Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 20 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


Jan. 17, 2014 - Jan. 24, 2014


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Weekly Update  



Monday, Jan.20th 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 Wednesday,Jan. 22
 Communications Committee Meeting
6:30 pm
Skinner West Library
Last day to get group rate
for Ski and Splash Day at Timber Ridge Resort
Thursday, Jan. 23
Last Day of 2nd Quarter
Friday , Jan. 24
School Improvement Day
Tuesday, Jan.28th 
LSC Meeting
6:30 Gym

Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar



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Changes to 2013-14 School Calendar
Make Up Snow Days
March 28th and June 11th

Dear Parent:


Please be advised that CPS has made changes to its academic calendar for this school year in part to ensure that parents have a full opportunity to attend parent-teacher conferences and participate in Local School Council elections and in part to make-up the recent snow days for students.



Changes to the Calendar Affecting Elementary, Middle Schools and Early Childhood Centers Students.


  • March 28th, which was not a school day for elementary school students, will now become a student attendance day to make up for the January 6th snow day.


  • June 11th, which was the first day of students' summer break, will become a student attendance day to make up for the January 7th snow day.


  • June 12th will become the first day of elementary and middle school students' summer break.


  • June 23rd will be the first day of summer programs for elementary and middle school students.

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Skinner Summer Camp

Attention all Superstar Families!  The Skinner Summer Camp is back and better than ever!  We are excited to offer an 8 week camp, consisting of two four-week for our Superstars in grades K-4. For more information, view our FLYER. To register, click HERE

For additional questions, feel free to speak with our camp coordinators (Mr. Johnson, Ms. O'Brien, Ms. Ramakrishnan, and Ms. Wardanian).  Email questions can be sent to Mr. Johnson at

It's going to be an amazing summer - so don't miss out on the fun!

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It's that time again!  The next STAR Program payment (either for the 3rd Quarter or 2nd Semester) is due by Friday, January 31, 2014. Stop by the STAR program table to be sure you are up-to-date with your STAR payments!  
Parents can either pay in person with a check or pay by credit card via paypal online at Parents who pay via paypal must present a receipt to or to the STAR program desk. 
Any questions, please contact

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Registration for After-School Karate
Registration is now open for all those interested in Karate for the new semester.  Karate will take place at Skinner West on Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm, from January 27th - June 4th
For more information or to register online, please go to 4K-Karate Spring Registration  or visit the website at

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SelectivePrep After-School Class 

Register NOW for SelectivePrep's After School Seventh Grade Standardized Test (for 7th Graders) Class. 

SelectivePrep offers a 14 hour program to prepare students for the 7th Grade Standardized Test. Scores from the Reading and Math on this test represent one third of the Selective Enrollment admission score.


To qualify for other advanced programs, a minimum of 75% on this test is required. Additionally, scores from this Exam will play a crucial role on whether or not a student is admitted to competitive programs including International Baccalaureate (IB) and advanced magnet high schools.


In 2014, the 7th grade standardized test will be 100% Common Core compliant. Click here to read more about 2014: The Transition to Common Core or visit their home page.


Classes at Skinner will start on Thursday, February 27th and run for 7 sessions from 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM. We will need a minimum of 10 students to run the class at Skinner - so please spread the word.  Click here to Register NOW.


If you need more information or have any questions, please visit  or call 312-409-8411.








Skinner's Sixth Annual Ski and Splash Day 


Join the Skinner West community for the 6th annual Ski and Splash Day Feb. 22, 2014Timber Ridge Resort rooms are reserved for Skinner West families at discounted rates for the weekend of Feb. 21-23, 2014. This event is open to all Skinner West students and their families.  Group rates available through Jan. 22 with limited availability. 
Click here to view a copy of the Ski Day Registration Form - which includes the prices for ski lessons offered. 
Any questions? Contact Kim Reynolds (K-4) or Jacinta Wong (5-8).   



Money Smart Kid Essay Contest

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is again sponsoring the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, which allows the 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 February 26, 2014.  
For more information go to:

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Repeat News and Updates
G111 Art Show  


Gallery 111's Annual Art Show 

Feb. 7th 


Skinner West Gallery 111's Annual Art Show is next month! 


Ten works of art will be turned into greeting cards and sold at the event to help raise money for arts programming at Skinner. All artwork will be showcased at the art event. 


All Skinner parents, students, families and friends: 

Please plan on joining us Friday, February 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Skinner West for a student art social.  


Parent volunteers are needed for all shifts.  Please contact Ms. Bovit at if interested.


 Please see the flyer here.


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  New School Uniform Partner
Skinner West is pleased to announce our new partnership with Lands' End for PE uniforms.  The change was made based on feedback users experienced working with the previous vendor.

Click here to access the Skinner West Elementary School site at Lands' End.  You may place orders through this website now.  A FAQ document about how to place orders is attached here.
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                                              Deborah M. Clark