Week at a Glance: 
February 3 - February 10
Dates to Remember
  • Friday, Feb 3rd - No School.  School Improvement Day. 

  • Monday, February 20th - No School. President's Day.

New Articles
Thank you for an AMAZING Art Show!  ArtShowThanks

Did you miss the show?
K-2 Art may still be purchased until Monday, February 6th.
$40 cash or check made out to "Gallery 111" and delivered to the Art Room or Ms. Bovit.

3rd Grade Engineering Fair Pictures  EngineeringFair

On Tuesday January 31, Mrs. Milroy and Mrs. Thorne held the Engineering Fair for all 3rd grade classes.


The fair featured engineering challenges in reverse engineering, inventing and building.

Chinese New Year Celebration Pictures

The Chinese New Year celebration at Skinner on January 31st was successful!

Students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade really enjoyed the special lion dancing performance and they had a lot fun learning about the Chinese culture. Happy year of the Rooster!

Skinner Dance Squad Performs at the Art Show!  DancePics

Congrats to the 4th thru 8th grade dance team for an exciting performance at the G111 art show and the Skinner boys basketball game!

Ms. Nina-Rose Wardanian led the team in dance - pom, kicks and hip hop.

Classroom Connection: Mrs. Irvin  Irvin

In December, our 6th Grade Superstars had the amazing opportunity to enhance our novel study of Linda Sue Park's A Long Walk to Water, by welcoming presenters Peter Magai Bul and Gabriel Dut Atem, two Sudanese refugees and "Lost Boys".

One of our very own Skinner parents, Mark Coleman, acted as moderator, allowing the students to have an interactive experience with our presenters as they shared their first-hand accounts of their struggle to survive.

We listened as Mr. Bul and Mr. Dut told, in vivid detail, the stories of their journey from Sudan to Ethiopia, back through Sudan to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, and finally, their experiences with resettlement here in Chicago.

As our novel study and unit come to a close, the 6th graders are currently comparing and contrasting the experiences of refugees of the past, with refugees of the present by creating Two Voice Poems.

We are looking forward to sharing our poems with Mr. Bul and Mr. Atem, once they are completed!
Classroom Connection: Ms. Carlson, Ms. Travis, Mrs. Rupp and     Mr. O'Brien   CarlsonandRupp

Hands on Stanza Residency for 4th Grade

Through the generosity of a Gallery 111 grant, the 4th graders recently began a residency program with the Poetry Center of Chicago

During the weekly lessons with Mr. Larry Dean, children get to experience a wide range of poetry.  The children are afforded an opportunity to discuss both the mechanics and structure of the words, and the possible underlying meanings of the poem. From getting an introduction into the poet's background, to sharing their own impressions of the work, students benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of this important genre of literature.

The poetry workshop's lessons support the Language Arts curriculum, while providing an outlet for creative expression, which includes time for the children to create and share their own poems. 

Students are very excited to have their poems published on the Poetry Center's website, which you are invited to visit to read some amazing student-created poems.

"Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary." -Walter Scott

Next week, student council will be selling candy grams on February 8 - 10 from 8:00 - 8:45 am and during lunch periods outside the cafeteria.

Support your Student Council and buy a friend a sweet treat! 

Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is hosting open casting calls for the role of 
EDGARDO in the film, 
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Online video submissions also accepted.
 No acting experience necessary. There are NO fees to attend casting calls or to submit online. 

CHICAGO OPEN CALL: Sunday, February 12, 2017. Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062 

"EDGARDO" BOY age 6-9. Unique & very challenging part for a truly special, gifted, curious & intelligent boy w/a mischievous streak who appears to be Jewish & Italian. The story deals w/the complexity of an extremely intelligent & gifted child's situation - his desire to return to his family & the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism & engage w/the Pope on a level far beyond his years (not looking for any kind of Italian accent).

Click here for more information!

Barnes & Noble: "My Favorite Teacher" Contest  BarnesNoble

Barnes and Noble is having a "My Favorite Teacher" contest for middle and high school students.  The student needs to write an essay, poem, or thank you letter (500 words or less) about their favorite teacher.

The winning student gets a $500 BN gift certificate and a Nook device.  The winning teacher gets $5000 and the winning teacher's school gets $5000.

Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative by March 1, 2017.

For more information and to download the entry form, click here!

Mad Science of Chicago Partners with Skinner for...MadScience

Mad Science of Chicago is debuting a new program (Crayola Word of Design
at Skinner West starting Friday, February 10th. It was created in partnership with Crayola and is based on the creative design process.

The program is less about artistic technique and more about how students think about designing things.  Skinner students will also learn some artistic techniques like sculpting and perspective while they complete their projects.

See the flyer below and click here for registration details!

One Day Camp Options for No School Days  NoSchoolCamp

POW! Gym offers one-day camp options for No School days. For more information, see the flyer below or visit

Repeat Articles
STAR Payment Being Accepted Now!  STARPayment
Payments are now due for the 3rd quarter or 2nd semester of the STAR aftercare program.  

Payments can be made in person (cash / check) at the STAR desk. Paypal payments will also be accepted.

Please email a receipt to with yor child's name / grade / teacher / room number.

Please contact: with any questions.

Celebrate your Superstar's Birthday on the Skinner Marquee!  BirthdayMarquee
Surprise someone with an electronic birthday greeting on the marquee for $25.00!

Just complete the announcement request in the office, return it to Rm 320 or Rm 360, and we'll do the rest!

All proceeds go directly to the 8th grade fundraising for Washington, DC.

Please see the form here!
Money Smart Essay Contest  MoneySmart
Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to answer this year's Money Smart question with an essay of 300 words or less.

Prizes include a $3,000 scholarship for the winner and two $1,000 scholarships for runner ups.  All sponsored by COUNTRY Financial.

Essay Submission Deadline: Friday, March 10
Finalists Interviewed: Week of April 3rd

See here for more information and application form!

Registration is now open for Spring Karate during after school for karate 4K-Karate!

Spring session is now open for registration.  It will run from Feb 6th - June 7th.

Cost is $350 and there are only 10 slots available!

Please see here for information and registration.
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