Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 11 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


Nov. 1 - Nov. 8, 2013


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Weekly Update 

Friday, November 1  
School Improvement Day
No School

Sunday, November 3
Daylight Saving Time Ends

Monday, November 4
School Fees Are Due

Student Council Candidate Forum
3rd-5th Grade @ 10:30AM
6th-8th Grade @ 2:30PM

Tuesday, November 5
Friends of Skinner West Meeting

Student Council Election Day

Monday, November 11
No School
Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 12
Report Card Pick -Up
Parent/Teacher Conferences    

Skinner West School Calendar

CPS 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!)
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5% of purchases go to Mark T. Skinner Classical School (Code A5BY) 









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Ms. Clark

Local School Council Meeting
Principal Report 



The Principal Reports are prepared monthly by Ms. Deborah Clark, Mark T. Skinner Elementary School Principal.

These reports are presented at the Local School Council (LSC) monthly meeting and discussed. 

Parents, click on this link for a copy of the LSC Meeting - Principal Report  from October 22, 2013.

Congratulations to our new parent representative on the LSC, Mrs. Sharlene Hobson.


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On Monday, November 4th, we are holding the 2013-2014 Student Council Candidate Forum Assemblies. The 3rd-5th grade Forum Assembly will be at 10:30 am and the 6th-8th grade Forum Assembly will be at 2:30 pm. Students will hear speeches from the 7th and 8th grade students that are running in the election. Election Day will be Tuesday, November 5th.

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Pizza Day was once again a success!!  Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered and donated.  Your generosity and commitment are appreciated.  We raised $1700.00!!  Thank you to all the students who supported us by buying pizza!


Open House

Open House for prospective students and parents will be Thursday, November 21, 2013. The times of open house are as follows:

        Kindergarten - 5th   2:00-3:00 PM
        6th - 8th                  6:00-7:00 PM



On Thursday, October 24th, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Robinson, Ms. Mellos, and four of our Superstars from the upper grades, went to the Chicago Board of Education to accept the recognition of The National Blue Ribbon School Award.  Mrs. Clark spoke about Skinner's uniqueness in that we serve a combination of kindergarten-8th grade classical, neighborhood, and special needs students.  Mrs. Clark recognized children, parents, and teachers as an integral part of our success.

Avery B., John B., YuJing C., and Nassim O., each said something about the impact Skinner has had on them.  They also shared several of our academic and extracurricular activities offered here at Skinner.  They did a wonderful job representing us and spoke with such pride and confidence.  We are so proud of them!!!

Parents, click here to learn more about CPS' Network realignment efforts. 

Parents of 7th and 8th graders, click here to view CPS' cutoff scores for the Selective Enrollment High Schools. This useful information can help inform your decision-making regarding the high schools to which your child will apply. For more information on the Selective Enrollment process, click here.

Repeat News and Updates

Reminder: There is no school on November 1, 2013. This is a CPS School Improvement Day. 

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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Parents, please mark your calendars for the upcoming musical performances that your child might be attending or participating in.

Friday November 22: Fifth House Ensemble comes to Skinner West for 2 performances. 9AM: grades 4-8; 10AM: grades K-3
Monday Dec. 9: Primary Chorus 3rd graders perform at Block 37 Mall (108 N. State St) at 1PM
Friday Dec. 13: Primary Chorus performs at City Hall at noon
Monday Dec. 16: Primary Chorus 2nd graders perform at Block 37 Mall (108 N. State St) at 1PM
Tuesday Dec 17: Skinner West Holiday Concert for the Students   (times TBA)
Thursday Dec. 19: Skinner West Holiday Concert for the Community (times TBA)


Stay tuned for the rescheduled date of our 3 on 3 basketball tournament. This tournament is a fundraiser for our debate and boys' basketball teams. We desperately need parent volunteers for assisting with concessions, coaching assistance, etc.  Please contact Beverly Wong if you can assist.

Parents, click on the link below to learn more about Chicago Public Schools' new elementary school promotion policy.

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.


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 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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 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

to this newsletter should be emailed to

Deborah M. Clark