Week at a Glance: June 17th - June 24th

Dates to Remember
* 8th Grade Graduation, Friday, 6/17 at 5pm
* Last Day of School, Tuesday, 6/21 
Promotion Walk,Tuesday, 6/21
LSC Meeting, Tuesday, 6/28 at 6:30

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Farewell To Mr. Cox

Mr. Cox (4th grade teacher) will be retiring at the end of this school year. He is retiring to Canada to be closer to his family.

We thank Mr. Cox for his 16 years of dedicated teaching at Skinner West. He has been one of our most beloved and requested teachers of all time. The students' tributes truly say it best: 

Andrew B. "He was the person who invented the single, double, and quadruple purple slips which caused purple clip mania where purple slip boxes were stuffed to the limit.  I remember going against the 5th graders who were clearly better and faster at multiplying fractions than us 4th graders, but for our bravery, were were given the quadruple purple slips.  I remember the apple rattler that smelled like coffee and learning how to sign the pledge of allegiance. I still do"

Ethan D. "An amazing teacher leaving this amazing school.  He meant something to all of us.  Of course, he taught us with his amazing teaching skills, but what he will most be remembered for are his traits.  His kindness is a trait to be rivaled.  He had courage, trusting us to organize parties and projects.  Mostly though, he encouraged us.  He encouraged us to get good grades and improve them to our extent.  To push ourselves so we can do our best.  He helped us when we were feeling sad or mad.  He had fun with us!  He will always be one of my favorite teachers." 

Aysia G. " Mr. Cox, I remember how excited I was to enter your class. I heard a lot of great stories from your past students.  I also remember how you made learning fun.  Being in your class was one of the highlights of my elementary school years.  4th grade was such a long time ago but I am still able to remember the great experiences I had.  Thank you for taking time to compliment me or give me knowledge for the future.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn from such a great teacher.  You had an ample amount of knowledge in all subjects and will forever be one of Skinner's finest.  I think I can speak for all of us that you have taught us a lot and we will cherish your time at Skinner. You're a golden apple, Mr. Cox! You have helped so many superstars at Skinner develop and build a future that is bright! Thank you so much for all you'e taught."

Eriel S. " Let's be honest what's not to love about you?  You're one of those teachers who is just...well, awesome!  I had the fortunate opportunity to experience your amazing teaching.  I remember having you as a teacher and all the fun experiences and everything we did.  Being a chief justice and being a part of some math challenges against the upper grades were just a couple of engaging opportunities you gave us.  Everything was just so memorable and an experience I won't ever forget." 

Katelyn M. "He allowed for us to become more independent, do some things our way, grow academically and discover things about ourselves.  I can't thank Mr. Cox enough for all of the help he's given me in what I want to do with my future"

Jolie D. "You inspired many students, including me, in the years you've taught at Skinner.  The knowledge you have given us will lead us all to a much brighter future.  Even if Mr. Cox wasn't your teacher, you could know the joy he brought everyone around him"

Carter W. "The biggest thing was your personality, you don't always expect a teacher to have a great personality.  But you went beyond those expectations.  You were so nice and kind and you also cracked so many jokes.  You gave everyone a chance to do their best in 4th grade.  You let the students be independent and you will be remembered as one of the greatest teachers Skinner Wet has ever had"

Rutie Z. "As students, we were treated as equals not lesser, and that meant more responsibility, because our classroom was a group effort.  A collage of nationalities and cultures that you embraced with a full heart.  You instilled in us the idea of giving back as much as receiving.  Mr. Cox, as you embrace retirement with open arms, as you have embraced every student to ever grace your classroom, I want you to know how many lives you have changed.  You didn't just give your career, but your life, to education and the power of knowledge, and for that, you are the most remarkable teacher I have ever encountered in my 8 years at Skinner.  Thank you for your gentleness, wisdom, and guidance" 


We will miss you, Mr. Cox. We thank both you and Mrs Eulett Cox for many years of creative, caring, unique and dedicated service. You are one of a kind ! All of us from your Skinner family wish you well in your future endeavors. 
Byron Burkes has dedicated many years working with Dr. Caveretta in our Primary Autism program at Skinner West. Byron is always willing to go the extra mile to assist the students, teachers, and parents.  He is a gentle spirit who has a love for all children and will be dearly missed. 

To view photos taken during the March and April performance days for Skinner West's music program, click here.

