Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Week 12: Nov. 25 - Dec. 3               





November 25, 2015



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Weekly Update 

Thursday, Dec 3

Picture Re-Take Day

Wednesday, Nov. 25th
Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, Nov. 26th

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 27th

Thanksgiving Holiday


Skinner West School Calendar

 CPS School Calendar 2015-2016
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!



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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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As we begin the Thanksgiving weekend, we want to take this time to thank ALL the wonderful people who make Skinner West an amazing school!  Thank you to our incredible teachers and staff for all of their time and effort on behalf of our students.  Thank you to all the parents who donate their time, talents, and money to make Skinner School a success. Every minute you volunteer and every dollar donated is very much appreciated.  

We wish everyone in the Skinner West community a relaxing break and a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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Fall 2012 Book Fair

Winter Book Fair Hours

Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Skinner West from December 9th through December 17th during school hours, 8:45 -4:15, in the 3rd floor library.  The fair will be open until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 15th so that parents may shop during after school hours.  The fair will also be open Friday, December 18th, before the holiday concert, from  8:45 to 10am.  Volunteers are needed.  Please read the article below for more specifics about volunteering. 
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Winter Wear

Holiday Giving Drive

Friends of Skinner West is proud to announce our 3rd annual Holiday Giving Drive.  Our goal is to make sure that every Skinner Superstar has warm clothing, boots, coats and educational materials to get through the holiday season. Please consider purchasing a new item to give to one of our Superstars for the holiday season.  Donations are due back to the main office by Monday, December 14th. See the Google Doc here
to sign up and donate.
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Year End Tax-Deductible Donations

Please consider directing your year end tax-deductible donation to Friends of Skinner West.  100% of all donations go to purchase materials and technology for the classrooms.  You can donate to FOSW through Paypal HERE.    You will be able to print out a receipt for tax purposes.  You may also write a check payable to "Friends of Skinner West" and drop it off in the main office.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  
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Skinner West Yearbook

Buy your 2014-15 yearbook today!  If you haven't yet bought Skinner's 2014-15 Yearbook, it's not too late. There are still copies available for only $30.  Please see Mr. Lomax or Ms. Meng to get your copy today.

Pre-order your 2015-16 yearbooks now.  If you pre-order online by 1/29, you are eligible to receive a personalized yearbook - hard cover, personalized cover, yearbook stickers, and autograph inserts.  Go to to order today.
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Skinner Basketball 

Congratulations to Boys Skinner Basketball Teams for a great showing this weekend at the Best of the Best 2- day Tournament at Whitney Young.

5th/6th Boys - 1st place winners!
7th/8th Boys - 5th place, reaching the quarterfinals in a close game

Congrats to the Coaches and Superstars for representing us in the Best of the Best! 

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Cold Weather Reminder

Parents, please note that until the weather drops below 40 degrees, students may go outside for lunch recess as long as it is dry.  Please make sure students are dressed for the weather and bring their jackets, hats, scarves, etc.

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Repeat Articles 

Principal Clark's Report
Local School Council Meeting
The Principal Report is prepared monthly by Mrs. Deborah Clark, Mark T. Skinner Elementary School Principal. These reports are presented at the Local School Council (LSC) monthly meeting and discussed. 
Parents, click on this link for 
a copy of the LSC Meeting Principal's Report 
from November 17, 2015.

CPS Budget Crisis
Call for Action

A letter from Mrs. Clark regarding the CPS budget crisis was passed out to parents at report card pick-up and also emailed to parents earlier this week.  Go to this link to review this letter and take action to help prevent this crisis.  

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Skinner Book Fair
Volunteers Needed
Book Fair is coming!  Skinner will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair December 9th to December 17th in the 3rd Floor Library.  

Parents, family, and friends of Skinner students are needed to help make the fair a success! Any amount of time is appreciated, whether it is a whole day or an hour.  Book Fair volunteers will receive Book Fair Bucks to spend at the fair as a thank you gift. 

Please contact Ms. Ranftl at if you are able to volunteer your time.  Volunteers are needed during the following times:

  • Tuesday, December 8th, any time from 8:45 to 3:45 - to help set up the Book Fair  (help set up tables, arrange book displays)                               
  • Wed, Dec. 9th - Thursday, Dec 17th, any time from 8:45 to 3:45 to help run the book fair (help students shop, organize and stock book displays, assist with check-out)   (* additional help needed on Dec. 15th until 6:30 pm)                       
  • Friday, Dec. 18th, 11-3:45 to help pack-up Book Fair (box up remaining books, take down tables, count money)


Skinner's Holiday Concerts - 
(One Date Change in Purple)

    FRIDAY DEC.4: 1:00PM 
SAKS 5th Avenue 700 N Michigan: 121/219
Performance open to the public     
    FRIDAY DEC.42:30PM 
SAKS 5th Avenue 700 N Michigan: 123/124/217
Performance open to the public

    Saturday December 5: 5:15PM 
Outdoor Performance at the Tree lighting Ceremony
Mary Bartleme Park 115 S. Sangamon       
Performance open to the public 

Second and third grades by RSVP only. Fill out the form at:
Mariano's 40 W Halsted:     121/ 219  
Performance open to the public     
Mariano's 40 W Halsted:        123/124/217
 Performance open to the public     
   THURS. DEC. 1012:00 noon performance 
    FRI. DECEMBER 111:00pm 
Palmer House Hilton lobby 212/216
Performance open to the public
    MON. DECEMBER 141:00pm 
Palmer House Hilton lobby 214/218
Performance open to the public

10:00AM: 2nd, 3rd, 5th (211 & 314), 7th, 8th Grades, & Glee Club

2PM: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, Music House Instrumentalists, Rock Band, Glee Club

10:00AM: 2nd, 3rd, 5th (211 & 314), 7th, 8th Grades, & Glee Club


9:30 AM: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, Music House Instrumentalists, Rock Band, Glee Club   

Click on the UPDATED flyers for more details!

2nd Grade Flyer                        3rd Grade Flyer

School Council

The Student Council election was held this week and we would like to congratulate the following students on being elected to our Executive Board. 

President - Darinka S.
Vice President - Aysia G.
Secretary - Imani R.
Historian - Jaylen L.
Treasurer - William H. 

Student Council would also like to congratulate every student that ran for office. It was a very close race for all positions this year! 


Thank you to all who have donated the many supplies to our program so far. We have distributed what we've received to the groups, and will begin our stewardship later this week or early next. 

The items that we still need are:

Wipes - at least 10 containers

*NEW* Clear plastic bins for Lost & Found clothes, lunch boxes, water bottles, and school supplies:|pdp|related_prods_vv|pdpv1

*NEW* One plastic bin for fragile items, i.e. glasses:

Please email Mr. Baron ( to confirm and/or drop the supplies in his area on the second floor outside of the art room. Thank you!


Skinner in the News

On November 7th, Skinner's 4th grade Mandarin Classes, led by Ms. Kong, participated in a Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop. This event was broadcasted on China Central TV (CCTV) news station.  It is equivalent as ABC or WGN station.  Please go to this link to view our Skinner Superstars in the news.


Spotlight on Skinner Superstars

On November 14, 2015, John S., a second grader in Ms O'Connor's class room 217, participated in the Young Eagles flight program hosted by the renowned Tuskegee Airmen. John flew in a single engine plane with a licensed pilot for 30 min. He even got a chance to fly the plane, earning a Young Eagles flight certificate. When asked what the best part of the experience was, he replied , being above the clouds and flying with the birds. Congratulations John and remember, the sky is the limit!

Skinner West Superstar 3rd Grader Roman M. was named MVP of his Chicago KICS United U10 travel soccer team for the fall season.  Roman captained the team, producing 8 goals and 6 assists in his squad's campaign in the Northern Illinois Soccer League's Gold Division.  Congratulations Roman!

SelectivePrep Classes 

Registration has started for SelectivePrep's 7th Grade NWEA/MAP Test Program.  The classes run in the late winter/early spring timeframe to prepare for the end of year MAP test.
SelectivePrep offers a 16 hour program to help prepare students for the Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA/MAP) test that will be used for the 7th grade standardized test score. Scores from this test represent one third of the Selective Enrollment admissions score. Additionally, scores from this Exam will play a crucial role in whether or not a student is admitted to other competitive programs including International Baccalaureate (IB) and advanced magnet high schools.

If you would like more information or have any questions, visit their website at  or call 312-409-8411.


Apply for 2016-17 School Year  

Want to apply for testing for your elementary school child for the 2016-17 school year? 
Read on for information on applying to Regional Gifted Schools, Classical Schools, International Gifted Programs, and Academic Centers:
If you would like to apply to these schools using the online application process, your first step is to open an account and request a Personal Identification Number at the online site, The PIN will be mailed to your home address and then you can follow the steps to schedule testing and apply to the school.


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark