Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / May 4, 2018

Bike to school

Mark your calendars for National Bike to School Day on Wed., May 9. Join thousands of students across the country and plan on walking or biking to school on this day. Students who ride the bus can run a course out by the back playground if they'd like to participate. Join others in your neighborhood and make it a fun group outing!

Explore special needs extracurricular activities

Join us to explore local Special Needs Extracurricular Activities during our “Springing into Sports & Fun” event on May 5 from 2-5 p.m. at Monroe following the Wheaton Park District's Fly-a-Kite Event adjacent to Monroe at Graf Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

"Springing into Sports & Fun" will showcase local special needs programming. Families will be able to sample their interests by visiting booths of various local organizations. Booths include, but are not limited to: DuPage Cheer and Tumble special needs cheer team, Chicagoland Ninja Moves Dance, Marian Joy’s Therapeutic Sports with interactive mini golf, Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey, Wheaton Park District, WDSRA and more.

Thank you LLC Volunteers

Thank you to the Library Learning Center volunteers this year. Also, thank you to Kathryn Medanic, the LLC Volunteer Coordinator. The library volunteer program has always been an important aspect of Madison’s LLC program. Volunteers shelve books, check books in and out, read stories, and complete the many tasks involved to make the library run smoothly. Volunteers also allow Mrs. Graham the opportunity to work with classes on research projects and other activities. With the district’s reduction of library aides at the elementary level, we especially need volunteers next year to continue providing services for our students. Volunteers are needed either mornings (9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or afternoons (1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.). You can volunteer when it is convenient for you; once a week, twice a month, etc. If you are interested in volunteering next year, please contact Kathryn Medanic at

Thank you to this year’s library volunteers:
Leah Benshoof, Joo Chang, Jen Denson, Linda Doherty, Melissa Dorn, Karen Evans, Monica Fahey, Gina Garza, Sarah Gochee, Barb Ioli, Kamanthi Magalage, Janet Mathis, Kathryn Medanic, Marla Mothershed, Melisa Oker, Abby Richardson, Vickie Samala, Janine Shimp, Susana Sitges Breiter, Margit Spires, Ann Sutherland, Jaime Szafranksi, and Suzie Weber. Thank you so much for your time and dedication! Also, thank you to Margit Spires, who organized the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program.

Join the yearbook committee

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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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:

May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8: 5th Grade PACE meeting at Edison at 6 p.m.

May 8: 5th grade parent / guardian meeting at Edison at 7 p.m.

May 23: 2018-19 Kindergartners Visit

May 25: Explore More Day

June 4: Field Day

June 5: Field Day (rain date)

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.