Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2012-2013 Welcome Newsletter 
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  August 16, 2012 


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Weekly Update 

Monday, August 27- Friday August 31

Staff Only Days

Tuesday, August 28

Communications Meeting 
Main Office

Thursday, August 30

New Parent/Student Orientation
Main Building
 Meet and Greet
Kindergarten Orientation
5:30 - 6pm
 Fun in Skinner Park (play with new friends)



 Friday, August 31



Parent/Student Orientation

Branch Building  

(Little Skinner) 




Monday, September 3

Labor Day 
School Closed - No Classes 

Tuesday, September 4

First Day of School
8:30am - 3:30pm

Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar





Neighborhood News
What's Happening in the West Loop?  Visit the 
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Does your Superstar have an accomplishment or honorable mention you would like to submit to the newsletter?  

Reply to this email or email us at



Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and Share this with Family and Friends! 


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!







Supply List for 3rd grade Carlson has been updated below

New Parent Meet and Greet/ KDG Orientation - Start Time is 4pm


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Ms. Clark

Welcome back Skinner West family! August is quickly slipping away and we know that you are probably beginning to prepare for the new school year at Skinner. We are prepared and excited to take your child to the next level of academic accomplishments and social / emotional growth and well-being. It is our vision to be the premier school in the city of Chicago for educating Classical, neighborhood/magnet and special needs students and to serve as a model for all such schools. We are extremely pleased that Skinner West is one of the top ten schools in the entire state of Illinois. Our teachers are knowledgeable, dedicated, caring and committed to creating a learning environment which fosters creativity, intellectual curiosity, high expectations, rigor, sensitivity, respect, cooperation and support.


Our continued success would not be possible without strong parental involvement. We appreciate the many ways that our parents support their child's education through monitoring classroom activities, assignments and projects, keeping abreast of grades via the CPS IMPACT system, involvement on committees, volunteering for school activities, attendance at school events and providing generous support for all of our fundraising activities. We want to encourage you to play an active role in whatever school activities your schedule will allow. Your participation and support will add to the enthusiastic and caring spirit which makes Skinner such a unique and special school.


You are invited to our New Student/Parent Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 30th between 4:00-6:00pm. It is sponsored by the Skinner Forum PTO. You will get the chance to meet other Superstar parents, find out more about our school goals and volunteer and fundraising opportunities. We will continue to offer our strong academic program and our array of after school programs. However, in addition, we have many exciting new initiatives to look forward to this school year including the full school day, recess during the school day and implementation of the new Common Core Standards in language arts and math.


We look forward to another fantastic year of growth and achievement for all of our Superstars!



Deborah M. Clark 
 Don't Forget the
NEW School Hours for 2012 - 2013
 CPS has increased the school day by 1 hour per day.  The new school hours starting on 
Tuesday, September 4th
will be 8:30am to 3:30pm.


Please also note the  2012-2013 school calendar, which lists the days off and other important dates.


Minimum Health Requirements


If your child is entering preschool and kindergarten up to age 6 (physical exam and lead screen), entering the State of Illinois for the first time at any grade level or entering kindergarten, 6th grade, or 9th grade (ages 5, 11, and 15 for ungraded programs) you must submit proof of immunizations and health exams to Skinner West before October 15th. For assistance, contact Skinner West or call (773) 553-2242 to speak with one of the district office CPS support staff.  All necessary documentation, including the immunization requirements and copies of the health requirement forms are available on the CPS website. Information regarding the dental and vision exam requirements are also available online at the attached links. For more information, contact CPS Coordinated School Health at (773) 553-1830.


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School Supply List

Its that time of year when parents scour the stores for school supplies.  Don't fret if you can't find your child's school list for the new year because you can find them attached here by grade:
Kindergarten Supply List
1st Grade Supply List
2nd Grade Supply List
3rd Grade Supply List (Carlson only)- Updated

3rd Grade Supply List (Christiansen & Hardin Schlidmeyer - Updated)

4th Grade Supply List 
5th Grade Supply List (Lew Only) 
5th grade supply list (Ramakrishnan, Rosenzweig)
6th Grade Supply List
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List

Algebra Supply List
Ancillary Supply List (Updated)

Your child may have brought home a different ancillary supply list or a different 3rd grade list.  Please know that these are the updated lists.  Please remember to get supplies from your child's supply list for his grade and the ancillary supply list.  


For the "Ancillary supplies" , please put supplies in a bag labeled with your child's name, teacher, and/or room number and "Ancillary Supplies" and drop it off at the library.

The most updated copies of the supply list are available on the Skinner West web site under the parent resources tab at  





Please, Please Pay the Fees! 


Various school fees are collected annually to allow us to provide a number of enrichment opportunities for students and enhance the educational programs.  Each grade has different fee and below are PDF copies of each grade level fee sheet.  Fees are paid to your child's homeroom teacher during our open house or during the first week of school.   We are in the process of updating our Paypal account so that school fees may be paid via Paypal.  We will email you via this newsletter as soon as Paypal has been updated.  


