IG Guardian

March 2023

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February Highlights

Upcoming Dates

  • March 6 - Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) begins for grades 3-5

  • March 9 - PTC Meeting 7:00 PM

  • March 10 - Report cards shared electronically

  • March 12 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

  • March 13 - Registration opens for the 23-24 school year (grades 1-8)

  • March 16 - 2nd Grade Music Program 6:30 PM

  • March 21 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM @ River Trails School

  • March 23 - Spring Conferences 4:00-8:00 PM

  • March 24 - Spring Conferences 8:00 AM-3:00 PM NO SCHOOL

  • March 27-31 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

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Testing Updates

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

  • Consists of 3 sections of math and 3 sections of English/Language Arts (6 total sections)
  • March 6-17
  • Grades 3, 4, and 5

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • Consists of 3 sections
  • March 21
  • Grade 5

A look ahead:

  • April - Spring MAP (grades 2-5)
  • May - Spring Aimsweb (grade 1); Spring Panorama

If you have any questions about any of the assessments, please contact Mrs. Kruzel.

All students testing will need their charged Chromebooks and headphones/earbuds.

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Student Cellular Devices

Reminder of our policy on cell phones and smartwatches with cellular capabilities:

Cell phones and smartwatches that are capable of making calls/texts that are brought to school are expected to be turned off and left in a child’s backpack during the school day. During the school day, supervised use of phones is available in the classroom or the office if students need to contact their parents/guardians.

All of our school information and policies can be found in our Family Reference Guide linked below. Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Timmins if you have any questions. We appreciate your support!

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Parent Survey

We need your input! If you have not done so already, please participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent and Guardian Survey. Your responses will remain confidential and will not be connected to the identity of you or your child.

Survey results will help us to better understand the conditions at your child’s school and to guide improvement. For the survey to be validated, we need at least 20% of our parents to take the survey.

Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ to participate. Or use the QR code above.

Thank you for your support!

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Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences will be held:

  • Thursday, March 23, 4:00-8:00 PM (Normal attendance day for students)
  • Friday, March 24, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (Non-attendance day for students)

All conferences will be in-person at Indian Grove School and we will once again use the Meet the Teacher platform to schedule. The sign-up link will be shared with families Thursday, March 2, at noon, and will close Wednesday, March 15, at 10:00 PM.

Childcare will be available in the gym during your conference time, if needed. The childcare sign-up link will be shared at the same time as the conference sign-up link and will also close on Wednesday, March 15, at 10:00 PM.

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Spring Lunch Menu Update

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Spring Break

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Registration for the 23-24 School Year

Beginning Monday, March 13, families will be able to register their students for the 2023-2024 school year. This is required for all students. More information will be shared as we get closer to that date.

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RTSD26 Recipe Contest

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2nd Grade Required Dental Forms

All 2nd grade students are required to turn in a dental exam form signed by a licensed dentist before May 15, 2023. Dental forms can be accessed online under Parent resource/Health Services. If you have any questions, please contact the health office at (224) 612-7505.
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Free Dental Exam

Coming up in April, the Miles of Smiles, Ltd. dental program will be visiting our district. This is a program that offers free dental exams to students of all grades and also fulfills the mandated dental exam for anyone entering kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades.

In order to have your child participate, you will need to fill out a permission form. Once fully completed, the permission form should be returned to your child’s teacher by March 15.

All children who return a completed permission form will receive a dental exam. Following the exam at school, you will be notified if further dental treatment is needed.

*Important Note: Please make sure to fill out the entire permission form.

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Save the Date - Pizza Game Night April 14


The Indian Grove PTC is again hosting Pizza and Bingo Night Friday, April 14th 5-8pm in the Indian Grove Cafeteria. Enjoy a fun evening with your family with delicious Pizza, Bingo, and PRIZES!

Two seating times for pizza will be offered (5pm and 6pm) with Bingo following.

To preorder your pizza and sign up for your preferred time slot to attend the event, click on the link below:

We are in need of volunteers to help to make this event successful:


If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Dubak at nicoledubak@gmail.com

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Indian Grove Parent-Teacher Council

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
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