MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: December 3rd-December 9th

Dates to Remember  
  • School Improvement Committee Meeting - Tuesday, December 6th, 4:45 p.m.
  • School Expansion Committee Meeting - Thursday, December 8th, 5:30p.m.
  • LSC Meeting - Tuesday, December 20th, 6:30 p.m.
  • Primary Chorus at Barteleme Park - Saturday, Dec 3rd, at 5:30 p.m.
   
 

 

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Skinner West Expansion Update!

We were thrilled to host a meeting with Alderman Walter Burnett Jr., CPS, and the Public Building Commission representatives on November 16th.
  • The addition is planned to be three stories, although the alderman is working to secure additional funding for an additional floor to keep up with expected growth in demand.
  • The new space will include classrooms, a science lab, a satellite cafeteria, office, a multipurpose room, and lots of storage.
  • Site investigations and preliminary design are now underway. Construction will begin immediately after the school year ends, with work scheduled to conclude ahead of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Please click HERE to access the presentation.
For additional updates, we encourage you to attend the next Skinner West Expansion Committee Meeting on Thursday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m.

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Classroom Connections - Ms. Sendoun's Classroom

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, 8th graders in Ms. Sendoun's science class had the opportunity to visit Argonne National Laboratory to participate in hands-on experiments about X-rays and Particle Accelerators. Students learned the history of Argonne, heard from some of the scientists that work there, and experienced a simulation of how scientists harness the X-rays produced in the particle accelerator to image nano-materials.  According to student Len W., "I learned that the particle accelerator can accelerate particles to where they are 2 mph less than the speed of light."

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The numbers are in, and Skinner West Book Fair was a huge success!
  • The Skinner Community purchased $14,971.54 worth of books!
  • Students donated $250 in spare change to purchase books for kids in need. 
  • Skinner West earned $5,988 worth of books form Anderson's Book Fair Company. 
  • 500+ new books will be coming soon to our library! New books will be selected over winter break and delivered in Early February. 
  • Thank you x1000 to all the volunteers who helped Book Fair run smoothly- we could not have done it without you!

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Join us to cheer for the boys basketball team. The Chicago Elite Classic December 2nd and 3rd at UIC Pavilion. This is a great way to watch up and coming Chicago basketball players. Get tickets and learn more here.
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BAC Dinner in Chinatown

Attention all Skinner West families and staff! Craving some dim sum? Then join us for the next installment of BAC's international dining series for lunch at MingHin Cuisine in Chinatown on December 17th. Please RSVP by December 15th.

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Mary Bartelme Park Sixth Annual Tree Lighting

Join the Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council for the sixth annual tree lightening at the park this Saturday, December 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  There will be hot chocolate, sleigh rides, and photos with Santa.  Special musical performance from the  Skinner West Primary Chorus. More information can be found here.


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This holiday season consider a donation to Skinner West! 

Your contribution will provide general classroom resources from supplies to technology; unique educational experiences such as field trips or cultural performances; and teacher/staff training including continued learning and more. Click here to donate to the Skinner PTO.

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LSC Principal Clark's Report

The LSC met this week for their monthly meeting.  Please click here to view the November LSC report.  All parents are invited to attend the next LSC Meeting, on Tuesday December 20th at 6:30 p.m.


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Friends of Skinner West Holiday Giving Drive

Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) is hosting their annual Holiday Giving Drive.  
The drive supplies winter clothing items and educational toys to Skinner students so that all can enjoy a warm and happy holiday season.  If you would like to give, please use this link to sign up:
All donations are needed by December 14th


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Parents, we have our Primary Chorus concert schedule and our in-school holiday concert dates confirmed! 

A letter containing all the dates and details will be sent home with students - to read the letter now, click here.   Arrangements to be a chaperone should be made with the homeroom teachers. We will send home specific trip permission slips soon.
 
The uniform for performances is a red, long sleeve shirt and black pants/skirt with black socks/tights and black shoes.  Dresses for the girls in red and/or black are also fine
 
Primary Chorus performance dates, solo audition information, audition results, etc. can be found on the Skinner West Music Page 

See below for the remaining audition dates.

 
Holiday Concerts at Skinner - 
Parents and Community Invited
    
THURS. DEC. 22th SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR the COMMUNITY
9:45AM: 2nd, 3rd, 5th (219 & 318), 7th, 8th Grades, & Glee Club
 
    THURS. DEC. 22th SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR THE COMMUNITY
1:30PM: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, Music House Instrumentalists, Rock Band, & Glee Club


Primary Chorus (2nd and 3rd Graders) Concert Schedule

♫ SATURDAY DEC. 3 at 5:45 p.m. at Mary Bartleme Park 115 S Sangamon 2nd & 3rd RSVP Performance open to the public. Second and third grades by RSVP only, limited to 50 participants.  Also, SANTA CLAUS WILL BE THERE!   RSVP to Ms. Maatouk by going to this link and filling out the form or send a signed note to school by Thurs. December 1. 

♫ FRI. DECEMBER 9 at 11:00 a.m. Palmer House Hilton lobby 3rd 212/218 
Performance open to the public 

♫ FRI. DECEMBER 9 at 1:00 p.m. Palmer House Hilton lobby 3rd 119/214/216    Performance open to the public

♫ TUESDAY DEC.13 at 12:30 p.m. at Mariano's 40 S Halsted: 2nd 121/123
Performance open to the public 

♫ TUESDAY DEC.13 at 2:00 p.m. at Mariano's 40 S Halsted: 2nd 118/124
Performance open to the public 

♫ THURS. DEC. 15 at 12:00 noon at CNA (private venue) ALL 3RD GRADES 

♫ FRI. DEC. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark St 2nd 121/123 Performance open to the public 

♫ FRI. DEC. 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark St 2nd 118/124 Performance open to the public 

♫ SATURDAY DECEMBER 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Whole Foods 1 N Halsted 3rd GRADE by RSVP  RSVP by Thursday December 15 if your child will be participating in this concert. There is a limit of 50 children. RSVP to Ms. Maatouk by going to this link and filling out the form or send a signed note to school by Thurs. December 15. Performance open to the public .

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Come Climb for Skinner!
Come climb for Skinner!  On Sunday, December 11th, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m., Brooklyn Boulders is hosting a special group climb for Skinner kids. $20 entry includes gear and full program, with 100% of the proceeds going to Friends of Skinner West.  The event is limited to 40 spots, so  
fill out a waiver and sign up today! Contact Chris Noth, Youth Programs Manager, with any questions at  515-865-2407.  

Can't make it to the event?  Check out Kids Academy, BKB's after-school program.  Offered weekdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kids Academy is a unique and engaging experience for youth 5-12. Brooklyn Boulders Youth Coordinator Eric Sipos even picks up Skinner kids and walks them over for free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays!  
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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, jcbovit@cps.edu with any questions.


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CPS Application Process 2017/18 School Year is Open! 

The application period for the 2017-2018 school year ends on December 9th. Apply online  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.
 
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Special Offer for Skinner Families

To all Skinner families interested in seeing the movie Long Way North at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N State Street) this December: BAC president and Skinner parent Leentje De Leeuw has arranged a discount code, which can be used at the box office of the theater.  Using code SKINNERBAC Skinner parents and their families pay only $7 for a ticket (regular price is $11)!

Stay Connected

 Visit our website at http://www.skinnerwest.cps.edu/ for more information about what's happening in school.
Please consider a donation of time or funds to Skinner West!  Click the link to donate: www.skinnerwestgiving.org
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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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