Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 2, 2017

Miss SCREENAGERS? Check out these links

On October 12, CUSD 200 hosted a screening of SCREENAGERS at Studio Movie Grill. SCREENAGERS explores struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction.

According to the SCREENAGERS Website,, “through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.”

For those who were able to attend and for those who did not, the following resources are available to help parents navigate through this tech time in which we live.

Tech Talk Tuesday is a weekly blog developed by the producer of Screenagers

Cyber Safety Blog is a regular blog written by our featured speaker, Liz Repking of Cyber Safety Consulting

Recording of post-film discussion with Liz Repking

Contribute to the Veterans Day celebration

This year, in partnership with our Veterans Day celebration, the Madison Veterans Day committee would like to take up a collection for our local Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans at 433 S. Carlton in Wheaton. We are asking if your child could donate the following:

Kindergarten/First Graders: 1 facial tissue box

Second Graders: 1 package of paper towels

Third Graders: 1- 4 pack of toilet paper

Fourth Graders: 1 bottle of liquid dish soap

Fifth Graders: 1 bottle of liquid laundry detergent

Your child may bring their donated items to school the week of November 6 and place them on the tables in the front hallway. Your

generous donations will be brought to the shelter.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Feeley (

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 (

Attention fifth grade parents: old t-shirts needed

For Multicultural Day this year, we're asking each fifth grader to bring in an old t-shirt. It can be a t-shirt you've outgrown or even an undershirt that's now in the rag pile. If you can spare more than one, in case someone forgets, that's even better! Please bring it in the week of Nov. 13. On Multicultural Day (Nov. 17), we'll travel to Egypt, where they've been playing soccer since Ancient times. Soccer is so popular in Egypt, that even if you can't afford a soccer ball, kids make their very own (and many kids make them out of rags). If you have questions about the trip to Egypt, please contact Janet Mathis,

Support the butterfly garden

Do you have a passion for gardening? Would you like to see a butterfly garden put in at Madison School? The Go Green Committee is considering putting in a pollinator garden that would include native perennials and attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. The students would learn about how plants grow in the Illinois Prairie landscape and why these plants are important for many insects and birds as well as provide a beautiful garden space.

The garden would require some maintenance over the summer. If you and/or your family would be willing to commit to weeding once or more in the spring or over summer please contact the Go Green Committee at

Join the Madison Chess Club

Chess club meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Art Room (enter door 2). The first Chess meeting will be tonight, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. Chess Club will continue until Spring Break. All Madison students (K-5) are welcome. No prior experience needed!

There will be a short informational meeting for parents of Chess Club members at the first meeting. Questions? Please contact Mash Angolkar at

Thank you Butterbraid supporters

A huge thanks to everyone who supported our Butterbraid fundraiser this year. We had another successful year!. Breads can be picked up at school on November 15 from 3:30-5 p.m. Thanks again for your support!

Questions? Contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Attend District 200 Parenting Seminars

How​ ​to​ ​Raise​ ​Resilient​ ​Children​ ​with​ ​Jackie​ ​Rhew,​ ​LCPC,​ ​CADC

Wed.,​ ​Feb. ​21​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Monroe​ ​Middle​ ​School,​ ​1855​ ​Manchester​ ​Rd.,​ ​Wheaton

This presentation will review specific interventions designed to assist children in managing their anxiety as well as promote increased motivation, healthy goal setting and active school engagement for the child. Factors that contribute to school avoidant behaviors as well as early identification of maladaptive coping responses will be explored. Attendees will learn how to develop parenting strategies to assist their children with healthy coping responses and engage them in effective communication and language that promotes self-advocacy and independence.

SPANISH​ ​PRESENTATION​ ​-​ ​Does​ ​Your​ ​Child​ ​Have​ ​a​ ​Smartphone?​ ​Learn​ ​How​ ​to​ ​Keep Your​ ​Child​ ​Safe​ ​with​ ​Ferney​ ​Ramirez March​ ​7​ ​at​ ​7:00​ ​p.m.​ ​at​ ​Johnson​ ​Elementary​ ​School,​ ​2S700​ ​Continental​ ​Drive,​ ​Warrenville

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.

Have you registered for the PTA yet?

Become a member of the PTA . As a member you have access to the digital all school directory Directory Spot, which lets you be in contact with other families as well as provides information about Madison School.

Your membership also goes to support the many fun programs and events such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Field Trips, Class Parties, Math Club, Chess Club, Battle of the Books, Conservation Committee, Meet and Treat, Winter Carnival, Field Day, and more!

Sign Up is easy. Simply click on this link and follow instructions. There is an option to pay by credit card online or print a form and return to the office with cash or check.

There are many ways to volunteer both behind the scenes and in the school. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, simply click this link and follow instructions to sign up for a committee of your choice.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown at

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This year students will learn about other countries and cultures while traveling through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa. It takes many hands to make this day a success, and we are currently seeking volunteers to help the day of and/ or help with set up / decorations the day before. If you have some time to give, please consider helping us celebrate diversity on this amazing day. If you are available to help, please email the MCD committee at or talk to Rachel Bailey or Tone Rosen directly.

Order your yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please order here and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check. There is a 10% discount if ordered by October 31!

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please click here to view all orders as Oct.16, 2017.

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 group picture day in January, and many more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

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.

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:

Nov. 3: Institute day. No school

Nov. 17: Multicultural Day

Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 22: Winter classroom parties

Dec. 25 - Jan. 5: Winter break

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.