Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 7, 2019

Run with us, raise money for Madison

We are once again partnering up with the Wheaton Lions Club and Wheaton Park District for their 8th annual Reindeer Run on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. This is a 5K holiday race held each year in downtown Wheaton. Every runner (or walker) receives a commemorative shirt, antlers and finisher medal. Holiday attire and costumes are encouraged! After the race hot chocolate and other post-race refreshments are offered.

This year the race is offering Madison the opportunity to raise money back towards the PTA. For every individual registration that uses our unique Madison code, the participant will receive $5 off registration and Madison PTA will receive $5 back. The code must be entered at the time of registration.

How does it work?

1. When you register through the Park District, use our school code is MADISON. This code will subtract $5 per person off the current website pricing for individual or team registration. Pricing goes up $5 on November 7 and another $5 for same day registration so we encourage you to register in advance to receive the best pricing.

2. The code must be used for compensation to occur. Wheaton Park District will keep track of every person registered USING THE CODE “MADISON” and pay an additional $5 per person whether they were registered as a team or individual to the organization shortly after the race and accounting is complete.

Registration is now open! What are you waiting for?

Buy a gift; help a Madison family

The Madison Mitten Tree is back. Please sign up to buy a gift to help our Madison families during the holiday season. The form will be located in the front hallway outside the office. Please wrap the item with the number on the outside of the gift and return the present to Lisa Parrilli, Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker, no later than Friday, Dec. 13.

Donate to Christmas Sharing

It is Christmas Sharing time again! Christmas Sharing started over 25 years ago as a joint effort between the churches and schools in the Wheaton area with the goal being to provide for needy families during the holiday season.

Madison school is asking for your donations in order to assure the success of the program. Needed items include clothing (gently used is okay), new underwear and socks, blankets, winter coats, mittens, boots, paper products, baby wipes, diapers, baby food, baby clothes, toys, food, face/body soap, cleaning supplies, and other nonperishable goods. The program is also in need of cash donations.

Christmas Sharing tables are near the main doors through the first week of December. Thank you so much for all your support and together we can make a difference.

Questions? Contact Lisa Parrilli, Madison social worker.

Attend the PTA general membership meeting

Join us Monday, Nov. 18 at noon in the Art Room for our next PTA meeting. We will be discussing final fundraising results of the Fun Run and Trivia Night, along with how the PTA will be using the extra funds from the Fun Run. Can’t make it but have questions or comments, email Amy Angolkar at

Thank you for supporting Trivia Night

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to another successful Trivia Night. Our Madison community is extremely generous with their time and money, generating over $8,000 in revenue, which will contribute to educational events and materials at Madison. An extra special thank you to the Trivia Night committee: Katie Armstrong, Lauren DeReus, Mary Henderson, Kate Kessler, Lizette McNellis, Andrea O’Shea, Julie Schulz, Kelly Styrkowicz, Beth Tatro, Colleen Turner, Keri Widmer, and to everyone who helped set up and clean up that evening.

Volunteers needed for Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is desperately seeking a committee chair or co-chairs. Without a committee

chair the club will not be able to run this year. The purpose of the program is to challenge 4th

and 5th grade students to read and become familiar with a variety of books. Participating

students read assigned books and meet weekly with parent volunteers to discuss the books, which prepares them for the weekly trivia bowl format battles at the Wheaton Public Library. Interested or have questions, contact Amy Angolkar at by November 1.

Elementary Testing for the Program of Accelerated Curriculum and Enrichment (PACE) Grades 2-5

All Second Graders will be screened for PACE in February 2020 using the Cognitive Abilities Test. More information will follow in January 2020. Parents of second graders who are eligible for further PACE testing based on the Cognitive Abilities Test and/or local assessments will be notified at the end of February. Testing will qualify students for the following 2020 -2021 classes:

3rd Grade PACE Mathematics

3rd Grade PACE Reading

In March 2020, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students in Grades 3-5 may be recommended for testing by their teacher and/or parent. The deadline for a parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. This testing, which will include the CogAT 7 and subtests from the Iowa Assessments. Testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2020-2021 classes:

4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

4th and 5th grade PACE Reading

6th grade Fast-Paced Mathematics

6th grade Fast-Paced Language Arts

Please Note: Students currently in PACE Program Classes do not need to re-test

Students currently attending a private school and/or homeschooled, but reside in the District 200 Attendance Area, are also eligible for PACE Program Testing.

Testing will take place at each elementary school around the first or second week of March, scheduled around mandatory state testing. Parents will be notified by their child's school about testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website.

Please contact the District 200 PACE Office at (630) 682-2024 or email with any questions.

