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Week at a Glance: 
March 10 - March 17 
New Articles



Dates to Remember

Friday, March 10th Cookie Dough Sale Ends
Saturday, March 11 - 11:00 AM BAC - Around the World Luncheon (see below)
Sunday, March 12 - Daylight Savings Ends (Set your clock ahead!)
March 21 - April 6- PARCC TESTING Grades 3-8
Thursday, March 16th - 3:45 PM G111 Committee Meeting - Art Room
March 31 - Student Council Food Drive Ends

New Articles
 
Update on CPS Civil Rights Lawsuitsuit
 
Chicago Public Schools has issued a letter to parents with an update on the civil rights lawsuit filed. The letter is available under the News section of Edline or by clicking the link below:

 
STAR Afterschool Program Link Correctedstar
 
The STAR payment link is now working on the Skinner West website.  Please make your payments now using this link:  

History Fair - Parent Presentation Date Changehistory
 
Due to PARCC testing, the Upper Grade History Fair community presentation has been changed to Monday, 3/27 (instead of Wednesday, 3/29).  The due date to turn in the project to your teacher has not changed.  
 
 
In Ms. Hernandez Martin's Spanish class, 2nd graders are learning songs about their daily routines and feelings and emotions.They have fun learning these songs!


 
 
Classroom Connections - Miss Dalaldalal
 
Last Friday, February 24, the third grade presented their annual Wax Museum in celebration of Black History Month. Each student chose an influential African American to research, then wrote and memorized a brief oral presentation. Students took on the persona of their hero and delivered their speeches as that person, complete with a costume and props. Visitors to the Wax Museum were greeted by frozen figures who came to life at the press of a "button." Civil rights activists, politicians, entertainers, scientists, and athletes told visitor after visitor about their inspiring lives. Parents, teachers, and students were wowed by the students' research, creativity, and public speaking skills. We are so grateful to our Skinner community for your support of our students! 

The Third Grade Team: Ms. Dalal, Ms. Fisher, Ms. Lohman, Mrs. Oluewu, and Mrs. Wyper

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey



 
 
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 (fromchicagowithwords@gmail.com) by 3/9/2017.
Thank you and we hope to see you there!



POW! GYM updatepow


 
Chicago Children's Theatre Makes its Debut!Theatre
 
We would like to introduce you to the Chicago Children's Theatre's The Station (100 S. Racine).  We just finished a project with over 1,000 students at your school and you will soon see the results! The Station is really excited to get your students involved in our classes, spring break camp and summer camps! Please join us at our next open house on March 25th. We will be presenting  new classes such as:  Intro to Circus, Bubble JAMS, STEAMCRAFT, and Beat Box Theatre! Open House special guests include: Tim Kazurinskly, Dave Pasquisi, Nick Davio, and an open rehearsal with NeverBird Theater. Don't miss out on this awesome event!  

RSVP with the link below! Sign up soon because spots are limited! https://fs21.formsite.com/jarndt/form200/index.html
 
 We hope to see you soon at The Station!
 
Sincerely,
Frank Maugeri
Community Programs Artistic Director
Chicago Children's Theatre

 

Mathnasium is offering 7th grade Math NWEA Prep & starts this Saturday, 3/11.  Click here for more details.

 
Repeat Articles
 
 
Dear Parents & Caregivers, please click here to see the latest LSC Meeting Minutes.
  
Skinner Superstars Chess Tournament Chess  

Chris W.
Aidan C.
Clarke B.
Arjun N.

Each student played a total of 5 matches throughout the morning/afternoon.

Congratulations Superstars!

"Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way."



 
Classroom Connection - Upper Grade History Fair historyfair

Please click here for an exciting overview of the History Fair by Mr. Fitzsimmons.
 
Classroom Connection - Ms. Martin's 1st Grade Mardi Gras Gras
 
Please click here for Mrs. Martin's first grade Mardi Gras Update!


 
 
 
Last Call for Lost & Found! lost

 
 
Superstar Karate is at it Again! karate

Our Karate team is at it again!  Check out the latest trophies these
superstars have won.  Congratulations to Vishal S., Gabrielle N., Tyler G. & Nathan S.

 
 
Spring Soccer - Chicago Kics United - Deadline is soon! soccer

Spring Soccer is around the corner.  Click here for additional details!  Please use the following link to sign- up:  https://form.jotform.com/kicsunitedfc/skinner-west-soccer 

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

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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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