Mark T. Skinner West School
Week 20 (2015-2016)
Week At A Glance
February 5th - February 12th

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Weekly Update 

Friday, Feb. 5th
No School
 School Improvement Day

Skinner Ski & Swim Day
Lake Geneva, WI

Wednesday,Feb 10th

Schoolwide Field Trip 
to Whitney Young for Ghana Percussion Concerts

Thursday, Feb. 11th

STAR Program-
3rd Quarterly & 2nd Semester Payments Due

Friday, Feb. 12th

Spirit Day-
Comic Con

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






Please submit pictures from any Skinner West events (concerts, parties, presentations etc) to
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Principal Clark's Report
Local School Council Meeting
The Principal's 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. 
Click on this link for a copy of the LSC Meeting Principal's Report  from January 25, 2016.

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Skinner Summer Camp is back for summer 2016! With the blessing of Mrs. Clark & Mrs. Robinson, we have created Superstars Summer Camp Inc. This entity will be separate from Chicago Public Schools and it will allow us to create an even more memorable experience for our campers while still providing the convenience of being housed at Skinner.

We will provide eight weeks of summer fun starting on Monday, June 27th lasting through Friday, August 19th. Keep an eye out for registration information and our camp calendar in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us individually or contact the camp at with any questions or concerns.
Mr. Johnson & Miss O'Brien

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The next LSC School Improvement Committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 22, at 4:00PM.

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The 2nd grade Brownie Troop 20782 has organized a school supply drive.  All supplies will be donated to Give a Heart to Africa which runs after school programs for students in need in Tanzania as well as adult women. They are in need of donations of school supplies such as: paper clips, dry erase markers, staplers, rulers, water colors, toy cars, glitter, Legos, calculators,  safety scissors, scotch tape, notebooks, and ESL readers.  If you are able to, please consider donating some supplies to the box in the lobby of the school. Thank you from our Girl Scouts!

Student Art Show

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Only a few weeks left to leave your mark on Skinner and support our mosaic! Business logos, family names, quotes, class tiles, be creative! 
Business and photo files should be in the following format:  
  • .jpeg or .pdf
  • black and white
  • the size of the tile (4"x4" or 4"x8" or 8"x8")
  • 150-300 dpi
Gallery 111 will format the family name or other written tiles for you!  
Here are additional tile examples of previous work done by our partner Green Star Movement:  

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Repeat Articles 

The PTO is hosting their annual Cookie Dough Fundraiser. The funds raised go back to our Skinner Superstars for classroom needs, access to computer programs (IXL/Achieve 3000), field trips, special projects, etc. This year's fundraiser will run from from February 24 - March 10 to ensure delivery for report card pick-up day (April 13th). Be on the lookout for fundraiser packets to be sent home in the coming days.

We are excited to announce that this year's Money Smart Week takes place April 23-30. In support of Chicago's Money Smart Week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its partner organizations are once again sponsoring the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to answer this year's Money Smart Question with an essay of 300 words or less. Go here to learn more about this year's Money Smart Question. Essay submissions are due by March 15th.


PTO will be hosting Family Fun Night on Friday, April 29th in celebration of Money Smart Week. Stay tuned for more details.

7th Graders - Register NOW for SelectivePrep's 
7th Grade Standardized Test Preparation Program
One third of the Selective Enrollment admissions score is determined by your child's performance on the Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA/MAP) test. SelectivePrep offers a 16 hour program to help prepare students for this test. Go here to learn more about the program and when classes will be offered at the multiple locations.

If you need more information or have any questions, please visit the SelectivePrep website at

CPS Budget Cuts Start February 4th
Contact Your State & Local legislators using this template!
Parents & Caregivers, there has been no movement in Springfield around the budget crisis facing CPS.  Beginning February 4th, all CPS schools, including Skinner West, will start budget cuts.

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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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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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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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark