Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 9 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


Oct. 18-Oct.25, 2013


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Weekly Update 

  Friday, October 18
 Applications Due For LSC Parent Vacancy    


  Tuesday, October 22    
Gallery 111 Meeting
Art Room
3:45 PM

PTO Meeting
5:30 PM

LSC Meeting
6:30 PM  




Wednesday, October 23   
Picture Day

Thursday, October 24  
1st Grade - Pizza Day


Friday, October 25 
Pizza Day - All Grades (Not Including 1st Grade)

Skinner West School Calendar

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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!





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Picture Day

Picture Day Is Wednesday, October 23rd! 
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Our next Pizza Day for 1st grade is on Thursday, October 24th
Pizza Day for all other grades is on Friday, October 25th.


We are in need of parent volunteers and donations to help make Pizza Day a success each month.  We need several volunteers during the lunch hours during the pizza days.  If you would like to volunteer, you can contact We are also in need of donations- water bottles, napkins, & Capri Suns.  

Pizza days help raise money for the 8th grade trip to Washington DC in 2014. To download an order form, click here.


Thank you!

School Fees Are Due By November 4th!




Various school fees are collected annually to allow us to provide a number of enrichment opportunities for students and enhance the educational programs.  Click here to find the fee for your child's grade.  Please submit payment to your child's homeroom teacher.   


Thank You! 


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On Wednesday, October 31st, there will be a Halloween Parade for grades K-4 ONLY. 

Weather permitting, students in grades K-4 will march around the outside length of the field and the park in costume. This will be the best time for parents to take pictures. 

The parade will take place beginning at 12:15 pm and times will be staggered so the spectators can enjoy viewing each class.   
  • All Kindergarten and 3rd Grade (Christiansen and Dalal ONLY) 12:15
  • All First Grades 12:30  
  • All Second grades 12:45
  • All Fourth Grades and Ms. Howlett (3rd GRADE) 1:00  
In the case of rain, we will stick to what we have done in the past and march from classroom to classroom. 


Parties within the classroom will have times that vary depending on schedules, so please speak with your child's teacher about start times.

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Reminder: There is no school on November 1, 2013. This is a CPS School Improvement Day. 
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The 2013 Skinner West High School Fair was a success. We had twenty of Chicago's finest high schools in attendance.  We want to thank all the families and high schools that attended. Here is a list of the participating schools:

Alcott College Prep

Brooks College Prep

Chicago High School for the Arts

De La Salle High School

Disney II Magnet High School

Hales Franciscan High School

Illinois Math and Science Academy
Intrinsic High School

King College Prep

Lane Tech College Prep

Lincoln Park High School

Lindblom Math and Science Academy  

UIC College Prep

Ogden International High School

St. Ignatius College Prep

Schurz High School

Urban Prep Academy

Walter Payton College Prep

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Westinghouse College Prep


Parents, are you aware that many high schools have open houses in the month of October and November?

If your child is in 6th, 7th or 8th grade you should begin having discussions with them about the various high school options.  In addition, you might want to attend some of the upcoming open houses.  They are great opportunities to learn more about the schools.  Faculty, staff and students are available to answer questions about curriculum, extracurricular activities, sports programs, tuition, financial aid, etc. Take a look at this list of Selective Enrollment Open Houses from the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment. 

A list of the Catholic High School Open Houses can be found here. 


Additional information about the Private High Schools in Cook County can be found by clicking here.  Information about each school's open house can be found by going to that school's individual web page.


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Repeat News and Updates

Get your game on! Skinner West Gym is hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for Skinner students Saturday Oct. 26 as a fundraiser for the basketball and debate teams.  There will be two sessions to accommodate Skinner Super Stars of all ages:  Session 1 for Kindergarten - 3rd graders will run from 9:00am-12:00pmSession 2 for 4th - 8th graders is from 12:30pm-7:00pm.  The $25 per player fee includes a commemorative t-shirt. Games will be refereed by the Skinner West Basketball Coaches. Sign up as a team, or individuals can sign up and be paired by the coaches.

