2017-2018 School Year 
Week 3: September 22 - September 28
Dates to Remember

Open House - Tuesday, 9/26  Grades 6th - 8th  5:30-7:00
Wednesday, 9/27  Grades 1st - 5th   5:30 - 6:30
Wednesday, 9/27 Grade 1 at Branch 5:00- 6:00
FOSW Walk-a-Thon - Thursday, 9/28
School Improvement Committee - Thursday, 10/5 - 4:00-5:00

CPS 2017- 2018 Calendar: Click Here

New Articles
School Improvement Committee

The FIRST meeting of the year for the School Improvement Committee (SIC) will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 4:00 pm.
Physical Education Newsletter

Our newsletters will begin to highlight one or two classrooms per week in a section called Classroom Connections.  

As a kickoff to Classroom Connections, please click the link and read the PE Newsletter which includes an introduction by Mr. Johnson & Ms. Westy and information about PE Curriculum and PE dress code.
PTO Catalog Fundraiser

Look for the catalog fundraiser coming home with your students this week. Please encourage your students to participate, as up to 40% of every item they sell will go directly to Skinner West PTO to support our school. Order forms must be turned in by October 4, and orders will be available on report card pickup day, November 15. Perfect timing for holiday gift-giving season!

Get Involved with PTO

PTO is planning a Halloween carnival for students and families in October. The event was a huge hit last year, and we'd love to have your help making it even better this year. Please email if you're interested in helping to plan, can volunteer some time to design posters or decorate, or if you have any connections to local businesses that might donate activities or goods for the event. Mark your calendars for our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 17th, at 6:00 pm in the library. And don't forget, you can always support PTO through

BAC Presents: West Loop Walking Tour and Lunch at Wishbone!

Please join us for the ninth installment of the Bilingual Advisory Committee's (BAC) international dining series, Around the World in 80 Dishes.

To kick of the new school year, we will meet outside of Skinner for a West Loop walking tour, and then enjoy a USA Southern-style Cajun lunch at Wishbone.

All families and staff are welcome!

Please click here to read the flyer in English/Spanish or Chinese.


Upcoming events at POW! Gym:  

Repeat Articles
Open House

Open House will take place on the following dates:

** Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30 - 7:00, for 6th - 8th grades
5:30 -6:30 Parents follow your child's schedule.
6:30-7:00 Important information Session in the Gym with Mrs Clark

** Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30 - 6:30, for 1st - 5th grades
5:30-6:00 Important Information Session in the Gym with Mrs Clark
6:00-6:30 Meet your child's teacher in the classroom

Wednesday, September 27th 5:00- 6:00 Skinner Branch Grade 1
5:00-5:30 Meet your child's teacher at the Branch
5:30-6:00 Important Information Session in the Gym with Mrs Clark
                    Please join us. Purple Slips ( Caught You Doing Something Good )                                       will be given to students whose parents                                                                           attend the information session !
 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
 Gallery 111

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

Our first Gallery 111 meeting is on 9/21 @ 4:00 pm in the Art Room.
If you are not able to make the first meeting, we will be meeting
every Third Thursday of the month.
All parents and teachers are welcome to join us!

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!

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

Information about the Walkathon was sent home with your children last week. September 28th is only one week 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
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.


Stay Connected

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Deborah M. Clark
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