Week at a Glance: September 30th - October 7th

New Articles
CPS Strike Update

Please see here for CPS strike update.
School Emergency Contact Information

Main Office Hours are: 8:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. @ main number 773-534-7790 (Note the peak times are from 8am to 9:30am and 3:15 to 4pm. We appreciate your patience).

Remember the absence policy does NOT require a phone call to the office. Rather, please send a written note to your teacher upon RETURN from your student's absence.

STAR PROGRAM Participants
If your child is in the STAR Program, and you need to reach the office (ONLY FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES), you should call the main number at 773-534-7790 and when prompted, enter the 5-digit extension of 61159. This is the security desk. Please note, if you do not receive an answer, try calling back because the security personnel may have stepped away. Please do not leave messages. Try calling back until someone answers.

If your child is in the Skinner Park Program, and you need to reach someone for EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY, please call the park district at 312-746-5560 (business office).
FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY, if you need to reach someone after 6:30 P.M., you should call Chicago Public Schools at 773-553-1000.


Please fill and return the Family Income Information Form

All parents should have received the CPS Family Income Information Form 2016 - 2017 during the open house sessions.  This form replaces the free and reduced lunch applications. 

This form is critical for Skinner West to receive SGSA funds!  Our goal is a 95% return rate!

Please complete and return today!


2016-2017 Minimum Health Reqirements for CPS

"Evidence shows that healthy students have better attendance patterns and perform better academically."  The following health requirements apply to all children enrolled in a Chicago Public School.

See here for CPS health requirements for Kindergarten students.

Children must provide proof of required immunizations and health exams before October 15, 2016 or they will face exclusion from school. 

Physical Examination
  • due October 15, 2016
  • See form here
  • Must be within one year prior to entry to
    • preschool and K
    • 6th and 9th grades
    • Any students entering CPS for the first time
Vision Examination
  • due October 15, 2016
  • For students
    • entering Kindergarten
    • entering State of Illinois for the first time at any grade level
Dental Examination
  • due May 15, 2017
  • For Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades


Please refer to Skinner West website for more information.

School Fees Information are out!

1st - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
New Teacher Bios  - Mrs. Cusack

Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing bios on our new teachers.  This week, the spotlight is on Mrs. Cusack. 

Click here to read about our temporary 3rd grade teacher while Mrs. Oluewu is out on maternity leave!
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
Welcome PTO Officers!

Please join PTO in welcoming the following parents and new officers to PTO! Together they bring professional and personal experience from nonprofit, legal, public relations, technology and previous PTA organizations. They will each play a key role in working to build community and increase fundraising opportunities to support Skinner West programs.

President           Gary Mack
Vice President   Monique Schlichtman
Treasurers         Stephanie Majca & Monique Schlichtman
Secretaries        Morgan Walbridge & Avi Dagaria
Reporters          Amy Bernstein & Dominique Bates

New PTO Sub-committees

All parents & teachers, regardless of PTO membership, are welcome to participate in the following sub-committees and can send an email to or sign up here to learn more details. 

Governance - this committee will be working to empower all parents & teachers with a voice by establishing up-to-date voting procedures for PTO board elections and issues before PTO such as funding requests.  Activities include reviewing current bylaws and investigating ways to modernize and increase transparency, efficiency and engagement.

Event Planning - from Halloween parties to Casino nights, the event planning committee is looking for help to plan fun events for families, teachers and staff! 

Stay Tuned for several Spook-tacular Events in October!

3rd - 5th Grade Parents danced to Thriller as we gear up for October! 

Candle Fundraising Packets Due - October 10th
PTO has kicked off the Yankee Candle Fundraiser, and we want every student to sell at least one candle. We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 to use for our classrooms. The candles make perfect holiday gifts and are delivered before Thanksgiving. All monies are due by Friday, October 10thIf you need additional order forms, they are in the main office on the counter or near the rack by the elevator. Any questions, please email Thank you for your Superstar support!

Spooky Skinner Party - October 28th
Keep an eyeball out for party details and online volunteer signup forms for the all-school party! Open to all families, friends, teachers and staff.

Door Decorating Contest - October 6th - 28th
This year's theme is Haunted School! Room parents and teachers will be sending details home and also work with parents/teachers/students to decorate their classroom door. Students that participate will receive purple slips.

First School Improvement Meeting on October 4th @ 5:30pm

The School Improvement Committee, which is a standing committee of the Local School Council, facilitates the social and academic concerns of students, parents and faculty at Skinner West. The Committee also assists in the development and implementation of the Continuous Improvement Work Plan. 


Come to the next SIC meeting to contribute your ideas and share your ideas on working together towards your student's social and academic excellence. We will be discussing the priorities for the upcoming school year in our first meeting!

Tuesday, October 4th
5:30pm - 6:30pm
3rd Floor Library

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

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
Principal's Report

Please see here for the Principal's Report from the September 20, 2016 LSC Meeting.
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
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!
New Parent Question?  

We realize many new parents may have questions about their new school.  Please email 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, the email address for parents only.

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!
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