Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 13:

Dec. 2 - Dec. 9, 2011



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Weekly Update 


Sat, Dec. 3rd

Primary Chorus Outdoor Concert

Grades 1-3 (Performers are those that have RSVP'd. All are welcome to watch.)

5:00 PM 

Fulton River Park  



 Sunday, Dec. 4   

Free Educational Forum

10 AM - 4 PM
  Northwestern University 



Tuesday, Dec. 6

Primary Chorus Concert

Grade 2 Only (Not open to the public)

Blue Cross Blue Shield 



Thursday, Dec. 8

Poinsettia Fundraiser Orders Due 


Primary Chorus Concert  

Grade 1 Only (Not open to the public) 

Plumbers Hall 



Friday, Dec. 9

Holiday Bazaar

9 AM - 12 PM 






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During this thanksgiving and holiday season our Superstars will benefit from a generous donation of $10,000 from our parents, Eric and Marla Sedler ! The grant will support  our efforts
to provide more technology and enrichment experiences for our Superstars .

We are also thankful to Forum for $5547 in funding again this year  for our web based Study Island Program in  reading and math for our second through eighth graders. Students may log on to from home to access the extensive practice which will prepare them  for ISAT exams in early March. By now your child should have received his/her Study Island user name and password from his/her teacher to begin working on the program. We plan to monitor each child's participation and use of the program each month.       


Forum has purchased 4th-Step additions to our choral risers, enabling us to better fit our growing population of Skinner Superstar performers on the stage. Thank you to the Skinner Forum!

Parents, have those red and black outfits ready, it's concert season:

♪     Saturday 12/3 --  5PM Fulton River Park:
       Performers who have RSVP'd. Concert
       participant numbers full.  All others welcome to

♪    Tuesday 12/6 -- Blue Cross:
      Grade 2 (not open to the public)
♪    Thursday 12/8 -- Plumbers Hall:
      Grade 1 (not open to the public)

♪    Tuesday 12/13 -- City Hall:
      12:00 Noon - Grades 1-3

♪    Thursday 12/15 -- CNA:
      Grades 1-3 (not open to the public)

♪    Tuesday 12/20 -- Block 37 Mall:
      1:00 PM - Grade 3 only

♪    Thursday 12/22 -- Skinner School:
      10AM: Prekindergarten and Kindergarten +
      Music House Strings
      1:15PM: Grades 1-5 + Music House advanced
      strings and Rock Band

Help make our Holiday Concert more beautiful --sell poinsettias! The poinsettias purchased through the Holiday Poinsettia fundraiser will be used to decorate our gymnasium, lobby and office area on Thursday, 12/22 for our students and guests. Flowers will then be distributed after school Thursday and Friday to those students that sold them.

Just a reminder that poinsettias are being sold for $12 each, with $4 going towards our music program. All orders are due by Thursday, Dec. 8th.

Thank you for your support! 





S.T.A.R. Program Schedule  
Click on the links below to see a detailed schedule of what the STAR Program is offering our students for the 1st semester. Classes will be changing at the end of January, so be on the lookout for 2nd semester classes!


Schedule for Blue & White groups

Schedule for Green & Yellow groups

Schedule for Purple & Orange groups

Schedule for Red group 






Did you get your Read to Succeed form? 


Six Flags and Discovery Education are sponsoring their annual Read 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.



 Annual Holiday Bazaar is Coming!

Donations are Being Accepted

PTO/Forum will be holding its Annual Holiday Bazaar!  We are now accepting new or gently used donations (e.g. small gift items, books, collectibles, toys, jewelry, etc) in the designated box in the main lobby or the main office.  (Please label donations "Holiday Bazaar").  On Friday, December 9th, the children will be given the opportunity to purchase  items starting at 25 cents to give away as holiday presents to family and friends, while truly "making it their own" gift selection.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Ash @


Holiday Bazaar Flyer




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Deborah M. Clark