Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 21, 2016

Buy a Blackhawks raffle ticket TODAY

This is an amazing opportunity for all Madison families! The grand prize of Trivia Night is a set of four club level Blackhawks tickets. These seats will be won by raffle instead of silent auction. Get in on the action by purchasing a raffle ticket for only $10. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the Madison playground (both front and back) TODAY after school. Winner does not need to be present to win. This is a great way to support Madison and win a fabulous prize even if you are unable to attend Trivia Night. Raffle tickets will also be available at the event.

Dear Madison Families,

What an exciting time of year at Madison! Last week we enjoyed Parent/Teacher Conferences and the Book Fair. This week is Roller Skating in P.E.. Before we know it, it will be time to celebrate Veteran’s Day and Multi-Cultural Day. Oh, did I forget Halloween, as well?!

Guidelines for Success: At Madison, we believe that our students will have a much greater success rate in life if they practice our three Guidelines for Success. Our students learn to demonstrate Respect, Responsibility, and are Ready to Learn. On November 11, we will have our first of three Guideline for Success award ceremonies.

Periodically, I’ll share ways that we can work together to accomplish these important character-building, social, and emotional objectives. As parents and educators, we can:


  • Encourage children to use eye contact and address adults by name.

  • Encourage children to listen to all adults in the school and at home.


  • Provide children the necessary tools to be in charge of their homework, lunch, P.E. shoes, water bottle, etc.

  • Do not bring forgotten items to school. Rather, allow children to suffer the small natural consequences that come with lapses in responsibility.

Ready To Learn:

  • Talk to children about how nutrition, exercise, and sleep habits are so important.

Playground Initiative Begins: For many years, students and parents have clamored for a new playground behind our school. We have decided to launch a new collaborative committee designed to research grant opportunities, fundraise, and install a new playground in back of the school. The committee will be comprised of staff, parents, and students. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Tim Callahan.


Tim Callahan

Parent's Night Out

Our 3rd annual trivia night is here! Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. for a fun-filled evening. This year, the admission price of $35 / person includes dinner provided by Mi Casa restaurant. Reservations can be emailed to

This year, trivia night will include a craft beer pull, as well as many exciting prizes up for auction. We are still accepting donations for the silent auction. Please contact Stephanie Brown ( if you would like to contribute a basket or prize.

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Volunteer for Multicultural Day

We are in dire need of volunteers in all grade levels to help out with Multicultural Day on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. It takes many hands to make this day a success. 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

Business Membership Available

If you own a local business or provide a professional service, we invite you to join the Madison PTA through a Business Membership. Business membership is $50.00 and includes a listing under the ‘Sponsors’ tab in our mobile app/digital directory. Hundreds of parents, teachers, and staff access the directory throughout the entire year. Your business membership helps support the many programs and activities that enrich our children's experience at Madison.

Go to

to complete registration and online payment.

After completing payment, email your company logo in jpeg format to A jpeg of a business card may also be submitted in place of a logo. If you have a business website, please also provide the URL. Directory users are able to view company logos and click on them to see business websites.

Madison PTA also welcomes business sponsorships of our various programs and events throughout the year. For questions regarding Business Membership, or to sponsor a Madison event, please contact

Order your Madison Paw Prints 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 10% discount if ordered by October 31!

The Yearbook Committee would appreciate you sharing your Meet & Treat and First Day of School photos for use in the yearbook. Please upload your images using the following link:

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.

Join the Madison Chess Club

Chess club meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Art Room (enter at Door 2).

Chess will start November 3 and continue to 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: Samuel Hurtado ( or 630-871-2786 or

Mash Angolkar (

Buy Butter Braid pastries; Support Madison PTA

Many of you sampled a piece of Butter Braid pastry when you came in last Tuesday for parent/teacher conferences. Now is your chance to tell others how yummy they are. Place an order for yourself, and get an order from your neighbors and co-workers.

Look for a Butter Braid order form in your child’s backpack. This original, hand braided pastry dough comes frozen. When ready to prepare, let the dough rise 10-12 hours or until it doubles in size, and then bake to produce a delicious breakfast/dessert entree. Butter Braid pastries are 22 oz in size and are available in a variety of flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Raspberry, and Caramel Rolls. Order forms are due Friday, Nov. 4 and pastries will be available for pick up on Monday, Nov. 14 – in time to enjoy over Thanksgiving Break!

Friendly Reminder from the Health Office - When to Keep Your Child Home

Unfortunately, this is the time of the year when many viruses and germs are prevalent. Deciding when to keep your child home from school is not always easy. Unnecessary absences interfere with learning and time off work or childcare issues can be inconvenient; however, little learning takes place for a child when sent to school ill. When a child is truly sick, it is important they stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to limit the spread of germs at school. Illnesses can spread quickly in a classroom and sending a sick child to school puts other students and staff at risk for illness. Let’s work together to keep our school community and our homes as healthy as possible! Below are some guidelines to help you decide when to keep your child home from school.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Please keep the student home if:

  • Skin rash from an unidentified cause that has not been evaluated by a physician. Please note that open sores should be covered until healed or evaluated by a physician.
  • Oral temperature exceeds 100 degrees F. A student with such a fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
  • Experiencing nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Students should remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
  • Complaining of severe, persistent pain.
  • Showing signs of an upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) or any other illness serious enough to interfere with the student’s ability to learn.
  • Signs of conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) present with symptoms such as secretions from one or both eyes, itching, and crusts on eyelids.

Reporting Absences

You must notify the school if your child is home sick and report any diagnosed communicable diseases. When reporting an absence, please indicate the reason for the absence. If due to illness, please report symptoms including whether your child has a fever, cough, or sore throat.

If you are not sure whether to send your child to school, you may call the school nurse for consultation. If you’re still in doubt, call or visit your physician.

Re-Admission after Contagious Illness

Re-admission following illness from contagious diseases may require a back-to-school permit signed by a physician. Guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health are used to manage communicable diseases in school. Please have medical documentation of any school accommodations that are requested.

Head Lice

Parents are encouraged to check their child regularly for head lice. If a case is discovered, it should be reported to the school nurse, who will advise parents of the most appropriate treatments. Arrangements will be made to check siblings and close contacts for lice infestation.

Student health services guidelines can be found on page 10 of the 2016 Elementary School Handbook.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Thank you for Parent/Teacher conference dinner donations

Thank you to the following parents for helping provide the Madison staff with food and drinks the nights of Parent/Teacher conferences. They were very appreciative of your help keeping them hydrated and fed on those busy nights!

Ambika Bailey, Rachel Bailey, Stephanie Brown, Jeannie Cho, Karen Dawson, Dawn Draus, Sarah Gochee, Lindsey Good, Lifei Huang, Holly Jacobson, Marianne Kratz, Melissa Luetkehans, Katie Morris, Evelyn Mosca, Melisa Oker, Dorthy Okpebholo, Nicole Richwine, Tone Rosen, Kristina Savenok, Julie Schulz, Michele Triscik, Jill Weck, and Megan Zorn.

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 will be launched on September 26 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.

CUSD 200 Facilities inspected buildings for asbestos

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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:

Oct: 22: Trivia Night

Nov. 4: No School

Nov. 15: PTA General Membership Meeting, Noon in Music Room

Nov. 18: Multicultural Day

Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.