Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 28:

  Mar.16 - Mar. 23, 2012  

Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


Friday, March 16

School Spirit Day:


(See article)


Graduation Picture Day


Progress Reports Go Home 


Facilities Management 


9:00 AM

Main Office


ISAT Testing



Saturday, March 17


Boys and Girls Basketball Network Championships

Collins High School

1313 S. Sacramento

10am, 11am, 12pm

(See article)


Happy St. Patty's Day



Tuesday, March 20

PTO Meeting

5:30 PM


LSC Meeting

6:30 PM


Wednesday, March 21
Edible Schoolyard Committee Meeting
4:30 PM



Friday, March 23

Last Day to File for Local School Council Elections

(See article)



School Calendar

Check out the 2011- 2012 Skinner West Calendar by Clicking HERE 

It's updated and color-coded with Holidays, Events, Meetings and "No School" Days.  Plan Ahead!



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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!



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In This Issue...


New Articles:

  • Congratulations to the Skinner Basketball Teams on Advancing to Network Championships!
  • Walk-a-Thon and Field Day - June 5th; Save the Date and Call for Food Donations
  • Classroom Connections: Library Learnings
  • Gallery 111 Updates
  • Student Council Spirit Day- Wear Green!
  • What's New on
  • Box Top Update for March

 Repeat News Articles and Updates:  

  • Last Chance!  Local School Council Elections- Application deadline is Fri, March 23rd
  • Library Volunteers Needed 3/19 - 3/23
  • Final Week! Money Smart Kid Essay - 4th to 8th graders


New Articles 


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Great Scholars AND Great Athletes...

Congratulations to our Skinner West Basketball Teams!


The Skinner West boy's basketball team played in the South Division Championship on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Collins High School. Both teams 5/6 and 7/8 played against Dett Elementary.


The 5/6 grade boys team beat Dett 26 to 22. Skinner was led by great plays from Hannon W., Gyasi D., Elijah C., Christian W., and Jeff G. The game went down to the wire, and 5th grader Isaiah K. hit two clutch free throws to give Skinner a four point lead with just seconds left. It was a great game!   


The 7/8 grade Superstar boys team faced off against their year long rivals Dett for the fourth time. With Skinner winning the previous three games by a close margin, Dett was ready to play. Skinner came out slow, but captain Chauncey F., and center Justin D. sparked a big run. Jalen F. hit two big three's off two forced turnovers by Kendall R.. The team
blew the game open in the second quarter and never looked back. Big efforts from Derrick F., Anthony P., Isaac S., Iben K., and Ismael W. sealed the victory for Skinner. The final score was 36-28. Congratulations to the South Division Champions.


Finally, the girls 7/8 girls team also won their division and are advancing to the next round.  Congratulations to everyone!


Come cheer for all three teams play as they play for the Network Championships on 

March 17, 2012 @ Collins High School at 1313 South Sacramento. 

  • 10 am:     5/6 Boys game
  • 11 am:     7/8 Girls game
  • Noon:       7/8 Boys game

Best of luck to our athletes, who are already winners! And thanks to all the fans who come to cheer our team on to victory.


Coaches Werner, Lomax, and Mellos



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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!




Classroom Connections

 Library Highlights 


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Ms. Ranftl and the students celebrated the good doctor's March 2nd birthday in many ways:

  • Primary students listened to excerpts from The Boys on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull, along with other classic Dr. Seuss stories.
  • Preschool students enjoyed I Can Read with My Eyes Shut and Green Eggs and Ham when Ms. Ranftl was a guest reader
  • Kindergarten students, teachers and Miss Ranftl enjoyed a field trip to see the movie The Lorax

March is Women's History Month


During March, students will be learning about influential, groundbreaking and interesting women during Library class.  Featured women so far:

