Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Week 6: Oct. 15-Oct. 22             





October 15, 2015



Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

Thursday Oct 15  
 5th Week Progress Reports sent home today

Tuesday Oct. 20th
Gallery 111 Meeting
Art Room

PTO Meeting

LSC Meeting
Friday, Oct. 23rd  
Last Day To Donate To Walkathon



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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Did you miss last week's Week-At-A-Glance e-newsletter? Click here to catch up on a must-read!



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Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

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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






Please submit pictures from any Skinner West events (concerts, parties, presentations etc) to
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Thank you!




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 New Articles 

The Gallery 111 committee is looking for dedicated parents to fill leadership roles that help support the arts at Skinner West. The committee will be holding elections so be sure to attend our next meeting on October 20, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Art Room. 
 Classroom Connections

This week Skinner Kindergarten and Pre-school celebrated Fire Awareness with a special visit from a Chicago firefighter/Skinner parent! Children learned about fire safety rules and even got to try on Fireman Mike's fire hat and jacket! The children learned a lot and had a blast! Click here for more photos.

Upcoming School Improvement Committee Meetings 

Mark your calendars. Skinner West's next School Improvement Committee meetings will be:

Monday, November 16 at 4:30PM

Thursday, December 10 at 6:00PM 
Repeat Articles 

Friends of Skinner West would like to thank all students, parents and teachers who made the Walkathon a success.  It was a great day and  so far, we have raised over $30,000.  

View Walkathon Photos

If you forgot to send in your contribution, you can still send it in to your child's homeroom teacher or view our website at  to make a contribution via Paypal through October 23rd.  The three winning classrooms will be announced the week of October 26th
Box Top for School 

Be a Box Tops Superstar!

Skinner West participates in the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program. Skinner West earns 10 cents per Box Top. This doesn't sound like much, but it adds up- last year we earned over $1,500!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school purchase new library books. This year our school's earnings goal is $2,000.

To help our school, just look for the pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school!

If you are able to volunteer 1-2 hours a month to help count Box Tops, please email Ms. Ranftl at

To learn more about the 4 easy steps to Box Top Success, go here.


History Fair is around the corner and it is a wonderful way for students to develop skills that will be important to their success in life, including: finding and analyzing primary resources, the ability to find quality historical sources online, how to develop a thesis, and an evidence-based argument.

The photo, above, was featured in the Chicago Metro History Fair newsletter and it included our very own SUPERSTARS; Alexis C. & Imani R. at Harold Washington Library.


STAR Program Contact Information

In the event that you need to contact the STAR desk after regular office hours, please call us through the security guard's desk.  You will call 773-534-7790 and enter the extension 61159.  The security guard can then notify the STAR desk of any emergency information.  Thank you!



Don't Forget School Fees!
  • School Fees are critical to ensure we have sufficient supplies for each grade.  Each is found HERE
  • Fees can be paid via cash or check payable to "Skinner West" and dropped off with your teacher. Please label it with your childs name/ grade

School Absence Policy

If your child is absent, please provide your teacher a note with a parent's or doctor's signature in order to receive an excused absence. This is mandatory to receive an excused absence .
Please see here for school absence policy

Gym Uniform Policy Update!

It is our goal to have all of our Superstars dressed appropriately for every physical education class. All clothing should be light and easy to move in. Any clothing that restricts movement should be avoided.

Also, appropriate footwear is necessary. We strongly recommend purchasing items through Land's End. All items on the website are accepted and each purchase benefits the school. The school's page can be found here.

Please also see here for more information related to ordering through Lands' End.

Please note that students will not be allowed to change in or out of clothes for PE. We kindly as for you to send your Superstar in clothes that abide by the guidelines shown above on their physical education day.

Also, please be aware that accidents do happen and there's an increased likelihood that they will happen during physical education so please take necessary precautions when it comes to bringing or wearing expensive items such as glasses. If your child wears glasses you may consider having them wear an inexpensive/spare pair for P.E.

Thank you for your support.

Mr. Johnson & Ms. Westendorf
PE Teachers



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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark