2019-2020 School Year 
Week #24: March 6 -12
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Dates to Remember
School Picture Retakes - Wednesday, March 11th
School Improvement Committee Meeting-Thursday, March 12th, 4:00-5:00pm
2020/2022 LSC Application Deadline - Friday, March 13
CPS 2019 - 2020 (Revised) Calendar:  here
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Gallery111 Success!gallery111
Skinner West would like to send out a HUGE thank you for making this year's Gallery111 No Art Left Behind Gala a success. Thanks to our gracious, generous, community committed to the arts, we surpassed our goal for next year's programming. 

Here's a special shout-out to Jeff Burt for his commitment to keep the event lively with his excellent DJ skills, Alexander Rivera Photography for capturing photos of all, Justin Kaufmann for MC'ing the evening's "Fund the Need" which brought in an additional $5000, and all the dedicated members of Gallery111 who constantly work hard to ensure all of our students at Skinner West have an enriching art experience each year! There are still a few great items available for a great deal! They are all available on a first come, first served basis, so check them out here quick!

Spirit Store Flash Sale Benefits 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip!

Skinner West's Local School Council is pleased to offer you a FREE overview of Chicago Public Schools 
funding.  Join us on March 16th from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

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.

Superstars Camp is back for 8 weeks this summer! Click 'Enroll Now' & download the registration form.  Payments toward camp are 100% refundable up to the first day of camp on June 23rd! We look forward to another great summer! 
Looking for an overnight summer camp option for Skinner Students in grades 4-8? Look no further, USA Camp Group is offering weekly
discounts to Skinner Families. Click here for more details. 
Women's History MonthWHM
Every Monday this March, CPS be celebrating the accomplishments of women in CPS schools with a new story on the blog.  
Chicago Public School's 2020-2021 Elementary and High School Academic School Year Calendars are now live and can be found here
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LSC Principal Clark Report

Thank you to all who attended Tuesday'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, March 17th at 6:00 pm.
Skinner Safety

Parents & Caregivers,

The drop-off and pick-up situation remains a serious safety issue for our children. We have had several incidents this school year that have threatened the safety of our students and our staff.  

As we continue to work on more ways to make drop-off easier and safer for our children, please consider contacting our local aldermen to alert the officials about the traffic safety issues we are facing. A sample letter can be found here.  Parents can insert their names in the appropriate spaces before sending. 

It takes the entire Skinner community to keep our children safe.  Please make safety a priority and remember the following:
The entire parking lane on Adams Street west of Skinner is designated for parent drop off - Please pull into the parking lane and drop-off your child.  (see pic below)

-  DO NOT PARK IN THE CROSS WALKS (other vehicles cannot see children crossing the street when cars are parked in the crosswalks)
-  Do not turn left from the inside lane of Adams Street onto Throop Street
-   Drop off your child and immediately proceed out of the drop-off areas.  This is not a time to continue a phone conversation
-   Respect our teachers and parent volunteers directing traffic.  It is unacceptable to treat anyone with disrespect - especially those tasked with keeping our children safe
-   You will be ticketed for leaving your vehicles or parking in a 'no parking' zone

Thank You Skinner Families!


The 8th Grade Chipotle Fundraiser was a success! Thank you to all the Skinner Families that supported the fundraiser by having a meal on February 12th. Our 8th grade is one step closer to getting to Washington DC. Special thanks to Ms. Jogmen for coordinating. 
Congratulations Superstar Debaters!

Over 100 debaters across 65 teams from 6 schools competed at the tournament, but the students did a great job against some tough competition and won the awards listed below.

Some highlights we would especially like to point out are: 
1) Skinner West swept the JV division, winning all the team awards. We also won more than half of the Novice team awards. 

15thNoviceIndividualAlexis M.
14thNoviceIndividualDarwin B.
13thNoviceIndividualSamar M.
11thNoviceIndividualMiles K.
10thNoviceIndividualTyler L.
9thNoviceIndividualMaddie L.
8thNoviceIndividualTiara M.
7thNoviceIndividualAdrija D.
5thNoviceIndividualSabrina Q.
2ndNoviceIndividualJosiah R.
15thNoviceTeamTyler L.Bennett S.
13thNoviceTeamAshok C.Tiara M.
11thNoviceTeamVishal S.Ketan N.
8thNoviceTeamErik I.Josiah R.
7thNoviceTeamMiles K.Gabrielle C.
5thNoviceTeamAdrija D.Maddie L.
4thNoviceTeamJoseph D.Riley S.
3rdNoviceTeamAurelie G.Sabrina Q.
2ndNoviceTeamDarwin B.Samar M.
10thJVIndividualJulia C.
8thJVIndividualMatthew Z.
7thJVIndividualAnjali R.
5thJVIndividualJayden I.
4thJVIndividualDaniel B.
3rdJVIndividualAadi K.
9thJVTeamOlivia A.Rebecca B.
8thJVTeamChristian W.
7thJVTeamJunHui G.Piotr P.
6thJVTeamDaniel B.Matthew Z.
5thJVTeamJayden I.Aadi K.
4thJVTeamAleksia L.Maura S.
3rdJVTeamCharlie F.Rolando V.
2ndJVTeamAmber P.Lillie M.
1stJVTeamSophie M.Katelyn T.
8thVarsityIndividualAnna S.
2ndVarsityIndividualKatelyn L.
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