Dr. Julian Rogus School

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  19900 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL, 60487
 Phone (815) 464-2285


Principal: Laura C. Goebel
Assistant Principal: Maura K. Carroll

  School Hours

Office Hours: 8:00am-3:55pm
Teacher Hours: 8:10am-3:10pm
Student Hours: 8:20am to 2:50pm*
Half-Day Student Hours: 8:20am-11:30am
* Activity Dismissal: 3:55pm


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This week in class


Nightly homework assignments will not be posted.  I am teaching the students how to be responsible and use their own assignment notebooks :)



Wildcat Wednesday!  Dress in your Walker spirit wear or dress in black and teal.



Team Ohio State Friday!  Dress in red, gray, and white.


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Important Dates

  • September 16, 2016 : Additional School Supplies needed for Mrs. Zitkus's Class
    As we all prepare for a fantastic school year, there are a few supplies I would like my students to have for my particular classroom. 1. I would prefer each student to have an accordion file / Dock-It organizer with eight or more pockets. Students will not use any three ring binders. Go ahead and return the binders if you already purchased them. We only use the Dock-It organizers. 2. I would like each student to have two cans of Playdoh. Color does not matter. Two different colors would be fun! We use Playdoh in Science class. Label each can with student's name. Playdoh will not be community property. 3. Art supplies will be needed right from the beginning. We start Art class the first week. 4. Students do NOT need protractors, any size index cards, post-it notes, or graph paper. Go ahead and return these supplies if you already purchased them. 5. Students only need ONE ream of loose-leaf paper. Go ahead and return the other reams or keep them at home. 6. I collect magazines for various projects in the classroom. If you have old magazines that you don't know what to do with, I will gladly take them. Thank You!
  • September 16, 2019 : Lunchroom Tips
    To help make your child's lunch time experience easier, I suggest the following tips. 1. Pack your child's lunch with extra napkins or paper towels. Students are expected to clean up their area at the tables. Extra napkins or paper towels can help prevent messes or clean them up quicker! 2. Pack a drink in your child's lunch. Some children rely on the water machine at school to purchase a bottle. Unfortunately, the machine does not provide change, or sometimes does not take a particular bill or coin. To ease frustration, pack a drink in their lunch. 3. Pack food items that your child is able to open. For example, some Gogurt tubes, string cheese, or fruit cups can be tough. Be sure to show your child how to open them! Scissors are not available in the lunchroom. 4. Provide a spoon or straw if needed for a particular item. We do not have extras in the lunchroom. As a lunchroom supervisor, these are some of the observations I have made. I just wanted to share them with everybody!
  • September 16, 2019 : Reassessment Procedures for Mrs. Zitkus
    If a student receives a 69% or lower on a summative, then the student will automatically take a reassessment. There is no option. If a child scores a 70% or higher on a reassessment, then the student can choose to take a reassessment. **Reassessments will not be offered the last week of each quarter.** The procedures for a reassessment are ... 1. Tell Mrs. Zitkus you would like to take a reassessment within one week of original testing date. Mrs. Zitkus will distribute to student a Reflection Form. 2. Student will use their original summative to thoughtfully and accurately complete a reflection. The Reflection Form should display a high quality of effort to make corrections and provide detailed feedback from their perspective. Parents will sign the Reflection Form too. 3. Return the original summative and Reflection Form with parent signature to Mrs. Zitkus. 4. After reviewing completed Reflection Form, Mrs. Zitkus will set a reassessment date. Note ... the reassessment date will not be the same day as turning in the Reflection Form. 5. Reassessments will be taken during the lunch hour. Students will report to our Reassessment Room on given date with their lunch, pencil, and chapter book.
  • September 16, 2019 : Homework Tips for Parents
    Your child will be receiving homework this year. I would like your support by asking you to help your child, but do not do it for him or her. I need to see your child's best work. There are some things you can do to encourage your child to finish the homework. Tip #1 > Establish a time and place where homework is to be done. Make sure the table or desk is in a well-lighted area and clear of daily clutter. Be consistent with the time frame; whether it is directly after school, after snack time, or after dinner. Stick to the same time each day. Tip#2 > Make sure your child understands all assignments. If needed, work through the first question or problem together. Tip #3 > Each day ask whether there is any homework. Even when there isn't any, the simple act of asking conveys that you consider homework to be an important responsibility. Tip #4 > Praise your child for homework efforts!
  • September 16, 2019 : Save the Date for Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, November 25th from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, November 26th from 8:30 to 11:00 A.M. You will have the opportunity to meet with both Mrs. Pelkowski and myself or Mrs. Maranto and myself. An online link will be sent via District email. There are no sign-ups on Curriculum Night. Please keep in mind parent / teacher conferences are held on the same day for the entire Summit Hill District. More information will come in mid-October. I simply want you to Save the Date!
  • September 16, 2019 : Assignment Notebook Procedures for Mrs. Zitkus's Homeroom Class
    Assignments notebooks are an essential tool for maintaining organization on a daily basis. In fifth grade, students may switch classrooms and have various teachers for different subjects. The assignment notebook will travel with the child from classroom to classroom. During the first week of school, students will skim through the entire assignment notebook. I will point out the different sections; paying particular attention to the student handbook located at the beginning and the daily homework pages. I will teach how to properly write in the pages; guiding the class to record all page numbers, directions, and due dates for each task. Homework is assigned every night and students will have time on a daily basis to fill out their assignment notebook. To help with the transition into fifth grade, I ask each evening you check to see that the assignments are completed and sign the designated day. Assignment notebooks will be checked every morning for parent signature. To help students maintain organization and complete all tasks, this assignment notebook routine is essential. I appreciate your support in this procedure.
  • September 16, 2019 : Fun Facts about Mrs. Zitkus
    • I live in Manhattan. • I have three daughters. Madelyn is 15 years old, Makenna is 12, and Macy is seven! • I have a terrier (type of dog) named Parker. • I have been teaching at Hilda Walker for 21 years. • I drive a charcoal gray Dodge minivan. • Math is my favorite subject. • My favorite color is green. • My favorite season is fall. • I love to go out to eat at restaurants! • Baseball is my favorite sports to watch. I am a Cubs fan! Go Cubs! • My favorite candy is Swedish Fish and mint-flavored gum. • I love Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks!

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