Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / February 6, 2015

Congratulations Reflections winners

Pictured are Madison's Reflections winners, honored at a district-wide PTA celebration. Nice job girls!

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Order 2014-2015 Yearbooks

Did you know you can order your Madison School yearbook through online credit card payment from the Madison PTA website? If you prefer to pay by cash or check, complete this order form, and submit with payment to the school office in an envelope marked “Yearbook Order Attn: Dawn Draus.” You may write one check for multiple books. Make check payable to “Madison PTA.”

Madison Cares thanks you

A big thank you to all the students that came out to make fleece blankets to benefit Project Linus. We made and donated 40 blankets to Edwards and Central DuPage Hospitals. We also donate 29 birthday bags to the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton.

Many thanks to the volunteers that helped with this service project: Terry Bagley, Geena Caputo, Dawn Draus, Paula Duebener, Shannon Klopfenstein, Terri McCue, Amy Schmidt and Anne Valente. We couldn’t do it without you!

Looking Ahead: Join us Mon., Feb. 23 during the recess portion of your lunch hour in the LLC to make posters for all our St. Baldrick’s participants!

Nominating committee to be elected at February PTA meeting

By the end of June, Janet Mathis, Robyn Beres and Amy Fiorato will have served their terms as co-president, vice president of ways and means, and secretary. We will be looking to fill these positions. If you're interested in helping to find people to serve in these roles, please contact Janet Mathis, or Julie Ippolito,

We need five people to be on the nominating committee, plus two alternates. Nominating committee members must have been a member of the PTA for at least 30 days by the time of the Feb. 19 meeting. The nominating committee will report its nominees at the March general membership meeting.

Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA formed

The next meeting will be Feb. 17. Click here for more information.

Thank you Madison PTA committee chairs

Let's give a mid-year round of applause to all of our Madison PTA committee chairs:

Audit: Hollie Bourne

Art appreciation: Louise Kirkman

Art to remember: Gaytana Morgan

Battle of the Books: Janet Mathis

Junior Battle of the Books: Dawnelle Muff

Beautification: John Phanthavong

Book fair: Stacy Circelli

Butter Braid: Robyn Beres

Chess Club: Jennifer Sonntag, Krista Caprini, Sam Hurtado

Communications: Sarah Johnson, Misty Gniadek, Jaime Kammerzell, Amy Fiorato

Council Delegate: Julie Ippolito

Cultural arts: Louise Kirkman, Alis Priebe

Dining for dollars: Melissa Roberts, Julie Ippolito

Directory: Dawn Draus, Kristin Olson, Sarah Johnson

Explore More Day: Amy Fiorato, Kristin Olson, Suzie Weber

Field Day: Monica Fahey

Fifth grade celebration: Heather Herr and Lynn Lehman

50th anniversary celebrations: Dawn Draus, Amy Schmidt, Michele Triscik, Jennifer Hasbrouck

Go Green: Jeff Hasbrouck

Hospitality: Jen Doty

LLC Coordinator: Kathryn Medanic

Madison Cares/St. Baldrick's: Shannon Klopfenstein

Market Day: Michele Triscik, Amy Schmidt

Math Club: Jody Gosain/Christina Hull

Meet & Treat: Melisa Oker

Multicultural Day: Jen Pashup-Graham, Alis Priebe

New Family Welcoming: Jennifer Hasbrouck, Lynn Lehman

Pancake breakfast & book swap: Monica Fahey

Picture Day: Dawnelle Muff, Anne Nigrelli

Reflections: Gaytana Morgan

Room parent coordinator: Louise Kirkman

Room parties coordinator: Sybil Scaccia

Scholarship representative: Amy Schmidt

School supplies: Kathryn Medanic

Spirit Wear: Amy Fiorato

Staff appreciation: Janine Shimp

Trivia night: Robyn Beres, Julie Ippolito

TV Turnoff week: Leigh Ann Gaul

Winter carnival: Robyn Beres, Melissa Roberts

Wrapping paper: Robyn Beres, Margit Spires, Evelyn Mosca

Yearbook: Dawn Draus

Thank you for everything you do for our Madison family!

Order Market Day to support Madison

Have you ever ordered from Market Day? You should try it if you haven't yet.

Many Madison families enjoy healthy convenient, restaurant-quality food products from the same vendors that supply many upscale restaurants.

"Our family loves the seasoned salmon. It makes for an easy, good-for-you dinner. All the frozen veggies we've tried are tasty and quick. We also like the ready-made cookie dough. You can take a few out of the freezer at a time and have fresh-from-the-oven cookies after school," says the Mathis family.

Not only are Market Day products are competitively priced, but Madison PTA earns profit on all purchases. Last year Madison raised nearly $2,000, which helped fund Multicultural Day, Explore More Day and many other important events for our students.

It's easy to order online at or return the Order Guide to school. Online orders for the February sale are due by 11 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 13. Pickup is right after school on Wed. Feb. 18 from 3:30-4 p.m.

