Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / December 9, 2016

Dining for Dollars at Buffalo Wild Wings

Now through December 18 eat at Buffalo Wild Wings (28241 Diehl Rd., Warrenville) and support the Madison PTA. That's right! Just show your server this flyer, enjoy a great meal out, and earn money for Madison. It's just that simple.

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Students advance in Reflections contest

Each year, Madison students are invited to participate in the National PTA Reflections contest, which encourages students to explore and be involved in the arts. Students reflected on a common theme and created original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

This year’s theme was “What’s My Story?”

Ten students participated, submitting 14 entries. Each entry moved on from the school level to the District level.

Congratulations to:

Lucy Bickel, William Feinsot, Dane Hull, Jaqueline Phanthavong, Ella Gosain, Evie Hull, Yaahn Mody, Luke Mothershed, Kyla Phanthavong, and Samantha Valente.

Four students, submitting six entries, have moved on to the DuPage West Region, which is comprised of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton/Warrenville, Carol Stream, and Naperville PTAs.

Those works selected for advancement to the next level were:

Lucy Bickel - Literature "My Story"

Evie Hull - Literature - "My Story" and Visual Arts "Beautiful Butterfly"

Luke Mothershed – Music - "My Story of Feelings"

Samantha Valente - Literature "All About Me" and Dance "Brave"

Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Reflections program.

Thank You for Supporting Madison Multicultural Day 2016

Multicultural Day is a true celebration of our community’s diverse cultures. This Madison tradition could not have been possible without the help of the following parents, grandparents, extended family members, local business owners, and former Madison families:

Sue Adkins, Katie Armstrong, Cameron Armstrong, Humberto Ayala, Ambika Bailey, Morgan Bainbridge, Shelly Baker, Danielle Bauer, Leah Benshof, Kirsten Borrink, Namita Bose, Maggie Bragassi, Rick Busse, Jeremy Colquhoun, David Cormalieth, Karen Dawson, Jen Denson, Sarah & Dorian Dickinson, Rara Dragan, Dawn Draus, Carol Eisinger, Monica Fahey, Lesley Feinsot, Amy Fiorato, Kim Franch, Trixie Fellenz & BASP, Lory Gallagher, Debbie Gonzalez, Becca Hary, Jeff Hasbrouk, Cecilia Horejs, Lifei Huang, Christina Hull, Rianne Idstein, Barb Ioli, Parminder Kaur, Henu Kaushal, Nicole Klotz, Marianne Kratz, Bruce & Renee Lauer, Chrissy Ligler, Kamanthi Magalage, Janet Mathis, Abby May, Debbie McCormac, Lizette McNellis, Dan Milinko, Simone Morton, Evelyn Mosca, Michele Mowrer, Dawnelle Muff, Anne Nigrelli, Melisa Oker, Dhedby Orjela, Meghan Orr, Alejandra Osolio, John Phanthavong, Alexandra Przbylowski, Misse Roberts, Eduardo & Kelly Rodriquez, Mike & Martha Savage, Megan Savitt, Sybil Scaccia, Lyndee Sears, Vandan Sharma, Susanne Shehan, Janine Shimp, Gina Smethells, Griffin Sonntag, Missy Straza, Betty Stroh, Carolynne Struebing, Kelly Styrkowicz, Jaime Szfranski, Michele Trisick, Bridget Wade, Suzie Weber, WWSHS Key Club, Kelly Wiedeman, Chris & Penny Wilson, Kelli Zaremba, Megan Zorn.

A special thanks to the following local businesses for donating or discounting items for the luncheon: Bricks Wood Fired Pizza & Café, Capri Pizza & Pasta, Cozymel’s, Jewel, Mi Casa Restaurant, Noodles & Company, Panda Express, and Ultra Foods.

Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated!

Kristin Olson, Rachel Bailey, and Tone Rosen

MCD Co-Chairs

Recycle holiday lights

For your convenience the Go Green Club will once again be collecting old holiday lights for recycling. The collection box will be set up in the school office through Jan. 27, 2017.

This collection is in partnership with the City of Wheaton. It will accept incandescent and LED lights and extension cords in any condition. The lights will be collected and then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas. Any questions please contact the Go Green Club at

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans thanks you

Thank you all so much for the generous donations of paper towels, dish soap, toilet paper, facial tissues, and laundry soap to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. They were extremely grateful for the donations as Veterans come in daily for supplies such as what we donated as well as clothing, personal hygiene products, linens, offices supplies, and other cleaning and household items.

John Dixon organizes the supplies along with a volunteer staff to help those Veterans in need. They are always welcoming other donations and volunteers. Please consider this organization again as our Veterans have done so much for our country and safety.


The Madison Veteran’s Day Committee

Forget something?

There are three Butter Braids left in the school freezer – one raspberry and two cinnamon. If you ordered braids and did not pick up your order or did not bring home your complete order, please contact Suzie Weber at Thanks to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success!

Have you purchased the Madison school yearbook?

Orders can now be placed for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check. There is a 5% discount if ordered by November 30!

The Yearbook Committee would greatly appreciate your sharing of personal, candid photos for use in the school yearbook. The more variety of faces, the better the yearbook! Please upload your images using the following links.

Meet & Treat/First Day of School


Multicultural Day

Please be sure to share only high resolution images of Madison School students, teachers, and staff only on school property or at the bus stop.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

Support the Special Needs PTA

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Winter carnival is coming in February

This year’s carnival will be on a Saturday, February 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Interested in helping plan this much anticipated event? Contact Suzie Weber, Kelly Styrkowicz, or Amy Fiorato. Or email

Join the Madison PTA

Madison PTA advocates for all children through literacy, math, science, problem solving, arts, music, social studies, character development, physical fitness, reaching out, and having fun. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience.

Your Family Membership includes our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot, which will be launched on September 26 with updated information for this school year.

For convenience we offer online registration

Go to

· Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

· On left side menu, select ‘PTA’

· On left side menu, select ‘Join Madison PTA! – Family Membership’

· Click on the link to register and pay online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please select ‘PTA’ and then ‘Forms & Flyers’ to find registration and order forms. Print and complete the forms at home and submit payment(s) to the school office. Registration and order forms are also available in the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Lisa Thomas at

PACE testing requests due in January

In March 2017, the PACE Office will host testing for currently enrolled 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This testing will qualify elementary students for participation in one of the following 2017-2018 classes:

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade PACE Mathematics

  • 3rd, 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 for 2017-2018

Students may be recommended for testing by their Teacher and/or Parent.

The deadline for a Parent to request PACE Testing is Friday, January 13, 2017.

Students currently attending a private school and/or home schooled, 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 PARCC testing. Parents who register their students by the Friday, January 13, 2017 deadline will be notified by mail about specific testing dates & times prior to testing.

Parent Testing Referral Forms can be found on the District 200 website under Departments > Student Learning > Gifted Education > Parent Referral Forms

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

Screen Free Committee Chair Opening

The PTA is looking to fill the Screen Free Week Committee Chair role. If you are interested in helping coordinate this fun springtime event, please contact Kristin Olson, or Rachel Bailey,

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.

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Save the dates

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

Dec. 13: Winter concert 1-5, chorus

Dec. 20: Kindergarten Concert

Dec. 20: Winter Parties

Dec. 21 - Jan. 3: Winter Break

Jan. 16: No school. Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 17: No school. Institute Day.

Jan. 21: Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 4: Winter Carnival

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.