springtime event, please contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey,

Donate to the art room

The art teachers are looking for anything from the list to be donated.

  • Egg carton

  • Yogurt and any plastic containers

  • Kleenex

  • Large T-shirts for smocks ( please, no button down shirts)

  • Paper towels

  • Wet Wipes

  • Q-tips

  • Wallpaper

  • Ribbon, string, buttons

  • Tape

  • Pencils

  • Magazines ( appropriate )

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray at

Save General Mills Box Tops for Education

Please save General Mills Box Tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in. Thank you to Mrs. Spires for heading up this effort. Last year we purchased many copies of the new Rebecca Caudill, Monarch, and Bluestem Award Book Nominees. Thank you for your support.

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, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Save the dates

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

Jan. 16: No school. Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 17: No school. Institute Day.

Jan. 21: Pancake Breakfast

Jan. 25: Shop Whole Foods

Feb. 4: Winter Carnival

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.