2018-2019 School Year 
Week #13: Nov 29 - Dec 7

Repeat Articles
Dates to Remember

School Improvement Committee - December 12th, 4pm
Application Deadline for 2019/2020 School Year - December 14th

CPS 2018- 2019 Calendar: here
New Articles
  Principal's Report  
Please find Mrs. Clark's November LSC Report here

  Student Council Election Results 
We'd like to recognize the following students who will represent Skinner West as on Student Council:
- Historian: Carter M
- Secretary: Christopher T
- Treasurer: Angelica A.
- Vice President: Madelynn L.
- President: Arial M.
Many thanks to teachers Mr. Johnson and Mr. Fitzsimmons for coordinating the election assembly! 

  Primary Chorus Announcement 
All Skinner West 3rd graders are part of Primary Chorus.  The Primary Chorus will be performing in several winter concerts around the city in addition to the school concert.  Parents, please see The Skinner West Music Page for dates and information about these concerts, including the list of soloists, speakers and dancers.  

 6th Grade Basketball Superstars 
Congratulations to the 6th grade Skinner Superstar Basketball team on its championship win at the One Day Shootout in Plainfield, Illinois. This was the team's first tournament of the season and they went undefeated, 3-0! Way to go players and coaches. 
Front l-r: Phoenix G, Chris W., Brad J., John K.,  Bruce  R., Ryan L., Maquan, and Damien P. 
Coached by l-r: Mike W., Damien P., and Dino K

  Friends of Skinner West 2018 Giving Drive

We have 21 slots left!  Please consider giving to a superstar!
For the past 5 years, Friends of Skinner West has hosted an annual drive during the holiday season to provide warm clothing and educational gifts  to fellow Skinner Superstars in need.  To sign up to help, please go to this link:
 All items purchased should be brand new with tags and can be placed in a gift bag (please no gift wrapped boxes). Please staple a paper with the student's assigned letter to the bag and turn it in to the main office no later than Monday, December 17th. Thank you so much for your generosity during this holiday season!
  Volunteers Needed for Book Fair Dec. 3 - 14!

Skinner West Book Fair needs adult volunteers to make it a success! Any amount of time donated is helpful and appreciated.  Younger siblings are welcome to come with while you volunteer.

As a thank you, volunteers will receive 20% off Book Fair purchases!

Volunteer roles include:
  • Helping students as they make wish lists
  • Supervising and assisting shoppers
  • Keeping the Book Fair displays neat and stocked
  • Bagging items at the check-out table

Book Fair Dates
  • December 3rd-14th during school hours, 8:45-3:45.
  • After School shopping sessions will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 3:45-6:30 pm.

Sign up to volunteer at Book Fair Volunteer Form or email Ms. Ranftl at by November 26. 

 Mad Science Parents Night Out & Winter Break Camps
Please find attached the details for Parent's Night Out & Winter Break Camps 

  Volunteer with the Communications Team 
Skinner's Communications Team is seeking volunteers to help author our weekly newsletters and work on launching the new website.  This is an ideal way to get involved if you want to volunteer from home!  If you're interested, please email Linda & Melinda at

  Skinner Parent Hosted Fundraiser for California Wildfire Victims
On December 15th a Skinner parent is hosting a Foodie tour of the West Loop. Profits will go to the California Fire Foundation, on organization "providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters and the communities they protect."
Tickets are $50 (free for kids under 12) and are for sale here

Repeat Articles  
  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy time over the long weekend with your family and friends.  We are very thankful for all of our staff, students, parents, and community members!  

  Gallery 111's Annual Art Contest

  News from CPS 

Below are two documents from CPS for reference for all parents.
  • The first is a letter from Illinois State Board of Education about special education policies and practices.
  • The second is a list of parent advocacy resources regarding special education. 

  Reminder - Superstars Need to Dress for Recess
Parents, please make sure your Skinner student is dressed appropriately for the colder weather.  We will continue to have recess on days that the weather permits.  
  Important Safety Reminders

Skinner West is home to over 1200 students and staff.  Our location is a busy one - especially with the construction of the new building.  Snow has already started to fall in Chicago and more snow and ice will likely cover the streets in the West Loop soon. Please read and follow the safety reminders below.  Help keep the commute to school safe and orderly for all!  

Please do NOT block the crosswalks when dropping your child off.
Please do NOT park in the school bus area for drop off and pick up. 

PARENT PARKING for Drop Off and Pick Up
Curbside parking is available on Adams St. beyond the STOP sign for drop off and pick up.
Please do NOT double park to drop off and pick your child up.  Pull in to a legal parking spot.

Please be patient, courteous and mindful of our Superstars as they cross the street on Adams.
Please DO NOT block our neighbors' driveways!
*Parking lot is for STAFF ONLY!*

AFTER SCHOOL -  Dismissal is at 3:45 P.M.
If your child is not in an after school program, please pick up your child by 4:00 P.M.
The school is not responsible for any students going to 7-Eleven or Target after school.

We need parents to volunteer to help during Drop Off and Pick Up times. Consider volunteering one morning a week to help with drop off between 8:20-9:00 am.  A sign-up sheet is available at the security desk.  Thank you to those parents that have already been volunteering their time!


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Deborah M. Clark
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