Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / April 22, 2016

Pledge to go screen free

Can you go a whole week without electronics? Of course you can! Your family decides what Screen Free means for you. Does it mean no TV? No computer (okay if for school)? No video games? No tablets? No smart phones? Decide what electronics your family will stay away from and make a pledge for the week. The good news is that the Madison PTA has several activities planned to help you and your family stay away from screens.

Mon., May 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Mr. Cortesi’s Dynamite Night in Madison’s multipurpose room.

The whole family is invited to play Beanbag Tag, Mouse Trap, and Pin the Guard.

Also don’t miss the Hula Hoop contest!

Tues., May 3, 12:00-9:00 p.m.

Book Fair and Fundraiser at Oberweis on Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn.

The school gets 30% back on anything we buy, including ice cream, milk, lemonade, containers to go, etc.

Don't forget to stop by the book fair in the LLC on your way to Overweis. Open from 9 a.m.-noon/1-3 p.m./3-5 p.m./5-8 p.m.

Wed., May 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bingo in Madison’s multipurpose room.

Try your luck and win some prizes!

Thurs., May 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Game Night in Madison’s multipurpose room.

Bring your favorite board game to play with your friends or try out the demo games generously loaned to use for the evening from Moore Toys & Gadgets downtown Wheaton.

Every student who goes without TV for the week will have a chance to win one of several Target gift cards. Just turn the pledge sheet by Tues., May 10.

Questions? Contact Leigh Ann Gaul at or 630-784-9906.

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry coming soon

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will be at the Marian Park Apartments, 2126 W. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton on Fri., Apr. 29 from 4-6 p.m. The food bank’s mobile pantry distributes free nutritious food to low-income families in need. Please bring bags, boxes, or a laundry basket to hold your items. The food is distributed on a first-come, first served basis, while supplies last. The Rotary Club of Wheaton generously sponsors this event.

Fifth Grade Celebration planning is underway

The 5th Grade Celebration will be May 31 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

We currently are collecting donations for raffle prizes. Any donations, no more than $15, are greatly appreciated. Some fun ideas include $5 and $10 gift cards, PE t-shirts for Edison, items to decorate lockers, fun pens and pencils, or anything you think a new 6th Grader would like or use. Donations can be dropped in the school office in the bin marked “5th Grade Party Raffle Prizes”. Our hope is to have enough for every 5th Grader to go home with a prize.

If you have any questions regarding the raffle, please contact Becky Grout at

Spring Book Fair needs volunteers

The Spring Book Fair is May 2- May 5. Can you spare a half hour or maybe two hours? We are looking for volunteers for any shift length:

Mon. May 2: 1-4 p.m.

Tues. May 3: 9 a.m.-noon/1-3 p.m./3-5 p.m./5-8 p.m.

Wed., May 4 and Thurs., May 5: 9 a.m.-noon/1-4 p.m.

Please specify any days and times you can volunteer. Contact Stephanie Brown ( for more information.

Madison Yearbook Update

You can still place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Use this link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover). .

You can pay with a check when purchasing a yearbook online. Just click on the payment option drop down menu and select 'Check'. Enter the information from your check as prompted.

Please note: If you only created an account in TreeRing, it does not mean that you ordered a yearbook. There are many people that created an account, but have not yet paid.

All yearbook orders must be prepaid by April 30. If you pay after April 30, shipping charges will apply and the yearbook will be sent directly to your home.

Click here for a list of all students that have ordered a yearbook as of April 18, 2016.

Please contact Dawn Draus at with any questions.

Madison celebrated Earth Week

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, the newly formed 4th grade Conservation Committee created a display that featured an Earth made from plastic bottle caps and cardboard packaging along with several posters with information about conservation. The Conservation Committee students also presented interesting facts and tips about conservation each day at morning announcements.

On Earth Day, the Kindergarten classes with the Conservation Committee planted a tree by the Kindergarten class rooms that the Morton Arboretum donated to also celebrate Arbor Day, which is April 29. The tree was planted in back of the school in hopes to provide some shade and greenery as well as to teach about the importance of trees. The Committee also placed tree tags on various trees around the school. Thank you to parent Todd Jacobson, Head of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum, for organizing and helping to plant the tree.

We Appreciate Our Teachers

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-May 6. In addition to a delicious luncheon, we also will recognize our teachers with simple gestures throughout the week. An email from your child's room parent will be coming soon.

