2017-2018 School Year 
Week 6: October 13 - October 19
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LSC Principal's Report

Please click here to view the October 17th Skinner West LSC report

Principal Appreciation Week (Oct. 16-20th)

Dear CPS Community, 

Our principals do such great work that they deserve our thanks every day of the year - but we and our partners want to make a special effort to thank them during Principal Appreciation Week, starting Oct. 16. 
Our principals are the heart and soul of our school communities, and are a huge part of why Chicago students are thriving. Now you have a chance to show these outstanding school leaders how much they are appreciated.  
Here is a Social Media Toolkit to help you get started. It includes:
  • An overview of the ways to get involved;
  • Sample emails to encourage people to participate in the campaign and/or sign the digital thank you;
  • Sample social media messages;
  • Sample video scripts
  • Contact information for those who are helping make this effort a success.
Please remember to use #principalprideCHI when posting on social media, and please share this email with anyone who is interested in thanking a principal during this week of recognition.
This is our chance to show school leaders that we truly understand their value. A chance to tell them that the work they are doing each day on behalf of Chicago's children has not gone unnoticed. We hope you will use the attached resources to express your gratitude and help make Principal Appreciation Week - October 16-20 - the celebration that Chicago's school leaders deserve.

Thank you,

Forrest Claypool                               Janice Jackson
Chief Executive Officer                     Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools                    Chicago Public School

Skinner West Picture Day on Tuesday, Oct. 31st

Mark your calendar for Picture Day at Skinner West!

Picture Day:  Tuesday, October 31st
Picture Day ID:  RN067046Q0
Click here to order your student's picture package in advance.
Classroom Connection: Kindergarten Fire Safety

October is Fire Safety month!

All four Kindergarten classes gathered this week at Little Skinner for our annual visit from Fireman Mike Reyes.  Mr. Reyes is a Chicago Firefighter and also a Skinner parent of two superstars! Kindergartners look forward to his fire safety speech every year!


Welcome New Skinner West Teachers!

*Julie Rzadzki-Kendall*
(New Skinner West Preschool Teacher)
Click here to read Mrs. Kendall's bio.

*Julia Jogmen*
(New Skinner West 5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher)
Click here to read Ms. Jogmen's bio.
Congratulations to SW Alumni: Walter Burnett!

We are so proud of all our Skinner West Alumni and want to acknowledge Walter Burnett (Class of 2010), who is currently a Senior at Fordham University in New York.

Walter has been recognized by Forbes magazine as a Forbes Under 30 Scholar at their "Under 30 Summit".  

Congratulations to Walter on this tremendous honor from Forbes!

In addition to Walter's academic success, he is committed to serving the community by volunteer teaching at two New York elementary schools, one in Harlem and the other in the Bronx.

You make Skinner West and the city of Chicago so proud!
Celebrate Halloween with Future Hits (Mr. Baron's Band)

Celebrate Halloween with Future Hits (Mr. Baron's band) at an all-ages concert at Schubas!
  • Saturday 10/28/17 @ 1:00 p.m. (all-ages, tickets available here)
  • A portion of show proceeds benefits Skinner West's Gallery 111
  • Delicious treats provided by No Denial Foods
  • Opening band The Ravens (Music House Inc.)
  • Wear a costume!

Repeat Articles
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. On the homepage, scroll down just beneath the Calendar and select from the drop-down menus to find your child's grade level.

In addition, 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!"

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

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
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!

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Deborah M. Clark
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