Week at a Glance: 
February 17 - February 24
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Skinner West Hit With More Budget Cuts budgetcuts

Skinner West, like most other CPS schools, was asked by CPS to shave a significant amount of funds from its budget by Feb 13th.

Although the targeted amount varied from school to school, Skinner had to cut $49,247.50.

With LSC approval, Mrs. Clark cut funds from textbooks, supplies, salary adjustment, security and furniture budget lines. We also had to split fund a teacher position using our current year allocation from SGSA funds.

These midyear cuts are the result of our state legislators not allocating an expected $215 million to CPS.

If you want to know more about this continued budget crisis and what you can do about it, please access the CPS website at

ALL Students Welcome At Every CPS School studentswelcome

Dear CPS Families,

We know that recent decisions by the government have led to fear and anxiety among some CPS families, especially those from outside the United States. This situation has led to a national day of Action on Thursday, February 16, with demonstrations planned to support the rights of immigrants and refugees.

Every CPS school will welcome all children, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or country of origin and create a safe and affirming environment where those students can learn. We believe that every child has the absolute right to a quality education, which is why we want to see all students in school every day, including this Thursday.

We commend students and families for supporting the issues they believe in, but hope that all parents will choose to send their children to school tomorrow so that they can continue receiving the education that will prepare them to become our country's next generation of leaders. If students are absent from school, their absences will be considered unexcused against their attendance records, unless their absences are related to illness, a doctor's visit, etc.

Below are messages that you can share with your school communities as robocalls or emails. We look forward to seeing all children in school on Thursday, February 16, and we appreciate your support in this matter. 


Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Calvin R. Advances in Pepsi Bowling Championship! CalvinR

Calvin is currently a Skinner West student in Ms. Every's 5th grade class.

On January 28,2017, Calvin Robins Jr. advanced to the next round in the 2017 IL. Pepsi USBC Youth Championship in U12B Division (under 12 boys).

Recently posted bowling scores rank Calvin in 5th place, qualifying him for the state tournament to be held May 19-21, 2017 in Rockford, Illinois.

Calvin, congratulations on your accomplishments and good luck in the upcoming tournament!

Congratulations To Skinner West Alumni: Chance the Rapper and Taylor Bennett! ChanceTheRapper

We are so proud of all our Skinner West Alumni and want to acknowledge brothers Chance the Rapper (Class of 2008) and Taylor Bennett (Class of 2010).
Chance, a gospel/rap artist, won 3 Grammys this incredible and historic feat!  
Taylor is also a rising star with multiple self-released hip-hop albums!

In addition to their musical talents, Chance and Taylor are committed to giving back to Chicago communities through local nonprofit organizations and campaigns.

Congratulations to Chance and Taylor who are inspiring musicians and leaders! 

They make Skinner West and Chicago so proud!

Support the PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser CookieDough

All proceeds from the PTO cookie dough fundraiser directly fund student programs and critical school needs.

- Our most popular fundraiser: cookies for a cause make great gifts!
- Sell now through 3/10; delivery on 4/19 (report card pickup)
- Make checks payable to "Skinner West PTO"
- Prizes and class rewards for top selling individuals and classes
- Click HERE for details recently sent home with your student

40% of purchases support critical Skinner West programs, curriculum, fees, books, and supplies that the PTO funds including:
* Ghana Music Day with the Saakumu Dance Troupe
* The Spooky Skinner Ball
* Field Trips
* Sports Teams and Activities
* Teacher Appreciation Week/ Teacher Development programs
* Classroom Supplies and Textbooks
* School Maintenance and Equipment Needs

Contact with any questions for more information.

We THANK YOU for your support! If you prefer to donate, please return checks with envelopes by 4/19.
Student Council: Lip Sync Battle LipSync

The Skinner West Student Council Presents...

Lip Sync Battle!
Friday, March 3rd
4:30 - 6:30pm
(5th - 8th Graders)

Parents are Welcome!
*Show Us What You've Got*
14th Annual Gallery 111 Gala Gallery111Gala
14th Annual Gallery 111 Gala
Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:00 - 10:00pm

Classroom Connection: Ms. Every Every

Ms.Every's students are celebrating Black History Month by creating google slides projects on African American leaders and role models in history.
Students were very excited about getting to choose someone they are interested in to focus their project on. They were also ecstatic at being able to work with google slides, where they can hone their technology skills and share features with each other.
They are now in the middle of presenting their projects to their fellow classmates. Students are getting great practice in developing public speaking skills and being attentive listeners and note-takers.

