The Madison School Newsletter / November 21, 2014
ISAT testing now replaced with PARCC
As Common Core has now been implemented in District 200, the state of Illinois has mandated a new assessment for accountability measures. PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers, will replace the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) for grades 3 – 8 and Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) for grade 11.
This test of Common Core English Language Arts and Math was designed by a national consortium. PARCC contains two required components. The Performance-Based Assessments (PBA) will be administered in March, and the End-of-Year (EOY) tests will be administered in May. Details such as delivery models (computer or paper) and exact testing windows will be provided as the state releases information.
For more information, please visit http://www.parcconline.org
Thank you PTA committee chairs!
In September, we had a shout out to the committee chairs who helped us start the year off right. With just one trimester under our belts, we have so many more people to thank. Please be sure to give these committee chairs a big smile when you see them:
Art appreciation: Louise Kirkman
Art to remember: Gaytana Morgan
Battle of the Books: Janet Mathis
Beautification: John Phanthavong
Book Fair: Stacy Circelli
Butter Braid: Robyn Beres
Chess Club: Jennifer Sutherland, Krista Caprini, Sam Hurtado
Communications: Sarah Johnson, Misty Gniadek, Jaime Kammerzell, Amy Fiorato
Cultural Arts: Louise Kirkman, Alis Priebe
Dining for Dollars: Melissa Roberts, Julie Ippolito
Directory: Dawn Draus, Sarah Johnson, Kristin Olson
Madison Cares: Shannon Klopfenstein
Market Day: Michele Triscik, Amy Schmidt
Math Club: Jody Gosain
*Multicultural Day: Alis Priebe, Jen Pashup-Graham
Reflections: Gaytana Morgan
Room Parent Coordinator: Louise Kirkman
Room Party Coordinator: Sybil Scaccia
Spirit Wear: Amy Fiorato
Staff Appreciation: Janine Shimp
Trivia Night: Robyn Beres
Wrapping Paper: Margit Spires, Evelyn Mosca, Robyn Beres
* Multicultural Day is looking for a new committee chair or co-chairs for 2015.
We would like to congratulate all of our talented artists who participated in the 2014 Reflections Program. The following students have advanced from Madison to the WWPTA Council level:
Rebecca Buttell (Music), Cooper Gosain (Visual Arts), Ella Gosain (Visual Arts), Rian Klabunde (Visual Arts), Frances Phathavong (Literature), Kyla Phathavong (Visual Arts), Tommy Muff (Visual Arts), and Samantha Valente (Visual Arts).
In addition, both Rian Klabunde and Samantha Valente have advanced to the DWR level and will attend a recognition ceremony at Hubble Middle School on Jan. 26, 2015. Dr. Schuler will present them with a certificate and a medal.
St. Baldrick's returns to Madison
Check out this student video to learn more.
Stay healthy this flu season
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 U.S., 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.
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
December Dining for Dollars
Take the night off and let Entree’ Kitchen do all the work! On Dec. 9, 10 and 11, grab a meal and go! Entrée Kitchen does all the prep work and provides you with a delicious dinner ready in 30 minutes or less. Watch for the flyer next month.
Don't forget to order Market Day cookies & pies for the holidays
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 marketday.com 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 November sale are due Sat., Dec. 6 by 11 p.m. Pickup is right after school on Wed., Dec. 10 from 3:30-4 p.m.
Look for our flyer each month and support Madison in an easy delicious way!
Madison mitten tree
Take a mitten off the mitten tree and buy a gift for a Madison student in need. Each mitten will have a specific gift request with size and gender. The mitten tree will be in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the new item and attach the mitten to the outside of the gift. Return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Dec. 12.
Thank you so much for your support. Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Fri., Jan. 15, 2015. For more information, view the "Forms and Flyers" page of the Madison PTA section of www.cusd200.org.
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.
Earn for Madison by spending at Target
Save the dates
Click on the calendar on the Madison section of www.cusd200.org to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:
Nov. 24-28: Thanksgiving Break - No school
Dec. 8: Memos deadline
Dec. 10: Market Day Pick up at 3:30
Dec. 17: Winter Concert
Dec. 19: Winter Parties
Dec. 22 - Jan. 2: Winter Break
Jan. 16: Teacher Institute - No school
Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day - No school
Jan. 22: PTA Meeting at noon
Jan. 24: Pancake breakfast
Feb. 6: Winter Carnival
Mar. 20: St. Baldrick's Day
May 22: Explore More Day
View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.