Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / March 10, 2017

Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Madison

Madison’s Scholastic Book Fair will be March 13 - 16. The times of the book fair are 9:00 a.m. - to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. Your child will be visiting our book fair with his or her class and students will have the opportunity to purchase books at that time.

There is an 8.25% tax. Please make checks payable to Madison LLC. Major credit cards are accepted.

Please consider volunteering for the book fair. Sign up here!

Thank you for partnering with us in encouraging children to read.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Graham, Library Learning Center Director, at

Notice of PTA By-law vote

The Madison PTA by-law committee has conducted its biannual review of the PTA by-laws. Proposed amendments have been discussed at the January and February PTA meetings, and we are very appreciative of those who offered comments and feedback. If you missed either of those meetings and would like to see the proposed amendments, please email Rachel Bailey at The proposed by-laws will be voted on at the March PTA meeting.

Earn a free pass to Raging Waves

Are you tracking your fitness? Earn a FREE weekday pass to Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville this summer in just three easy steps. Madison students grade K-5 can keep track of exercise on the fitness logs that were sent home on February 10. Initial each circle/box on the fitness log for every 30 minutes you exercise. After you have finished the path, turn in your completed log to your teacher by Friday, April 14. You will get your FREE Raging Waves weekday pass from your teacher before the end of May. It’s simple and fun! Extra fitness logs are available in the front office or on the Madison website under the PTA Google drive forms/flyers. Contact Sybil Scaccia at with any questions.

Madison's Battle of the Books earns award

Congratulations to Madison's Battle of the Books team for earning the award for most participants in the program. The Wheaton Public Library gives the Participation Award to the team that has the most battlers--Madison had more than 40! Each school that participates receives a new book for the school's library (see photo).

Thank you Battle of the Books coaches!

More than 40 fourth and fifth graders participated in Madison's Battle of the Books this season. From September through February, adult volunteers met with their groups each week to talk about the books they read. Volunteers also hosted five mock battles during the lunch hour, and they helped the team prepare for the battles at the Wheaton Public Library.

The Battle of the Books program would not exist without the dedication of the volunteers. Please let these coaches know how much you appreciate them: Sue Adkins, Shelly Baker, Jennifer Denson, Monica Fahey, Nancy Giordano, Cecilia Horejs, Jaime Kammerzell, Nicole Klotz, Kelly Masse, Janet Mathis, Evelyn Mosca, Janine Shimp, Margit Spires, Anne Valente. Also, thank you to Becca Hary and McDonald's for providing gift cards at our final mock battle. If you are interested in volunteering for Battle of the Books next school year, please contact Janet Mathis,

Thank you Staff Appreciation Lunch volunteers

Thank you to the following Madison parents that donated to this month's staff appreciation luncheon. The staff was truly grateful!

Danielle Bauer, Diana Benoist, Leah Benshoof, Jill Champion, Jeannie Cho, Jen Doty, Monica Fahey, Sarah Gochee, Emily Jensen, Jaime Kammerzell, Nicole Klotz, Melissa Luetkehans, Kelly Masse, Evelyn Mosca, Misse Roberts, Tone Rosen, Lisa Thomas, Michele Triscik, Suzie Weber, Emily Wiezorek, and Megan Zorn.

Participate in the Bingo Wellness Challenge

The Health & Wellness Committee is sponsoring a Bingo Wellness Challenge in February/March. Click here for Bingo card instructions.

Order the Madison School yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2016-2017 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Please use the following link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover) or check.

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please refer to this list, which includes all orders as of March 6, 2017.

For those that are taking advantage of the two custom pages option, customs pages need to be completed by Friday, April 7, 2017. It is very important to mark your custom yearbook pages as PRINT READY once they are complete, on or before April 7. If this is not done, a non-custom yearbook will be printed for the student.

If you have any questions regarding the yearbook, please email Dawn Draus at

Attention incoming 2017-2018 kindergarteners

If you have a child who will be five on or before Sept. 1, 2017, please call the school office (630-682-2095) so they may add your child’s name to the Madison kindergarten list. When you call you will receive important information regarding the registration process along with important dates.

Please share this news article with any friends or neighbors with a potential kindergartener.

Submit your inspiration nominations

Are you the parent of a child who has been inspired by a District 200 teacher or staff member? With your child, take a minute to tell us about it.

Over a year ago, the PTA Council and the Superintendent's Office developed the Inspiration Nomination program to honor our District 200 staff members and acknowledge all that they do for our students. Forms are available in the Madison office, or you can can download the form here and submit it to Erica Loiacono at You can either email a scanned copy (or photo) to, or you can turn it into the PTA President mailbox.

Any Inspiration Nomination received will be shared with the staff member nominated along with recognition by the Superintendent and PTA Council. Then, two times per year, the Council and Superintendent will surprise select staff members who have really gone above and beyond by visiting their classroom and recognizing their work personally.

Join the Madison PTA

Madison PTA advocates for all children through literacy, math, science, problem solving, arts, music, social studies, character development, physical fitness, reaching out, and having fun. Your membership helps to support the numerous programs and activities that our children experience.

Your Family Membership includes our mobile app/digital directory, DirectorySpot, which was launched in September with updated information for this school year.

For convenience we offer online registration

Go to

· Select Madison School from drop down menu at top

· On left side menu, select ‘PTA’

· On left side menu, select ‘Join Madison PTA! – Family Membership’

· Click on the link to register and pay online

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please select ‘PTA’ and then ‘Forms & Flyers’ to find registration and order forms. Print and complete the forms at home and submit payment(s) to the school office. Registration and order forms are also available in the school office. All checks should be made payable to Madison PTA.

If you have any questions regarding PTA membership, please contact Lisa Thomas at

Donate to the art room

The art teachers are looking for anything from the list to be donated.

  • Egg carton

  • Yogurt and any plastic containers

  • Kleenex

  • Large T-shirts for smocks ( please, no button down shirts)

  • Paper towels

  • Wet Wipes

  • Q-tips

  • Wallpaper

  • Ribbon, string, buttons

  • Tape

  • Pencils

  • Magazines ( appropriate )

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Murray at

Save General Mills Box Tops for Education

Please save General Mills Box Tops and turn them in to the LLC. Madison can earn ten cents for every General Mills Box top turned in. Thank you to Mrs. Spires for heading up this effort. Last year we purchased many copies of the new Rebecca Caudill, Monarch, and Bluestem Award Book Nominees. Thank you for your support.

Order from Amazon and raise money for Madison

The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Madison PTA. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. Please support the Madison PTA by starting your shopping at Then search for Madison PTA (Wheaton, IL) and select it to be your charity. Or, get started by clicking on this link: Once you select Madison PTA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Save the dates

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

Mar. 13-17: Book Fair

Mar. 21: PTA Meeting @ noon

Mar. 22: St. Baldrick's

Mar. 27-31: Spring Break

View the 2016-2017 school calendar here.