Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 19:

 Jan. 13 - Jan. 20, 2011


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 



Friday, Jan. 13 

Gallery 111 Art Contest Deadline

 Theme "Peace & Love"


Drop off in Art Room     


 Monday, Jan. 16    

No School

Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Tuesday, Jan. 17


Gallery 111 Meeting
Art Room

Wednesday, Jan. 18


Communications Mtg 


Thursday, Jan. 19

SIP Committee Mtg
Hot Topic: Longer School Day

Friday, Jan. 20

9:00AM  Facility Services Committee
Location TBD

3:15-5:00 Student Council
Movie Night
Grades 3-5 



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Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

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Box Tops/ Labels for Education

Collect everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our school library

e-Scrip (Dominick's & other retailers)

Visit to designate your eScrip accounts to Mark T. Skinner. A percentage of your purchases go to the school. However, you must renew your e-Scrip annually. Look out for special bonus days too!



1% goes to Skinner on ALL purchases made with Target Card (additional 5% all purchases for you!)

Designate Skinner Classical as your school




5% of purchases go to Mark T. Skinner Classical School (Code A5BY) 










Please submit pictures from any Skinner West events (concerts, parties, presentations etc) to

 We prefer .jpg or .gif files of up to 350kb. 

Thank you!














Welcome back Skinner  Family!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. We missed our SUPERSTARS and we're happy to have them back in school!


Over the last few months there has been a great deal of  discussion in the news and on the CPS website about the longer school day for next year .   Please take a moment to read this message from our  CEO Jean-Claude Brizard about this very important topic. If you are interested in hearing Skinner's  plans for next year and providing your input, please try to attend our School Improvement Committee Meeting on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 or our Local School Council meeting on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30. We would love to have you join us!

Deborah M. Clark 


Snow Driving


Oh the weather outside is frightful,   

And driving to pick up your kid  

 will be a little less then delightful,
And since you've got someplace to go,
  It will snow! It will snow! It will snow! 


Don't get stuck in the snow traffic!!  Please allow AMPLE TRAVEL TIME to pick-up your children from the Extended Day Program!!! The program will still end at 6:30 pm! Thanks and be safe!



G111 Art Show 2


Gallery 111 Artwork Due!


Superstar Artists should submit their Gallery 111 art submissions for the Valentine Art Social, with the theme of PEACE & LOVE, no later than Friday, January 13th.


Please have your student artists bring their art work to the ART ROOM.

Please save the date- Friday, Feb 10th- for the Valentine Art Social.


For more information, click this link. 




Skinner Ski and Splash Day!


Rooms reserved under Skinner West are SOLD OUT. Rooms may be available at the standard rate.


For more room info, contact:

1(866) 636-4502

1(800) 558-3417


Ski Schedule:

Ski 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 event. 


Ski Day FundraiserSkinner Fundraising Opportunity!


To help Skinner raise money for technology and educational resources, we strongly urge parents to purchase Grand Geneva gift cards from 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!


Key dates:

Thursday, 1/26 - Last day to order via ACH bank account deduction for first timers shopwithscrip users

Tuesday, 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.  

Wed 2/8 - Fri 2/10 - Gift card delivery period at Skinner. (arrangements can be made if you cannot pickup in person)


Any questions?  Please contact 



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Skinner West Box Tops Promotion Through POW Mixed Martial Arts!


How Can Your Company Become a Corporate Sponsor?


Read more about the latest Box Tops promotion.  POW Mixed Martial Arts is the first corporate sponsor for Skinner West, offering to collect Box Tops for the school AND also offering a free class to the Skinner classroom with the most Box Tops collected.  Click on these links to learn more!


 POW Mixed Martial Arts Becomes Sponsor 


 Box Tops POW! Newsletter  




 CNA and Skinner, Thirty Years Strong!

In honor of the thirtieth anniversary of their partnership with Skinner School, CNA donated 100 books to the Skinner Library!  Skinner's librarian, Miss Ranftl, and Ms. Gina Lockhart from CNA worked together to choose the books and keep the gift a surprise.  The books selected include a mix of fiction and non-fiction leveled readers for elementary students, American Library Association Award Winners for middle school students, "challenge" books for gifted readers, graphic novels, and some fun popular requests!  


Skinner West's Primary Chorus visited CNA for the annual holiday performance, and the 1st- 3rd graders, teachers, and administrators were blown away by the gift of the books as well as a surprise donation of $15,000 for Skinner West.


Thank you CNA for your incredible generosity and continuing support of our Skinner Superstars!!!


Emerging Engineers Program


Project SYNCERE will begin a new session of its Emerging Engineers Program January 21, 2012. The classes will meet every Saturday on the campus of University of Illinois at Chicago. The objective of this program is to provide students with a comprehensive STEM program that will build their skills in math, science and engineering. The program was started due to the demand from students and parents who were interested in the Emerging Engineers Program but did not attend the schools where the program was offered. This program will target middle school and high school students who have a true passion for engineering. Applications are now being accepted for the winter session; only 20 students will be chosen to participate in each of the two programs. Click here to fill out the on-line application. The application is due by Friday December 23, 2011. Past participants are required to re-apply.


Below are the details for the program:

         Begins:  Saturday, January 21, 2012 

         Class Dates: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18,
          2/25, 3/3 and 3/10 

         Location:  University of Illinois at Chicago  

         Frequency: Every Saturday 

         Time:  Classes are held from 9:00am -

         Duration:  Program length is 8 weeks 

         Ends:  Saturday, March 10, 2012 

         Cost: FREE 

         Lunch: Provided

For more information about the organization visit




chinese new year

Volunteers Needed for Chinese New Year Celebration!

We are quickly approaching our annual Chinese New Year Celebration performance on Wednesday, January Furama Restaurant in Chinatown for our first through fourth graders. In preparation for the performance, we need volunteers to help with rehearsals, making props, supervision, etc leading up to event. If you can offer any time (one hour to a full day - no amount is too small), please contact Ms. Kong at or 773.534.7790 x 61190


Thank you!



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Deborah M. Clark, Principal