2017-2018 School Year 
Week 5: October 6 - October 12

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Exciting Groundbreaking Ceremony for Skinner West Addition!

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Burnett joined us for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Skinner West addition.

The Skinner West expansion will include 4 floors, 20 classrooms and a group class common area.

We are so excited to provide additional space for all our Superstars!


School Fees Are Now Available for Payment

School fees are used to fund many of our classroom supplies and other needs throughout the year and they benefit every student.  We are grateful for the continued support of our families.

A list of school fees are listed on, along with convenient payment Paypal options. Cash or a check written out to Skinner West can be turned into your child's teacher.

A pizza party will be awarded to all classrooms that meet 100% participation of school fees by November 10th.

New Parking Rules on Adams
As mentioned in last week's newsletter, there are new drop-off and pick-up procedures. You will also notice new "No Parking" signs along Adams Street  There is no parking during school hours (from 7:30am to 4:30pm). Please be aware and don't get a ticket.

These new signs and spaces on Adams allow for our buses to pick-up and drop-off our Superstars. 

Please be patient and remember ..."Safety first!"

Apply to High School Using GoCPS

For all of our families that will be applying to a CPS high school for the 2018-19 school year, it's time to take the next step in the high school application process and activate your account. 

Visit to start the activation process. GoCPS allows families to learn, research, explore, and apply to nearly every CPS school and program through one online platform.
Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or for more information and to view important upcoming dates.

CPS High School Open House Dates

Select CPS high school open house dates are below.  Mark your calendars!
  • Whitney Young Academic Center: Sunday, October 15th @ 10am
  • Whitney Young High School: Sunday, October 15th @ 1-4 pm
  • Jones High School: Sat Oct 14th @ 10am
  • Walter Payton High School: November 4, 9am to 1pm
  • Lane Tech: Sunday, October 29, 2017
    • LTAC - 9:00-11:00am
    • High School - 12:00-3:00pm

2nd Annual Spooky Skinner Ball on October 27th

Skinner Superstars from grades K-6 are invited to the Spooky Skinner Ball on Friday, October 27, from 4-6pm.

Admission and enjoying music, games, and a costume contest is free for students accompanied by parents. A $10 ticket gives you access to extra fun activities, like face painting, photo booth, and cookie decorating. 

PTO Wants YOU to Volunteer for the Spooky Skinner Ball

You can help make the Spooky Skinner Ball a success by volunteering to purchase supplies, decorate the gym on October 26, or help with games and activities at the event on October 27. Sign up HERE.

You can always support the PTO at

Congratulations on a Successful Walkathon!

Friends of Skinner West is pleased to announce that we have raised over $54,000 through the Walkathon this year!  Thank you  to all volunteers, parents, students, teachers and administrators who made this possible.

The number of winning classrooms has been  increased  to 10 and the winning classrooms are:
Mr. O'Brien
Ms. Jogman
Mrs. Wyper
Mrs. Sittner
Mrs. Martin
Ms. Lohman
Ms. Travis
Mrs. Daigle
Mr. Merkin
Mrs. Priola
Each winning classroom will receive an ice cream party and $500 to spend on classroom items.

Thank you for another successful Walkathon!

Repeat Articles
New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Dear Skinner Parents,

Due to the construction starting on Monroe Street for our new Annex, we have to change our drop off and pick up procedures.
Effective Wednesday, October 4, 2017, there will be no morning drop off or afternoon pick up for our students on Monroe Street. ALL drop off and pick up will take place ONLY on Adams Street.
  • Once students enter on Adams Street, they must report directly to the lunchroom or gym. Parents and students cannot go to any teacher's classroom without an appointment, and without stopping by the main office first to get a visitor's pass.
  • Kindergarten and First Grade parents will pick their child/children up from the lunchroom at 3:45 P.M.
  • 2nd - 5th   grade students will be dismissed at 3:45 P.M.  Parents please receive your child/children on the Adams Street side of the building.
  • 6th - 8th grade students will be dismissed via the back staircase by their teachers, walk along the side of the building near the school's parking lot to Adams Street.
  • Due to the lack of space and congestion in the main lobby, we are asking parents to leave all strollers outside the building.      
  • During dismissal time, please keep the corridors and lobby clear so that students can safely exit the building or get to their after school programs.
  • Please do not park in the bus area on Adams Street during drop off and pick up. It makes it extremely difficult for students to safely get on and off buses when cars are parked in the bus area.
  • We understand parking is challenging in the West Loop, however, we are asking parents not to park in the staff parking lot, and not to block the drive ways of the West Loop residents. We have been warned that parents who block drive ways will be towed.
Please be patient with our new morning drop off and pick up procedures on Adams Street while we await the completion of our much needed Annex. Thank you kindly for your cooperation.


Deborah M. Clark

Whitney Young High School 5k

Don't miss this year's Whitney Young High School Pumpkin Spice 5k, which takes place October 22 along Chicago's beautiful lakefront. Last year's race was a big hit with over 600 runners and walkers enjoying the beautiful weather! Come join us and receive a race tech t-shirt, goody bag, and breakfast at the end of the race of pumpkin spice donuts and coffee. Check out our new website for more information at To register for the race or to become a sponsor, click here.
Get Involved with PTO

PTO is planning a Halloween carnival for students and families. 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.

PTO's first meeting in September had a wonderful attendance! Let's keep up the excitement and momentum at the second PTO meeting on TuesdayOctober 17, at 6pm in the library. Come to hear about PTO's fundraising efforts and Halloween event planning, as well as how you can get involved. All parents and teachers are invited to attend.

And don't forget, you can always support PTO through
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Deborah M. Clark
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