May 28 - June 3, 2022 | Week #36
This week: | Virtual Art Show | Community Letter | Superstar High School Choices | Skinner Superstar: Olivia M | Summer Entertainment
Virtual Art Show
Hello Skinner Students and Families,

I am thrilled that many of our Skinner students were able to visit the art show in person last Thursday and Friday. We received SO many compliments from the staff on the students' incredible art, they should all be very proud of their work!  

Please enjoy our art show virtually by clicking the link below.  

Mrs. Florczak
Notice of Covid Cases in Skinner: Community Notice from Dr. Bush
Superstar High Schools
Congratulations to our graduating Superstars! We are all very proud of you!

Below is a list of the high schools the future Freshman will be attending:

  • Canyon Crest Academy
  • Chicago Bulls College Prep
  • Christ The King Jesuit College Prep
  • De La Salle Institute
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School
  • Dunbar Vocational Career Academy
  • Fenwick High School
  • Francis W. Parker School
  • George Westinghouse College Prep
  • Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy High School
  • Holy Trinity High School
  • Intrinsic Schools Downtown
  • Kenwood Academy High School
  • Lake Forest High School
  • Lane Tech College Prep High School 
  • Lincoln Park High School
  • Loyola Academy
  • Marie Curie Metropolitan High School
  • Marist High School
  • Mount Carmel High School
  • Nicholas Senn High School
  • North Lawndale College Prep
  • North-Grand High School 
  • Ogden International High School
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • St. Laurence High School
  • The Chicago High School for the Arts
  • Walter Payton College Preparatory High School
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • William Howard Taft High School
  • William Jones College Preparatory High School
Skinner Superstar: Olivia M.
Chicago Skates - Aspire Preliminary synchronized skating team won 4 times # 1 first place at midwestern sectional competitions for 2021-2022 (under US Figure Skating Organization). 

Throughout the 2021-2022, the team has overcome obstacles to continue to skate through the COVID pandemic. Together dedicated coaches and skaters navigated practice, traveling to participate in competitions. Doing this in a team sport showed great collaboration. Congrats to Olivia and Chicago Skates team! 
Summer Entertainment
From concerts to movies, pools to the library, there is no shortage of fun, engaging activites in Chicago during the summer. Here are a few ideas to get you moving!
In Case You Missed It...
Skinner Spring Concert
Mark your calendars, Skinner Spring Concert is back!

Spring Concert for Students Only:
When: Monday, June 6th
Time: 9:45 AM (Students only)

Spring Concert for the Community and Parents
When: Wednesday, June 8th
Time: 9:45 AM

Performers: 5th, 6th, 7th Grades and the Glee Club
Where: School Gymnasium

Masks are optional but encouraged.
End of Year Events
May 30th: Memorial Day (No School)
June 1st: Algebra Exit Exam (8th Grade Only)
June 6th: Spring Concert for Students Only at 9:45 AM
June 7th: 1st Grade Ballroom Dance Performance
June 7th: 6th Grade Field Trip to Six Flags
June 8th: Spring Concert for Community at 9:45 AM
June 9th: 5th Grade Springfield Trip
June 9th: Discussion with Dr. Bush (more details to come)
June 10th: Kindergarten Graduation
June 10th: 8th Grade Graduation at Whitney Young High School (5:00 p.m.)
June 14th: Last day of school for students 

*Dates for Spring Concert have changed.
New Student Registration: Neighborhood Program
Skinner Fun Fair
Skinner Superstars enjoyed a day full of fun on Friday (May 20th) at the Skinner Fun Fair. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered. Shout out to Ms. DeJulio and her team for organizing this event.
Field Trip to POW Gym
Skinner Superstars had a blast on their field trip to POW Gym this week. They participated in multiple obstacle courses and learned new exercises. 

Here are some fun photos from the field trip.  
Skinner Superstar: Joy C
Our Skinner Superstar, 6th grader Joy C, attended a swimming competition as a member of Team Illinois in Houston, Texas. The meet brings together All-Star teams from Illinois, Indiana and Gulf Swimming - three of USA Swimming's highest-performing LSC's- with swimmers ages 11 through 16.

Joy achieved 3 new zone LCM times:
  1. 100 meters breaststroke 1st place
  2. 50 meter breaststroke 4th place
  3. 200 IM 6th place.

Her 100 breaststroke ranks AAAA USA swimming time in her age group.

Congratulations to Joy and her teammates who helped lead Team Illinois to victory!
summer reading
Start Planning for Summer!
There are only three weeks left in the school year, so now is the time to start planning summer activities for your student. CPS elementary schools will be offering academic, enrichment, transition, and athletic programs for eligible students. More details to follow!
Looking for an Affordable Summer Day Camp?

The Midtown Educational Foundation offers an affordable, holistic, in-person, summer day camp via Midtown Center for Boys and Metro Achievement Center for Girls. The camps are open to rising 4th-12th graders.

The six week camp runs June 27-August 5, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuition for the entire camp is $275.*

Registration is open until Jun 1, 2022.

For more information contact: Vince Meno, Director of Community Outreach & Marketing at Midtown Education Foundation:, (773) 270-5202.

*Scholarships are available to six (6) Skinner West students targeting low-income families (based on the most recent HUD income limits). The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 6.
Chicago Debates Summer Camp
  • Middle School students entering 5th grade through 8th grade (Middle School CDSI)
  • High School students entering 9th grade through 12th grade (High School CDSI)
What: Chicago Debate Summer Institute
Where: The camp will have BOTH an in-person and a virtual debate camp. Students who select the in-person option will be at Whitney Young. Students must pick one or the other.
When: July 25th – August 12th, M-F
  • Virtual Camp will be 9 am – 2 pm. In-person camp will be 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • For the first time ever, a Virtual Speech Camp is being offered from July 25th to July 29th
  • The traditional two week Debate Camp will be held from August 1st to August 12th 
  • Fun, supportive environment with students from throughout Chicago area
  • Great staff drawn from the best teachers in Chicago, successful CPS alums, and instructors with national college coaching experience
  • Tuition free for Title I CPS students
  • Lowest cost camp in the Midwest for all other students. Specific details are available on the website.
1)      Please check out the camp information below, as well as on the CMSDL website here: 2022 Summer Debate Camp 
2)      Complete the Registration form here (link is also on the website above): CDSI 2022 Registration Form
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at:
You can also contact the league directly at: Chicago Debates
We hope to see as many Skinner students as possible at the Chicago Debate Summer Institute!
Summer Camps: Skinner West School Special Offer
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