Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2012-2013

Week 9     

Nov. 1 - Nov. 9, 2012 

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Weekly Update 

Thursday, Nov. 1
Student Council Assembly

Friday, Nov. 2
Pizza Day 
   Tuesday, Nov. 6 
Student Council Elections
 Entertainment Book Orders Due
Thursday, Nov. 8
End of 1st Quarter
  Friday, Nov. 9   
1/2 Day of School
School Improvement Day

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It's Election Week at Skinner West!  The posters are up for the 7th & 8th grade candidates for the Student Council and all candidates spoke at two assemblies for grades 3-8 on November 1st.  Skinner will have its election on November 6, the same day as the 2012 Presidential election!
The 7th and 8th graders running for Student Council are as follows:
President: Ashanti A., Reggie C., Darielle H., Langston H.
Vice President:  Emily A., Samuel C., Lauren K.
Secretary: Milan M.
Treasurer: De'zjha H., Marc H., Karsyn T.
Historian: Amiya C.
Visit the photo gallery on our Skinner website for pictures of the candidates and for pictures of the assembly and check back next week for election results. 





Congratulations to Skinner West -  

A Top Ranked School


Skinner West is ranked as a Top 10 school in Illinois!  Skinner West ranked 7th among 2,202 elementary schools in Illinois and 1,430 middle schools in Illinois, with 99.2% of Skinner West students meeting or exceeding state standards!   The rankings are based on the Sun-Times' analysis of state achievement test data, and reflects the average scores of students within each school. Congratulations to  Skinner West's students, faculty, administration, and parents for Skinner West's continued success.



 Click HERE to link to Sun Times List


Click HERE to link to Sun Times Article




Halloween Fun!
Many thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped make Halloween a fun day for our Superstars!  The Halloween parade and parties were a big success!  

Visit our photo gallery on the Skinner website or click HERE to view this year's Halloween photos as it is updated.  If you have any photos from the Skinner parade or class parties that you would like to submit, please send pictures less than 350KB to

KISS & GO: No Parking in Drop-off Area

Parents there are a number of congestion flow problems occurring on the Monroe Street side because parents are parking and leaving their cars for extended periods of time during the 8-9am morning drop-off. Please know that the drop off area is NOT intended for long term parking. It is NOT intended as an area for parents to park while they escort their children to their classroom. It is intended as a "Kiss-N-Go" area - this means that: 

  1. Parents make sure that your child is ready to exit your car when pulling up to the drop off area: they have their bookbag, lunch box, coat, hats, gloves, etc.;
  2. Drive up to the drop off area;
  3. Parents remain in your cars;
  4. Kiss your kids while they're in the car;
  5. The kids jump out and
  6. drive away.

Please do not stay longer then the time needed to watch your son or daughter walk into the school. Please don't drop your child off in the middle of street and don't block the alley or park in the alley when you're dropping off your kids. Due to the large amount of traffic occurring during drop off, parents are requested to follow this procedure. Please inform your caregivers and private transportation services of this request. We need to keep this area clear so that all parents have a place to pull up to drop off their kids. If you need to come into the school or you want to stay with your child until 8:30 - please find parking on the street in an area other than the drop off area.


We are trying to make sure that volunteers are available to assist with drop off. We are extremely grateful to parent, Jamal Ali , for helping us out with drop-off assistance for the past two months. If you are interested in volunteering please email the volunteer coordinator at We really need more volunteers in the morning to assist !

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Technology Update - New Interactive Promethean Boards !

You may have noticed that there is new technology in several of our classrooms.  Eleven Promethean Interactive white boards have been installed in the classrooms.   

An interactive whiteboard is a large display that connects to a computer and a projector. The projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface, where users control the computer with a pen, finger, or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand. Various accessories, such as student response systems, enable interactivity.

The eleven lucky classrooms and teachers are: Ms. McSpadden, Ms. Rosenzweig, Mr. Lew, Mr. Chau, Mr. Cox, Mr. Carlson, Ms. Christiansen, Ms. Schildmeyer, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Rupp and Ms. Beaudry. Thanks to this years' CPS funds that were earmarked for technology and the Friends of Skinner West's Walk-a-Thon fundraiser from May 2012, classrooms are using technology to provide students another way of learning curriculum. Whiteboards provide the ability to present multimedia material that is verbal, visual, auditory, and interactive, which is essential to drawing today's students into the subject matter. A key benefit is boosting student motivation and participation.

Thanks to all the children and parents who helped raise funds from 2012's Skinner West Walk-a-thon. The results are truly rewarding for our Superstars!

PE Uniform Sale

A flyer went home last week with each student announcing the launching of the 2012-13 PE Uniform Sale.  PE Uniforms are MANDATORY for all students.  Students in grades K-5 must wear their PE uniform to school on their designated PE day(s). Upper grade students (grades 6-8) are allowed to change into their PE uniforms in the first 5 minutes of their PE class time, but have to change back into their clothes on their own time.

