2017-2018 School Year 
Welcome Newsletter #1

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 

CPS 2017- 2018 Calendar: Click Here

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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.

Please remember that the first payment is due by the first day of school to secure your spot! Thank you, and we can't wait to see you!

Ms. Campbell, Ms O'Brien, and Ms. Schwartz


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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