Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Week 14: Dec. 10 - 17                




 December 10th, 2015



Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

Friday, Dec 11th  

Concert - Palmer House Hilton Lobby
Rooms 212/216

Deadline - Options for Knowledge Application   

Monday, Dec. 14th
Science Fair
Grades 6-8

Concert - Palmer House Hilton Lobby
Rooms 214/218

Student Council Mtg
Room 326
Tuesday, Dec. 15th 

Holiday Concert for Students (Grades 5-8)
2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th grades & Glee Club

Holiday Concert for Parents/Community
KDG, 1st grade, Rock Band, Glee Club, Music House Instrumentalists

Gallery 111 Meeting
Art Room

PTO Meeting
LSC Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 17th
 Holiday Concert for Parents/Community
2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th Grades & Glee Club

Friday, Dec. 18th
School Spirit Day
Wear your ugly sweater! 

December 10th - December 17th

Scholastic Book Fair 


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

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Skinner Book Fair
Volunteers Needed URGENTLY NEEDED
Skinner's annual Scholastic Book Fair ends December 17th in the 3rd Floor Library, but we still need your help!

Parents, family, and friends of Skinner students are needed to help make the fair a success! 

Please contact Ms. Ranftl at if you are able to volunteer your time.  Volunteers are still needed during the following times:
  • We are in desperate need of volunteers on Wednesday, 12/16
  • Thursday afternoon, 12/17
  • Friday, Dec. 18th, 11-3:45 to help pack-up Book Fair (box up remaining books, take down tables, count money)

Friends of Skinner West
Holiday Giving Drive

Friends of Skinner West is sponsoring the 3rd annual Holiday Giving Drive.  We want to ensure that all Skinner students have warm clothes, coats, shoes and toys to get through the holiday season.  Please consider purchasing an item from our list for students in need at Skinner.  The list can be found here.
Please place your name next to the item(s) you wish to buy and return items purchased to the main office by Monday, December 14th. Please include a tag with your chosen child's assigned letter.
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1st Graders Collect Books for CPS Schools

Congratulations to the first grade classrooms.  Under direction from Mrs. Lohman, the group held a one week book drive to gather gently used books for CPS students with limited resources.  Students sorted, gathers, and wrapped (with 6th grade help) over 370 books that will be delivered to 4 lucky CPS classrooms.  Way to go!

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6th-8th Grade Science Fair

The upper grade science fair will take place on Monday, December 14th in the gymnatorium.  Judging will take place from 9:30-11:30am. Parents are welcome to stop by between 11:30-12:30pm.

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School Spirit Day is 12/18
Skinner Student Council presents our first spirit day!
Show your pride by participating in ugly sweater spirit day!  The classroom with the most ugly sweaters will win a prize!  Click here for more information.

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  Save the Date!
Skinner West Basketball Fundraiser

Please join us for our 1st Annual Fundraiser on January 18th from 12pm-2pm.  More details to follow.


Thank you parents for contributing supplies to help kick-start Stewards of Skinner West!  Our school wide initiative is surely developing and your generous contributions are so appreciated.

Our next BAC meeting is on 1/14/16 at 9am on the 2nd floor landing.  Please email Mr. Baron ( if you'd like to attend and check out the photos of our Stewards in action!


Whitney Young High School
Winter Swim Camp
Six Point swim school will host open swim, snack, craft/game and a 45 minute swim lesson at Whitney Young on Dec 21-23 and Dec 28-30.  Check out their flyer for more information.  
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Repeat Articles 

Classroom Connection - Mrs. Mellos 8th Grade 
8th graders are preparing for high school by using sophisticated ways to incorporate technology in their learning.  They did an amazing job creating this documentary:

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's Holiday Concerts - 
(Changes in Purple)

     FRI. DEC.11: 1PM  
Palmer House Hilton lobby 212/216
Performance open to the public
    MON. DEC. 14: 1PM  
Palmer House Hilton lobby 214/218
Performance open to the public
     TUES. DEC. 15: 10AM
HOLIDAY CONCERT- FOR Students  (Grades 5-8) 
10:00AM: 2nd, 3rd, 5th (211 & 314), 7th, 8th Grades, & Glee Club
2PM: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, Music House Instrumentalists, Rock Band, Glee Club
    THURS. DEC. 17: 10AM
2nd, 3rd, 5th (211 & 314), 7th, 8th Grades, & Glee Club
Fall 2012 Book Fair

Winter Book Fair Hours

Scholastic Book Fair runs 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 from  8:45 to 10am.  Volunteers are desperately needed!    
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IL School Board Members at Skinner West
Skinner West was proud to host members & administrators of Illinois School Boards from across the state. Our Superstar performances included songs from first graders, recorder music by fifth graders, Music House instrumentals, Dance and Glee Club showstoppers and a mock debate presented by eighth graders. Our Student Council president and other Superstars opened with welcome speeches in several languages.  Our guests also enjoyed presentations by our parents and teachers and visiting classrooms which showcased Common Core standards. It was a shining day for Skinner West as an example of an outstanding Chicago Public School !


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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Superstars in the News
Lola P, 5th grader in Mrs. Rosenzweig's class has been invited for the second year in a row to perform in The Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at The Auditorium Theatre.  This year she has been cast in two roles as a girl in the party scene, and the Pierrot Doll.  The performances begin on Friday Dec. 4th, and run through the month of December.
Congratulations to Lola !
Mad Science Winter at the Lab
Please find attached here a flyer for winter happenings at the Lab. 


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark