Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 12 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


Nov. 08- Nov. 15, 2013


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Weekly Update 

Friday, November 8
Star Circle Event

Monday, November 11
No School
Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 12
No School
Report Card Pick -Up
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Scholastic Book Fair

F.L.A.S.H. Parent Information Session

Catalog Order Pick up

Lost & Found


Wednesday, November 13
4:30 -5:30 
School Improvement Committee Meeting  


Communications Committee

Friday, November 15 
STAR Program Quarterly payments due
Saturday, November 16
3 on 3 basketball fundraiser for debate and basketball teams


Skinner West School Calendar

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Reminder: Report card pick up is Tuesday, November 12 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm.  Report cards must be picked up by a parent/guardian and will not be sent home with students without prior communication with your teacher.

There is no school on Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12. 

Congratulations to our Skinner Superstar School Council members for the 2013-2014 school year.  It was a tight race and we're proud of our all our Superstar candidates.

Historian: Avery B (7th grade)
Secretary: Myah J. (8th grade)
Treasurer: Eren F (8th grade)
Vice President: Taylor K. (8th grade)
President: Milan J. (8th grade)

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The Family Life and Sexual Health Parent Informational Session is scheduled during report card pick up on November 12th from 6:15pm-7:00pm. Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) classes will run for five weeks beginning on November 18th for 7th & 8th graders and in January for 5th & 6th graders.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Montgomery at or in room 110

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PTO Updates

Pick up your catalog fundraiser items in the gym during report card pick up on Tuesday.  The PTO is looking for volunteers on Tuesday from 9am-6pm to help sort and distribute catalog orders to parents.  Any time you can donate is appreciated.  Email Joey Lynn Pinaglia here.

The 2nd (of 3 fundraisers) runs from 11/4-11/15.  Kidstuff Coupon books help Skinner West receive funding for important initiatives.  Books will be distributed at school and there are some great cash incentives for students.  Please return any unsold books to your child's classroom.  Email Joey Lynn Pinaglia with questions.

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Scholastic Book Fair!!!


Volunteer's Needed!  We are in need of parent volunteers from Wednesday, 11/13 through Tuesday 11/19.  Siblings are welcome.  Email Ms. Rantfl at if you can help.


Book Fair Information

When: November 12th-19th

Where: Skinner West Library

Times: 8:45AM- 3:45PM

*Open during Report Card Pick-Up 11:45am -6pm*


Shop Book Fair Online

November 8th to November 28th

If you're all booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep shopping), be sure to visit the Book Fair online at 

and locate Skinner West.  



Book Fair Gift Certificates Available

Help grow a classroom library, show appreciation, or give the gift of a book!

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 Speaking & Solo Auditions for Primary Chorus are Next Week

Wednesday Nov. 13: 8:15AM - 8:45AM and 3:45PM to 5:15PM
Thursday Nov. 14: 8:15AM - 8:45AM
Friday Nov. 15: 8:15AM - 8:45AM

Important information:
Auditions take place in the music room. Students must sign in and fill out an audition sheet when they arrive, and sit quietly on the risers until it is their turn to sing. Singers will be heard in order of arrival.
Song and speech sheets will be provided. Students must sing and/or speak into the microphone.

The songs that have solos are: "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "Mostly What I Wish For."
The speeches introduce the songs: "Happy Holidays," "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" and "Kwanzaa".

Song sheets and copies of the speeches are available in the music room.

*If students are unable to come before or after school, they must make special arrangements with Ms. Maatouk to audition during their recess time on the audition days.


The Skinner West Basketball & Debate team fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 16th from 9am-7:00pm.  Click here for registration details.  The fundraiser is open to all - please invite players from other schools or programs.  We desperately need parent volunteers for assisting with concessions, coaching assistance, etc.  Please contact Beverly Wong if you can assist.

Skinner West is at the Top!!!


Skinner West has received honors as a top 10 school in Chicago and Illinois. The Chicago Suntimes and Chicago Tribune have ranked our school as a top 10 school based on ISAT test scores alongside the rankings from the Illinois State Board of Education.  Mrs. Clark received a congratulatory call from Mayor Emanuel. What a great honor for our Superstars, teachers and staff!

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Halloween was a success!  Thank you to all parents and family members who donated their time to help our teachers and staff.



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.

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



STAR Program Payments 
Due Friday, November 15th
If you are paying for the STAR program on a quarterly basis, be sure to stop by the STAR program desk to make your next quarterly payment.
Thank you!


Repeat News and Updates

Parents, click here to learn more about CPS' Network realignment efforts. 
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. 10AM: grades 4-8; 11AM: 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)

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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.




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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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