2017-2018 School Year 
Welcome Newsletter #2

Dates to Remember

Elementary & KDG Registration: Every Tuesday & Thursday in August from 10am to 6pm in main office
Skinner STAR Aftercare In-Person Registration: 8/31 from 12pm to 5pm (details below)
Kindergarten Meet & Greet: Thursday 8/31 @ 4pm
1st to 8th Grade NEW Student Meet & Greet: Thurs 8/31 @ 2pm
First Day of School 2017: Tuesday, 9/5 @ 8:45am 
PTO Meeting - Tuesday, 9/12 @6:00pm, Library

CPS 2017- 2018 Calendar: Click Here

New Articles

Avoid a Ticket & Keep our Students Safe!  Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures - MAIN BUILDING

  • Please do not block any driveways in the community area, double-park or block a crosswalk while dropping off or picking up your child.
  • In the morning the Monroe Street side is a "kiss & go" (drive up- drop off and drive away) area. Please do not park there - even temporarily. Please find parking in another area if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time.
  • After school, the Monroe Street side is reserved for the bus lane. There is no parking or area to wait for your child.
  • Do not park on the Adams Street side directly in front of the school in the mornings. The Adams side is used for school bus drop-off only.
  • In the evening, the Adams street side school parking zone is a "pick up & drive away" area. Do not leave your car for extended periods of time. Please find legal parking in other areas if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time. 
Parking Lot
  • Our parking lot has limited spaces and is permit parking for SKINNER STAFF ONLY. Please do not park in the staff lot or block other cars as you will be towed. 

Thank you to our parent and teacher volunteers that work hard to keep our children safe as they walk across the busy crosswalks on both the Monroe & Adams Street side. As a community, we all play an active role in keeping those crosswalks safe. 


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Neighborhood - 225 S. Aberdeen 
Arrival Procedures: Main Building
  • Students may be dropped off as early as 8:15 at the main bldg for breakfast. KDG students will sit in the designated areas for their class. Ms. Hampton, Ms Rivera, or Ms Wensley will be there to supervise
  • @8:45-8:50am Students line up to board the shuttle bus
  • @8:50am Shuttle to the branch departs; If the child misses the shuttle, it is the parent's responsibility to dropoff at the Branch at the Aberdeen entrance
- OR -
Arrival Procedures: Branch
  • @8:40am, dropoff at arrival begins; Students may eat breakfast at the branch. Students must wait in the cafeteria for their teachers and are not allowed in the classroom unless the teacher is present.
Dismissal Procedures - Pick up at Branch OR Main Bldg
  • You may pick up your child from the branch by 3:35pm
  • @ 3:35pm Students board the shuttle bus to the main building on Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  If a parent has not arrived by 3:35pm at the Branch, they MUST pick up at the main bldg
  • @3 :45pm, Parent pick up in the cafeteria of the main bldg
  • Students reporting the STAR Aftercare or Skinner Park aftercare program will report to designated areas
  • In cases of early dismissals before 3:35pm, the child must be picked up at the branch

Skinner West PTO Needs You!

On the first day of school, enjoy morning refreshments while dropping off your students, compliments of your Skinner West PTO. The PTO supports our school in many ways, including community-building events and fundraising activities. Learn how you can get involved at the first PTO meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in the library. All parents and teachers are welcome. Even if you can't make it, you can support Skinner West at

There are still a few spots left for Karate at Skinner West! Information can be found on the website at  Classes begin Monday Sept 11th at 4:00 pm in the north side of the cafeteria. These Krazy Karate Kids won 19 top ten in the nation championship awards with twelve (12) top fives and four (4) number one in the country. 

Star Dance Program
All members of last year's teams are automatically enrolled this year. Priority for new member slots will go to those that were on the wait list from last year. There is a $70 monthly fee for any students not enrolled in STAR Program. 

All members of last year's teams are automatically enrolled this year. Priority for new member slots will go to those that were on the wait list from last year. There is a $70 monthly fee for any students not enrolled in STAR Program. 

Practice Schedule:
Mini Star Squad (K-1st): Mondays and Wednesdays 3:45-4:45
Junior Star Squad (2nd-3rd): Mondays and Wednesdays 4:45-5:45
Star Squad (4th-8th): Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45-6:00pm

Enroll by emailing Nina-Rose Wardanian at (please include your child's full name and grade). Spots are very limited and do fill quickly.

Please click here for after-school programming from Mad Science! 


Raise Money for Skinner - No Cost, No Effort as you purchase school supplies

2. Designate "Skinner School Forum."  Or go directly to 
3. Bookmark this page!  Every time you shop at Amazon through the website,the top of the page will read: "Supporting: Skinner School Forum."    

