MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
2017-2018 School Year 
Week 34: May 18th - May 24th
New Articles

Dates to Remember

Spring Fling - Grades 6-8 Dance Sat. May 19th 6:00-8:30
LSC Meeting - Monday, May 21 @, 6:30 pm (note change)
NWEA Testing - See Schedule
NO SCHOOL Memorial Day Monday May 28th
Washington, DC Trip  8th Graders May 30 - June 1st
Wisconsin Trip 6th Graders  May 31st- June 1st
 
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
NEW ARTICLES
 
Spring Fling for 6-8th Graders: Saturday, May 19th springfling

Skinner West 6th, 7th and 8th graders are reminded to turn in permission slips for the Spring Fling which will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 6-8:30pm.



6th Grade Art Opening: May 19thartopening

Come see our superstars work on display in an art gallery! 

Ms. Dalal and Ms. Bovit teamed up over the school year as part of Intuitthe Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Teacher Fellowship Program. Through this collaboration, students visited the museum, studied the work of outsider artists Emery Blagdon & Judith Scott while analyzing and making connections between the novels they studied in ELA. 

Some of our Superstars' pieces will be on display at the museum for the next month as part of a student exhibition. You are invited to the opening reception on Saturday, May 19, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Intuit (756 N Milwaukee Ave). This is an open house-style event where you can drop in anytime. 

We hope to see you there! 


3rd Grade Classes Opera Performance opera

Our 3rd grade classes gave an exciting performance in conjunction with their partnership with the Lyric Opera.  We're so proud of the classrooms, each of which performed stories that featured the theme of 'Acceptance'. 

Congratulations Superstars!!


POW! Gym Chicago pow
REPEAT ARTICLES
 
"An Invitation to Talk": Townhall Meetings with Dr. Janice Jackson townhall


Dear CPS Parents and Families,

As CPS parents, your voices count for so much, and you've helped us make schools throughout the city stronger. Today, I'm pleased to invite you to participate in a series of town hall meetings we'll be holding this month to listen to your thoughts and priorities, as well as open new lines of communication about how Chicago Public Schools can best support you and your family.

The past several years have brought tremendous progress for our students. I'm proud to say that CPS is earning national recognition - just recently, Stanford University said that our elementary students are learning six years' worth of math and reading in just five years of instruction. We've also stabilized our budget after years of challenges.

But I know we have a lot of work left to do, and parents will be vital to sustaining our progress.  As a CPS parent myself, I want to hear directly from you about how we can work together to ensure that our schools are strong and vibrant learning communities.

At each meeting, we will provide a brief overview of the state of our schools and reserve the majority of the time for you to speak with me and my leadership team. Representatives from various CPS departments will also be on hand to speak one-on-one with parents about how we can best support you and address any individual issues that you may have.

Town halls will occur from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, May 15 at Whitney Young Magnet High School
  • Thursday, May 17 at Brooks College Preparatory Academy
  • Monday, May 21 at Amundsen High School
  • Thursday, May 24 at Michele Clark High School
  • Tuesday, May 29 at Back of the Yards College Prep

I see a bright future for our students, one in which every student in every neighborhood reaches their full potential. By working together, we will ensure that happens. I hope to see you at one of the town halls.

Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Spring NWEA Testing Schedule NWEA

Skinner West's Spring NWEA testing schedule is below.  Click  here for more information.

Grade
Dates
K
May 17, 23, 24, 29
1
May 21, 23 & June 12, 13
2
June 4& 5
3
May 24 & 25
4
June 6 & 7
5
May 30 & 31
6
May 15-25
7
May 29- June 1
8
May 15-17

Updated 2017-18 School Calendar (Letter from the CEO) schoolcalendar

We're writing to let you know that we've amended our school calendar to add Tuesday, June 19, 2018 as an instructional day for all CPS students. This will make up for the instructional day lost on February 9, 2018 due to severe weather.



With all of the progress our students are making, we don't want them to miss out on even one day of valuable instruction. Thank you for playing an active role in your children's education, and I encourage you to contact your school directly with any questions.

Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
 


15th Annual Gallery 111 Gala: June 9, 2018 gala

Skinner West's 15th Annual Gallery 111 Gala will be held on June 9, 2018!

Join us for an evening of fundraising, food, drinks, music and a silent auction. 100 percent of the proceeds go to Skinner West art programs.

*Tickets are on sale now*

See the flyer below or contact jcbovit@cps.edu for more information.

 
Chinese Culture Celebration: Saturday, June 16th chinese

Celebrate Chinese culture with a traditional folk dance performance at Whitney Young High School on Saturday June 16th at 2:00 p.m. 

Please register in advance here: https://goo.gl/16FNyo.



Final BAC Meeting of the School Year! BAC

Please join us for a very special BAC meeting on Friday, May 18th @ 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd Floor landing.

Skinner parent Ms. Marlena Gracia will share her experience about being new to the USA when she was an 8-year-old from Poland.

All Skinner parents are welcome to attend. 

This is our final BAC meeting of the 2017-18 school year.
 
 
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 klranftl@cps.edu by May 11th if you are able to help!

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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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