Mark T. Skinner West School
Week 16 (2015-2016)
Week At A Glance
January 8th - January 15th

Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

Friday, Jan. 8th

School Spirit Day
Wear Weird Clothes!

Monday, Jan. 11

G111 Art Contest Submission Deadline
Art Room 

Tuesday-Friday, January 12-15th

NWEA Winter Testing begins - Grades K,1,2

January 14
BAC Meeting 
2nd Floor Landing 


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 
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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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Student Council

Spirit Day is Friday, January 8th
Don't forget to wear WEIRD clothes to school ALL day long.  Click here for more information.

We are pleased to offer Mandarin Chinese to our 1st - 5th grade Neighborhood program, 1st - 3rd grade Classical program, and 6th - 8th grade Classical program.

Mrs. Jialing Chen is our new Mandarin Chinese teacher, and she is excited to meet our Superstars!  Mandarin Chinese for the above programs will begin next week.

Gallery 111 Needs you!

Save the Date!
Skinner West Basketball Fundraiser


Classroom Connection - Mrs. Sendoun
Science Fair

Congratulations to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Skinner Superstars on a fantastic Upper Grade Science Fair. Everyone did a phenomenal job!
The following students will be representing Skinner West at the Regional Science Fair in January. 
6th grade: Mila M. and Emma R., with their experimental project Sweet Concentration
7th grade: Andrew B. with his design project PSM: Personal Snow Melter .
8th grade: I'deyah R. and Olamide B. with their experimental project Coloring Outside the Lines.
8th grade: Luis S. with his experimental project titled Re-energizing the Body.

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8th Graders Holiday Performance

Thanks so much for the 8th grade parents who made it to this year's holiday concert.  Many said they weren't going to miss their child's last winter concert at Skinner.

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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.  Click here to access the permission slip.  Fun to come!

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Raise Money for Skinner - No Cost, No Effort 

 Skinner West is part of the Amazon Smile program.  This program donates a percentage of each purchase to a designated charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Skinner School Forum whenever you shop on Amazon Smile.  
It is INCREDIBLY SIMPLE! From now on, instead of going to the standard Amazon website, go to (or log-on, if you have an Amazon account)
The first time you visit, you'll be prompted to designate a charitable organization.  Please type in "Skinner School Forum."  Or go directly to
After that, all Amazon shopping you do through the Amazon Smile portal will benefit Skinner West School. It costs you nothing and your Amazon shopping experience will be exactly the same.  Every time you shop at Amazon through the website, it will show that you are on Amazon Smile and the top of the page will read: "Supporting: Skinner School Forum."
Thank you in advance for supporting your child's school!

Repeat Articles 
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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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 West Mosiac

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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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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark