MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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Week at a Glance: October 28th - November 4th

Dates to Remember    
  • Classroom Halloween Costumes and Parties, Friday, October 28th
  • Spooky Skinner Ball, Friday, October 28th, 4pm - 7pm
  • Book Fair, Nov 1st - Nov. 3rd and Nov. 7th - Nov. 9th
  • SIC Meeting, Thursday, November 3rd, 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • Skinner High School Fair, Thursday, Nov 3rd, 6:00-7:30 in the Gym
  • School Improvement Day, NO SCHOOL, Friday, Nov. 4th
  • Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Day (Report Card pick-up), Wednesday, Nov 9th
  • Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL, Friday, Nov. 11th
New Articles
 
Sibling

 
MediaRelease
Student Media Consent / Release Form Due

Please make sure to fill out the media consent / release form here and return it to your child's teacher.  You can select either to consent or not consent for your child to be photographed, digitally recorded, etc. during school sessions.

If the teacher does not have a media consent / release form, your child will NOT participate in group photos / videos.
 
Media Consent / Release Form

 
Parade
Come see the Skinner West Halloween Parade! 

Come cheer for our students from Kindergarten - 4th grade as they parade through all 3 floors at Skinner West!

When: Friday, October 28th
Time: 10:30am

**Grades 5-8 please feel free to sit down along the lockers in the hallway as children will be parading on all 3 floors and would love for you check out their costumes.

 
HauntedHallways
Please vote for our Haunted Hallways!

Spooky Skinner Door Decorating contest is open for voting!!  

Voting will remain open until October 28th, Friday @ 3pm!  Winners will be announced at 5pm!   
 
Winners for each of the 5 categories will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Spooky Skinner Ball!                
  • Most Scary
  • Most Creative
  • Most Surreal
  • Most Funny
  • Most Cute         




SpookySkinnerBall
Get Ready for the Spooky Skinner Ball!
Friday, October 28th, 4pm - 7pm
                            
All KDG - 8th grade students and their families are welcome!
 
Admission and Activities are Free, and Food is available for purchase.
 
Students must be accompanied by a parent, unless chaperoned and registered through Park District or STAR program
 
Please see here for flyer!  

Parents, we desperately need volunteers for set-up, running and break down of the ball.  Please click here to volunteer!


 
 
fair
Book Fair Volunteers Needed! 

Volunteers are needed for the Skinner West Book Fair. Book Fair will run during regular school hours and during report card pick-up. Any amount of time is appreciated, and young children are welcome to come with!

Signing up to volunteer is easier than ever- simply select your availability (dates and time slots) at this link

Oct. 31: Book Fair Setup-Help unpack and display the books. Get a sneak peek at all the great books!

Nov. 1-3 & Nov. 7-9: Shopping Assistants- Help students shop within their budgets, find items, and locate prices.

Nov. 10 (8:45-12): Book Fair Pack-Up- Help box up leftover books and put the library back to normal.

Please contact Ms. Ranftl at klranftl@cps.edu if you are available to help.
 
Book Fair Information
  • Anderson's Book Fair is coming to Skinner West (Nov. 1st - Nov. 9th)
  • Book Fair will be open from 8:45am - 3:45pm each school day and during Report Card pick-up day hours
  • Cash, credit card, and checks are accepted.  Checks should be written to Anderson's Book Fair
  • Book prices range from $4 - $30, plus tax.  The average children's paperback is $6 and the average middle school paperback is $10.  Hardcover books average $16.  You can preview titles here
  • Please send book fair money in an envelope labeled with your child's name and room number
  • Book Fair will have hundreds of books for all ages and interests.  There will also be educational and creative activities, holiday books, and gift sets
  • Book Fair is a great place to start your holiday shopping!  Stock up on books and activities for winter break and get ahead of book reports!  
  • Every purchase helps earn new books for our school's library and classrooms!
 
DiaryWimpy
New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Available, with Autograph! 

Book Fair will have hardcover, AUTOGRAPHED copies of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book available for $13.95 +tax. 

Email Ms. Ranftl at klranftl@cps.edu to order!

                                         
Growe
Classroom Connection - Ms Growe (Kindergarten Fire Safety)

This month kindergarteners have been discussing fire safety! 

They have experienced a school fire drill, created escape plans for their homes, and been listening to several fire safety stories.  They had a visitor from an actual Chicago Firefighter! The children got to hold the fire gear and even try some of it on! 

We even learned an important new fire safety rule: in addition to "stop, drop, and roll, you MUST cover your face too!"


 
  
results
Walkathon Results

 

Friends of Skinner West would like to thank all parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators who helped with the Walkathon last week by either volunteering or donating.  A special thank you to our corporate donors @Pepsi and @MTFoodService,Inc. who generously donated drinks and fruit for our participants.  We couldn't have done this without all of you. 

We are proud to announce that not only did we meet our goal of raising $50,000 we exceeded it and raised almost $53,000.  Because of this, we have decided to grant a 2nd place prize of a $500 classroom item  to 5 additional teachers.  