Registration forms are available in Rm. 321 (Mr. Lee's room) and should be returned to Mr. Lee by Monday, Oct. 21.  But don't wait until the last minute as there are a limited number of spots available.
Parent volunteers are needed to staff the concession stand, 
assist the coaches, etc.  We would love to do a highlights video - anyone available for videotaping and editing?  If you are willing to volunteer any part of the day contact Beverly Wong

Click here to view flyer for this event along with the required waiver form. 




Skinner West LSC Parent Representative Vacancy


The Skinner West Local School Council (LSC) has one parent representative vacancy and invites interested candidates to apply.


The primary responsibilities of an LSC include approving how local school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), & hiring and evaluating the school's contract principal.  For more information about LSC responsibilities and the Skinner West LSC committee, please go to our school website.


If you are a Skinner parent and would like to be a member of our Local School Council, please fill out the required Candidate Nomination Forms.  You can obtain the application in the Skinner  West Main Office.   Applications are due in the office on Friday,

October 18, 2013 by 4:00pm. 
All interested candidates will be invited to speak at our next LSC Meeting in the Skinner West Gym on October 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm


On Tuesday, October 8th, Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) held an election for the 2013-2014 board members. The current FOSW board members are:

Marla Sedler, President 
Anna Landsnes, Vice President 
Laurie Mullick, Secretary 
Open, Treasurer

We are still looking for a Treasurer.  The Treasurer is responsible for recording all bank transactions, deposits, recording receipts, writing checks and tax organization.  Our next meeting is on November 5, 8:45 am in the Lunch Room.  We will be having the election for Treasurer at this meeting, so if you are interested, please come. 


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SOS- Library Volunteers Needed


Parent Volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with shelving books, maintaining materials, and other small tasks.  If you are available to help on a regular basis (weekly, mornings, afternoons, etc) please email your availability to Ms. Ranftl at with "Library Helper" in the subject line.  If you are only available sporadically but would still like to help, please email or stop by- there is always something that needs to be done! 


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Box Top for School


Box Tops News


Please continue sending in your Box Tops!  Remember to be careful of the expiration date as you clip them from household products and food. Box Tops with missing or expired dates do not receive credit.  If you do any online purchasing, check out the Box Top Marketplace.  You can earn eBoxTops by shopping at over 300 online retailers- clothing, office supplies, home goods, beauty items, travel, pet care, gifts,  photos, and more! Skinner families were Superstar Box Top Collectors this summer, and kicked off the year with a great start!  Summer Challenge participants will be receiving their prizes next week.  An autumn collection contest will begin October 7th, and run through November 30th.  The class that collects the most Box Tops during this time will receive a fun prize!  Remember to ask family and friends to help you collect.




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Coming Soon... Book Fair!!!


Mark your calendars- the Scholastic Book Fair will be at Skinner West November 12th-19th!  Volunteers will be needed to set up the Book Fair Friday, November 8th, assist shoppers November 12th-19th, and pack up the fair November 20th.   Book Fair will be open for shopping on Report Card Pick Up Day, Nov. 12th during conference hours.  Nov. 13th-19th, students will shop during regular school hours, and parents may begin shopping at 8:15. Book fair will also be available online.  More information will follow as Book Fair approaches.  Please email Ms. Ranftl at if you are available to help with Book Fair.  Thank you!



Looking for a PIN for the 2014-2015 online application process?

If you want to apply online for a student who will be entering PreK through eighth grade in 2014-2015:


  •  You can request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) starting September 19th at the online application site,


If you want to apply online for a student who will be entering ninth grade in 2014-2015, your PIN will be in your child's Eligibility Letter:


  •  Students enrolled in CPS and Charter Schools will receive their Eligibility Letters through their school counselor the week of September 9th.
  • Students enrolled in non-CPS schools will need to request their Eligibility Letters by submitting a Non-CPS Eligibility Letter Request Form, along with a copy of their seventh grade final grades and standardized test scores. After this documentation is processed, the Eligibility Letter will be sent to the student's home.

Applications will be accepted starting October 1st. 


If you would like to apply using a paper application, these applications will be available on the Chicago Public School website (click 'Apply') starting October 1st.




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                        Deborah M. Clark