To order Skinner PE Uniforms for this year- or additional Skinner apparel- go to  All orders must be placed on the website. Enter Skinner West Classical, Illinois in the school name section and the Skinner West logo will be displayed.  Clothing purchased with our logo is acceptable for PE class.  You can also go to the "Select Activity" drop down menu and select the "Phys. Ed" option.  PE Uniforms need to be in Skinner school colors, either all purple or purple/gold, or they can be CPS uniform colors of navy blue and white.  Although it is encouraged to purchase uniforms via, parents may send their kids to school on PE days in clothes purchased from outside vendors--as long as the colors are in accordance with CPS policy and are the purple/gold school colors or navy blue/white CPS colors. Any Skinner PE clothing purchased in previous years also is acceptable.
Finally, all students must have appropriate footwear to participate in PE classes. They must have gym shoes. Boots, flats, sandals, flip flops, dress shoes, high heels, and crocs are considered inappropriate in a movement setting.  If a student does not have appropriate footwear ready when they come to the gym for class, they will not be able to participate for that period.
The goal is to have all Skinner students in their PE Uniforms by December 3rd. If you have any questions about the PE Uniform, the flyer, or the school policy, please contact your child's PE teacher: Mr. Johnson (K, 1, 5-8th grades) at or Ms. Westendorf (K, 1,2-4) at


Family Fun Night


The Skinner West PTO Forum is planning a Family Fun Night that will BLOW your SOCKS off!!!!!  Parents and kids of all ages won't want to miss the Skinner West "Family Fun Lego and Game Night" on Friday, November 30th from 4:00-7:00PM!  So put it on your calendar and save the date!  This Fun Night will feature board and video games, TV game shows, Wii/xBox dance competitions and a Lego construction zone to name a few things.  


Planning has begun and we are reaching out to the parents, teachers and Skinner clubs and organizations to help with the family fun night festivities! We need volunteers to host activity booths, donate goods and services, donate an item for a raffle, donate prizes for the kids and to compete in the cooking contest.  You can volunteer online by following the instructions below.  Make sure to sign up early for more availability!  Each class and organization at Skinner is requested to host one of the suggested booths.   


Click this link and follow the directions on the page to see the suggested booths and sign up to volunteer:    


If you have any questions, please contact LaToya Price-Childs at 773-206-5003 or by email at

Repeat News and Updates



Primary Chorus Solo Auditions 

Auditions for this year's holiday concert are underway and continue until November 7th. The  schedule for this week's auditions is listed below. For more information, you can go to Ms. Maatouk's webpage at

Fri. Nov 2
-- 1st grade SINGERS: 8:00 to 8:30AM or 3:30
 to 4:00PM
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Mon. Nov. 5
-- 2nd & 3rd grade SPEAKERS: 8:00 to
 8:30AM or 3:30 to 4:00PM
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Child of Peace

Tues. Nov. 6
-- 2nd & 3rd grade Mambo DANCERS &
 SANTAS: 8:00 to 8:30AM

Wed. Nov. 7
-- 1st grade Hip Hop Reindeer DANCERS:
 8:00 to 8:30AM





STAR After School Program Update

There will be no STAR after school program on Friday, November 9th due to a half day of school.

STAR quarterly payments are due no later than
Friday, November 9th
.  Please bring a check to insure a spot for your child.  Please stop by the STAR program desk or contact if you have any questions.



Fall 2012 Book Fair  


Skinner Scholastic Fall Book Fair--Volunteers Needed


Skinner West Fall Book Fair is coming soon ...Save the dates!


The K-8th Book fair will be held in the Skinner West Library from November 15-21,8:45-3:30 daily, open until 6:00 on November 20th.  Students will visit the book fair with their class during the regular library period.  


Volunteers are needed each day to assist the students as they shop, restock the books, and help keep the fair running smoothly.


Volunteers are also needed to help set up the fair.  The set up date is November 14th and will start at 8:30.  
Please email Ms. Ranftl at if you are able to help at any time November 14th-November 21st.  


Entertainment Book Fundraiser

The Skinner Forum/PTO Entertainment Book Fundraiser began this week and runs until November 6th.  An Entertainment Book, priced at $30, was sent home with every Skinner Superstar along with a flyer outlining the program and incentives.  For every book sold, you are not only raising money for Skinner programs such as Study Island, your child has a chance to win a Wii!  See the flyer for a list of additional prizes!

If anyone is not interested or unable to sell the Entertainment Book, please return the book back to school with your child before November 6th.

The PTO thanks you for your continued support.



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.

Siblings Entering Skinner?

Don't put all your eggs in one basket!!  Remember, there are several ways for a sibling to enroll into Skinner for K-4th grades for the 2013-2014 school year.  One is through applying for the Classical Program by completing the Selective Enrollment Application for Elementary Schools.  The second is through completing a separate application (Options for Knowledge Standard Elementary Application) for the lottery for the neighborhood/magnet component of Skinner West.  Both applications must be received by the Office of Academic Enhancement by Friday, December 14, 2012 via the online process at or by paper application.  Best wishes to all of our siblings who will be participating in the testing and /or lottery process for enrollment.


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Deborah M. Clark