Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Welcome Newsletter #2           

     August 28, 2015


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Weekly Update 

Thursday, September 3rd

New Parent/Student & Orientation

Classical and Neighborhood Kindergarten Orientation
(4- 5:30 PM)


Meet and Greet
Forum /PTO in cafeteria main building @
1260 W. Adams

4:20- 4:45pm
General Presentation in the Gym- Main Building

4:45 -5:30pm
Walk/drive to Skinner Branch for classroom visit and teacher information@
225 S Aberdeen 
(at Jackson)

Thursday, Sept 3rd
New Student 
1st - 8th Grade Only

 @ main building


STAR After School 

In Person

Program Registration

Sept 1st 3-6pm

Sept 2nd 3-6pm

Tuesday, September 8th

Early Dropoff
8am - 8:45am

First Day of School 
Class Hours
8:45am - 3:45pm

Optional Aftercare Programs (Fee-Based)

Star Program After School Program 
3:45 -6:30pm
Skinner Park Program

Skinner West School Calendar

 CPS School Calendar 2015-2016



FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch Menus


Put your child's name on the Skinner Marquee!

Looking for a unique Way to Say "Happy Birthday" to Your Child? Surprise your child with an electronic greeting on the Skinner West marquee for only $25.  

In addition, a birthday greeting will be sent to your child via the intercom during morning announcements . All proceeds will help our Skinner 8th graders go to Washington DC.
  • Complete the announcement request form -  click here 
  • Enclose $25 cash or check to Skinner West with the form
  • Turn the form into Room 320 or 326
  • All forms must be turned in at least one week prior to your requested date.
Your child's birthday announcement will run for 24 hours. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend, the announcement will run the Friday before.
Neighborhood News 
What's Happening in the West Loop?  Visit the 
Did you miss last week's Week-At-A-Glance e-newsletter? Click here to catch up on a must-read!



Does your Superstar have an accomplishment or honorable mention you would like to submit to the newsletter?  

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Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

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Box Tops/ Labels for Education
Collect everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our school library

e-Scrip (Retailers)
Visit to designate your eScrip accounts to Mark T. Skinner. A percentage of your purchases go to the school. However, you must renew your e-Scrip annually. Look out for special bonus days too!


1% goes to Skinner on ALL purchases made with Target Card (additional 5% all purchases for you!)
Designate Skinner Classical as your school






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Thank you!




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 New Articles 
 Welcome to All New and Returning Superstars and Skinner West Families!  Please Review Pertinent Information to Be Prepared for the First Day of School!

Mark T. Skinner West School
New Skinner "Superstar" Teachers

August 2015

Parents and Students
You are cordially invited to meet our new teachers for the Neighborhood Program:

2nd GradeRoom 124Jennifer Thiel
3rd GradeRoom 212Ashley Ferrara
4th GradeRoom 221Jason Willis
5th GradeRoom 312Joseph Linke
5th GradeRoom 211Kelsey Cole
Juliana Steers

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 P.M.

Go directly to the classroom to meet your new teacher.
We are so excited!! 
Hope you can join us!!! 

Deborah M. Clark
Complete your Student/Parent Database Form 
& Optional Volunteer for Room Parent Program

To prepare for pertinent classroom communications, we are collecting email information on behalf of your teachers. Click on the respective database form (one for each student, please!) 
Please note the addition of 3rd -Ms Fisher's link!

  Special Ed - O Brien                   Special Ed-Cavaretta

If you are unsure of which class your child belongs to, please complete this form instead:

In addition to collecting your contact information, please include your interest in being a ROOM PARENT for your child's class.
What are Room Parents?


Room parents are volunteers representing a classroom from K- 8th grade and for ancillary classes:  library, art, science and foreign language.   


While room parent's primary responsibilities are determined in consultation with each teacher, however, these are general guidelines

  • Serve as a resource for classroom parents/act as a liaison between the teacher & parents;
  • Reach out to new classroom families & include them on email communications;
  • Solicit volunteers & donations for classroom activities
  • Answer school-related questions for parents
  • Communicate pertinent school/classroom news 
If you're interested in being a room parent or co-parent coordinator, please respond to the above designated database form or contact Kavita Rao 

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Dropoff and Pickup Procedures
Please Read to Keep our Students Safe

Drop Off and Pick Up
  • Please do not block any driveways in the community area, double-park or block a crosswalk while dropping off or picking up your child.
  • In the morning the Monroe Street side is a "kiss & go" (drive up- drop off and drive away) area. Please do not park there - even temporarily. Other parents need to be able to use this area to drop off their children. Find parking in another area if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time.
  • After school, the Monroe Street side is reserved for the bus lane. There is no parking or area to wait for your child.
  • Do not park on the Adams Street side directly in front of the school in the mornings. The Adams side is used for school bus drop-off only.
  • In the evening, the Adams street side school parking zone is a "pick up & drive away" area. Do not leave your car for extended periods of time. Please find legal parking in other areas if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time. 
Parking Lot
  • Our parking lot has limited spaces and is for SKINNER STAFF ONLY. Please do not park in the staff lot or block other cars.  It is permit parking only!  All non-permit cars will be towed


Attention New Skinner Parents!
New Student Checklist

Please review this new parent checklist for a quick list of items to prepare for before the first day of school. Please click HERE




CPS Selects Skinner West's Principal Clark Inaugural Independent School Principal Program

We're proud to have been selected as one of the inaugural independent schools selected as part of the Independent school principal program.  CPS will allow experienced, high-performing principals to run their schools with less oversight from Central Office and greater flexibility to innovate. Learn more HERE


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NEW Skinner Website 
& Newsletter Signups

  • Have you noticed our "new" fresh website page? is chock full of information to get your family ready for school!
  • If you would like to add another parent, guardian or caregiver to this newsletter distribution list, please complete this form HERE.  
  • Many thanks to our Communications Committee parent volunteers who work tirelessly year-round to keep you informed!



2015-2016 Gym Uniform Policy

For PE classes in the 2015-16 school year, please make sure your Superstar is dressed in lightweight, easy to move in clothes (t-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, sweatpants, ect) with appropriate footwear. Please avoid any open-toed shoe or sandal, flip-flops, crocs, dress shoes, flats, or any shoe with a heel. Additional information will be sent home with your Superstar at the start of the school year. 

STAR Dance Program Registration is Open
Class Begins Week One

The STAR Dance Program is pleased to announce its return:
- Mini Star Squad (K-1st grades) meets Mondays and Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm
- Junior Star Squad (2nd-3rd grades) meets Mondays and Wednesdays 4:45-5:45pm
- Star Squad (4th-8th grades) meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-6:00pm

Registration Details 
- All members of last year's teams are automatically enrolled this year
- Priority for new member slots will go to those that were on the wait list from last year
- Anyone wanting to enroll in Dance Team should email Nina-Rose Wardanian at (please include your child's full name and grade). Please note, spots fill quickly!
- There is no fee for STAR program students, however there is a $70 monthly fee for any students not enrolled in STAR Program

Get Ready to Dance!
- Classes will begin the first week of school, so please dress comfortably and bring dance shoes
- Gently used dance shoes are being accepted by Ms. Nina. 

Mad Science Optional Programming
Afterschool & Days Off Camps

Click HERE to learn more about Mad Science options for your KDG - 6th Grader

  • Afterschool classes are available @Skinner Mon & Wed @ 4pm
  • Days off School camps are available @ the Mad Science location


 New Articles 

Kindergarten and New Student Orientation  

Before school starts, new parents and students can come and meet their new teachers and fellow new students at an orientation on 


Thursday, September 3rd

  • Kindergarten Classical 4 :00 to 5:30 PM Main Building and Branch 
  • Kindergarten Neighborhood 4:00 - 5:30 PM Main Building and Branch 
  • All New 1st -8th Grade Students  2:00- 3:00 Library 

You're invited to come and learn how to get involved at Skinner West through the various parent organizations. Both parents and students are welcome to attend! This event is sponsored by the PTO. 


The branch is located at the corner of Jackson & Aberdeen, just 2.5 blocks southeast from Skinner.



Entering Kindergarten? 
Are you a new parent with questions?  Send an email to and title it, "New Parent Question."  Parent volunteers will attempt to help answer your questions. We'll try to get back to you within 48 hours, but your patience is appreciated.



Minimum Health Requirements


If your child is entering preschool, kindergarten, 6th grade or you are entering a Illinois school for the first time, you must submit proof of immunizations and health exams to Skinner West before October 15th. 

All necessary documentation, including the immunization requirements and copies of the health requirement forms are available on the CPS website


Click here for the overall requirements.

Click here for the medical form.

Click here for the KDG requirements.


For more information, contact CPS Coordinated School Health at (773) 553-KIDS.

Failure to provide proof can result in exclusion from school. PLEASE keep our kids healthy and comply. Thank You!


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School Supply Lists & Fees 
 School supply lists can be found here for each grade.
  • School fees can be paid the first day of school, via a check or cash made payable to "Skinner West" and dropped off with your teacher.
  • School supplies can be brought in the first day of school to your child's classroom.
  • Please remember that each student should also donate ancillary and art supplies and dropoff in the library
  • If you don't see your class list,  we appreciate your patience as we are updating the website content on a regular basis. 
Are You Wondering.....

who your child's teacher is or where their classroom numbers will be?  Most room numbers have been assigned on this contact page, however the full list will be announced in this newsletter and website soon.

The Star Extended Day program is planning a school year of fun again this program year!!  The program will provide after-school care at Skinner West for your child from 3:45 until 6:30 each school day.  The program is run and staffed by Skinner teachers and staff.  The program dates will match the school calendar dates. Classes will include homework/tutoring, physical activities, computer lab, music, games, art activities and more!

Payments can be made in person (cash, check) on the following days:

Sept 1st 3-6pm
Sept 2nd 3-6pm

PayPal is also ready for payment via; please email a receipt (and form if you have not preregistered)
 to  with your child's name/grade/teacher and/or room no.

The first payments (either quarterly, semester or annually) are due before the first day of school in order to guarantee a spot.

Additional registration information, forms and payment information are available on the Skinner West web site at this link.  

Additional questions regarding the program may be directed to (please note this is a NEW email address, different from last year.)
CPS Parent Survey
CPS is seeking input from parents on how CPS needs to improve and for you to provide suggestions for ways to do better.  

Read this letter to parents HERE

Take the brief survey HERE


Visit our website at

for more information about what's happening in school.
 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

to this newsletter should be emailed to


                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark