Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 26:

   Mar.2 - Mar. 9, 2012

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Weekly Update 


Friday, March 2

Skinner West School Survey Due 

(see main article)


Monday, March 5

Pulaski Day


Wednesday, March 5
Edible Schoolyard Committee Meeting
4:30 PM


Progress Reports Distributed (check your child's backpack!)



March 6 to March 16


    Grades 3 through 8       



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Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

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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!



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) 










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25% of Skinner Families Have Responded

Tell Us What You Think!


Take the Skinner West Classical, Fine Arts and Technology School Survey Now...



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   

THANK YOU to the families who have answered the survey!



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


Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Only One Week Remaining!


Order your favorite cookies today! Cookie dough is being sold to raise money for PE, Earth Day and Science funding requests.  40% of every purchase supports Skinner West.


With every cookie dough order, the buyer will receive a $25 Dining Advantage card.  


Students can receive prizes for hitting selling goals:

  • Sell 2 units => Scent-sibles pencil & eraser
  • Sell 5 units => Game truck time
  • Sell 12 units => "Purple slip"
  • Sell 20 units => $20 Target gift card
  • Sell 40 units => Kindle
  • And additional prizes listed in the packet!

 Important Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, March 9th - All monies and orders must be submitted.  Please make checks payable to "Skinner PTO" and return the entire sales packet
  • Wednesday, April 18th - Orders available for pickup on Report Card pickup day

Click here for details

Questions? Contact Stephanie Majca @ or 312.543.9974



Money Smart Kid Essay Contest

Due in 3 weeks!


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.  


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) Please make sure you are registered at these Bonus Box Top sites! Complete you information and list Skinner West as your school, and EARN Box Tops!

2) POW! Box Top Challenge

Skinner's collection goal for the POW! Box Top Challenge is 15,000 Box Tops. We are nearly 1/3 of the way there.  Every collection day, the top collector for that period is rewarded:

  • Ms. Staral's class enjoyed a Popcorn Party
  • Mr. Lew's class earned a Donut Day
  • Mr. Cox's class is deciding on their prize!
  • Your student's class can be next, and all classes are working towards the grand prize of a free trip to POW! Martial Arts.  The contest deadline is March 28th.

3) Jewel-Osco Promotion: March 15-21

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


4) Dominick's Promotion: March 1-31

  • Earn 5 bonus Box Tops when you buy 2 participating Pillsbury products
  • Earn 10 bonus Box Tops when you buy 3 participating Pillsbury products.



 ~ 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.



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Have you Visited the Skinner Website Lately?


Did you know that our website includes...


Gallery 111 ART FOR SALE !


The Gallery 111 "HeARTS for the ARTS" Cards are available for purchase to raise funds for the 2012 arts programming at Skinner West. Every classroom at Skinner will benefit from our programming through field trips or in-school artists residencies. 


A pack of 10 cards are available for $12.00 featuring our winning artist's work. Please contact us @ 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!



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 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

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Deborah M. Clark