Mark T. Skinner West School
Week 24 (2015-2016)
Week At A Glance
March 4th - March 11th

Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

PTO: Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Runs through March 10th

Friday, March 4th

Applications due for Local School Council
Front Office

Student Art Show
5pm to 7pm

Art Mosaic Deadline

KICS Soccer Deadline

Wednesday, March 9th

Trivia Night


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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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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 New Articles 

NO SCHOOL - 3/25 Good Friday

CPS has JUST announced that Friday, March 25th will now be a non-attendance day for students.  Please mark your calendars as this is a revision on the CPS calendar.

Read the article HERE:   

LSC Principal Report

Click here to view Principal Clark's report that was presented on February 23, 2016 at the Local School Council Meeting. 

New Cell Phone Policy 

This week, Skinner implemented a new and stricter cell phone policy for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  The policy was updated to further Skinner School's goal of keeping all Superstars safe under the CPS Student Code of Conduct and to minimize disruptions and distractions within the classroom and during lunch and recess.  

The new policy was presented to upper grades students on Friday during a school assembly and a copy of the written policy was sent home to parents.  A copy of the updated policy can also be viewed here.


March Music Performance Days

It's Time for Music Performance Days!

In March, Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students will have a chance to perform during their music classes. This is a great opportunity for piano students to try out their songs on the grand piano, and for violin, guitar, trombone, voice or any other performers to try out what they have been working on in their private music lessons.
Ms. Maatouk will informally invite students up to the front of the class where they will say their name and what they will be performing, and then perform. Ms. Maatouk will take a picture of each student who performs and they will also get a Certificate of Bravery. Pictures from last year's Performance Days can be found under "Class Photos" on the Skinner Music Website.

For more information and for a schedule of dates, click on the links below:


Trivia Night is Next Week!

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Skinner West 8th Grade is hosting Trivia Night.  This is a fundraiser for this year's 8th grade trip to Washington, DC.

5th-8th graders, parents, teachers and alumni are all invited to participate.  Create a team of up to 6 participants and submit a team participation form (a copy  of the form can be found here) to the 8th grade teachers with a $10 donation per person.  There will be prizes awarded for the top two teams.  Trivia questions will be on subjects such as Geography, Sports, Music, Science, Television, Arts and Skinner West. 

Come to Trivia Night to have fun and support our 8th graders - and bring your brain!

Classroom Spotlight: Third Grade
Wax Museum

Last Friday, February 26, third grade students  presented their annual Wax Museum. Each student researched, wrote, and memorized a brief speech about an influential African American person. When the big day arrived, each student "became" a hero with costumes and props. Students froze in position awaiting their visitors. Parents, teachers, and students who visited the Wax Museum pressed a button on a frozen figure's shoulder and watched as the person came to life before their very eyes! Visitors listened as scientists, athletes, entertainers, politicians, and activists told their own life stories. Third graders were nervous, but excited to share what they learned in their research, and proud of how many visitors they had. Thank you to the Skinner community for supporting these students!

"We must never forget that black history is American history. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness." - Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY

- The Third Grade Team: Ms. Dalal, Ms. Ferrara, Ms. Fisher, and Mrs. Oluewu


Gallery 111 Art Show is Tomorrow-
Friday, March 4th 

Please join us at Skinner for a student art social from 5-7pm on Friday, March 4th in the Skinner Gym. 

We will have crafts, Glee performance, photo booth, button making, pizza, and so much more! Come to have fun and see all our Superstar art!

NEW THIS YEAR: EVERY K-2 STUDENT WILL HAVE A FRAMED ART PIECE FOR SALE AT THE EVENT Work can be pre-purchased by sending $40 with your student's name and room number to the art room. Checks should be made to "Gallery 111". (Art will be sold before and at the event only) 


Repeat Articles 
School Council

Last Chance!

Local School Council Applications are available and due in the Front Office by Friday, March 4th 

Learn more!
CPS Local School Council information
Skinner Local School Council information


Be a permanent part of Skinner West and support our mosaic through purchasing a tax-deductible tile by tomorrow, March 4th! Installation starts this Spring! 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! 

4" x 4" Tile = $250 Minimum Donation
4" x 8" Tile = $450 Minimum Donation
8" x 8" Tile = $600 Minimum Donation 

*All checks made to "Gallery 111" or cash should be given to Ms. Bovit in the art room. for questions


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Get Ready For Cookies!

We Need Your Help!

Skinner keeps 40% of every purchase!!

It's that time of year, Cookie Dough! Our biggest and favorite fundraiser of the year.

Packets will be going home this week with your child.

Sale date starts now and will end Friday March 11th. Delivery will be on report card pick up day April 13th.

Please keep in mind that this is a firm date. We cannot accept late orders.

Your purchase of cookie dough will benefit our superstars' classroom needs.

As we are all aware of the CPS budget crisis, it's even more critical to participate in fundraising for Skinner.

Any questions, please contact Stephanie Majca @

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Summer camp email address is

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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Stewards of Skinner West Update

Dear Parents,

Thanks to all who have supported the development of our new school-wide initiative, Stewards of Skinner West.

This effort is definitely a marathon, not a sprint, but we are chipping away very nicely. 

Many children are becoming invested in creating and maintaining cleanliness in and around the school.

We may need more cleaning supplies in the coming months, as we are putting the ones that have been donated thus far to good use! 

And please check out our new bulletin board, located in the stairwell adjacent to the Lost & Found area. 

Stewards of Skinner West

Bilingual Advisory Committee

Save the dates: Our upcoming BAC happenings on 3/20!
Join us for our third installment of Around the World in 80 Dishes on 3/20/16 at Zaytune Mediterranean Grill in Bridgeport. All families and children are welcome. Click here to view event flyers.

Thanks for your continued support,
The Skinner West BAC    
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.


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark