Mark T. Skinner West SchoolWEEK AT A GLANCE 

Week 11:

Nov. 18 - Nov. 25, 2011 


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


 Friday, Nov 18

Professional Day


3rd grade Girl Scout

Field Trip  

Red Cross

20 S Clark, Courage Rm



Monday, Nov. 21

Book Fair



Last Day!


Primary Chorus Rehearsals

Child of Peace and 

Holly & Ivy Soloists

8:45am - 9:15am


Tuesday, Nov. 22

Primary Chorus Rehearsals

Please Let It Snow


8:45am - 9:15 am


PTO/ Forum Meeting


All are welcome to attend


Local School Council



All are welcome to attend



Thursday, Nov. 24





Friday, Nov. 25  



Open thru Mon. Nov 28

Online Scholastic Book Fair

 See article for details



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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)





Watch a Video to Earn Box Tops


Ford has teamed up with Box Tops for Education to provide money for schools!  Go to

 and sign in or create an account.  Select Skinner West Elementary School as your school to support- zip code 60607.    


Earn 5 eBoxTops for each Ford video you watch - up to 25 eBoxTops total if you watch all five videos we've made available. Watch videos from October 1 -December 1, 2011.   


Earn 10 eBoxTops when you request a Ford vehicle brochure. Request a brochure from October 1 - December 1, 2011. Redeem code by March 31, 2012.


And if you happen to be planning on purchasing a Ford any time soon...Earn 250 eBoxTops® with the purchase of any new Ford vehicle.  Purchase vehicle from October 1 - December 1, 2011. Redeem code by March 31, 2012.  




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!












2nd Grade: Textured Owls 



1st Grade: Matisse: Drawing w/ Scissors


7th Grade:Symmetry of Positive/ Negative












Introducing the Skinner Art Showcase!


Your Skinner Superstar may be the next Monet or Picasso!  Displayed throughout the school in stairwells and on the walls are recent art projects created by your student.  The next time you have a few minutes, be sure to visit our students' creative and unique works of art, led by our
wonderful art teacher Ms. Bovit.  Here's what each grade has been working on:

  • Kindergarten: Paper Weavings
  • 1st: Fall Printing: Printing with leaves and shapes with tempera paint.  Study of Matisse "Drawing with Scissors": cut paper collage
  • 2nd: Texture Study: Owls using hand manipulated paper, egg cartons, and tempera paint
  • 3rd: Creating 3D shapes and focal point, using colored pencil on paper
  • 4th: Study of Van Gogh's Sunflower Series: oil pastels on paper
  • 5th: Calavera Masks: oil pastels
  • 6th: Visual Puns: creating a range of color values
  • 7th: Study of Symmetry & Positive/ Negative space; cut paper
  • 8th: Currently working on linoleum block printing

 Check out the photo gallery as we
 continually add images to our photo gallery! 


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Skinner West Gallery 111 Wants You!


Gallery 111 is powered by fabulous parent and teacher volunteers dedicated to providing a hands-on education in the visual, literary, and performing arts at Skinner West. 


Our mission is to develop the whole child.  This not only requires rigorous academics, but must also include the integration of a comprehensive arts program for all classrooms.


Some of the Gallery 111 sponsored programs:

  • Hands on Stanza poetry residency (5th gr.)
  • Guitarras de Espana, Spanish music and dance performance (4th gr.)
  • "Building Bridges" Theater workshop through Adventure Stage Chicago (6th gr.)
  • Ballroom dancing (1st gr.)
  • AND the "No Art Left Behind" soiree in May.

We are looking for a few set of hands!  Stop by the art room, or email us at to be added to our meeting update emails.   Join us for our meeting on Tuesday, November 29th @ 3:10pm in the art room. We will be voting for all of this  year's cabinet positions.




 Like Daily Deals? 

Buy One Through Mamapedia and 5% Goes Back to Skinner West!


Mamasource is a daily deal site that provides exclusive deals to you, while giving 5% of your purchase back to Skinner West!  Just designate "Mark T. Skinner Classical" (code A5BY) as your preferred school in the "Savings for School" program at checkout, and make your purchase!  

Click here to learn about Savings for Skinner


Sample deals featured this week:


Click here for a $17 magazine subscription + book for National Geographic for Kids (73% off)

Click here for collectible stuffed pups for $10 (50% off)

Click here for $50 worth of personalized stationery for $20 (60% off)


Don't forget to share the code with family and friends!



 Annual Holiday Bazaar is Coming!

PTO/Forum will be holding its Annual Holiday Bazaar!  We are now accepting new or gently used donations (e.g. small gift items, books, collectibles, toys, jewelry, etc) in the designated box in the main lobby or the main office.  (Please label donations "Holiday Bazaar").  On Friday, December 9th, the children will be given the opportunity to purchase  items starting at 25 cents to give away as holiday presents to family and friends, while truly "making it their own" gift selection.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Ash @


Holiday Bazaar Flyer



Book Fair


Book Fair Volunteers Needed for 11/21

Online Shopping Option Now Available Through 11/28


Parent volunteers are needed to help supervise the book fair and assist students with shopping and checkout.  This is a great chance to see what's new in children's literature, help children develop their understanding of money and budgeting, and to help match students with books they will love!  Any amount of time is appreciated, and siblings are always welcome.  We still need extra help on:


Monday, November 21 (all day)


The online component of the bookfair is available until Nov.28 at www.  Click HERE to shop or  find Skinner West in the drop down menu and enjoy browsing and shopping!  All purchases will be shipped to Skinner FREE of charge once the book fair ends.


Thank you for helping make the book fair a success!








8:45 to 9:15 am  Music Room

  • Monday, Nov. 21 - Child of Peace and Holly& Ivy Soloists
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22 - Please Let it Snow Soloists

Primary Chorus Rehearsals




Please Support Skinner West Athletics 


 Please help Skinner West's athletic teams by participating in our Taffy Apple fundraiser!  Sold individually @ $1.25 each or by the case for $27,  please bring the order form and money to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday, Nov. 29th.  Orders will be distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 7th. 


Taffy Apple Order Form


Thank you for your support!


Skinner Sports Coaches






Skinner Edible Schoolyard Update


Thank you so much for all the parents who attended the Edible Schoolyard meeting.  Some great ideas came out of it, and they will be profiled in upcoming news blasts.  At this moment, it has become apparent that some general organizational and operational tasks must be completed.  Once completed, we can get down to having fun and seeing some positive results materialize!


We had an opportunity to see the sign Ms. Bovits 4th graders created for the garden...INCREDIBLE!  Great job to all who contributed their efforts and artwork!  Thank you!


Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th @ 5:30pm in the lunchroom.  All are welcome and we encourage your participation inwhat is shaping up to be a very meaningful project.  For planning purposes, please contact us @ to confirm your attendance.



High School Fair 


We recently hosted a high school fair for 7th and 8th graders and their parents and it was a success!  We had 18 high schools display and present options to our students.  We thank each of you for participating and hope it has provided you an awareness of the options ahead of you!



4th Annual Skinner Ski and Splash Day


Monday, February 13th 10am to 10pm


Save the date for an fun and exciting day of skiing and/or water park day at the Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge Resort.  Click HERE for more details.



Box Top for School 


Box Tops Promotion Reminder


If you haven't already done so, please go to  to earn box tops for Skinner.  Instructions are listed on the sidebar and this expires December 1st.  Thank you!



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Deborah M. Clark