Programs

Book Fair
Our Book Fair encourages strong reading skills by offering students access to great books at affordable prices. Children are 
more likely to read books they personally choose and the wide variety of choices offered at our Book Fair ensures that there will be something for everyone! 
West Madison PTA hosts Fall and Spring book fair events each school year. Students have the opportunity to attend the book fair more than once during the sale and select books. Parents are welcome to join their child during their scheduled time at the fair during the school day (a schedule will be sent home the week prior to the event). The PTA also hosts a family night where families can eat pizza for supper and browse the book fair afterwards together.

Holiday Shoppe
The WMES Holiday Shoppe is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience the joy of giving during the holiday season. Hosted by the PTA, the shoppe will sell gift items for parents, siblings, grandparents, and other close family members or friends. Each child has an opportunity to shop for their family members with their class. A letter will be sent home, with an envelope for you to return the money your child is allowed to spend. Volunteers will help the children select gifts in their price range. The Holiday Shop is a service project/learning experience for the children; it is not a fundraiser for PTA.

Honor Roll
Any student in the 2nd through 6th grade that has made all A’s and B’s (no lower than a B) in all classes qualifies for A/B Honor roll for that grading period. The PTA assists our teachers in recognizing these students for their accomplishments. Each quarter, A/B Honor Roll students are awarded a pack of coupons for free items from local restaurants and businesses. At the end of the year, a student that has made A/B honor roll for all four quarters will receive a medal.

Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a nation-wide program that promotes drug awareness and sends a consistent “Anti-Drug” message to children.  All Madison city schools participate in activities recognizing Red Ribbon Week.

Reflections
The Reflections program is a creative arts competition sponsored by national, state and local PTA organizations. There is a new theme each year and students are encouraged to express their interpretation of the theme through art. The art categories include: dance choreography, film/video production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual art. Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to their teachers. Winners in each discipline can advance from the school level to the city, state, and national competitions. For more information visit http://www.ptareflections.org/.

Space Week
Each spring, West Madison PTA hosts Space Week. Students participate in various space-related activities such as a space parade, paper rocket crafting, virtual field trips and a visit from a traveling classroom.

Spring Carnival
We are trying something new this year! Previously, the PTA hosted a Winter Carnival with food, games, and other family activities. We are re-energizing the format this year and moving the carnival to early Spring. More details will be available as we approach Spring 2016. 

Star Citizen
The Star Citizen award is given out three times a year, usually coinciding with the end of the first, second, and third quarters. Each teacher chooses one student who is their "Star Citizen" for the previous quarter. Different teachers use Star Citizen for different purposes. Some use it to highlight the child who has made the most improvement. Others highlight the child who is all around most polite, quiet, helpful, etc. Still others let the class vote on who should be Star Citizen. No matter what, the children are always delighted to receive this honor. The PTA assists the faculty and staff in recognizing our Star Citizens. Certificates and small prizes are given to each recipient and they receive the honor of leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance one morning. A bulletin board recognizing our Star Citizens for the quarter can be viewed outside of the library. Star Citizens are also asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the next official PTA meeting.

Teacher Appreciation
Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated nationally in May. We would love your help to help our teachers feel the Wildcat love! We will contact you and post on our Facebook page and Konstella special ways to help closer to that time. We also need help weekly with duty-free lunches. These are days that allow the teacher to return to their room and catch up on emails, paperwork, and more during lunch. Look for a sign up from either your teacher or Room Parent to come assist the students' class during lunch one day. Sometimes, you can even read a story to the class after!

5th and 6th Grade Social
The PTA supports a Fall and Spring social for the 5th and 6th graders. The Fall Social is also a membership drive to encourage students to join and take part in the PTA. The socials are a fun and safe way for the students to enjoy hanging out together listening to music and eating pizza. 

Watch D.O.G.S.
Are you a Dad? Are you a grandfather? An uncle? A mentor? Are you a father figure in a child’s life? If so, this program is for you! Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a nationally recognized program that innovatively increases the involvement of fathers and father figures in our nation’s classrooms and schools. More than 2811 schools in 46 states participate! 2013 is the inaugural year for this program at our school. 
 
What do Watch D.O.G.S do?

Watch D.O.G.S. can sign up for a variety of tasks that work with their availability. Examples of places where we see Watch D.O.G.S. include:
  • Carline in the mornings/afternoons 
  • Reading to Kindergarteners and 1st graders 
  • Assisting in P.E. classes 
  • Tutoring a student 
  • Eating lunch with their child’s class 
  • Helping in Library 
  • Talking to classes about their careers 
  • Helping with Student Leadership Team (group of 5th and 6th grade boys that meet twice a month after school) 
The most important thing a WATCH D.O.G. does is be a positive influence for the kids of West Madison. Your presence alone will promote a positive and fun learning environment.