Week at a Glance: 
May 12 - May 19  
New Articles

May 16- June 15th NWEA Testing Grades K-8th
May 16th - May 19th Classical and Neighborhood School Registration
Saturday,  May 20th Gallery 111 Gala 
Tuesday, May 23rd PTO Meeting at 5:30 
 Tuesday, May 23rd LSC Meeting at 6:30 (note the change)
May 23rd - June 20th Neighborhood School Registration (Tuesday evenings only from 4:00-6:00)
May 31st -June 2nd 8th Graders to Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7th Skinner Theater Team Production
Thursday, June 8th Spring Concert for Parents
Friday, June 9th  8th Grade Luncheon
Friday, June 9th Skinner Dance Team Recital
Monday, June 12th Kindergarten Graduation
Thursday, June 15th Music House Concert
Friday, June 16th 8th Grade Graduation (by invitation only)

New Articles
School Improvement Committee Meeting Minutes

Please see here for 3/30/2017 SIC meeting minutes
Please see here for 5/10/2017 SIC meeting minutes


Food by May St, Dessert by NoDenial & BAKE
 Music by DJ JAZ

Buy your tickets HERE!

Silent Auction highlights
Pitchfork & North Coast tickets, a chance to play basketball against Common, Cubs and Sox tickets, Disney passes, experience WGN radio live, Trevor Noah live and lots of restaurant, theater, camp, spa and fitness items! 

Wondering what your money got our superstars this year?
  • Kindergarten: Tiny Tunemakers Residency
  • 1st Grade: May I Have This Dance Residency 
  • 2nd & 4th Grades: Poetry Center of Chicago 
  • 3rd Grade: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trip 
  • 5th Grade: Emerald City Theater Residency 
  • 6th Grade: Beatboxing with Poetry Residency with Yuri Lane 
  • 7th Grade: African Drumming Residency with Baba Ali 
  • 7th & 8th Grades: Green Star Mosaic Workshops 
  • Diverse Learners: Hubbard Street Dance Residency 
  • 1st-8th Grades: Chicago Children's Theatre Partnership and numerous other arts field trips!
Please come to the PTO Meeting on May 23rd!


All parents and teachers are invited to the PTO meeting next week!  We will be planning a fun end-of-school-year event for all Skinner Superstars!  You can also learn more about how to get involved and make donations HERE!

Date: Tuesday, May 23rd
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Skinner Library on 3rd Floor
Skinner Music Concerts Coming Up

Thursday, June 8th @ 9:45AM
Participating classes: Pre-K, 2nd grades, 4th grades, 217 & 314, 6th grades, and Glee Club

Thursday, June 15th @ 2:15pm
All Music House participants in violin, guitar, ukulele, & Rock Band

Neighborhood / Classical Program Registration & School Tours

Registration for new students will take place as follows:

Neighborhood & Classical Program: May 16th - May 19th (10am - 3pm)
Neighborhood Program: May 23rd - June 20 (Every Tuesday afternoon 4pm - 6pm)

School tours will be held on these dates:

Main Building: May 15th at 10:00am
Branch: May 18th at 2:00pm

Skinner West Basketball Summer Camp Open for Registration

Register for the Skinner basketball summer camp HERE
!  Camp is open for girls and boys ages 7-14

WHEN: June 26, 2017 - July 28, 2017
  • Camp Hours: 9am-3pm
  • Lunch:12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Early Dropoff @ 8:00am | Late Pickup @ 4:00pm
WHERE: Walter Payton College Prep

Camp Includes
  • 5 Week Instruction on building and increasing basketball skill, knowledge, gamesmanship and competitive drive.
  • Click here to register and learn more! 

After a couple of years without a Talent Show at Skinner, the performances were worth the wait!  

Thank you, Ms. Mellos & Mrs. Rosensweig for supporting and showcasing our talented and creative students.  Thank you to our thoughtful and entertaining MC's, Nia Lambert & Katelyn McBride.  And of course, we could not have done this without our technical and set support, Jeremiah!

Everyone had FUN!  All the students, teachers and parents came together and supported each other. The energy in the gym was amazing! Congratulations to all of our performers!

4th Grade
Olivia A.
Carina B.
Jonathan C.
Adrija D.
Miles K.
Ailey K.
Darian K.
Mark L.
Molly S.

5th Grade
Ellyss D.
Taile L.
Ethan S.
Jarvis T.

6th Grade
Yahel A.  
Hannah D.
Jana Louise G.
Melania N.
Braden S.
Nathaniel W.

7th Grade
Nikola Le T.
Angela W.

8th Grade
Jamil C.
Ferris S.

GREAT SUCCESS at the Skinner Daughter Dance!

