Week at a Glance: 
April 28 - May 5  
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Tuesday May 9th (6:00pm) Skinner Communications Meeting
Wednesday May 10th (5:00pm) School Improvement Committee
Friday May 12th Upper Grade Talent Show
Friday, May 12th Skinner West Daughter Dance
Tuesday, May 16th PTO Meeting
Saturday,  May 20th Gallery 111 Gala 
Tuesday, May 23rd LSC Meeting at 6:30 (note the change)

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See here for the 2017 - 2018 school year calendar for CPS
Teacher Appreciation Week

This week, May 1st - May 5th, Skinner West celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week! 

Skinner teachers always go above and beyond the call of duty for their students and we hope all of our teachers had a well-deserved fantastic week!


This week, Skinner West celebrated another successful Book Fair!  Ms. Ranftl would like to thank all the volunteers who helped this wonderful event!

THANK YOU to all who volunteered, organized, and participated!

In addition, our Skinner West library is running low on kleenex boxes.  If you can donate, please bring to the library or contact Ms. Ranftl.

Thank you! 



Attention parents! Mr. Johnson and Ms. Westy are organizing field day during the week of May 22nd!

They need a few items donated to the school for the day. They also need a few volunteers for parts of the day. 

If you're interested in doing either, please email them at or

Thank you! 

Don't forget to attend the Upper Grade Skinner Superstar Talent Show on May 12, 2017 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm!

Come to the PTO meeting on May 16, Tuesday, at 5:30pm to help plan a fun last-day-of-school event for all Skinner Superstars!

You can always visit to make a donation and stay up-to-date on upcoming PTO meetings.

Donate HERE!

Thank You!

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. Tickets are $55 if purchased prior to the event and $65 at the door. Join fellow parents, Skinner faculty and staff, and Skinner community members for an evening of fundraising, food, drinks, music and a silent auction to benefit Skinner West art programs.  Please go to this link to view the updated invitation for this wonderful event. Click here for tickets:  


On Sunday April 30th, nine students from Skinner West competed in the Manhattan Park District Karate Championships. Six of them were competing for the very first time. Nervous and a little scared they racked up some pretty impressive numbers. 4K-Karate had a really good day.

*Nikita S. 2nd in Kumite (sparring) and 5th in Kata (forms)
*Quinn E. 3rd in Kumite
*Micah S. 3rd in Kumite, 5th in Kata
*Tristan V. 5th in Kumite
*Daniel C. 2nd in Kumite, 6th in Kata
*Cian M. 2nd in Kata
*Visual S. 1st in Kata, 4th in Kumite
*Cornell S. 1st in Kata, 1st in Kobudo (weapons), 2nd in Kumite
*Curtis B. 1st in Kumite, 4th in Kata

Please join me in celebrating the kids accomplishments!

Max T., 6th grade at Skinner West, went to play in the largest Hockey Tournament in Asia, HongKong 5, and his team the NorthStars ended up winning in a thriller finals (played at 1am in the morning!) against the HongKong Select team 3-2.  Max won the prestigious award Most Valuable Player, MVP!

Congratulations to Max T.!


POW! Gym has Movie Night (TROLLS) this Saturday, 5/6/2017, and early bird summer camp deadline is coming up. Check out their events, classes and summer camp options!



The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Spanish). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

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April LSC Meeting

The monthly Skinner West Local School Council meeting was held on Tuesday, April 26th.  To view Principal Clark's notes from the meeting, please click on this link.  The next LSC meeting will be held at Skinner on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium.  All parents are invited to attend. 


Reminder - 4th Quarter Star Payments Due! Please pay your fees for this program today
Neighborhood Program Registration

Save the dates!  Registration for new students to Skinner's Neighborhood Program for the 2017-18 school year will take place
May 15th - May 19th 10am to 3 pm in Skinner's front office. 

Skinner Daughter Dance Update

All tickets are sold out for Skinner's Daughter Dance on May 12th.  For those that are interested in attending, but were not able to purchase tickets, please email Lovisa Tedestedt at:  to add your name to the wait list. 

Classroom Connections 
Sixth Grade  - Ms. Melendez

Upon our return from Winter Break, we began, along with the 7th and 8th grades, to delve into the annual Chicago History Fair. This year's theme was "Taking a Stand in History."  Both competing and non-competing students did extensive research on a history topic of their choice dating back to twenty years or more.  They developed research questions, claims and arguments and provided evidence to support their statements.  Finally, they created either an exhibit, documentary, website or essay to share their work.

Five of our Superstars were selected to go on to the regional junior division Chicago History Fair hosted at Lane Tech High School on April 22nd. At this moment four of those students are confirmed to move forward to the state level competition in Springfield. We are incredibly proud of all the hard work each student has done and know that this year's project will serve as the foundation for awesome History Fair assignments to come.  Great job , Superstars! 
Congratulations to History Fair Winners!
Star Award

Congratulations to our upper grade history fair winners who advanced to the Chicago Metro Regional History Fair and presented their projects at Lane Tech High School this past weekend

  • Documentaries--Annalise H. (6th grade), Emmett S. (7th grade)
  • Exhibits--Ella J (6th grade), Jessica P. (6th grade), Christi B. (7th grade), Julia G. (7th grade), Omarrah D. (8th grade), Simone H (8th grade)
  • Papers -- Matthew G. (6th grade), Carter W. (6th grade)
  • Websites -- Olivia C. (7th grade), Connor C. (8th grade), Taylor W. (8th grade) 
All of the students did a wonderful job of representing their hard work and our school.  Congratulations to the following students who advanced to the Illinois State Fair, which will be held on May 4th in Springfield:  Christi B., Julia G., Emmett S., Annalise H., Connor C., Olivia C., Carter W., and  Matthew G. Best of luck to these students next week in Springfield!

Many thanks to Mr. Fitzsimmons and Ms. Melendez for working with all of our upper grade students this year on these projects and coordinating these events! 
Skinner Summer Camp Registration - Now Open! 

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


This week to honor Earth Day, Ms. Growe's kindergarteners worked hard to clean up the school grounds. Wearing their gloves and smiling faces, students proudly spent 40 minutes outdoors on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon cleaning up. In addition students have spent time in the classroom discussing ways to take care of our Earth and "Go Green."
Brooklyn Borders is opening its doors to Skinner West for exclusive after-school programming.  The sessions are open to students ages 5-12 and will include all types of indoor rock climbing, ground games, team building and STEAM activities.   The session runs on Thursdays from May 5th to June 16th from 4PM - 6PM.   For more details and registration information, see the flyer hereBoulders is excited to open its doors to S 
Walter Payton College Prep Camp

Walter Payton College Prep is hosting its 2nd Annual Payton Grizzlies Summer Youth Boys Basketball Camp this year from Monday, July 31, 2017 to Friday August 4, 2017,  9 am to noon.The camp is led by Payton's high school coaching staff and it is a great chance for boys entering 5th grade through 8th grade to improve their skills, have fun, meet the coaches and play in Payton's new facility.  Registration for this camp is limited. For more information, click on this link.
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