Classroom Connection: Mr. Linke Linke

Earlier this month, Mr. Linke's 5th Grade class traveled to Walter Payton High School to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a group of high school students from the Renmin University, located in Beijing.

Our class experienced several performances put on by the visiting students involving music and dances. The RDFZ symphony performed several symphonic pieces native to China. The students finished their presentation with Martial Arts dances, Aerobics, as well as other traditional Chinese dances.

Before leaving Walter Payton, we were greeted by members of the Chinese consulate who extended well wishes and a Happy Year of the Rooster to everyone that was in attendance.
Classroom Connection: Mr. Lee Lee

Throughout the year we attempt to link the mathematical skills we learn to real world applications. Recently, this took the form of an activity involving Linear Equations to analyze and select a Cell Phone Plan.

The purpose of the activity was to solve a real-life mathematical problem using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. Students did this by:
  • using variables to represent quantities in a real-world mathematical problem;
  • constructing simple equations and inequalities; and
  • using quantitative and qualitative reasoning to analyze the different possible choices in the scenario.
After working independently to solve the problem, students discussed their answers and engaged in a group evaluation of the answers they had arrived at. They debated the relative pros and cons of the different plans and supported their conclusions with mathematical evidence and logical reasoning. 

At the end of the lesson, we had a class discussion on the ways the mathematical techniques we employed could be expanded to other areas of life, such as mortgage payments, cars, student loan repayments, and more.

We also discussed possible variants of the problem, such as incorporating interest or predetermined factors/preferences that might alter the conclusions they arrived at. 

Join BAC: Around the World in 80 Dishes in Ukrainian Village BAC

Please join us for the seventh installment of Around the World in 80 Dishes, Skinner West's international dining series. 

When:  Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:00pm
Where: Old Lviv in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood (2228 W. Chicago Avenue, 60622)
What: A delicious, traditional Ukrainian buffet 
Who: ALL Skinner families, children and staff are welcome to attend
Why: To celebrate one of the many cultures here at Skinner West!

Please RSVP to Ms. Leentje De Leeuw ( by 3/9/2017.
Thank you and we hope to see you there!

One-Day Soccer Camp Option for No School Days Soccer

The West Loop Soccer Club offers one-day camp options for No School days. For more information, view a short video clip here.

Repeat Articles
Mosaic Tile Sale Mosaic

The deadline to purchase a Mosaic Tile is Friday, March 3rd.

Be a part of a collaborative effort to boost Skinner arts enrichment programs 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 the Skinner arts program.

Get Involved With PTO! JoinPTO
You CAN get more involved in supporting the school and your child's classroom on your schedule.
Come to the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 5:30pm to learn how PTO provides volunteer and financial support for family fun nights, field trips, classroom supplies, Teacher Appreciation Week, and much more.
Visit to make a donation and stay up-to-date on upcoming PTO meetings.
Congratulations to the Skinner West Debate Team! DebateTeam

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's second tournament of the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, January 28th. 
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!

James B
19thNoviceIndividualTyler T
17thNoviceIndividualLouise G
NoviceIndividualJake L
14thNoviceIndividualCornell F
8thNoviceIndividualElla J
6thNoviceIndividualTia H
5thNoviceIndividualTrayi S
3rdNoviceIndividualJulia G
2ndNoviceIndividualNicole B
1stNoviceIndividualJenny C
7thNoviceTeamLouise GCosette R
6thNoviceTeamJake LTyler G
5thNoviceTeamElla JTrayi S
4thNoviceTeamMcKenna MJerry Q
3rdNoviceTeamJenny CNicole B
2ndNoviceTeamDavid WDarian L
1stNoviceTeamTia HJulia G
JVIndividualChristina L
2ndJVIndividualNia L
1stJVIndividualCampbell N
2ndJVTeamNia LCampbell N
1stJVTeamChristina LChristi B
Jada M
1stVarsityIndividualRuthie Z
Victor K
Nandi M
Jada M
Ruthie Z

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