Letter from the PTSA President

Please join us for our May PTSA meeting on Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm in the school library.  Our Nominating Committee Chris Torregrossa, Cindy Chang and Elizabeth Terry-Humen will be presenting our proposed slate for our 2023-2024 PTSA Executive Board.  Elections will take place at our June meeting.  We are also excited to host two guest speakers at our PTSA meeting – Brian and Holly Monday of The Eric Monday Foundation and Deborah Kennedy of the Vienna Public Arts Foundation

May 8 through May 12th is Teacher Appreciation Week and we have a luncheon planned for Wednesday, May 10th – and we need your help to make it a success!  Please sign up here. Many thanks to our staff appreciation chairs Angie Gutenson and Dara Dirth for organizing staff appreciation events each and every month!

Last month on April 29th, we hosted our annual Spring Giving Day.  Over 120 families attended and were so grateful for the hygiene products, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food items provided through the generosity of our community.  Special thanks to Vienna Presbyterian Church and Cease Hunger for their support as well to the Junior Volunteer League of Vienna.  We have seen more and more visitors utilizing the resources that our pantry provides throughout the year.  We offer food pick up every other Thursday and families are also welcome to come in at any other point in the month upon request.  We also want to again thank the Community for Helping Others for continuing to support our students and providing 12 bikes to new students who recently joined our school and our community.

Also on April 29th, our Madison Best Buddies participated in the Friendship Walk on the Mall and were honored as the top fundraising school in DC and Northern Virginia – and with the largest number of walkers! Way to go, Warhawks!! 

I also want to remind you that we are again awarding  three “Making a Difference” $1000 Scholarships to Madison seniors who exemplify the qualities of service within our school and community.  Applications are due May 15th and will will be announced at Convocation.  Further information is included in this edition of Mad Memos and you may also find more information here:  https://forms.gle/9PpqyFFP7FfFhTWFA

Additionally, the PTSA is again recognizing teachers that have been exceptional educators in the eyes of their peers, their students, and students’ parents through our annual Triple I Awards.  Triple I stands for Innovate-Instruct-Impact and nominations are being accepted now through May 15th for this year’s awards. Further information is included in this edition of Mad Memos and at this link:  https://forms.gle/kRavfTXa2dtCze2i8

Our last Parent Coffee will be this Wednesday, May 10th, at 7pm.  We have invited our rising 9th grade parents to join us for a Madison Q&A.  Please join us and help dispense your best Madison advice!  This will be a great way to welcome our newest Madison Warhawk parents.  We will be meeting at the Panera Bread in Vienna (on Maple Avenue) – please share with friends and neighbors. Thank you to our Vice President Gayle Schlueter for organizing our Parent Programs and Parent Coffees this year!

Beth Eachus
Madison PTSA President