CPS School Calendar 2015-2016
Skinner West Halloween Parade
4:00 - 6:00pm
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Turn clocks back one hour.
Monday, Nov. 2nd
Medical Exclusions go into effect
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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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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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.
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!
- 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
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 .
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