Week at a Glance: May 27th - June 3rd

Repeat Articles
Dates to Remember
* NO SCHOOL Memorial Day, 5/30
* 8th Grade Luncheon, 6/10
* Kindergarten Graduation, 6/13 from 9:30am - 12pm
(see your Kindergarten Homeroom teacher for more details)
* Music House Concert, 6/14 at 2:00PM
* Pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th Spring Concert for Parents, 
6/15 at 9:45AM        
* STAR Theater Performance, 6/15 at 6:00pm 
 * 6th Grade Send Off, 
6/17 at 10am 
* 8th Grade Graduation, 6/17 at 5pm 

New Articles
Are We Equal?

Are We Equal? Help Save Our Schools!

"The fact that my education is being seen as less therefore devalues me as a human being"  -Jesi, 
CPS High School Student

By taking action you can help:
Student Outcomes
Save Teachers' Jobs
Equalize Funding

To learn more about how you can help visit


Stamps Needed for Superstar Letters!

Superstars will be getting involved by writing letters to state officials on Tuesday. If parents wish to donate postage stamps for the school mailing, it would be greatly appreciated! Stamps can be dropped off in the office or given to their child's teacher.

NWEA Testing Schedule

Kindergarten: May 24, 26, 31, June 2
1st Grade: June 7 & 8
2nd Grade: May 24 & 31
3rd Grade: May 25 & 26
4th Grade: May 31 (Ms. Travis & Mr. Willis), June 1 (all groups) & 2 (Ms. Carlson & Mr. Cox)
5th Grade: June 1&2
6th Grade: May 17-20 & 24-26
7th Grade: June 7-9
8th Grade: May 24 & 25


Thank you to every parent, teacher, neighbor and friend that came out to make our 13th annual Gallery 111 gala the biggest success to date! We raised $40,000 that will go directly to funding arts residencies, field trips and workshops for every student at Skinner West. Your generosity was overwhelming and is just another example of how incredible our Skinner community truly is!!!



Items can be picked up in the art room before school or during they day. Items can also be sent home with your child by request to

Coming up next week: mosaic project feature & tile purchasing information!

Don't Forget to Turn in Your Box Tops!

Collect everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our school library. Please turn in by the end of the year.


BAC's fourth installment of Around the World in 80 Dishes!

Please save the date!
Sunday, 6/5 at 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Curry House in the South Loop
Indian & Nepalese Food Buffet; $12 adults, $6 kids
899 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago, 60605

Please RSVP to Ms. De Leeuw before 6/2/16:
All families and Skinner staff are welcome to attend.


Cooperation, communication, group problem solving, and conflict resolution were at the heart of each activity our Superstars were involved in throughout their time at camp. Some of the group's favorites were, balancing along a ropes course, hitting a target in archery, playing gaga ball, and learning how to build a shelter and start a fire with flint and steel. 

In the evening, students participated in a night hike through the woods led by one of the Camp Edwards staff members. They had to use their animal instincts to identify scents and use their night vision and courage to navigate a trail on their own. Our last evening ended with roasting marshmallows, ghost stories, ping pong, carpet ball tournaments, and hanging out with friends.

Our team was truly proud of our students' individual accomplishments, their superstar manners, and most of all, the kindness and encouragement shown to one another.


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

1st thru 6th graders - Have fun reading and earn a free book!

Every summer B&N challenges kids to read and earn a free book!  It's easy!  
  • Read three books, and answer three of the four questions on the back of the journal found here.
  • Bring a completed journal to a local B&N store between May 17 and September 6 to receive a free book from the list.
Learn more about the Summer Triatholon and kickoff celebration here!


Skinner Stars Dance Team Spring Recital 

Save the Date: 6/10 at 6:30pm

You are invited to attend the Skinner Stars Dance Team Spring Recital on Friday, June 10th at 6:30pm in the Skinner Gym. Admission is free! Seating is on a first come first serve basis.

Come watch the Skinner Stars Dance Team perform pom, jazz, hip hop, kick, and lyrical - and even more. Each year the team is impressive, so save the date and spread the word!

You won't want to miss this performance!!

Book Fair Coming Soon!

Volunteers will be needed to help at Book Fair in early June. Please mark your calendars! 

Repeat Articles

Principal's Report

Click here to read the latest report from Mrs Clark.


Superstar Summer Basketball Camp Registration is Now Open 

Register at

Spaces will fill up quickly!
All experience levels welcome!
Non-Skinner Students welcome!

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. 
For info:


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 Spaces will fill up quickly.

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