Week at a Glance: September 15th - September 22nd

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Walkathon Update 

Information regarding the Walkathon has been sent home with your child. We are excited that the Walkathon is only a few weeks away on October 13th! Please help us meet our goal of raising $50,000 by helping your child raise money for this cause. 100% of monies raised goes directly back into the classroom.  And because FOSW is a 503(c) organization, your contributions are tax deductible! Contributions are due back to your child's teacher by Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Friends of Skinner West would also like to send a big thank you to the Bragg Family. Jason and Trisha (parents of 2nd grader Claire and KDG Aaron) recently donated $2300 to FOSW. We are very appreciative of such a generous contribution. They are truly a Superstar family!

New Parent Question?  

We realize many new parents may have questions about their new school.  On Wednesday, 9/28 @ 6:30pm, (following the 5:30 open house), Skinner Parent Ambassadors will be available in the lobby to answer questions. Look for the Ambassadors in the lobby or if you need an answer sooner, please email with the heading "New Parent Question".  Please note the email box is monitored by parent volunteers.  We'll do our best to get back to you within 24 hours!

As always, please email, the email address for parents only.
New Teacher Bios  - Mr. O'Brien 

Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing bios on our new teachers.  This week, the spotlight is on Mr. O'Brien.  Click here to read about our new 4th grade teacher!

As of 9/13, we still have the following need for room parents:
Mrs. Fisher - 3rd
Mrs. Rupp - 4th
Ms. Thorne - 5th
Ms. Irvin - 6th
Ms. Christiansen - 7th
Ms. McSpadden - 7th
Ms. Mellos - 8th
Mr. Batchelor - 8th 

We also need room parents for auxiliary classes: Science, Music, Library, Mandarin, Spanish, Art, Physical Education.  If you are interested, please email Sabrina Want at 
Please click here to see the details of this year's gym uniform policy.
Enter Promotion Code FRIENDS30 and PIN 4071 at checkout between 9/22 and 9/27 to enjoy 30% off your order!

New Skinner Website Coming Soon! 

Skinner West's web site will be undergoing construction over the next few weeks.  Thank you for your patience as we work to unveil a new site in the near future!
Nominate Mrs. Clark for National Principals' Month 

The Skinner West LSC Communications Committee would like to request that you nominate Principal Clark for Scholastic's National Principal's Month.  100 lucky Principals will receive a special gift.  Click here to nominate Mrs.Clark.

Stewards of Skinner West 

Welcome to the second year of Stewards of Skinner West.  Many of our students will have the opportunity to contribute and help maintain cleanliness and comfort in and around our beautiful school. 

We kindly request donations of the following cleaning supplies:

Cleaning Wipes 
Paper Towels

All supplies can be dropped off in Mr. Baron's area adjacent to the art room, #201.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Baron at:

Bi-lingual Advisory Committee Meeting (BAC) 
Attention all parents! 

Please join us for our first BAC Meeting  on 9/21/16 @ 9:00 a.m. at Skinner West (2nd Floor, outside of art room #201).

欢迎大家参加本学年BAC的第一次会议!会议地点:学校的2楼,art room的门外;会议时间:9月21日上午9点

The BAC (Bilingual Advisory Committee) is a group of parents that celebrates the many different cultures at Skinner West with special events and activities for the entire school community.

BAC(双语顾问委员会的简称)是Skinner West学校中一个家长参与的委员会,其组织的主要活动是在全校范围内举办庆祝来自于世界不同文化的特殊节日和纪念日。
All parents are welcome. Light snacks will be provided.  Non-school aged children are welcome to accompany their parents.


Please contact Mr. Baron with any questions - We hope to see you there! 
如果有任何问题需要咨询,请联系Mr. Baron( 诚挚欢迎你的到来!


Whitney Young Pumpkin Spice 5K Fundraiser  
 Please click here for more information about about Whitney Young's upcoming fundraiser. 
Repeat Articles
Dear Superstar Parents,

I hope the first week of school has been as exciting for you as it has been for us.  We are delighted to see all of our returning students as well as all of those beautiful new faces we see in the halls! Watching both Moms and Dads enter the building on the first day loaded down with supplies and smiles , is a major reason why Skinner is a top ranking school in Chicago ! We love how you are in support of your child's education on so many levels !

First off, we'd like to welcome our new teachers - Mrs. Rachel Alexander (1st - Branch), Mrs. Cusack (maternity leave for Mrs Oluewu ), Ms. Gabriela Melendez (6th), and Mr. Patrick O'Brien (4th).

Congratulations to our newlyweds: - Mrs Daigle (nee Schwartz) and Mrs Wyper (nee Ferrara).  Welcome Mrs Haddad , former preschool teacher from Skinner Branch to our 2nd grade team and Mr. Willis , former 4th grade teacher to our 6th grade team ! 
We are still in the process of searching for a 5th grade teacher and a teacher for Ms Dalal's maternity leave. We are grateful to Mrs Thorne, our science teacher for temporarily filling in as the fifth grade teacher and to Mr. DiRuvage for temporarily filling in for Mrs Dalal. 

Farewell to those who have moved on - Mrs. Kong ( Mandarin teacher) and Ms Thiel ( second and kdg)  have accepted teaching positions in the suburbs. We also say goodbye to Ms Miranda, one of our teaching assistants , who is now ready for a school counselor position.

Take a look below at our selfie of all the new kindergarten families who are joining Skinner West this fall!  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of Superstar families. We know they are in for an amazing kindergarten journey !
To our families who are experiencing hiccups with CPS transportation, just be patient as we try to work with CPS in stabilizing all bus routes - both morning and afternoon times.
Thank you to our Forum/ PTO for providing the refreshments for our new student and parent orientation and continental breakfast for parents on the first day of school.
Let's keep up the Skinner spirit !

Mrs. Clark 

Gallery 111's Mission Statement
Gallery 111's mission is to provide arts exposure and education as it relates to the core subject areas. Due to the rigorous nature of the academic structure at Skinner, arts are used to reinforce the curriculum in a creative way. It is our belief that the arts supplement, heighten and expand all of our subjects. In addition to benefiting their academics, we also see the arts as a tool to promote higher order and abstract thinking skills. The arts are also used to embrace our cultural differences. Art appeals to the whole child, encouraging them to be well-rounded individuals and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning. 
Thank you PTO!

Thank you PTO!  PTO hosted breakfast for our teachers on the first day of school!  We need your participation to continue to provide programming and solutions for our teachers and students.  If you are interested in signing up for PTO, please click here to download a registration or donation sheet. 
Chicago Tonite

Chicago magazine is out with a new ranking of the best public schools in the Chicago area.  The magazine has expanded the criteria for ranking schools to include more than just standardized test scores. Please click on the link to see a discussion of the criteria, methodologies, and information about this year's top picks. 
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