2017-2018 School Year 
Week 14: December 21-28

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Congratulations Mrs. Clark

Holiday Concert Success

KDG Reindeer Party

Classroom Connection - 5th Grade

CTA Holiday Bus at Skinner

FOSW Funds Needed Supplies

FOSW Charitable Update

Save the Date - Skinner Ski & Water Park


Dates to Remember
CPS Go Enrollment Deadline - Dec. 22nd
Winter Break : Dec 23- Jan. 7th
Newsletter Returns - Jan. 4th
Classes Resume - Jan. 8th
Winter NWEA Testing  Grades K-8th Jan 9- 26th
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here

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Four More Years!
Congratulations Mrs. Clark!  Our wonderful LSC renewed her contract at their meeting this week.  Her new contract runs through 2022.  Happy Holidays!!
Holiday Concert
Congratulations to all our Superstars who participated in today's holiday concert for the community.  Here are some pictures of this wonderful event.

KDG Reindeer Party
This week kindergartners got together for a "Reindeer Pajama Party!"  The children gathered at Little Skinner and rotated to several classrooms for reindeer games, crafts, stories, and fun! It was a great opportunity for the children to intermingle and a great way to kick off the holiday season! 
Classroom Connection - Mrs. Rosenzweig's 5th Grade (#220)
Students in Mrs. Rosenzweig's 5th Grade classroom were transformed into sleuths, uncovering the mystery of a multi-million dollar fortune's death in the novel, "The Westing Game."  Through group discussions and activities, students used the novel study to learn new vocabulary, make inferences, question, connect and observe.  Additionally, figurative language and theme were highlighted.  Students obtained the roles of the sixteen main characters in this novel and were paired accordingly to uncover clues, ironic statements and to find red herrings along the way. Case detective files and a suspect report were submitted as a final assignment.  Would you like to play the role of a detective?  Ask a 5th grader in Room 220 for their answer!

CTA Holiday Bus Visits Skinner
Our 4th grade Superstars were chosen to make the art for this year's CTA Holiday Bus! The bus was parked at Skinner West on Monday where the kids got a chance to see their art class creations, take Polaroids with Santa and were given holiday treats. Thank you CTA for letting us be a part of this fun holiday tradition! Keep your eye out for the bus in action around the city."
FOSW Funded Needed Classroom Supplies
As the year comes to an end, Friends of Skinner West is so very grateful for all of our parent support. This year, with your help, we have supplied the school with 1:1 chromebooks, laminating machines, classroom supplies, Kindles, Promethean boards and repair, and many other much needed items. If you are considering making any year-end tax deductible contributions, please consider directing your contribution to FOSW, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity. Contributions can be made via PayPal or Chase QuickPay at Thank you again for another successful year of fundraising!" 
FOSW - Thank You for Your Generosity!
With generous contributions from Skinner parents and friends, Friends of Skinner West was able to provide warm winter clothing and holiday gifts to 48 Skinner Superstars through our Holiday Giving Drive. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Skinner West's Ski & Water Park Day is being held 2/2-2/3 at Timber Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva.  Click here to learn about group rates!  Reserve now!  The block expires on January 8th!

We'd like to thank Ms. Rivera-Reynolds for the many year of organizing this event.  She is looking for a parent volunteer to take over as her tenure at Skinner West is coming to an end.  If interested, please email her at:
Repeat Articles
PE 2Q News

Please click here to read the latest updates from Mr. Johnson and Ms. Westy.
Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket!

Skinner West will offer a sibling lottery again this year.  The application process for the 2018-2019 school year for selective enrollment & sibling lottery closes on December 22nd.  Neighborhood parents are encouraged to apply for the Classical Program. Please click here for more information to activate your account, conduct research and apply.



Chicago Children's Theatre Winter Camp

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