Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Week 15: Dec. 17 - 24                 




 December 17th, 2015



Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

Friday, Dec. 18th

Book Fair


School Spirit Day
Wear your ugly sweater! 

December 19th - January 3rd

Winter Break 
No School

January 4th

School Resumes 


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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Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and Share this with Family and Friends! 


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






Please submit pictures from any Skinner West events (concerts, parties, presentations etc) to
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Latest LSC Principal's Report

Please click here to read the latest LSC Report

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Contact Your State & Local Legislators using this handy template!
Parents, we desperately need your help to let our legislators know that this budget crisis needs to be solved.  Attached here is a template you can use to quickly voice your opinion.  For your information, attached here is Principal Clark's letter to parents in November including key contacts in local and state government who can help.

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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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Gallery 111 Needs you!

Skinner West Mosiac

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Classroom Connection - Mrs. Sendoun
Hour of Code

During the week of 12/7-12/13, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participated in the Hour of Code celebration during Science class. Skinner Superstars joined students all over the world working through computer programming tutorials. Students were able to program with Frozen, Star Wars, Minecraft, Angry Birds, Flappy Birds, and other themed tutorials. If you are interested, visit The website contains courses and tutorials year round. Join the Hour of Code movement!

"It is a new and creative way to learn how to program." -L.Y. 8th grade

"Hour of Code was a great experience. I learned an exponential amount!" -C.C. 7th grade

"I think Hour of Code is a good website to use. When I got on, it felt like I was in a different world and I created my own games which is absolutely cool." -K.J. 8th grade

"I really enjoyed Hour of Code. The three programs that I used, which were Flappy Bird, Star Wars, and Angry Birds, all taught me so much about coding, and I had fun. Thanks Hour of Code!" E.B. 7th grade

"Hour of Code was definitely something that I didn't expect to interest me, but it is actually quite fun." A.C. 8th grade

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Skinner Ski & Swim
Save the date!  Skinner's Ski & Swim date is February 5th.  Please click here to access the flyer.  You can click here to access the permission slip.  Fun to come!

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Bookfair Thank you & Online Fair!

Thank you to the volunteers and families that helped make the Book Fair a HUGE success! Every purchase made supports the Skinner West Library. Stay tuned for some exciting additions to the Library, all thanks
to Book Fair!

Online Book Fair
Book Fair is available online here until December 27th! All purchases have free shipping and will be mailed to the school after winter break.

This is a great opportunity if:
  • You were not able to make it to Book Fair in person
  • Family or Friends would like to purchase books for your child
  • You want to take advantage of the UNDER $5 deals and an extended selection of titles
  • Holiday gift cards are burning a hole in your child's pocket
  • You are like our Skinner Superstars and want Book Fair to last FOREVER!!!! (Don't worry, it won't! :)

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Newsletter Resumes Jan 7th
On behalf of Skinner West Elementary School, the Communications Committee wishes you a safe and pleasant holiday break.  The newsletter will resume the week of 1/7-1/14

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Repeat Articles 

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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  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. Check out the photos of our Stewards in action!


Our next Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting is on 1/14/16 at 9am on the 2nd floor landing.  Please email Mr. Baron ( if you'd like to attend.
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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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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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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark