2021-2022 School Year 
Welcome Newsletter #2
Dates to Remember

New Student Orientation - Thursday, August 26th
  Grades 1-4    1:00- 2:00
                 Grades 5-8    2:15- 3:15              
School Supply Drop Off - Friday, August 27th
2021-2022 School Year Begins Monday, August 30th
LSC Meeting - September 21st @ 5:30 pm

Front Office Hours: 8:15-4:00 By Appointment Only
(Starting August 18th)
New Articles

  • We are happy to announce that the Star Program WILL take place this school year!
  • The Star Program will begin the second week of school, on Tuesday, Sept. 7th.
  • Learn more about Star Program, Star Tuition, and more here:
  • Star Program Registration links are organized by grade level. If a grade level group is at capacity, please place your child on the Star Program wait list.  
  • Register for Star Program Here!
Using SEL to Create More Student-Centered Learning EnvironmentsUsingSEL

Skinner West's primary grade Social-Emotional Learning Teacher, Ms. Jenna Fisher, was featured in this month's InsideCPS blog.  For a glimpse into her plans for the 2021-2022 school year and all the ways she hopes to impact her students today and into the future, read her article here.

School Supply Drop-Off Day
Friday, August 27 9:00am - 3:30pm

Welcome letters, school supply lists, and reading logs for the 2021-2022 school year are also posted on the Skinner West website.  Links to other grades and classrooms are below in the repeat article section.

Note: Supplies may be purchased at retail stores such as Target or Staples, or online at  The Yubbler site will not be available for this year.

Ancillary Supply List (Please note: FOR ALL STUDENTS)

Personal Chromebooks are not required unless specified by the teacher.

Box Tops for Education Now Digital:
Support Skinner West with your Grocery Shoppingboxtop
Box Top for School
What is Box Tops for Education?
Box Tops for Education will donate at least 10¢ to Skinner West for each qualifying item you purchase, at no additional cost to you. 10¢ sounds like a small amount, but adds up quickly! Over the years, Skinner West has earned over $15,000.

Box Tops for Education is now digital. The program is transitioning from Box Tops you clip off of packaging, to digital Box Tops that are collected from your grocery receipts on the Box Tops App. The switch to digital is better for the environment, reduces the amount of expired Box Tops that go to waste, and encourages more companies to participate in the Box Tops for Education program. 
See the Box Tops Flyer here: Box Tops Overview

How Can I Help Skinner West?
  1. Download the free Box Tops for Education App and create a Box Tops account.
  2. Scan your receipts in the Box Tops app once you get your groceries put away, or within 14 days of your purchase. The Box Tops app automatically detects qualified purchases and any Bonus Box Top offers. Your Box Top earnings are immediately deposited in Skinner's Box Top Account. *If you shop online for groceries, you can participate too! Please see details: Online Shopping Receipt
  3. Go Old School. Keep your eyes open for traditional Box Tops during the transition to all-digital Box Tops. Traditional Box Tops can be clipped off packaging and sent to Skinner West Library with your child.
  4. Not Tech Savvy? Tired of Apps? Send your receipts to Skinner West Library within 7 days of purchase and Ms. Ranftl will scan them in for you using the coordinator account.
  5. Ask Friends and Family to help. Anyone can collect Box Tops for Skinner West! Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, neighbors, high school and college kids can collect traditional Box Tops, use the Box Tops app, or submit receipts to be scanned. 
What Products Participate?
See the full list here: Box Tops Eligible Products

Raise Money for Skinner with Amazon Smilesmile

2. Designate "Skinner School Forum"  
3. Bookmark this page!  Every time you shop at Amazon through the website, the top of the page will read: "Supporting: Skinner School Forum."   

Coming Soon!comingsoon

Stay tuned for more information on the 2021-2022 school year, including:
  • Teacher and Classroom Roster
  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
  • School Fees
  • After School Activities
  • Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) and PTO
  • Update on staff changes
Saint Patrick High School VisitsStPats

If your student is approaching high school and you are interested in learning more about Saint Patrick High School, please contact Paul Csongradi at for further information or guided tours.

