Mark T. Skinner West School


     Oct. 7 - Oct. 14, 2011   


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


Monday, Oct. 10th


Columbus Day




 Tuesday, Oct. 11th


8:45AM - 9:15AM

Glee Club Auditions



Communications Meeting

In the Library

Wednesday, Oct. 12th


3:00PM - 4:00PM

Glee Club Auditions  



Thursday, Oct. 13th


8:45AM - 9:15AM

Glee Club Auditions 



Friday, Oct. 14th


8:45AM - 9:15AM

Glee Club

Callbacks by notice only 


Fall Fundraiser Holiday Collection Catalog orders and money due! 


Progress Reports will be distributed for

Grades 1st - 8th




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Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?



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!


Skinner West Fall Fundraiser


We Need Your Help!  Our school is sponsoring a fundraising drive to raise money for student activities.  To help us raise the needed funds, we are taking orders from the HOLIDAY COLLECTION catalog you should have received from your child's classroom teacher.  We selected these product lines because we felt most members of our community would like to order a few things for themselves or to give as gifts.



  • It is voluntary
  • The products are guaranteed!
  • There is no door-to-door selling!


  • 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!


PARENTS CAN HELP!  Many parents take the brochure to work and take orders from their friends and associates.






Please collect the money as you take the orders.  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).


This project is very important to our school.  By having the participation of the entire student body, we will reach our Fall goal!   


Bake Sale
Bake Sale Successful!!!


The Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) raised $630 from the bake sale to help raise funds for language and technology needs.  Thanks to all the parents who baked and to all those who bought a treat to support our school!




Bonus Box Tops Opportunity at Jewel-Osco  

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 CureŽ  Check the Oct. 13 sales ad for details and a list of participating products. Additional information is available at    


Volunteer Banner


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


Skinners PTO Needs Volunteers 


Skinner's PTO has a lot of exciting activities scheduled this school year.  Look on the Skinner west web page at under the "Get Involved" tab for a complete list of all of the events.  If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events. please contact Stephanie Majca at 


Glee Club Auditions Are Coming!!!!


  • The Skinner West Glee Club is open to students in grades 5-8.
  • Glee Club rehearses on Wednesdays from 3-5PM in the music room.  Rehearsal attendance is mandatory.
  • This is a by-audition group, and is limited to 20 members.

Auditions will be held:

  • Tuesday, October 11th from 8:45AM to 9:15AM,
  • Wednesday, October 12th from 3:00PM to 4:00PM or 
  • Thursday, October 13th from 8:45AM to 9:15AM .

Your child will need to sing a quick excerpt from a pop song using the mic, and be prepared to demonstrate their vocal range by singing scales.


  • Callbacks are being scheduled by notice only (if we need to hear the student again to choose between finalists) on Friday, October 14th from 8:45AM to 9:15AM.

Very Important Information:

  • The Skinner Glee Club is an after school class.
  • The class fee is $100* for the whole school year, payable in 2 installments, plus $8 for the Skinner West Glee Club Tee-Shirt.  The class fee includes 28 two-hour rehearsals.
  • Parents will be notified about how to register on-line if their child is selected.
  • If the student is already registered for the STARS after school program, there is no class fee for the Skinner West Glee Club.
  • Check the MUSIC NEWS Board at the school for Auditions Results.
Primary Chorus Solo Auditions Are Coming Up Soon!!!


Tell your child to start practicing their music!!!

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.

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).  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. 


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