First place winners of both the ice cream party and a $500 item for the classroom of the teacher's choice are: 
1. Mrs. Wyper
2. Mrs. Priola
3. Mr. Willis
4. Ms. O'Connor
5. Ms. Martin

2nd place winners of a $500 item for the classroom are:
1. Ms. Ward
2. Ms. Carlson
3. Mr. Merkin
4. Ms. Fisher
5. Ms. Every

 
 
 
Science
Mad Science Halloween Open House 

Mad Science is hosting a Halloween Open House.  Please click here for more information.
 
Repeat Articles
 
princial
LSC Principal's Report

Ms. Clark
 
 
Please click here to view the October 18th Skinner West LSC report. 
 
budget
Budget Cuts Affect Mandarin Program
 
Every year CPS reviews each school's enrollment figures on the 10th  and the 20th day of the school year. If a school's enrollment figures are over the projected enrollment, the school will receive an increase in funds. If a school's enrollment is under the projected count,  the school will get a decrease in funds.

During the July budget planning cycle, our projected enrollment and funding was based on1057 students. On the 10th day, our enrollment was down  14 students totaling 1043 ( pre schoolers are not included in this count.) Consequently , we had to give back the following funds to CPS: $ 60,356 in School Based Budgeting Funds; $17,613 in Diverse Learner Funds and $ 5,649 in SGSA funds totaling $ 83,618 in 10th day budget cuts.

In order to give back these funds to CPS, we had to close our vacant Mandarin teacher position formerly held by Ms Kong.  This was a devastating blow for us because our hopes and funds for getting a second Mandarin teacher have vanished.

These cuts mean that our Classical 1st-3rd graders and neighborhood 1st-4th will not receive Mandarin at this time. However, because of our strong commitment to providing foreign language to all of our Superstars, we are in the process of pursuing other options for both funding and foreign language instruction. We will discuss our progress on the various possibilities at our November 15th LSC meeting.
CPS
CPS Application Process 2017/18 School Year is Open! 

The application period for the 2017-2018 school year begins on October 3rd at 9 am and ends on December 9th. Apply online beginning October 3rd at 9 am and click 'Step 1' to start to the process.To register for the NWEA MAP for non-CPS students, click here. If you are still seeking school options for the 2016-2017 school year, click here.
 
SchoolFees
School Fees are Due before November 15th!

1st - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
 
 
SelectiveEnrollment
Save the Date: Selective Enrollment Open House

Many of the selective enrollment academic centers and high schools are having open houses in the near future.  Be sure to mark your calendars! Here are a few:

Skinner West Classical 11/17     10am-11am
Whitney Young Academic Center  10/16   10am - 2pm
Lane Tech Academic Center 10/30  9am - 11pm

Whitney Young High School 10/16  1pm - 4pm
Lane Tech High School 10/30  12pm - 3pm
Jones College Prep 10/15  10am - 3pm
Northside College Prep  11/6  11am - 2pm
Walter Payton High School  11/5   9am - 1pm 

Please see here for more detail!


KDG
KDG Trip to CNA Insurance 

On October 14 CNA invited the kindergarteners at Skinner West to a fun filled day of reading and writing workshops. Sesame Street was the theme and we even got a visit from Cookie Monster himself! The children hugged him, shook his hand, and even had a dance party with him. So did the teachers! They ended the workshop by hosting a delicious lunch and bid is fair well with a Cookie Monster cookie!  Thank you CNA! We had a blast!

   




LostAndFound
Rebooted: Lost and Found!

                                 

We've reorganized the Lost & Found!  It's never been easier to find your jean jackets, black coats, etc.

If you can't find what you're looking for -  don't give up hope!  We've placed a bunch of lost items in storage and you can collect your items during the next Report Card Pickup Day, November 9th).

Anything not claimed that day will be donated to charity.

 
ParentWriters
Call for Parent Writers!!

Skinner West has invited Chicago Children's Theatre to collaborate on a project leading up to the grand opening of their new West Loop home, The Station.

More details about the project are to come, but click here for some general information!

We are currently looking for a Skinner West community parent who would be excited to collaborate on an original story that would accompany animated films being created with the Skinner students.

The time commitment would be about 25 hours over an 8 week period, daytime preferred. 

If interested, please contact Frank Maugeri at fmaugeri@chicagochildrenstheatre.org and CC ariella@chicagochildrenstheatre.org


BrooklynBoulders
Brooklyn Boulders is offering a walking bus program for Skinner students!                                      
Take the higher road in after school programming. Brooklyn Boulders is introducing their walking bus program from Skinner West to BKB. 

Sign up for Tuesday Kids Academy which runs 4pm - 6pm, and let Youth Coordinator Eric know your child is a Skinner student interested in the free service by emailing him at ericsipos@brooklynboulders.com

BKB will have their team members waiting to pick up your child at 3:40pm  and walk with them to BKB, where you can conveniently pick them up at 6pm! 
Stay Connected

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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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