This month the Kammerzell family is ordering its monthly supply of French toast sticks (Andrew cannot live without), as well as trying new items like meatballs, a turkey roast, egg rolls, and Li'L bagel dogs.

Join us in ordering new items or the old standbys and send us your reviews. We'll use your quote in the next Memos.

See you at pick up on Feb. 18!

Kindergarten Roundup is coming!

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If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2015, we will be hosting a Parent Meeting on Mon., March 2 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. This “parent only” event is a great way to become acquainted with kindergarten at Madison Elementary, meet the staff members, and have your questions answered. Please pass this information to any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener. Please call the school office at 630-682-2095 to add your child’s name to our kindergarten list.

Thank you Pancake Breakfast volunteers

A big thank you to all who helped make the Pancake Breakfast a success.

Lindy Ayala, Janet Bailey, Rachel Bailey, Tim Callahan, Joe Cortesi, Cindi Emma, Monica Fahey, Paul Fahey, Jamie Farmer, Jim Fiorato, Sheila Giambalvo, Olivia Gjeldum, Tom Grace, Diane Graham, Jen Pashup-Graham, Becca Hary, Christina Hull, Janet Mathis, Evelyn Mosca, Jay Oker, Melisa Oker, Mike Pascente, Andrea Quartz, Sehr Saghir, Julie Schulz, Janine Shimp, Annette Shore, Coleen Stewart, Amy Stout, Lisa Tomek, and Mary Jo Witnik.

Incoming Edison parent meeting

Attention 5th grade parents. Edison will host the 5th grade parent orientation on Wed., Apr 29 from 7-8 pm in Edison's auditorium.

St. Baldrick’s registration

Planning St. Baldrick’s Day at Madison is underway. If your child will be a shavee, sign up here as a shavee. If your daughter will have her hair cut for wigs (and not shaved), sign her up here as a volunteer. Sign up deadline is Thurs, Mar 5. Please watch for additional information and required written permission slips to come home in your child's backpack in the next few weeks.

Questions? Contact Shannon Klopfenstein at

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Missing something? Check lost and found

Please have your student check the lost and found on the tables across from the gym. There are many very nice clothing items, mittens, hats, etc.

All items will be donated to Good Will if not claimed.

Celebrate Madison's 50th Anniversary

Madison's 50th birthday celebration assembly for 1970’s is scheduled for Tues., Feb. 24 at 1:15 p.m. for parents who would like to attend. The March assembly for the 1980’s is scheduled for Thurs., Mar. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Students are encouraged to dress according to the decade. Ideas for the 1970s include tye-dye, bell-bottoms, “flower-power,” or disco.

Notice of Asbestos in Building

Community Unit School District 200 has conducted the required inspections of asbestos containing materials in District 200 schools. Read more here.

Multicultural Day help needed

Yes… we're already looking ahead to next fall! So many volunteers have already said "yes" for next school year's Multicultural Day, but we need a couple of people who are willing to put it all together. If you'd like to make a huge difference in the lives of Madison students, please contact Julie Ippolito,, or Janet Mathis,

Parents and staff: join Madison PTA Facebook group

With 170 members and growing, Madison PTA Wheaton, IL Facebook group has become a good way to share information about Madison PTA happenings. Any Madison parent/guardian or staff member may join the closed group. You'll find fun pictures, reminders and news. Madison Memos continues to be Madison PTA's main source for information, as it reaches all parents and staff.

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Upgrading to a new tablet? Donate your old one to Madison

Madison teachers have found many ways for refurbished iPads/other tablets /handheld devices to complement the curriculum. Simply take your old device into Madison’s office during school hours of 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the staff will make sure it’s put to good use in the classroom. Please let your friends and relatives know too! Donations are tax-deductible.

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Shop Amazon; earn cash for Madison

When you shop on, please use the Madison PTA link: Madison PTA will earn 1% on every purchase! Click here for more information.
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Earn for Madison by spending at Target

Do you find yourself at Target once or maybe even twice a week or more? Did you know you could use that spending to earn money for Madison? By using your REDcard, Target's credit card or debit card, you can do just that. When you designate Madison as your elementary school, Target donates 1% of your total charge through their "Take Charge of Education" program.
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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:

Tonight: Winter Carnival, 5-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 16: Presidents' Day - No school

Feb. 17: Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA meeting

Feb. 18: Market Day

Feb. 19: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m.

Feb. 23: Madison Cares

Feb. 24: Madison's 50th Anniversary assembly at 1:15 p.m. - 70s theme

Feb. 27: No school

Mar. 2: Kindergarten Round Up. 6:30 p.m. registration. 7:00 p.m. Parent-only meeting

Mar. 20: St. Baldrick's Day

Mar. 26: Madison's 50th Anniversary assembly at 2:30 p.m. - 80s theme

May 22: Explore More Day

Apr. 29: 5th grade parent Edison orientation

Sept. 3: Picture Day

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.