Spotlight on Mrs. Summers and Mrs. Graham

From an early age Mrs. Kim Summers knew that she wanted to work with children; she has always loved being around little kids. With 22 years at Madison, her main source of joy throughout her teaching career has been seeing students blossom, understand new concepts, and develop a love of learning.

Madison's gymnasium was previously located in our current Kindergarten wing, but when the gym moved to its present location, Mrs. Summers worked with the architects and Madison's former Principal, Mr. Gene Sikorski, to design the new Kindergarten space where she would be teaching. She fondly recalls that experience as an exciting time for her at Madison. After many years in first grade, she has returned to that space once again, where she currently teaches morning and afternoon Kindergarten.

Young children love school. They love coming here and being here, and she enjoys the positive atmosphere that this creates. There is a natural curiosity and zest for learning, and she tries to instill a "can do" attitude with her students, supports them in making connections, and guides them in how to learn and ask questions. In her free time, Mrs. Summers enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing, vacationing, socializing, and shopping.

Mrs. Diane Graham, Director of the LLC, has been at Madison for 22 years. Prior to working at Madison, she was a high school librarian for eight years. Madison’s library is in the heart of our school and all students spend time learning from her. Mrs. Graham sees her role as one of teaching life skills that can be utilized in all disciplines. She wants students to feel comfortable navigating throughout any library, discover new technology, research topics using a variety of sources, and become thinking, independent learners.

Mrs. Graham enjoys watching light bulbs go off and seeing children learn skills, such reading a new chapter book or finding answers to questions. It's her hope that children will become lovers of reading, because reading brings a sense of pride to children and helps them become successful. Having worked in her elementary, high school and college libraries, she has always been drawn to and felt comfortable libraries. She feels unbelievably fortunate to be working with a committed and solid group of parent volunteer. Her coworkers' camaraderie, participation, and support of her and their willingness to dance and act silly in an effort to motivate children fuel her. She also enjoys the enthusiasm that elementary school children bring to her day. They are always so excited to learn.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She runs every morning and enjoys reading, photography, art, and dance.

Order from Schwan's

Our Schwan’s fundraising campaign will continue to earn 5% for another 75 days. If you haven’t had a chance to give their delicious frozen foods a try, then follow the instructions below to place your order. Remember, Schwan’s delivers straight to your door!


There are three ways to place a fundraising order:

  1. Via Schwan’s Cares. Choose “Shop to Give” to place a food order from Schwan’s.
  2. By Phone. Place your order via toll free number 1-855-870-7208. Make sure to provide our Campaign ID, 26158, or “Madison Elementary” when ordering by phone.
  3. Via During checkout simply type in our Campaign ID, 26158, to contribute to our fundraiser.


For new customers, you will choose your delivery date and time during checkout.

For existing Schwan’s customers, you will need to follow one of the three ordering steps above to create your fundraising affiliation and have your order contribute to the campaign. Your order will be delivered on your existing scheduled route day.

Form of payment is required when placing fundraising orders, but you can change payment at the door to a preferred method of payment (Check, Cash, EBT, or Credit and Debit Card are accepted). If you are not home during the time of delivery, your items will be left in a protected freezer bag at no cost to you.

Questions? Email

Help clean up Madison grounds

Please help keep Madison Elementary beautiful! Volunteers are needed on Sun., Apr. 24 from 12-3 p.m. to help clean up the school grounds. All are welcome. Come for as little or as long as you can. We will be weeding flower beds, planting perennials, picking up litter, and turning over mulch. Some gardening tools will be provided but if you have your own tools please bring them. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? Contact John Phanthavong at

Sign up for Bowl for the Torch

District 200 would like to invite you to Bowl for the Torch, a Special Olymipics event. Click here to register.
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GetFIT@Madison’s Library Learning Center

Madison's LLC is looking for donations for our STEAM room. Examples of items include:

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We have dreams to add LittleBits, a Lego wall, Ozobots, and Spheros.

Thank you for your help,

Mrs. Graham

Register for WWS Summer Programs

Wheaton Warrenville South Summer Recreation Registration is now open. Clink here to register.

Mark your calendar

The last PTA meeting is May 19 at 12 p.m. in the music room. Hope to see you there!

May 19 at 12 p.m. (new officer installation)

Save the dates

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

May 2-May 6: TV Turn off Week

May 2-May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4: Bike to School Day

May 19: PTA Meeting at 12 p.m.

May 27: Explore More Day

May 30: No school - Memorial Day

May 31: 5th Grade Celebration

June 1: Last day of school

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.