Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2015-2016

Welcome Newsletter            

  August 24, 2015


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Weekly Update 

Thursday, September 3rd

New Parent/Student & Orientation

Classical and Neighborhood Kindergarten Orientation
4- 5:30 PM

4:00-4:20 Meet and Greet
Forum /PTO in cafeteria main building

4:20- 4:45
General Presentation in the Gym- Main Building

4:45 -5:30
Walk/drive to Skinner Branch for classroom visit and teacher information

Thursday, Sept 3rd
New Student 
1st - 8th Grade 



STAR After School Program Registration


August 27th 2-5pm

Sept 1st 3-6pm

Sept 2nd 3-6pm

Tuesday, September 8th

First Day of School 
8:45am - 3:45pm

Star Program After School Program Kickoff 
3:45 -6:30pm
Skinner Park Program

Skinner West School Calendar

 CPS School Calendar 2015-2016



FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch Menus


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 
What's Happening in the West Loop?  Visit the 
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?

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and Share this with Family and Friends! 


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
 We prefer .jpg or .gif files of up to 350kb. 
Thank you!




 New Articles 
 Welcome to All New and Returning Superstars and Skinner West Families!  Please Review Pertinent Information to Be Prepared for the First Day of School!

 First Day of School & School Hours
The first day of school for all CPS students is TUESDAY, September 8th

School hours this year will be 8:45am to 3:45pm - no change from last year.

Please also note the 2015-2016 school calendar,  which lists the days off and other important dates.

Complete your Student/Parent Database Form 
& Optional Volunteer for Room Parent Program

To prepare for pertinent classroom communications, we are collecting email information on behalf of your teachers. Click on the respective database form (one for each student, please!)

  Special Ed - O Brien                   Special Ed-Cavaretta

If you are unsure of which class your child belongs to, please complete this form instead:

In addition to collecting your contact information, please include your interest in being a ROOM PARENT for your child's class.
What are Room Parents?


Room parents are volunteers representing a classroom from K- 8th grade and for ancillary classes:  library, art, science and foreign language.   


While room parent's primary responsibilities are determined in consultation with each teacher, however, these are general guidelines

  • Serve as a resource for classroom parents/act as a liaison between the teacher & parents;
  • Reach out to new classroom families & include them on email communications;
  • Solicit volunteers & donations for classroom activities
  • Answer school-related questions for parents
  • Communicate pertinent school/classroom news 
If you're interested in being a room parent or co-parent coordinator, please respond to the above designated database form or contact Kavita Rao 

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Kindergarten and New Student Orientation  

Before school starts, new parents and students can come and meet their new teachers and fellow new students at an orientation on 


Thursday, September 3rd

  • Kindergarten Classical 4 :00 to 5:30 PM Main Building and Branch 
  • Kindergarten Neighborhood 4:00 - 5:30 PM Main Building and Branch 
  • All New 1st -8th Grade Students  2:00- 3:00 Library 

You're invited to come and learn how to get involved at Skinner West through the various parent organizations. Both parents and students are welcome to attend! This event is sponsored by the PTO. 


The branch is located at the corner of Jackson & Aberdeen, just 2.5 blocks southeast from Skinner.



Entering Kindergarten? 
Are you a new parent with questions?  Send an email to and title it, "New Parent Question."  Parent volunteers will attempt to help answer your questions. We'll try to get back to you within 48 hours, but your patience is appreciated.



Minimum Health Requirements


If your child is entering preschool, kindergarten, 6th grade or you are entering a Illinois school for the first time, you must submit proof of immunizations and health exams to Skinner West before October 15th. 

All necessary documentation, including the immunization requirements and copies of the health requirement forms are available on the CPS website


Click here for the overall requirements.

Click here for the medical form.

Click here for the KDG requirements.


For more information, contact CPS Coordinated School Health at (773) 553-KIDS.

Failure to provide proof can result in exclusion from school. PLEASE keep our kids healthy and comply. Thank You!


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School Supply Lists & Fees 
 School supply lists can be found here for each grade.
  • School fees can be paid the first day of school, via a check or cash made payable to "Skinner West" and dropped off with your teacher.
  • School supplies can be brought in the first day of school to your child's classroom.
  • Please remember that each student should also donate ancillary and art supplies 
  • If you don't see your class list,  we appreciate your patience as we are updating the website content on a regular basis. 
Are You Wondering.....

who your child's teacher is or where their classroom numbers will be?  Most room numbers have been assigned on this contact page, however the full list will be announced in this newsletter and website soon.

The Star Extended Day program is planning a school year of fun again this program year!!  The program will provide after-school care at Skinner West for your child from 3:45 until 6:30 each school day.  The program is run and staffed by Skinner teachers and staff.  The program dates will match the school calendar dates. Classes will include homework/tutoring, physical activities, computer lab, music, games, art activities and more!

Payments can be made in person (cash, check) on the following days:

August 27th 2-5pm
Sept 1st 3-6pm
Sept 2nd 3-6pm

PayPal is also ready for payment via; please email a receipt (and form if you have not preregistered)
 to  with your child's name/grade/teacher and/or room no.

The first payments (either quarterly, semester or annually) are due before the first day of school in order to guarantee a spot.

Additional registration information, forms and payment information are available on the Skinner West web site at this link.  

Additional questions regarding the program may be directed to (please note this is a NEW email address, different from last year.)
CPS Parent Survey
CPS is seeking input from parents on how CPS needs to improve and for you to provide suggestions for ways to do better.  

Read this letter to parents HERE

Take the brief survey HERE


Visit our website at

for more information about what's happening in school.
 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

to this newsletter should be emailed to


                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark