2017-2018 School Year 
Week 26: March 16th - March 22nd
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Dates to Remember
Spring Break - March 25- April 1st
 School Improvement Committee Meeting, Wed., April 4th
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here
LSC Candidates and Upcoming Forum

Below are the candidates running for Skinner's Local School Council:

Matthew Letourneau                                 
Melinda Sgariglia                                                               
Stephanie Majca
Fadi Matalka
Aisha Crump
Rashod Johnson
Sheila Dantlzer
Nell Strong
Brett Hughes
Sharlene Hobson 
Melvin Flowers

Marla Sedler

Ramal Werner 
Donna McSpadden

Sheila Howard

Elections for Skinner's LSC will take place on Report Card Conference Day, Wednesday April 18th. A candidate forum will be held on Tuesday, 
March 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Skinner gymnasium.  All parents are invited to attend this forum to learn more about the candidates before the election.

New Security Staff 

Welcome to Skinner West Mr. Alexander Rivera! Mr. Rivera is our new morning security staff person.  Please welcome him as you enter the building during school hours.  Don't forget to sign in at the desk! 

Music of Ghana Day

On Wednesday, March 7th, Skinner West hosted Music of Ghana Day. The Saakumu Dance Troupe gave interactive performances for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, and 5th - 8th graders, as well as dance and instrumental workshops to 3rd and 4th graders.  Our students really enjoyed both watching and participating!  This special event was co-sponsored by Skinner's Forum PTO and Gallery 111. 

History Fair 

On March 9th, the Upper Grade Skinner West History Fair was held in Skinner's gymnasium.  Parents, guardians, and 3rd through 8th grade students attended the fair.  Out of the many well researched and explained History Fair projects that were submitted, the following students will be advancing from our school fair to compete against 6th to 8th graders from all over the city at the Regional Chicago Competition on April 7, 2018.

Annie H.  and Lola P.
Jessica P., Chasen C. and Lawrence N., Bryce W. and Myles W. and Patrick C.
Anna Z. and Alanah P. and Deana F.
Kai D. and James B.

Join us in congratulating our Supesrtars and wishing them all good luck!  

3rd Grade Wax Museum

Last Friday, March 9th, third grade students presented their annual Wax Museum.  Each student dressed up as a favorite African American hero and participated in the 'wax museum,' where they gave a speech stating important facts about their hero. Students froze in position awaiting their visitors. Parents, teachers, and students who visited the Wax Museum pressed a button on a frozen figure's shoulder and then listened as scientists, athletes, entertainers, politicians, and activists told their own life stories. Thank you to the Skinner community for supporting these students and congratulations to our 3rd grade superstars!

PARCC Testing  

PARCC Testing will take place at Skinner during April (April 3rd - April 20th).  Your student's homeroom teacher will have more information on specific dates for your child's grade.  For more information regarding PARCC testing, please click here to read a letter from CPS.  

Skinner West Debate  

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's Tournament Four for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, February 24. 
The overall topic for the year is: 'Government Funding and Regulation of Education in the United States', and the cases being debated at this Tournament were 'Federal Funding Inequality', 'English Language Learners', and 'STEM'.

The students did a great job against some tough competition and won the following awards, including the JV Team Championship!

Individual Competition
Lola P. (6th); Katelyn L. (9th); Trey T. (15th); Isabella Y. (16th); Eddie Z. (18th); Emilianna M. (19th); Nikola L. (20th)
Tia H. (1st); Julia G. (3rd); Trayi S. (6th); Cosette R. (7th); Cornell F. (9th); Amira A. (10th)

Team Competition
Katelyn L. and Nikola L. (7th)
Tia H. and Julia G. (1st); Trayi S. and Cosette R. (2nd); Jenny C. and Nicole B. (4th)

Gallery 111 Needs Your Help!

Parents: Mark Your Calendars and Help With Donations --
Gallery 111's Silent Auction Gala is SATURDAY, JUNE 9th!!


If you can help with any donation (item or service), please fill out this FORM and drop it off in the Art Room (Attn. Ms. Bovit)

Please see this LETTER from Ms. Bovit for more information on Gallery 111 and the silent auction.

Summer Camp at Skinner West

Superstars Summer Camp will be back for 8 weeks of action-packed programming this summer! Our camp will start on Monday, June 25th and run through Friday, August 17th. Registration will start on April 23rd. 
or email with any questions, comments, or concerns. We can't wait for summer!   

Classroom Connections from Skinner's Library
Kindergarten has been learning about book awards during library class, including the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King awards. The students have explored different titles and illustration styles through a variety of literary formats, including read-alouds, e-books, and story videos. 

Ask a kindergarten student their thoughts on illustrations from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (Caldecott, 1964), Peggy Rathman's Officer Buckle and Gloria (Caldecott,1996), Dan Santat's Adventure's of Beekle (Caldecott, 2015) or Ashley Bryan's Beautiful Blackbird (Corretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2004),

Below are pictures of Ms. Growe's Kindergarten class trying out Ashley Bryan's cut paper illustration style.

Classroom Connections from Ms. Maatouk


On February 27, the Skinner West Glee Club participated in the 18th Annual Providence St Mel Vocal Workshop
Celebrating African-American Music and Musicians.The singers rehearsed together with students from Lenart Regional Gifted Center and Providence St Mel school, preparing songs and getting coaching on vocal technique. They were led in a Vocal Solo Clinic by tenor Cornelius Johnson, who demonstrated opera and musical theater styles, fielded questions about his career as a singer, and led the group in an upbeat spiritual from the piano. Participants then had a Choral Clinic with composer/conductor Rollo Dillworth, followed by a performance of his compositions by the massed workshop chorus. 

Skinner West Karate

Congratulations to our Skinner Karate Superstars - Tyler G, Gabrielle N, Cornell S., Vishal S, Nikita A, Quinn E, Johnny N, Daniel C, Micah S., Carter H  and Cian M - who did a great job at the regional championships!

Is your Superstar interested in karate?  Registration for summer camp is now open! Summer camp runs for six weeks: June 25 - Aug. 3rd, 9:00- 4:45.  
Weekly field trips, yoga and S.T.E.M.  Go to for registration and more information. 

SOS: Tissue and Paper Towel Donation Needed!
Dear Skinner Families,

The winter cold and flu season hit hard, and the Ancillary Team is running out of tissue and paper towels.  

If you are able to donate a box of tissue or a roll of paper towels, please send it to Ms. Ranftl in the Library. 

Thank you for helping us keep your children healthy!

Looking for Spring Break Camp Options?
Mad Science and Music House are partnering together for a unique camp week during Spring Break!

Spend the morning enjoying hands-on science activities, and spend the afternoon practicing fine arts!

Learn more HERE!


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