2018-2019 School Year
Week #27: March 22nd - March 29th

Repeat Articles
Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing - March 26- April 9th
Last Day to Order Chicago Bulls Tickets - March 29th
End of 3rd Quarter - April 4th
No School, School Improvement Day - April 5th
Skinner West Family Fun Night at the Bulls - April 9th
No School, Report Card Pick Up - April 10th

CPS 2018- 2019 Calendar: here
New Articles

From the Desk of CPS
This week, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jackson released the Five-Year Vision for Continued Academic Progress for Chicago Public Schools.  Parents, please read about the five-year plan here, where a video link is also available to view. 

Tomorrow - March 29th - Last Day to Order Bulls Tickets

Friday, March 29th, is the last day to order tickets for Skinner West Family Night at the Bulls Game.  The game is on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 pm. (No school the next day!) This is the last home game of the season, and we have something extra special planned: 30 Skinner West Superstars will be randomly selected to high five the Bulls players as they come out of the tunnel at the start of the game! Buy your tickets now for a chance for your child to be selected. Tickets are $25 each. Order forms must be turned in by tomorrow to the Main Office, late orders will not be accepted.

Tours for Prospective Parents
Skinner West is offering tours for prospective parents in April.  All tours will begin at 10 am. The dates for the tours are:  

April 8
April 26
April 29 (This will be a Skinner Branch tour only) 

Updates from Gallery 111 Auction
Our Skinner West students continue to enjoy and benefit from an arts education here thanks to to the efforts of the Gallery 111 committee and the countless teachers, parents, community members and businesses that volunteer their time and energy and donate their money and services to Gallery 111.  Many parents bought amazing auction items from Gallery 111's Annual Auction over the years - including tickets to concert, theater and sporting events, museum memberships, artwork, projects designed by Skinner students, and experiences such as Principal for a Day for their child.  
Last week, several Skinner parents gathered for an art party that was auctioned at last year's Gallery 111 Gala.  Sally Ko, an artist and Skinner West parent, donated and hosted the art party at her beautiful studio in the Zhou B. Art Center.  Everyone that attended had a very fun evening creating their own masterpieces to take home.  We can't wait to see what the 20 parents who signed up at this year's Gala create at their fall party!  Thank you again to Sally Ko and to all who donate to Gallery 111!

Discount for West Loop Soccer Club Spring Break Camp
West Loop Soccer Club is offering a $30 discount to Skinner West students who attend their Spring Break Camp, April 15-19.  

Spring Break Camp at Chicago Children's Theater
Chicago Children's Theater - just around the corner from Skinner West- is offering a Spring Break Camp this year!  For details on their "Lost Island:Spring Adventure Camp," please visit their website.

Brooklyn Borders Adventure Days
Brooklyn Borders is offering Adventure Day programs for upcoming dates in April when Skinner students do not have school, including April 5th.  For more details and to learn how to register for this program, please read their flyer.  

Repeat Articles  
From the Desk of Mrs. Clark
On Tuesday, March 19th, the LSC held their monthly school meeting.  Please read the latest LSC Report from Mrs. Clark here.  The next LSC meeting will be held on April 23rd at 6pm.

Congratulations to the Winners of Skinner's Engineering Convention!

On Wednesday, March 13th, Skinner's third graders participated in the Annual Engineering Convention.  The convention was filled with amazing inventions. Congratulations to the following winners of the convention!  These Skinner Superstars advance to the city convention on April 6th at Hermann Hall on IIT's campus.

Congratulations to the Skinner Debate Team!

Some highlights we would especially like to point out are: 
1) Skinner West took 1st place in two out of the six award categories.
2) Skinner West won 58% of all possible awards at the tournament (29 out of 50).  

Individual Winners:                                  Team Winners:
1st -Maura S.                                          2nd-Jonathan C. and JunHui G.
2nd-Jonathan C.                                     3rd- Mary Y. and Rebecca B.
5th-Aleksia L.                                          4th-Katelyn T. and Sandy K.
7th-JunHui G.                                          5th-Nathaniel W. and Michaela J.
10th- Sandy K.                                        6th-Charlotte M. and Maddie L.
                                                                7th- Darian K. and Arhan G.
                                                                8th-Jayden I. and Aadi K.
Individual Winners                                   Team Winners
2nd-Nikita A.                                            1st-Nikita A. and Anna S.
3rd-Anna S.                                              2nd-Max B. and Katelyn L.
4th-Max B.                                                6th-Sunshine P. and Trey T.
8th-Trey T.
9th-Sunshine P.
10th-Katelyn L.

Individual Winners                                    Team Winners
4th-Jake L.                                                2nd-Jenny C. and Nicole B.
6th-Nicole B.                                             3rd-Jake L. and Alex G.
7th-Alex G.                                                5th-Amira A. and Trayi S.
9th-Tyler G.
10th-Trayi S.

Classroom Connections - 4th Grade

This quarter, Skinner's 4th graders have been reading the novel, Save Me a Seat.  As a fun way to have the book come alive and expose our Superstars to more of the Indian Culture, 4th grade teachers had 2 lovely parent volunteers- Ms. Michelle Perrucci and Ms. Samera Ludwig-come in and do an in-depth lesson about India, the country, the culture, and the food.  The parent volunteers then led the class in cooking an amazing meal of Mango Lassi, Dal with rice and Naan.  It was a great way to enjoy some of what the students had read in the book mixed with hands on fun in the room! Our 4th graders would all recommend the book and definitely the food!

A Special Thank You from Room 119 &120 

West Loop Library Programs
The West Loop Library, located at 122 N. Aberdeen is opening their doors and inviting 7th and 8th grade students two days a week to their YOUmedia space. The hours are Monday and Wednesday, 3:30pm to 5:30 pm. They have workshops that introduce teens to 3D printing, vinyl cutting, gaming, podcasting, photography and a graphic novel club.  For additional information, visit their website.

Yearbook Orders

Pre-Order your 2018-2019 Yearbook!
Yearbooks are $25 for pre-order, and $35 in person after the books arrive

Please view this YEARBOOK FLYER
Use the school code (1988719) when ordering online.

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