Skinner Community


Become involved in Skinner’s Community

Skinner West is so fortunate to have the support of a wide range of sources, from its teachers, alumni and parents, to the neighborhood business community and our local government representatives. All of these groups contribute something that helps make Skinner a special place for its students.
While many volunteer opportunities are on-site at Skinner West Elementary School, there are also many behind-the-scenes opportunities that don’t necessarily require in-person participation.

Click on the volunteer opportunity that best suits you! Many of the volunteer options are on site, however, many are behind the scenes and do not necessarily require you to be on site. Mission, details, and who contact are available when you click on the link. Stay close to the newsletter or calendar HERE to learn of upcoming meeting dates.

Local School Council (LSC) – An elected body composed of parents, neighbors, teachers and administrators with budgetary and principal selection responsibilities. Council members serve two-year terms.

LSC Committees: bring together working groups of parents and staff in order to support and improve our school. Committees may make recommendations to the LSC, although they do not make final binding decisions for the school. Joining an LSC committee is a way to share ideas, concerns, and expertise, and finally as a way to participate, support, and improve Skinner West.  We encourage you to attend one of our monthly meetings to listen or voice your ideas.

LSC School Improvement Committee (SIP): Required for all Chicago Public Schools, the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CWIP) establishes the school's mission, vision, and strategic priorities for the next two years, along with specific actions the school will use to achieve the goals. SIP oversees theCWIP.  The committee meets regularly to review the school's progress and to update the CWIP as required. The committee is comprised of administrators, teachers, and parents. Please contact Brett Hughes for more information.

Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC): Skinner West offers a Transitional Bilingual program and therefore established the BAC whose functions is to advise on matters related to the school’s bilingual program.  We also develop projects, activities, and events to celebrate the growing multicultural population at Skinner West. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!  To learn more, please email Mr. Baron.

LSC Facilities Committee: The Facilities committee will review safety policies in addition to evaluating exterior/interior beautification, maintenance, and cleanup projects that arise. The committee will coordinate with the administration and LSC to identify areas of focus and assess funding and staffing needs when applicable.Please email Fadi Matalka with questions.

Professional Personnel Leadership Committee: The Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC) is comprised of teachers that serve as grade level team-leaders and the two teacher representatives on the LSC. The LSC teacher representatives act as the co-chairs of this committee. The PPLC’s purpose is to develop and present recommendations to the principal and LSC regarding curriculum methods and content, school improvement planning and implementation, and local expenditures and budgeting to achieve these goals. The PPLC also plays an integral role in curriculum planning, school improvement, and allocations of funds for these purposes. Mrs.McSpadden chairs the PPLC

LSC Communications Committee: Ongoing and transparent communications is so critical for our busy families.  We are responsible for producing newsletters, website content, social media postings and other communications throughout the school year.

We aim to distribute an e-newsletter every Thursday during the school year.  Submissions must be emailed no later than Monday of the week you’d like your article to run so our authors have time to curate the newsletter. We accept text, jpg images and file attachments no larger than 5MB. Late submissions are handled on a case-by-case basis.  This is an excellent opportunity to get involved if you cannot volunteer at school! 
Please email us with your submissions for both the newsletter and website.  You can also reach out to Melinda Sgariglia with additional questions.

Other Volunteer Committees

Friends of Skinner West (FOSW): FOSW is a not-for-profit organization of parents, community members, teachers and school administrators dedicated to supporting the Mark T. Skinner West school through fundraising and community-building efforts.  It is our goal to help meet and exceed the needs of the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP). Get involved by volunteering or making a donation.

Room Parents (RP) are needed for each class in every grade and extends to ancillary classes. Room parents or co-room parents’ primary responsibilities are determined in consultation with each teacher. RPs also communicate classroom specific information to the classroom they support.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)/ Forum provides both monetary and parent-power/volunteer support to the school. In the past, PTO/Forum has fulfilled areas of funding gaps. Get involved by volunteering or making a one time or ongoing donation.

Gallery 111 provides arts exposure and special arts education programming to our Skinner Superstars. They love it! Get involved in G111’s monthly meeting to curate arts programming for each classroom or attend the G111 annual adults-only fundraiser!

Volunteer Application Process

For the safety and security of all our students, faculty and staff, ANY volunteer who interacts with students through volunteerism must complete a volunteer application.  You can find an overview of the volunteering types here.
When you’re ready to start your application, visit FACE2– CPS’ Office of Family and Community Engagement where you can learn more and complete your application.

Important Fundraisers

Amazon Smile Program – A portion of most purchases are donated to Skinner West for fundraising (no additional cost to you)

Birthday Name in Lights – Wish you Superstar a Happy Birthday or a congratulatory note on our electronic billboard for a donation used to fundraise for our 8th graders field trips!

Box Tops – Collect box tops to help purchase library items (no cost to you)

Other volunteer opportunities arise throughout the school and run in the newsletters.   Text SKINNERNEWS to 22828 to sign up for the newsletter.  (Note: data and messaging rates may apply).