Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / March 9, 2018

Save the date: Top Golf fundraiser to support the new playground

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming, adults-only fundraiser on Sun., April 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Top Golf in Naperville. Proceeds will go directly toward the fund to build a new playground in the back of school. Details will be coming soon. We encourage you to attend and share the event with friends and family. Anyone can attend! We are currently looking for businesses to sponsor this fabulous event. Please contact Mary Henderson at if you/your business would like to be an event sponsor.

Get ready for Penny War

Starting March 12 each Madison classroom will battle it out in a Penny War to raise money for hurricane relief efforts. All nickels, dimes, and quarters are worth points according to their value (nickel- 5pts., dime- 10pts., quarter- 25pts.). For each penny in a classroom's container a point will be taken away from the total. Students and teachers will be allowed to put pennies in other classroom's containers. Bills will not be worth points. The classroom with the most points will win a prize! Penny War ends March 21. Start gathering your loose change and let the battle begin! Questions, contact

Donate school supplies

The Madison Cares Committee is asking students to bring in a school supply item according to their grade level. These items will be shipped to the 4th grade class that Madison adopted in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. We will be collecting donations March 12-21. Students may drop off the donated item in the appropriate grade level box located on the table outside of the school office. Questions?Contact

Thank you Battle of the Books volunteers

More than 40 fourth and fifth graders participated in Madison's Battle of the Books program this year. The program couldn't have happened without the dedication of the volunteers. Thank you to Shelly Baker, Jeannie Cho, Dawn Draus, Monica Fahey, Heather Green, Cecilia Horejs, Nicole Klotz, Linda Madsen, Janet Mathis, Vandana Mody, Julie Schulz, Anne Valente and Suzie Weber. And thank you to Becca Hary and McDonald's for the end-of-season celebratory ticket for a treat!

Volunteer at the book fair

The spring Scholastic Book Fair is March 12 – March 15. We are looking for volunteers to help us plan and conduct our school’s best reading event ever!

Join us if you:

  • like to organize and put things in place
  • bring creative flair to signs and decorations
  • enjoy offering a helping hand, setting up, or packing up. (Set up is Fri., March 9 and take down is Fri., March 16.
  • want to help shoppers of all ages find the perfect book.

We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes. Questions? Contact Mrs. Graham (

Help the Yearbook Committee; upload photos

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.

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

Custom pages must be completed by April 6, 2018. TreeRing allows you to create two free custom pages. These custom pages will replace two pages that will be in a standard or non-custom yearbook. When finished, please set your yearbook to PRINT READY otherwise you will not receive your custom pages.

We need pictures of 5th grade students only during the Run-a-thon in September. Please use this link:

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

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:

Mar. 21: All Day Kindergarten registration opens @ 8 a.m.

Mar. 26-April 2: Spring Break

Apr 9-18: PARCC Testing

May 25: Explore More Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.