  • Madam CJ Walker, a successful inventor and businesswoman, was America's first self-made female millionaire
  • Helen Keller, an inspirational author, lecturer, and political activist, advocated for people with disabilities. She overcame limitations of both deafness and blindness with the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and became the first deafblind to graduate college.
  •  Marcenia Lyle Alberga, aka Toni Stone, first crossed the gender line to play for an all-male baseball team.  She was hired to play for the Indianapolis Clowns, a Negro League team, to fill the second base position vacated by Hank Aaron when he left the major league. The highlight of her career was hitting a single off of Satchel Paige
  • Jackie Mitchell, "The Girl who Struck Out Babe Ruth", struck out Ruth and Lou Gehrig at the age of 17 on 4/2/31 during a minor league exhibition game with the NY Yankees
  • Hiromi Suzuki broke Japanese tradition to become one of the world's first female sushi chefs in 1998.  Traditionally, it was believed that a woman's soft, warm hands would spoil fish!



G111 coffee 

Gallery 111 Update


Need a boost in the morning, with the recent daylight saving time change? Bridgeport coffee has created the Gallery 111 coffee blend - Burundi Gacokwe - to give you a boost.  Support G111 and a local business by purchasing a 12 oz bag for $12.


Cards are still available!  10 cards for $10  They can be used as thank you notes or "just thinking of you" notes.


Only 51 days until 

Gallery 111's "No Art Left Behind"

Sat, May 5th, 6 to 10PM

To support the event, t-shirts are available in various colors and sizes: youth ($15) or adult ($20).


How do I buy one or more of these?  Next week, a form will be sent home with your student.  Please return the money and order to your student's teacher.  The items will be sent home with your student.


Thank you!



March Student Council's Spirit Days!


Friday, March 16th - St Patrick's Day Swag 

Show your school spirit by wearing green!

The class with the most participants win a prize.


Next Spirit Day:

Friday, March 30th - College Sports Day



March Box Tops Updates!


There are so many ways you can participate and earn money for the school library to buy supplies and books!   Click here for details


1) POW! Box Top Challenge - 40% Achieved

Skinner's collection goal for the POW! Box Top Challenge is 15,000 Box Tops. We are 40% of the way there. The last day to turn in Box Tops to qualify for the field trip is March 28th


2) Jewel-Osco Promotion: March 15-21

Earn 35 Box Tops for every 10 eligible Box Top products and save $5 instantly at checkout! Click here for details


More to come on the Spring Box Top contest starting in April, so keep collecting!




Skinner Banner 2011 

What's New on 

Take a tour of the website!

  • Visit the classroom section and see pictures of all of our wonderful Superstar teachers
  • See the latest breakfast and lunch menus
  • Our photo gallery is updated with pictures from the February Ski Day event and the latest Superstar art projects 
  • Do you see duplication on the newsletter versus the website?  YES! Its intentional, so you can find what you need either in an email "pushed" to you or if you are searching the website
  • And if you're not sure where to find something on the website, use the google search function on the left margin of the home page to search within the Skinner website

LSC Communications Committee



Repeat News and Updates




CPS Extends Candidate Filing Deadline for Parents/ Community Members to Run in Local School Council (LSC) Elections


To allow for maximum participation in the upcoming LSC, the deadline to file has been extended to 

Friday, March 23rd.

LSCs play a role in decision making at the local school level.  The primary responsibilities include:

  • approving school funds and resources allocation
  • approving and monitoring the implementation of the school improvement plan
  • hiring and evaluating the school's principal

Click on this letter and the CPS website to get more details.  Make a difference!




Library SOS

Volunteers Needed!


Help is needed in the library for re-shelving books!  Re-shelving is simple and it is a great way to become familiar with the library's collection

  • Mon, March 19th    3:15 - 6pm
  • Tues, March 20th    8:45 - 10am
  • Wed, March 21st    1:30 - 3pm
  • Thurs, March 22nd  2:10 - 3pm
  • Fri, March 23rd       2:10 - 3 pm

 If you are available to help during any of the above times, please email Ms. Ranftl at

Thank you!


Money Smart Kid Essay Contest

Due Next week!


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.  


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Deborah M. Clark