October 15 - 21, 2021 | Week #7
This week: Principal Selection Process | School Improvement Meeting Rescheduled | School Picture Day | Cookie Dough Fundraiser | Walkathon | GoCPS | Diwali In The Park | First Grade Update | Picture Day and Halloween
Dates to Remember
  • Fifth Week Progress Reports sent home on Friday, Oct. 15th
  • PTO Meeting: Monday, Oct. 18 @ 5:00 pm (virtual)
  • School Improvement Committee Meeting- Tuesday, Oct.19 @ 4:00
  • LSC Meeting - Tuesday, Oct. 19 @ 5:30 pm (virtual)
  • Walkathon: Thursday, Oct. 21 (rain date Oct. 22)
  • No School - School Improvement Day - Friday, Nov. 5
Principal Selection Process

Big Shoes to Fill!

While we are saddened to hear of Mrs. Clark’s departure, we are excited about the next step in Skinner’s journey toward selecting its next principal. Per the Office of Local School Council Relations (OLSCR) guidelines, we have formed a principal selection committee. The committee is responsible for running the principal selection process and making a recommendation to the LSC.  The LSC will then vote on extending a contract to the new principal. The LSC plans to announce the committee members during next week's LSC meeting. 

When Mrs. Clark departs on October 29, an Administrator-in-Charge will assume the principal’s responsibilities. Stay tuned! We plan to communicate more to the community in upcoming LSC meetings.  
School Improvement Committee Meeting Rescheduled

October's School Improvement Committee meeting is rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct 19 @ 4:00. Stay tuned for details.
Save The Date: School Picture Day

School Picture Day will be on Friday, December 3, 2021.
Get Excited for Cookie Dough!

Your student brought home a cookie dough fundraiser packet. If you didn’t get one, please ask the school office for an extra.
This is Skinner West PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year, because everybody loves cookies! Students have a sweet time selling cookies to their family, friends and neighbors, all for a good cause: supporting our school. Orders can be placed using the order form on the brochure or online by sharing your personal link (included on the information sheet in your packet) with friends and family. Cookie dough can be shipped directly to customers, or shipped to the school for students to pick up. Cookie dough will be delivered in approximately four weeks. 
Cookie dough packets are due back October 20.
Check out the prizes for top sellers:
  1. Sell 2 items, earn a purple slip
  2. Sell 10 items, earn #1 and a $5 McDonalds gift card
  3. Sell 20 items, earn #1,#2, and a $5 Amazon gift card
  4. Sell 30 items, earn #1, #2, #3, and a $5 Starbucks gift card
  5. Sell 40 items, earn #1, #2, #3, #4, and a $10 Target gift card
Walkathon Information

We need Walkathon Parent Volunteers! If you are interested please sign up here.

The Walkathon is coming up quickly! It will be held next Thursday, October 21st (rain date October 22nd). This is our largest fundraiser of the school year and our goal is to raise a minimum of $75,000! 

Your child should have received information sent home this week. Due to Covid, we will be taking precautions to limit the number of students participating at one time and also eliminated the bounce house for this year. 

Here are a few reminders for the day:

* Wear purple and gold 
* Bring a pre-filled water bottle
* Helmets are required if your child will be riding a bike (minimum $100 donation)
* Hand in your Walkathon envelope to your teacher before the Walkathon
* If your classroom teacher is requesting volunteers, please obtain approval to be a Level 2 volunteer here.
* Donations also can be made online via Zelle or Paypal to friendsofskinnerwest2011@gmail.com
Go CPS Registration Dates and Info

Do you have a child entering Kindergarten next year? Is your Super Star in 6th grade and considering applying for an Academic Center? Is your child entering High School next year? Do you have a child in the Skinner West neighborhood program that you would like to get tested for the Selective Enrollment program? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on for more information.

** This is also an opportunity to enter any non-Skinner students in your family into the sibling lottery (please note there are no guarantees for placement) **

The GoCPS Application Window opens on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.

GoCPS allows families to learn, research, explore, and apply to nearly every CPS school and program through one online platform. Whether you are a current CPS family or new to the District, GoCPS is the gateway to finding the right school for you.
Diwali In The Park

Together, with friends and neighbors, the Mary Bartelme Park PAC & volunteers are thrilled to host the Inaugural Diwali in the Park celebration. The event will take place at the park under the sculptures on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come learn about and celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights. Cultural activities, music, dancing and fun for all ages. Special thanks to our sponsors ROOH, Millennium Bank, and SignBliss.com.
If you are interested in sponsoring an event at the park, please contact the Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council at info@westlooppark.com. Activities at the park are 100% dependent on community support. 

