The Madison School Newsletter / August 30, 2019
Welcome to another school year at Madison! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Thank you to Shelly Baker, Heather Graf, and Keri Widmer for organizing the Meet & Treat. It was so fun catching up with friends after summer break.
We are very excited about the year ahead continuing the Madison traditions of Winter Carnival, Pancake Breakfast, Explore More Day, and Field Day, just to name a few. In addition, we hope that your children can be involved in the PTA sponsored clubs -- Battle of the Books, Math Club, Chess Club, and Go Green Conservation Committee.
We could not host these amazing events and extra-curricular activities without fundraising. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Fun Run (previously called Run-a-Thon), will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 and our adults-only fundraiser, Trivia Night, will be held Saturday, Nov. 2. Please consider contributing to both of these efforts as every dollar raised goes back to the students at Madison (contributions are tax deductible).
Have you joined the PTA? Becoming a member is the easiest way to support our PTA. A family membership is $20 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Please visit the Madison PTA website, www.madisonschoolpta.org and click on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Michele Cechini at email@example.com.
How can you help? Your involvement in the PTA helps make Madison a wonderful place to learn and grow. We have many committees that are looking for volunteers. If you have some time to give, please consider signing up to volunteer. A description of our committees and volunteer sign-up is available on our website www.madisonschoolpta.org. Click on Committee Sign Up.
Committees looking for a chair or co-chairs:
Battle of the Books
Jr. Battle of the Books
Those interested in being a chair or co-chair please contact Amy Angolkar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first PTA meeting is Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Learning Center. We encourage all PTA members to attend. We are eager to have as much input as possible so that the needs and desires of every Madison student are represented in the decision-making process. We offer daytime meetings as well as evening meetings for working parents. Here is a schedule of this year’s meetings:
Monday, Sept. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
Monday, Nov. 18 (12 p.m.)
Monday, Jan. 27 (7 p.m.)
Monday, March 16 (12 p.m.)
Monday, April 27 (7 p.m.)
The Executive Committee recently met to develop a budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The budget determines how PTA funds are allocated. This budget is available to review by any PTA member by contacting Treasurer Katie Morris at email@example.com. The PTA will vote on the budget during our first meeting on September 23.
Support the Madison Fun Run
Madison Elementary’s main fundraiser is the Fun Run (also known as the Run-a-Thon). The two week program kicks off with a Pep Rally on September 10.
Families then will gather pledges for every lap your student runs at the Fun Run, which will be an indoor glow run on September 19. This year our goal is to raise $24,000 for Explore More Day and Multicultural Day (as well as other fun activities), and we need your help. We’ve asked the experts at Boosterthon to power our fundraiser to make it easier, more profitable and more fun. Pledging will open on 9/4.
Students also will experience an amazing character theme, MindSpark: Wild West! Booster’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) with character building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.
Please help our school by collecting pledges from family and friends and entering them on FUNRUN.COM. Thank you so much for your support!
For more information, please contact Abby May (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Register for Trivia Night
Mark your calendar for our fall adults-only Trivia Night fundraiser on Sat., Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is Back to the 90s.
Registration is now open. Secure your tickets today! Form a team of 10 people and indicate team members at check out or sign up to be placed on a grade-level team. It's a perfect chance to meet parents. Paper / check registration will be available in the coming weeks. Information and registration link available here.
Order spirit wear
It's time to order your Madison School spirit wear. Please use this link to place your order before September 7. Make sure you have your gear for Spirit Wear Fridays at school this year. Show off your Mountain Lion Pride.
LLC Volunteers Needed
The Madison Library Learning Center (LLC) is in need of your support. We are seeking volunteers in both the morning (9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and afternoon (1 - 3:30 p.m.) sessions. Mrs. Graham, our LLC director, could not run the program she has today without your help. Your time is appreciated no matter how often you can volunteer, be it every week, every other week or once a month. Volunteering in the library is a special way parents and grandparents can share in their child's school day. Some of the LLC volunteering activities include shelving, checking materials in and out, preparing displays and bulletin boards, and assisting students and faculty. If you are interested in volunteering in the Madison library, please contact Kathryn Medanic at email@example.com.
