Week at a Glance: October 14th - October 21st

   School Absence Policy
New Parent Questions

Dates to Remember 
  • Medical Forms are due, Friday, October 14th
  • Last Call: Yankee Candle Fundraiser due, Friday, October 14th
  • Skinner Park Pumpkin Palooza, Saturday, October 15th 
  • Gallery 111 Meeting, Tuesday, October 18th, 4:00pm in the Art Room
  • Forum/PTO Meeting, Tuesday,October 18th, 5:30 pm in the Library
  • LSC Meeting, Tuesday, October 18th , 6:30 in the Gym
  • Halloween Door Decorating Contest, now through October 25th
  • Classroom Halloween Party, Friday, October 28th
  • Spooky Skinner Ball, Friday, October 28th, 4pm - 7pm
  • SIC Meeting, Thursday, November 3rd, 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • Skinner High School Fair, Thursday, Nov 3rd, 6:00-7:30 in the Gym
New Articles
2016-2017 Minimum Health Reqirements for CPS

"Evidence shows that healthy students have better attendance patterns and perform better academically."  The following health requirements apply to all children enrolled in a Chicago Public School.

See here for CPS health requirements for Kindergarten students.

Children must provide proof of required immunizations and health exams before October 15, 2016 or they will face exclusion from school. 

Physical Examination
  • due October 15, 2016
  • See form here
  • Must be within one year prior to entry to
    • preschool and K
    • 6th and 9th grades
    • Any students entering CPS for the first time
Vision Examination
  • due October 15, 2016
  • For students
    • entering Kindergarten
    • entering State of Illinois for the first time at any grade level
Dental Examination
  • due May 15, 2017
  • For Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades


Please refer to Skinner West website for more information.

School Fees are Due by November 15th!

1st - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
Save the Date: Selective Enrollment Open House

Many of the selective enrollment academic centers and high schools are having open houses in the near future.  Be sure to mark your calendars! Here are a few:

Skinner West Classical 11/17     10am-11am
Whitney Young Academic Center  10/16   10am - 2pm
Lane Tech Academic Center 10/30  9am - 11pm

Whitney Young High School 10/16  1pm - 4pm
Lane Tech High School 10/30  12pm - 3pm
Jones College Prep 10/15  10am - 3pm
Northside College Prep  11/6  11am - 2pm
Walter Payton High School  11/5   9am - 1pm 

Please see here for more detail!

Rebooted: Lost and Found!


We've reorganized the Lost & Found!  It's never been easier to find your jean jackets, black coats, etc.

If you can't find what you're looking for -  don't give up hope!  We've placed a bunch of lost items in storage and you can collect your items during the next Report Card Pickup Day, November 9th).

Anything not claimed that day will be donated to charity.

Get Ready for the Spooky Skinner Ball!
Friday, October 28th, 4pm - 7pm
All KDG - 8th grade students and their familes are welcome!

Admission and Activities are Free, and Food is available for purchase.

Students must be accompanied by a parent, unless chaperoned and registered through Park District or STAR program

Please see here for flyer!
Haunted Hallways coming to Skinner West!

Spooky Skinner Door Decorating Contest now through October 25th!  Voting will be through Wednesday, October 26th.

Top 5 favorites will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Spooky Skinner Ball!
Creative freedom is allowed for door/entry space to classroom but please be mindful of age-appropriate content and our diverse community.

Stay tuned for more information in the next newsletter!

Skinner Park Pumpkin Palooza is this Saturday, October 15th!


Join Future Hits (Mr. Baron's band) for a Halloween Rock Show for kids and kids at heart!


The band will play many of the songs that he uses to teach our students here at Skinner West.

Costumes strongly encouraged! Treats provided by No Denial Foods and Dick & Jane's Educational Snacks.

Future Hits headlines the show; openers include The Ravens (a Music House band) and Duke Otherwise from Madison, WI.

Part of the show's proceeds will benefit Gallery 111. 

When: October 22nd (Saturday) - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: Schubas Tavern (3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago)

Hope to see you there!

Call for Parent Writers!!

Skinner West has invited Chicago Children's Theatre to collaborate on a project leading up to the grand opening of their new West Loop home, The Station.

More details about the project are to come, but click here for some general information!

We are currently looking for a Skinner West community parent who would be excited to collaborate on an original story that would accompany animated films being created with the Skinner students.

The time commitment would be about 25 hours over an 8 week period, daytime preferred. 

If interested, please contact Frank Maugeri at and CC

Howling for Helpers!

Additional parent helpers are needed for both 
  • October 27th from 6pm - 9pm for setting up the Spooky Skinner party 
  • October 28th from 4pm - 7pm to help run activities, games, and concessions along with teacher and student volunteers
Please sign up for any of the time slots HERE!

Final Reminder: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Please be sure your final candle orders and payments are in this Friday, October 14th. 

Thank you for showing your support!

Classroom Connection - 8th Grade (Ms. Mellos)

Please see here for an excerpt from our 8th grade superstar, Joshua A.l!

Skinner Superstar Sean C. in the Spotlight!
Sean C., 4th grade classical program, participated in 2016 Fall Color Festival, an annual mountain bike fund-raiser held at the John Muir trails in Southeastern, Wisconsin, on September 24, 2016. Proceeds support future trail development and trail maintenance.
Sean raced in both Parent - Child Tag and U10 events.  He placed bronze and silver respectively. 

Congratulations to our Skinner Superstar!

Brooklyn Boulders is offering a walking bus program for Skinner students!                                      
Take the higher road in after school programming. Brooklyn Boulders is introducing their walking bus program from Skinner West to BKB. 

Sign up for Tuesday Kids Academy which runs 4pm - 6pm, and let Youth Coordinator Eric know your child is a Skinner student interested in the free service by emailing him at

BKB will have their team members waiting to pick up your child at 3:40pm  and walk with them to BKB, where you can conveniently pick them up at 6pm! 
Repeat Articles
Principal's Report

Please see here for the Principal's Report from the September 20, 2016 LSC Meeting.
Please fill and return the Family Income Information Form

All parents should have received the CPS Family Income Information Form 2016 - 2017 during the open house sessions.  This form replaces the free and reduced lunch applications. 

This form is critical for Skinner West to receive SGSA funds!  Our goal is a 95% return rate!

Please complete and return today!

School Absence Policy

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.  Phone calls to the office are optional.
Please see here for school absence policy
New Parent Question?  

We realize many new parents may have questions about their new school.  Please email with the heading "New Parent Question".  Please note the email box is monitored by parent volunteers.  We'll do our best to get back to you within 24 hours!

As always, please email, the email address for parents only.
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Deborah M. Clark
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