Week at a Glance: November 11th - November 18th

Dates to Remember    
  • Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL, Friday Nov. 11th
  • FOSW- Cat and Mouse Store - Saturday, Nov. 12th
  • PTO/Forum Meeting 5:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 15th
  • LSC Meeting 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 15th
  • School Fees Due Tuesday Nov. 15th
  • Skinner West Addition Meeting, Wed. Nov 16th 6:00 P.M
  • Friends of Skinner West Meeting, 8:50 a.m. (cafeteria) Thurs. Nov. 17th
  • Open House for Selective Enrollment, Thursday Nov. 17th- 10:00 AM
  • NO CLASSES- Wed. November 24th - Friday, November 26th -Thanksgiving Holiday



New Articles

Purchase a Tile - Last Phase of Skinner Mosaic

Be a part of a collaborative effort to boost Skinner arts enrichment programs - organized by Gallery 111-  while leaving a beautiful mark on our school's mosaic by purchasing a tile.  Take a look at the beautiful mosaic on our building on the Adams Street to see examples of what other donors have done.  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 or email Ms. Bovit, with any questions.


Friends of Skinner West

Friends of Skinner West will host a meeting open to all parents on Thursday November 17th at 8:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. We are looking for parents who want to contribute ideas about classroom purchases or who want to volunteer more as we move forward with making our Walkathon purchases.

Also, FOSW is currently searching for someone to fill the vacant position of Secretary. The election will be held within the next several months.  Applicants should:
-work well with a team
-be organized
-be able to attend monthly (or more frequent) day time meetings at the school
-be able to take notes and maintain records
-be available to help with purchasing, sorting, inventorying and distributing purchased items.

If you are interested, please email us at


Classroom Connections - 8th Grade

This Classroom Connection was written by Class of 2017 student , Cleveland H.:

During the 8th grade field trip last Thursday with Encore Theatre Presentations, we watched a series of 5 short stories turned into plays . Not only did these plays further our understanding of the complex stories but they brought them alive by engaging the audience through great acting and an exemplary script. To start, ''The Raven" uses complicated language and is classic...or old so the plot is a challenge to follow.  But after the play,  we were able to visualize this better and it helped us understand what happened.  We are learning more and more about Edgar Allan Poe, his writing style, short stories and POEtry.  

Another short story turned into a play for this trip was, "The Monkey's Paw". It is a short story by W. W. Jacobs. The writer of this play got the plot down pat but they added small events into the play that not only enhanced the plot but made it where the audience was learning and enjoying the play. On top of that, the people who worked at the theatre controlled the audience where everyone got a fair chance to appreciate the gift of art that was presented to us on that day. 

To sum it all it all up, the plays that were presented for us last Thursday were a delightful experience for the 8th graders and furthered our education while we were enjoying ourselves on a field trip.


FOSW Giving Campaign

Parents you can give or receive this holiday year!

Friends of Skinner West is proud to announce our 4th annual Holiday Giving Drive.  Our goal is to make sure that every Skinner Superstar has what they need  (such as clothing and educational items) this holiday season. 

If you want to give, please contact Ashley Kohn at  and she will direct you to the signup list. 

If you want to receive, please communicate with your teacher.  Everything and everyone is confidential.  Written requests need to be made to your teacher by Tuesday, November 15, 2016 



Chicago Children's Theatre and Skinner West

Skinner West is partnering with our new neighbor - Chicago Children's Theatre, the city's largest professional theatre company devoted to creating exceptional theater and outstanding education exclusively to children and families.  CCT has recently announced grand opening plans for their new home called The Station, located around the block from Skinner at 100 S. Racine.  

As part of this partnership, Skinner West students will be participating in the creation of art with CCT.  Students will be partaking in theatre workshops about art, photography, prop manipulation and storytelling.  The project will come to life in the New Year.  Parents are asked to sign the release form for this project that was sent home with the report cards.  

In addition, Chicago Children's Theater has extended priority registration to their upcoming session of classes at That Station for Skinner West families.  Families can use code SKINNER to receive a discount on classes online at

Please contact Samantha Buckman, Education and Community Manager, at 773-227-0180 x 15 for more information. 

We look forward to this exciting partnership with our new neighbor!


