2019-2020 School Year 
Week #10: November 15 - 22
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Picture Day is Wednesday, December 11!

Skinner West's Picture Day is just around the corner.  Order this season's school picture today!

Date ; Wednesday, December 11th
Picture Day ID:  EVT4CS3RR

Order your pictures HERE!

LSC Election Kick Off on December, 4th

We hope that you can join Board President Miguel del Valle and Dr Janice Jackson to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of our Local School Councils

More information can be found here.

Mayor Lightfoot and CPS Launch Second Annual Program Application Process Focused on Community Engagement

Dear LSC Members, 
Attached for your information is the Mayor Lightfoot and CPS Launch Second Annual Program Application Process Focused on Community Engagement.  Programs awarded through the process are: 
Dual Language 
Early College STEM
Fine & Performing Arts
International Baccalaureate
Personalized Learning
Regional Gifted Center
STEM (K-8) 
World Language (FLEX)
  • North Side Information Session
    • Monday, November 18th (5pm - 7pm)
    • Sullivan High School (6631 N. Bosworth Ave.)
    • Register HERE
  • Pilsen / Little Village Information Session
    • Tuesday, November 19th (5pm - 7pm)
    • Benito Juarez Community Academy (1450 W. Cermak Rd)
    • Register HERE
  • West Side Information Session
    • Wednesday, November 20th (5pm - 7pm)
    • Westinghouse College Prep High School (3223 W. Franklin Blvd.)
    • Register HERE
  • South Side Information Session
    • Wednesday, November 21th (5pm - 7pm)
    • South Shore International College Preparatory High School (1955 E 75th St.)
    • Register HERE
  • Southwest Side Information Session
    • Monday, November 25th (5pm - 7pm)
    • Gage Park High School (5630 S. Rockwell St.)
    • Register HERE

Whitney Young Open House on Sunday, November 24th

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.

Selective Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 13th

High school and Elementary school selective enrollment deadline on has been extended to 12/13/2019

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Make-Up Days for the 2019/2020 School Year

Skinner Branch Building Update

Dear Branch Kindergarten & Preschool Families,
The weather in Chicago is unpredictable!  The Skinner West Branch does have an outdoor playground but we needed options for inclement weather.
Using two large empty classrooms at the Branch and approval from Principal Clark, we secured funding from Friends of Skinner West and created a movement room!  

Working on gross motor skills and creating open areas for social interaction will create many long-lasting benefits.
There are 3 parts of the Gross Motor Room:
1) Kitchen & Life Skills corner,
2) Dramatic Play & Puppet corner, and
3) Large Gross Motor will be in half of the room.
There are also three sections for the Library/Computer Lab:
1) Computer Lab (we will utilize current desks & Chrome Books),
2) Reading Corner (children's furniture, rug & decorations), and
3) Shelving & Book Cart (Mrs. Clark has agreed we may move all needed books from the Main Building).
Thank you FOSW and Principal Clark!

Amanda Rzepka (Kindergarten Mom to Simon R.)
Kate Matalka (Preschool Mom to Nicholas M)

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