2017-2018 School Year 
Week 9: November 9 - November 16
Skinner Evacuation Today

Dates to Remember

No School - Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22nd - 24th
Forum/ PTO Meeting : Tuesday, Nov.28th at 6:00
LSC Meeting : Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30
CPS 2017- 2018 CalendarClick Here

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Skinner Evacuation Today

Our students quickly and safely exited the building this morning around 10:50 a.m. after the fire alarm went off.  The alarm triggered due to the smoke detector going off in the kitchen.  The fire chief complimented the school on a safe and orderly evacuation.


Report Card Day Schedule

Report card Pick Up Day is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  There is no school for students on November 15th. Homeroom teachers will have more specific details about their schedule. Parents, below is the general schedule of the day:

Grades K-5
11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Grades 6-8
11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Individual Parent Conferences
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Teachers' Lunch Break
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Report Cards Distributed


November No-School Days

Parents, just a reminder, there is school for students on Friday, November 10th (Veterans Day observed) . The November no-school holidays are as follows:

Wednesday, November 15 - Report Card Pick Up Day
Wednesday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 23  - Thanksgiving Break
Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Break


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.  This week, 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.   


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.


Classroom Connections: 
Art Room Highlights

Kindergarten just finished their unit on mixing colors. They created pumpkins as a result of one of the lessons, focusing on secondary colors and highlights.  

1st Grade just finished studying American artist Jasper Johns, repetition, contrast and resist painting with their name art. 


2nd & 3rd Grade studied Yayoi Kusama's installation and sculptural art and created mixed media pieces inspired by her dot filled pumpkin sculptures. 

4th grade created collage masks and Papel Picados while learning about Dia de los Muertos. Check out their colorful work throughout the school. 

5th grade is studying positive and negative space while creating Notans: a Japanese design concept involving the play of light and dark elements in a composition.

6th grade studied animal adaptations and Chinese artist Liu Bolin. Inspired by what they studied, students created original paintings and then camouflaged their hands into their painting for a final photograph. 

7th grade explored the Museum of Contemporary Art and created sculptures inspired by an exhibit they saw. In Art class, students are creating soft sculpture emojis while learning basic sewing skills. They should be able to fix their own buttons and holes now!

8th grade is currently printing their linoleum blocks in which they hand carved original designs. Keep your eye out for these stunning prints in the hallway soon!


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."

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday!
November 28th is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Mark this date on your calendar now and look for more details soon on how to give back to Skinner West during this Thanksgiving month.  


Congratulations to Skinner Hockey Superstars! 

Congratulations to Skinner West fourth graders Nico F. and Preston L.! These students play on the Chicago Jets Squirt/U10 2008 team, which recorded the Jets' organization's first-ever championship win in the CCM World Invite Hockey Tournament. Their hockey team played six games over the course of three days, from November 3-5, ultimately winning the championship in the 2008 AAA/AA division on their home ice at Johnny's Ice House West.

Repeat Articles
November School Meetings 

The First Quarter may be over, but there is still plenty of time to get involved at Skinner West!  Parents, mark your calendars and plan to attend one or all of the following- 
  • School Improvement Meeting November 8th 4 pm at Skinner School
  • Gallery 111 November 16th 4 pm, at Skinner Art Room 
  • PTO Meeting November 28 6 pm, at Crossroads Bar & Grill   Come meet your new PTO officers and fellow parents at Crossroads Bar & Grill (1120 W Madison) on Tuesday, November 28 at 6 pm for a meeting that's a little bit social and a little bit business. The meeting will focus on upcoming PTO initiatives and events, and there will be lots of new ways to get involved!


Halloween Fun at Skinner

Skinner School had the Halloween spirit last week.  Our superstars enjoyed dressing in costume, participating in classroom parties, and attending the after-school Spooky Skinner Ball.  

Thank you to all parents and family members who donated their time to help our teachers and staff during the day and at the ball.  Thank you also to the 8th grade students who volunteered at the ball.  

A very special thank you to the PTO Forum for hosting the 2nd Annual Spooky Skinner Ball!  The event was a big success - everyone who attended had a ball! 

Haunted Hallway Winners

Our hallways and classroom doors were transformed by students for Halloween week.   Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:
Scariest - 322 Ms. McSpadden
Creative - 120 Ms. Sittner
Funny- 321 Mr. Lee
Cutest - Branch, Mr. Merkin
Prettiest - 214, Ms. Fisher
Neatest - 219, Ms. Jogmen

Winter Wear
Reminder - Superstars Need to Dress for Outside Recess

Parents, please make sure your Skinner student is dressed appropriately for the colder weather. We will continue to have recess, as long as the weather permits. 

Skinner's 3rd Annual Diwali Celebration


Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade danced, sang, and shared about Diwali at Skinner West's 3rd Annual Diwali Celebration last week.  The Diwali Celebration was presented by the Skinner West BAC.
Aryan (a 5th grader) prepared and read these remarks about Diwali:

*   Diwali is the festival which leads us all into truth and light and is celebrated on a wide-scale in India.

*   Diwali symbolizes the age old culture of India. It teaches us to vanquish evil and to drive away darkness that covers the light of knowledge.

*   The word "Diwali" means "row of lights."

*   It is a five-day long festival. (This year Diwali started on October 19, 2017)

*   Houses get decorated using lights. Everywhere looks very dazzling.

*   "Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya" - which means that where there is darkness, light is needed.

Thank you to Ms. Jayasree Sathish for organizing all the parents and students who helped make this day such a success! Student performers included:
Pranav J.
Aryan N.
Saanvi L.
Arnav J.
Arjun N.
Raajit R.
Arjun A.
Special thanks Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Robinson, Ms. Westy, Mr. Johnson, and Ms. Maldonado for helping to coordinate.

Congratulations to the Skinner West Debate Team

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's Tournament One for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, October 21. 
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' and 'English Language Learners'. 
The students did a great job against some tough competition and won the following awards:
Jessica P. - 3rd Place
Micah A. - 7th Place
Francisco R. - 9th Place
Gabby E. - 13th Place
Maya L. - 14th Place 
Lola P. - 15th Place 
Kai D. -17th Place

Jessica P. and Lola P. - 7th Place
Trayi S. - 1st Place
Louise G. - 3rd Place 
Cosette R. - 4th Place
Julia G. - 9th Place

Trayi S. and Cosette R. - 5th Place
Nicole B. and Louise G. - 6th Place
Julia G. and Tia H. - 8th Place
Christi B. - 4th Place

Classroom Connections: 8th Grade Reading Buddies

Skinner's 8th graders visited the kindergarteners in October and served as reading buddies.  Eighth grader Tia H. wrote a piece describing this "great experience" shared by the oldest and youngest students at our school.  Please click HERE to read Tia's account.   ERE


Interested in winter soccer?  West Loop Soccer is offering a discount for Skinner students.  Contact them if your student is interested in participating.

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