2017-2018 School Year 
Week 11: November 29 - December 7

Repeat Articles


Save the Date - Skinner Holiday Concert

Dates to Remember
Book Fair : Dec. 5th-13th Library
Open House for Prospective Parents : Tues, Dec. 5th 10:00am
High School Fair : Tues, Dec. 5th 5:00pm
Communications Committee Meeting : Dec. 5th 6:00pm Library
School Improvement Committee Meeting : Tues.Dec 12th at 4:15
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here

New Articles

Latest Principal's Report

Please find the latest Principal's report here.



FOSW Holiday Giving Drive

Friends of Skinner West is hosting our 5th Annual Holiday Giving Drive to help Skinner students in need during the winter season. If you are able, please see the Sign Up link below to sponsor a child. All items purchased must be new with tags and should be dropped off in the main office no later than December 18th with a tag attached to the bag with the student's assigned Letter. Items can be placed in a gift bag, but should not be wrapped in a box. Thank you so much for your generosity during this season!  Click here to participate.

PTO Pizza Kits Coming Soon!

This week, your student will bring home a Little Ceasar's Pizza Kit packet. Every pizza kit, which includes everything you need to make 3 or more pizzas at home in less than 10 minutes, raises money for our school. Pizza kits are great for Super Bowl parties! When you receive your packet, make sure to register and start selling!

Skinner West Holiday Bazaar on December 20th!

PTO is looking for gently used and like-new items you no longer need. Bring them to a Holiday Bazaar drop-off bin (located in the office or lobby) by December 19th.  At the Holiday Bazaar on December 20th, these items will go on sale to raise money for our school. Students love to shop the bazaar for holiday gifts for their loved ones.

You can always support Skinner West PTO at


Mad Science Annual Parents "Night Out" on the Avenue

SAVE THE DATE Annual "Parent's Night Out" on the Avenue Friday, December 8th 6PM- 9PM. 

Park the kids at either Music House or Mad Science on California Avenue and enjoy the programming on us! Spend money at any one of the participating businesses on California Avenue and the programming is FREE ! (otherwise $20). This is your chance to get a head start on holiday shopping, have a glass of wine with your sweetheart, OR get a tattoo - Space is limited so sign up early!

go to for more info!
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Repeat Articles

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 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.

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!


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.

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."


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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