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Staff spotlight: Sarah Hoffman

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  • October 14, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • reading, Sarah Hoffman, Staff /
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Just as students move up from grade to grade, Sarah Hoffman transitioned from volunteer tutor to tutoring staff. Sarah is the new program assistant on Tuesday and Thursday nights and is the person you see when you sign in, get a name tag, or receive a room assignment. While we were all sorry to see
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Incentives for students? YEA!

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  • September 1, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • incentives, reading /
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Starting this fall, Cluster Tutoring students will have new reasons to read, do homework, prepare for college entrance exams, and more. It’s all part of the YEA! incentive program. YEA! stands for You’ve Earned an Award! Students can earn up to six points per night in several ways to earn awards. Points will be given
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Bring your own bags to Sugar Beet and raise money for Cluster

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  • August 18, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • fundraising, Sugar Beet /
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What do reusable bags, the Sugar Beet Food Co-op, and Cluster Tutoring all have in common? They all combine as a way to raise money for Cluster. During the months of September and October, Cluster will be one of three “Beet Bucks” program partners for Sugar Beet, 812 W. Madison in Oak Park. Here’s how
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CPS high school application process is now online

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  • August 7, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • 8th grade, Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, high school /
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If you’re the parent or the tutor of an 8th grader this fall, you’ll be interested in the Chicago Public Schools’ new online high school application process. CPS has streamlined the process for students to apply to a CPS high school — online. The new platform is called GoCPS. Families with 8th-grade students, whether or
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Summer is for reading

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  • August 2, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • Chicago, reading, summer programs /
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Nearly 30 students took part in Cluster Tutoring’s first-ever summer program and came away with new skills in reading, writing, and comprehension. It turned out to be a perfect way for students to avoid the “summer slump” that can occur from being away from school all summer. Students in grades K-6, four teachers, a program
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How to keep students learning all summer

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  • June 20, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • reading, summer programs /
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School may be out, but that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop. There are plenty of resources for parents to keep students interested all summer long. The Illinois State Board of Education has released lists of helpful learning resources for families to use this summer to avoid the “summer slide” that too often keeps students
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Donut Day is coming on August 12!

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  • June 16, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • donuts, fundraising /
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Cluster is looking for 24 students, tutors, and parents to help us make donuts at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Aug. 12. The program can make $1,000 for one day of work. We are looking for folks to work one of three shifts. The first shifts start at 4 a.m., and the last
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Become a Superhero Reader at Chicago Public Library

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  • June 10, 2017 /
  • by Sher Spooner /
  • Chicago, Chicago Public Library, reading /
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The Chicago Public Library summer reading program is asking young readers to become Super Explorers to stop Dr. Brain-Drain at libraries throughout the city. Children up to age 13 can register for the CPL Summer Learning Challenge at any library starting June 19. There are four components to the program, which runs through Sept. 1:
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Tutor spotlight: Leonid Zaretskiy

When Leonid Zaretskiy retired after 20 years of doing research in a chemical lab, he knew he wanted to find an activity to help people. That desire to help led him to Cluster Tutoring. Leonid moved to the U.S. from Belarus 25 years ago, and he is a native Russian speaker. But his 6th-grade student,
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Cluster starts Summer Reading Program

Here’s a great way for students to keep up their reading skills over the summer. Cluster Tutoring is offering a summer program that will focus on improving reading skills, building vocabulary and comprehension, and preventing summer learning loss. The brand-new program is open to Cluster students currently in grades K-6. The program will be 6-8
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