To kick off the event ROOH is generously providing their venue for a Diwali in the Park Happy Hour Fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. A complimentary welcome beverage will be provided along with happy hour specials and a silent auction to fund the Diwali celebration. Please come out and don’t forget to invite your friends and family. The more the merrier!
First Grade Update

Ms. Eck's First Graders have been busy creating and labeling their very own haunted houses. Well done First Graders!
In case you missed it....
Covid Communications Protocol

Many parents have asked how communications are handled at the school and classroom level when a confirmed COVID case is reported. Here is some additional guidance on how the communications are handled. Please know that Skinner West must follow CPS guidelines for communicating COVID exposure. There are two types of communications you may receive: 

1.A letter is sent via Mrs Clark from the Office of Student Health and Wellness to parents if your child has been directly exposed to a confirmed COVID case. This email is very detailed and provides specific quarantine instructions and directions for students to flip to remote instruction.

2.After the Office of Student Health and Wellness completes the contact tracing investigation of a confirmed COVID case, a general exposure letter is sent to the principal to send out to the school community.This general letter is titled "Community Letter' to inform everyone in the school community of a confirmed COVID case in the school. This community notification means your child has not been directly exposed to someone in the school that has tested positive for COVID. No action is needed and your child is expected to attend school as usual.

Community Letter

Friday, October 08, 2021

Dear SKINNER Community, 

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is committed to keeping you informed of the most current developments regarding COVID-19. A person who was in our school building on October 4-5, 2021 tested positive for COVID-19. We are sending this notification for your awareness, and you do not need to take any further action at this time. If you have been identified as a close contact, you should have received a separate notification from the Office of Student Health and Wellness with additional information.

As a reminder, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 as a CPS school community by getting vaccinated, social distancing whenever possible, wearing masks in public, washing our hands thoroughly, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. 

For district updates and resources, visit www.cps.edu. If you need help locating medical care or have any CPS-specific questions, please reach out to the Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437) which is staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

I am here to support you as we move forward together as one healthy, supportive, and engaged school family. 

Principal Clark


Estimado comunidad de la Escuela SKINNER, 

Las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) se comprometen a mantener a las familias y al personal informados de los acontecimientos más actuales sobre COVID-19. Una persona que se encontraba en el edificio October 4-5, 2021 dio positivo por COVID-19. Le hemos mandado esta notificación a usted para informarle de este caso, y no se le requiere tomar ninguna medida de su parte. Si usted ha sido identificado como un contacto cercano, la Oficina de Salud y Bienestar Estudiantil le enviará una notificación que contiene instrucciones de cómo hacer una cuarentena.

Como recordatorio, podemos combatir la transmisión del COVID-19 como comunidad escolar al recibir la vacuna, el distanciamiento social siempre que sea posible, el uso de mascarilla en público, lavándonos bien las manos y evitando el contacto cercano con personas enfermas. 

Para obtener actualizaciones y recursos del distrito, visite www.cps.edu. Si necesita ayuda para encontrar atención médica o tiene alguna pregunta específica de CPS, comuníquese con Healthy CPS Hotline en 773-553-KIDS (5437), que cuenta con personal de 8 a.m. a las 5 p.m. De lunes a viernes.

Estoy aquí para apoyarlos a medida que avanzamos juntos como una familia escolar saludable, solidaria y comprometida. 

Administración de la escuela Skinner
Student Absence Protocol

If your child will be absent for any reason, including illness, injury, family emergency, etc., please
  • Email their homeroom teacher and
  • Call the Main Office and leave a message on the attendance line.
  • You may receive an "Unexcused Absence" phone call as it can take a day or two for the absence to be logged as excused.

If your child (or anyone in your household) tests positive for COVID-19, stay home and report it to the district using the CPS COVID-19 Self Reporting Form

Our on-site school nurse, Stephanie Johnson, continues to be an invaluable resource for our families. She can be reached via email at  sjohnson90@cps.edu, if you have questions.
Early / Late Drop Off Procedure

In the event you need to drop your student off late or pick them up early please follow the following steps:

  • Your child is considered tardy if they arrive after 9:10. Please call ahead to alert the office of their late arrival as well as email their teacher. Once you arrive at the school use the callbox at the main entrance to notify the office.

  • If your child requires an early pickup, please call ahead to alert the office of your child’s departure time, as well as email their teacher. Once you arrive at the school use the callbox at the main entrance to notify the office. A staff member will bring the sign-out sheet outside for you to sign. You may also want to call the main office 10-15 minutes prior to your arrival so your child can be ready when you arrive.
Mrs. Clark Portrait
A Farewell Letter from Principal Clark

After 28 years with Skinner West and 50 + years with CPS, Principal Clark told us all that It's Time To Pass The Torch.
High School Open Houses
Kindergarten Spotlight

Kindergartners took their “Beginning of the Year” NWEA test this week. For many of them this was their first time using a mouse on a chrome book! They worked very hard and did a wonderful job staying focused!
Stay Tuned For More Information Regarding
Picture Day and Halloween Festivities!