Week at a Glance: November 4th - November 11th

Dates to Remember    
  • Book Fair, Nov 1st - Nov. 3rd and Nov. 7th - Nov. 9th
  • End of First Quarter, Thursday, Nov 3rd
  • Skinner High School Fair, Thursday Nov 3rd
  • School Improvement Day, NO SCHOOL, Friday Nov. 4th
  • Student Council Assembly / Elections, Tuesday Nov. 8th
  • Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Day (Report Card Pick-up), Wednesday, Nov. 9th NO SCHOOL
  • Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL, Friday Nov. 11th
  • PTO/Forum Meeting 5:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 15th
  • LSC Meeting 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 15th
  • Open House for Selective Enrollment, 10:00 a.m. Thursday Nov. 17th



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Report Card Pick Up Day Schedule

Parents: Report card pick up day is Wednesday, November 9th.  This a non-attendance day for students. Homeroom teachers will have more specific details about their schedule.  General schedule is as follows:

Grades K-5
11:45 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Grades 6-8
11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Individual Parent Conferences
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Teachers' Lunch Break
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Report Cards Distributed

Parents, after going to your child's classroom, please stop by the Book Fair in the library.  It will be open from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. for parents to shop.  Also, parents please stop by the cafeteria to view our Lost and Found items to find any missing items from First Quarter.   Any items not claimed will be donated to charity.

If you have not paid your school fees, please stop by the front office and do so on the way to pick up your child's report card.  School fees are due on November 15, 2016.


From the Desk of CPS

Chicago Public Schools has issued a letter to parents regarding the PARCC Assessment.  Please click here to read the letter and learn more about this assessment.  


Skinner Election Day

Election Day for Skinner's Student Council is next week!  Candidate forum assemblies and student council elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.  

Students running for the executive office positions have been campaigning this week and will continue to do so until the votes are cast.  Good luck to all of our student candidates!


Halloween at Skinner!
Skinner School had the Halloween spirit last week.  Our students enjoyed dressing in costume, participating in the school Halloween parade, celebrating with their class, and attending the after-school Spooky Skinner Ball. 

Thank you to all parents and family members who donated their time to help our teachers and staff.  A special thank you to the PTO Forum for hosting the ball-- it was a smashing success!  And a special shout-out to the following incredible people for their hard work, time and commitment to designing, planning and hosting Spooky Skinner:

Gary Mack
Stephanie Krompier
Kelly Ranftl
Amanda Ranftl
Paul Krompier

The hallways at Skinner were transformed by students for Halloween week.  Thank you to all who voted in the Haunted Hallways Contest.  Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:                 
  • Most Scary - Ms. Lohman (119)
  • Most Creative - Room 124
  • Most Surreal - Art Room - Ms. Bovit
  • Most Funny - Mr. O'Brien (221)
  • Most Cute  - Ms. O'Brien (114)       


2nd Annual BAC Diwali Celebration

On October 26th, Skinner students attended a school assembly when the BAC presented the 2nd Annual Diwali Celebration in the Skinner West Gymnasium.  Big thanks to Mrs. Sathish and Mrs. Clark for helping the BAC with this assembly and
special thanks to Ms. Maldonado, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Westy, and the many parent volunteers.

Congratulations to the following students, who participated and shared their beautiful culture with Skinner:
Praniksha  -  Pranav  -  Mitra  -  Avni  Rishita  -  Raagvi  -  Saumyaa  Shreesh  -Arjun A.  -  Aryan  -  Arnav -  Arjun N. -  Akanksha   - Aparna


Classroom Connection -Kindergarten- Ms. Growe

October has been a fun-filled month for Kindergarten! They have studied the changing of seasons and as an introduction to Fall, took a trip to the Pumpkin Farm. Children went on a hayride, ran through a corn maize, picked out a pumpkin, and admired the fall changes in our beautiful city. After the school wide Halloween celebrations, they ended the month learning about fire safety through a visit from a Chicago Firefighter who also happens to be a Skinner parent! Kindergartners have gained a lot of knowledge this month and the teachers look forward to filling their brains with plenty more before the year is over!

Skinner West Book Fair 

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

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 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, it will be open from 11 am to 6 pm
  • 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!
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 to order!


Support Local Business - Support Skinner School

On Saturday, November 12th, come out and support a local business - Cat and Mouse Game Store, at 1112 W. Madison Street, as they celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day.  They have generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from this event to Friends of Skinner West. 

Cat and Mouse Game Store is throwing a party featuring the Best Toys For Kids Award winners from 2016 and years past! 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES- 11AM - 4PM Check out top games and puzzles from this year's list like Happy Salmon and the Code & Go Robot Mouse, participate in a Kidoozie Pogo Jumper contest, make a silly mask from Faber-Castell and mix your own custom color of Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld Thinking Putty. Little contests, giveaways and a Gamewright Games Sneaky Cards scavenger hunt will pop up throughout the day.

Thank you Cat and Mouse Game Store for supporting Skinner!

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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

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 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.
School Fees are Due before November 15th!

1st - 8th School Fees are available for parents, please see the below documents for detail.
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

Northside College Prep  11/6  11am - 2pm
Walter Payton High School  11/5   9am - 1pm 

Please see here for more detail!

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