Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / October 25, 2019

Dear Madison Parents,

Halloween is a fun and exciting day for all at the elementary school level. Please read the following letter to review some necessary protocols that help to ensure that this special day remains a fun one for all involved.

The Halloween parade will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Morning Kindergarten students will parade within the school at 10:20 a.m. Enter door 1 and sign in to view the kindergarten parade. Parties will begin immediately following the parade. Normally our all school parade is outdoors, weather permitting. The all school parade will start at door 1. Students will walk around the building to the back playground and to the south end of the property. Students will then travel up the sidewalk on Creekside Dr., past Madison Park and re-enter through door 1. In the case of inclement weather the gym and multi-purpose room will be reserved for parents and family members to view the parade. Parents who wish to view the indoor parade are required to enter Door 3 or 4 and sign in at the table.

All participating students must follow the following costume guidelines:

  • All costumes must be non-violent. Please eliminate all weapons. Toy, knives, axes, guns, blood etc. are not allowed.
  • Sharp objects should not be part of the costume.
  • Costumes should not demean or poke fun at any group of people. They should be respectful of all people.
  • Students should not wear masks that inhibit vision during parade and party.
  • Parents that choose to dress in costume may do so without hiding their identity.
  • Students may bring their costume to school in the morning. They may put them on after the lunch/recess hour. Madison will keep a regular school schedule during the morning hours. Any student going home for lunch MUST have a written note with parent permission.

If you do not want your child to participate in the parade and/or party, please notify your child’s teacher and the office so that we can provide an alternate activity.


Tim Callahan, Principal

Madison Elementary

Sign-up for the adults-only Trivia Night fundraiser

Register today for the Back to the 90s-themed Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. You can sign up to be with a team of 10 or indicate at check-out what grade-level table you would prefer to sit with -- it's a perfect chance to meet parents! Please consider donating for the silent auction. Email if you have items, services or tickets to donate. Reach out to Mary Henderson ( with any questions or if you would like to volunteer.

Volunteers needed for Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is desperately seeking a committee chair or co-chairs. Without a committee

chair the club will not be able to run this year. The purpose of the program is to challenge 4th

and 5th grade students to read and become familiar with a variety of books. Participating

students read assigned books and meet weekly with parent volunteers to discuss the books, which prepares them for the weekly trivia bowl format battles at the Wheaton Public Library. Interested or have questions, contact Amy Angolkar at by November 1.

Create a costume from recycled materials

Conservation Club is having a Halloween Costume contest.Create the best costume you can made of RECYCLED/REUSED or RE PURPOSED materials - any items that would otherwise be considered waste. You will get to participate in a parade and in a contest to see who is the most creative. Use what you have at home. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most scary, most funny and most recyclable.

Be sure to have your costume for the parade after lunch on October 31.

Questions? Email

A sign up sheet is available in the office.

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.

Attend STEM Expo 2019

Bring the family out for a fun night of STEM activities on Nov. 8 from 5:30-9 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to visit exhibits and participate in hands-on STEM experiments.

Special Needs Preview
We are collaborating with the Wheaton-Warrenville Special Needs PTA to open the exhibits at 5:30 pm for families with children with special needs to attend and explore. The quieter exhibits will be in the commons area as well as the large gym. Robotics will be in the small gym.

The STEM Expo will open to the general public at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to stay for the entire event that ends at 9:00 pm. Reserving a Special Needs Preview Ticket will give you access to the entire event, you do not need to reserve this ticket + a general admission ticket.

You might enjoy our STEM Expo 2018 Photo Gallery!

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Participating Exhibitors
Additional exhibitors will be added as they are finalized.

Argonne National Laboratory, Beckatt Solutions, Chibots, Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society and Wheaton Glen Ellyn American Association for University Women, DuPage Children’s Museum, Forest Preserve District of Dupage County, Jerry Evans School of Music, Lauer Foundation for Paleontology, Science and Education, L.R.O.P. – Little Rovers on the Prairies, First Lego League, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Make-It-Here Inc., Microsoft Store – Oakbrook Center, NanoBeasts STEM+Robotics, Naperville Astronomical Association, Noteable Notes Music Academy, PWNAGE Robotics, SciTech Hands On Museum, The NEED Project, TRITON COLLEGE Engineering Technology, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors, Warrenville Public Library District, Wheaton Christian Grammar School Robotics Team, Wheaton Park District’s Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Wheaton Public Library, Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA.

Event Details

Special Needs Preview: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

General Admission: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

Please note: this event is geared toward elementary and middle school students. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

Concessions will be provided by Hubble Middle School.

Suggested $5 donation per participant.
Please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for event announcements.

Hubble Middle School
3S600 Herrick Road
Warrenville, IL 60555

Enter through the main entrance Door #1.

Parking is available in the lot in front of the school, in an overflow lot near the fields, and there are parking spots around the perimeter of the building. There is also a small parking lot available off of Galusha Ave.

Please note: this event is very popular, please carpool if possible.

Participate in Veterans Day assembly

Do you have a family member that is or was in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines? We would like to honor that person during our assembly at 9:30 a.m. If you know someone that served in our military, please ask them to be our honored guest on Tuesday, Nov. 11. We believe we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.

We would like all of our honored guests to RSVP by November 5 so we can be prepared to honor them appropriately. RSVP by email at or calling (630) 682-2095. Please let us know the title, rank and what branch of the military the individual served in. We are also assembling teams of Veterans and civilians to speak in classrooms about military life and the significance of Veteran;s Day. Please let our office know if you or an honored Veteran is interested in visiting classrooms after the assembly, until about 10:45 a.m.

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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.

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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

Join Chess Club

Chess Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in the Art and Music Room (enter door 2). All Madison students (K-5) are welcome. No prior experience needed. Questions? Please contact Mash Angolkar at

Madison stuffed a truck

Thank you for all of the donations and support for People’s Resource Center Stuff-A-Truck event. Thank you also to the 5th grade students and teachers for helping load the truck.

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.”

Thank you Parent -Teacher conference hospitality volunteers

Thank you to all the parents that help with donations for the Parent-Teacher Conference dinners. The staff was very grateful.

Stephanie Brown, Lindsay Cochrane, Heidi Coppersmith, Karen Dawson, Sarah Gochee, Kate Kessler, Jenelle Kud, Melissa Luetkehans, Abby May, Debbie McCraw, Lizette McNellis, Katie Morris, Andrea O'Shea, Sarah Perkins, Christy Phanthavong, Ambika Reid, Nicole Richwine, Megan Savitt, Julie Schulz, Meredith Sharpee, Susanne Sheehan, Sarah Walendzik, Keri Widmer, Lauren Zalon, Brittney Zeller.

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:

Oct. 31: Halloween Parties @ 2:15 p.m.

Nov. 2: Trivia Night

Nov. 8: No school

Nov. 18: PTA meeting @ noon

Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving recess. No school.

View the 2018-2019 school calendar here.