Week at a Glance: 
February 24 - March 3

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Letter from Chief Education Officer: CPS Is A Welcoming District welcomingdistrict

February 21, 2017

Dear CPS Families,

In the days since the Presidential election, many members of our school community have felt concern and anxiety, and we want you to know that we are here to support your children and provide them with a safe and welcoming educational environment. We are resolute in our commitment as a Welcoming District to embrace and celebrate all members of our diverse school community.

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

To view the full letter from the Chief Education Officer, click the following link: Parents Immigration Letter.
Support the PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser (*Important Update*) CookieDough2

***The payment date is 3/10 for a 4/19 delivery***

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 3/10.
Chess Club: Spring Session ChessClub

Develop your child's interest through the royal game of chess!

All Skinner students (K-8) are invited to sign up for the Spring Session of Skinner's Afterschool Chess Club presented by Chess Scholars.   The classes will be on Tuesdays, March 28 - June 13, 3:45-4:45 pm.  

Both new and returning participants are welcome - No previous knowledge of chess is necessary.  Each class will consist of a fun interactive teaching period and guided practice time.  There will also be a chess competition towards the end of the session.  

To sign up for the chess club, visit and enter the class code SKW3.28.17 to register.  Register by March 18th for the early bird price of $134.

If you have any questions about this offering, please contact Chess Scholars at 847-482-9999.

Classroom Connection: Ms. Melendez Melendez

Upon our return from Winter break, our 6th  grade class jumped right into our novel study of  "The Breadwinner" by Deborah Ellis.   We have created many self-to-text and self-to-world connections using the book's themes of determination and responsibility.  Using several current events, students have examined the differences between rights and privileges, women's roles in different cultures and the importance of a call to action.

In the weeks to come students will be creating their Amazon Novel Reviews to showcase their understanding of elements in a story to wrap up our unit! 

Kid's Movie Night/Parent's Night Out @ POWKIDS This Saturday powkids

Summer Camp Performing Arts - Information Session this Saturday camp

Learn more about a Summer Camp Performing Arts Option by Clicking HERE

Repeat Articles
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!

Congrats to SW 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!

Student Council: Lip Sync Battle lipsyncbattle

The Skinner West Student Council Presents...

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

Parents are Welcome to Attend!
*Show Us What You've Got*
Join BAC: Around the World in 80 Dishes in Ukrainian Village ukranianvillage

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!

14th Annual Gallery 111 Gala gala111
14th Annual Gallery 111 Gala
Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:00 - 10:00pm

Classroom Connection: Ms. Every msevery

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.

In the weeks to come students will be creating their Amazon Novel Reviews to showcase their understanding of elements in a story to wrap up our unit!


Classroom Connection: Mr. Linke mrlinke

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 mrlee

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. 

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