Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 6, 2018

Sunday fun day fore a cause

Get ready to swing those clubs and help support Madison's playground fund. Join us on Sun., April 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Top Golf in Naperville. This adults-only fundraiser will have it all: 3 hours of golf, American buffet, and two premium drink tickets. Feel free to invite your friends and family too. Each bay holds six people. It's sure to be a Sunday fun day! Register on-line Madison Elementary School PTA or drop off a check to the front office. Special thanks to our valued sponsors Veritrust Wealth Management and Northwestern Mutual. Any questions, email

Participate in the Waste Free Lunch Challenge

April 18 is the Waste Free Lunch Challenge. Each year on average students who bring a packed lunch to school generate 67 lbs of waste The Conservation Committee is promoting a waste free lunch challenge day during Earth Week to see if we can reduce our trash weight. We weighed the lunch waste on a day in March and it was 69 lbs. We’d like to bring that number down. The three lunch periods will compete against each other. We’ll weigh the garbage and see who wins and also if we can bring our overall weight down. Students who get a hot lunch will have an opportunity to lessen their waste by being encouraged to only take what they will eat. The best way to reduce our trash is to take a extra little time to pack reusable containers. More tips will be shared on Facebook and on posters around school for parents and students to learn about packing a waste free lunch.

Attention 2nd - 5th Graders: Register for Explore More Day classes

Explore More Day is Friday, May 25. Class registration opens Fri., April 6 for 2nd – 5th graders. Please register your student ASAP since popular classes fill up quickly!

Registration must be completed by Fri., April 13.

ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS! We need lots of help to make this the best day of the year. If you are able to volunteer, please submit your information on the registration form. In addition to general volunteers, we need lead instructors for Pizza Making and Pretzel Making. All supplies and class information will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact your Explore More Day Co-Chairs, Kristin Olson and Amy Fiorato, at

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Madison alums earn scholarships

Please congratulate former Madison students Jeffery Gniadek, Sydney Musser and Elizabeth Nordmark for earning District 200 PTA scholarships. Each year, PTAs across District 200 contribute to the $500 college scholarships. Gniadek, Musser and Nordmark, along with 27 other recipients, will receive their scholarships at an awards breakfast later in April.

And the nominations go to...

Thank you to the 2018 Nominating Committee members. They have presented the following slate of officers to serve during the 2018-2019 school year:

Lisa Thomas, Co-President

Amy Angolkar, Co-President

Michele Cechini, Vice President of Membership

Katie Morris, Treasurer

Kelly Styrkowicz, Vice President of Ways and Means

Jaime Sessions, Secretary

Please join us on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. for the official election during our general PTA meeting.

Attend 5th Grade Student Step-Up; Parent/Guardian night; PACE meeting

5th graders will be visiting Edison on Monday, April 30 to learn more about their transition to Edison Middle School. Students will have an opportunity to meet Principal Rachel Bednar and Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris. Counselor Ms. Cyndi Menza will also share a slideshow about life as an Edison Panther. Current Panther students will lead small group tours and answer any questions the 5th graders may have. Each 5th grader will receive a folder with information and tips for a successful transition to middle school. Students will arrive at Edison around 9:30 a.m. and head back to Madison at 11 a.m.

Parents and guardians of current 5th graders are then invited to join Principal Rachel Bednar, Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris and Counselor Cyndi Menza on Tues., May 8 at 7 p.m. to hear some important information about your child’s transition to middle school. After the presentation, 6th grade teachers will be available to give parents tours of the building and answer questions about 6th grade. If you are unable to be there, presentation and handouts will be available following the presentation on Edison’s website at under Parents and Students > New Student Info.

If your child is in either PACE reading, PACE math, or both, please join us for a meeting at 6:00 pm, prior to the general meeting, on May 8 to learn about how the Fast Paced program at the middle school level differs from the elementary PACE program.

Complete your yearbook custom pages

Custom pages must be completed by April 6. TreeRing allows you to create two free custom pages. These custom pages will replace pages that will be in a standard or non-custom book. When finished, please set your yearbook to PRINT READY, otherwise you will not receive your custom pages.

Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the students before the end of the school year. Please click to order and pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

Please use this passcode if you are having trouble uploading photos: 1014308585474714

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please click here to view all orders as of March 19, 2018.

Please consider joining 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. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

Get orthodontic services, support the Madison playground fund

Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics, owned by our own Bauer Madison family, have generously offered to donate $250 to our new playground fund for every single new patient that starts braces or Invisalign at their office between January 1 and May 31! Eighty new patients could bring Madison $20,000 toward building a new, accessible playground in the back of school. Their office is located on Roosevelt road in Wheaton. If you or someone you know is looking for these services, check them out and support the Madison playground fund!

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Help enhance education at your child's school

The Student Excellence Foundation has partnered with the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council in creating a Fund-a-Classroom, crowdfunding program, where educators can submit proposals for their classroom needs.

Madison Elementary has the following projects available for your contributions:

First grade is asking for iPads for each classroom:

You can support a specific classroom by donating online or mailing a check to:

Student Excellence Foundation P.O. Box 253 Wheaton, IL 60187

When mailing a check, please include the name of the project you are supporting so it will be correctly applied to that classroom.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Bailey (

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Attend District 200 Parenting Seminars

Parents,​ ​Teens,​ ​Parties​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Law​ ​-​ ​Panel​ ​Discussion​ ​with​ ​State’s​ ​Attorney​ ​Bob​ ​Berlin, Dr.​ ​Michael​ ​Maniacci​ ​and​ ​Social​ ​Worker​ ​Marc​ ​Anderson

Thurs.,​ ​April​ ​12 at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Wheaton​ ​Warrenville​ ​South​ ​High​ ​School,​ ​1920​ ​S.​ ​Wiesbrook​ ​Rd

Your child wants to attend or host a party where alcohol will be present. How do you handle this? What are the legal implications for children who drink underage? What are the legal implications for parents who host parties where alcohol is present? Parents will learn the strategies to have conversations with their children that focus on the potential outcomes of attending a party with alcohol present and also how to help their child decline invitations to parties.

Registration​ ​is​ ​free.​ Call or text Traci at (630) 270-9678 or email to indicate your choice of sessions. If you have questions about workshop content, contact Traci Burnham at (630) 784-7226.

General Mills Box Tops for Education Challenge

Please save General Mills Box Tops and send them to the LLC. Madison earns 10 cents for every General Mills Box top. 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.

Save the dates

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

Apr. 9-18: PARCC Testing

Apr. 16-20: Earth Week

Apr. 18: Waste Free Lunch Day

Apr. 30: 5th graders visit Edison

May 8: 5th Grade PACE meeting at Edison at 6 p.m.

May 8: 5th grade parent / guardian meeting at Edison at 7 p.m.

May 25: Explore More Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.