Eighth Grade

Upcoming 8th Grade Student Announcements

Welcome Upcoming Eighth Grade Students and Families!

We have so much important information to share that we’re not waiting until next year!


Our annual Loyola Overnight Trip has been booked!   We strongly encourage all our students to participate in this Team Building Workshop. This is not a mandatory trip, but we would love 100% participation.  Parents are invited to chaperone as well, as long as they have been cleared through our new CPS Volunteer processing (http://volunteer.cps.edu).

The  dates for the upcoming fall trip will be on  Wednesday, September 26th to Thursday, September 27th. This year’s cost will be $200 dollars.

The following is included:

  • Deluxe Transportation on a  roomy coach bus to and from Loyola’s Woodstock Retreat Campus (http://www.luc.edu/retreatcampus/challengecourse/)
  • Dormitory-style accommodations at the campus
  • Three meals
  • Team-building games and activities, including use of tennis and basketball courts
  • Late night bonfire with s’mores

We need an approximate count of those who are interested in attending.  An initial deposit of $50 is required to secure a spot by July 1st (no exceptions)! Please confirm your interest by clicking our Sign-up Form. (Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.)

We accept credit card payments via our website at  WWW.OATHORPACADEMY.ORG/Epay/8th grade fees

  1.         Click on the E-Pay link on the Thorp website
  2.         Select 8th Grade Fees Tab
  3.         Under Miscellaneous Type designate:  Overnight Trip Deposit
  4.         Under Miscellaneous Payment amount to submit:  $50.00

If you are able to pay the full amount of $200.00, please check the box next to Overnight Field Trip.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McNally (rmkohler@cps.edu) or Mrs. Maria Sanabria (mesanabria@cps.edu.)

Parents, we will rely heavily on communicating through email with upcoming 8th grade news this year.  Please make sure we have your email address on file. Visit our website to include your email.

Thank you—The Eighth Grade Team!




Important Dates:

Loyola Overnight Trip:  Wednesday, September 26th to Thursday, September 27th, 2018 (Register Here)

8th Grade Graduation Trip:  Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

8th Grade Dress Rehearsal/Picnic Luncheon:  Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Graduation Day:  Friday, June 14th, 2019

Graduation Dinner/Dance:  tbd


Graduation Fees:

Mandatory Graduation Fee $40.00 – (Fees due no later than May 1st, 2019)

           (Includes Cap and Gown, Diploma Cover, 2 sets of Ribbons, Graduation Tickets and Class Gift)


Optional Fees:



8th Grade Graduation Trip – $100.00 (This trip is optional and not included in Student Fee)

(A deposit of $25.00 will be required by March 1st – final payment due on May 3rd)


8th Grade Commencement DVD $20.00


Yearbook Dedication:  $25.00 ¼ page, $50 Half page, or $100 full page ad.


(Credit Card payments can be made via our website on E-pay. Cash or Money Orders taken in the office – Partial payments accepted).


We are looking for parents to assist our 8th grade committee with fundraising efforts for your children!

Please contact Virginia Sabella at vsabella70@comcast.net at 773.736.4386

Join their facebook page at OA Thorp Class of 2019


If you have any questions feel free to email mesanabria@cps.edu.