Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2012-2013

Week 24

Feb. 15, 2013 - February 22, 2013 

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Weekly Update 


Saturday, Feb. 16 

3/4 Boys Basketball

Tournament in  

West Chicago, IL and

Libertyville, IL 




Tuesday, Feb. 19

 Communications Committee


6:30 PM - Library 



Wednesday, Feb. 20 

 100th Day of School



Kindergarten & 8th Grade 

Graduation Picture Day



5/6 Boys Basketball Game @Dett




Thursday, Feb. 21

 Facilities Meeting

9:00 AM 



Saturday, Feb. 23

7/8 Boys Basketball @ Whitney Young


7/8 Boys Basketball Tournament @ Kenwood High School 




Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar


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Uniform and Spirit Wear

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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!


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 New Articles 

This awesome technology based reading program, aligned to Common Core Standards, with differentiated reading levels and non-fiction text based on your child's lexile reading level, will be launched next week with our students. Our Local School Council approved to pick up a portion of the cost and parents in grades 2-8 will only have to pay $25.00 for access from February -August. More detailed information will be sent home next week  with student access information and pin numbers after they  have completed the first LevelSet activity. Our teachers were trained on the program last Friday and are excited to get started next week.                                                                                                    

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G111 Art Show

Gallery 111 would like to express a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of the patrons of the arts who joined us for the Skinner West "States of Mind" Art Show.  Students enjoyed crafts, button making, cookie decorating, face painting & a fantastic live performance by our Skinner "Glee" Club.  Congratulations to Nandi M. who is our finalist that will have her artwork displayed at Zolla Lieberman Gallery.  The artists featured in our Art Card Fundraiser are Mila M., Nell H., Fiona L.C., Cynthia D., Eloise G., Iryna M., Max K., Sophia R. & Ruth Z.  Art Cards are available for sale in packs of 10 for $10.00 in the Art Room. The show raised approximately $1,000 which will go towards this year's art, music, dance & theater programming for Skinner West students.

Click here to view photos from the Art Show.


Last year, thanks to Ms. Lohman (1st grade) and the hundreds of Facebook votes, Skinner West was 1 of 40 recipients of a $25,000 State Farm grant that was allocated towards our technology program. This year, State Farm is back to give away another $25,000 grant to help 40 deserving causes in neighborhoods throughout the U.S. and Canada. If there are any Skinner parents and/or teachers that are interested in entering Skinner West into this contest for another opportunity of winning a $25,000 grant, click here to learn more. The deadline for submitting all causes is March 6th.

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Skinner West Boys Basketball Updates  
Thanks to all the Skinner West fans who attended our boys basketball games this week.  Check the school calendar for more upcoming games at, or go to the Skinner West Basketball website at  
Here are the results from our recent games:

Repeat News and Updates

Click here to view the 2nd semester STAR program schedule, which began on February 4, 2013. If you have any questions, please feel free to email 

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Chicago Public Schools' proposed single-track calendar for the 2013-2014 school year has been approved and posted to the CPS website. Click here to view the 2013-2014 calendar.
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The "Primary Chorus At CNA" DVD is here!

Get a keepsake of your second and third grade singer's Primary Chorus experience! CNA has made a professional video recording of the wonderful December 12, 2012 performance, complete with close-ups of individuals, whole group views, and excellent sound quality. The DVDs are $10 each. You can pay cash, or make a check out to Skinner West and write "Primary DVD" on the memo line. Please have the payment in an envelope or ziplock bag with the student's name and room number on it. DVDs may be purchased by students from Ms. Maatouk during Music class, or after school when Ms. Maatouk is available. Send in your orders soon. These DVDs will go fast!


