Week at a Glance: June 3rd - June 10th

Repeat Articles
Dates to Remember
* 8th Grade Luncheon, Friday, 6/10
* Kindergarten Graduation, 6/13 from 9:30am - 12pm
(see your Kindergarten Homeroom teacher for more details)
* Music House Concert, Tuesday, 6/14 at 2:00pm
* STAR Theater Performance, Wednesday, 6/15 at 6pm 
 * 6th Grade Send Off,  Friday, 
6/17 at 10am 
* 8th Grade Graduation, Friday, 6/17 at 5pm
* Last Day of School, Tuesday, 6/21 

New Articles

Here is a recent letter, sent to parents/guardians, from the Chief Executive Officer of CPS:

On May 31st, lawmakers in Springfield ended their spring legislative session without passing a budget.

There's no question that this result is disappointing. There's also no question that this result cannot dampen our fight. Not when we've seen so many working to reform education funding, and not when there's so much at stake.

Over the course of the spring, lawmakers in both the Senate and the House introduced legislation that would improve the state's unequal education funding approach - more progress than we've seen in years.

And with their votes last night, members of our Chicago delegation showed overwhelming support for our schools.

On behalf of thousands of students, parents, families and communities, we are asking that the General Assembly continue to stay in session until an education budget is passed. We also urge Governor Rauner to work with lawmakers to actually fully and equitably fund education for children throughout the state.

Our fight for equal funding will continue, and the elected officials who stood with us on Tuesday have a crucial role in the weeks ahead as we work towards funding equality for all Illinois students.

I hope you'll take a moment to thank them now:

Thank you,
Forrest Claypool
Chief Executive Officer


Book Fair Information

  • Spring Book Fair will be held Monday, Monday, June 6th through Monday, June 13th8:45-4pm.
  • Book Fair will be open late Tuesday, June 7th until 6:30pm.
  • We are working with a new fundraising partner, Anderson Bookfair Company! Anderson prides themselves on their wide selection and high quality.
  • Books range in price from $2-18 plus tax. Sales tax in Chicago is 10.25%. Please remember to account for tax!
  • Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards are accepted. All checks should be written out to Anderson Bookfair Company.
  • Please send your child with a bag for his/her purchase. Donations of bags would be appreciated and can be sent to the library.

Book Fair Volunteers Still Needed!

If you are able to help any of these days, please let Ms. Ranftl know at

Friday, June 3rd from 8:45-3:45

Running Fair:
Monday, June 6th Monday through Monday, June 13th, 8:45-4
**Tuesday, June 7th the book fair will be open late, and volunteers will also be needed after school.

Pack Up:
Tuesday, June 14th from 8:45-12


Parents and community members, please join our
Skinner Superstars for our Spring Concert.

Wednesday June 15, 2015
9:45 AM
Grades Pre-K, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and the Skinner West Glee Club

The concert will be held in the gymnasium.
Concert Attire for all grades:
  • Dress to impress!
  • Dress pants/skirts with bright colored shirts/blouses
  • Bright colored dresses
No strapless dresses, no very short skirts.
No jeans, no shorts, no sweats, no sneakers or flip-flops.
Glee Members: Wear your Glee T-Shirt 
All 4th& 5th  graders and selected 6th graders:
You must remember to bring your recorder with neckstrap! The spare recorders will not be available for you to play at the concert.
Third Graders from room 212 won 3rd Place in the National Invention Convention, which took place on May 21, 2016. Sofia N. & Charlotte M., with their Commu-Tech Gloves, competed against third graders from across the nation. They were judged in a virtual competition and won THIRD PLACE! Our Superstar Inventors have been invited to audition for Steve Harvey's show Little Big Shots to showcase their invention. Wish them luck!



Repeat Articles

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.


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!!

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!

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.


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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