2020-2021 School Year 
Week #20: February 20-26
Dates to Remember
Monday, Feb 22-  K-5 teachers return in person
Tuesday, February 23 - LSC Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 26 - Student Artist Showcase, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 1st  K-5 Hybrid Students Return in Person
Monday, March 1st  6-8th grade teachers return in person
Monday, March 8th  6-8th Hybrid Students Return in Person
Every Wednesday - Free COVID Testing @ 955 W Grand

CPS 2020-2021 Calendar: here
Front Office Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
New Articles
Student Artist Showcase: Save the Dateart
CPS Grab-and-Gomeals
Skinner is no longer a Grab-and-Go Meal site for Chicago students, the closest location is now Whitney Young.  Check out all the details, as well as other locations here. Please note, CPS has Skinner listed and this not correct. 
CPS' 2021 Community Budget MeetingsBUDGET
CPS will hold town hall meetings to engage families around the district's budgeting process. These meetings will provide community members and all interested stakeholders with an overview of CPS' current funding methodologies and other aspects of the FY2021 budget. Attendees will also be able to share the needs of their school community and offer suggestions on how to make the district's school funding process more equitable, transparent, and sustainable.

To learn more about our budget, such as where our money comes from and how we distribute and spend our dollars, we encourage you to review our 2021 Resident's Guide to the Budgetexplainer video, and our FY2021 budget on for a comprehensive overview of the district's budget.

Three community meetings will be held virtually on the following dates:
Sat, Feb 20 | 10AM - noon | Register
Tues, Feb 23 | 6 - 8PM | Register
Wed, Feb 24 | 6 - 8PM | Register

West Loop Soccer: Skinner Student Discountsoccer
Repeat Articles
Inspirational Messages From Weekly Grade Level Remote Learning Plans

Prek"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Kindergarten: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

1st Grade: " When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us." - ARAPAHO PROVERB

2nd Grade:  "Never let the fear of STRIKING OUT keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth

3rd Grade: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I"M POSSIBLE." 
- Audrey Hepburn

4th Grade:  "There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it."- Amanda Gorman

5th Grade: "We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free."  Amanda Gorman

6th Grade: "Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do." - John Wooden

7th Grade: "We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free."
-Amanda Gorman

8th Grade: "For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it
If only we're brave enough to be it"   -Amanda Gorman

Ancillary:  "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King
Classroom Connections: Christiansen christiansen
At the end of January, the entire seventh grade class gathered together for the first time this school year in a virtual culmination of their two week artist-in-residency with Silk Road Rising's EPIC program. 

The residency began with teaching artists and playwrights, Jarrett King and Lindsay Hopkins, sharing their expertise and experiences of monologue writing with our students.  Through modeling and exposure of the craft, students journaled about the events from the past year and chose one personal topic that had a profound effect on their lives. 

Students developed characters to tell their stories of isolation, acceptance, being misunderstood, anxiety, loss of loved ones, and racial injustice. Once characters were created, they went to work drafting, sharing, peer editing and revising their own monologues. 

To celebrate their stories, professional actors were invited to bring them to life. About 50 of the students' monologues were selected to be performed at our virtual staged reading. We are so proud of the courage, maturity, and dedication of our seventh graders for telling, and maybe more importantly hearing the stories of their peers helping them to embrace multiple perspectives and build a stronger sense of empathy. 
Classroom Connections: 3rd Grade thirdgrade
This week all third grade classes started their 6 week residency with Playmakers Laboratory.  This amazing organization brings drama, creative writing, self-expression, and more to our students.  We are so excited to work with them again this year, and we are impressed with how they can still deliver an exciting and interactive program through a screen.  This first week the students learned about the "Playmakers Agreements" and are already feeling excited and eager about writing. 

Ways to Support Skinner support
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Deborah M. Clark
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