Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 18, 2019

Attend the last PTA meeting of the school year

The last PTA meeting of the year is Monda, April 22 at 7 p.m. For all of you that can't make the daytime meetings here's your chance to attend and voice your opinion. We will be voting in the new Executive Committee:

Beth Tatro-Co President Elect

Heather Button-Vice President of Ways and Means

Jessica Houston-Secretary

Other topics include PTA survey results, events, and playground update. And if all that is not enough, Mr. Callahan will be providing chips and salsa from Chipotle.

Hope to see you there!

Save the Date - Field Day

Field Day will held Fri., June 7. Rain date is scheduled for Mon., June 10. Look for a flyer coming home soon!

Madison celebrates Earth Day

The Conservation Committee has been very busy making an Earth Day display about pollinators. Students will celebrate Earth Day with Madison's annual tree plantings donated by the Morton Arboretum. Thanks to Todd Jacobson, Madison parent and Head of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum, for the donation. Students are also making announcements each morning highlighting neat facts about our planet Earth. Happy Earth Day!
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Order the Yearbook today!

Congratulations to Elise Rosen, the winner of this year's 5th grade cover contest. Elise's original artwork entry will appear on the cover of the 2018-2019 Madison Paw Prints. The top four runners-up in the contest are Aria Bharadwa, Ayla Kliko, Cameron Miller and Jordyn Wilson. Thank to all the students that participated.

It's not too late to order a copy of the Madison Paw Prints 2018-2019. Please click to place an order. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. This spreadsheet includes all orders as of April 16, 2019. Please email any questions to

Volunteer to launch Coding Club

Are your students interested in a coding club? Committed parent helpers are needed to launch a coding club for the 2019-2020 school year. Email Shannon Klopfenstein ( if you are able to help. Ideally parents who have a coding background and would be interested in presenting a lesson will volunteer, but any parent volunteer to help keep the club time on task are much appreciated.

Save the date - Trivia Night 2019

Trivia Night is Sat., November 2, 2019. This adults-only fundraiser supports the PTA with all its proceeds. Trivia Night is a chance to mingle with friends and make new friends during a night of food, drinks, silent auction and trivia.

Sign-up to join the committee to help in various ways, from planning, getting auction prizes, communicating and helping the actual night of the event. Email if you are interested. Our goal is to have a meeting before school is out for summer to get a jump start on planning.

Donations to benefit Madison families

If you are looking to donate anything such as clothing, home stuff, toys, electronics, etc. please consider giving to Family Tree Resale on Geneva and Main in Wheaton (by the Jewel).

For every bag of donations they receive on behalf of Madison School, Family Tree will in turn donate a voucher to our school for a family to use to purchase items. Just drive around to the side door, walk in, and someone will help you unload your donations. Be sure to mention Madison School.

Save Your Pop Tabs

Madison Elementary students will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities at Central DuPage Hospital throughout the rest of the school year. The funds RMHC receives from recycling the pop tabs helps keep families together while their loved one is in the hospital. RMH provides meals, a place to stay, and the comforts of home during a difficult time. Each grade will have a collection container outside of the office when we return from winter break. Students can collect pop tabs from home, family, friends, or neighbors. The grade with the most tabs collected at the end of the year will receive a special reward. Questions contact Amy at

Time to return Madison welcome signs

We hope your child enjoyed their "Welcome to Madison" yard sign. It is now time to return the signs so that they can be used to welcome our new students next year. If you would like to have your yard sign as a keepsake, please submit a check made out to Madison PTA in the amount of $8. Questions? Contact Julie Ippolito at

Volunteer in the LLC

If you are looking for additional ways to help out at Madison, please consider volunteering in the library. This year we are short volunteers. Specifically, the LLC could use extra help on Tuesday and Friday mornings (9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (1-3:30 p.m.). If you were to volunteer, you could expect to help check in and out books for students, shelf recently returned books and help Mrs. Graham with whatever else she may need that day. It is a lot of fun and we'd love to have you! Please contact Kathryn Medanic at to volunteer.

Save General Mills box tops

Please save General Mills box tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top received. Thank you to Cecilia Horjes for heading up this effort. We purchased many copies of award books for the library. Thank you for your support.

Save the dates

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

April 22: PTA Meeting @ 7 p.m.

May 7: Fine Arts Concert @ 7 p.m.

May 24: Explore More Day

May 27: Memorial Day. No School

June 7: Field Day (Rain date - June 10)

June 11: Last Day of School

Nov. 2: Trivia Night

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.