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Grades 3 through 8
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FOLLOW US ON:
School Council Elections- Application deadline extended to Fri,
Connections: 8th graders and Kindergarteners Connect!
Connections: Spotlight on Art
Design Contest - 4th to 8th graders
the Date - Sat, May 5th for Gallery 111 "No Art Left
Volunteers Needed 3/19 - 3/23
Class Letter for 5th and 6th Grade Parents
News Articles and Updates:
- Skinner Survey Update
- PTO Cookie Dough
Fundraiser - Due Friday 3/9
- Money Smart Kid Essay -
4th to 8th graders
- Box Top Reminders for
- Save the Date... Friday,
April 27th - Financial Fitness Fun Night
- Gallery 111 Artists'
Cards for Sale...Support Arts Programming!
CPS Extends Candidate Filing Deadline for Parents/
Community Members to Run in Local School Council (LSC) Elections
allow for maximum participation in the upcoming LSC, the deadline to
file has been extended to
play a role in decision making at the local school level. The
primary responsibilities include:
school funds and resources allocation
and monitoring the implementation of the school improvement plan
and evaluating the school's principal
on this letter and the CPS website to get more details.
Make a difference!
Kindergartners and 8th Graders Connect!
The 8th grade students of Ms. Mellos' class and the
Kindergartners of Mr. Merkin's class have taken a break from the
constant studying and have gathered together to have a wonderful time
to get to know each other. The students of both classes read to each other
and exchanged thoughts on the books they have read. They found
Dr. Seuss books an interesting read and the Kindergartners improved
upon their literary skills by asking questions about the plots,
characters, conflicts and conclusions.
Written by Ali M. from Ms Mellos' class
Spotlight on Art!
pleased to share some highlights from our artistic Superstars, led by
art teacher Ms. Bovit:
- Learned about Pop Art and created their own Andy Warhol
grade - Studied the art of the Huichol people and their tradition
of yarn paintings as inspiration for our own original paintings
made of yarn
grade - Studied the work of Jasper Johns and used letters to
create art, focusing on how negative space can create new
shapes and designs within a work of art
& 7th grades - We took an art trip to the Museum of
Contemporary Art and looked at minimalist artwork as inspiration
for a hands-on project in their studio
grade - "Eccentric Creatures". Students learned basic
sewing skills and created original hand-sewn soft sculptures
grade - Lino Block Prints. Each student chose an animal
and learned to hand carve their image out of a linoleum block
and print with ink. Some students even printed their own shirts!
the school hallways for some of the current artwork and visit our photo gallery for some of the Fall art
creations! More photos will be added shortly.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Design
Skinner West will once again be participating in the
SSEP, a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science
This year, a Skinner West experiment will travel to the
International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The
experiment will be performed by astronauts in space, and it will
remain on the space station for almost 7 weeks.
Students in grades 4 thru 8 may participate in a
microgravity experiment design competition.
More information can be found on Mrs. Milroy's website and the SSEP website
Students can pick up an information packet from
Mrs. Milroy in Room 226.
SAVE THE DATE!
Gallery 111 "No Art Left Behind"
Our Annual Fundraiser for Arts Programming
Sat, May 5th, 6 to 10PM
@ Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph
Plan for a night of fun, arts, festivities, and meeting
other Skinner parents.
More details to come!
Help is needed in the library for re-shelving books!
Re-shelving is simple and it is a great way to become familiar
with the library's collection
- Mon, March
19th 3:15 - 6pm
- Tues, March
20th 8:45 - 10am
- Wed, March
21st 1:30 - 3pm
- Thurs, March
22nd 2:10 - 3pm
- Fri, March
23rd 2:10 - 3 pm
If you are available to help during any of the
above times, please email Ms. Ranftl at email@example.com
Human Reproduction, Growth and Development Voluntary
for 5th and 6th Graders
Please review the letter
from Coach Johnson that details
upcoming classes for our 5th and 6th graders. The class aligns
with Illinois' Physical Development and Health State goals. Any
questions, please contact Coach Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOW! THANK YOU to the 300+ Skinner Families Who
Responded to the Survey. We are busy compiling all of your
LSC Communications Committee
are Due Friday, March 9th!
Order your favorite cookies today! Cookie dough is being
sold to raise money for PE, Earth
Day and Science funding requests. 40% of every purchase supports Skinner West.
With every cookie dough order, the buyer will receive
a $25 Dining Advantage card.
Students can receive prizes for hitting selling goals:
2 units => Scent-sibles pencil & eraser
5 units => Game truck time
12 units => "Purple slip"
20 units => $20 Target gift card
40 units => Kindle
additional prizes listed in the packet!
March 9th - All monies
and orders must be submitted. Please make checks payable
to "Skinner PTO" and return the entire sales packet
April 18th - Orders
available for pickup on Report Card pickup day
Click here for details
Contact Stephanie Majca @ email@example.com
Smart Kid Essay Contest
Click here and go
to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's website to learn more about
the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, which allows 5th-8th graders the
opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship. All essays and
applications must be submitted to the Federal Reserve Bank by March 23,
year's essay question is: Give an example of when it
is wise to borrow money and when it is not. What factors do you need
to consider to help you make a responsible choice? Please be sure to
discuss the concepts of decision making and opportunity cost in your
There are so many ways you can participate and earn
money for the school library to buy supplies and books! Click
here for details
1) Please make sure you are registered at these Bonus
Box Top sites! Complete you information, list Skinner West as your
school, and EARN Box Tops!
POW! Box Top Challenge
Skinner's collection goal for the POW! Box Top
Challenge is 15,000 Box Tops. We are nearly 1/3 of the way there.
Every collection day, the top collector for that period is
Jewel-Osco Promotion: March 15-21
Earn 35 Box Tops for every 10 eligible Box Top
products and save $5 instantly at checkout!
Promotion: March 1-31
5 bonus Box Tops when you buy 2 participating Pillsbury products
10 bonus Box Tops when you buy 3 participating Pillsbury
Save The Date ~
On Friday, April 27th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm,
PTO/Forum will be sponsoring a Financial
Fitness Family Fun Night. Come get your questions
answered about how to save for college, how to get your Superstar on
the path to saving, and much more. Click here
to view more details about this upcoming event.
Gallery 111 ART FOR SALE !
The Gallery 111 "HeARTS for the ARTS"
Cards are available for purchase to raise funds for the 2012 arts
programming at Skinner West. Every classroom at Skinner will benefit
from our programming through field trips or in-school artists
A pack of 10 cards are available for $12.00 featuring
our winning artist's work. Please contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
A check should be made to Gallery
111 & the art cards can be picked up by your child in
Ms. Bovit's art room. Thank you to all the artists that participated!