Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Week 8: Oct. 29-Nov. 5               





October 29, 2015



Skinner Banner 2011
Weekly Update 

Friday, Oct. 30th 
Skinner West Halloween Parade

Monster Bash
6th-8th Grade
4:00 - 6:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 1st
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Turn clocks back one hour.
Monday, Nov. 2nd

Medical Exclusions go into effect


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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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!)
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The Skinner West Parade is scheduled for Friday, October 30th. The times of when classes will parade around Skinner Park is as follows:

10:00am - Lohman & Salameda
10:10am - Martin & Sittner
10:20am - Rupp & O'Connor
10:30am - Thiel & Ward
10:40am - Schwartz & O'Brien
10:50am - Ferrara & Fisher
11:00am - Dalal & Oluewu
11:10am - Cox & Willis


There is an LSC Community Representative vacancy.  Applications will be available in the main office.  Interested candidates are invited to speak at the LSC meeting on November 17th at 6:30. The application deadline is Monday, November 16th 2015 at 4pm.

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Please save the date for our Student Council Election Assembly.

Who: 4th & 5th grade classes

When: 11/09/2015, 12:45-1:30

Where: Gymnatorium

Who: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade classes

When: 11/09/2015, 1:30-2:30

Where: Gymnatorium    
Students running for the executive office positions will be campaigning next week.


Friends of Skinner West is excited to announce that we have met and exceeded our goal of raising $40,000 for the school! The grand total of monies raised is $42,460. Due to the overwhelming success, FOSW has decided to increase the number of winning classrooms to 8. Each winning classroom will receive an ice cream party on Halloween and a $500 technology item of their choice. Thank you to all parents, families, students, and teachers for your generous contributions!

The winners are: 
1. Ms. Schwartz $3360 
2. Ms. Salameda $2312 
3. Ms. Sauer $2193 
4. Mr. Linke $2146 
5. Ms. Lohman $2128 
6. Ms. Travis $1963 
7. Ms. Ward $1759 
8. Ms. Martin $1702 
Please go here  to view the Principal's Report from the October 20, 2015 Local School Council (LSC) meeting. 

This summer Ms. Bovit & the art teacher from Suder, Ms. Bolt got a travel grant through Fund For Teachers to study art in Morocco. If you would like to see their travel blog: 
Ms. Bovit & Ms. Bolt held a Moroccan art making day in the park with students from both of their 5th grade classes, focusing the day on team and community building through the art. 
Our first activity students got a photo of a traditional Moroccan tile design and had to replicate it on a large scale with colored pieces of paper. Students then enjoyed a traditional Moroccan lunch. After lunch and a discussion of the importance of Moroccan symbols, students paired up with one person from the other school to create thoughtful symbols based on their assigned "theme" (everything from community to protection to acceptance). 
Once their sketches were complete they carved and printed their design onto quilting squares that will be sewn into school quilts for display. The results were incredible!  
Repeat Articles 
Monster Bash
Friday, October 30, 2015

Skinner 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will have a spooky celebration filled with dancing, costume contests, pizza, candy and more! The cost of the event is $6. Former Skinner West students that moved on to an Academic Center (current 7th and 8th graders) are welcome to attend as well. ALL students must have a signed permission form, which can be found here.


Skinner West was chosen to participate in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program! Students used Google Cardboard and Viewmaster devices to take a variety of virtual field trips.  During Library class with Ms. Ranftl, students explored London Literary Locations like Shakespeare's Globe Theater, Big Ben, 221 B Baker Street, and Platform 9 3/4, and wrapped up with a view of London from the top of the London Eye.  Mrs. Irvin's 6th graders checked our urbanization in Brazil and India for their Global Citizenship unit. Ms. Sendoun led upper grade science classes to CERN and Mars, and Ms. Ward and Mr. Lew took their classes to see Ocean Safaris and Landforms.
Here is a fun video of Ms. O's 3rd grade class checking out London!

There was also a segment done on Skinner West and the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program by ABC 7 News, click here


Parents, are you aware that many selective enrollment elementary and high schools have open houses in the months of October and November?

If your child is in 6th, 7th or 8th grade you should begin having discussions with them about the various school options.  In addition, you might want to attend some of the upcoming open houses.  They are great opportunities to learn more about the schools.  Faculty, staff and students are available to answer questions about curriculum, extracurricular activities, sports programs, tuition, financial aid, etc. Take a look at the lists of Selective Enrollment Open Houses from the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment.


There will be a Facility Services Committee meeting on Monday, November 16th from 1:00-2:00pm. The location of the meeting is still to be determined.

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 
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.



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