2017-2018 School Year 
Week 32: May 4th - May 10th
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Dates to Remember
 PTO Meeting - May 15th, 6:00 pm
School Improvement Committee Meeting- Thursday,May 10th @ 4:00
Camp Edwards -7th Graders May 14-16th 
Grades 6-8th Spring Fling Dance - Saturday,May 19th @ 6-8:30
LSC Meeting - Monday, May 21 @, 6:30 pm( note change)
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7th -11thteachers

Next week, May 7th - May 11th, Skinner West will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

Let's all show our gratitude for all of the great work they do for our students!

Skinner teachers always go above and beyond the call of duty for their students and we hope all of our teachers have a well-deserved fantastic week!

Spring Book Fair: May 18th - 25th books

The Spring Book Fair will be May 18th - 25th. Help setting up is needed on May 17th, and adult helpers are needed to assist student shoppers May 18th - 25th.

Please click here to complete and return the volunteer form or email Ms. Ranftl at by May 11th if you are able to help!

SW Superstars Advance in the History Fair Competition!history

Making History
On April 7, 2018, six Skinner West Superstars advanced to the Chicago/
Metro Final History Fair Competition at Lane Tech High School.
  • Lawrence N. and Chasen C.: Tortured City
  • Bryce W. and Myles W.: Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, Impact on life for Blacks in Chicago
  • Patrick  C.: A Nation Divided 
  • Jessica P.: Why Drink Poison 
  • Lola P.: Documentary 1968 Democratic National Convention:  Chicago Riots to Political Reform
The following Superstars advance to the Illinois History Day (State Competition) to be held in Springfield:
  • Chasen C.
  • Lawrence N.
  • Jessica P.
  • Lola P.
 Congratulations to our Superstars! 

GoFundMe to Send Invention Convention Winners to Nationals!gofundme
Skinner West needs your help to raise money to send send our Invention Convention winners to Nationals.  Click the GoFundMe link to support the winners: 
On April 7th, twelve of our Superstars competed in the Chicago Invention Convention (out of 3,000 inventions across the city). We are pleased to announce the following:

1st Place (3rd Gr.) - Hockey Jockey by Asher L.
2nd Place (3rd Gr.) - Perpetualite by Emika M.
3rd Place (3rd Gr.) - Hair's Everything by Sophia K.

Honorable Mention (3rd Gr.) - Healthy Hound by Katie B.
Honorable Mention (3rd Gr.) - The Spongeboard by Ethan T.
Honorable Mention (3rd Gr.) - The Bunion Straightener 2.0 by Gianni M.

Skinner West swept for 3rd Grade! Great Job Superstars!

Asher L., Emika M., and Sophia K. will have a chance to represent Illinois at the National Student Invention Convention in late May/early June.

Congratulations to all of our Skinner Inventors!
Message from Chicago Public Schools  Survey
We want to hear your opinions! Please complete the 2018 My Voice, My School Parent Survey about your child's school.
  • The survey takes 10-15 minutes and provides the school with valuable information about your opinions of school services.
  • No names are required and responses are anonymous.
  • You can pick up a copy of the survey from your child's school.
  • To take the survey online, go to Online Parent Survey
  • You can take the survey online using a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer!

    Thank you!
Classroom Connection: KDG Earth Day Clean Up!Growe
Ms. Growe's kindergarten has been learning about Earth Day and the importance of keeping the Earth clean as well as caring for the environment. They spent some time working together this week to clean up Skinner Park! 

Donations Needed for Gallery 111 Silent AuctionGallery111
If you can help with any donation (item or service), please fill out this FORM and drop it off in the Art Room (Attn. Ms. Bovit)

Please see this LETTER from Ms. Bovit for more information on Gallery 111 and the silent auction.

2018 LSC Election ResultsLSC2

PARENT REPRESENTATIVES                                                     
Aisha Crump
Melvin Flowers
Brett Hughes
Matthew Letourneau
Fadi Matalka
Melinda Sgariglia

Marla Sedler

Sheila Howard
Donna McSpadden
Ramel Werner

Congratulations to all of the candidates and many thanks to our Skinner West community for showing their support!

New Investments in SchoolsInvestment
Please go to the link below to read an important announcement from CPS:
Superstars Summer Campsummer

Superstars Summer Camp's registration period opens on Monday, April 23rd! In order to register this year, parents will have to complete a registration form and submit one week's payment to be counted toward their summer balance.  
That payment is 100% refundable should your summer plans change. Questions? Check out our webpage at:
We're also available via email at  

We can't wait for summer!   


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