Also, here are some photos from the spring concert held on June 15, 2016.

The STAR after school program is now registering students for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you are currently enrolled in STAR, your spot is NOT reserved for next year until we receive an updated registration form. 
New students must also provide the registration form and a $50 non refundable deposit to reserve a spot.  This $50 will be deducted from your first payment.
Please visit us at the STAR desk after school from 3:45pm-6:00pm on Thursday 6/16Friday 6/17Monday 6/20, or Tuesday 6/21 to register in person.
If you cannot make it during these times, you may fill out the attached registration form and email it to

Additionally, please review the info sheet provided to answer your frequently asked questions.

Thank you, and we can't wait to see you in the fall! 

Ms. Campbell, Miss O'Brien, and Ms. Schwartz

Information Sheet

What a Breathtaking Dance Recital!!!  Take a moment to solve this equation....

Countless Hours of Practice
+ 57  Talented Star Squad Dance Members
+ 22 Incredible Dance Routines
+ 5 Dance Techniques
+ 1 Graduating Captain Aysia G we will miss you!)
+ 1 Amazing Teacher and Mentor - Nina Wardanian
= 1 Fantastic Night of Memories

Thank you to All the Supportive Family, Friends and Students who made this happen!

Nina Wardanian (Dance Instructor)

2nd Grader, Erika W. won 1st Place in the 50 meters breaststroke at the 14th Annual National Black Heritage Swimming Championship Meet in Cary, NC

Over Memorial Day weekend Erika W. and her two younger siblings, Henry and Olivia all participated in the popular Black Heritage Swim Championship meet in Cary, NC. They all had a wonderful time and did very well in their events.

Erika has been a swimmer on a competitive swim team since she was 3.5 years old - the Chicago South Swim Club. She had her strongest showing in her favorite event, Women's 8 & under 50 meters breaststroke event. She swam the two laps in 52.49 seconds, beating all her competition to take FIRST place, making it look very easy in the process!

Her other events were 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 25m breaststroke, 100m Individual Medley among others, and also performed well. For the entire meet, she was 5th overall in the women's 8 and under age group!

Congratulations Erika!

Keep up the hard work! You are our Championship Superstar!



Last week, our 6th grade classes had the privilege of taking a field trip to Madison, Wisconsin to explore the real life applications of art, science, and math.

Our visit to the Hillside Studio & Theater at Taliesin provided a detailed look into the life of one of America's greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. In Art class, Our 6th graders have been studying FLW and creating original architecture inspired by him.

We finished the day exploring the 
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, consisting of 16 acres of gardens next to Lake Monona. The grounds were filled with everything from roses, to herbs, to rock gardens, and even included a Golden Thai pavilion!  This place truly made learning fun.

The next morning, we were able to visit the Chazen Museum of Art, which houses an impressive collection ranging from Renaissance to Modern Art. Our Superstars expanded their art history knowledge through discussion and reflection, while analyzing the works they saw.

Our last stop of the trip was to explore the National Natural Landmark, Cave of the Mounds. We explored above ground sinkholes, as well as stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and other formations deep underground.  It was the perfect ending to an eventful and engaging trip!

Skinner's 8th Grade Class of 2016 traveled to Washington DC for their class trip. The group toured many memorials and museums throughout the nation's capital including the Frederick Douglass home, Newseum, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Cathedral, Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, Lincoln Memorial and National Mall to name a few. The trip was a very fun and educational experience for all. 

Congratulations Class of 2016!

In Ms. Ferrara's 3rd grade classroom, we recently took part in the CPS Peace Hour Pledge. Students were motivated to keep the peace in their home and school communities. They proudly participated in the peace circle talk, sharing thoughtful and insightful ideas and personal stories regarding peacekeeping. The took the peace pledge, and are committed to keeping the peace over the summer and into the new school year. Each student shared an idea of how they will improve the peacefulness of their home or school, and we created a poster to be displayed these last days of school as a visual reminder of our strong and sincere commitment to peace.


Repeat Articles
Be sure to check out the second phase of the mosaic! Our 7th & 8th grade students partnered with Green Star Movement to cut and place the tiles to create this beautiful installation. Thanks to everyone who supported the project by purchasing tiles and donating to Gallery 111 throughout the year, it is because of you we can do projects like this. For all of you interested in tiles, Gallery 111 will be sending home information in the fall to be a part of phase 3!!!



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


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.


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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