Madison Memos

The Madison School Newsletter / September 21, 2017

Have you registered for the PTA yet?

Become a member of the PTA . As a member you have access to the digital all school directory Directory Spot, which lets you be in contact with other families as well as provides information about Madison School.

Your membership also goes to support the many fun programs and events such as Multicultural Day, Explore More Day, Field Trips, Class Parties, Math Club, Chess Club, Battle of the Books, Conservation Committee, Meet and Treat, Winter Carnival, Field Day, and more!

Sign Up is easy. Simply click on this link and follow instructions. There is an option to pay by credit card online or print a form and return to the office with cash or check.

There are many ways to volunteer both behind the scenes and in the school. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, simply click this link and follow instructions to sign up for a committee of your choice.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown at

Volunteer for Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This year students will learn about other countries and cultures while traveling through Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Africa. It takes many hands to make this day a success, and we are currently seeking country instructors in all grade levels. If you have some time to give, please consider helping us celebrate diversity on this amazing day. If you are available to help, please email the MCD committee at or talk to Rachel Bailey or Tone Rosen directly.

P.E. happenings

The P.E. department is seeking 4x6 photos of Madison students playing sports/fitness/Lego activities for the P.E. hallway. Categories include: running, baseball/T-ball/softball, soccer, golf, football/cheerleading, basketball, Legos and miscellaneous (swimming, hiking, etc.). Please label and send us your photos!

All K-5 students will be roller skating during their P.E. time the week of October 23. Each student will need to bring in $7 cash for equipment rental. Students are not allowed to bring in their own skates, but helmets and wrist guards are required and may be brought from home. This fun activity requires help from parents. Please consider volunteering your time.

Please help your child remember gym shoes and socks every day for P.E. Students also may bring in their own goggles for throwing games.

Questions? Please contact your P.E. teacher -- Mr. Cortesi, Mr. Fry or Mr. Spontak.

Check out what's happening in the LLC

Madison’s Library Learning Center is ready for an exciting year! Students have checked out books and learned about taking care of books and returning them on time. During the year, students will hear book talks, explore authors and illustrators, learn how to find books on their own using the Computer Catalog, research a variety of topics, use technology, and create in the GetFIT Lab. Fourth and fifth graders learned how to check out and check in their library books. Fifth graders participated in a “Library Boot Camp,” where they had 12 days of intensive library review to become independent library users and to learn how to help other students in the library.

Students may check out materials anytime during the school day, with their teacher’s permission. Weekly, kindergartners check out two books, first graders check out three books, second graders begin with one and will work their way to six books. Third, fourth, and fifth graders may check out six books. No fines are charged for overdue books, but if a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged.

Reading and being read to is a wonderful experience. Please feel free to visit Madison’s Library Learning Center to explore. I look forward to working with your children this year.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Graham, Library Learning Center Director, at

Order your yearbook

Orders can now be placed for the 2017-2018 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. There is a 15% discount if ordered by September 30!

If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please click here to view all orders as of Sept. 18, 2017.

Please consider joining the Yearbook Committee. There are many opportunities to help from taking photos of special events, to creating actual yearbook pages using TreeRing, to helping with group picture day in January and many more. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Draus at

Shop to raise money for Madison

Do you love to shop? Do you need some new, stylish clothes for the cooler, fall weather that is heading our way? Well now you can shop AND raise money for Madison!

Please join us at


(formerly Hot Mama)

121 Town Square, Wheaton

September 29 from 10-8 p.m.

Madison will receive 15% back on every dollar spent! If you are unable to shop on Friday, they will let you shop on Thursday, Sept 28 and put your items on hold to pick up on Friday. You must mention Madison Elementary when you make your purchases in order for us to receive the 15%. Hope to see you there!

*Please note: items purchased during our fundraiser can only be returned for store credit.

Art Appreciation volunteer needed

The Art Appreciation committee is looking for a parent/grandparent/guardian to come once a month for about 30 minutes to do a small talk and project with the kids (at a time that is mutually convenient to the teacher and volunteer) in Mrs. Schroeder's classroom. If interested, please contact Louise Kirkman (

Thank you Run-A-Thon participants, volunteers

Great job Madison students and teachers! We appreciate your support in making this event so successful.

Thank you to:

  • Participants who ran their best
  • Bauer Dentistry & Orthodontics who generously donated a Madison Run-A-Thon shirt to every student and staff member
  • Tim Callahan and Joe Cortesi who helped plan and organize our Madison Run-A -Thon
  • Teachers who helped cheer on their students, run laps with their class, help hand out sticks, and let us rearrange their schedules for the day

Now that our Run-A-Thon is complete, please collect your pledges and turn envelopes into your classroom teacher by Tuesday, Oct. 3. Drawings for the raffle will be held on Friday, Oct. 6. All students who turn in a pledge sheet will receive a raffle ticket. Thank you for your support!

General Mills Box Tops for Education Challenge

Please save General Mills Box Tops and send them to the LLC. Madison earns 10 cents for every General Mills Box top. 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.

Madison’s GetFIT LAB has a new look

Thank you to the PTA for funding new stools and carts for the GetFIT Lab. FIT stands for the Future of Instructional Technology. This space allows opportunities for students to create, build, tinker, fail, and think critically. It promotes hands-on learning and collaboration. Student challenges are aligned to STEAM and the Next Generation Science Standards and are aligned to this year’s FIT Guide goal of contextualized learning.

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Join the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTA (WWSNPTA)

Our Mission Statement "To promote enrichment, respect, and inclusivity for all students in our District through education, communication, and opportunities for students, families, and schools to learn and grow together."

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. We believe that no one can better understand the unique challenges of working with and teaching a child with special needs than another parent of a special needs child.

WWSNPTA will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. We are still looking to fill two officer positions: Treasurer and Secretary.

The Treasurer is responsible for recording all transactions and performing all banking tasks. We have under 100 members, write less than 15 checks and make less than 20 deposits a year.

The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes and meetings. The WWSNPTA will have four meetings. Three at 7 p.m. and one at 1 p.m.

Please join at or contact Sarah Gochee at

Gardening help needed

Please help us keep our school grounds looking beautiful this fall. Come out Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids of all ages and parents are welcome. Bring your gardening tools, wheelbarrows, and gloves to help weed garden beds, cut back fading perennials, plant new perennials and spring bulbs, and spread mulch. We will be working alongside Girl Scout troops who not only are working toward a service badge, but will also have delicious baked goods for sale. The proceeds will be donated to Hurricane victims. Rain date is October 7.

Please contact Todd Jacobson ( for more information and let him know if you can commit a pick-up truck to the project.

2017 - 2018 Reflections Theme Announced

The 2017-2018 National Reflections theme is “Within Reach”. Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Entries are due early in the school year, so interested students are encouraged to work on their entry over the summer. For more information, visit the PTA Reflections website
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Volunteer for the book fair

Madison’s Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: October 16 – October 19, 2017

Shopping hours:

Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from October 8 to October 21, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Graham

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:

Sept. 29: Deadline for next Memos

Sept. 29: Shop Evereve

Sept. 30: Beautification day

Oct. 16-19: Book Fair

Oct. 21: Trivia Night

Nov. 17: Multicultural Day

View the 2017-2018 school calendar here.