Repeat Articles

Hello Skinner West Families,

We hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable summer!  We are ready to welcome our well-rested Superstars on Monday, August 30th.  At this time, the school day is planned to be in-person for the full day.  While we are busy planning for our first day, here are a few important details on the school year:

  • School bell schedule is 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
  • Masks are required for everyone
  • Minimum required 3 ft of social distancing
  • Health screener is required daily for contact tracing
  • Free breakfast and lunch are provided

Please read this communication from CPS on Going Above and Beyond to Keep Everyone Safe.

This school year we will focus on the theme of Re-engagement & Building Communities.  With our children entering/returning to a "normal" classroom setting after a long period of time, we feel it is important to focus on these specific needs of the students.


I understand parents and students still have many questions about this school year.  We are working to design a safe and engaging class day for everyone.  

A warm welcome to all of our new Skinner families!  Please pay special attention to the important information below about New Student Orientation and mark your calendars.  Registration is required for new students only; returning students do not need to register.  The registration process is an easy process done completely online.  However, if you are a preschool family, please call the main office to make an appointment.

A warm welcome also to our new Skinner teachers!  We are so happy to have these wonderful professionals join our Skinner West family.  We will be posting introductions to our new staff very soon.  

Communication and parent involvement remain extremely important to us here at Skinner West.  Please be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletters by going to this link.  Our weekly newsletter during the school year will continue to be sent to your inbox Thursday evening/Friday morning, although in the next few weeks we will be sending additional communication prior to the first day of school.  Our school website continues to be updated and is a great source of information.  We are also on Facebook.  Our Communications Committee is staffed by volunteer parents who will continue to work hard to get vital information to parents through these sites and newsletter.  Skinner parents may also contact the school through email at

We appreciate your patience in this back to school process. We are dedicated to providing a positive, engaging, challenging, and fun learning experience to our Superstars regardless of the circumstances.  We are happy to partner with you in this endeavor and look forward to a successful, smooth school year.
 Principal Clark

Reminder: Main Office Hoursoffice

Reminder that the school main office is closed until Wednesday, August 18th.
Families may reach out through, which will be monitored on a periodic basis, until this time.

Starting August 18th, office hours are 8:15am - 4:00pm and visits are by appointment only.  Please call 773-534-7790 to reach the main office or to make an appointment.

School Supply Drop-Off Day
Friday, August 27 9:00am - 3:30pm

Welcome letters, school supply lists, and reading logs for the 2021-2022 school year are also posted on the Skinner West website.
Personal Chromebooks are not required unless specified by the teacher.
New Student OrientationOrientation

New student orientation will be held on Thursday, August 26th at the following times:

1st - 4th Grades: 1pm - 2pm
5th - 8th Grades: 2:15pm - 3:15pm
All Kindergarten Families: 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Virtual)

Additional information to follow.  This orientation is for new families only.  We will send additional information for Open House to be held in October.
New Student RegistrationRegistration

New to the Skinner family? Welcome! Registration for Classical and Neighborhood programs is now available online:
Current students do NOT need to re-register. We look forward to seeing everyone August 30th!
Bus FormsBus

Transportation services are available for the 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact the main office for any questions on a student's eligibility for transportation.  Forms may still be submitted to the Main Office by fax number 773-534-7879.
Please visit the CPS Transportation site for more information.
Health Requirementshealth-forms

The State of Illinois requires students to maintain certain minimum health requirements.  Download the packet of all CPS vaccine requirements and required Forms (PDF).

Families must provide proof of required immunizations and health exams by enrollment or before October 15, 2021.

Visit the CPS Health and Wellness site for more information.

Please email the records to Ms. Maldonado with the subject line: [Child's Grade] Health Records, or provide during enrollment.

All students must meet these requirements by October 15, 2021.  Please contact our school nurse, Joycie McCoy, at if you have any further questions.

STAR Programs ReturnsSTAR

The Skinner West afterschool Star Program will take place this year!
The Star Program will begin the week of Tuesday, September 7th.


Details on the program, registration dates and tuition to follow!

Stay Connected

 Visit our website at for more information about what's happening in school.
Front Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
In-person by appointment ONLY.  Phone: 773 534-7790
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Deborah M. Clark
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