2020-2021 School Year 
Week #9: November 5 - November 10
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Dates to Remember
Friday, November 6: No School (School Improvement Day)
Wednesday, November 11: School is in Session (CPS Calendar Change)
Wednesday, November 18: Report Card Pick-Up & Local School Council Elections

CPS 2020-2021 Calendar: here
Front Office Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm
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Local School Council Meeting Agendaagenda 

This week's LSC meeting takes place Tuesday, 11/10 at 6:00pm.  The agenda is here.  

Join the meeting: 
Via Phone: 1-402-726-1074

We hope to 'see' you there!

This Week's Inspirational Messaginginspire 

PreK:   "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." - Oprah Winfrey  

Kindergarten: "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework"-Lily Tomlin
1st Grade: Knock! Knock!
Who's there? 
Wanda Witch! 
             Wanda Witch who?
             Wanda Witch you a Happy Halloween!
2nd Grade: "There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter.  It all matters." -Barack Obama 
3rd Grade:  "Your Dream Doesn't Have an Expiration Date, Take a Deep Breath and Try Again."
4th Grade: "Believe You Can and You're Halfway There!"
5th Grade: Dream It. Wish It. Do It.
6th Grade: "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement."- Matt Biondi
7th Grade:  "Without Struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass  
8th Grade: "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - The Late, Great Edgar Allan Poe

8th Grade Civics Class - Digital Election Projectscivics

Our Superstars are at it again!  8th grade students built messages independently or in small groups that speak to a specific audience of voting aged adults. Students chose their message, their audience, their medium, and their time commitment. The students showcased here began with brainstorming, reading articles about activism, studying the General Election ballot and voting history, and conducting interviews from multiple voters. They then submitted an approved proposal and worked through rounds of drafting and feedback to pinpoint and cultivate their civic message regarding the 2020 Election.  You can view their work HERE

The students believe that is through active participation and open communication that the democratic process is sustained. Thus, one of the most basic public services citizens can partake in is simply engagement in the process.

Not being voting age, the only other avenue for 8th Graders in this election is to speak up and trust that voting aged citizens will listen.

Please Note: These views presented in these Election Message Projects do not reflect the views of Skinner West School in general, but showcase the efforts and voices of specific students who show care, attention to detail and governmental influence, as well as focused purpose in their digital communication skills.

We have an amazing & talented cohort of parents, teachers and staff members running for Local School Council (LSC)!  

LSC elections will take place by mail and in-person by November 18th.  More information to come on election procedures and instructions.  Below are the candidates in order of ballot position.  Ballet positions were determined through random lottery.  Click on the links below to learn more about our candidates:

Parent Candidates (listed by their position on the ballet)
Community Candidates (listed by their position on the ballet)

Staff Candidates

  • Sheila Howard
Teacher Candidates
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The Principal's Report from last week's Local School Council (LSC) meeting can be found here.

School will be IN SESSION on Wednesday, November 11th.
In past years, there was no school on this day in honor of Veteran's Day.  Although this will now be an instructional day, we will honor our veterans with a moment of silence and students will be provided with instructional activities recognizing the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans on November 11th.

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

Bennett Day School, The State of Illinois, Alinea, and Morgan Manufacturing have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing, open to the community, in the Bennett Day School parking lot

Testing will be available from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (arrive by 5:15pm) through year-end. Testing will be available on a walk-up basis only at 955 W Grand Street in the alley (no drive-thru testing). 

Please note that during the week of Thanksgiving, testing will take place on Monday, November 23.  Testing during the week of December 14 will take place on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18.

This molecular RNA test, which the State indicates is 98% accurate, is administered by HRSupport, is processed locally at Tempus Lab (600 West Chicago.) Results have come back quickly in just 2 days via a phone call, even though 4 to 7 days is what is promised. Anyone is welcome to be tested, insurance is not required as it is free, and all you need to provide is a phone number for results.   

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