2017-2018 School Year 
Week 2: September 15 - September 21

Dates to Remember

Open House - Tuesday, 9/26  Grades 6th - 8th
Wednesday, 9/27  Grades 1st - 5th
FOSW Walk-a-Thon - Thursday, 9/28

CPS 2017- 2018 Calendar: Click Here

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Open House

Open House will take place on the following dates:

** Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30 - 7:00, for 6th - 8th grades

** Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30 - 6:30, for 1st - 5th grades

There will be a 30-minute presentation in the gym, followed by an opportunity to visit your child's classroom and meet with the teacher. Please join us.
 School Supplies and 2017-2018 Fees
  • We are still in need of Ancillary Supplies.  Please drop off ancillary supplies to the library, Attn: Ms. Ranftl.  Click here for the ancillary supply list.  We are in special need of Kleenex boxes and Band-Aids.
  • Information on School Fees will be provided at Open House
  • Please check the website for the grade level school supply lists
 PE Uniforms

Information on recommended PE uniform vendors will be provided shortly.  Any clothing purchased for PE in previous years is always acceptable. Parents may send their children to school in clothes purchased from outside vendors, as long as the colors are in accordance with CPS policy and are either school colors (Purple/Gold) or CPS colors (NavyBlue/White).

More importantly, all students must have appropriate footwear to participate in PE classes.  They must have gym shoes.  No boots, of any kind, can be worn during PE class.  Also, flats, sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes, high heels, and or crocks may be not worn and are considered inappropriate in an active environment.  If a student does not have appropriate footwear ready when they come to the gym for class, they will not be able to participate for that period.
 Gallery 111

Are you interested in helping to raise funds for creative arts programming for your child? JOIN GALLERY 111!

All parents and teachers are welcomed on 
9/21 @ 4:00 pm in the Art Room for our first Gallery 111 meeting of the school year. 

Wondering what we funded for our Superstars last year:
  • Kindergarten: Tiny Tunemakers Residency 
  • 1st Grade: May I Have This Dance Residency 
  • 2nd & 4th Grades: Poetry Center of Chicago 
  • 3rd Grade: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trip 
  • 5th Grade: Emerald City Theater Residency 
  • 6th Grade: Beatboxing with Poetry Residency with Yuri Lane 
  • 7th Grade: African Drumming Residency with Baba Ali 
  • 7th & 8th Grades: Green Star Mosaic Workshops 
  • Diverse Learners: Hubbard Street Dance Residency 
  • 1st-8th Grades: Chicago Children's Theatre Partnership and numerous other arts field trips!
Shop Whole Foods to Benefit FOSW/PTO

We are pleased to announce that Friends of Skinner West and the PTO have been chosen by Whole Foods West Loop (1 N. Halsted) to be a recipient of the Whole Foods Market Community Support Day.  5% of net sales on September 20, 2017 will be donated to these organizations. Please support our organizations by doing your grocery shopping on that day and encouraging  your friends and neighbors to do so as well.

Get Involved on Your Time with Skinner West PTO

Don't worry if you couldn't make it to our first meeting on Sept. 12. There are many ways to get involved and support Skinner West PTO on your own time. If you're interested in event planning, please join us for a special Halloween carnival planning meeting on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00 in the Skinner West library. We're always looking for parents to help out with event planning or decorating, soliciting donations from community sponsors, updating our website, designing flyers, etc. If you have a skill, interest, or community connection that might benefit Skinner West PTO, please tell us at  skinnerwestpto@gmail.comOf course, you can always help the PTO by donating through our website

FOSW Walk-a-Thon - 9/28/2017

Information about the Walkathon was sent home with your children last week. September 28th is only two weeks away and we need your help to make the event a success! Help us work towards our goal of raising $50,000 for the school by signing up to volunteer on the day of the event at: 

Questions? Email us at
 Join the Debate Team

Attention 6th, 7th and 8th Graders! :

Basketball Camp

Walter Payton College Prep is hosting their 2nd annual fall boys basketball camp, running every Friday in October from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

This camp is a great way for kids to work on their skills, compete and get familiar with our school building and coaching staff. A detailed registration form is attached here.


Repeat Articles
A Letter from Mrs. Clark

Dear Superstar Parents,

I hope that the first week of school has been as exciting for you as it has been for us. We are delighted to see all of our returning students as well as some new faces!  We are lucky to have such wonderful parents who are so involved in their children's education. Our Superstar parents are one of the main reasons why Skinner West is a top ranking school in Chicago! We would like to thank our Skinner Forum/PTO for providing refreshments during our new student orientation.

First off, we'd like to welcome our new teachers - Ms. Katy Rehus (maternity leave for Mrs. Salameda - 1st), Mrs. Michelle Twine (maternity leave for Mrs. Daigle - 2nd), Ms. Julia Jogman (5th) and Ms Julie Kendall ( Pre School).

We sadly say goodbye and best wishes to Amy Rauch, who had been our preschool teacher from the inception of the program. We wish her well as she and her family relocates to the suburbs.

We are looking forward to growing our Skinner family as we break ground this year for the new annex - a four story addition to the north of the main building. Stay tuned for more details about the expansion and school drop off procedures.

I wish you a wonderful new school year full of Skinner spirit!

Mrs. Clark
Education Compromise - Thanking Chicago Lawmakers

Please click here to read this important update from CPS on student funding and how you can thank Chicago lawmakers for their support.
CPS Supports DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivers)

Parents, please read the attached important letter for DACA children in English and Chinese.  If you need assistance, please contact the office or Mrs. Clark.

District Report Card - Now Available!

Parents, find attached the district report card in English and Spanish along with this letter explaining the information.  You can also access the letter in Spanish here.
Chinese Cultural Festival - Free Admission

The Chinese Cultural Festival will be held at Whitney Young on Saturday, September 23rd.  Click here for more information!
West Loop Soccer Club

The West Loop Soccer Club is offering a discount for Skinner West students for the Fall Soccer Season.  Click here for the registration link.
Become a Birthday Book Club Member!

If you or your child loves, reading, be sure to participate in the Birthday Book Club.  Click here for more information!
For all of our families that will be applying to a CPS high school for the 2018-19 school year, it's time to take the next step in the high school application process and activate your account. 
Visit to start the activation process.
Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or for assistance.
 Room Parent and Auxiliary Room Parent Volunteers 
for the 2017-2018 School Year

Thank you to all of our Room Parent volunteers this year!
Room Parents and Co-Room Parents are still needed for the following classrooms and auxiliary classrooms:
Ms. Shannon O'Brian- Grade 4
Mr. Patrick O'Brien- Grade 4
Mr. Lee- Grade 6
Mr. Willis- Grade 6
Ms. Christiansen- Grade 7
Mr. Fitzsimmons- Grade 7
Mr. Batchelor- Grade 8
Ms. Mellos- Grade 8
Mrs. Sendoun- Grade 8
Ms. Wardanian- special Ed
Ms. Milroy- science
Ms. Maatouk- Music
Ms. Bovit- Art
And all the Spanish and Mandarin teachers.

If you are interested, please contact Kavita Rao at
Stay Connected

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Deborah M. Clark
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