Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2012-2013

Week 25

Feb. 22, 2013 - Mar. 1, 2013 

Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


Tuesday, Feb. 26  

Gallery 111 Meeting

3:30 PM - Art Room


PTO Meeting

5:30 PM 


Local School Council Meeting

6:30 PM


Wednesday, Feb. 27 

 1/2 Day of School 

Students Dismissed at  

12:00 PM   



March 5 - March 15

Grades 3rd - 8th 


Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar


Order you Customized School Uniform or Spirit Wear HERE
(Discount Code BT445 to save $9 on your order)
Uniform and Spirit Wear

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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Thank you!
We also have a Skinner West Shutterfly Account.  
Post your pictures here!





 New Articles 

February 27, 2013 is a 1/2 day of school. All students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Order your favorite cookies today! Cookie dough is being sold to raise money for upcoming field trips, Achieve3000, and an outdoor sign.  Last year we raised $22,656.00 and sold 1630 units of cookie dough! Click here for more information about our fundraiser.
With every cookie dough order, the buyer will receive a $25 Dining Advantage card.  
Here are the bonus incentives for hitting selling goals:   


Sell 5 units of cookie dough and spend time in the Game Truck.

Sell 12 units of cookie dough and receive a "purple slip".

Sell 15 units of cookie dough and receive a scratch card for a chance to win $50.00 dollars in cash.

Sell 20 units of cookie dough and receive a $20.00 Target gift card.

Sell 40 or more units of cookie dough and receive a Kindle.


Click here to see full listing of prizes.  


Important Dates to Remember!

  • Sale Dates:  Wednesday, February 20th through Wednesday, March 6th, 2013.
  • All monies and orders must be submitted by:  Wednesday, March 6th, 2013.
  • Make checks payable to: Skinner PTO.
Parent volunteers will be needed for cookie dough pickup during Report Card Pickup Day, April 17, 2013.
For questions, contact Stephanie Majca @
Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Troop 23002 will be selling girl scout cookies in the Skinner West lobby this Friday, Feb. 22nd, from 3:30-6:30. Each box is $4.00. Come support the girl scouts and buy yourself a treat! 



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2011-2012 Skinner West Yearbooks

Reminder:  Skinner West yearbooks are in stock and available for purchase. They are colorful and include activities throughout last year's 2011-2012 school year including graduation, primary chorus, Field Day, Talent Show, Spelling Bee, Pajama Day, Halloween fun, class photos, and much more! The cost of our yearbook is $25.

If you are interested in purchasing a 2011-2012 Skinner West yearbook, click here to download the request form.

Parents, as you start planning your 2013-2014 calendar, please keep in mind some of the major changes made to Chicago Public Schools' new single-track school calendar. Some of the changes include:
  • The first day of school is now Monday, August 26, 2013.
  • The Thanksgiving holiday now starts on a Wednesday. It begins Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
  • Spring Break is April 14-18, 2014.
  • The last day of school is Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  


Click here to view the full 2013-2014 calendar.  

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School Survey Coming Soon!

Look for an opportunity to provide input and feedback to the Communications Committee to help improve the Skinner West Community's overall experience. In order to assess how we are doing, we will be sending you a brief survey in the very near future. Please take the time to fill out the survey as we appreciate your input.

Repeat News and Updates

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!


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


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for more information about what's happening in school.
 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

to this newsletter should be emailed to

Deborah M. Clark