Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / November 22, 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.

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Shop Cyber Monday!

The holidays are fast approaching, and everyone will be busy shopping on Amazon. If you shop at Madison PTA can earn 0.5% on all purchases. Sounds small but it adds up!

How to set it up:

1: Open your browser to

2: Sign into your Amazon account

3: Under “pick your own charitable organization” select Madison PTA (make sure you pick the one in Wheaton as there are several)

4: Click the box that says “yes, I understand…”

5: Book mark

6: Shop as you normally would. It is the same website as

**Please note: You cannot earn donations by using the app. But you can add items to your cart on the app and then purchase them at on your computer or phone’s internet browser.

Questions? Contact Kelly Styrkowicz at

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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.

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.

PTA supports teacher initiatives

At the PTA's Nov. 18 General Membership Meeting, the organization discussed the wildly successful fall fundraising initiatives, specifically the Glow Run, Trivia Night and Butter Braid sales. Through your generosity, the PTA has sponsored more than $6,000 for individual teacher requests, such as new area rugs and classroom supplies already this year. Additionally, the PTA plans to purchase two coding kits (Ozobots), new tables for the Get Fit Lab, culturally diverse books for classroom libraries and new lunch carts for the remaining nine classrooms in need.

Interested in hearing more about how the PTA supports our students and teachers? Attend our next meeting on Jan. 27!

Fleece needed

As we enter the gift-giving season of the year, please consider donating fleece or a fleece throw kit to Madison Cares. The 5th graders will be assembling fleece throws in January for the children at Almost Home Kids. We will accept 48 in. or 72 in. kits or 1.5 or 2 yards of fleece fabric. Jo-Ann Fabrics often has sales or coupons.

Questions? Contact Amy Angolkar

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

Thank you 4th graders

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4th graders had the chance to help make cards and gift bags for the nurses at Almost Home Kids to show our appreciation for their hard work. Thank you to the students that participated. You helped brighten the day of the 30 nurses at the facility.

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 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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Beware: Fachat App Is like the New Chatroulette

Fachat just launched in August and is quickly rising in popularity.

The Fachat app has lots of suggestive behavior from strangers who could hold private conversations, on screen, with your kids.

The app is shady from the moment you register.

The Fachat app asks if you’re looking for hookups, short-term relationships, or long-term relationships. Users can stay anonymous or fill out a brief profile.

Keep your kids away from this app!

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. 25-29: Thanksgiving recess. No school.

Dec. 19: Winter Concert

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Recess

Feb. 22: Winter Carnival

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.