MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: 
December 17th - December 23rd
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Dates to Remember 

  • Facilities Services Committee Meeting - Monday, Dec 19th, 2:30
  • LSC Meeting - Tuesday, December 20th, 6:30 p.m.
  • PTO/Forum Meeting - Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Assembly Concerts -Thursday, Dec 22, 9:45 and 1:30
  • Student Council-Holiday Sweater Day- Friday, December 23rd
  • Winter Break - No School December 24th - January 8th 2017.
  • School Resumes - Monday, January 9,2017
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PARCC
                                 2016   PARCC  TEST RESULTS

Individual  PARCC test results for students in Grades 3-8th will be sent home on Wednesday, Dec 21. Please be on the look out for the white envelope with your child's PARCC test scores and an explanation for parents.


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Student Spotlight: Ruthie Z. 8th Grader

From Ms. Mellos... All too often we are pressed with news that saddens our hearts and perhaps we watch a little Sports Center to balance off that feeling of hopelessness back to believing in the good and the greats.  It's a great thing for me, then, that I have my students that help me believe in a better future every day.  Ruthie Z. is one of those students.  A student who makes a difference every day and will make a difference in the future.  She is the Student Council Historian and this year her efforts to help Hillary Clinton on her campaign did not go unnoticed.  Ruthie writes for "Rise Above All Odds," a website that proves Millennials are on the move. 

"Toledo is gray, even when the sun makes you squint and the sky is clear like stainless steel. Even then, it is gray. The signs are everywhere, controlling everyone. Trump. Stein. Clinton. Johnson. And some are names I've never even heard of. It is called the glass city, easily shattered, not as easily rebuilt. Here, the trees are changing. The air feels different almost, with fear and fatigue, and maybe some hope. I meet a man named Thomas Jackson, who plants trees along the barren roads. The city scolds him, makes up some breach of conduct. Keep planting them, I say. The trees bring so much life, so much breath. Keep planting them. This is our country, with its diseased heart, failing so many vessels. A woman asks me for some money, so she and her daughter can eat. We talk. What's her name, I ask. The trees whisper and let go. Her name is tomorrow and she is 11."
                   
           
Sittner
Classroom Connections: Mrs. Sittner

This week the students in room 120 applied what they learned about measurements to make wooden candy dishes. This project required them to measure and find the necessary wood pieces in order to construct their own candy dish using a hammer and nails. This project was all made possible thanks to a student teacher, Ms. Alvarez, from Roosevelt University. She partnered with Home Depot and it was a huge success.  Thank you Ms. Alvarez!
                               
           
Sittner
Classroom Connections: Third Grade Musical Performance

Miss Lohman, Miss Fisher, and Mrs. Wyper's third grade classrooms all had a wonderful performance at the Palmer house downtown! The children performed songs about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and having a snow day! The children had a wonderful time and brought a lot of Skinner holiday cheer to the downtown crowd. Thank you to Mrs. Maatouk for spending so much time with the children in making this performance so amazing! Happy holidays from Miss Lohman, Miss Fisher and Mrs. Wyper! 
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Student Council Holiday Sweater Day

On Friday, December 23rd, Student Council is sponsoring a Holiday Sweater Day.  On this day, students are encouraged to wear holiday sweaters or holiday colors to school.  
The next Student Council meeting is Wednesday, December 21st, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. in room 323.
     
Artists
Gallery 111 News

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.  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.
Additionally, Galley 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.  

            
POW
POW! Kids
POW! Kids is offering two programs for children over the winter holiday break: Fit Kid Camps and Girls' Self-Defense Camp.  For more information contact Katalin Ogren.
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Fees
Don't Forget School Fees

There is still time to submit your students' fees for the year. 1st - 8th grade school fees are available for parents, please see the website for details. 
Giving
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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Parents, we have our Primary Chorus concert schedule and our in-school holiday concert dates confirmed! 
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

Holiday Concerts at Skinner - 
Parents and Community Invited
    
THURS. DEC. 22th SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY
9:45 a.m.: 2nd, 3rd, 5th (219 & 318), 7th, 8th Grades, & Glee Club
 
    THURS. DEC. 22th SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY
1:30 p.m.: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, Music House Instrumentalists, Rock Band, & Glee Club
Primary Chorus (2nd and 3rd Graders) Concert Schedule

♫ 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 1:00 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 .

Improvement
School Improvement Committee Meeting

To see the minutes from the November School Improvement Committee Meeting, click here.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, January 18th, 4:30 p.m. 
Budget
Update on CPS Budget

To view the most updated information on the current CPS budget crisis, please click here
bookdrive
Friends of Skinner West Book Drive

Do you have shelves of books that your kids don't read anymore?  Are you looking to find a place to donate them?  Look no further!  Friends of Skinner West is hosting a book drive to benefit our students and teachers. We have many new teachers as well as teachers that are teaching different grades from last year and we would like to help these teachers build a classroom library of books for all students to enjoy.   
 
Please donate your gently used books to the book bin that will be in the lobby beginning December 8th.  We are looking for books for all grade levels from Kindergarten 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 will run through December 23rd.  
Chess
Winter Chess Session 

Chess Scholars' Winter Session is now open for registration.  Classes are held every Tuesday at Skinner West, 3:45-4:45 p.m. and begin on December 20th. 
Stay Connected

 Visit our website at http://www.skinnerwest.cps.edu/ for more information about what's happening in school.
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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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