Kindergarten Classical Fees  

Kindergarten Neighborhood/Magnet Fees 

1st Grade Classical Fees

1st Grade Neighborhood/Magnet Fees

2nd Grade Classical Fees

2nd Grade Neighborhood/Magnet Fees

3rd Grade Classical Fees

3rd Grade Neighborhood/Magnet

4th - 5th Grade Classical Fees

6th - 8th Grade Fees 



Room Parents Needed for the
2012-13 School Year 


Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered to be a Room Parent during the last school year. We appreciate all of the parents who volunteered to fill this key communication role.  Unfortunately, we didn't get an opportunity to activate the room parent program last year. We hope to activate the room parent program in the upcoming 2012-2013 school year and we need volunteers for each classroom from K to 8th grade.  In addition, we also need volunteers to help in the following ancillary classes:  library, art, science and foreign language.  If you are interested in volunteering please email 


Please include your name, email, cell phone number, student name, grade level and homeroom teacher's name and let us know if you're interested in volunteering as a homeroom room parent or which ancillary classroom you're volunteering to help with.     


If you volunteered last year, there is no need to volunteer again.  We still have your name on the list.  Once we have rosters for the classrooms, and have filled in the names of the volunteers we get in this round, we will be back in touch with everyone to schedule our room parent training.    


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The Star Extended Day program is going to be really exciting this program year!!  Don't miss the opportunity to sign your child up for the program.  The Star program registration dates are  August 21 & 22  from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Additional registration information, forms and payment information will be available in next weeks Skinner West newsletter.  
Repeat News and Updates

YOU can help Our School Earn 

FREE Gift Cards from Target!

by Simply Voting on Facebook

Once a Week, Every Week

Until Saturday, Sept 8th

No Cost to You!




Want to help our kids? It's easy. Our school can receive up to $10,000 in Target GiftCards® for books or any supplies we need. Wouldn't that be great? All we need to do is vote for our school each week until September 8. It's part of Give With Target®. For every 25 votes our school receives, Target will send a $25 gift card. Find out more and vote at: 


It's Easy and Takes only 1 minute!

  1. Click on the link above
  2. Search for Skinner West in Chicago, IL
  3. Click on the "Vote" Button
  4. Watch our Votes Grow!
  5. Repeat these steps every week (weekly voting ends each Saturday at midnight). If you voted already this week, be sure to vote after Saturday again!

There is still plenty of time, so VOTE NOW!


Spread the news to all your friends and family, so we can earn the maximum $10,000 


Any questions, please email 


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help wanted 
Help Wanted! 
Join the Skinner Communications Team for a Gratifying & Fun Volunteer Experience


As users of the Skinner newsletter and the website, you have told us how important and valuable communication is to you and your family.  We've heard your voice and want to continue to deliver the information you need and want, but we need your help in order to continue to do so!


The Communications team is looking for the following volunteers, serving in part time, rotating roles on a periodic basis TBD:


1) Newsletter writers - part time, rotating role -  draft articles, interact with audience who submits articles, and design newsletters for Thursday deadline; attend meetings once a month


2) Website administrators - part time, rotating role- insure newsletter content is aligned with website content; work with the website provider to provide instructions, proofread; work with committees and page owners to update website; choose your own weekly schedule; attend meetings once a month


3) Social Media administrator(s) - manage Facebook, Linked In postings; attend meetings once a month


We also are seeking general volunteers to attend meetings and offer ideas.   


Qualifications for all positions:
  • No experience necessary, willingness to learn, detail oriented a plus, access to email account


  • Giving back time to the school towards a meaningful, tangible initiative
  • Great opportunity to meet friends, parents, staff, and learn more about the school
  • Especially a great fit for those who want to volunteer somehow, but work full time and can't come to the school to volunteer in person

Interested or have a question? Please contact 

Linda King at


scholastic summer challenge 
Summer Reading Challenge
Read for the World Record!


Skinner West is participating in a fun summer reading project: the Scholastic Summer Challenge, featuring Read for the World Record. The Summer Challenge unites students from around the globe in an attempt to set a new world record for most minutes read this summer! The current world record stands at 64,213,141 minutes! 
Keep your Skinner Superstar reading by encouraging him/her to read for at least 30 minutes a day.

To participate, visit It is a kid-friendly, safe online community where students can:

* Be part of a record-setting global team 
* Log reading minutes 
* Track our school's progress through the Summer Challenge interactive map 
* Download summer reading booklists chosen specifically for your child's age 
* Enjoy activities geared for all ages and earn digital prizes 
All students received randomly generated usernames and passwords, along with instructions, at school this week. The world record attempt concludes August 31, 2012. The total logged reading minutes, along with the top 20 schools, will be published in the 2013 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records. 
Click here for the flyer that was sent home
If you have any questions about the program or need your child's username and password, please email Ms. Ranftl at  

Looking For a Way to Jump Start and Reward Summer Reading?

1st through 6th Graders Can Earn a Free Book!

A book is a magical thing.  If you are looking for ways to jump start summer reading for your Superstar, take a look at the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program.  How it works:
  1. Read any 8 books and record them in this Journal 
  2. Bring the completed journal to a B&N store by September 4th
  3. Choose a FREE reading adventure from the book list listed on the journal 

Learn more on the B&N Summer Reading website  


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Box Top for School 
Save Box Tops over the Summer

Keep Saving Through the Summer!  Families who turn in box tops the first week of school will have a chance to win a $50 book fair certificate.  Label your ziploc with your name and room number when you return to school.  Ask your relatives and friends to help too!


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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
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