MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: October 7th - October 14th

  • Candle Fundraising Packets Due,  Monday October 10th
  • Walk-a-Thon Contributions Due, Tuesday October 11th
  • Skinner Walk-a-Thon, Thursday October 13th
  • Minimum Health Requirement Forms Due, Friday October 14th
  • Halloween Door Decorating Contest, October 6th - October 28th
  • Spooky Skinner Party, Friday October 28th
New Articles
 
Strike
CPS Strike Update

Please see here for CTU strike update from CPS
Here is the letter from Mrs. Clark that was sent home on Thursday.

 
CampImagination
Camp Imagination Pop Up Camp

Wondering what to do if the Chicago Teacher's Union goes on strike next week?

Camp Imagination will be offering daily sessions of Camp Imagination beginning Tuesday, October 11th!

At Camp Imagination, campers spend their days engaged in arts activities and outdoor adventures that encourage them to explore the world in imaginative new ways!

Join us for the full week or pick your days!  Space is limited, so register today!

Pick any way to register!
Visit our websitewebsite
Call us at (773)739-5437

What you need to know:
  • Imagination Children's Academy is at 1144 W. Madison St. Chicago IL 60607
  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm (parents are responsible for providing lunch and two (2) snacks
  • $70/day or $320/week
 
WestLoopSoccerClub
West Loop Soccer Camp is Available during CTU Strike!

West Loop Soccer Camp would like to inform all Skinner West Families that they will be offering full day, week long soccer camps in the event of a CTU Strike!

Please visit our website for detail and how to register!


 

                            
 

                         
 
WestLoopSoccerClub
POW is Available during CTU Strike!

POW Kids Fall Schedule is available. Also, POW is available should there be a CTU strike. www.powgymchicago.com



 

                             
 

                         
 
Progress Reports Update

We are experiencing glitches in entering class grades in our IMPACT system.  We are trying to get this problem rectified with our ITS Department.  Please check parent portal frequently for grade updates.

Thank you for your patience!


 

                             
 

                         
 
FamilyIncome
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!

 

Walkathon
Walk-a-Thon Contributions are due back on 10/11! 

Please remember that Walk-a-thon Envelopes and contributions are due back to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday, October 11th.

Our goal is to raise $50,000!  100% of funds raised go back to the classrooms to purchase needed items such as promethean boards, chrome books, iPads, and much much more!

The 5 classrooms that raise the most money will earn a $500 item of the teacher's choice, an ice cream social and extra recess!

In case of a teacher's strike, the date of the Walk-a-Thon will be moved to a later date.

There is still time to volunteer by signing up on our Google docs sheet!

We are very excited about this event and hope to see you there!
 
Health
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.


SchoolFees
School Fees Information are out!

1st - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
 
 
AroundtheWorld
Around the World in 80 Dishes #5 - Cemitas Puebla

Attention all Skinner Families and Staff!

Please join us for a neighborhood walk and luncheon on Sunday, October 16th

                        
 
Repeat Articles
 
Principal
Principal's Report

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

SKINNER PARK PROGRAM Participants
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.

 
parents
As of 10/5, we still have the following need for room parents:
Mrs. Fisher - 3rd
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
PTO
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 skinnerwestpto@gmail.com 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! 


October
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 skinnerwestpto@gmail.com. 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.



Stay Connected

 Visit our website at http://www.skinnerwest.cps.edu/ for more information about what's happening in school.
Please consider a donation of time or funds to Skinner West!  Click the link to donate: www.skinnerwestgiving.org
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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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