Week at a Glance: 
January 13 through January 20
NWEA Winter Testing Dates

Dates to Remember 
  • Friday, Jan. 13th - Deadline for Gallery 111 Art Submissions
  • Friday, Jan 13th - Deadline for Discounted Room Rates for Ski Day (below)
  • Monday, Jan 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO CLASSES
  • Tuesday, Jan 17th, 9am - Friends of Skinner West Meeting, Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, Jan 18th, 4:30pm- School Improvement Committee
  • Wednesday, Jan 18th, 6pm - Communications Committee
  • Thursday, Jan 19th, 3:45pm, Gallery 111 Meeting, Art Room (3rd Thurs)
  • Friday, Jan 20th- Spirit Day: Pajama Day! Wear your favorite pjs! 
  • Friday, Jan 20th- FOSW: Donate your gently used books 

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Winter NWEA  Testing Dates are January 12-27th for kindergarden-eighth grades in reading and math. Each teacher will communicate their class's testing schedule to parents. The results from the winter testing will allow teachers to monitor each child's progress thus far this year based on Common Core learning standards.

Student Council: January Updates
  • Spirit Day! Pajama day will be Friday, January 20th. Students are encouraged to wear school appropriate pajamas to school.

  • The Student Council is considering service learning projects for the school, so any student with an idea can share it with their classroom reps by January 25th.

  • The next Student Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th (3:45 to 4:45), Room 323.
Gallery 111 
- Winter Art Show, Volunteers, Details, Mosaic & More!

  • The next meeting will be on Thursday, Jan 19th @3:45pm.  All are welcome to attend.
  • Remember! Gallery 111 is seeking student art submissions for the Annual Winter Art Show on January 27th, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  The deadlines for submissions is Friday, January 13th.  Any questions, contact Ms. Bovit
  • We need VOLUNTEERS for the Gallery 111 Winter Art Show. If you can volunteer any time before, during or after the show for setup, concession stand help, face painting, or cleanup, please email Ms. Bovit @
  • Mosaic Reminder: Be a part of a collaborative effort to boost Skinner arts enrichment programs while leaving a beautiful mark on our school's mosaic by purchasing a tile.  Examples include family names, photos, tributes, poetry, business names and logo.  See the flyer here for more details on how you can support Skinner arts program. 
Classroom Connections: Art & Ms. Bovit

K, 1st & 2nd have been hard at work creating their masterpieces for the student art show (FRIDAY, JAN 27th) We look forward to seeing everyone there and a fun night to celebrate all of our Skinner artists.

4th grade is studying Surrealism and creating self-portraits inspired by the artist we studied. The twist is their faces are objects that represent their unique personalities.   

5th grade explored the Museum of Contemporary Art and just completed their experimental mono-printing unit. The most exciting part was seeing them discover what happens when using everyday objects to create textures and layers of color. 

6th grade completed 2D & 3D pieces where they were challenged to "can" an emotion or action, an ode to Pop Art and conveying messages through art. 


7th are working on a top secret art installation that will be reveal at the art show!!!

8th just wrapped up their linoleum block pints and they are stunning! They drew, carved by hand & printed their designs in ink. Check out the hallways to see their hard work on display! 

~ Ms. Bovit

Classroom Connections: Music & Ms. Maatouk

What a busy month this past December was!

The Kindergartners, first, fifth, seventh and eighth graders and Glee Club members were practicing and memorizing their holiday concert songs while second and third graders were already out performing around town. 

Their first concert was on December 3
rd right in the neighborhood at the Mary Bartleme Park Tree Lighting Ceremony, and their last concert was on December 16
th at the Chicago History Museum-with stops at Marianos, Whole Foods, the Palmer House Hilton and CNA in between. 

Let's not forget the Skinner West students involved in Music House, who worked so hard practicing their violins, ukuleles and guitars. 

The school concerts on December 20
th and 22
were a great success-students sang and played with strength and expression, and holiday spirits were raised. Kudos to all performers for their hard work and dedication. 
more concert pictures can be viewed on the Skinner West Music Page

Happy New Year!

~ Ms. Maatouk

Start a New Year's Resolution: Get Involved!

New Year! New You!  Below you will see just a few of the many opportunities to be involved in the Skinner Community.  Share the joy and reward that many families participate in. Choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities including LSC meeting committees, PTO fundraising, FOSW participation, Communications Committee, Gallery111, Tech Support, Bilingual Awareness Committee (BAC).  Attend the upcoming Winter Art Show or ask your teacher how you can help! As always, we thank you for your support!
Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) 

Do not forget to please donate your gently used books to the book bin to the lobby.  We are looking for books for all grade levels from KDG through 8th grade that your children have enjoyed (please no baby or board books).  For a list of some suggested titles, please see our Facebook page. The book drive has been extended to Jan 20th.
Friends of Skinner West seeks to fill the open position of Secretary.  The Secretary is responsible for keeping notes and communications.  The Secretary also plays a key role in organizing the school Walkathon and purchasing as well as other various duties. We are seeking an organized individual who is motivated and can commit to monthly meetings as well as weekly time to volunteer. If you are interested, please contact us at 
 or  attend our meeting on Tuesday, Jan 17th @ 9am.

