2017-2018 School Year 
Week 11: November 23 - November 30

Dates to Remember
No School - Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22nd - 24th
2nd and 3rd Grade Auditions: Nov. 27th-30th
Tour for Prospective Parents: November 27th 10:00 am
Forum/ PTO Meeting : Tuesday, Nov.28th at 6:00
LSC Meeting : Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30
Picture Retake Day: Thursday, Nov. 30th
Open House for Prospective Parents : Tuesday, Dec 5th 10:00
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here

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Happy Thanksgiving

As we begin the Thanksgiving break, we want to take this time to thank ALL the wonderful people who make Skinner West an amazing school and community! Thank you to our incredible teachers and staff for all of their time and effort on behalf of our students.  We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated team here at Skinner.  Thank you to all the Skinner parents.  We are especially grateful to all the parents who donate their time, talents, and money to make Skinner School a success. Every minute you volunteer and every dollar donated is very much appreciated.  Finally, thank you to all the Skinner students who work hard and are committed to making our world a better place.  

We are also grateful to all that have shared kind words about our school and our community. One recent email to our school expressed appreciation for this newsletter, stating "I love your newsletter; it tells me so much about what's happening at the school. The pictures are wonderful and dates of events are helpful..."

Thank you to all who take the time to read our newsletter. 
We wish everyone in the Skinner West community a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Picture Retake Day

School picture retake day is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th.  If you would like to order school pictures online, go to


Winter Concerts 

Winter Music Concerts at Skinner - Parents and Community Invited!

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


Primary Chorus (2nd and 3rd Grade) Performances

In addition to our December 21st concert at the school, Skinner's 2nd and 3rd graders will perform in several concerts around the city.

2nd Grade Parents, please click HERE to learn more about the dates and locations of the second grade performances.

3rd Grade Parents, please click HERE to learn more about the dates and locations of the third grade performances.  


3rd Grade Solos and Small Group Auditions Take Place Next Week!

All 2nd and 3rd Grade students are invited to audition for the upcoming winter concerts.  Auditions are held in the music room or in the hallway outside the music room.  Students must sign the wait list when they arrive and fill out an audition form. Students, please pick only one or two performances, as there will not be time to hear students on every solo or speech.  A student may not audition more than one time for the same solo, speech or dance.   Good luck to all!  

3rd Grade Solos: Sing in the Holidays (duet); Peace of Christmas Day (2 solos); Everybody Has a Little Light to Shine (1 solo); Hot Chocolate (trio- chanting and singing)

3rd Grade Speeches: PEACE speech; KWANZAA speech; HANUKKAH speech

2nd and 3rd Grade: Hip Hop Reindeer dancers

Audition Schedule

Monday 11/27
8:00AM to 8:45AM:  3rd grade Singing solos
Tuesday 11/28
8:00 - 8:45AM: 3rd grade singing solos
Wednesday 11/29
8:00 - 8:45AM: 3rd grade Hip Hop Reindeer Dancers
11:15 AM- 12:00PM: 3rd grade Speeches
Thursday 11/30
8:00 - 8:45AM:2nd grade Hip Hop Reindeer Dancers


Skinner West Tour and Open House for Prospective Parents

Skinner West will host a tour for prospective parents.  The tour will take place on Monday, November 27th at 10:00 a.m.   Interested parents should meet in the school lobby.  

Skinner West will also host a classical program Open House for prospective parents on Tuesday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. 

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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.  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.   


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

Skinner's Hispanic Heritage Celebration!

On November 10th, Skinner West had a wonderful Hispanic 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 celebration at Skinner West!
We thank our Forum/PTO for sponsoring the Mariachi Band. Muchas gracias!


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! 


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."


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.

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Deborah M. Clark
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