Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / January 24, 2020

Attend the PTA meeting

Mark your calendars for the next PTA meeting on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Madison LLC. Can’t be there? You can share via email. If there are any topics you’d like to see discussed or addressed please feel free to email Amy Angolkar at

Nominating committee to be elected at January PTA meeting

By the end of June, Amy Angolkar, Katie Morris, Kelly Styrkowicz, and Michele Cechini will have served their terms as president, treasurer, vice president of ways and means and vice president of membership. We are seeking five people plus two alternates to be on the nominating committee to help find people to serve in these roles. Nominating committee members must have been a member of the PTA for at least 30 days.

If you're interested in helping to find people to serve in these roles, please contact Amy Angolkar at or Beth Tatro at

Donate raffle items for Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is Feb 22. We are in the process of gathering items for our raffle. If you would like to make a donation or know a business that would, please contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

Join Jr. Battle of the Books

Third graders who are interested in reading some great books, having fun talking about them with friends and getting a sample of what Battle of the Books for 4th and 5h grade is like, should consider joining us for Jr. Battle of the books during recess on Fridays 2/7, 2/21, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, and 3/27. (All books selected will have multiple copies available at the Wheaton Public Library and no additional materials are needed.) We are also in need of some parent volunteers to help with practices for the groups on those Fridays. If you have any questions or are able to help please contact Lesley Feinsot at Be on the lookout for additional information and permission slips right after winter break!

Valentine's cards needed

If anyone is willing to buy an extra box of valentines cards for our needy kids, that would be greatly appreciated. Please send boxes to Lisa Parrilli, the social worker. Thanks for your generosity!

Explore More Day volunteers needed

Explore More Day is Friday, May 22 and planning starts now. We need one or two kindergarten and 1st grade parents to serve as grade level coordinators.

We are also in need of volunteers to shadow the current committee chairs for 2nd - 5th grade since this is the committee chairs' last year at Madison.

Explore More Day will be cancelled without these volunteers!

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie Brown and Amy Fiorato at See also:

Attend the pancake breakfast

The pancake breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 1 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Come spend a fun morning with family, friends and staff while enjoying delicious pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 per person or max of $20 per family.

Looking for an easy volunteer opportunity? I am looking for a pancake breakfast co chair! Email Cecilia, if interested!

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. 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. 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.

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

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 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:

Jan. 28: Parent workshop - Legal Marijuana: Now What? @ 7 p.m.

Feb. 1: Pancake breakfast

Feb. 22: Winter Carnival

Mar. 30-Apr. 3: Spring Break

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.