Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / March 18, 2016

Dear Madison Community,

As the second trimester comes to a close, it is hard to believe we are headed into the final stretch as we race through another fantastic school year! I’ve heard Madison School described as a well-oiled machine too many times to count. I wonder what “well-oiled machine” you visualize when this metaphor is used at our school. For me, I always imagine my brother’s 1970 Pontiac GTO racing down a country highway. Yes, we are racing toward the finish line this school year, but there is so much work that we, the drivers and pit crew, do along the way to keep our muscle car running smoothly.

For one, we check the oil often to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Most recently, each grade level completed their district local assessments in reading and math. Not surprisingly, as we analyzed our scores standard by standard, student by student; we found that students were making great growth! In fact, some of our grade levels scored at the top of the district comparisons on many standards. This last Teacher Institute Day served as a great tune-up and complete overhaul of our district science program. Our teachers received great training opportunities and even spent time creating and working through the same engineering challenges that our students will partake in next year. Here is a video introduction to our Next Generation Science Standards. We look forward to engaging our students in exciting engineering projects and hands-on learning experiences!

Our students and staff in grades 3-5 will be racing around the track when we begin our annual state testing. This year, Madison 3-5 students will participate in PARCC reading and math assessments from April 12-22.

I want to thank you for all that you do in partnering with us in your child’s education. The hours spent reading with your child during our Olympic reading incentive program, the daily practice on math facts, and all of the additional learning activities that you provide for your child have a huge impact on the staff’s ability to guide students toward their great potential.


Tim Callahan, Principal

Madison Elementary

And the Nominations go to...

Thank you to the 2016 Nominating Committee members -- Stephanie Brown, Lisa Feeley, Jaime Kammerzell, Louise Kirkman, and Suzie Weber and alternates Monica Fahey, Jennifer Pashup-Graham. They have presented the following slate of officers to serve during the 2016-2017 school year:

Kristin Olson, Co-President

Rachel Bailey, Co-President

Lisa Thomas, Vice President of Membership

Katie Morris, Treasurer

Suzie Weber, Vice President of Ways and Means

Louise Kirkman, Secretary

Please join us on Thurs., April 21 at 7 p.m. for the official election during our general PTA meeting.

Madison Yearbook Update

You can still place an order for the 2015-2016 Madison Paw Prints. A yearbook costs $17 and will be delivered to the student before the end of the school year. Use this link to order and pay with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover).

DID YOU KNOW? You can pay with a check when purchasing a yearbook online. Just click on the payment option drop down menu and select 'Check'. Enter the information from your check as prompted.

All yearbooks must be prepaid by April 30. If you pay after April 30, shipping charges will apply and the yearbook will be sent directly to your home.

Click here for a list of all students that have ordered a yearbook as of March 14, 2016.

Custom Pages - TreeRing offers a custom yearbook option. You can personally create two pages with photos that you upload. Please be sure to upload your personal photos to a private folder under your account, otherwise, the Madison community has the ability to view your photos on TreeRing. These custom pages will take the place of two pages that will appear in non-custom books, the Lunch and Recess collage page and a compilation page of various Madison events. If you opt to include custom pages, the deadline to complete these pages and be 'print ready' is April 8.

When finished customizing, set your book to 'print ready' or you won't receive your custom pages. Not customizing? Just leave your book NOT 'print ready' and you will receive the standard book.

All School Photo - Please mark your calendars for the All School Photo scheduled for Tues., April 5 at 2:30 p.m. More information on design will be forthcoming.

Please contact Dawn Draus at with any questions.

GetFIT@Madison’s Library Learning Center

Madison's LLC is looking for donations for our STEAM room. Examples of items include:

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We have dreams to add LittleBits, a Lego wall, Ozobots, and Spheros.

Thank you for your help,

Mrs. Graham

Mobile Dental Clinic is coming

Smile Illinois Mobile Dental Clinic is coming to Madison on April 15. Applications were sent home on March 3. Please return the completed application as soon as possible. The health office has extra copies if needed. Questions? Please contact Mary McCafferty at

Attention 1st Grade Parents

The Explore More Day Committee is looking for a Co-Chair that would be interested in coordinating the day for 1st Grade. We already have one chair in place but she needs help! Please email Amy Fiorato or Kristin Olson at if you are willing to help.

Special Needs PTA

Do you have a child that needs extra support? Whether your child has an IEP, 504 plan, receives speech services, or you just want to help support our cause, join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA! The Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA is an association formed to provide resources and support for the parents, caregivers, students, and teachers of District 200. Our leadership are all parents of special needs children throughout the district.

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Become a member at, organization code WWSNPTA

Visit and “Like” our page at

For more information, email us at or contact your School Liaison, Sarah Gochee, at

Register for WWS Summer Programs

Wheaton Warrenville South Summer Recreation Registration is now open. Clink here to register.

Plunge into Fitness to earn FREE Raging Waves Pass

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. 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 April 13. 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. Contact Sybil Scaccia at with any questions.

Order from Schwan’s

Just a few days remain to order from Schwan’s to earn our biggest return – 20% on orders & 40% on a Schwan’s eGift Card!

Shop online at Schwan’s delivers straight to your door!


There are three ways to place a fundraising order:

  1. Via Schwan’s Cares. (1) choose “Buy Now” to purchase an eGift Card (online only; limit 1 per customer, per campaign) OR (2) choose “Shop Now” to place a food order from Schwan’s. You can support at the campaign level or at an individual fundraiser level.
  2. By Phone. Place your order via toll free number 1-855-870-7208. Make sure to provide our Campaign ID,26158, or “Madison Elementary” when ordering by phone.
  3. Via During checkout simply type in our Campaign ID, 26158, to contribute to our fundraiser.


For new customers, you will choose your delivery date and time during checkout.

For existing Schwan’s customers, you will need to follow one of the three ordering steps above to create your fundraising affiliation and have your order contribute to the campaign. Your order will be delivered on your existing scheduled route day.

Form of payment is required when placing fundraising orders, but you can change payment at the door to a preferred method of payment (Check, Cash, EBT, or Credit and Debit Card are accepted). If you are not home during the time of delivery, your items will be left in a protected freezer bag at no cost to you.

Questions? Email

Wanted: Madison basketball parent coordinator

Madison basketball is looking for a parent coordinator for the 2016-17 season. The parent coordinator is responsible for coordinating communication between the Wheaton Park District, the school, and the coaches. If you are interested, please contact Brit Schumacher at or Bob Osborne at

Missing something? Check lost and found

The Madison lost and found has grown to a mountain high pile of winter coats, hats, sweatshirts, lunches, etc. Please have your student look at the items located in the main office if they are missing anything.

All items will be taken to GoodWill the week after spring break.

Mark your calendar

The PTA offers both daytime and evening meetings to accommodate all of our members.

The noon meetings will be held in the music room and our evening meetings will be held in the LLC. Hope to see you there!

Apr. 21 at 7 p.m.

May 19 at 12 p.m. (new officer installation)

Save the dates

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

Mar. 25-Apr. 1: Spring Break

Apr. 5: All School photo at 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 6: ADK registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Apr. 11 - 20: PARCC Testing for Grades 3, 4, 5

Apr. 15: Smile Illinois Mobile Dental Clinic

Apr. 18-22: Earth Week

Apr. 21: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m.

May 2-May 6: TV Turn off Week

May 4: Bike to School Day

May 19: PTA Meeting at 12 p.m.

May 27: Explore More Day

May 30: No school - Memorial Day

May 31: 5th Grade Celebration

June 1: Last day of school

View the 2015-2016 school calendar here.