Week at a Glance: 
December 24th - December 30th
Repeat Articles
Dates to Remember 
  • Student Council's Holiday Sweater Day - Friday, December 23rd
  • Winter Break - No School December 24th - January 8th 2017 Happy Holidays to All 
  • School Resumes - Monday, January 9,2017
New Articles
Mrs. Clark CNA Message

School Improvement Committee Meeting

To see the minutes from the most recent meeting, please click hereThe next School Improvement Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 4:30 p.m. 
Classroom Connection: 
La Clase de Español del Señor Alvizuri

Besides Skinner West being the premier school of the City of Chicago, we are one of a few elementary schools that have a foreign language program. In the case of our eighth graders, they have been working hard this year in developing verbal skills.  We have been introducing dialog in Spanish that prepares them to engage in basic conversation in a variety of scenarios.   We are proud to share the performance of two of our great students who agreed to share their work; the video of Sophia R. and Allanah R. can be viewed here
Classroom Connection:  Ms. Alexander and Ms. Salameda

In Ms. Alexander's class this week we have been getting ready for the holiday concert! We have been lucky enough to get a classroom elf named Stella, who is always causing mischief. We learned about winter holidays over the past few weeks, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years, Chinese New Year, and Las Posadas. In Ms. Salameda's classroom, to kick-off our Holidays Around the World experience, the students created a suitcase that they will take with them as we "travel" around the world to learn about how each country celebrate the holidays. So far, our class  has "traveled" to the USA, Mexico, and the Philippines.  In addition to learning about the Holidays around the World, the students are also learning about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. 

Classroom Connection:  Mr. Lewandowski and Ms. Rosenzweig

This week the 5th Grade students in Rooms 314 and 318 have been finishing their novel studies of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Tuck Everlasting readers had to think about these questions:  "What if you could live forever?" and "Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? Students realized these questions are complicated and not easily answered. Students reading the Westing Game were transformed into sleuths, uncovering the murder mystery of a multi-million dollar fortune.

Through group discussions and activities, students used the novel study to learn new vocabulary, make inferences, question, connect, and observe.  Students also learned about figurative language and theme.  Students who read Tuck Everlasting had fun working together and creating a storyboard, board game, and doing a book versus movie comparison.  Case detective files and a suspect report were submitted from those students reading The Westing Game.  Would you want to live forever or play the role of a detective?  Ask a 5th grader for their answer
Skinner West Debate Team Results

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's second tournament of the 2016-2017 season on December 17. The overall topic for the year is: Political and Economic Engagement with the People's Republic of China, and the cases being debated at this Tournament were Human Rights, North Korea, and Currency Manipulation. The students did an outstanding job against some tough competition!

3rdNoviceIndividualJimmy X.
5thNoviceTeamAlex E.Jimmy X.
3rdNoviceTeamArnav G,James B.
2ndNoviceTeamJulia G,Tia H.
10thJVIndividualChristi B.
4thJVIndividualChristina L.
6thJVTeamChristi B.Christina L.
8thVarsityIndividualVictor K.
3rdVarsityIndividualMatthew S.
2ndVarsityIndividualKatelyn M.
6thVarsityTeamMatthew S.Katelyn M.
2ndVarsityTeamVictor K.Chris C.

Student Spotlight!

Skinner Students Maya S. (Ms. Oluewu), Jasmine M. (Ms. Wyper), and Lola P. (Mr. Lee) are performing in the Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker this season at The Auditorium Theater.  Maya and Jasmine are performing as Little Snowflakes and Lola is a Worker Girl and a Walnut.  
Parent Volunteers Needed for Tech Support

We are looking for parents who can volunteer from 1-3 hours to assist Mr. Lomax in installing our new Net Support Program on every Chrome Book, laptop, and computer.  If you have a little time to help us with this major project please sign up here for the following dates and times:

January 10-13th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 17-20th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 23-27th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Save the Date: Annual Ski Trip

Save the date for the 9th Annual Skinner West Ski Trip on February 3rd, 2017. Ski registration slips will be going out the week of January 19th. For more information contact Kim Rivera-Reynolds
Thank you from Friends of Skinner West

Friends of Skinner West would like to thank all of the generous donors who supplied winter items, educational toys, and warm clothing for 33 Skinner Superstar students.  Thank you for helping us make our Holiday Giving Drive a success! 
Lost and Found Reminder

Attention all parents and students!  Please pick up your Lost & Found items before Winter Break.  All leftover items will be stored safely at Skinner, and will be available for finding again on Report Card Pickup Day in April. Thank you all for keeping our Lost & Found area clean and functional!
Repeat Articles
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."
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!
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! 
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
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.
Friends of Skinner West Book Drive

Do not forget to 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.  
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