Order Butter Braid today

Butter Braid order forms went home last week. Orders are due by Nov 12. Delivery Date is Nov 20. Don't miss out on these delicious breads! Contact Kelly Styrkowicz at with questions. Thanks for supporting Madison PTA!

Attend STEM Expo 2019

Bring the family out for a fun night of STEM activities on Nov. 8 from 5:30-9 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to visit exhibits and participate in hands-on STEM experiments.

Special Needs Preview
We are collaborating with the Wheaton-Warrenville Special Needs PTA to open the exhibits at 5:30 pm for families with children with special needs to attend and explore. The quieter exhibits will be in the commons area as well as the large gym. Robotics will be in the small gym.

The STEM Expo will open to the general public at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to stay for the entire event that ends at 9:00 pm. Reserving a Special Needs Preview Ticket will give you access to the entire event, you do not need to reserve this ticket + a general admission ticket.

You might enjoy our STEM Expo 2018 Photo Gallery!

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Participating Exhibitors
Additional exhibitors will be added as they are finalized.

Argonne National Laboratory, Beckatt Solutions, Chibots, Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society and Wheaton Glen Ellyn American Association for University Women, DuPage Children’s Museum, Forest Preserve District of Dupage County, Jerry Evans School of Music, Lauer Foundation for Paleontology, Science and Education, L.R.O.P. – Little Rovers on the Prairies, First Lego League, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Make-It-Here Inc., Microsoft Store – Oakbrook Center, NanoBeasts STEM+Robotics, Naperville Astronomical Association, Noteable Notes Music Academy, PWNAGE Robotics, SciTech Hands On Museum, The NEED Project, TRITON COLLEGE Engineering Technology, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors, Warrenville Public Library District, Wheaton Christian Grammar School Robotics Team, Wheaton Park District’s Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Wheaton Public Library, Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA.

Event Details

Special Needs Preview: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

General Admission: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

Please note: this event is geared toward elementary and middle school students. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Concessions will be provided by Hubble Middle School.

Suggested $5 donation per participant.
Please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for event announcements.

Hubble Middle School
3S600 Herrick Road
Warrenville, IL 60555

Enter through the main entrance Door #1.

Parking is available in the lot in front of the school, in an overflow lot near the fields, and there are parking spots around the perimeter of the building. There is also a small parking lot available off of Galusha Ave.

Please note: this event is very popular, please carpool if possible.

Participate in Veterans Day assembly

Do you have a family member that is or was in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines? We would like to honor that person during our assembly at 9:30 a.m. If you know someone that served in our military, please ask them to be our honored guest on Monday, Nov. 11. We believe we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.

We would like all of our honored guests to RSVP by November 5 so we can be prepared to honor them appropriately. RSVP by email at or calling (630) 682-2095. Please let us know the title, rank and what branch of the military the individual served in. We are also assembling teams of Veterans and civilians to speak in classrooms about military life and the significance of Veteran;s Day. Please let our office know if you or an honored Veteran is interested in visiting classrooms after the assembly, until about 10:45 a.m.

Join the PTA to access Directory Spot

Have you joined the PTA? A family membership is $20 and includes access to our mobile directory app, Directory Spot. Directory Spot provides contact information for students, teachers and staff, including class lists! Please visit the Madison PTA website, and click on “Join PTA” to become a member. If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Michele Cechini at

To join the PTA please click here.

Order the Madison yearbook

Orders are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Madison Paw Prints yearbook. Our yearbook is 52 full-color pages that include many of the wonderful activities and events that happen during the school year. Each yearbook costs $17 (plus tax) and will be delivered to your student on the last day of school. Included with each yearbook order, you have the option of creating two custom pages for free (or not if you choose). Additional custom pages (beyond the first two) can be purchased for $0.99 (per 2-page spread). For those new to the school, Madison Elementary School yearbooks cannot be ordered on ParentVue or Synergy as with the middle school and high school yearbooks.

To order your yearbook, please go to and enter passcode 1014308585474714.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Savitt at

Join Chess Club

Chess Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in the Art and Music Room (enter door 2). All Madison students (K-5) are welcome. No prior experience needed. Questions? Please contact Mash Angolkar at

Math Club volunteers needed

We are still looking for some additional parents to help with 3rd Grade Math Club. Unfortunately, we had to cancel 3rd grade Math Club in October because there were not enough parent volunteers to make it successful. If you are interested in helping with the upcoming months please email Jennifer Denson, Third grade meetings are on Tuesdays and the dates for the remainder of the school year are Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, and Apr. 14. All meetings are during lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Volunteer at Madison

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 Click on “Committee Sign Up.”

Attend Parent Workshops 2019-2020

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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

Save the dates

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

Nov. 8: No school

Nov. 18: PTA meeting @ noon

Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving recess. No school.

Dec. 19: Winter Concert

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Recess

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.