MARK T. SKINNER WEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
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2019-2020 School Year 
Week #7: October 18-24
New Articles
Repeat Articles
School Picture Day: Tuesday, 10/22
LSC Meeting: 10/22, 6:00 p.m. If work stoppage continues, the LSC meeting will be held at Soul City Church at 6:00
Spooky Skinner Ball: 10/25, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Halloween Costumes and Parade: Thursday, Oct 31
Diwali Assembly - Thursday, Nov 7th- 9:15 and 10:30

CPS 2019- 2020 Calendar: here 
New Articles
 
                                        Strike UpdateSU
         Continue to watch the news this weekend for  strike updates.
 
                             Principal Appreciation MonthPAW
This week, the LSC delivered flowers to Mrs Clark and Mrs Robinson.  It's not too late to honor our principals and the work they do to keep Skinner a top 10 CPS school.  Consider making a tax deductible donation to Friends of Skinner West in their honor.  Don't forget to apply for your employers matching gift!
            Meet Senora Morales: Upper Grade Spanish Teachermorales
┬íHola!  I'm Ms. Morales the upper-grade World Language - Spanish teacher. I began teaching at Skinner in February 2019. My family is from Central and South America. We lived in Guatemala and later in Colombia until I was ten years old, so Spanish is my first language. As a native Spanish speaker, sharing my love for the Spanish language and culture has become my passion. I earned a M.E. and B.A.  in Spanish, Marketing, & Journalism. I have my Professional Educator License to teach Spanish and ELA. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my family. I have visited Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Belize, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. I also love dogs and volunteer at my local animal shelter.
                          Calling all Superstars Photographers!photographer
We hope you have noticed the new Skinner West homepage! Currently, we are looking for high quality images to enhance the photo carousel.  If you have a photo you would like to share, please send an email with subject line "photo." Please note that that we only accept 'group' photos (to assist with our students' safety and privacy).  We will review all photos and post if we can!
                          Save the Date: Spooky Skinner Ballspookyball
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 fun and grades 6 - 8 can volunteer for credit toward school trips. Don't forget to signup to volunteer here.
 
                  Recorder Karate for 4th and 5th Gradersrecorder
 
                  Join the Skinner Underwater Robotics Clubrobotics

Whitney Young Open House Rescheduledwhitneyyoung
The Sunday, October 20 Whitney Young Open House for prospective students has been rescheduled. The Open House is now scheduled for Sunday, November 24 with the Academic Center presentation at 10:00 a.m. and the high school presentations every 30 minutes between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

Due to the continuation of the CPS work stoppage, please check with each individual school for possible rescheduled open houses.

Repeat 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 !


                              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.

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Deborah M. Clark
Principal
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