Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 25:

 Feb. 24 - Mar. 2, 2012


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


Friday, Feb. 24
Student Council's
Spirit Day

Wear polka dots, stripes, cheetah print, or any other patterns. The class with the most participants will win a prize!

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Edible Schoolyard Committee Meeting
4:30 PM

Friday, Mar. 2    Skinner West School Survey Is Due 


March 6-16th  
Grades 3-8    



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!











Ms. Clark

Hello Skinner Family,


Please click here to view my latest Principal's Report that was presented on February 21, 2012 at our LSC meeting.





Skinner West Classical, Fine Arts and Technology School Survey - Feb 2012




Skinner West Families! We need your opinion to insure we are meeting the needs of our Superstars.

Each family (one per family please!) can take the survey in one of two ways:

  • Online survey via the following website: (PREFERRED, especially for detailed comments)
  • OR complete and return the written survey to your homeroom teacher   



Survey responses are due no later than Friday, March 2nd.


Money 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, 2012.

This 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 answer.  


 ~ 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.





By law, Local School Councils (LSCs) play a role in decision-making at the local school level. The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implemetation of the annual school improvement plan, and hiring and evaluating the school's contract principal.


Make a difference in your child's school, run for the LSC. Candidate nomination forms, for the 2012 LSC Election, are due 3:00 PM, March 1st at the Office of LSC Relations, 125 South Clark Street, 5th Floor, and 3:00 PM, March 8th at the school where you would like to serve. Click here for more details.


                                 ART FOR SALE !


Congratulations to the following artists for winning the Gallery 111 "HeARTS for the ARTS" contest:


  • Edward M.
  • Dahlia G.
  • Chloe K.
  • Nell H.
  • Fiona L.C.
  • Ingrid L.C.
  • Nikolette W.
  • Ariane O.
  • Tadzio K.
  • Gabrielle W.


Cards are available for purchase to raise funds for the 2012 arts programming at Skinner West. Please keep in mind that every classroom at Skinner will benefit this year from our programming through field trips or in school artists residencies.


A pack of 10 cards are available for $12.00 and they feature our winning artist's work. Please contact us at for purchasing cards. 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. It was such a treat to see their work hanging in our transformed gallery setting at Skinner!




Dear Superstars and Parents,


The Skinner 2012 Chinese New Year Celebration was a big success.  Over 340 students and guests attended the event at Furama restaurant on Jan. 25th.  Sun Cast television station and four major Chinese newspaper agencies attended our celebration program and published our event on several local newspapers.  The celebration started with a dragon parade and the students singing the Gong Xi Fa Cai song.  Our Mandarin teacher Ms. Kong was the MC for the event. She led 1st-4th grade students in a performance where they danced and sang bilingual children's songs in English and Chinese. The students received a warm applause from the entire audience. The closing song was chosen from the 2008 Beijing Olympic theme song "Beijing Welcomes You."  Ms. Maatouk read the lyrics in English first and the students sang in perfect Mandarin with Ms. Kong.  It was very evident that the students and parent volunteers enjoy learning the Chinese language & culture at Skinner West. 

For photos and articles (in Chinese), please click on the links below:

Link #1
Link #2
Link #3


Visit our website at

for more information about what's happening in school.
 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

to this newsletter should be emailed to



Deborah M. Clark