Week at a Glance: 
April 21 - April 28  
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Tuesday, April 25th Forum/PTO Meeting  5:30
Tuesday, April 25th LSC Meeting  6:30
Tuesday, April 25th- Thursday April 27th  Tryouts for Talent Show
Wednesday, April 26th Tour for Prospective Parents 10:30am
Wednesday, April 26th 4th Grade Open Gym Event 3:45 - 5:30pm
Thursday, April 27th Forum/PTO Social Event 5:30
April 28th - May 4th Skinner Book Fair
April 30th - Last Day to Complete CPS Survey
Friday, May 12th Skinner West Daughter Dance
Saturday,  May 20th Gallery 111 Gala 

New Articles

Parents, if you have not completed the 2017 My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey, please do so by April 30th.  The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and is available in several languages. It is completely anonymous. To complete the survey online, click HERE.  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 .

Tickets are now on sale for the 14th Annual Skinner West Gallery 111 Gala.  The Gala will take place on the evening of May 20th, 2017 at the National Museum of Mexican Art.  All adults are invited to attend.  Please go here to view the invitation and here for the link to purchase your tickets today.   We hope every parent attends this fun evening event and supports the organization that funds creative arts programs for all Skinner students!

Gallery 111 Donations Still Needed!donations

Donations are still needed for next month's Gala - please read below and click on this this link for the donation form.

Spotlight on Skinner Superstars
Talent Show
May 12, 2017
Upper Grade Show 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Tuesday, April 25th 8:00-8:30am
Wednesday, April 26th 4:00-4:30pm
Thursday, April 27th 8:00-8:30am
Permission slips for tryouts can be found in front office.


Student Council presents.... OPEN GYM for all 4th Graders!  On Wednesday, April 26th, the Skinner West Student Council will hold an open gym event for the fourth grade.  A permission slip will go home this week and the cost is $3 per student.  Attending students should report to the gym after school and sit on the bleachers to wait for the STAR groups to get picked up.  The event will end at 5:30, so parents please be prompt in picking up your Superstars.  


Ms. O'Brien and Ms. Wardanian's classes started Dance Therapy at Hubbard Street Dance Studio this week.  This is an awesome opportunity for our Superstars to express themselves through dance. The classes run for six weeks and the students learn dance terms, adapted movements, floor work and a class dance to preform at the end.    We are so thankful to Gallery 111 for making this possible through their sponsorship.


Debate Team - Varsity City Champions!city

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's City Championship Tournament for the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, March 25. 
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. We won many awards, but some of our highlights include: 
Individual Speaker Awards
- 1st place in the Novice Division
- 1st place in the JV Division
Team Awards
- 5th place in the City in the Novice Division
- 7th place in the City in the JV Division
- 2nd place in the City in the JV Division
- 6th place in the City in the Varsity division
- City Champions in the Varsity division
Mr. Lee also won the Golden Gavel Coach of the Year Award!

 Congratulations to the following Superstars:

Individual Awards

McKenna M.
Andrew B.
Louise G.
Jimmy X.
Julia G.
Christi B.
Christina L.
Nia L.
Campbell N.
Matthew S.
Katelyn M.
Victor K.
Chris C.

Team Awards

Andrew B. and Jimmy X.
Christi B. and Christina L.
Nia L. and Campbell N.
Matthew S. and Katelyn M.
Victor K. and Chris C.


Skinner West Daughter Dance - May 12thdance

Skinner West invites all daughters in K-3rd Grade to Skinner's first 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.


The West Loop Soccer Club is running a spring soccer session and are offering a discount for Skinner students.  Go here for more information and enter the code "SKINNER" for $30 off.

Repeat Articles

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 go here to view the dates and times of the fair and to sign up to volunteer.


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.  


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 .

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


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!


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. 


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.

                                  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.  

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.

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.


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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