Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 21:

 Jan. 27 - Feb. 3, 2012


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 



Friday, Jan. 27


Professional Development Day


 Thursday, Feb.2
Report Card Distribution

Friday, Feb.3  


Professional Development Day 



Did you miss last week's Week-At-A-Glance e-newsletter? Click here to catch up on a must-read!



Does your Superstar have an accomplishment or honorable mention you would like to submit to the newsletter?  

Reply to this email or email us at




Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and Share this with Family and Friends! 


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!











Don't Forget to Turn in Your Read to Succeed Form!


Six Flags and Discovery Education are sponsoring their annualRead to Succeed program where K-6th grade students are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park by completing six hours of recreational, non-school-related reading. A Read to Succeed form/reading log should have been sent home with your child. If you did not get one, click here to download a copy.   Completed forms should be returned by February 2, 2012.


 Hearts for the Arts - g111 News

The Hearts for the Arts event (Feb 10th, 5:00-7:30 PM) is coming in two weeks.  Student art work will be showcased on the second floor landing with many activities for the event (see last week's newsletter).  


In preparation, g111 is "calling for easels".  If you have an easel, any size, and will lend to g111 for the Feb 10th event, please TAPE your name and contact number on the easel and drop off in the Art Room.  


Also, "calling for parent volunteers" if you plan on attending, will you consider arriving early or staying late to help with the set up or clean up?  Please email  


Lastly, did you see the Red Heart in the garden?  If you wish to order your own to decorate, please email directly, specifying pink or red color.  The cost is $40, payable to Gallery111. Please  send your check to the homeroom teacher, with the envelope clearly marked "g111 heart - money enclosed."  Students should have a "Hearts for the Arts" flyer.   
Please RSVP via the student Friday folders if you plan on attending or not.  We appreciate your response to estimate the headcount for activities and food ordering purposes.


Boys Basketball Schedule

This is the schedule and write up for the boys 5-8 grade basketball teams.


If there are any questions, feel free to email Coach Lomax at


Skinner West Ski Day Update: 


No snow cubs lesson will be offered on February 13th. February 12th Snow Cub lessons will be in session from 12:30-2pm for children 5-7 yrs of age. Please email Kim Reynolds at with the name and age of your child attending this lesson by February 2nd, as the ski instructors need an official head count prior to the event. Ski trip permission slips are available at



Any questions? Please contact


Skinner 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.   


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


Tuesday, 1/31- Last day to drop off checks payable to Skinner School Forum.  Drop off 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


Box Top for School 

Box Top News!  


Congratulations to the 1st Semester Box Tops Challenge Winner-


Ms. O'Connor's Room 123 with 1,125 Box Tops!!!


The POW! Martial Arts Box Tops Contest kicked off after winter break. Every class started back at zero and has a chance to win a Free Field Trip to POW! Martial Arts for a free kid's class of their choice.


The first collection will take place on February 1st.


The Box Tops check has arrived, and Skinner West collected 10,009 Box Tops during the 2010-2011 school year- that is equal to $1000.90!!! The money will be used to purchase library automation supplies as well as new library books for every grade level.


2011-2012 GOAL: 18,000 Box Tops, or $1800.    


Help Skinner West achieve this goal by continuing to send in Box Tops from household items, participate in Bonus Box Top opportunities like those described below, and ask friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to save Box Tops.


New Ways to Earn Box Tops!


Click & Earn

Earn e-Box Tops by watching videos! Each month, different Box Tops products will feature short, informational videos and surveys. Simply click, watch, and earn Box Tops for Skinner West! Then send a note to school stating how many e-Box Tops you earned, and they will be added to your child's classroom total.

Start earning Click& Earn eBoxTops HERE!



Register your Dominick's Fresh Rewards Card at

and earn e-box tops for Skinner West!



Register at, then participate in promotions at Jewel Osco. See your local Jewel ad for specials and always check your receipt printout for Bonus Box Tops.

Current Promotion- Get 10 Bonus Box Tops when you purchase any 10 General Mills Box Tops for Education products, now through April 20th. Bonus Box tops print with your receipt.  Special Promotions will be listed in Jewel ads and in your Skinner eNewsletter!



Earn 70 Bonus Box Tops (worth $7) when you purchase any 10 Box Tops Products between 1/22 and 1/28.    


Dear Skinner Students, Families and Teachers,

We just had a wonderful Chinese New Year Celebration for first through fourth grade students at Furama Restaurant this Wednesday January 25. For those parents who came out and joined us at the event, we thank you for your help and support of the Mandarin Program.  In order to share the experience with all the families who couldn't be there with us, we need teachers and parents to submit the following ASAP to Ms. Kong, our Mandarin teacher:

1. Teachers, please collect all student in Mandarin's Media Consent Form and send them to my mailbox by this Friday 1/27. 

2. Parents, if you haven't sent in the form or need another copy for your child, please ask the office for a copy or email Ms. Kong at

3. Parents, if you have photos and videos taken at the show, please send them to Ms. Kong via CD or email by Monday 1/30, so she can share the current event with all families in a timely fashion. 

Thank you very much for your help and cooperation.

Ms. Kong
Chinese Mandarin Instructor
P: 773-534-7790 ext. 61190


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Deborah M. Clark