Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2012-2013

Week 6       

Oct. 11 - Oct. 18, 2012 

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Weekly Update 

Monday, Oct. 15
Fall Catalog Fundraiser Due

Tuesday, Oct. 16  
PTO Meeting
5:30 pm

LSC Meeting
6:30 pm  

Friday, Oct. 19   
Progress Report Distribution  


Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar


Neighborhood News
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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) 









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Believe Catalog Fundraiser Deadline Has Been Extended

The Catalog Fundraiser deadline has been extended to Friday, October 12th. To see the catalog and place your order go to If you have any questions about this PTO sponsored fundraiser, please email

Thank you for your support!

Room Parents Needed

Room Parents Still Needed

Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers that have volunteered to be Room Parents for their child's classroom. We still need parent volunteers to serve as Room Parents in the following classrooms:

2nd Grade, Room 221 Ellis

3rd Grade, Room 222 Schildmeyer
5th Grade, Room 317 Ramakrishnan

6th Grade, Room 319 Sendoun

7th Grade, Room 322 McSpadden

7th Grade, Room 323 Fitzsimmons

8th Grade, Room 320 Mellos

Upper Grade Special Education, Room 313 Werner

Spanish, Room 316 Alvizuri

Spanish, Room 124 Hernandez

Mandarin, Room 211 Jean Kong

Science, Room 226 Kori Milroy

Music, Room 311 Mary Lisa Maatouk

Art, Room 201 Jacqueline Bovit

Library, Room 300 Kelly Rantfl


Interested parties should email LaToya Price-Childs, Room Parent Coordinator at

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers:
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has a medical compliance goal for immunizations of students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools of 90 percent. The deadline to reach this goal is October 15, 2012. We are asking parents to make sure their child is medically compliant by the state deadline. If your child's appointment is past the October 15 deadline, please provide a copy of the appointment card/notice to your school nurse as soon as possible.
We thank you for your assistance in providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all of our students!

For further questions, please contact the school nurse at (773) 534-7790 or City of Chicago Information via phone at 311.  


The 2013-2014 application process is now open for elementary magnet, selective enrollment and high school offerings. Click here to obtain more details.

To view upcoming Open House dates, click here.

Repeat News and Updates




Congratulations to the Skinner West science team!   

On Sunday, October 7th, Skinner West was one of 11 science experiments to participate in the launch of the Space X Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The winning micro-gravity science experiment and mission patches created by our Superstars are traveling to the International Space Station.   Congratulations to Ms. Milroy and to all the Superstars who participated!

The experiment design team consisted of Joshua T., Jeff G., Hannon W., Edward H., Marc H., Eric C., and Stone C. 

Click here to view the launch.
Click here to read the coverage by WBBM Newsradio. 


CPS Updated School Calendar


CPS has approved a new school calendar.  Note that dates have changed due to the new agreement between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union.


Please refer to the new CPS schedule HERE of key full and half days off and post this schedule. There are many changes to the schedule which include additional half days off and a revised winter break, spring break and makeup days due to the strike.  We recommend that you print this schedule for planning future days off.



Do you have a few minutes to spare?

With the school day starting earlier, student volunteers no longer have time to re-shelve all the returned
books. Parent volunteers are needed in the library to help shelve books! Any amount of time is appreciated,
especially at the beginning of the day and before pick-up. Ms. Ranftl will teach you everything you need
to know about re-shelving. Younger siblings are welcome in the library too!




Local School Council

Parent Rep Needed 


LSCs are elected representatives of the parents, community residents, teachers, and, in high schools, students in each school. LSCs select and evaluate the principal, help develop, approve, and monitor the annual school improvement plan and budget, and carry out other important functions at the local school level.  Needless to say, the LSC is a very important committee and has a lot of influence over what happens here at Skinner West.   


Currently, the Skinner West LSC is looking to fill a parent seat due to the relocation of long serving parent rep ,Kathryn Ash ,to Bloomington, Il. If you are interested please submit your application by October 11th deadline.  The election will be held at the LSC meeting scheduled on October 16th. Candidates are invited to come and introduce themselves to the LSC at the meeting.

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Skinner West Birthday Book Club


 Dedicate a book to the Skinner West Library in honor of your child!


Honor your child's birthday by dedicating a book to our school library. Have something else to celebrate?  Books can be dedicated to honor a student's accomplishments, a graduation, or in remembrance of a loved one.  Just contact Ms. Ranftl!


How does the Birthday Book Club work?   

