MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: 
June 15 - June 22 
New Articles 
  



Thursday, June 15th Last Newsletter of the School year
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 Neighborhood School Registration (4-6pm)
Tuesday, June 20th Promotion Walk - Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 21st Skinner Summer Camp Starts
Tuesday, June 27th PTO Meeting (Crossroads Tavern) 6pm
Tuesday, June 27th LSC Meeting 6:30pm

New Articles
 
Monday is Student Recognition Day!achieve 
 
 
NWEA Recognition Awards
Achieve3000 Recognition Awards
Caught You Doing Something Good- Purple Slips

We are so proud of our Superstars everyday, but we get the opportunity to publicly recognize them on Monday in a special assembly.

We will be recognizing students who have shown the most growth in NWEA and Achieve3000. Congratulations to everyone for having a successful school season!

"Caught you Doing Something Good" is our annual recognition program for students who receive purple slips.
  • Purple slips are distributed by school administration to students for good deeds, proactive acts of kindness, and achieving success in different areas, designated by the school
  • Through generous donations, we provide small gift cards (by lottery) to students
  • It's an exciting event the students look forward to every year, where students cheer for each other and are rewarded for "catching them doing something good!"
Call for Donations:  At any time during the school year, we are always looking for donations of $5 gift cards from Gamestop, Subway, Starbucks, McDonald's Claire's, or Target. If you have any cards lying around, please consider dropping them off to Ms Maldonado's attention in the front office.  We thank you for motivating our students!
 
Classroom Connection - 4th Gradeconnx 
 
The fourth grade classes celebrated all students who read their own poems at the Annual All Schools reading with the teaching artists of the Poetry Center of Chicago's Hands On Stanzas Program!
 
Our Poet In Residence selected one student from each fourth grade classroom residency, to represent the classes at the event.
 
This culminating activity was on display at the Poetry Center last Wednesday evening. We want to thank the chosen fourth grade  students for sharing a smidgen of work from their own repertoire of poems and delivering them beautifully.  You really represented  Skinner as superstars! Great job Rebecca B., Miles K., Taylor H.  and Alana O! 
 
Call for Room Parents!parent 
 

Attention parents and caregivers! We're looking for room parents for the 2017-2018 school year.  Once you know your child's classroom number, please email skinnerwestroomparents@gmail.com to request your spot as room parent. 
 
Skinner's First History Fair Representation in Washington, D.C. Emmett 
 
Emmett S. (7th grader) advanced from Skinner's school history fair to city competition and then to state.  At state, Emmett was among the top two in his category and was chosen to represent Illinois at National History Day which was held this week at the University of Maryland.  Emmett's entry was a documentary about Richard Nickel, a Chicago photographer who advanced the architectural preservation movement.  There were teams from every state as well as five other countries in the competition.  Everyone that attended enjoyed the opening ceremonies where Ken Burns spoke and Emmett had a great time being part of Team Illinois.  Congratulations Emmett - the Skinner Community is so proud of your accomplishments!


 
1st Graders Dance Residencydancer
 
Thanks to Gallery 111, this year's first graders had the opportunity to experience a 10-week dance residency with May I Have this Dance.  The residency concluded with each class performing the waltz, tango, merengue, or Charleston for their parents.  In addition to learning the specific dance steps, the students learned proper dance etiquette and about the culture, language, and origin of their respective dances.
 
  
 
 
Congrats Superstar Dancers!dance
 
Our dance ensemble gave an amazing performance last week.  Skinner West Superstar dance team had their best show ever! Now in its 5th year, our dancers danced into our hearts with lyrical,kick,hip hop, pom and jazz moves. T hanks to our Skinner alumni and teacher Nina-Rose Wardanian, over 200+ family and friends cheered them on. A special goodbye goes to our four 8th graduating dancers who choreographed dances for the show.
 
 
 
 
Karate in Cleveland!!karate 
 
The 4K-Karate Team traveled to Cleveland to compete at the Super Brawl III and had a pretty good day ...Gabrielle, Cornell, Tyler, Vishal & Nathan all took home multiple 1st pl trophies.  They are top 5 in the nation in their divisions - with Gabrielle and Nathan currently number 1. Room is still available for Karate summer camp. 6 full weeks with weekly options available.  Click 4K-karate.org/summer-camp/ for more information. 
 
 
 
 
POW! Fit Kid Summer CampsPOW
 
POW! has expanded its camp schedule because Skinner West parents have asked.  We are offering single camp days the week school ends:  Wednesday, June 21st, Thursday, June 22nd, and Friday, June 23rd.  We have also added more fitness camps, a half-day pricing option and opened up August 28th-August 30th.

SPECIAL PROMO - Skinner West Parents - $50 OFF any week long camp if you sign up by June 20th.  We also offer sibling discounts.  If you are enrolling for one child and would like to take advantage of this offer your promo code is Skinner50.  If you are enrolling for more than one child and want to take advantage of the promo code and sibling discount, please contact Kaitlin or Lizzie

Link for Non-Member Week Long Camp can be found here    
 
Repeat Articles
 
Volunteers Needed for Annual FOSW Skinner West Walk-A-Thon
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 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 friendsofskinnerwest2011@gmail.com. 
 
Not Returning to Skinner?  Please Read!txr
 
Attention parents and caregivers - If your child is 
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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!
 
 
Skinner BAC LuncheonBAC



Don't forget, VISIT SKINNERBAC.EVENTBRITE.COM TO RSVP

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



PTO MeetingPTO
 
                
 
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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Newsletter
 
This is the last Skinner West Newsletter for the school year.  Please be on the lookout for us to return 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 find, draft and publish articles for the newsletter. If you're interested in donating your time or skills, please email us at skinnerwest@gmail.com.
 
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
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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  email!  We'll set you up with a link!

 
Skinner Summer Camp - Spots 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
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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! 
 
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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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