Friday, Jan. 20
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Chinese New Year
(Parent Volunteers please contact Ms. Kong)
Between Friends Program
for 7th - Graders will begin today
Skinner Edible Schoolyard Meeting
Local School Council Meeting
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Chinese New Year!!!
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese
Holidays. Chinese New Year 2012 will be celebrated on Monday, Jan.
23, marking the beginning of the year of the water dragon in the
lunar calendar. Dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology
and folklore. Chinese dragons are auspicious creatures that symbolize
power, strength and good luck. Historically, dragons were the symbol
of the Emperor of China and the mythical creature is seen as a symbol
of imperial power. The holiday will be celebrated with fireworks and
Ms. Kong, the
Chinese Mandarin Teacher, has planned various projects and activities
for each grade level. Your continuous support means a great
deal to all of the students in the Chinese Program. Parent
volunteers are still needed for the Chinese New Year dress rehearsal
on 1/24. Please contact Ms. Kong ext. 61190 if you can
help. We are also in need of parent volunteers during this
time to assist with class projects. If
you are available for a day or half a day, please let Ms. Kong know
so that she can prepare assignments ahead of time. She can be
reached at 773-534-7790 ext. 61190.
This is the
closing song that your child will sing for our Chinese New Year
Celebration Program at Furama restaurant on Wed. 1/25. The
lyrics sheet was sent home with students. We are going to only
sing up to 3:15min (End right before the Peking Opera part).
Encourage your child to read the lyrics in Pinyin and sing along with
the you tube video at home. We have only two weeks to nail
it. Please tell them that they are so smart and I believe they
can do it. As always, I applaud the students who are willing to
put great effort into learning. I'm so proud of all of
again. I hope the year of the dragon will bring you harmony and
happiness, positive energy and prosperity!
REGISTER NOW: Classes for SelectivePrep's Fifth Grade
Standardized Test Preparation Start on JANUARY 28TH!
5th Grade Parents,
Centers are accelerated middle schools that rank among the best in
the State of Illinois. Furthermore, acceptance to an Academic Center
guarantees a student a spot in that high school - including Selective
Enrollment High Schools -- e.g., Lane Tech, Whitney Young.
third of the Academic Center entrance score is determined by your
child's performance on the 5th Grade Standardized Test. SelectivePrep
offers a 12 hour program to help prepare students for this test. To
qualify to take the Academic Center Admissions Test in 6th grade, a
minimum of 70% on this test is required.
for the SelectivePrep Program is $295. A minimum deposit of $100 is
required to hold your spot, with the balance due the first class. Class
size is limited to 20 students, so don't delay.
Taffy Apple Sale a Success
On behalf of
Mr. Lomax, all the coaches at Skinner, and myself, I want
to thank all of you who supported last month's
Taffy Apple Fundraiser for our athletic teams. We were able to raise
a little over $600.00.
Cadre Sub and Softball Coach
& Peace News from g111:
A special Thank
You to all parents for encouraging your Superstar student to submit
their art work for the upcoming Heart for the Arts event. Over
50 impressive art pieces were received.
Please save the
date, Friday, Feb. 10th, 5:00 to 7:30 PM, for the Heart for the Arts,
with the theme "Love & Peace" social at Skinner.
A special art
work viewing will be unveiled on
the school's 2nd floor landing near the Art
Room. Finalists will be chosen and their artwork will be made
into cards and sold during the event. Heart warming
activities will include decorating cookies, card and
button making, strike a pose for
fun loving Valentine portraits, dance, and so much
New to this event
is an opportunity to order your own 4'x4' wooden heart for your
child(ren) to trim and embellish. Once decorated, these hearts
will be on display in the garden area in front of the school.
Early next week, look for a model heart as you drop off your
child(ren). Help the love grow by pre-ordering your own 4'x4'
wooden heart. More information to come next week!
Come and see the
wonderful works of hearts! Listen to our own Superstar Glee Club
members sing. Hope to see you there!
Schoolyard Planning Meeting
Skinner parents and teachers! Help us improve our children's lives
through nutrition and wellness education.
Skinner Edible Schoolyard planning committee is meeting this Tuesday
at 4:30 in the cafeteria. Spring is around the corner and we are very
excited to get our hands in the dirt! If you have any interest
in learning about the garden project or wish to help the committee
please attend our meeting or e-mail EdibleSchoolyardChi@gmail.com
with any inquiries. We're looking forward to seeing you!
Boys Basketball Schedule
This is the schedule and write up for the boys
5-8 grade basketball teams.
S.T.A.R. Program News
weather, student pick-up time is between 6pm and 6:30pm. Please
allow ample time to pick up your child by the deadline of 6:30pm.
to avoid the $1.00 per minute fee per child. Thank you
for your cooperation!
payment is due January 26th. Payment is best in person via
check ($450) and a receipt will be issued. You may also pay via
paypal ($460 + $10 processing fee). It is helpful if paying by
paypal to place your child's name in the notes section during
A new student
schedule will be put into place the end of January. We are
looking forward to offering classes led by architects, dance studio
professionals, chess coaches, among other professionals that we are
still looking into bringing aboard the program staff.
Thank you for
your support for this new program. We are working
endlessly to provide the best possible program for your children.
Ski and Splash Day!
under Skinner West are SOLD OUT. Rooms may be available at the
more room info, contact:
1(866) 636-4502 www.grandgeneva.com 1(800) 558-3417
Accommodations have been made for the 12th (an additional day of
skiing!) and the 13th 10am-10pm. Advanced pay required
for both dates.
Snow Cub Lesson (4-6 year olds):
Available February 12th 12:30 - 2pm
Professional small group instruction with use of a 'wonder carpet' as
child's skill level progresses.
** Working on adding a February 13th Snow Cubs lesson. If interested
- email Kim Reynolds with name of child, age and grade. I'll inform
you ASAP if and when a session becomes available.
Remember to drop
off your sealed envelope labeled "Skinner West Ski Trip
2012" in the front office no later than 2/8/12.
Click this link to upload a flyer about the
To help Skinner
raise money for technology and educational resources, we strongly
urge parents to purchase Grand Geneva gift cards from www.shopwithscrip.com to
use onsite. This will also help Skinner earn 9% back
in cash for each purchase. In $100 and $25 denominations, you
can use your gift cards towards lodging and food onsite, but not for
skiing, snowboarding, lessons or the gift shop. This is essentially
FREE cash to Skinner, so PLEASE plan to purchase gift cards if you
are attending. You have a choice of paying by check or directly via
your bank account.
Attached are the instructions to get you started, a retailer list and an article about shopping with Scrip.
It's an easy way to buy not only Grand Geneva cards, but most
major retailers (store and online) gift cards that provide 2% to 50%
back to Skinner....and its so easy to use!
1/26 - Last day to order via ACH bank account
deduction for first timers shopwithscrip users
1/31- Last day to dropoff checks payable
to Skinner School Forum. Dropoff sealed envelopes
labeled "Gift Cards" with your child's name and room
number, phone number and email @ Skinner Front Office.
2/8 - Fri 2/10 - Gift card delivery period at
Skinner. (arrangements can be made if you cannot pickup in person)
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