  • If you want to participate, complete the form that is attached  here.
  • Send it with $15.00 cash or check made payable to Skinner West .Send the money in an envelope to library  labeled: Ms. Ranftl-Birthday Book Club.  Forms are due Oct. 26th.  If you do not receive a confirmation email by Nov. 2nd, please email Ms. Ranftl. We don't want anyone being missed!
  • The $15 includes the price of a new hardcover book and all processing costs.
  • Birthday Book Club selection will occur twice a year. August-December birthdays will select books on November 27th (the week of many author birthdays- Mark Twain, C. S. Lewis, Marc Brown, and Madeline L'Engie!) and January-July birthdays will select books on March 5th (the week of the great Dr. Seuss' birthday!).  
  • A bookplate including your child's name and birthday will be attached to the front page of the book.
  • The book will be checked out to your child first to take home and share with your family before it is returned to share with our school.  From then on, every child who reads the book will know what great support your family has given to the library!  


This is a great way to honor your child and help our library! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ranftl at     




SelectivePrep Registration Open


Selective Prep is a program that prepares sixth and eighth-grade students to take the high school entrance exams.  According to Ingrid Byrd, an 8th Grade parent here at Skinner West, after taking the SelectivePrep class, 


"My older daughter's standardized test scores improved and she achieved 99th percentiles for the high school exam. She currently attends Walter Payton College Prep."   



SelectivePrep offers the only classroom program in Chicago to help students prepare for the Academic Center Admissions test. The Admissions Test is an aptitude test containing unusual problems that assess your child's ability to recognize figural, mathematical and verbal relationships. This test is one third of the score required for admissions to an Academic Center.

Classes at Skinner will start on Monday, November 5th and run for 6 sessions from 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM. We will need a minimum of 9 students to run the class at Skinner - so please spread the word. Click here to register.




One third of the entrance score is determined by your child's performance on the Selective Enrollment High School Entrance Exam. SelectivePrep offers an intensive program to help prepare students for the Selective Enrollment Entrance Exam. SelectivePrep's course will review all the Exam's Reading, Math, Language, and Vocabulary topics and discuss optimal test taking techniques. Included in this program is a Study Guide containing extensive content review and exercises.  Classes at Skinner will start on Thursday, October 25th and run for 8 sessions from 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM. We will need a minimum of 9 students to run the class at Skinner - so please spread the word. Click here to register.

If you need more information or have any questions, please visit our website at or call
Box Top for School
 Skinner West's Box Top collection is off to a great start!

Introducing..... the Box Tops Market Place!

Do you shop online for your family, for gifts, or for your business/company's supplies? If so, please shop
through the Box Top Market Place, and earn eBoxTops with your purchases. Several parents already use the Market Place for their families and work places, and have been very successful at earning Box Tops for Skinner West!

Here's how-

2. Choose from over 175 stores, including Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Apple, iTunes, Target, 1-800-Flowers, many clothing stores for children and adults, photo websites, and travel sites.

3. Shop as usual, and earn Box tops for Skinner West.

  4. Send a printout of the Box Tops you earned in the Market Place to school with your child so his or her class receives credit.

Make sure you are registered for..., and check regularly for Click & Earn opportunities, valuable coupons, and
contests, and earn 5 Bonus Box Tops automatically! Explore the site for Bonus Box Top opportunities at local stores, such as Jewel-Osco, Cub Foods, and Shop & Save, as well as coupons., and explore opportunities for eBoxTops and Bonus Box Tops at Dominick's Stores. Earn 5 Box tops for referring friends, and 5 for receiving newsletters.

The Summer Box Top Raffle winners are......
$50 Book Fair Gift Certificate- Jordan T., Room 218
$15 Book Fair Gift Certificate- Jamarri, Room 212
$10 Book Fair Gift Certificate- Jaden J., Room 218

Thank you to all the students and families who collected box tops over the summer, and special thanks to Mrs. Robinson for drawing the winning raffle tickets. Keep collecting Box Tops... more contests are coming soon!

Buy Halloween costumes at wholesale prices and support Skinner West at the same time. 
This year, Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) is sponsoring is a Halloween costume fundraiser where you can select from 1000's of costumes at wholesale price, while 15% of your purchase goes back to Skinner. Click here to learn more. Be sure to use Promo Code FUN1499 at checkout.

Thank you for your support.
Mixed Bags
Support Skinner West Pre-School's Mixed Bag Designs Fundraiser

Here's a fundraiser where style, fashion and fun come together with sustainability. Through this fundraiser you have the opportunity to purchase eco-friendly products, give back to our school AND help the environment! Click here for more details.


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 Deborah M. Clark