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Important Updates About The Chinese Mandarin Program-

From Ms. Kong

To the students and parents of students enrolled in Skinner's Mandarin Program:
  • The Experiencing Chinese student book and workbook along with two CD-roms will be awarded to students in Mandarin this year. Parents, please remind your child to complete their Mandarin Homework on time. Each week, they are allowed to take books home for the weekend.  Please remind them to bring the books back on that following Monday. It's very important since it will ensure the continued learning of new lessons for everyone in the class. Students' grades will drop accordingly for any late/incomplete work, and for forgetting to bring books back to class. Students are responsible for catching up on any missing work. 
  • Great news! Students and families may enjoy the Chinese New Year Celebration Gala show online at home. There will be a Chinatown Dragon Parade and restaurant discount. For details, please visit the Chinese Mandarin webpage at Click on Class Announcements.
  • Please visit the Chinese Mandarin webpage for weekly homework and program updates. Ms. Kong has worked many hours on it to make sure you can connect with your child's learning in Mandarin. Please use the site often as it will bring you the most updated events and useful information. 
  • If your child has outgrown their Chinese New Year outfit, please consider donating it to the Mandarin Program. We are trying to collect any unwanted gowns and outfits, and offer them as a free rental to current students, for future events. If the clothes are still in good condition, please put them in a plastic bag, mark Donate to Chinese Program with your child's name, then ask your child to drop it off during their Mandarin class time. We are trying to eliminate any waste, and benefit any students in need. We appreciate your kindness and donations for a good cause.  Your child's name will be honored in our newsletter or on the Mandarin Webpage.  Your child will also receive a purple slip as a reward for their kind action. 
  • Happy Chinese New Year to all the staff and families at Skinner School! "Xin Nian Kuai Le, Gong Xi Fa Cai!"mandarin
Volunteer Spot

Have an hour or two to help out at your child's school? 

Look below for ways to volunteer and check back weekly in the Volunteer Spot for new opportunities to get involved.  

Every Day
  • Volunteers are always needed and welcomed!  Skinner West is in need of parent volunteers to assist with lunch and recess supervision during all lunch periods. No need to schedule ahead of time.  Please check in with the security desk for instructions upon arrival.  
  • Ms. Kong is looking for volunteers to assist in the Mandarin Classrooms.  Please contact Ms. Kong via email at 


Money Smart Kid Essay Contest
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is again sponsoring the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, which allows 5th-8th graders the opportunities to win a $5,000 scholarship.  Click here for the flyer to learn more about the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest and for an application. All essays and applications must be submitted to the Federal Reserve Bank by March 21, 2013In addition to the flyer and application, for more information go to :

This year's essay question is: What is the difference between an investment and an expense?  What would be a good investment in your community and why?  Please discuss who would benefit from this investment.



Lost and Found 

Parents and Students: Please stop by the cafeteria to view all the recovered items from this school year.  The bin of lost and found items is overflowing!  Items that are not retrieved will be donated.
Box Top for School  
Box Tops from Around the World! 
Skinner 's "Where in the World?" Box Top Challenge starts this week! Families are asked to contact friends and family living outside of Chicago and request them to mail in a few Box Tops to fill our map.  The goal is for students to collect Box Tops from all 50 states, and maybe even other countries.  This activity will be tying in with geographical and multicultural activities that several grades will be doing in library.  A large world map will be posted outside the library, and cities/states/countries will be "flagged" as the envelopes are delivered.  This will be a fun way for students to learn geography as they help their school!
Please have friends and family help reach our goal of all 50 states by sending one (or more!) Box Tops to Skinner West, along with a note stating where the Box Tops are coming from, and the name and room number of your student(s).  
Envelopes can be mailed to:
Skinner West Elementary School 
c/o Kelly Ranftl
1260 W. Adams St.
Chicago, Il 60607



Read to Succeed!

Earn a Free Ticket to Six Flags Great America



Skinner West is participating in "Read to Succeed" - a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every Kindergarten through 6th grade student who completes six hours of recreational reading and turns in their reading log is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America Theme Park. Forms have been distributed or will be going home soon with the children.  Students need to submit their completed reading log to their homeroom teacher on the date designated by their teacher.



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Deborah M. Clark