Mark T. Skinner West School

School Year 2012-2013

Week 26

Mar. 1, 2013 - Mar. 8, 2013 

Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update 


Tuesday, Mar. 5 - Mar. 15    

ISAT Testing 

Grades 3rd - 8th 


Gallery 111 Meeting
3:30PM - Art Room


PTO Meeting


Wednesday, Mar. 6  

 ISAT Testing  

Grades 3rd - 8th

   Walk-a-thon Meeting
Held by Friends of Skinner West (FOSW)

Progress Report Distribution  



Thursday, Mar. 7    
ISAT  Testing
Grades 3rd - 8th

Friday, Mar. 8
ISAT Testing
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
What's Happening in the West Loop?  Visit the 
 Did you miss last week's Week-At-A-Glance e-newsletter? Click here to catch up on a must-read!


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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) 









Please submit pictures from any Skinner West events (concerts, parties, presentations etc) to
 We prefer .jpg or .gif files of up to 350kb. 
Thank you!
We also have a Skinner West Shutterfly Account.  
Post your pictures here!





 New Articles 

Dear Skinner Parents,

ISAT Testing, for grades 3rd-8th, will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Click here to view the schedule for testing for the next two weeks.



Dear Skinner Parents,

In January, our Local School Council approved to adopt the Achieve 3000 reading program for 18 months by picking up a portion of the cost and having parents pay a portion. As a result, we are asking parents to pay $25.00 for access to the program from February to August. We will include the cost for next year's access within the 2013-2014 school fees. Click here to view the parent letter detailing the benefits of Achieve 3000, how you can submit payment for the program, and what  our next steps are.

Parents, in case you need to know...

Our daily Main Office Hours are: 8:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M
If your child is in the STAR Program, and you need to reach the office (ONLY FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES), you should call the main number at 773-534-7790 and when prompted, enter the 5-digit extension of 61159.  This is the security desk.  Please note, if you do not receive an answer, try calling back because the security personnel may have stepped away.  Please do not leave messages.  Try calling back until someone answers.
If your child is in the Skinner Park Program, and you need to reach someone for EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY, please call the park district at 312-746-5560 (business office) or 312-446-0460 (cell phone). Also Mr. Ball's email is
FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY, if you need to reach someone after 6:30 P.M., you should call Chicago Public Schools at 773-553-1000.

Thank You 

Skinner West Classical, Fine Arts and Technology School Survey 

Skinner West Families! We need your opinion to insure we are meeting the needs of our Superstars. Each family (one per family please!) can take this survey in one of two ways:
  • OR complete and return the written survey to your homeroom teacher (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY)  

The survey closes on Friday, March 15th.
Save the Date!

Gallery 111's No Art Left Behind
Saturday, May 18, 2013 7-10pm
Joffrey Ballet at Joffrey Tower - 10 E. Randolph

Join us for a fun-filled evening to raise money for art & cultural
programming at Skinner West School. Enjoy food, drinks, and a silent

If you are interested in donating to the silent auction, please
contact Ms. Bovit ( or Mrs. Schildmeyer
( Items such as gift certificates, event tickets,
services, unique experiences, etc. are always appreciated!

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,


Chicago Public Schools wants to hear from you.


We are developing an Educational Facilities Master Plan, which will reflect a 10-year vision for educational facilities across Chicago.  Your input is essential as we consider this important topic.

That's why we've launched My CPS Vision (  a website where you can share your vision, ideas, and priorities for schools in your community.  


Click here to visit My CPS Vision and share your ideas for Chicago Public Schools.


Thank you for sharing your voice and your ideas.   



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Repeat News and Updates

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 @

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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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.


Visit our website at

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