2020-2021 School Year 
Week #3: September 25 - October 1
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Dates to Remember
Monday and Tuesday, Sept 28th and 29th Fifth Grade Materials Pick-Up  3:00- 6:00   Gym Door # 11
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 29th and 30th Second Grade Materials Pick-Up 2:00- 5:00  Gym Door # 11
Free COVID-19 Walk-up Testing: Wednesdays in September
Friday, October 2nd: LSC Nomination Forms Due
Monday, October 12: No School (Indigenous People Day)
Tuesday, November 3: No School (Election Day) 

CPS 2020-2021 Calendar: here
Front Office Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm
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Interested in learning more about what your student is learning in Physical Education this semester, check our the first quarter Physical Education newsletter here
CPS's 2020 academic growth report card can be found here
In order to address safety and privacy concerns, our school device management vendor, GoGuardian, implemented an update that will impact student video controls in Google Meet. Beginning today, students who use Chromebooks will need to turn on their camera and microphone located at the bottom of their window at the beginning of each Google Meet session. This additional step provides students and families with an additional layer of privacy and a more secure learning environment for our community. We will continue providing you regular updates as we refine our platform and tools to better serve your needs. When a student joins a Google Meet using a Chromebook, they will need to click both camera and microphone buttons at the bottom of the screen. Teachers may ask students to mute their microphones when they are not speaking. In this case, the student can turn their microphone on/off at any time during class.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Parent Tech Support Hotline at 773-417-1060. 

We need your help!  Skinner West relies on several federal & state funding mechanisms that make up our school budget.  The Family Income Information Form (FIIN) affects one bucket called, "Supplemental State Aid".  This funding affects the current 2020/2021 school year, so it's very important to request all families complete and return the form.

CPS asks EVERY household to fill out the FIIN form once per year.  What makes this year especially important is that many of our family and community members have experienced loss of income. This link takes you to the FY21 Family Income Information FormThis year's deadline is September 30

If you have not already submitted this form, please:

1. Download and fill out this form, including signature (we must have a signature);  NOTE: You can write 'N/A' across the income section if you prefer.

2. Scan and email back to your child's teacher (You can send a photo of the completed form)

If you cannot download or scan in this way, you may pick up and drop off a form Tuesday-Friday, September 21-25  from 10-2pm and we'll have a copy for you to fill out at the main entrance.

If you choose to not disclose your income, you can simply write N/A and be sure to include your signature. 

Let's reach 100% return from our Skinner Families! 
The district was unable to hold LSC elections in April due to the COVID-19 epidemic.  Therefore,CPS has adjusted the LSC election timeline.  The nomination process is open now through October 2nd.  
  • Forms Pickup:
    Monday, September 21 3pm-6pm Gym Door 10
    Thursday, September 24 3pm-6pm Gym Door 10  
  • Forms Drop Off: 
    Thursday, September 24 3pm-6pm Gym Door 10
    Wednesday, September 30 10am-2pm - Main Entrance 
    Friday, October 2 10am-2pm Main Entrance 
  • Candidate forums will be held virtually from 10/19-10/30 (more to come)
  • LSC elections will be held during Report Card Pick Up days this fall on November 18th for elementary schools & November 19th for high schools.
  • LSC members will be inaugurated on January 10th, 2021.
  • New LSC members will serve for 18 months (through July 1, 2022)
For more information, please click here
West Loop soccer registration can be found here. 
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Please find this month's Principal Report attached here.   Mrs. Clark reviews her report monthly during the Local School Council meeting (LSC).  Next month's meeting is on Tuesday, October 20th at 6pm.  Attendance information will be sent in a future newsletter.

Here's a special shout-out to our teachers for everything they have done to make our first week such a success!

Kindergarten Materials Pick-Up is Wednesday, September 23 from 3-5pm at Gym Door 10.  4th Grade Pick-Up is Tuesday, September 22 & Wednesday, September 23 from 3-5:00 p.m. at Gym Door 11.

Please be patient as we are waiting on the delivery of school textbooks and other materials for other grades; we hope to have more information very soon..  We will also run a textbook return day for those who have books to return from last year.

Attention 6-8th grade students and parents.  Do you need access to NWEA scores? Ask your homeroom teacher to email them to you directly..  Please be patient as we get started in this new year!
Congratulations to our Superstars who moved on to the Academic
Centers for the 2020-2021 school year:
* Whitney Young - 24
* Kenwood - 2
* Lane Tech - 4
* Lindblom - 2
Chicago Connected Free Internet Programinternet
Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students. More information can be found here
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