Madison Memos

The Madison School PTA Newsletter / November 12, 2020

What a fun Halloween week at Madison! Thank you to Heidi Coppersmith and all the room parents for coordinating activities for in-person and Virtual Academy students. From water bottles to dance parties to chalking the walk, there was something for everyone. If you haven't already shared your photos, be sure to add them to the Madison PTA Facebook page to be included in the yearbook.

Last Day for Spirit Wear!

Friday is the last day to order Madison spirit wear! Items will be available mid-December. Spirit wear makes a great gift! If you're gifting spirit wear to your student and want to keep it a surprise, please contact Heidi Coppersmith.

Madison Paw Prints Yearbook Update

There will be a Madison Paw Prints yearbook this year! Order from TreeRing by November 18 to get a 5% discount.


In this unique year, we need your help! Whether your student is in person or virtual, please share photos of what school looks like for you. Post them on Facebook or email them to yearbook@madisonschoolpta.org. (Madison students only, please – no siblings.)


Questions? Contact Megan Savitt.

District 200 Updates and Resources

On November 11, the District 200 board of education decided to keep elementary students (including Madison) in person for now while sending middle and high school students back to remote learning beginning November 16. The board will monitor conditions on a weekly basis to determine whether or not in-person learning can safely continue for elementary students.


For in-person learning to continue, the district asked the community to follow mitigation, health and safety protocols both during and outside of school hours. The district thanked those families who are doing so and urged everyone to do their part to flatten the number of COVID-19 cases.


Stay up to date with these District 200 web resources:

Join the PTA and Gain Access to Directory Spot

Directory Spot is Madison's school-wide directory. All current Madison PTA members can access it via the Directory Spot mobile app or website. You can look up contact information for every student and staff member at Madison, see which students are in every class and even view the school calendar. If your child wants to get together with a new friend, you can easily find their contact info in Directory Spot.


Virtual Academy also uses Directory Spot. (You do not have to be a Madison PTA member to access the Virtual Academy directory.) To switch between viewing the Madison directory and the VA directory, use the Directories tab.


If you haven't joined yet, it’s not too late to do so and get access to this great resource!

Join the PTA Today!

Questions? Contact Keri Widmer: membership@madisonschoolpta.org

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You can support the Madison PTA when you shop:

  • Box Tops for Education: Scan your grocery receipt in the Box Tops app, and Madison will earn 10 cents from every qualifying item. Download the app.
  • AmazonSmile: Join AmazonSmile and select Madison, so when you shop Amazon - on the website or through the app - the PTA will get 0.5% of your eligible purchases. Learn more on the PTA website.

Upcoming Events

  • November 12: End of First Trimester
  • November 13: Institute Day, No School
  • November 16: PTA Meeting, 7 p.m., Zoom - watch the Madison PTA website for the link
  • November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break
PTA Meeting Schedule and Minutes

View the full meeting schedule for the year and access minutes from previous meetings on the Madison PTA website.

Madison PTA 2020-2021 Executive Board

President: Beth Tatro

President-Elect: Lauren DeReus

V.P. Membership: Keri Widmer

V.P. Ways and Means: Heather Button and Kate Kessler

Treasurer: Meredith Sharpee

Secretary: Jessica Houston


See the list of committee chairs

If you have any questions about Madison Memos or would like to submit an item for a future issue, please email Debbie McCraw and Alison Bruder at memos@madisonschoolpta.org. You can view the publication schedule and previous issues on the PTA website.