2019-2020 School Year 
Week #13: December 6 - December 13
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Holiday Concert Schedule
Skinner West Primary Chorus has kicked off the Holiday Season
with its first performance at the Palmer House.
Please join us for the full Superstar Winter Concert for Parents and Community Members on Thursday, December 19th!
Many thanks to our music teacher Ms. Maatouk for preparing our Superstars for the holiday season! 

Your Name in Lights!

Kindergarten Reindeer Pajama Party

Skinner West Kindergartners kicked off the holiday season this week with a Reindeer themed Pajama Party! They rotated to each of the four classrooms making crafts, listening to stories, singing songs, and of course playing "Reindeer Games!" It was a wonderful opportunity for the K students to intermingle and have a fun time with their friends! 

5th Grade Health Education

Families of 5th Graders, please read this letter from Ms. Westy on the upcoming health education curriculum.  

Classroom Connections - 7th Grade

Throughout the month of November, the seventh grade students took on the challenge of writing novels for National Novel Writing Month. This was a culmination of planning and developing characters, elements of plot, internal and external conflict, setting, mood, and of course interesting dialogue. 

After carefully calculating a reachable goal, each student set a unique personal word count to achieve by the end of the month. In order to make that happen, they threw out their "inner-editors" to get their stories on paper. What's an inner-editor? Well, it's that little voice in your head hindering the creative process telling you your writing isn't good enough. It makes you stop and become critical of how you are telling your story.

With their "inner editors" out of the way, our students made great strides in writing young adult realistic fiction novels encompassing a wide array of themes and issues. Each day our language arts classrooms were abuzz with the clicking of keyboards and peer to peer brainstorming sessions. With December here, it's time to celebrate the progress our young novelists made, writing a collective 711,137 words across all four classes!

Another event that started for our seventh graders in the month of November, and that will continue through February, is History Fair. Every seventh grader used November as a brainstorming month as they have begun the process of finding and selecting a topic from history (at least from 25 years ago or longer) that somehow fits into the theme of "Breaking Barriers in History". Each student will research their chosen topic, find and analyze evidence and make an argument using that historical evidence. The project is due March 2, 2020.
PTO Presents: Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets


Enjoy a legendary outing at a Chicago Bulls game with Skinner West students, faculty, family and friends.

Purchase tickets HERE with special discount code "skinnerwest"

Purchase tickets at a discounted price now, and for every ticket sold, 30% of the proceeds will go towards supporting enrichment activities for Skinner West Superstars.
Share the excitement of Bulls basketball and the NBA's leading entertainment experience as the team takes on the Hornets.

Support Skinner West and be a part of Bulls Nation today!

Can't go to the game? To help expand the types of support given to the school, please also consider donating the price of a ticket to the PTO. 

The discounted ticket price is:

300 Level, Rows 8-17 (baseline): $32.40 (regularly $44.80)

Repeat Articles
Additional Teacher Assistants

As part of the new teacher's contract, we now have additional assistants in the K-2 classrooms

2019 - 2020 Family Income Form
Please fill out and submit family income form at your earliest convenience! We must get to 90 % submission. We are at 50%.  
Thank you for your cooperation. 
Gallery 111 Next Meeting is Wednesday, December 4th

Gallery111 would like to invite all members of the Skinner West Community to attend their next meeting, 
  • Wednesday, December 4 
  • 4:00pm
  • Room 316 of Main Building 

We are currently planning for this year's gala and could use help soliciting donations. 

If you cannot attend and would like to help us secure donations, please email Mrs. Christiansen at

Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) Needs your help! 

Please consider directing your charitable contributions towards Friends of Skinner West (FOSW)!  We are a 501c3 and 100%of funds raised go back into the school.

You can contribute in one of two ways: 
  • Direct contributions to FOSW can be made via Quickpay/Zelle or Paypal to  Please consider asking your employer if they match contributions
  • FOSW will also be hosting our 7th annual Holiday Giving Drive.
    • Our giving drive helps Skinner West students in need with warm clothing and gifts for the winter season
    • You can sponsor a child yourself or share sponsorship with other friends and families
    •  Sign up HERE        
    • Any questions, please contact us at

Selective Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 13th

High school and Elementary school selective enrollment deadline on has been extended to 12/13/2019

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Deborah M. Clark
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