The Skinner Daughter Dance was a GREAT success and we had a full house of daughters, fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and even some moms, truly enjoying themselves.   

THANK YOU for all who volunteered your time and effort in planning this wonderful event!  A special thank you to our DJ Eric's awesome work on providing great tunes and fun dances as well as to Stephen's great looking Photo Booth which was very popular.  Everything ran smoothly and our Skinner daughters truly had a fantastic time!

The gym looked amazing in the A Night Under the Stars decorations theme by Sarah Lane and her team. Our vendors had a great time selling Mother's Day gifts, all organized by Nicolle Lahaie.  Our Crafts Table was a huge success, all organized and created by Megan Palagi and her team.  The cleaning crew spearheaded by Mel Mueller, Joe Pucci, Katalin Ogren and everyone else who stayed behind was fantastic!! Our stunning art work (invitation, signs, tickets etc. etc) was all created by the talented graphic designer Stephanie Kropier. And Thank you all who worked the different stations and helped in the planning of the event!

We had lots of food donated to us by Cemitas Puebla, Glazed and Infused donuts and Wishbone which we greatly appreciated.  

Pictures from the night can be found through this link

Repeat Articles
NWEA Tests Coming Up!

NWEA testing will happen between May 16- June 15th for grades K-8th.  Specific dates, time, and information for each grade level will be communicated through classroom teachers and in a separate e-blast.
Around the World in 80 Dishes: Indonesian Rijsttafel Lunch in Lincoln Park!

Please join Skinner West's Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) for an authentic Indonesian Rijsttafel Lunch in Lincoln Park!

Where: Rickshaw Republic 
When:  6/17/17 @ 1:00 p.m.

Please RSVP here!

- krupuk (garlic crackers)
- sambal (1 spicy & 1 sweet for kids)
- nasi putih (white rice)
- nasi kuning (yellow rice)
- sate ayam (grilled chicken skewer with peanut sauce)
- buncis (stir fried green beans)
- bakwan jagung (corn fritters)
- gulai ayam (braised chicken breast in lemongrass turmeric curry)
- sweet dessert

Adults $15, Kids $12 - gratuity included

Hope to see you there!

Skinner Summer Camp Registration - Now Open! camp 

Camp info is available here.  Feel free to email or bring in (to Skinner West) your filled out registration/waiver form

New this summer: 

- No deposit required

-  Camp will begin the day after CPS's school year ends on Wednesday June 21st. That 3-day week will be prorated based off of your enrollment in the following 8 weeks.

- Teen Camp will be run as a separate group with activities geared more toward their age, including their own trips at times. They will serve as Junior Counselors at times throughout each week, assisting with specific large group activities.

Feel free to reach out with questions by contacting the camp email address here!

Thank you!
Mr. Johnson & Ms. O'Brien


Reminder - 4th Quarter Star Payments Due! Please pay your fees for this program today

"Swimming is so fun! I LOVE my coaches and my teammates" -Skinner, CWAC Swimmer., 10 yo
"Swimming has been a joy. We're amazed at how confident and strong they've become!"
"The fun, the strength and conditioning, the team building, the friends, the lifelong nature of the sport are all things that make swimming and important life skill."

The Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club now has swim team, stroke clinic and swim lessons at Whitney Young High School and UIC!

The Wolfpack Swim School is not your average lesson program! The Wolfpack Swim School is designed to educate young swimmers on water safety as well as give them a comprehensive understanding of skills and technique for the four swim strokes. Click HERE to learn more and to register.

 Choose from June or July/August lessons @ 6pm at the Whitney Young Pool
 Instruction for as young as 3 years (potty-trained, no parents in pool) to 12 years

The Wolfpack Stroke Clinic is a new program this summer for swimmers who are looking to enhance their stroke technique and swimming skills. Click HERE to learn more and to register.

 Clinic dates are June 19-22 & July 17-20 at UIC
 Swimmers 10-14 years old

Chicago Wolfpack Aquatics Club (CWAC) is a developmental and competitive swimming club in the heart of Chicago. The mission of CWAC is to embrace swimmers of every level and provide them with the best possible environment and resources, allowing them to progress from novice to the highest level of competition.

Located at the Whitney Young Pool or UIC, schedule a tryout today.

 Swimmers 6-18 years old
 Click HERE to learn more about the CWAC team
Questions? Contact or visit

To celebrate 16 years in business POW! is hosting an open house that welcomes family and residents of all ages.  

The POW! staff loves its Skinner kids and therefore we decided to throw a party that welcomes the kids. 

Please bring your family this Sunday.  Your children will be able to take classes, enjoy face painting and so much more.

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