MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
2017-2018 School Year 
Week 36: June 8th - June 14th
New Articles

Dates to Remember
NWEA Testing - See Schedule
Student Council Book Donation May 29- June 8th 
STAR Theatre Presents "Class Act" - Friday June 7th
8th Grade Luncheon -Maggianos -Friday, June 8th
Kindergarten Graduation - Monday, June 11th
Gallery 111 Silent Art Auction - Sat. June 9
Spring Concert - Thursday, June 14th - 9:45
Music House Concert - Thursday, June 14th 2:00
8th Grade Graduation, Friday, June 15th 5:00
6th Grade Send-Off -  Monday, June 16th
Last Day of School - Promotion Walk - Tuesday, June 19th
 
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
NEW ARTICLES
 
Gallery 111 Gala is THIS SATURDAY! 
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!
 
CPS Plan of Action
CPSClassAction

Please see here for CPS Plan of Action announcement from Dr. Jackson
Neighborhood Program Registration Begins!
Registration

Registration begins for new students for our neighborhood program on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00- 6:00

Please see  HERE for more information.

STAR Theatre Presentation - Friday, June 8th
STAR
 
STAR Theatre presents "Class Act" - A film

Friday, June 8th, 6:00pm
Skinner Gymnasium

All are welcome!

Thursday, June 14th

9:45am
Spring Concert for Community 
Pre-K, 2nd, 4th, 219/318, 312/314/321, 7th  & Glee

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Music House Spring Concert for Community 
Music House Musicians: violin, guitar, ukulele, Rock Band
 
Third graders Asher L, Emika M and Sophia K participated  2018 in the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo held in Dearborn, MI from June 1 - June 3rd. 

Sophia K won 2nd place among the 3rd graders. There were over 108,000 entries from 20 states and 3 countries.  Sophia was 1 of 427 student inventor finalists that won an award out of 70 that were given out.  Last but not least only she and another girl won awards that were from Illinois! 
Classroom Connection - 6th Grade Madison, WI Trip 
Wisconsin

 
From May 31-June 1, Skinner sixth graders visited sites in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Our trip began at Frank Lloyd Wright's school and estate at Taliesin in Spring Green. Students were guided by expert docents who helped us see the ways in which Wright was inspired by nature as he created his groundbreaking architectural designs. Next, we enjoyed the sunny weather and saw many flowers in bloom at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens
The following day began with a guided tour of the Chazen Museum of Art on UW-Madison's campus. Then we traveled to Cave of the Mounds, a National Natural Landmark. While exploring the limestone cave underground, we saw stalactites and stalagmites that have been growing for thousands of years.  


We are grateful to our wonderful parent chaperones for coming along. This was a perfect way to end a fantastic sixth grade year! 

Ms. Bovit, Ms. Carlson, Ms. Dalal, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Willis 
Classroom Connection - 8th Graders' Washington D.C. Trip
DC

 
The best trip of Skinner West is always saved for last.  Mrs. Clark, our 8th grade teacher chaperones, our parent chaperones, and our SUPERSTARS made this trip one to remember.  Our 8th graders had an incredible time in the historic Washington, DC area.  Students prepared all year to interact in our nation's capital.  It was a living classroom!  


We had a couple of students, Donovan B., and Todd S., who remembered to bring along the cards they made for Vietnam Veterans that they had researched.  Praniksha S. could not attend the trip but asked her good friend Gianna P. to drop it off.  Each student looked up the veteran's name to find which wall and line their name appeared on and then placed their thoughtful card at the memorial site.  This was one of many appreciative moments for all of the people who have stood strong for our country.


The Class of 2018 visited the National Archives, Howard University's "Big 9", the White House, Holocaust Museum, Jefferson Memorial, Mount Vernon Estate, the Capitol Building, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Arlington National Cemetary, Newseum,  National Museum of African American History and Culture, Iwo Jima Memorial, National Cathedral, Korean Memorial, FDR Memorial, Embassy Row, and we danced the night away on a moonlight cruise.  Our Superstars were having so much fun.  Everybody danced.  We made the best of it and everyone was trying to get on our floor to dance with us.  In all, the Class of 2018 had the best time in Washington, DC.

 
CANCELLED - Around the World in 80 Dishes! BAC


We regret to inform you that this Saturday's luncheon is cancelled.

This will be rescheduled in Fall, 2018.

Have a great summer break! 
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

AIR CONDITION UPDATE (Main Building)

Additional coils for the air condition chiller is scheduled to be installed before end of this week.  

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

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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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