Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 37: 

May 18 - May 25, 2012 


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Weekly Update 

Friday, May 18


Spring Book Fair

Talent Show Tryouts
8:15 - 9:00
See article
Monday, May 21

Spring Book Fair  
Tuesday, May 22

Spring Book Fair

5th graders go to Springfield, IL

Wednesday, May 23

Progress Report Distribution

Spring Book Fair     


Rehearsal for Spring concert (all grades)
Edible Schoolyard Committee Meeting
4:30 pm

Thursday, May 24

Spring Book Fair

Rehearsal for Spring concert (all grades)

School Tours for Prospective Neighborhood Parents
10:00 am  - 11:00

Friday, May 25

Student Council's Sports Fan Day:  Wear your favorite sports team apparel!


For Youth Inquiry Performance - 7th Grade

9:30 am - 10:50 am


For Youth Inquiry Performance - 8th Grade

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm   


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In This Issue...


 New Articles:   

  • NATO Summit
  • Walk-a-Thon and Field Day will be held on June 5th
  • Voting for "Ready, Set, Tech" Cause Is Now Over
  • Asian Heritage Month - Chinatown Tour & Lunch 
  • Comcast Internet Essentials Program 

Repeat News Articles and Updates:     

  • Gallery111 Sponsors Redmoon Residency for 2nd Graders (Free Admission for Skinner West Students only)
  • Spring Concerts - June 7th -Save the Date !  
  • Volunteers Needed For Spring Book Fair - Please sign up!
  • Spotlight on Skinner Superstars - Talent Show   
  • Selective Prep - Summer Math Classes   


 New Articles 

NATO Summit

Click here to get a copy of the letter going out to all CPS parents and guardians concerning the upcoming NATO Summit. CPS recognizes that there will be possible traffic delays, however, they are not anticipating any significant issues to the CPS schools' daily operations as a result of the NATO Summit.
field day       

Walk-a-Thon and Field Day



Please note that the correct date for the annual Field Day/Walkathon is Tuesday, June 5th. Some of you may have received your envelope packet stating a different date, in error. Please save the date...more details will be provided shortly.


We are also 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!

Thank you for your support and thank you to everyone who voted for Skinner's "Ready, Set, Tech" Cause. On May 22nd, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will be announcing the top 40 winners of the $25,000 grant. We'll be sure to keep you posted as to how well Skinner West did.
In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, enjoy lunch and a tour of Chinatown by our very own Chinese Mandarin teacher, Ms. Kong on Saturday, June 12th. Click here for more details.

The Comcast Internet Essentials program is offering low-cost internet access and computers to families who are economically challenged, providing low-cost ($9.95/month) high-speed Internet access to all families who are eligible to receive free or reduced rate lunch.

Currently, there are only a few CPS families taking advantage of this great opportunity. Therefore, CPS, the Mayor's Office, and Comcast are working together to encourage families and schools to sign up for Internet Essentials.

To get more information about this program,
Repeat News and Updates

Gallery 111 Sponsors Redmoon Residency for 2nd Graders


***Free Admission For Skinner West Students***


The 2nd graders are participating in a residency sponsored by Gallery 111 with Redmoon.  Redmoon will be holding their annual Youth Spectacle at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum from Wednesday, 5/23 to Friday, 5/25 and at the Homan Square Community Center on Thursday, 5/31. All of our Skinner second graders commitment projects will be on display and 10 students from each second grade class will be performing each evening for three shows at 6:15pm, 7:15pm, and 8:15pm.


Please join our Superstars as they exhibit and perform.  More details tickets are available on the Redmoon Flyer




Spring Concert Bulletin!  

Due to space, there will be two Spring Concerts this year.

The first concert is for the students only to perform for each other. They will sit in the chairs and be an audience for each other before and after their own class performs.

The second concert is for the parents to be in the audience. Students will enter the gym after lining up in the lunchroom, perform, and then return to their classrooms.
We appreciate your cooperation for these concerts, hope that you will relax and enjoy being able to sit this year!  

SPRING CONCERT FOR KIDS Wednesday, 5/30/2012 

  • 10AM: Grades K-3, Music House Violin Students, and Glee
  • 1:15PM: Grades 4-7, Glee, and Rock Band


  • 10AM: Grades K-3, Music House Violin Students, and Glee
  • 1:15PM: Grades 4-8, Glee, and Rock Band*

(*7th & 8th grade students can sit in the back of the gym.) 

CONCERT DRESS FOR THURSDAY 6/7: Shirts, T-Shirts, or dresses in bright spring/summer colors.

Please wear dress pants and dress shoes (sandals OK). No shorts, short skirts, gym clothes or beat up sneakers.  

Book Fair
Volunteers are needed to help make our Spring Book Fair a success!  Parent help is needed each day of Book Fair from 9am-3pm.  Any amount of time is appreciated, whether it be an hour or the whole day!  Volunteer duties include helping kids shop, restocking Book Fair products, and assisting with checkout.  Younger siblings are welcome to come with! 

We also need plastic shopping bags, so please save them and send them to school with your child.   

Please complete the attached form if you can volunteer or email Ms. Ranftl at

Book Fair Schedule

  • Wednesday, May 16- Book Fair Set Up
  • Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 24- Book Fair Shopping Days
  • Friday, May 25- Pack Up Book Fair

 on Skinner Superstars 

~Talent Show

Skinner West's annual Talent Show will be held on June 6, 2012. Talent Show times are:

Primary Grades Show: 10:15- 11:30 am
Upper Grades Show: 1:15-3:00 pm

The schedule for tryouts are as follows:

Tuesday, May 15th 3:15-4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16th 3:15-4:00 pm
Thursday, May 17th 8:15-9:00 am
Friday, May 18th 8:15-9:00 am

Students must have a signed permission slip in order to participate. Permission slips are available at the links below.

Primary Grade Permission Slip
Upper Grade Permission Slip

Register NOW: SUMMER Math Classes start on August 13th 

Have fun...Stay Sharp: Take a Summer Math Class

SelectiveMath is the latest initiative from SelectivePrep, Chicago's leading high school test preparation company. SelectiveMath's Summer Math Classes provide motivated students with the opportunity to explore and enjoy mathematics. We will show students that math is rewarding and fun--even cool.

SelectiveMath's week-long (M-F, 9-12 pm) workshops are designed to sharpen math skills and build math enthusiasm. Our workshops emphasize real world applications and incorporate puzzles and games so students get their hands dirty practicing core mathematical concepts.

SelectiveMath's Summer Math Classes are conveniently scheduled in August, so students get a jump on the new school year:
  • 6th/7th Grade Math Enrichment (for incoming 6th and 7th graders)
  • Algebra I (for advanced incoming 7th graders and incoming 8th graders)
  • Geometry I (for advanced incoming 8th graders and incoming 9th graders)

These programs feature the same high energy, knowledgeable Instructors that SelectivePrep is known for as well as hands-on activities that take students beyond the standard school curriculum.  


Welcome to SelectiveMath! Let the fun begin. 

For more information, you can go to or call Jonina Lerner at 312-409-8411. 



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Deborah M. Clark