2019-2020 School Year 
Week #22: February 21 - February 28

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Dates to Remember

Test Prep Chicago Info Session - Tuesday, Feb 25, 5:00
LSC Meeting - Tuesday, Feb 25, 6:00
PTO Meeting - Tuesday, Feb 25, 7:00
Star Theater Performance - Thursday,Feb  27th@6:00
3rd Grade African American Wax Museum - Friday,Feb.28 10:30-11:30
CPS 2019 - 2020 (Revised) Calendar:  here
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Skinner West Spelling Bee


On February 5th and 6th, Skinner West conducted their School Spelling Bee for 4th through 8th grade students.

The following 33 students participated in the spelling bee: Aathreya A, Mackenzie B, Sydney B, Calvin B, Kenley C, Paras C, Penny C, Remy F, Carney F, Tanmay G, Ben H, Levi H, Miles K, Lucy K, Simra K, Norah L, Morgan M, Emika M, Aarav M, Nika M, Aarav M, Lucy N, Amber P, Nimay P, Natalla R, Mitra S, Vishal S, Walker V, Anushri V, Isabelle D, James S, Nicholas T, and Rachel X. 

It was a very exciting event that went all afternoon, leaving the audience members mesmerized in their seats. 33 contestants started and by 3:35 there were only three contestants left:  Paras, Emika and Simra. The Spelling Bee continued the next morning and eventually Simra emerged as  Skinner School's Spelling Bee Champion!!

Please congratulate Simra and all the spelling contestants for a job well done! Simra is a 4th grader in Ms. Carlson's homeroom.  As Skinner School Champion, Simra took an online test to qualify for the Chicago Public Schools Citywide Spelling Bee. Simra was one of only 47 Chicago public school children that qualified!
Simra will be representing Skinner School at the Chicago Public Schools Citywide Spelling Bee on March 12, 2020, at Hyde Park High School. Good luck to Simra!  Thank you to Mr. Lewandowski for coordinating. 

Coming Soon - Superstars Summer Camp Details

Parents, are you starting to think about warmer weather and about how your superstar will spend their summer days? Details about this year's Superstars Summer Camp, held at Skinner West, will be out soon!  Keep an eye on these weekly newsletters for more information and for registration (which will open earlier this year on March 1st). 

Skinner West's 17th Annual Gallery 111 Gala
We are just over one week away from our annual Gallery 111 Gala and look forward to seeing our amazing Skinner community there. If you haven't yet, buy your tickets here now. We are really excited about the great items in our silent auction. Click here to get a sneak peek!

We look forward to seeing you all on February 29!

Discount Bulls Tickets

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020 | 6:00 P.M. CT

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

Purchase tickets at a discounted price now, and for every ticket sold, Skinner West Superstars will receive a portion of the proceeds.  Share the excitement of Bulls basketball and the NBA's leading entertainment experience as the team takes on the Wizards. Each ticket purchase also includes access to a private pregame shootaround with 100-level access from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.  

Support Skinner West and be a part of Bulls Nation today!  Go to 
this link to buy tickets now!

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.

Chess Classes at Skinner - Spring Session

Registration has begun for the Spring Session of Chess Classes at Skinner West.  See the flyer below for more information or go to this link to sign up today.

Repeat Articles
Test Prep Chicago High School/AC Info Session

On Tuesday, February 25th 5:00pm at Skinner West, Test Prep Chicago owner (Charlie Howard) will give a PowerPoint presentation on the admissions process for Chicago's Selective Enrollment, Independent and Parochial High Schools as well as Chicago's Academic Centers. The presentation will also include information about the different exams required for admission to these schools as well as a brief overview of the different test prep programs Test Prep Chicago offers to help prepare students for these different exams.  
All Skinner parents are invited to attend. 
RSVP Required, please use the link below:

Attention 7th Grade Families
NWEA Prep Course Offered at Skinner

Test Prep Chicago will be offering its 7th grade NWEA MAP test prep course at Skinner West this spring. High scores on the NWEA MAP exam is critical for gaining admission to Chicago's selective enrollment high schools. The class will meet after school on Fridays  from 4-6 pm for eight sessions. The class begins March 13th. See the flyer below for more information.  To register for this class, please visit: this link.

Important note to parents - We are asking parents of enrolled students to 'drop in' with a snack once during the course to help make sure our Superstars are on on track.  Go to 
this link to sign up for a date/time. 

Dental Awareness Month at Skinner West

February is Dental Awareness Month! Dr. Ned from Skyline Smiles (West Loop) Dentist was kind enough to visit Skinner's k-3 classrooms. He reinforced healthy dental hygiene with students and made sure they had a fun time learning! Students each received a toothbrush, floss, and an some small activity pages! Thank you Dr. Ned!

CPS Budget Overview

Skinner West's Local School Council is pleased to offer you an overview of Chicago Public Schools funding.  Join us on March 16th from 5:30pm-6:30pm for this free event!
Kids First Chicago is a Chicago-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide every child with a high quality education.  Join them as they present an overview of CPS' budgeting process.  The goal of our meeting is to help you better understand how funding is directed to our schools.  We'll discuss the different funding mechanisms that make up CPS' operating budget.  
Please RSVP using the form below.  Spaces are limited.

CPS Department of Arts

Have you seen the CPS Department of Arts Winter Newsletter? If you want to learn about district-wide opportunities for students and teachers, celebrate achievements and connect with Department of Arts news, check it out here.

Overnight Summer Camp Option 

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