With the support of Gallery 111 and Skinner West, Chicago Children's Theatre recently completed the "Architects of the Future" project. The project includes photographs of every student between first and fifth grade. Those images will be made available to every parent, and select children serve as the characters of the animations that are currently transforming the Theater's new home at 100 S. Racine. The windows are live every day 5:15pm-7pm. 

Chicago Children's Theatre invites all families to join them for a  FREE open house 3-5pm, January 22nd. The Open House includes the band Future Hits, an open rehearsal with the international theater group, Manual Cinema, over a dozen free classes for children 0-14, snacks, give-aways and more. RSVP at
Repeat Articles
skiSkinner Ski and Water Park Day
 February 3rd, 2017
At the Beautiful
 Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva,
just 90 minutes North of Chicago!
1 bedroom suites $119 2/2, $219 2/3, $219 2/4Sat 2/4
2 bedroom suites: $219 2/2, $319 2/3, $319 2/4at 2/4
(2 night MINIMUM stay required for discounted rates. All suites include 4-6 water park passes daily.)
Use the below link to book your suite at the Skinner West group rate or call directly 
Questions: please contact Kim Rivera-Reynolds at
Click HERE for the  2017 Ski registration slip and detailed trip information.
Mrs. Clark CNA Message

Classroom Connection: 
La Clase de Español del Señor Alvizuri

Besides Skinner West being the premier school of the City of Chicago, we are one of a few elementary schools that have a foreign language program. In the case of our eighth graders, they have been working hard this year in developing verbal skills.  We have been introducing dialog in Spanish that prepares them to engage in basic conversation in a variety of scenarios.   We are proud to share the performance of two of our great students who agreed to share their work; the video of Sophia R. and Allanah R. can be viewed here
Classroom Connection:  Ms. Alexander and Ms. Salameda

In Ms. Alexander's class this week we have been getting ready for the holiday concert! We have been lucky enough to get a classroom elf named Stella, who is always causing mischief. We learned about winter holidays over the past few weeks, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years, Chinese New Year, and Las Posadas. In Ms. Salameda's classroom, to kick-off our Holidays Around the World experience, the students created a suitcase that they will take with them as we "travel" around the world to learn about how each country celebrate the holidays. So far, our class  has "traveled" to the USA, Mexico, and the Philippines.  In addition to learning about the Holidays around the World, the students are also learning about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. 

Classroom Connection:  Mr. Lewandowski and Ms. Rosenzweig

This week the 5th Grade students in Rooms 314 and 318 have been finishing their novel studies of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Tuck Everlasting readers had to think about these questions:  "What if you could live forever?" and "Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? Students realized these questions are complicated and not easily answered. Students reading the Westing Game were transformed into sleuths, uncovering the murder mystery of a multi-million dollar fortune.
Through group discussions and activities, students used the novel study to learn new vocabulary, make inferences, question, connect, and observe.  Students also learned about figurative language and theme.  Students who read Tuck Everlasting had fun working together and creating a storyboard, board game, and doing a book versus movie comparison.  Case detective files and a suspect report were submitted from those students reading The Westing Game.  Would you want to live forever or play the role of a detective?  Ask a 5th grader for their answer
Parent Volunteers Needed for Tech Support

We are looking for parents who can volunteer from 1-3 hours to assist Mr. Lomax in installing our new Net Support Program on every Chrome Book, laptop, and computer.  If you have a little time to help us with this major project please sign up here for the following dates and times:

January 17-20th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 23-27th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Skinner West Debate Team Results

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's second tournament of the 2016-2017 season on December 17. The overall topic for the year is: Political and Economic Engagement with the People's Republic of China, and the cases being debated at this Tournament were Human Rights, North Korea, and Currency Manipulation. The students did an outstanding job against some tough competition!
3rdNoviceIndividualJimmy X.
5thNoviceTeamAlex E.Jimmy X.
3rdNoviceTeamArnav G,James B.
2ndNoviceTeamJulia G,Tia H.
10thJVIndividualChristi B.
4thJVIndividualChristina L.
6thJVTeamChristi B.Christina L.
8thVarsityIndividualVictor K.
3rdVarsityIndividualMatthew S.
2ndVarsityIndividualKatelyn M.
6thVarsityTeamMatthew S.Katelyn M.
2ndVarsityTeamVictor K.Chris C.

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