2018-2019 School Year 
Week #5: Oct 5 - Oct 11
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Dates to Remember

NO SCHOOL Monday, Oct 8th Columbus Day
School Improvement Committee Meeting, Wed. Oct 10th @ 4:00
LSC Parent &Community Rep Application Deadline, Fri. Oct 12@ 3:00
LSC Meeting, Tuesday, Oct .16th @ 6:00 PM
Forum/PTO Meeting, Tues.Oct 16th @ 6:00 PM

CPS 2018- 2019 Calendar: here
New Articles
letterLetter from Mrs. Clark
Please click here for a special letter from Mrs. Clark regarding the Jason Van Dyke Verdict.

 LSCLSC Principal's Report
Check out the latest LSC Principal's Report here

 dropoffNEW Branch Drop off Procedure
For families arriving by car, parking on the East side of Aberdeen (in front of the Branch)IS NOT PERMITTED after 8:45 am.  This is a Bus Lane and must be cleared by 8:45 am.  Two busses arrive at 8:45 and need the space to safely drop off our students.

You may park on the other side of Aberdeen (across from the Branch) or in the parking lot on the side of the Branch (located in the alley close to Adams Street) or on the street around the corner on Jackson.  Please be respectful of this policy as our students safety is at risk.  
Other options include:
  • Walking to school
  • Drop off at the Main Building between 8:15 am and 8:40 am and students can take the bus to the Branch. 
  • Thank you for keeping our students safe!

 walkathonWalkathon Update!
Friends of Skinner West would like to thank all parents, students, friends, families and staff for another successful Walkathon! This year, we surpassed our goal by $10,000 and raised $65,000!  We would like to extend a huge thank you to our local businesses, Mathnasium, Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Mark Allen Realty,  Michigan Avenue Real Estate, & Pepsi for their continued support of Skinner West.  We are excited to announce the five winning classrooms which raised the most money and will receive an ice cream party and $500 to spend on items for their classroom: Ms. McKenna ($6,000!!), Ms. Brown, Ms. Ward, Ms. Priola and Mr. Merkin.  We have decided to grant an additional 5 classrooms the $500 prize as well: Mr. Linke, Ms. Fisher, Ms. Martin, Ms. DeJulio and Ms. Rosenzweig.  As runner-up, Ms. Daigle has also been awarded a math party generously donated by Mathnasium.  Thank you again Skinner West families!

 calendarRSS Access to Skinner Calendar
Based on feedback from our superstar parents & caregivers, we're delighted to share the Skinner West calendar from the home page of our website.  You can link this with most calendering applications and see upcoming events from your PC or mobile device.  Simply copy the link here: 
If you have questions, please search the FAQs for your calendar to learn how to import or see the RSS feed on your calendar.

Spotlight: Cameron Mwachullah
Cameron Mwachullah, a Skinner West 5th grader, enjoyed one exceptional week! He was a Ball Kid during the world class international indoor men's Laver Cup tennis tournament held September 21-23, 2018. This extraordinary opportunity allowed Cameron to meet the world's top men's tennis players, former tennis champion Rod Laver as well as Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. While speaking with the Mayor off court, Cameron mentioned he attended Skinner West.  To his surprise, the Mayor offered to visit him at his school one day - and that he did. On Wednesday, September 26, Mayor Emanuel made an unannounced special visit to Room 220 to see Cameron, his classmates and their teacher, Mrs. Rosenzweig. Cameron, an avid tennis player, was also selected to represent his club, Love To Serve, Inc. Tennis and Education Foundation, at the Laver Cup Gala.  
Kids' Haircuts Benefit Skinner West
During October, bring this flier into Snippets and they'll donate $5 to Skinner West PTO for each kid's haircut. This is a great opportunity to get ready for school pictures and help our school at the same time. 

Columbus Day Soccer Camp

Repeat Articles  
FeePay Your School Fees Now!
New Online System!!  CPS has moved elementary schools from PayPal to Illinois E-Pay for online payments. E-Pay is the payment format CPS high schools have been using for awhile. 

Find your grade level fees and pay using the Illinois E-Pay link (found at the bottom of Skinner's homepage) or send in a check made out to 'Skinner West Elementary School'

Note: If you had used the PayPal site previously to pay your school fees, it was still accepted.

StarProgPay Your Star Program Fees!
New Online System!!  
From now on, online STAR payments will need to be made through E-Pay, and you will send a copy of your E-Pay receipt to

You should be receiving communication from CPS about E-pay soon, but below are Step-by-Step directions so that Star Families can take care of their program fees.
2. Click "Make a one-time payment".
3. Fill in your child's information. ***Your child's ID Number is available through Parent Portal and on report cards/progress reports.***
4. Select the type of payment you want to make- quarterly, semester, or full year and add to cart. If you have more than one child in the program, you will need to add each child's fee to your cart separately.
5. Check out and pay.
6. Email a copy of your receipt to Make sure it is labeled with your child's name, room number, and group color. 

Note: If you had used the PayPal site previously to pay your StarProgram fees, it was still accepted.

Announce your child's birthday on the Skinner West Marquee!
Cost is $25 and proceeds go towards the 8th grade trip to D.C.

Read here for more information and registration form for 

-- High School Information Session:
Read here for details on a high school information session held Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 pm

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