Mark T. Skinner West School


     Oct. 14 - Oct. 21, 2011   

Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


Friday, October 14


12 Noon - 2:00 P.M.

Game Truck  

94 students are winners. Parent volunteers needed.

Please contact Stephanie Majca at or 312.543.9974.   



Sunday, Oct. 16th

 3rd Grade Skinner West Brownie Troop #23002

Community Service project at the Ronald McDonald House



Monday, Oct. 17th


 8:45 - 9:15A.M.
Primary Chorus
Solo Auditions
Music Room
3:15 - 4:15 P.M.
School Improvement Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 18th


8:45 - 9:15AM
Primary Chorus
Solo Auditions
Music Room

Forum PTO Mtg
All are Welcome to Attend
Room 124

LSC Meeting
All are Welcome to Attend


Wednesday, Oct. 19th


Primary Chorus  

Solo Auditions

By Appointment Only
Music Room  



Thursday, Oct. 20th


8:45 - 9:15AM
Primary Chorus
Solo Auditions
Music Room 

Friday, Oct. 21th


9:00 A.M.

Facilities Services Meeting


4:00 -7:00PM

Family Fun Night 



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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



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! 



Jewel-Osco Box Top Opportunity


Save $5 instantly on your purchase when you buy 10 participating products and earn 25 Bonus Box Tops for Skinner West- they  print out with your receipt!  General Mills will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®  Additional information is available at      


Grades 1st - 8th
Due to a glitch in IMPACT, progress reports will be sent home on Monday, October 17, 2011.
Student Bus Cards
If your child takes public transportation to and from school, please see Ms. Banks, in the main office, for a discounted bus card.

Skinner Web Page Updates, New Linked-In and Facebook Pages 

Have you checked out the Skinner West Web page lately?  If not you might just want to go to to see what's new.  The Local School Council Communications Committee is adding new information daily including recent updates such as: 
  • A new color coded calendar
  • More information about after school clubs and activities.
  • School policies
  • New forms
  • Additional classroom information - the teachers are in the process of creating new web pages for each class.
  • Additional information about ways to get involved.  
  • School fees may be now be paid online.  Our goal is to receive 100% payment of all school fees to pay for the school book and ancillary supplies needed to educate our children.    
  • A new button that will enable you to donate to Skinners instructional programs throughout the year.  
In addition, make sure that you join the new Skinner West Linked-In page at

You should also join the new Skinner West Facebook page at

Both of these pages will be updated with important information about the school. 

The Communications Committee is continuing to look for ways to improve the web site and communications at the school.  If you have ideas about ways to improve the web site or are interested in getting more information about the Communications Committee, please email   

Skinner West Fall Fundraiser Money NOW DUE 

Parents thank you for your efforts to help Skinner West raise money for student activities.  This project is very important to our school.  By having the participation of the entire student body, we will reach our Fall goal!  





CASH, MONEY ORDERS AND CHECKS MADE OUT TO "SKINNER FORUM" WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Delivery will be on 11/16/11 (Report card pick-up day).



  • Sell 1 item             Get Prize A (Mystery Prize)
  • Sell 6 items           Get Prizes A + B
  • Sell 10 items         Get Prizes A + B + C
  • Sell 16 items         Get Prizes A + B + C + D
  • Look on the envelope for additional prizes!

BONUS PRIZE - STUDENTS THAT SELL 40 ITEMS OR MORE WILL EARN 15 SECONDS IN THE MONEY MACHINE!  Try to grab as much cash as you can!  (Any cash won in the money machine is in addition to the prizes they win on the envelope.)


PARENT'S PRIZE - If your order form has 10 or more total items sold, you earn 1 free item from the catalog ($12 or less in value)!  Write selected item # in the "free item" box on the order form.


CLASSROOM PRIZE - Every class that sells 175 items or more as a group wins a PIZZA  PARTY!

Girl Scouts

Skinner West
Girl Scout Brownie Troop #23003 Community Service Project and Meetings

The Skinner West 3rd Grade Skinner West Brownie Troop #23002 hosted a kick off meeting on September 30, 2011. This week on October 16th they are hosting their first Community Service project at the Ronald McDonald House. The Brownies are scheduled to meet on the following dates for 2011-2012 at 3:00 to 5:00PM in the Art Room on the 2nd floor:


October 21, 2011

November 4, 2011

December 16, 2011

January 20, 2012

February 17, 2012

March 16, 2012

April 20, 2012

May18, 2012

June 8, 2012


If you would like more information about the Troop please contact Ms. Dina at 773-315-0633.  

Primary Chorus Solo Auditions!!! 

Auditions will be held Monday, October 17th, Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th from 8:45AM to 9:15AM and Wednesday, October 19th from 3 to 3:45PM (by arrangement, only for those who cant come early in the mornings).   The students may sing or dance to the following songs for their solo auditions:

Singing Solos, boys or girls:       The Holly and the Ivy.
                                                     A Child of Peace.
                                                     Please, Let it Snow -
                                                     1st Grade Only.

Singing Solos, boys:                   Mambo Santa Mambo      
Dancers:                                      Hip Hop Reindeer.
                                                     Spirit of the Seasonth.

Please  contact the Skinner West music teacher, Ms. Maatouk, for additional information. Emails can be sent to Ms. Maatouk on the Skinner West web site at  In addition, visit this link for a list of the tentatively scheduled Primary Chorus concert dates and a list of the Music Field Trips. 
Family Fun Night Crop Family Fun Night

Parent Volunteers are needed for Family Fun Night Friday October 21st from 4-7p.  Please contact Stephanie Majca @ or 312.543.9974.  Our theme is Health & Wellness.  If anyone has any contacts or works in this field and is interested in presenting at family fun night, please contact Stephanie Majca at or 312.543.99774..


Step Out:  Walk To Stop Diabetes

The Skinner West Sports Committee 5th through 8th grade Basketball Team will participate in  the American Diabetes Association "Step Out:  Walk to
Stop Diabetes" on Saturday, October 22nd.  We are joining three other groups as part of the Team Life camp.  We will meet at Soldier Field at 9:00AM.  The 3.5 mile walk starts at 10:00AM. 

Student athletes, parents, or friends
can support the efforts by joining in the walk or giving a donation in this effort to support the ADA as well as the sports program here at Skinner School.  All donations will be split with half going to the ADA and half going to the Skinner Sports Program.  Donations of any amount are being accepted.  The Sports Committee requests donations of $25 or more. 

To join in register to join the walk or to donate strictly to the ADA on behalf of the Skinner West Sports Program visit

In addition, if you would like to help by donating fruit, water or candy to sale or if you would like to volunteer in another way, please contact Mr. Brandon L. Lomax at or call 773-962-7644.  The Skinner Sports Committee President is Mr. Chauncery Flowers and the Vice President is Mr. Langston Harris.

Student Council Fright Night
Dance and Movie

Student Council announces our first Halloween Fright Night Dance for students in sixth-eighth grade on Monday, October 31st from 3:30-6:00pm.  Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door, parent permission slip is required.  Students are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes while following the Upper Grade Dress Code.   


Student Council also proudly presents movie night for students in fourth and fifth-grade.  The FREE feature presentation will be "Disney's The Haunted Mansion" on Thursday, October 27th from 3:00-5:00pm.  Movie snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Parent permission slip is required.   


For additional information about either of these events please feel free to contact one of the Student Council Sponsors: Mr. Johnson, Ms. Mellos, Ms. Ramakrishnan or Mrs. Rosenzweig via the Skinner West Web Site Staff Directory at .   
Open House
High School Open Houses Occur in October and November 

Parents are you aware that many high schools have open houses in October and November.  If your child is in 6th, 7th and 8th grade you should begin having discussions with them about the various high school.  In addition, you might want to attend some of these open houses.  They are great opportunities to learn more about the schools.  Faculty, staff and students are available to answer questions about curriculum, extracurricular activities, sports programs, tuition, financial aid, etc. Take a look at this list of Selective Enrollment Open Houses from the CPS Office of Academic Enhancement. 

SEHS Open Houses - Fall 2011

A list of the Catholic High School Open Houses can be found at   


Additional information about the Private High Schools in Cook County can be found by going to .  Information about each schools open house can  be found by going to each schools individual web page.  

Box Top for School  

Avery Facebook "Like" Contest 

Imagine what a half Million Box Tops coupons could do for our school.  It can happen in the Avery® Sticky Notes Mark The Spot Sweepstakes. 
  • 20,000 winners will receive a FREE sample of Avery See-Through Sticky Notes retail package.

  • 5 winners will also win 100,000 Box Tops coupons each (valued at $10,000) applied to the school of their choice.
All you have to do to enter is go to Avery's Facebook page at, click "Like" and then click on the "Enter For A Chance To Win" button to register for the contest. Upon registering you must designate an eligible school of your choice. Entries made via Facebook must be received midnight Eastern Time, October 25, 2011.
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Additional Parent Volunteers Needed

We are looking for enough parent volunteers on a daily basis between 8:30 - 9:20 AM, so that the Monroe Street entrance can be opened for easy and safe student access into the building.  Please volunteer to help us out when you can.  If you are available to assist with morning pick up please email your name, student's name, teacher, grade, phone number and email address to
Options for Knowledge Application Process Now Open

The 2012-2013 Chicago Public Schools Options for Knowledge application process is now open through December 16, 2011!  Additional information is available at


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                                                                                                                      Deborah M. Clark
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