Mark T. Skinner West School
Week 17 (2015-2016)
Week At A Glance
January 15th - January 22nd

Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

Monday, Jan. 18th

No School
Martin Luther King Day

Skinner West Basketball Fundraiser
Diversey Bowl

Tuesday, Jan. 19-22

NWEA Testing
KDG (Ms. Growe & Priola), 4th, 5th, 6th grades

Wednesday, Jan. 20

LSC Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21st

School Improvement Committee 

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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 New Articles 
NWEA Testing

NWEA Testing is taking place during the month of January.  Here are the remaining scheduled dates:

January 19th-22nd

KDG (Ms. Growe & Priola), 4th, 5th, 6th Grades

January 25th-28th 
KDG (Merkin, Sobut), 1st, 6th-8th Grades

Please make sure your child gets a good nights rest and breakfast every morning!

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Around the World in 80 Dishes

Please join us for the second installment of Around the World in 80 Dishes, hosted by Skinner West's Bi-lingual Action Committee. Around the World is a series of lunch outings to promote appreciation for the diverse cultures of our families here.  Children are welcome to attend.

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Alumni News

Langston H. from the Class of 2013 checked in and gave us an update about high school so far at W.Y.  He says it has been fun, challenging and a TRUE adventure.  He says it's down to crunch time (Junior year ).  He had to make an important decision and take a break from at least one of his extra-curricular activities to focus more on his grades and ACT/SAT prep.  He did not quit music.  He is still playing the violin and has added another instrument to his portfolio, the steel pan.  He is in his second year learning the instrument at Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Bravo to Langston ! Once a Superstar, always a Superstar!

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Bi-Lingual Action Committee

The Skinner West BAC is a group of parents that develops projects, activities, and events to celebrate the growing multicultural population at Skinner West. This group is open to all parents, not just those of English learners. All parents are welcome.
Please see our updated bulletin board in the Skinner Lobby that celebrates the Chinese New Year, or as they say in China, the "Chinese Spring Festival."
Happy new year, everyone!   
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Skinner Ski & Swim
No school February 5th! Ski all day at the Grand Geneva Resort. 1 bedroom suites are still available at $109, arriving on the 4th for one overnight stay.  Book now pay upon arrival!  Click here to access the permission slip.  Fun to come!

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Karate Spring Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Spring session of after school Karate. Classes run Monday & Wednesday from 4:00-5:30, Feb 8th - Jun 8th Flyer is attached here.
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Mad Science Winter Offerings

Please click here to access the Mad Science Winter schedule of classes.  The Winter offerings commence January 25th.
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Repeat Articles 

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.

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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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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Skinner West Mosiac

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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark