Week at a Glance: 
May 5 - May 12  
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Friday May 12th Upper Grade Talent Show
Friday, May 12th Skinner West Daughter Dance
Monday , May 15th Skinner West School Tour (Main Building)
May 15-17th Camp Edwards Field Trip - 7th Grade
May 16- June 15th NWEA Testing Grades K-8th
Thursday, May 18h Skinner West School Tour (Branch)
May 16th - May 19th Classical and Neighborhood School Registration
Saturday,  May 20th Gallery 111 Gala 
Tuesday, May 23rd LSC Meeting at 6:30 (note the change)
May 23rd - June 20th Neighborhood School Registration (Tuesday evenings only from 4:00-6:00)
May 31st -June 2nd 8th Graders to Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 7th Skinner Theater Team Production
Friday, June 9th Skinner Dance Team Recital
Monday, June 12th Kindergarten Graduation
Friday, June 16th 8th Grade Graduation (by invitation only)

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Come support the upper grade talent show this Friday!

Date: May 12th, Friday
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Skinner Daughter Dance this Friday!

We look forward to welcome everyone who has bought tickets and we have many activities planned for the evening so get ready for some great fun! If you have purchased tickets via Venmo or Paypal, your ticket for the event will be ready for you at the Front Desk registration the day of the evenActivity Tickets will also be sold at the event to raise money for Friends of Skinner West. Tickets are a $1 each or 12 tickets for $10. Cost of activities:

 Frame Craft making - 4 tickets
 Sign a star - 1 ticket
 Raffle prizes - Add as many tickets as you wish!

We will also have a professional photo booth set up where Daughters can take pictures in a Under the Star themed booth for $10 which provides (2) 4x6 photos, printed onsite. The Photo booth company accepts Cash, checks and Credit Cards.

There will also be a Complimentary DIY Photo Booth for group photos or selfies.

There will be 4 GREAT vendors selling great gifts for Sunday's Mothers Day so please plan ahead! All vendors will be donating some of the proceeds of their sales to Friends of Skinner West.

India Hicks - Accessories
LOVA Collection - Ruffled Scarves
Mary Kay - Make Up
No Denial Foods - Chocolates

Raffe Prizes from:
Dave & Busters
LOVA Collection
India Hicks
Mary Kay
No Denial Foods
POW! Gym 
LuRue Leggings

NWEA Tests Coming Up!

NWEA testing will happen between May 16- June 15th for grades K-8th.  Specific dates, time, and information for each grade level will be communicated through classroom teachers and in a separate e-blast.
Neighborhood / Classical Program Registration & School Tours

Registration for new students will take place as follows:

Neighborhood & Classical Program: May 16th - May 19th (10am - 3pm)
Neighborhood Program: May 23rd - June 20 (Every Tuesday evening 4pm - 6pm)

School tours will be held on these dates:

Main Building: May 15th at 10:00am
Branch: Mahy 18th at 2:00pm

Field Day Volunteers Needed!  
Please consider volunteering for the K-5th Grade Field Day next Thursday, May 18th!

Date: Thursday, May 18th
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm (3rd - 5th Grades)
           12:45pm - 3:15pm (K - 2nd Grades)

We would prefer volunteers that can either work all day or for 1 of the 2 scheduled times above.  We will meet at 9am in the gymnasium the day of the event to go over events/schedule.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email Ms. Westy at

Thank you so much!

Around the World in 80 Dishes: Indonesian Rijsttafel Lunch in Lincoln Park!

Please join Skinner West's Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) for an authentic Indonesian Rijsttafel Lunch in Lincoln Park!

Where: Rickshaw Republic 
When:  6/17/17 @ 1:00 p.m.

Please RSVP here!

- krupuk (garlic crackers)
- sambal (1 spicy & 1 sweet for kids)
- nasi putih (white rice)
- nasi kuning (yellow rice)
- sate ayam (grilled chicken skewer with peanut sauce)
- buncis (stir fried green beans)
- bakwan jagung (corn fritters)
- gulai ayam (braised chicken breast in lemongrass turmeric curry)
- sweet dessert

Adults $15, Kids $12 - gratuity included

Hope to see you there!


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:  


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

"Swimming is so fun! I LOVE my coaches and my teammates" -Skinner, CWAC Swimmer., 10 yo
"Swimming has been a joy. We're amazed at how confident and strong they've become!"
"The fun, the strength and conditioning, the team building, the friends, the lifelong nature of the sport are all things that make swimming and important life skill."

The Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club now has swim team, stroke clinic and swim lessons at Whitney Young High School and UIC!

The Wolfpack Swim School is not your average lesson program! The Wolfpack Swim School is designed to educate young swimmers on water safety as well as give them a comprehensive understanding of skills and technique for the four swim strokes. Click HERE to learn more and to register.

 Choose from June or July/August lessons @ 6pm at the Whitney Young Pool
 Instruction for as young as 3 years (potty-trained, no parents in pool) to 12 years

The Wolfpack Stroke Clinic is a new program this summer for swimmers who are looking to enhance their stroke technique and swimming skills. Click HERE to learn more and to register.

 Clinic dates are June 19-22 & July 17-20 at UIC
 Swimmers 10-14 years old

Chicago Wolfpack Aquatics Club (CWAC) is a developmental and competitive swimming club in the heart of Chicago. The mission of CWAC is to embrace swimmers of every level and provide them with the best possible environment and resources, allowing them to progress from novice to the highest level of competition.

Located at the Whitney Young Pool or UIC, schedule a tryout today.

 Swimmers 6-18 years old
 Click HERE to learn more about the CWAC team
Questions? Contact or visit

Repeat Articles
April LSC Meetinglac

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. 

Classroom Connections 
Sixth Grade  - Ms. Melendezmelendez

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! 

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

Congratulations to History Fair Winners!history
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! 

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."
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.

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 here
Brooklyn Boulders is excited to open its doors to S 
Walter Payton College Prep Camppayton

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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