2018-2019 School Year 
Week #8: Oct 26 - Nov 1
New Articles
Dates to Remember
Forum/PTO Halloween Spooky Ball, Friday, October 26, 4:30 -6:30 p.m.
School Picture Day, Wednesday, October 31
No School, Friday, November 2
 Student Council Elections, Tuesday, November 6
Diwali Celebration Assembly, Wednesday, November 7
Report Card Pick -Up Wednesday, Nov 14th 

CPS 2018- 2019 Calendar: here
New Articles
  Budget Update 
Based on current enrollment, Skinner West received additional budget funding from CPS.  The LSC members voted and approved the additional budget items during last week's LSC meeting.  Here are some highlights that include some, but not all, of the allocated additional budget:
-Funding for areas that were deferred from May's 2018/19 budget meeting, including
- Instructional support for areas such as Achieve3000, IXL, and textbooks
- Operational support to fund a teaching assistant
- Professional development for teachers
- Indoor Recess Support
- Safety Support
- Student Council & Debate team  
We are grateful for the additional funding and thank our LSC for approving the much needed budget items. Interested in learning more?  Come to an upcoming LSC meeting.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, 11/27 at 6pm in the gymnasium

  LSC Principal's Report
Check our the most recent LSC Principal's report here.
  Classroom Connections: Ms. Growe and Mrs. Priola
Mrs. Priola and Ms. Growe lead their kindergarten classrooms in a hands-on pumpkin investigation. The two classrooms worked together to weigh, measure, and count over 100 pumpkin seeds. The students had fun learning about non-standard and standard forms of measurement, and enjoyed getting their hands gooey in this interactive math/science lesson.

  Don't Put Your Eggs in One Basket
Skinner West will once again offer a sibling lottery.  The application process for the 2018-2019 school year for selective enrollment & sibling lottery closes on December 14th.  Neighborhood parents are encouraged to apply for the Classical Program. Please click here for more information to activate your account, conduct research and apply.

  CPS Health Requirements
Make sure that your child is healthy and ready to learn by the start of the school year! Check in with your school and medical provider to find out what immunizations and health exams are required for school. Proof of required immunizations, physical exams and vision exams were due October 15, 2018.  More information about the requirements can be found here
  Around the World in 80 Dishes: LOCATION CHANGED

Repeat Articles  
  Classroom Connections: Ms. Fisher
Every Friday afternoon, Ms. Fisher's third-grade class receives a surprise... A Mystery Reader comes to class to read aloud to the students.  This person is kept TOP SECRET as students receive clues throughout the week to help them guess which family member will be arriving!

  Student Spotlight: Junior Flag-Football League
Under the direction of parent-coaches Dino Kourelis and Mike Watkins, the 8U (division champions  ) and 11U Skinner Superstar teams won the 2018 JFL Junior Flag-Football League Superbowl Championship. Congratulations to the following Skinner Students:
Karsten E.
Kota G.
Jalen G.
Mara M.
Phoenix G.
Jake K. 
Jesse K.
Jake L. 
John K.
Parker N.
Ryan L.
Jackson O.
Christopher W. 
PTO Announcements
The Spooky Skinner Ball, on Friday, Oct. 26, is the favorite family event of the school year. We are looking for volunteers to help make this year's ball another great one! Parents, please signup to help decorate the gym, run games at the event, and more.

Get Involved with PTO: joining the PTO is a great way to get involved with Skinner West. We meet once a month to plan community-building events, run fundraising programs, and help fulfill school and teacher needs. You can get involved by attending PTO meetings, joining a planning committee, volunteering for an event, or becoming a PTO officer. Officer elections our coming up at our next meeting on Nov. 27 at 6 pm in the library. You can donate to the PTO any time here.
  Chicago Marathon Congratulations!
A huge congratulations to second-grade teacher Ms. Ward and seventh-grade teacher Ms. Christiansen for running in the 41st annual Chicago Marathon. Congratulations Ms. Ward and Ms. Christiansen!

  West Loop Halloween Events
Two upcoming Halloween events happening in the West Loop:

Tots Halloween Party, Friday, October 26, 5:30-7:30, Whitney Young gym
West Loop Families' Halloween Parade, Saturday, October 27, 3:00-5:00, Mary Bartelme Park
  Mad Science: Halloween Open House
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Deborah M. Clark
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