2 Options:
1.  Visiting the store?  Tell the cashier your school code is
70030701  (Skinner West School)
2. Purchasing Online? Did you make an instore visit in the last quarter? 
In both cases, Skinner West receives a 5% credit to purchase Office Depot items in the future!

Box Top for School

Your Child's Name in Lights
Looking for a unique way to say "Happy Birthday" to Your Child?
Surprise your child with an electronic greeting on the Skinner West marquee for only $25. 

In addition, a birthday greeting will be sent to your child via the intercom during morning announcements. All proceeds will help our Skinner 8th graders go to Washington, DC.
Your child's birthday announcement will run for 24 hours. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend, the announcement will run the Friday before.
So how did our inaugural birthday child respond to seeing his name in lights? "Awesome...I LOVE it!"

Repeat Articles
Ms. Clark welcome
To all the new Superstar families and to those returning, I'm so excited to kick-off the school year.  Can you believe the first day is around the corner?  Skinner West is THE premier school in Chicago, so you should be proud to be part of this.

You're probably already aware that Skinner West was named the #1 Chicago Elementary School in Chicago Magazine's 2016 edition based on a combination of factors - standardized testing, NWEA/MAP math and reading growth, parent/student surveys and attendance. 

And we're about to kick-off construction of the new Skinner annex. Starting in September, this multi-year effort will bring new classrooms, science and STEM labs and an art room. This LEED green building will also meet ADA requirements.

As leaders, educators and parents, the Skinner family collaborates to help prepare our students- emotionally, academically, artistically, professionally - for the next phase in their education. Each year, we hear positive updates from our graduates on how they have succeeded and continued their journey in their educational and professional careers, and we beam with pride each and every day to hear such positive news updates! 

We encourage each of you to become active in the Skinner Community.  Attend a Local School Council, Parent Teacher Org PTO/Forum, Friends of Skinner West or Gallery 111 meeting. The LSC also sponsors the Facilities, School Improvement, Communications and Bilingual Advisory subcommittees. All of these organizations are seeking the best interest in our Superstars and the community around them. Become a room parent, volunteer in the library or one the the committees. Engage with other parents and join the exciting times ahead of us!

These weekly e-newsletters and alerts serve as the main communications for school-wide communications- news, policies, changes, key dates and activities and more!  As you meet your new teachers and room parents, you may receive more targeted communications to support your child's Skinner experience. Be sure to like our  Facebook page, and bookmark our website at for more information.  I'm also excited to announce that we'll be soon launching a new website!  Our new logo is above.  

As always, if you have any questions for me, please contact me using the Skinner West parent-only email address: .  We do our best to respond!
If you have any new parent questions, we have parent volunteers on hand to help by emailing (please label the subject with "new parent question").

Try to enjoy the rest of summer with your Superstars. And be on the lookout for more pertinent updates before the first day of school. We look forward to each Superstar returning on Tuesday, September 5th! We are ready for another fantastic school year with our wonderful Superstar families and staff !

Deborah M. Clark
  • Please check the website for the school supply lists - updates have been made!
  • Please remember: purchase your grade level supplies AND the Ancillary list supplies, Art, and Science supplies.
  • Coming soon to this link - School Fees!   
STAR Aftercare Program Registration 

1) Paypal: & email registration and proof of payment to or in person on 9/5 during aftercare. Be sure to list your child's name.
2) In person payment and registration will take place on 8/31 during the new student meet & greet from 2pm to 5pm. Cash or Check will be accepted.
3) In person registration/payments may be made in the main office starting 8/23 or on 9/5 during aftercare.   
Looking for an Easy Way to Contribute Your Time?
Communications Committee Volunteers  are Needed

The Communications Committee welcomes any new parent volunteers who want offer their time in helping with website maintenance, newsletter development and more!  Volunteering is flexible, minimal, and does not require in-person involvement at the school. Meet new parents and learn more about what Skinner offers: Contact us at   
Skinner West represents Chicago's very own Superstars who are "rising and thriving" in a diverse, nurturing community.  Skinner West take pride in focusing on developing the WHOLE child in a diverse and inclusive environment - balancing academics, arts, music, sports, technology and ancillaries.  We have an incredibly supportive environment led by staff, parents, students and community.  We work hard and we play hard!  Skinner students exit their academic careers with an incredibly authentic and memorable experience that prepares them for unique opportunities, careers and futures.  We're proud of our Superstars, who represent "the Spirit that counts.   
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Deborah M. Clark
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