2019-2020 School Year 
Week #11: November 22 - 29
New Articles

New Articles
November Principal's Report

November Principal's Report can be found HERE 

November LSC Meeting Minutes

November LSC meeting minutes can be found HERE 

Gallery 111 Next Meeting is Wednesday, December 4th

Gallery111 would like to invite all members of the Skinner West Community to attend their next meeting, 
  • Wednesday, December 4 
  • 4:00pm
  • Room 316 of Main Building 

We are currently planning for this year's gala and could use help soliciting donations. 

If you cannot attend and would like to help us secure donations, please email Mrs. Christiansen at

BOOKS NEEDED at the New Branch Library!

Thank you FOSW, Mrs. Clark, and Branch Parents for your support in creating our new Branch Gross Motor Room & Library/Computer Lab!  Now we need additional books to fill the new Branch Library! 

Superstar Parents of older children, take this chance to clean off those books shelfs before the Holidays and drop off Gently Used Pre-school, Kindergarten, & First Grade Level books to the Branch!

Drop off can be at either 225 S. Aberdeen or the main school building.
We will have volunteers picking up and helping Librarian Ms. Rantfl transport and organize.  If we get alot of books, unused books will be donated to Open Books for other Chicago schools in need.

Have questions or other donations?  
Contact Amanda Rzepka 
Mom to Kindergarten Student Simon R.

Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) Needs your help! 

Please consider directing your charitable contributions towards Friends of Skinner West (FOSW)!  We are a 501c3 and 100%of funds raised go back into the school.

You can contribute in one of two ways: 
  • Direct contributions to FOSW can be made via Quickpay/Zelle or Paypal to  Please consider asking your employer if they match contributions
  • FOSW will also be hosting our 7th annual Holiday Giving Drive.
    • Our giving drive helps Skinner West students in need with warm clothing and gifts for the winter season
    • You can sponsor a child yourself or share sponsorship with other friends and families
    •  Sign up HERE        
    • Any questions, please contact us at

Winners of the Sylvan Learning / NMSI Grand Stem Challenge 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners for the 2019 Sylvan Learning / NMSI Grand Stem Challenge
  • Tanmay G. (6th grade) and Raajt R. (6th grade)
    • They created an invention using the electonic textiles "Skyline of the City of Chicago" 
    • They showcased main attractions in Chicago like Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, and John Hancock Tower
  • Tvisha H. (5th Grade) and Hridhaan V. (4th Grade)
    • They created a "Happy Quizzing Book" which is an electronic quiz book with LED switch for all options
    • They presented the invention process and basic circuitry by practicing  collaboration and developing design-thinking skills 
All the kids had a great experience to enjoy and learn STEM!

Save the Date: Gallery 111 17th Annual Gala!

Save the Date for the 17th Annual Skinner West No Art Left Behind Gala, supporting the arts at Skinner West School.
  • Saturday, February 29th
  • 7pm
  • National Museum of Mexican Art

Enjoy Winter Adventures at Brooklyn Boulders!

See HERE for more information on 
  • After school activities on Thursdays (Dec 5th - Feb 20th)
  • Full day Adventure programs on Thanksgiving and Winter Break

Repeat Articles
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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