Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 33: 

April 20-April 27, 2012 


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Weekly Update 

Friday, April 20


Spirit Day: Earth Day

All students are encouraged to wear natural colors such as green, brown, or blue.


Facility Services Committee Mtg 

Sunday, April 22
 Earth Day

Tuesday, April 24
10am-1pm Daily Neighborhood KG Enrollment Begins

Forum PTO Mtg
All are Welcome to Attend
LSC Meeting
All are Welcome to Attend

Wednesday, April 25
Edible Schoolyard Committee mtg -  
Cafeteria Please email if you plan to attend!

Friday, April 27
Financial Fitness Family Fun Night -  
 Spring Bazaar  

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In This Issue...


New Articles:

  • LSC Election Results
  • Chinese Speech Competition
  • Financial Fitness Fair - Family Fun Night
  • Fundraisers Support Technology Purchases
  • Gallery111 Prepares for the 9th annual Cinco de Mayo "No Art Left Behind" Silent Auction
  • March Performance Day Pictures on the Web
  • STAR Program News  


Repeat News Articles and Updates:  


  • SKINNER SUPERSTARS Summer Basketball Camp   
  • Call for Science Volunteers for Space Race!
  •  Walk-a-Thon and Field Day - June 5th; Save the Date and Call for Food Donations


Be Sure to Check for the...

New Articles 


Congratulations to the  

newly elected LSC members!!!

  • Nellie Strong (Parent Rep.) 
  • Michael McMurray  (Parent Rep.)  
  • James Glenn (Parent Rep.) 
  • Kathryn Ash (Parent Rep.) 
  • Gaute Grindheim (Parent Rep.)
  • Stephanie Majca(Parent Rep.)
  • Armando Chacon (Community Rep.)


Midwest Chinese Teachers' Alliance   



The Fourth Midwest Chinese Speech Contest will be held on April 21st at Northside College Preparatory High School (5501 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL 60625) in Chicago on April 21, 2012 (Saturday). The theme of the contest will continue to follow (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) ACTFL's sustained effort to raise public awareness about the cognitive, academic, cultural and economic benefits that language learning provides and to help all U.S. students "Discover language... Discover the World." There are 150 contestants registered. The following four students will be representing Skinner West:

  • 2nd G Arly,
  • 2nd G Ronak,
  • 3rd G Lillian,
  • 4th G Margaret . 

We wish all of these students the best of luck on that day!  We know that they will bring honor to Skinner West. 







Friday, April 27th 4:00 -7:00PM in the Gym

Skinner West Elementary School

1260 West Adams Street

Chicago, Illinois 60607


A fun night of games, prizes, entertainment, food (pre-order) and lots of useful information relating to personal finance for the entire family.


Please stop in and chat with the following exhibitors:

  • Charter One Bank
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Salvation Army
  • Illinois Securities Department
  • Mb Financial Bank

There will be workshops for adults and our superstars. Topics include:

  • Financial literacy experts - "Planning to Pay for College"@6pm in the Library
  • Internal Revenue Service - "Resolving Issues With the IRS"@5:30&6:15pm  
  • For our Superstars - enterprising kids- "Making Ends Meet"@4:30 &5:15pm
  • Illinois Securities Department-"Tips to Avoid Investment Fraud"@ 5:30 & 6:15pm
  • Chicago Bullying Prevention Initiative Project- "Bullying Prevention"@5:30 &6:30pm
  • Try out financial education software in the computer lab

Attend at least one workshopand fill out a survey for a chance to winWhite Sox Tickets & other prizes!

Fundraisers Support Technology Purchases 
The Skinner West teachers want to thank you for your support and assistance in supporting the Walkathon fundraiser sponsored by Friends of Skinner West which helped to buy technology for the classrooms.  As a result of your support, seven Promethean "Smart" boards have been installed in the following teachers' classrooms:  
  • Ms. Howlett, Grade 2 
  • Ms. Ramakrsihnan Grade 5   
  • Mrs. Milroy, Science Lab  
  • Ms. Sethi, Grade 6   
  • Ms. Sendoun, Grade 6 
  • Mr. Fitzsimmons, Grade 7
  • Ms. Mellos, Grade 8     

Mr. Merkin (kdg) and Ms. Staral(1st grade) will receive document cameras to project images from textbooks and other materials to enhance learning activities.You can learn more about the Fund for Classroom Technology at this link



Gallery 111 Prepares for the 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo "No Art Left Behind"  

Silent Auction


May 5th, 2012 from 6pm-10pm at Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph, Chicago, 60661   

Tickets can be purchased by sending a check made payable to "Gallery 111", with your student to his/her teacher.  You can also buy your tickets at There will be a list of parents who paid at the entrance of Catalyst Ranch.   
  • $35 "Amigo de Las Artes"  - Friend of the Arts 
  • $55 "Mejor Amigo de Las Artes" - Best Friend of the Arts (includes a bag of Gallery111 coffee)
  • $100 "Patron de Las Artes" - Patron of the Arts (includes Reserved Seating and a Gallery111 T-Shirt) 
In preparation for this year's gala, the Gallery 111 members are requesting assistance via an "Auction Wishlist".  We are requesting the following:
  • Tickets (sporting games, theater, concerts,etc)
  • Events with TV or sports celebrities or activities (cooking, tours, etc)
  • Vacation homes or timeshares 
  • Artwork (quality paintings, photographs, lithographs, pottery, glass work, original prints, etc)
  • Eating / Drinking  (gift certificates to restaurants, bars or nightclubs)
  • Entertainment  (theater, comedy clubs, cruises)
  • Jewelry
  • Learning & Playtime (workshops, museums, birthday parties, camps)
  • Pampering (Spa, Dental treatments, Yoga, Gym, etc)
  • Retail / Hotel  
Our letter requesting donations is provided for you to send to your contacts & includes our Tax ID # for charitable contributions towards a non profit (g111 Cover Letter, Donor Form)  

If you can provide item(s) to be auctioned, please email Jenny Hasler at  Email with questions, or to arrange for an item to be picked up. 

Lastly, money raised from this event support the Arts at Skinner West. See this ongoing arts programming link for 2011-2012 activities that benefited the children of Skinner West. 

March Performance Day Pictures on the Web

Last week you probably saw a message that said "under construction" when you tried to access the photos of your child from the March Performance Days in the Music Room.  The photos are there this week so give it another try!  Go to this link and look for your child's room number.




Paypal is officially up and running for those parents who have been waiting to pay Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 online. Please feel free to use the Paypal website to pay for your child or you may pay with check/money order. Quarter 4 payments were due April 13th, 2012.


Thank you for your cooperation and patience!


Repeat News and Updates


Summer Basketball Camp


Skinner west will be holding its first annual summer basketball camp this upcoming summer break. The camp will start on June 24, 2012 and end July 27, 2012 (8AM-3PM | MON-FRI). The camp will be held every day except major holidays. Players will be part of a camp that teaches basketball skills (dribbling, shooting, passing, moving without the ball, etc.) with one-on-one work and development. The players will also practice as a team and participate in tournament play around the Midwest. Players will also be responsible for minimum assignments outside the program (journals and reading)


The cost of the camp will be $950.00. The cost includes transportation travel expenses, snacks and juice. Players are also encouraged to bring their own lunch as well. Players will also receive personal warm-up shirts, journals and basketball.


Space is limited to 45 student athletes and 15 in each age group. 3 teams: (8-9)-(10-12)-(13-14).  More information and travel schedule will be available soon. If you would like your child to participate in the camp, please fill out the attached form. All checks can be made out to Skinner West Elementary. All payments can be made at Skinner West Elementary.

Mission Patch 


Call for Science Volunteers - Mentors and Judges for Space Race Needed


We are in need of volunteers - parents, friends, professionals - with a science or engineering background who can help mentor groups of 4th to 8th graders as they write experiment design proposals for the Space Race.  (Learn more about the Space Race here).  Mentors will give advice to the group via email, helping the students craft a competitive experiment proposal for the competition.  The winning experiment design will be carried out aboard the International Space Station next fall.  Students' topics cover a wide range of science disciplines, but people with a life science background (especially with plants) are in very high demand.


We are also looking for volunteer judges to be a part of the review panel for the Space Race on May 11th.


If interested, please contact or 773.534.7790 ext 61192  

field day       

Walk-a-Thon and Field Day

SAVE THE DATE and Call for Food Donations


Our annual Field Day and Walk-a-Thon is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5th. 

More details are forthcoming.


We are seeking healthy food donations. If you are or know of a wholesaler, restaurant, or grocer who is willing to donate ANY amount of healthier food -  most importantly lunch, or snacks, fruit, veggies - to help nourish our Superstars during this event, please contact Marla Sedler from Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) at


Thank You!


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