Mark T. Skinner West School


  Week 38: 

May 25 - June 1, 2012 


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Weekly Update 

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


Progress Reports 

will go home 

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day Holiday
No Classes   
Tuesday, May 29

8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 30

8th Grade Trip
Washington D.C.

  Spring Concert
(For Students Only)
K-3rd + Violins @
10:00 am
4th-7th + Rock Band @
1:15 pm


Edible Schoolyard Committee Meeting
4:30 pm

Thursday, May 31

6th Grade Trip
Madison, WI

Kindergarten Graduation Practice

Friday, June 1

Kindergarten Graduation Practice




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In This Issue...


 New Articles:   

  • Skinner West Wins $25,000 State Farm Grant!!
  • Submit Online Donations For The Walk-A-Thon 
  • Volunteers Needed For Walk-A-Thon and Field Day (June 5th)
  • Bowling For Dollar$
  • End Of The Year Potluck
  • 3rd Grade Brownie Troop - "Stamp Out Hunger" 
  • 2nd & 4th Grades Present History Fair 

Repeat News Articles and Updates:     

  • Gallery111 sponsors Redmoon Residency for 2nd graders (two days left - 5/25 & 5/31)  
  • Asian Heritage Month - Chinatown Tour & Lunch  (June 12th) 
  • Spring Concerts - June 7th -Save the Date!   
  • Spotlight on Skinner Superstars - Talent Show   
  • Selective Prep - Summer Math Classes


Be Sure to Check for the updated...

 New Articles 

Congratulations Skinner West!! 

On May 22nd, State Farm announced Skinner West's "Ready, Set, Tech" Cause as being one of the top 40 vote-receiving Causes that will receive a $25,000 grant to help address our current technology needs.
Thank you Skinner West community for your commitment and support during this entire voting process. Your dedication has paid off and we are now recipients of a $25,000 grant that will allow us to purchase laptops for our Superstars, allowing them to expand their technological experience beyond our computer lab, bringing it right into their classrooms.

Finally, let's extend a big THANK YOU to our very own 1st grade teacher, Ms. Staral. Ms. Staral originally submitted the "Ready, Set, Tech" Cause to State Farm, amongst 3,000+ other Causes. Of the 3,000+ proposals, Ms. Staral's proposal was chosen as one of the top 100 to be posted on Facebook where the community had a chance to vote on their favorite Cause. Again, THANK YOU Ms. Staral!

You can now make an online donation towards the Skinner West Walk-A-Thon by clicking here. Donations can be made securely online using a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create one in order to complete your donation.

Thank you for your support!
field day       

Walk-a-Thon and Field Day


Attention Skinner Parents and Family Members: 


We are still in need of volunteers for this year's Field Day/Walk-A-Thon events that will take place on Tuesday, June 5th!


The schedule will be as follows:


10:00am - 2:30pm - Walk-A-Thon

10:00am - 11:30am - K-2nd grade Field Day

11:30am - 12:15pm - Lunch K-5th grade

12:15pm - 1:00pm - Lunch 6th-8th grade

12:15pm - 1:00pm - 3rd-5th grade Field Day


Please let us know if you are able to help out for:

  1. One Field Day session
  2. Both Field Day sessions
  3. The Walk-A-Thon
  4. Lunch

If you know of others, including family members, who are willing to help, please have them e-mail Ms. Westendorf (P.E. Teacher) as we can still use more volunteers.

Lastly, we are still 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!


Join Skinner West students and family on Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 3:00pm for our 3rd annual bowling fundraiser for our Skinner Superstars.

3 hours of bowling & shoes - $20.00/person

If you are unable to join, please consider donating $$ towards our 3rd Skinner Superstar bowling party fundraiser. All money raised will go directly to Skinner West Superstars!

Bowling @ Diversey River Bowl - 2211 West Diversey Parkway, Chgo, IL 60647.

Please RSVP to Stephanie Majca @ 312-543-9974 prior to May 31st. Space is limited.


The Skinner Parent/Teacher Organization is proud to announce the End of the Year Potluck!

All Skinner families are invited to participate in the End of the Year Potluck on Friday, June 8th from 5-7 pm.

Bring food to share (salads, main dishes or desserts)
to celebrate the end of a great school year!


The 3rd grade Brownie Troop hosted a community service event at the Greater Food Depository near Midway to "stamp out hunger."  Our dedicated families braved the roads (with all the news of the NATO Summit road closures).

The brownies and their parent(s) helped pack "pasta sauce" for shelters and pantries across the city.  Our team was bright, joyful and full of energy as we worked through the afternoon.

A big thank you also for the other Brownie families who contributed non-perishables to the kids pack day.  We learned over 65,000 lbs of food are delivered each year, almost 1,000 lbs per week.  As many as 170 volunteers a day over 3 shifts to make this happen and we were part of that!!

Thanks again to the Brownies families for rounding out our Brownie school year with a successful community service event!!

Click here to view photos from the community service event.


The 2nd & 4th Graders Present History Fair

Students in second and fourth grades displayed their projects for the History Fair on May 17th in the gymnasium. This research-based project required students to prove a Chicago-related thesis, with supporting artifacts and captions.  So many interesting topics provided plenty of information for all of us to learn about our city.  We had a wonderful turnout and the children were enthusiastic about sharing what they had learned.  The teachers would like to thank all of the parents for their support, which helped to make this year's History Fair another great success! 


Click here to view photos from the fair.   

Repeat News and Updates

There are 2 days left to come out and enjoy our 2nd graders' commitment projects and performances at Redmoon's Youth Spectacle 2012, sponsored by Gallery111. This Friday, May 25th, the Youth Spectacle will be held at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and at the Homan Square Community Center on May 31st.
Admission to these events are free. All you have to do is mention the password "ZOETROPE" at the door. Help give over 650 hardworking students (including some of our Skinner Superstars) the audience they deserve!


Click here to go to the Redmoon website for more details and find out how to reserve your seat.    


Click here to read a recent article in the Chicago Journal featuring our Skinner Superstars and how they prepared for the Youth Spectacle 2012 event.  



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. 



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.  

 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