Beat the Back to School blues
Separation anxiety can be common at the beginning of the school year and after long breaks. It can lead to tears or even tantrums when trying to leave the house in the morning. Here are some helpful tips from kidshealth.org and your Madison School Social Worker.
Seeing your child distressed often can be very stressful for parents. Give your child your full attention when saying goodbye. Comfort him or her without mirroring their feelings. For example, avoid phrases like “I’ll miss you,” or “I’m sad too, but you have to go”. Instead try, “you’ll be okay and safe and I will see you after school.” Do not try and reason with your child if he/she argues or is exhibiting refusal behaviors. Model calming strategies and remain calm and consistent in your response and reaction to your child’s feelings and behavior.
Have your child attend a babysitter’s or play-dates for increasing amounts of time. Stay away when away. Sometimes parents will wait in the hallway at school to make sure the child transitioned. At Madison we stress the importance of saying goodbye at the door with the rest of the students and parents. If your child sees you linger or in the building, it can actually increase their anxiety by forcing them to re-experience the separation.
Practice and discuss a few key coping strategies your child can use when he or she feels sad. Practice counting, taking deep breaths, etc. Label your feelings and model and practice these strategies often at home and tell your child what you are doing. “I feel nervous right now so I am going to close my eyes and take a few deep breaths to calm down and feel better.”
Discourage avoidance or escape behaviors
It’s important to bring your child to school consistently so that he or she understands they cannot always be with you. This can be very difficult when a child is experiencing anxiety. Your child may insist they are sick and can’t go to school. Being consistent with your expectations communicates your belief that your child can handle their emotions by using coping strategies or getting help.
Use transitional objects
It can be helpful to send students to school with a small, non-distracting, reminder of home (e.g., picture in the lunchbox, special bead or charm in the pocket, words of encouragement, etc.).
Praise your child
When you pick up your child, tell them how proud you are of them!
If you are having significant trouble getting your child to school, you are not alone! Call the school office at 630-682-2095 and ask to speak with the School Social Worker, Lisa Parrilli, for more support.
Clean up Madison school grounds
Madison Beautification Day is Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. - noon. This is a service project sponsored by the Madison Girl Scout troops in conjunction with the Madison PTA, but ALL students and parents are welcome to join in the fun.
Our goal is to make the school a more beautiful place by weeding, trimming shrubs, planting perennials, and general clean-up of the school grounds. (Rain date: Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.- noon.)
Parents: Do you have a pickup truck you’d be willing to bring to help haul away and dump yard waste (20 minute trip)? We'd love to have your help!
Attend Parent Workshops 2019-2020
Save General Mills box tops and scan your receipt
General Mills is phasing out its clipped Box Tops, but some may still be found on products throughout the store. If you have Box Tops, send them into the LLC. If you've never been one to remember to clip and send in Box Tops but have a smart phone, just download the new Box Tops app, and scan your receipt to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Madison's earnings. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills box top scanned. The LLC has purchased many copies of award winning books. Let's continue the effort. Download the new app.
For more information, visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn
Learn about your Madison PTA Executive Committee members
Amy Angolkar, president
Beth Tatro, president-elect
Michele Cechini, vice president of membership
Kelly Styrkowicz, co-vice president of ways and means (fundraising)
Heather Button, co-vice president of ways and means (fundraising)
Katie Morris, treasurer
Jessica Houston, secretary
Save the dates
Click on the calendar on the Madison section of www.cusd200.org to view upcoming dates. See below for some highlights:
Sept. 2: No School.Labor Day
Sept. 19: Fun Run
Sept. 20: No School. Teacher Institute Day
Oct. 5: Beautification Day
Oct. 21 & 23: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 14: No School. Columbus Day
Nov. 2: Trivia Night
View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.