2016-2017 School Year 
Welcome Newsletter #1

Dates to Remember

Skinner STAR Aftercare In-Person Registration: 8/29 to 9/2 from 8am to 4pm (details below)
Kindergarten Meet & Greet: Thursday 9/1 @ 4pm
1st to 8th Grade NEW Student Meet & Greet: Thurs 9/1 @ 2pm
First Day of School 2016: Tuesday, 9/6 @ 8:45am 
Save-the-date: Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) Walk-a-Thon: Thurs, 10/13 

CPS 2016- 2017 Calendar: Click Here

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Ms. Clark welcome
We are thrilled to kickoff this school year!  It's hard to believe, but the first day of school is around the corner. We welcome our new Superstar families and welcome back our returning Superstar families. Are you ready for another fantastic year? Skinner West is THE premier school in Chicago, so you should be proud to be part of this.

Speaking of premier schools, be sure to pick up a copy of the September Chicago magazine.  Skinner West was named the #1 Chicago Elementary School, based on a combination of factors - PARCC attainment, NWEA/ MAP math and reading growth, parent and student surveys and attendance. Congratulations to everyone- Superstars, staff, parents, community members - to make this happen!

As leaders, educators and parents, the Skinner family collaborates to help prepare our students- emotionally, academically, artistically, professionally - for the next phase in their education. Each year, we hear positive updates from our graduates on how they have succeeded and continued their journey in their educational and professional careers, and we beam with pride each and every day to hear such positive news updates! 

We encourage each of you to become active in the Skinner Community.  Attend a Local School Council, Parent Teacher Org PTO/Forum, Friends of Skinner West or Gallery 111 meeting. The LSC also sponsors the Facilities, School Improvement , Communications and Bilingual Advisory subcommittees. All of these organizations are seeking the best interest in our Superstars and the community around them. Become a room parent, volunteer in the library or one the the committees. Engage with other parents and join the exciting times ahead of us!

These weekly e-newsletters and alerts serve as the main communications for school-wide communications- news, policies, changes, key dates and activities and more!  As you meet your new teachers and room parents, you may receive more targeted communications to support your child's Skinner experience. Be sure to like our  Facebook page, and bookmark our website at for more information.

As always, if you have any questions for me, please contact me using the parent-only email address: .  We do our best to respond!
If you have any new parent questions, we have parent volunteers on hand to help by emailing (please label the subject with "new parent question")

Try to enjoy the rest of summer with your Superstars. And be on the lookout for more pertinent updates before the first day of school. We look forward to each Superstar returning on Tuesday, September 6th! We are ready for another fantastic school year with our wonderful Superstar families and staff !

Deborah M. Clark



  • Please check the website for the school supply lists - updates have been made!
  • Please remember: purchase your grade level supplies AND the Ancillary list supplies, Art, and Science supplies.
  • If you had purchased from the PTO Supplies Fundraiser last year, they will available in your class on the first day of school
  • School Fees schedules will be available on this same link soon.  


STAR Aftercare Program Registration 

1) Paypal: & email registration and proof of payment to or in person on 9/6 during aftercare. Be sure to list your child's name.
2) In person payment and registration 8/29-9/2 from 8am to 4pm. Cash or Check will be accepted or in person on 9/6 during aftercare.

Please remember that the first payment is due by the first day of school to secure your spot! Thank you, and we can't wait to see you!

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


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Deborah M. Clark
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