Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 28, 2017

2017-2018 Madison PTA officers elected

At the general membership meeting held on April 18th, the PTA voted on the executive committee to serve in the 2017-2018 school year. These individuals were elected to the following positions:

PTA Co-President: Rachel Bailey, second term ending June 2018
PTA Co-President: Lisa Thomas, first term ending June 2018
First Vice President of Membership: Stephanie Brown, 1 year term ending June 2018
Second Vice President of Ways & Means: Kelly Styrkowicz, first term ending June 2018
Treasurer: Katie Morris, second term ending June 2018
Secretary: Jaime Kammerzell, first term ending June 2018

May PTA meeting date changed

Please note in your calendars, the date for the May general membership meeting has been changed. It will be held at 12 noon in the art room on Tuesday, May 23. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer for a leadership role

Are you ready to step into a leadership role? There are many committees that currently are in need of a chair for the 2017-2018 school year. Please consider chairing one of these important PTA committees/clubs:

Jr. Battle of the Books (3rd grade)


Chess Club

Cultural Arts

Explore More Day (need co-chairs to assist current chairs and carry forward)

Field Day (need co-chair to assist current chair and carry forward)

Room Party Coordinator

Screen Free Week Committee Chair

Please contact Rachel Bailey at or Kristin Olson at if you are interested in any of these positions. If you're willing to serve as a committee/club chair but are unsure of what would be a good fit, let us know, we'll be happy to discuss the various roles with you.

We appreciate our teachers

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1-May 5. In addition to a delicious luncheon, we also will recognize our teachers with simple gestures throughout the week. You should have received an e-mail from your child's room parent with more details. If you didn't receive an e-mail or would like more information, please reach out to your room parent or to Rachel Bailey at or Kristin Olson at

All Hands On Deck for Explore More Day!

We need more volunteers to help with the most anticipated day of the year...Explore More Day! No experience or advance planning is necessary, just show up on Friday, May 26 and help where needed. Email us at to let us know if you can help in the morning, afternoon or all day. There's a free lunch for everyone who participates!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered during class registration

"Put that math away"

Math Club 2016-2017 was a hit! Students explored mind boggling topics such as the Fibonacci sequence, enjoyed playing fun games, and showcased their pi-reciting talents during the week of National Pi Day. In April, students were being asked by their teachers to put away their hexaflexagons because they couldn't stop flexing! Rarely do you hear, "Put that math away!"

We consistently served 70+ students and were able to help them explore new ideas and ways of thinking that will hopefully continue to inspire them. We have moms, dads, grandmas and parents whose children have moved on from Madison as a part of our team. Mrs. Christina Hull, Madison's PACE teacher, developed and delivered most of the curriculum, with the exception of "Hour of Code," which was presented by Mr. Jim Fiaroto.

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who took the time to help make Math Club such a success:

Rachel Bailey, Joo Chang, Monica Fahey, Jim Fiorato, Jody Gosain, Nicole Klotz, Sri Mallu, Janet Mathis, Linda Moore, Anne Nigrelli, Susan Nordmark, Mark Priebe, Tone Rosen, Vandana Sharma, and Jaime Szafranski.

Conservation Committee earns flag

The Conservation Committee is excited to be part of earning an Earth Ecology Flag from the Glen Ellyn based SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education). The Committee implemented composting in the lunchroom, created an Earth Day display, participated in tree plantings, and created awareness about the importance of recycling and composting in the school, all of which have earned Madison this flag. In addition, Mrs. Graham worked with 2nd grade students to research and develop a video about environmental issues and solutions that will be presented to the school along with a presentation by SCARCE educators. On May 30, SCARCE will present the Earth Ecology flag to Madison students at an all school assembly.

The Conservation Committee would like to thank Todd Jacobson and the Morton Arboretum for donating two trees that the students planted to celebrate Earth and Arbor Day. Each Madison student was also given a coupon for a free admission to the Morton Arboretum.

Attention incoming 2017-2018 kindergarteners

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2017, please call the school office (630-682-2095) so they may add your child’s name to the Madison kindergarten list. When you call you will receive important information regarding the registration process along with important dates.

Please share this news article with any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener.

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Volunteer to serve on the WWSNPTA board

The Nominating Committee for the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA (WWSNPTA) is looking for parents or teachers who want to take on a role with the PTA Executive Committee. The roles we are looking to fill are: President (or Co-President), Vice President (or Co-VPs), Treasurer and Secretary.

If you would like to take on one of these roles, please contact Sarah Gochee at

Please consider helping!

Submit your inspiration nominations

Are you the parent of a child who has been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? With your child, take a minute to tell us about it.

Over a year ago, the PTA Council and the Superintendent's Office developed the Inspiration Nomination program to honor our District 200 staff members and acknowledge all that they do for our students. Forms are available in the Madison office, or you can can download the form here and submit it to Erica Loiacono at You can either email a scanned copy (or photo) to, or you can turn it into the PTA President mailbox.

Any Inspiration Nomination received will be shared with the staff member nominated along with recognition by the Superintendent and PTA Council. Then, two times per year, the Council and Superintendent will surprise select staff members who have really gone above and beyond by visiting their classroom and recognizing their work personally.

Register for WWSHS summer camps

Wheaton Warrenville South offers various summer camp course offerings for all ages. Click here to find the course description, date and fees, along with the Summer Recreation registration link. All registration is done online. Questions? Please contact the athletic office at 630-784-7243.

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.

Save the dates

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

May 23: PTA Meeting @ noon in art room

May 26: Explore More Day

May 29: No School

May 31: Last Day of School

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.

And the 2017-2018 school calendar here.