Week at a Glance: 
June 8 - June 15 
New Articles

Thru June 15th NWEA Testing Grades K-8th
Thru June 20th Neighborhood School Registration (Tuesday evenings only from 4:00-6:00)
Friday, June 9th 8th Grade Luncheon
Friday, June 9th Skinner Dance Team Recital 6:30
Monday, June 12th Kindergarten Graduation
Tuesday, June 13th - Field Day Grades 6-8
Tuesday, June 13th School Improvement Committee Meeting  5:00 pm
Wednesday, June 14th Star Theater Production 6:00
Thursday, June 15th Music House Concert 2:15
Thursday, June 15th G111 Meeting (Art Room)
Friday, June 16th 8th Grade Graduation (by invitation only)
Saturday, June 17th BAC Indonesian Lunch
Monday, June 19th - Sixth Grade Send -Off
Tuesday, June 20th - Promotion Walk - Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 21st Skinner Summer Camp Starts
Tuesday, June 27th LSC Meeting   6:30

New Articles
Kindergarten Graduation Details
Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

KDG graduation will take place on Monday, June 12th in the gym during the following times: 
9:30-10:30         Ms. Growe and Mrs. Priola's class
11:00-12:00       Mr. Merkin and Mrs. Sobut's class

Children need to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled graduation time and report to the main building cafeteria.  Lunch will follow at Razzmatazz.  If you have questions, please email Ms. Growe at

** Please note: there is no school for KDG on June 13th (the day after graduation.)

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Skinner West Student Council Presents 
Spirit Week!
Monday, June 12th - Twin Day
Find a friend and wear the same outfit!
Tuesday, June 13th - Chicago Sports Day
Wear your favorite Chicago sports apparel
Wednesday, June 14th - Celebrity look alike day
Dress like your favorite celebrity
Thursday, June 15th - Skinner Spirit Day
Wear as much purple and gold as possible and show your Skinner pride!
Not Returning to Skinner?  Please Read!txr

Attention parents and caregivers - If your child is not returning to Skinner next year, please print out and sign the attached form and return it to the main office as soon as possible. The office staff will ensure your child is transferred to their new school!

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Congratulations 8th Graders!eight
Skinner West would like to congratulate our 8th graders.  Below are the list of schools our bright and talented Superstars were accepted to.  We wish you the best of luck!

Walter Payton College Prep
Evanston Township High School
Lincoln Park High School
Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
Northside College Preparatory High School
Lane Technical College Prep High School
Providence St. Mel
William Jones College Preparatory High School
Oak Park and River Forest High School
Muchin College Prep
Urban Prep Bronzeville Campus
Noble Academy
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
John F. Kennedy High School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Mount Carmel High School
UIC College Prep
Woodrow Wilson High School

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The next PTO meeting will occur Tuesday, June 27th.  To celebrate the end of summer, PTO will meet at Crossroads Tavern (1120 W Madison) at 6pm.  All parents and teachers are invited to join us to help plan events and fundraising efforts for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Superstar's Spring Concertconcert

Congratulations to our Glee Club, pre-K, 2nd, 4th, 217, 314 and 6th grade concert participants!  What a wonderful performance you gave this week!


Skinner Newsletter & School Office Summer Break 
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The last Skinner Newsletter for the school year will be sent on Thursday, June 15th.  Please be on the lookout for email digests later this summer with important information for the 2017-2018 school year, including supply lists, and pertinent class information.   The communications team wishes you a restful summer break and we look forward to seeing you in September!

P.S.  Our newsletter team is staffed primarily by parent volunteers (nice crew if we do say so ourselves!).  We are always looking for volunteers to help draft, publish and find articles for the newsletter. If you're interested in donating your time or skills, please email us at

Summer Office Hours

Because of the current CPS budget crisis, there is no plan to have staff at Skinner over the summer.  Teachers and staff will return in late August.

Skinner's New Website - Coming Soon!site
The communications team is very excited to announce that we'll soon be launching a new, redesigned website!  We're looking for volunteers to test our beta site over the summer to test the look & feel of the site and help us find errors.  It will help us tremendously with getting the site up and running before the start of the school year.  If you're interested in being a beta tester, please send us an emai!  We'll set you up with a link!

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Repeat Articles
Volunteers Needed for Annual FOSW Skinner West Walk-A-Thon

 Friends of Skinner West has started to plan the Walk-a-thon for next year.  We are excited to raise funds to continue the one-to-one Chromebook program and other technology needs. 

Last year we raised over $50,000 at this huge event!    

We are currently seeking Committee Chairpersons for the Walkathon next school year.  The following volunteer positions are available.
1. Bounce house/DJ committee - responsible for ordering the bounce houses/DJ, etc. 
2. Food committee - responsible for ordering food/water/pizza, soliciting donations for snacks. 
3. Marketing committee - responsible for graphic design for advertising materials, creating banners, flyers, composing regular communications to parents via Facebook, newsletters, etc.. 
4. Volunteer committee - responsible for organizing volunteers, volunteer packet, and tables on the day of the Walkathon

If you are interested in chairing or volunteering for any of these committees, please email us at 

We can't fully tell you how happy and thankful we were that Mrs. McCaskey volunteered to work with our classical first graders again this year!  She also took on teaching the classical kindergarteners this year. 

Mrs. McCaskey has been volunteering her time almost every week with the most amazing lessons. She is an amazing teacher that not only inspires the students but also the staff. 

Mrs. McCaskey taught units about The Underground Railroad, William Shakespeare, and the Titanic. We have no doubt this year was special and memorable because of her. 


Please clear your calendar for the annual Skinner Stars Dance Team Recital!!

Date: Friday, June 9th
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Skinner Gymnasium

Tickets are FREE!  Seating is first come, first serve!

Skinner Music House Concert house

Thursday, June 15th @ 2:15pm
All Music House participants in violin, guitar, ukulele, & Rock Band
Skinner Summer Camp Registration - Room Still Available! 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

Register Now! Skinner West Summer Basketball Camp

Register for the Skinner basketball summer camp HERE
!  Camp is open for girls and boys ages 7-14

WHEN: June 26, 2017 - July 28, 2017
  • Camp Hours: 9am-3pm
  • Lunch:12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Early Dropoff @ 8:00am | Late Pickup @ 4:00pm
WHERE: Walter Payton College Prep

Camp Includes
  • 5 Week instruction on building and increasing basketball skills, knowledge, gamesmanship and competitive drive
  • Click here to register and learn more! 

Skinner West students from 4K-Karate competed in their first really big national tournament. They performed awesomely.

*Nikita A.  1st in sparring 2nd in Kata
*Vishal S.  1st in Weapons, 3rd in sparring & 3rd in Kata Also won under belt Grand Champion for Weapons
*Nathan S. 2nd in Weapons 3rd in Kata & 3rd in sparring
*Cain M. 1st in sparring
*Curtis B. 4th in Kata
*Tyler G. 1st in Weapons, 1st in Kata & 3rd in sparring
*Quinn E. 2nd in sparring
* Carter H. 5th in Kata

CONGRATULATIONS to our exceptional Skinner Superstars!

New Cell Phone Policy for Skinner Students

Please read this parent letter on new and stricter cell phone policy for Skinner students.

Please see here for updated policy.

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