2019-2020 School Year 
Week #6: October 11-17
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No School: Monday, 10/14 Columbus Day 
School Fees Due: 11/15
Gallery 111 Volunteer Meeting: 10/16 @ 4:00pm
School Improvement Committee Meeting: 10/17 @ 4:00pm
School Picture Day: 10/22

CPS 2019- 2020 Calendar: here 
New Articles
                Classroom Connections: Lower Grade Spanishspanish

First grade Superstars are learning a Food Unit and expressing their likes and dislikes in Spanish.  Second graders are learning to write their Spanish foods vocabulary, sound out the words, and creating sentences in Spanish. Third graders are learning greetings and introductions in Spanish. The fourth graders are doing awesome presentations about Spanish influential people in the world in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. Our Superstars love learning Spanish !

                                  Spooky Skinner Ballspooky
The annual Spooky Skinner Ball is around the corner! DJ, games, crafts, food and fun can be found in the gym and cafeteria on Friday, October 25 from 4:00 - 7:00. Grades K - 5 for the fun, grades 6 - 8 can volunteer for credit toward school trips. Want to volunteer at this event?  Sign up here
                              Principal Appreciation Monthprincipal
October in Principal Appreciation Month and principals are critical to student and school success. They work tirelessly for Chicago's students, educators and families; Now is our chance to thank them. One easy way to do so is to sign up to receive a celebration mail toolkit!  Here are a few more ways to thank principals: Thank your principal in-person, bring your principal a token of appreciation, post a "thank you" message on social media using #PrincipalPrideChi. We hope you will join CPS, City Hall and The Chicago Public Education Fund in celebrating the 2019 Principal Appreciation Campaign. Through small acts of gratitude, we can help our school leaders feel acknowledged and thanked for their tireless dedication to students, schools and communities.
                                          ASPEN UpdateASPEN
Families, thank you for your patience with ASPEN.  We've experienced a myriad of technical issues and CPS has been working diligently with us to get it up and running.  Rest assured, we plan to have it up and running by the middle of next week so teachers can enter grades.  Progress reports will be distributed, hopefully, by Friday, Oct 18th.
                                       After School Karatekarate
Once again, 4K-Karate is offering an after school karate program at Skinner West. They train Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 in traditional Shorei Goju Ryu Karate-do. Last month, the current program achieved great results at the Tennessee State Championship: 7 gold and 3 silver! 
More information about this program can be found here.

Repeat Articles
                            CPS Strike Contingency Plancontingency
Recently, the Chicago Teachers Union set a strike date for Thursday, October 17, which is the earliest possible day a strike could occur. 
In the event of a work stoppage, regular classroom instruction will not occur, but CPS school buildings will be open to students. Principals and non-unionized support staff will be available to greet students and ensure they have access to engaging activities. More information about CPS's contingency plan can be found here.
              Classroom Connections - Kindergarten Walkathonkindergarten
On September 26th Kindergartners from ALL four Kindergarten classrooms came out to show their Skinner  West school spirit at this year's walkathon.  They enjoyed a fun filled day of walking, biking, dancing, and jumping in the bounce houses with their peers, families, and teachers. They even wore the Skinner West school colors to show their support!

                                   Skinner Spirit Storespiritstore
Announcing the Skinner Spirit store!  We are pleased to offer spirit wear for all Superstars.    Whether you need P.E. uniforms or a warm hoodie, they've got you covered!  The site - run by a Skinner parent - features adult and kids 'Skinner wear'.  A portion of the proceeds will help fund our 8th grade Washington DC trip.  Shop online or look for pop-ups at school events.  

Questions? Looking for other personalized wear for an school event or classroom?  Visit the website
                             Important Safety Reminderssafety
                                     POW Gym ClassesPOW 
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Deborah M. Clark
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