Mark T. Skinner West School
Week 32 (2015-2016)
Week At A Glance
April 29th - May 6th

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Weekly Update 

April 29th  
Family Fun Night

Tuesday, May 3rd - Thursday, May 6th
PARCC Testing - Grades 6 and 7  

Tuesday, May 3rd
G111 Meeting
Art Room  
April 26-May 13
PARCC Makeup Testing  

Thursday, May 12 
School Improvement Committee Meeting

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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Forrest Claypool CEO Letter  

Please take a moment to reach CPS' CEO letter to families and caregivers here.  We need your help! 
PARCC Testing Schedule
As you may have read in a previous correspondence from Janice K. Jackson, all Chicago Public Schools must administer the new state mandated PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments.  
 Our PARCC schedule is as follows:
English Language Arts
May 3, 4, 5th
May 3, 4, 5th
Make-Up Testing
April 26-May 13
In preparation for PARCC assessments, please do the following:
  • Have your child get a good night's rest
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast on the mornings of testing, and arrive to school on time.  Students who are tardy will work in the library until the test session is over, and make up any test sessions missed during the make-up testing scheduled time
  • Let your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support in making this testing experience successful for your child.
Skinner's LSC Election Results 
Congratulations to Skinner's new LSC members for the 2016-2018 term !     
Elections for Skinner's LSC  took place  on Wednesday, April 13th during Report Card Pick-Up.  The following individuals will now represent Skinner West's Local School Council:
Michael McMurray
Fadi Matalka
Melvin Flowers
Sharlene Hobson
Nellie Strong 
Matthew Letourneau    
Tom Kim
Armando Chacon
Donna McSpadden
Ramel Werner
Non-Teacher Staff
Sheila Howard
Gallery 111  
13th Annual Gala 

Ride to the event in style! Purchase your gala tickets before May 5th you are entered to win two free Uber rides, up to $75 each!!!

This year's Gallery 111 Gala will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 7:00-10:00pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Join fellow parents, Skinner faculty and staff, and Skinner community members for an evening of fundraising, food, drinks, music and a silent auction to benefit Skinner West art programs. For a closer look at the invitation to this big event, go here.

BAC Updates

5/5/16: BAC Meeting, 9:00 a.m., 2nd Floor Landing, all parents welcome, light snack provided

6/5/16: Chicago Curry House Luncheon @ 1:00 p.m., all families welcome


MathCON Math Competition that is MAD FUN for Kids!
On Saturday, 4/23/2016, Skinner students participated in the MathCon national math competition at UIC.
5th Grader Arnav G was awarded National Champion for finishing with the top score of all 5th graders nationally!!!  
5th Grader David W earned a Bronze medal!!
Skinner School won an overall Silver medal - finishing with the 2nd best average score among all elementary schools!
The following Skinner Mathletes beat out more than 45,000 applicants across 41 states to qualify for the Chicago event and were part of the 570 chosen Mathletes to compete in this National math competition:  
5th Grade
Jenny C
Arnav G
Lauren L   
Lucas W  
David W  
Isabella Y  
6th Grade
Summer F
Nell H  
Christina L
Sophia R 
Cora  S  
Jordan T
7th Grade
Ethan B  
Sophia C  
Please congratulate these MATHLETES for a job well done!!  

Superstars in the News!
Do you know who I'deyah R. is???  I'deyah is one of Skinner's very own Class of 2016 and At 13 YEARS OLD, SHE'S ABOUT TO RELEASE HER THIRD BOOK AND HER FANS CAN'T WAIT!! 

I'deyah R. is a teenage author and is set to release her much anticipated third book Lyla Lyte and the Loot Tree on June 1st 2016. I'deyah has written two other books as well; Where Are the Animals? and Lyla Lyte and the Li'berry Fruit.   

Skinner West Debate Team's Success! 

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's fifth tournament of the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, March 19
The overall topic for the year is: 'Domestic Surveillance', and the cases being debated at this tournament were 'Stingray' , 'National Security Letters', and 'Drones'.
This tournament is the Chicago City Championship. Our Superstars had an outstanding showing, with multiple individuals and teams placing among the very best in the city!  Congratulations to all! 
14thNoviceIndividualOlivia C 
6thNoviceTeamLila ANia L 
5thNoviceTeamChristina LOlivia C
14thJVIndividualChristi B 
13thJVIndividualKatelyn M 
11thJVIndividualImani R 
9thJVIndividualNandi M 
8thJVIndividualRuthie Z 
6thJVIndividualVictor K 
4thJVIndividualChris C 
5thJVTeamNandi M Katelyn M
3rdJVTeamRuthie ZJada M
2ndJVTeamChris CVictor K
8thVarsityIndividualAlexis C 
6thVarsityIndividualOlamide B 
4thVarsityTeamOlamide BAnicia M
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Money Smart Week Family Fun Game Night

The Skinner PTO is planning a Family Fun Game Night in conjunction with Money Smart Week.  The Family Fun Night will take place at Skinner West on Friday, April 29th, 4pm to 7 pm.

The PTO is in need of individuals who work in the banking or financial service industries to assist with running a game, exhibit or presentation.  Volunteers are also needed for serving food, acting as a room monitor, etc.  All interested parties should contact the PTO. Donations for small giveaway items are also needed.  
If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Ronetta- a member of the PTO board-at 

Karate Summer Camp with Sensei JP 
Registration is now open for Karate Summer Camp at Skinner West. Camp dates are July 5th -August 5th  Hours are 9:00 - 4:45 Monday - Friday..... drop off from 8:30, pick-up as late as 5:30 at no additional charge. This summer we will offer Traditional Shorei Ryu Karate, Ashtanga Yoga, Crossfit Kids & weekly field trips.. Fee is $950 for all 5 weeks.  Click here for more information or use the links below. 
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PARCC Prep Sessions 
Skinner teachers are continuing to offer tutoring sessions to all interested students (grades 3 -8) to help prepare for the upcoming PARCC testing. These sessions are offered before or after school. Below is the schedule for the tutoring sessions.  Parents, please check with your student's teachers in case of schedule changes or updates. 
In addition to above listed sessions, Ms. Travis in 4th Grade is offering Math PARCC tutoring.  The focus is on numbers and operations.  The sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm.

Invention Convention Winners!

The citywide invention convention took place on Saturday April 2nd. There were over 25 schools represented from all over Chicagoland. Students from grades K - 8 competed for several prizes donated by local companies.
It was another great year for Skinner West at the Invention Convention. Invention convention winners - Congratulations!!

Honorable mention 
Charlotte M. & Sophia N. 
Julia C. 
Molly S. 
Daniel R. 
Alex G. 
Ethan W.

3rd Grade Overall Winners 
Olivia A. 3rd place 
Aramis R. 2nd place 
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Register for Skinner Summer Camp

Superstars Summer Camp registration will begin Monday April 4th! Our informational pamphlet, camp flyer, and registration forms are available in the office and can be sent to you electronically if you reach out to Mr. Johnson and Ms. O'Brien at Space will fill up quickly! 


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark