Week at a Glance: 
April 7 - April 14  
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April 7th - NO SCHOOL - Furlough Day
April 10th - 14th NO SCHOOL- Spring Break Week
Monday, April 17th -School Resumes
Wednesday, April 19th- NO SCHOOL- Report Card Pick-Up Day
Tuesday, April 25th Forum/PTO Meeting  5:30
Tuesday, April 25th LSC Meeting  6:30
Thursday, April 27th Forum/PTO Social Event 5:30

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Important News about NWEA MAP Testmaps

This week, CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson has announced that CPS will continue using the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) test, pending board approval, as the 'high stakes'  test in our district. As in recent years, it will be used for: (1) the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP), (2) selective enrollment, and (3) for promotion in grades 3, 6, and 8. To read the the entire letter, please click here.


You are cordially invited to the PTO Parents' Social at Century 21, 1161 W. Madison on Thursday, April 27th at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us for this special event featuring an appearance by Principal Clark. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to meet fellow parents while learning how Skinner West PTO improves your child's classroom and how you can get involved on your time.  All parents and teachers are welcome to attend.  

Skinner West Daughter Dance - May 12thdance

Skinner West invites all daughters in K-3rd Grade to Skinner's inaugural Daughter Dance to attend with fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles or big brothers- any special person in her life. The dance will be held on Friday, May 12th in the Skinner West Gymnasium from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Tickets ($15/family)  will be for sale starting April 18th and are limited. For more information, see the flyer here.


A group of creative students proudly represented Skinner West at the Chicago Student Invention Convention last Saturday at Clemente High School. Third graders Triniti W., Atia L., Tahlia L., Elle C., and Opal P. were all awarded prizes for their innovations.  More information about the competition and the students' inventions can be found at the Chicago Student Invention Convention website .


The Skinner West Student Council would like to thank all who donated to the Blessings in a Backpack food drive in March. We compiled over 100 bags of food to help feed families in need! Thanks again to everyone who helped make Chicago a better place!


Save the Date- Book Fair Is Coming!
Set-Up: April 27
Shopping: April 28-May 4th
Pack-up: May 5th

Parent helpers are needed each day. Please stay tuned for a Google Sign-up!

                                  Box Top for School
Skinner is the winner of 10,000 Box Tops!! Thank you to Kay Carey, great-grandma of Emily (5th grade) and Ella (3rd Grade) for winning $1000 in Box Tops for Skinner West Library!  Check out for more sweepstakes you can enter.   

Thank you also to Nancy Pawela for all her dedication and hard work as the Box Tops co-coordinator!

Please keep saving and sending in your Box Tops to help Skinner -each box top is worth 10 cents towards new books and technology for Skinner. Also, the Box Tops App will help you save money at the store while also earning Box Tops for Skinner West. For more information, go here.  


It's time for the 2017 My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey. The survey will be administered April 1 - April 30.
Parents and guardians of CPS students are invited to complete a survey about their child's school. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and is available in several languages. It is completely anonymous. The annual My Voice My School Parent survey is an incredible opportunity for parents' important perspective to be heard. We appreciate all parents who take a few moments to participate in the My Voice My School Parent survey. Survey results are used along with teacher and student input to evaluate a school's effectiveness and to identify areas for improvement.
The survey will be available until April 30th. Parents are encouraged to complete the survey online starting this week by clicking HERE. Parents can also pick up a paper copy of the survey in the Office or on report card pick-up day.

Registration for Karate Summer Camp is now open. Camp will meet at Skinner West daily. Camp Wakamusha will run for six weeks, June 26th - Aug 4th, full day Karate adventure camp. Camp runs daily from 9:00-4:45 with drop off as early as 8:30 a.m. and pick-up as late as 5:30. Weekly field trips, daily Karate, yoga, weekly S.T.E.M. projects and weekly study hall with time management classes. Price for all six weeks is $1200.  Click here   for more information and registration. 


Shred Fitness is offering all Skinner parents and Skinner employees one week free in April at their South Loop location. Click here  to view the Shred flyer for more information.

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Skinner Summer Camp Registration - Now Open! camp 

Camp info is available here.  Feel free to email or bring in (to Skinner West) your filled out registration/waiver form

New this summer: 

- No deposit required

-  Camp will begin the day after CPS's school year ends on Wednesday June 21st. That 3-day week will be prorated based off of your enrollment in the following 8 weeks.

- Teen Camp will be run as a separate group with activities geared more toward their age, including their own trips at times. They will serve as Junior Counselors at times throughout each week, assisting with specific large group activities.

Feel free to reach out with questions by contacting the camp email address here!

Thank you!
Mr. Johnson & Ms. O'Brien


Click here to view Principal Clark's report that was presented on March 21, 2017 at the Local School Council Meeting.  The next LSC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.   All are invited to attend.  


Skinner Mathletes maths

Congratulations to the Skinner Mathletes who represented Skinner West at the Chicago Junior Math League competition on March 18th at Whitney Young High School.  Skinner did an outstanding job!!  Skinner tied with Whitney Young for the highest overall score.  The Skinner Sixth Graders finished as the 1st Place Overall Team and the 8th graders finished as the 3rd Place Overall Team.   Former Skinner students and current high schoolers Marc H. and Yu Jing C. helped lead the Skinner team in this competition.  

Skinner Mathlete Team consisted of:

6th Graders: Arnav G., Colin M., Nathan W., David W. 
 and James B.
8th Graders: Sophia C., Faizi T., Ethan B. and Andrew B.

Individual Awards:
Arnav G. received the highest 6th grade individual score
Colin M. received the 2nd highest 6th grade score
David W. received the 6th highest 6th grade score

Sophia C. received the 3rd highest 8th grade individual score



On Monday, March 27th, our 6th, 7th and 8th graders exhibited their History Fair projects in the Skinner gymnasium. The theme of this year's National History Day is Taking a Stand in Chicago/Illinois History. Skinner students visited the Fair and were able to view the projects, including exhibit boards, websites, research papers and documentaries, and learn more about Chicago's fascinating history.  Congratulations to all the upper grade students for all their hard work and a special congratulations to the upper grade students who were selected to advance to the Metro Junior History Fair! The Metro Junior History Fair will be on April 22, 2017 at Lane Tech High School.



Congratulations to the Skinner girls basketball team.  Even though the team was very young, they had several impressive victories and played an unbelievable final game.  The future looks very bright for girls basketball at Skinner !

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This week the 5th Grade students in Rooms 314 and 318 have officially become authors, creating their own personal memoirs and narrative essays.

"Write down what you think.  I know.  The knowing will come.  Just keep listening...," states Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming.  Students in Room 314 transformed into Ms. Woodson by becoming authors themselves, publishing their own personal memoir.  During a 4-week unit that centered around the civil rights movement, students read several excerpts from Freedom's Children, the novel Brown Girl Dreaming and a close read from famous poet, Langston Hughs.  While reading and understanding that memoirs are simply a hybrid between personal narratives and essays, students were asked to create their own personal memoir centered around a theme of their choice.  The outcome was exceptional!

Students in Room 318 put on their superhero capes and finished writing a narrative essay about their made up superhero or supervillain.  Students discussed the incredible powers and unique physical traits their superhero/supervillain would have as well as unusual or extraordinary places their superhero/ supervillain was born.  The essay included a profile (name, characteristics, personality), a secret disguise, and the powers and weaknesses of their character.  Students included figurative language and descriptive words in their essay.  The students also used Google Draw or drew a picture of their superhero/supervillain to accompany their essay.  If you need help fighting evil, stop by Room 318!




Ms. Travis' 4th Grade classroom is three weeks into an amazing novel study about a caged yet courageous gorilla named Ivan. Ivan is a talented and artistic sort, who can do any and everything, except leave his caged domain in a shopping mall circus. The students are exploring Ivan's complex world through completing various research projects, essays, poetry, paintings and debates to critically explore what life is like for thousands of animals that call circuses and zoos their domain. Learning how harsh life is for the animals they enjoy visiting in zoos and circuses was difficult coming to terms with, but exploring ways they can help them is fostering an amazing sense of humanity and hope.


Dear Parents,

Friends of Skinner West has been presented with a unique opportunity to receive a donation from a local real estate developer, Zom Living.  Zom has graciously agreed to donate $250,000 to Friends of Skinner West pending the approval of their development project in the neighborhood.  This donation will be used to build a state-of-the-art STEM lab, including such items as 3D printers, coding stations, animation stations and engineering kits with the additional possibility of receiving the accompanying programming and curriculum.  Investing in the betterment of the school helps everyone who lives in the neighborhood and all students who attend Skinner. 

We need your help.  As Skinner continues to face budget cuts and budget pressure from CPS, this donation is more crucial now than ever.  If you'd like to help support our efforts to ensure we can receive this gracious donation, please voice your support by writing a letter to Alderman Solis including the data points mentioned above.  Please address the letter to Alderman Solis, but letters can be emailed to Friends of Skinner West for distribution to the Alderman's office at  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to FOSW at

We appreciate your help and support of our school and students!

Thank you,
Friends of Skinner West 
PTO Forum - Please Support Skinner WestPTO  

Please read this important letter from Mrs. Clark. Our Forum/PTO desparately needs your support to help Skinner West augment the funding cuts we've seen this year.  PTO continually funds classroom programming and technology that CPS funding does not.


POW! Kids is offering Fit Kid Camps on days that school is not in session, as well as after-school programming and summer camps. To learn more, click here to view the April flyer.

Tours for Prospective Skinner Parentstour

Marla Sedler, a parent volunteer, will be giving tours to prospective Skinner parents on the following Wednesdays: April 26th and May 3rd.  The tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.  Interested parents should enter on Adams Street and meet her at the security desk.

Skinner Superstars Take 1st Place - Citywide 2Ball Tournamentcity

On March 2nd, Jude G. and Colin M. (Grade 6) took 1st Place in the Chicago Park District's Citywide 2 Ball Tournament.  2Ball is a high-speed basketball game that requires great teamwork, coordination and shooting ability.  Jude and Colin (representing Ping Tom Park) competed as a team against other duos from across the city to win the 11-12 Year-Old Division.  Jude and Colin are also on Skinner West's 5/6th Grade Basketball Team (Gold).

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