2019-2020 School Year 
Week #20: February 7 - February 14

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Dates to Remember

Wear Red for CHD Awareness - Friday, Feb 7
Fundraiser @ Chipotle - Wednesday, Feb 12
President's Day, No Classes - Monday, Feb 17
LSC Meeting - Tuesday, Feb 25, 6:00
PTO Meeting - Tuesday, Feb 25, 7:00
CPS 2019 - 2020 (Revised) Calendar:  here
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Principal Clark's Report

Thank you to all who attended last week's LSC meeting.  
Couldn't make the meeting? Please read Mrs. Clark's LSC report here to learn more about school developments. 
The next LSC meeting is on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:00pm.

Skinner West's 17th Annual Gallery 111 Gala

Gallery 111 Gala is only a few weeks away!   
See the invitation below for more details and buy your ticket today at

New Teacher Assistants

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new K-2nd grade teacher assistants.  Funding for these positions were allocated to Skinner West as part of the new contract with CTU: 

Alicia Avila
Angelia Huezo
Alexandra Villasenor
Chiquita Henderson

We are happy to have you join our Skinner team!

Skinner's 5th/6th Grade Basketball Superstars

Congratulations to Skinner's 5th/6th Grade Basketball team for these recent accomplishments:

5th/6th Turkey Shootout 1st Place Champions
5th/ 6th MLK Classic 2nd Place
5th/6th Wintrust Classic Champions

We wish them a continued fun and successful season!

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Help Fund the 8th Grade Class Trip with Burritos!

Chipotle is sponsoring a day of sales towards the Skinner West 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. Visit the Chipotle at 1132 S. Clinton Street on Wednesday, February 12 from 4 - 8 p.m. Make sure to have the flyer in hand or on your smartphone and mention Skinner West at checkout (33% of the proceeds will go to Skinner West). Online orders will NOT count towards the fundraiser.

Want to Get More Involved with CPS?

The 2020 LSC election application window is open. 

Serving on an LSC provides a unique opportunity to become engaged in your school community & play an active role in making policy decisions affecting your school. LSCs are responsible for:
  • Monitoring the school improvement plan (CIWP)
  • Monitoring the school's budget & expenditures
  • Evaluating the school's principal annually, as well as selecting a new contract principal for the school or renewing the contract of the current principal
LSC members serve 2 year terms.  To apply, candidates must complete the application forms. Forms can be returned to school or the Office of LSC relations:

Office of Local School Council Relations - Garfield Park Office
2651 W. Washington Blvd, Third Floor
Deadline: February 25, 2020

Deadline: March 5, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

2020 LSC elections will be held on Wednesday, April 22 for elementary schools. Visit the Local School Council's web site for more information. Applications are also available in the Skinner West school office.

Branch Library Volunteers Needed

Thank you to everyone who has donated books for the new Branch Library! We are still accepting donations, if you have them. We would love for the kids to be able to begin checking out a book each week, but the books need to be organized and stamped first.

Please contact parent volunteer Amanda Rzepka ( if you can volunteer for the following times to help organize the Branch Library.
  • Wednesday, Feb 12: 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb 14: After Valentine's Day classroom parties

Support Skinner West PTO

The Skinner West Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) supports our school by providing classroom resources, cultural experiences, and community building events. All parents are welcome to join! Mark your calendar for our next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. You can support the PTO at any time by making a donation at:

You can also support Skinner West PTO while you shop on Amazon. Simply visit and select Skinner School Forum as your charity. The PTO will receive a portion of every eligible purchase you make at no additional cost to you.

Superstars in the Spotlight


Congratulations to some of our hockey-playing Skinner students!

St. Louis first place winners include 2nd graders:
  • Hudson R.
  • Aidan B.
  • Aaricia G.
They are first year mites with the Chicago Jets Organization.

Local Chicago tournament first place winner includes 7th grader Esteban G. He is a second year peewee with the Chicago Hawks.
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will be at Chicago's McCormick Place from February 28 - March 1. C2E2 created their Power Up to Read program to empower Chicago students to read.

To participate, students must:
  • Read eight (8) books, comics, or graphic novels. They must be from a school, classroom, or public library.
  • Record the reading activity on the reading log.
  • Turn in the completed reading log to Ms. Ranftl in the library by February 13.

Students will receive:
  • A free three-day kid pass to C2E2
  • One 50% off adult ticket for a parent or guardian
Students must be accompanied by an adult at the event.

Eighth Grade Trip Fundraisers!

Show your Skinner spirit by purchasing a one-of-a-kind magnet! The Class of 2020 will be selling magnets as a fundraiser to support their 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Please fill out the order form and place it in an envelope along with the amount collected. Return the envelope to your homeroom teacher. Magnets will be distributed to each classroom. Thank you for your support!

Skinner Faculty and Staff:  There is "merch" available for you as well!  Think how great you'll look sporting Superstar Logo Gear!!  Online ordering details are here.

Stay Connected

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Deborah M. Clark
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