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Mosaic Fundraiser

Support the Skinner West arts program and be featured on our school’s mosaic. Your gift brings arts programs like the Lyric Opera, Poetry Foundation and many others into the lives of Skinner Superstars. As a thank-you gift, you wil receive recognition on our permanent mural installation, located just to the east of Skinner West’s main entrance on Adams Street. Business logos and images can be installed on our mural too, and all donations are tax-deductible.

  • $200-$500 = 4” x 4” business logo or photo
  • $600-900 = 4” x 8” business logo or photo
  • $1,000 or more – 8” x 8” business logo or photo

For more information, please contact Ms. Bovit (

Let's say thanks a billion to teachers!   

Post a thank you to your teacher on Facebook and Target will give $25 to Skinner West for every message. Share your thanks at

It's Easy! Click on this link. Search for Skinner West Elementary using zip code 60607. Select Skinner West Elementary and write your teacher to let them know how much you appreciate them. Target will make a $25 donation to Skinner West Elementary School. Then tag your message on Facebook with #ThanksaBillion, and make sure to share it with your teacher.

Your Child's Name in Lights On the Skinner Marquee!

Looking for a unique Way to Say "Happy Birthday" to Your Child?

Surprise your child with an electronic greeting on the Skinner West marquee for only $25. 
In addition, a birthday greeting will be sent to your child via the intercom during morning announcements. All proceeds will help our Skinner 8th graders go to Washington DC.

  • Complete the announcement request form - go here  for a copy
  • Enclose $25 cash or check to Skinner West with the form
  • Turn the form into Room 320 or 326
  • All forms must be turned in at least one week prior to your requested date.

Your child's birthday announcement will run for 24 hours. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend, the announcement will run the Friday before.

So how did our inaugural birthday child respond to seeing his name in lights? "Awesome...I LOVE it!"

 Amazon Smiles: Raise Money for Skinner - No Cost, No Effort 

The Skinner PTO has registered Skinner West for the Amazon Smile program to raise funds for Skinner West. AmazonSmile program donates a percentage of each purchase to a designated charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Skinner School Forum whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.  

It is INCREDIBLY SIMPLE! From now on, instead of going to the standard Amazon website, go to (or log-on, if you have an Amazon account)

The first time you visit, you'll be prompted to designate a charitable organization.  Please type in "Skinner School Forum."  Or go directly to

After that, all Amazon shopping you do through the AmazonSmile portal will benefit Skinner West School. It costs you nothing and your Amazon shopping experience will be exactly the same.  Every time you shop at Amazon through he website, it will show that you are on Amazon Smile and the top of the page will read: "Supporting: Skinner School Forum."

Box Top News 

The Box Top program is an easy way to earn cash for our school. Look for the pink BoxTop on hundreds of participating products. Each clipped Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school.

Our goal this year is to earn $3200 for books, materials, and technology for the Skinner West school library. 

Here are some great, easy ways to earn Bonus BoxTops this week:
  • Grow Local Learning- Earn 5 Bonus BoxTops just by registering at and select Skinner West Elementary School.  This website is Jewel-Osco's Box Top donation site
Thank you to everyone who collected Box Tops over the summer! Prizes will be handed out once regular library classes start.

For more information on the Box Top program, please click HERE.

Ms. Ranftl got an email about a great way to rack up some Box Tops for Skinner, which will help add digital copies of your class novels to the library collection.  To participate, just "like" Box tops for Education on Facebook and select Skinner West from the drop down menu, and you earn fifty cents for the school.  It is time sensitive, so the sooner you participate the better.  If you have an email list of your parents/older students who may have facebook, please share it with them also.  Heads up- it only works on laptops/desk tops, not mobile devices

The eScrip program is a fundraising program that allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school or organization of your choice.  Forms will be sent home this week need to be filled out and returned to the main office as soon as possible for Skinner to earn FREE $$$$$.  

There is NO cost for this program.  You simply register your existing grocery loyalty cards, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, diners Club, debit/ATM cards and merchant cards such as OfficeMax and use them everytime you shop. These merchants have agreed to put aside a percentage of your expenditures and send it automatically to Skinner.

This form needs to be updated annually. 

For more information you can go to:

Technology Update - New Interactive Promethean Boards!

You may have noticed that there is new technology in several of our classrooms.  Eleven Promethean Interactive white boards have been installed in the classrooms.

An interactive whiteboard is a large display that connects to a computer and a projector. The projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface, where users control the computer with a pen, finger, or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand. Various accessories, such as student response systems, enable interactivity.   

The eleven lucky classrooms and teachers are: Ms. McSpadden, Ms. Rosenzweig, Mr. Lew, Mr. Chau, Mr. Cox, Mr. Carlson, Ms. Christiansen, Ms. Schildmeyer, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Rupp and Ms. Beaudry. Thanks to this years' CPS funds that were earmarked for technology and the Friends of Skinner West's Walk-a-Thon fundraiser from May 2012, classrooms are using technology to provide students another way of learning curriculum. Whiteboards provide the ability to present multimedia material that is verbal, visual, auditory, and interactive, which is essential to drawing today's students into the subject matter. A key benefit is boosting student motivation and participation. 

Thanks to all the children and parents who helped raise funds from 2012's Skinner West Walk-a-thon. The results are truly rewarding for our Superstars! 

1% goes to Skinner on ALL purchases made with Target Card (additional 5% all purchases for you!) - Designate Skinner Classical as your school

Thank you to all who voted on Facebook for  "Give with Target".  We received over 525+ votes over 3+  weeks and look forward to $500 to $600 in gift cards for our school. 

Congrats Skinner West

On May 22nd, State Farm announced Skinner West's "Ready, Set, Tech" Cause as being one of the top 40 vote-receiving Causes that will receive a $25,000 grant to help address our current technology needs.

Thank you Skinner West community for your commitment and support during this entire voting process. Your dedication has paid off and we are now recipients of a $25,000 grant that will allow us to purchase laptops for our Superstars, allowing them to expand their technological experience beyond our computer lab, bringing it right into their classrooms.

Finally, let's extend a big THANK YOU to our very own 1st grade teacher, Ms. Lohman. Ms. Lohman originally submitted the "Ready, Set, Tech" Cause to State Farm, amongst 3,000+ other Causes. Of the 3,000+ proposals, Ms. Lohman's proposal was chosen as one of the top 100 to be posted on Facebook where the community had a chance to vote on their favorite Cause. Again, THANK YOU Ms. Lohman!

Box Tops/ Labels for Education

Collect everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our school library through this program.

Contact Ms Ranftl for more information

Skinner West Box Tops Promotion Through POW Mixed Martial Arts!
How Can Your Company Become a Corporate Sponsor?

Click on these links to learn more!

POW Mixed Martial Arts Becomes Sponsor
Box Tops POW! Newsletter

New Ways to Earn Box Tops!



UPDATE - Parents please register no later thank November 1st on website or fill outattached form and send back to school and PTO will register for them.

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