MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: September 22nd - September 29th 



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Principal
Principal's Report

Please see here for the Principal's Report from the September 20, 2016 LSC Meeting.
 
Strike
CPS Strike Update

Please see here for CPS strike update.
 
SchoolFees
School Fees for 6th - 8th Grade

6th - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
 

K - 5th Grade School Fees will be available next week.
 
OpenHouse
1st - 5th Grade Open House Schedule
Wednesday, 9/28/2016

1st and 2nd Grade
5:15pm - 5:45pm             Branch classes meet with teachers
5:30pm - 6:00pm             Main building classes meet with teachers
6:00pm - 6:30pm             General Session at Main Building Gym

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade
5:30pm - 6:00pm             General Session at Main Building Gym
6:00pm - 6:30pm             Meet with classroom teachers
 
Absence
School Absence Policy

If your child is absent, please provide your teacher a note with a parent's or doctor's signature in order to receive an excused absence. This is mandatory to receive an excused absence.  Phone calls to the office are optional.
 
Please see here for school absence policy
 
Safe
Avoid a Ticket and Keep Our Students Safe! 

There was an unfortunate incident earlier this week in which two Whitney Young students were struck by a car while crossing the streets of Jackson and Laflin.  Though the injuries were minor (scratches and bruises), the outcome could have been much worse.

Please see here for parking, pick up and drop off rules.  When in doubt, please slow down and watch for kids!
 
Walkathon
Volunteers are needed for the 10/13 Walkathon 

Are you interested in volunteering at the Walkathon?  Many parents are needed to make this event a success.  We are in need of volunteers to help with monitoring the route, distributing water, handing out fruit, First Aid and picking up the pizzas for our volunteers. If you can help with any of these duties, please sign up on our Google docs sheet or attend a brief informational meeting on October 5th at 6:00pm

 
parent
New Parent Question?  

We realize many new parents may have questions about their new school.  On Wednesday, 9/28 @ 6:30pm, (following the 5:30 open house), Skinner Parent Ambassadors will be available in the lobby to answer questions. Look for the Ambassadors in the lobby or if you need an answer sooner, please email skinnerwest@gmail.com with the heading "New Parent Question".  Please note the email box is monitored by parent volunteers.  We'll do our best to get back to you within 24 hours!

As always, please email PrincipalClark20@gmail.com, the email address for parents only.
 
bio
New Teacher Bios  - Mrs Haddad

Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing bios on our new teachers.  This week, the spotlight is on Ms Haddad.  Click here to read about our new 2nd grade teacher!
 

parents
As of 9/22, we still have the following need for room parents:
Mrs. Fisher - 3rd
Mrs. Rupp - 4th
Ms. Thorne - 5th
Mr. Lee - 6th
Ms. Irvin - 6th
Ms. Christiansen - 7th
Ms. McSpadden - 7th
Ms. Mellos - 8th
Mr. Batchelor - 8th 

We also need a room parent for Spanish.

While a room parent's primary responsibilities are determined in consultation with each teacher, below are general guidelines:
  • Complete an email & phone contact list for your classroom
  • Serve as a resource for classroom parents/act as a liaison between the classroom teacher & parents;
  • Reach out to new classroom families & include them on email communications; 
  • Solicit volunteers & donations for classroom activities as requested by the teacher; 
  • Answer school-related questions for classroom parents; and
  • Communicate pertinent school/classroom news & volunteer opportunities to parents.

If you'd like to become a room parent, please reach out to Sabrina Wing at skinnerwestroomparent@gmail.com
MadScience

Registration for the Fall session is open.  Please see here and here for more information

Crazy Chem classes will be on Mondays.

A new "BRIXOLOGY" class for the older (4th - 6th grade) students will be on Thursdays.  This class is an engineering-based class where they'll learn the engineering design process while creating with Lego bricks.  

We're really excited about this new class!
 
principal
Nominate Mrs. Clark for National Principals' Month 

The Skinner West LSC Communications Committee would like to request that you nominate Principal Clark for Scholastic's National Principal's Month.  100 lucky Principals will receive a special gift.  Click here to nominate Mrs.Clark.

Deadline is September 30, 2016


 
Repeat Articles
 
walk
Walkathon Update 

Information regarding the Walkathon has been sent home with your child. We are excited that the Walkathon is only a few weeks away on October 13th! Please help us meet our goal of raising $50,000 by helping your child raise money for this cause. 100% of monies raised goes directly back into the classroom.  And because FOSW is a 503(c) organization, your contributions are tax deductible! Contributions are due back to your child's teacher by Monday, October 10th, 2016.

Friends of Skinner West would also like to send a big thank you to the Bragg Family. Jason and Trisha (parents of 2nd grader Claire and KDG Aaron) recently donated $2300 to FOSW. We are very appreciative of such a generous contribution. They are truly a Superstar family!

 
site
New Skinner Website Coming Soon! 

Skinner West's web site will be undergoing construction over the next few weeks.  Thank you for your patience as we work to unveil a new site in the near future!
 
stewawrds
Stewards of Skinner West 

Welcome to the second year of Stewards of Skinner West.  Many of our students will have the opportunity to contribute and help maintain cleanliness and comfort in and around our beautiful school. 

We kindly request donations of the following cleaning supplies:

Windex
Cleaning Wipes 
Paper Towels

All supplies can be dropped off in Mr. Baron's area adjacent to the art room, #201.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Baron at: mlbaron@cps.edu


 
gym
Please click here to see the details of this year's gym uniform policy.
Enter Promotion Code FRIENDS30 and PIN 4071 at checkout between 9/22 and 9/27 to enjoy 30% off your order!


 
WY
Whitney Young Pumpkin Spice 5K Fundraiser  
 
 Please click here for more information about about Whitney Young's upcoming fundraiser. 
tonite
Chicago Tonite

Chicago magazine is out with a new ranking of the best public schools in the Chicago area.  The magazine has expanded the criteria for ranking schools to include more than just standardized test scores. Please click on the link to see a discussion of the criteria, methodologies, and information about this year's top picks.   http://www.pbs.org/video/2365833394/ 
   
Stay Connected

 Visit our website at http://www.skinnerwest.cps.edu/ for more information about what's happening in school.
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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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