2017-2018 School Year 
Week 10: November 16 - November 23

Dates to Remember
Student Council Election Assembly - Monday, Nov.20  9:30 and 10:30 
Holiday Giving /Receiving Forms Due Back - Nov. 21
No School - Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22nd - 24th
Forum/ PTO Meeting : Tuesday, Nov.28th at 6:00
LSC Meeting : Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30
Open House for Prospective Parents : Tuesday, Dec 5th 10:00
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here

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Save the Date - Winter Concerts

Parents, please save the date of Thursday, December 21st for the Winter Music Concerts:

Winter Concert for the Community 9:45 am - Grades 2, 3, 5 (217 & 220), 6, 8 & the Glee Club
Winter Concert for the Community 1:30 pm -  Grades K, 1, & Music House Musicians

Look for more details in upcoming newsletters!

Skinner's Spanish Heritage Celebration!

On November 10th, Skinner West had a wonderful Spanish Heritage Celebration. Students talked about Hispanic heritage celebrities and famous people.  Student presenters introduced the celebration of the 21 Spanish Speaking countries. Students talked about how many people in the world speak Spanish, what parts of the world speak Spanish, and why it is so important to learn Spanish.  Students presented the Spanish Speaking flags and sang our Skinner Spirit Song in Spanish. SeƱor Alvizuri and the upper grade students energetically presented lessons about Spanish geography, artists, writers and Spanish culture with the help of his "Jeopardy" game.  The amazing mariachi band "Guadalajara Real" came to play beautiful folkloric songs from Mexico.  Everybody enjoyed the Spanish Heritage celebration at Skinner West!
We thank our Forum/PTO for sponsoring the Mariachi Band. Muchas gracias!


PTO Meeting at Crossroads Bar & Grill - Nov. 28th

All parents are invited to attend the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 28th at 6 pm at Crossroads Bar & Grill (1120 W Madison).  Come meet your new PTO officers and fellow parents at a meeting that's a little bit social and a little bit business. We'll discuss upcoming PTO initiatives and events, and there will be lots of new ways to get involved! 

Can't attend the meeting?  Remember, you can always support Skinner West PTO at


Classroom Connections:
Third Grade Field Trip

On Monday, November 13th, the third grade classes attended a showing of "The Scorpion's Sting" presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This year third graders will work with a teaching artist form the Lyric to compose, produce, and perform their very own operas! Seeing "The Scorpion's Sting" was an excellent introduction to this art form for our Superstars. Students were entertained and in awe during the opera. They were even able to ask the performers questions at the end. It was a great way to start our week and everyone is really motivated to begin working on their operas with the Lyric! 


Skinner Karate Wins on the Road!

The Karate team from Skinner has been doing great in competition over the last few weeks.   The team traveled to Cincinnati, Auburn and Kokomo and earned first place medals! Congratulations to the following karate superstars:
Gabrielle N, John N. Cornell S. Vishal S. Nikita A. Tyler G, Nathan S. Cain M, & Micah S.


After-School Class Offerings at Brooklyn Boulders 

Brooklyn Boulders Skinner West Winter Session is now open for registration.  The class is on Thursdays 11/30-1/25 [no class on 12/28] and will include a Walking Bus with Brooklyn Boulder's staff from Skinner West to Brooklyn Boulders.  BKB is located at 100 S. Morgan Street in the West Loop. The class is open to children ages 5 through 12.  You can register online via this link.

Repeat Articles

Skinner West Book Fair is Coming to Town - Volunteers Needed!

Can you volunteer to spread reading cheer?  
Skinner Superstars are excited for book fair, and look forward to cozying up with good books this winter! We need adult volunteers to help make the Book Fair a success. Volunteers help set up the fair, assist student shoppers, and pack up the fair when it is over.
Help is needed December 4th - December 14, 2017. Please sign up HERE to volunteer.


Thank you to Whole Foods!

We are pleased to announce the results of Skinner's shopping day at Whole Foods. Whole Foods West Loop had chosen Skinner West as a recipient of the Whole Foods Market Community Support Day.  This week, Whole Foods donated $4,350 to Skinner, which was distributed among the PTO and FOSW.  Thank you to Whole Foods West Loop!  Also, thank you to all the parents and community members that shopped at Whole Foods on September 20th to support our school.   


Classroom Connections: 
Art Room Highlights

Kindergarten just finished their unit on mixing colors. They created pumpkins as a result of one of the lessons, focusing on secondary colors and highlights.  

1st Grade just finished studying American artist Jasper Johns, repetition, contrast and resist painting with their name art. 


2nd & 3rd Grade studied Yayoi Kusama's installation and sculptural art and created mixed media pieces inspired by her dot filled pumpkin sculptures. 

4th grade created collage masks and Papel Picados while learning about Dia de los Muertos. Check out their colorful work throughout the school. 

5th grade is studying positive and negative space while creating Notans: a Japanese design concept involving the play of light and dark elements in a composition.

6th grade studied animal adaptations and Chinese artist Liu Bolin. Inspired by what they studied, students created original paintings and then camouflaged their hands into their painting for a final photograph. 

7th grade explored the Museum of Contemporary Art and created sculptures inspired by an exhibit they saw. In Art class, students are creating soft sculpture emojis while learning basic sewing skills. They should be able to fix their own buttons and holes now!

8th grade is currently printing their linoleum blocks in which they hand carved original designs. Keep your eye out for these stunning prints in the hallway soon!


Support Skinner:  

Shopping for the Holidays on Amazon?  
One Easy Click Brings Money to Skinner

AmazonSmile program donates a percentage of each purchase to a designated charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Skinner School Forum whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.  

It is INCREDIBLY SIMPLE! Instead of going to the standard Amazon website, go to (or log-on, if you have an Amazon account)
The first time you visit, you'll be prompted to designate a charitable organization.  Please type in "Skinner School Forum."  Or go directly to

After that, all Amazon shopping you do through the AmazonSmile portal will benefit Skinner West School. It costs you nothing and your Amazon shopping experience will be exactly the same.  Every time you shop at Amazon through he website, it will show that you are on Amazon Smile and the top of the page will read: "Supporting: Skinner School Forum."

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday!
November 28th is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Mark this date on your calendar now and look for more details soon on how to give back to Skinner West during this Thanksgiving month.  


Congratulations to Skinner Hockey Superstars! 

Congratulations to Skinner West fourth graders Nico F. and Preston L.! These students play on the Chicago Jets Squirt/U10 2008 team, which recorded the Jets' organization's first-ever championship win in the CCM World Invite Hockey Tournament. Their hockey team played six games over the course of three days, from November 3-5, ultimately winning the championship in the 2008 AAA/AA division on their home ice at Johnny's Ice House West.

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