Spotlight on Skinner Superstars

Congratulations to fifth grade Skinner student Alice F.!  Alice won 1st Place in the 5th grade competition at the  2016 Illinois All Grade State Chess Championship on November 5th. Fifty-six players competed in the 5th grade session, playing a total 5 rounds. She was the only player without any loss (four wins and one drawn) and the only girl in the top 10 players.


Congratulations to 4th grader Karsten E., a student in Ms. Carlson's class! Karsten played in the Bauer Invitational Hockey Tournament, in Ontario Canada and his Chicago Jets hockey team came in 2nd place.  Karsten was named Captain of his team and his team was the only American team to make it to the Championship.

Repeat Articles

From the Desk of CPS

Chicago Public Schools has issued a letter to parents regarding the PARCC Assessment.  Please click here to read the letter and learn more about this assessment.  


Support Local Business - Support Skinner School

On Saturday, November 12th, come out and support a local business - Cat and Mouse Game Store, at 1112 W. Madison Street, as they celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day.  They have generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from this event to Friends of Skinner West. 

Cat and Mouse Game Store is throwing a party featuring the Best Toys For Kids Award winners from 2016 and years past! 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES- 11AM - 4PM Check out top games and puzzles from this year's list like Happy Salmon and the Code & Go Robot Mouse, participate in a Kidoozie Pogo Jumper contest, make a silly mask from Faber-Castell and mix your own custom color of Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld Thinking Putty. Little contests, giveaways and a Gamewright Games Sneaky Cards scavenger hunt will pop up throughout the day.

Thank you Cat and Mouse Game Store for supporting Skinner!


Halloween at Skinner!
Skinner School had the Halloween spirit last week.  Our students enjoyed dressing in costume, participating in the school Halloween parade, celebrating with their class, and attending the after-school Spooky Skinner Ball. 

Thank you to all parents and family members who donated their time to help our teachers and staff.  A special thank you to the PTO Forum for hosting the ball-- it was a smashing success!  And a special shout-out to the following incredible people for their hard work, time and commitment to designing, planning and hosting Spooky Skinner:

Gary Mack
Stephanie Krompier
Kelly Ranftl
Amanda Ranftl
Paul Krompier


The hallways at Skinner were transformed by students for Halloween week.  Thank you to all who voted in the Haunted Hallways Contest.  Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:                 
  • Most Scary - Ms. Lohman (119)
  • Most Creative - Room 124
  • Most Surreal - Art Room - Ms. Bovit
  • Most Funny - Mr. O'Brien (221)
  • Most Cute  - Ms. O'Brien (114)       


2nd Annual BAC Diwali Celebration

On October 26th, Skinner students attended a school assembly when the BAC presented the 2nd Annual Diwali Celebration in the Skinner West Gymnasium.  Big thanks to Mrs. Sathish and Mrs. Clark for helping the BAC with this assembly and
special thanks to Ms. Maldonado, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Westy, and the many parent volunteers.

Congratulations to the following students, who participated and shared their beautiful culture with Skinner:
Praniksha  -  Pranav  -  Mitra  -  Avni  Rishita  -  Raagvi  -  Saumyaa  Shreesh  -Arjun A.  -  Aryan  -  Arnav -  Arjun N. -  Akanksha   - Aparna


Classroom Connection -Kindergarten- Ms. Growe

October has been a fun-filled month for Kindergarten! They have studied the changing of seasons and as an introduction to Fall, took a trip to the Pumpkin Farm. Children went on a hayride, ran through a corn maize, picked out a pumpkin, and admired the fall changes in our beautiful city. After the school wide Halloween celebrations, they ended the month learning about fire safety through a visit from a Chicago Firefighter who also happens to be a Skinner parent! Kindergartners have gained a lot of knowledge this month and the teachers look forward to filling their brains with plenty more before the year is over!

CPS Application Process 2017/18 School Year is Open! 

The application period for the 2017-2018 school year begins on October 3rd at 9 am and ends on December 9th. Apply online beginning October 3rd at 9 am and click 'Step 1' to start to the process.To register for the NWEA MAP for non-CPS students, click here. If you are still seeking school options for the 2016-2017 school year, click here.
School Fees are Due before November 15th!

1st - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
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