MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
2017-2018 School Year 
Week 36: June 1st - June 7th
New Articles
Air Condition Update (Main Building)

Dates to Remember
NWEA Testing - See Schedule
Student Council Book Donation May 29- June 8th 
First Grade Dance Recital  Tues,  June 5th
Second Grade History Fair Wed, June 6th 9:30-11:00
Skinner STAR Dance Recital Thursday, June 7th 6:30pm
Gallery 111 Silent Art Auction- Sat. June 9
 
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
NEW ARTICLES
 
AIR CONDITION UPDATE (Main Building)

Dear Skinner Families, 

The parts needed for the air conditioning unit were delivered today and installed. However, at 12:30 p.m.,  the repairmen found another leak in a separate coil.  These coils are specially made to fit our unit.  The repairmen are analyzing the seriousness of this leak and will report the progress at the end of their work day to Mrs. Robinson.  We will keep you updated as we receive new information, including the new estimated date of completion. Tomorrow will be a much cooler day, we are looking at temperatures between 68-70 degrees.  

A WHOLEHEARTED THANK YOU to all our Skinner parents and staff who have donated fans and standing air conditioning units to the school. We greatly appreciate your continued dedication and support toward our Skinner Superstars and staff.  

NWEA testing will continue to be postponed as needed, based on the classroom temperatures. Your classroom teacher will be sending updates on this, as well. 



 
Gallery 111 Gala Coming Up! G111


  • June 9th (Saturday) 7-10pm
  • National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.  Chicago  IL 60608)
  • $60 in advance; $70 at the door
See HERE for more information!

Your Support in last year's Gala raised enough funds to provide art enrichment programs for our Skinner superstars during the 2017-2018 school year!  

We appreciate your continued support for our Skinner superstars!

 
Skinner STAR Dance Recital Coming Up! dance


The annual Skinner STAR Dance team will be performing their routine this coming Thursday, June 7th, at 6:30pm!

Free to all!

 
FINAL - Around the World in 80 Dishes! BAC


Attention all Skinner families and staff! 

Please join us for our final Around the World in 80 Dishes Lunch and Walking Tour in Pilsen on June 9th at 10:30 a.m.

Register  HERE

 
Summer Reading Journal - Earn a Free BookBN


This summer, earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in Grades 1-6

SIMPLY FOLLOW THESE THREE EASY STEPS: 

1. Read and record any eight books this summer in this Summer Reading Journal. Explain which part of the book is your favorite, and why. 

2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store by September 3rd, 2018

3. Choose your free reading adventure from the books listed
 
POW! Summer Camp - 2018POW

REPEAT ARTICLES
 
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 & June 1
6
May 15-25
7
May 29- June 1
8
May 15-17

Principal's Report - May 2018 report


Click HERE for the February, 2018 Principal's Report

Skinner Official Lockdown Drill lockdown

Our Superstars and teachers received compliments from Chicago Police officers who conducted our annually mandated lockdown drill on Wednesday, May 23 at both the main building and the Branch. Our teachers and Superstars have practiced lockdown procedures throughout the year and knew exactly what to do when the police officers conducted the drill. 

The drill begins with an officer or school staff person announcing, " Lockdown, lockdown. This is a lockdown." The procedures include locking classroom doors, turning off the lights, drawing shades, having students hide away from view of the doors and remaining silent . During the drill no one should move or open a classroom door even if there is a knock on the door. At the end of the drill, the officers announced "all clear" and the students went back to their normal routine for the day.

We are proud that our official lockdown drill ran smoothly and that our Superstars and teachers know these important safety procedures.

Mrs. Clark
Principal

Skinner West Student Council - Service Learning Project servicelearning

The Student Council settled on their service learning project!

The Skinner West Student Council is proud to announce that we will be holding a book drive to benefit children in need across the Chicagoland area. We will be partnering with Bernie's Book Bank to give new and gently used books to those who need them most, KIDS! If every student donates just one book, that will allow Skinner to donate over 1,000 books!

Details for the drive are as follows

Donations will be accepted starting on Tuesday May 29th through June Friday June 8th. If you'd like to donate, there will be a sign and storage bin in the middle of the lobby. All you have to do is drop a new or gently used book in the bin and you've contributed! Let's show Chicago how charitable our Superstars can be! 

*As a general rule when donating to charity, only donate the items that are in good to excellent condition. If there's too much wear and tear then the item may be tossed aside* 

PE 4th Quarter Newsletter PE



We have enjoyed serving your child(ren) throughout this school year! As we move towards the beginning of summer click here for some helpful links your family can find useful.

Healthy eating and exercise are a vital part of every persons daily life. Please browse through the links and refer to them to continue building healthy habits at home!

2017-2018 Special Olympics specialolympics

Students from Ms. Wardanian and Ms. Mansour's classrooms participated in Special Olympics May 10th and 11th.

"Special Olympics is the world's largest program for sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, inspiring greatness in more than 5 million athletes in 172 nations worldwide. Because of Special Olympics, the world has witnessed the courage, character, dedication, dignity and worth of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."  

This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics!  Pictures from the event can be found through this link:

Great job to our student athletes!  They put in a lot of hard work and practice to compete in these games!  Way to go Superstars!

Mad Science of Chicago - Summer Camp madscience

For any Skinner West families who sign up for summer camp, 10% of the revenue will go to Skinner West!  Click here for the Summer 2018 Camp Schedule (pg. 2) or call (773) 227-3345 for more information.


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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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