Friday, Nov 4
Student Council Elections
Sunday, Nov. 6
Daylight Savings Time Ends
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Wednesday, Nov. 9
Open House for Prospective Students
10:30-11:30am for K - 5th
5:00-6:00pm for 6th - 8th
Thursday, Nov. 10
High School Fair
5:00 - 6:30pm
Friday, Nov. 11
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everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our
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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!
to Skinner on ALL purchases made with Target Card
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Skinner Classical as your school
As of 8/2011, Skinner has earned over $7,000 from
Target. Please encourage parents, relatives and friends to designate
Skinner Classical as their school!
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Another Successful Year!
A round of applause to the Skinner West administration,
teachers, faculty, parents and students for another banner year on
test scores and rankings!
According to the Chicago Tribune, Skinner West was
rated one of the top schools in the state, with
99.3% of students meeting or exceeding state
standards across all sections of the ISAT test. Original article
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Skinner West was
ranked #5 in top elementary schools in the Chicago-area and #6 in top
elementary schools in the state. Original article
Congratulations to all, especially the students,
who work so hard, and thank you to ALL
who provide a rich, educational and fun environment
for our children.
thanks to parents and teachers who helped make Halloween a fun
experience for our children! See for yourself - the Halloween parade
and events were a success! Visit our photo gallery for Halloween
photos and continual updates HERE.
(If you have your school photos to submit, please send jpg or gif
files of up to 350KB to email@example.com)
Skinner West is
proud to announce that it has been chosen as the recipient of a
Motorola Mobility Empowerment Grant. Empowerment Grants are
given annually to help communities "close to the digital
divide". This $5,000 grant will be used to purchase tablet
computers for Mrs. Milroy's science lab. Part of the
application process was to create a YouTube video showing how Skinner
West would use the technology to enhance the program. The video
was shot by parent Rich Ferguson and 5th grader Maya C and her
amazing iPad. See the video and learn more about this year's grant
Skinner West YouTube Video
Motorola Empowerment Grant
need your help!
We need to
optimize the $5,000 grant to purchase 17 tablets computers. If
you have resources or group discounts available for us to
use, please contact Mrs. Milroy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Concerts - SAVE THE DATES
The Skinner West Holiday Concerts are coming!
Thursday, 12/22 @ Skinner
All are Welcome!
- 10am -
PreK: Kindergarten and Music House
Grades 1 -5 and Music House
Primary Chorus (grades 1-3)
Please make note to attend the public events, and/or
chaperone for the ones not open to the public. Please watch
for a letter coming home in backpacks this week. Also,
remember to purchase your red and black holiday outfits
- Sat. 12/3: Fulton River
Park @5pm (Gr 1-3)
12/6: Blue Cross (Grade 2 only)- NOT open to public
12/8: Plumbers Hall (Grade 1 only) - NOT open to the
12/13: City Hall @ 12 Noon (Gr. 1-3)
12/15: CNA (Gr 1-3) - NOT open to the public
12/20: Block 37 Mall @ 1pm (Gr.3 only)
speakers and dancers have been selected for the primary chorus.
Go to the Skinner West Music page to see the audition results and
Ever Wonder What Happens on Professional Days?
Professional Day's are typically reserved for
preparing for report cards, and meeting on a variety of topics.
Ultimately, teachers are better prepared with tools
to provide a better education through regular assessments and
training. This past Friday's topics included:
school-wide goals for reading
Common Core Standards
assessments and MAP tests
on developing individual website teacher pages; Updates from the
eTable Organic Garden
partnership with the Chicago Park District and Parkway Foundation,
Skinner West is pleased to announce the launch of the Skinner e-Table
schoolyard organic vegetable garden. In an effort to embrace
First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy schools campaign (called Let's
Move), a vegetable garden will be planted in the Skinner West gardens
in front of the school to teach the children how to make wise food
choices. The mission is to wholly integrate these lessons into
Skinner's curriculum, culture, and food program. The Skinner eTable
Schoolyard will involve students in all aspects of farming the garden
as well as preparing, serving, and eating the food.
are invited to join in helping launch the project. We are
looking for volunteers who can help with building and creating the
e-Table garden for our Skinner Superstars. The first
meeting will be announced soon. Please leave your name, email
address, and phone number at email@example.com for updates on the kick off
Book Fair Volunteers Still Needed!
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
especially need help on:
Monday, November 14
Tuesday, November 15
Thursday, November 17
Monday November 21
Tuesday, November 22 (Packing up Book Fair)
forms went home with students last week, and are also available
here: Book Fair Volunteer Form. You may also
email Ms. Ranftl at firstname.lastname@example.org to
volunteer. Please include your child's name and room number in
you for helping make the book fair a success!
Needs Your GLEE Video Vote
is giving $1,000,000 to at-risk music programs!
heard the call and GLEEKed their hearts out in their submission
videos. Now it's your turn to lend your voice. Vote and share your
favorite videos and help deserving schools win up to 50K!
Skinner has been entered into the contest to win money
for a new sound system for the gym. This would benefit any group
using the gym for a concert, event or meeting.
All you have to do is go to www.gleegiveanote.com
and vote for the Skinner Classical Glee Video! Please bookmark
the page and vote every day-- voting is open until Nov. 7th.
The schools with the most votes will be entered into the final round.