2018-2019 School Year 
Week #2: Sept 14th - Sept 20th


Dates to Remember
BAC Meeting: Friday, Sept. 14th, 9:00 am
Open House : Grades 1-2 Monday, Sept 17th 4:30 -6:00
Open House : Grades 6-8  Thursday, Sept. 20th 5:30-7:00
Dance Team Practice Grades 5-8 Tuesday, Sept 18 3:45 - 6:15
LSC Meeting: Tuesday, 9/18  @ 6pm - Gym
PTO Meeting: Tuesday, 9/18 @ 6pm - Library
Communications Meeting: 9/17 @ 6pm - Library
Walkathon: Thursday, Sept.27th

CPS 2018- 2019 Calendar: here
New Articles

Skinner West Elementary ranked #3 on this year's Chicago Magazine report on The Best Public Schools in Chicago! Congratulations to our Superstars and staff ! Read here for the full article:   

Follow this link to shop for Skinner West Superstar Spirit Wear and P.E. Uniforms:   

Our Skinner West parent volunteers are essential to our school functions.  If you are interested in volunteering or are leading any activity or program at Skinner West Elementary, you must complete a CPS volunteer application.  

The following are a few examples of volunteer opportunities requiring a Volunteer Application: classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, Walkathon, book fairs, room parents, coaching for sport teams or clubs, Gallery 111 art show and family fun nights.

If you are a parent or family member volunteering at our school, please go to or use this link and complete the Volunteer Application.


Volunteers are needed for the Friends of Skinner West Walkathon on September 27th.  

This is one of the largest fundraisers for the school and supplies our students with much of the technology that they use. We need your help to meet our goal of raising $55,000. 

Please use the link to sign up to volunteer at the event. This is a great way to get involved and meet other parents!

PTO Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6 pm
Please join us for the first PTO meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Skinner West library. All parents and teachers are welcome. At this meeting, you'll learn what PTO does, who the board members are, and how you can join the board or get involved on your own time. Joining the PTO doesn't come with any specific obligations. We're always looking for parents to help out with event planning or decorating, soliciting donations from community sponsors, updating our website, designing flyers, etc. If you have a skill, interest, or community connection that might benefit Skinner West PTO, please tell us at

PTO Catalog Fundraiser
Help support Skinner West by selling items from the "From Our Gnome to Yours" catalog to your family and friends. If your student didn't bring a catalog home, you can get one in the school office. All forms must be turned in by Sept. 24. Up to 40% of sales will go back to Skinner West, and students are eligible for fun prizes. For questions, contact

First BAC Meeting of the School Year!

Luc C. attended Ben Askren (Pro MMA Fighter, Olympic Wrestler, 2x NCAA Division 1 Champ) wrestling camp in Wisconsin.
Luc is affiliated with International Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu/ Andre Maneco 5 world IBJJ championship. 
On July 14th - 

Luc Competed in New Breed Ultimate Challenge-Illinois Championship:

  • Won Gold and championship belt lightweight advanced NO Gi championship  (match was won 10-0 on points)
  • Won Gold Yellow Belt Lightweight  (won 1st match by submission, second match 4-0 on points)
On September 8th - 
Luc competed in New Breed Crystal Cup and successfully defended his belt
  • Won "Double Gold" which means he took 1st place in both Gi and No Gi divisions. 
Luc's next tournament will be held on October 20, 2018. 
However, this is no ordinary fight. Luc will be taking part in the "Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open" and he'll be fighting for those who are in the fight of their lives - those with cancer.  Luc will fundraise to compete in this tournament to help Tap Cancer Out raise and donate funds to cancer research. 

Chinese Cultural Festival at Whitney Young on 9/22/18 - FREE!
This year, Confucius Institute in Chicago (CIC) will hold its annual Chinese Cultural Festival at Whitney Young Magnet High School on Saturday, September 22, 2018. At the festival, there will be Chinese performances, Chinese language and culture exhibitions with variety of interactive and hands-on cultural activities, and lots of awards and gifts. The event is free for all CPS students and parents.

Repeat Articles  
Dear Superstar Parents,

I hope that the first week of school has been as exciting for you as it has been for us. We are delighted to see all of our returning students as well as some new faces!  We are lucky to have such wonderful parents who are so involved in their children's education. Our Superstar parents are one of the main reasons why Skinner West is a top ranking school in Chicago! We would like to thank our Skinner Forum/PTO for providing refreshments during our first day of school.

First off, we'd like to welcome our new teachers :
                           Ms. Amanda Shaf, First Grade
                           Ms. Lauren McKenna, Fifth Grade
                           Mr. Jason Mink, Seventh Grade
Congratulations to our new brides :
                          Mrs Sarah Lohman DeJulio - 3rd Grade
                          Mrs Stephanie Travis Brown - 4th Grade
                          Ms Bianca Martin Hogans - Pre School
Farewell and best wishes to our former teachers:
                         Ms. Kelsey Every to Rogers School in CPS
                         Ms. Vickie Mellos to Las Vegas, Nevada
Welcome Back:  Mrs Yamini Irvin, 6th Grade from Maternity Leave
                             Mrs Ashley Wyper, 2nd Grade from Maternity Leave
You may have noticed the progress of our four-story addition to the north of the main building.  We are looking forward to the January 2019 completion of our new annex which will accommodate our growing Skinner family with 22 more classrooms!  We have so much to look forward to during this school year with our Superstars .

I wish you a wonderful new school year full of Skinner spirit!

Mrs. Clark
Branch Dismissal Schedule
KDG: 3:10pm @ Branch or 3:45 @main building cafeteria
First Grade: 3:15pm @ Branch or 3:45 @Main Building cafeteria

All KDG & First Grade students will dismiss at 3:45 @ the Main Building cafeteria

Support Our Teachers on
Several of our Skinner West Teachers have projects listed on website, including Ms. Dalal, Ms. Jogmen, Mrs. Milroy, Ms. Mansour and Mrs. Sittner.  

Please browse this favorites pages to support our teachers today - 

PTO Fall Fundraiser
The PTO fall fundraiser Believe in Magic Gift Catalog is in full swing.

Orders Due with Payment by:  September 24, 2018
Make Checks Payable to:  Skinner PTO
Our School Keeps up to 40% of Every Sale!
 Thank you for supporting our school.
Joey Lynn Pinaglia /
PTO Fundraising Contact

FeePay Your School Fees Now!
New!!  School fees will remain the same as 2017/18.  Find your grade level fees and pay using the PayPal link (found at the bottom of Skinner's homepage) or send in a check made out to 'Skinner West Elementary School'

Don't forget to purchase grade level supplies AND Ancillary supplies, Art and Science supplies

Drop off Ancillary supplies in the library of the main building.
GoCPS High School Application Account Activation Available Now!
For families that will be applying to a CPS high school for the 2019-20 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.
Contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-551-2060 or for assistance.
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Deborah M. Clark
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