Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 16 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


Dec. 6 - Dec. 13, 2013


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Weekly Update  

Friday, Dec. 6
2nd grade chorus 
40 S. Halsted 
2 p.m. 

Saturday, Dec. 7 


Metra French Market  

2nd and 3rd grades 

RSVP only (limited to 75 student performers)

12:30 p.m. 


Saturday, Dec. 7 


Mary Bartelme Park 

115 S. Sangamon

2nd and 3rd grades

RSVP only (limited to 60 student performers)  

5 p.m. 


Monday, Dec. 9 


Block 37 Mall 

108 N. State

3rd grade     

1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
 Skinner West Communications committee meeting
6:30 p.m. in library
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Picture Retake Day
Thursday, Dec. 19
Skinner West PTO Holiday Bazaar 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
1st grade Chorus 
West Loop Seniors


Friday, Dec. 13


Deadline for CPS sibling applications

(see article at right)


City Hall Concert

2nd and 3rd grades

Open to the public

12 p.m.


Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar



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 New Articles 

Principal Clark's latest report 
to the Local School Council
See the full report of all the activity at Skinner West by clicking here.
Parents, please mark your calendars for the upcoming holiday musical childrens' performances.performance


Mariano's 40 S. Halsted

2nd grade students from 216 and 221 perform

Performance open to the public       


SATURDAY DEC. 7, 12:30 P.M.

Metra French Market

Fulton River Park Holiday Celebration      

2nd and 3rd grades by RSVP only (limited to 75 student performers)

Performance open to the public



Mary Bartelme Park 115 S. Sangamon

Outdoor Performance at the Tree Lighting Ceremony

2nd and 3rd grades by RSVP only (limited to 60 student performers)

Family members-including dogs-welcome at the park. SANTA CLAUS WILL BE THERE!



Block 37 Mall 108 N. State

3rd grade

Performance open to the public       


FRIDAY DEC. 13, 12 P.M.

City Hall

2nd and 3rd grades                             

Performance open to the public       


MONDAY DEC. 16, 1 P.M.

BLOCK 37 MALL 108 N. STATE       

2nd grade

Performance open to the public       




9:30 A.M.:  Kindergarten; 1st Grade, Music House Violins, Glee Club

2:00 P.M.: Primary Chorus, Grades 4-7, Music House Violins, Rock Band, Glee Club




9:30 A.M.: Kindergarten; First Grades, Music House Violins, Glee Club

2:00 P.M.: Primary Chorus, Grades 4-7, Music House Violins, Rock Band, Glee Club


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PTO's Student Holiday Bazaar is Dec. 19th

Students can shop for holiday gifts from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Proceeds benefit programs at Skinner West. 


For more information about the Skinner West Parent Teacher Organization, including a list of all fundraising efforts for the year and examples of supported projects, please click here . If you have any questions or want to get involved with Skinner West PTO, contact  Julie Coe.


First Graders to sing for West Loop seniors
After a beautiful performance Monday for Illinois Governor Quinn and families of fallen soldiers at the Thompson Center, first graders will entertain West Loop seniors at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Donations of cookies or other treats are requested to help make this event even more special for the kids and seniors. Please drop off any donations to Miss Montgomery in Room 110 (and please leave a name on your donation so you can be thanked for your efforts). 
For more information on the holiday concerts or Ms. Maatouk's music program please check  the holiday music letter  or the google link here.



Mad Science winter registration online now
Forms will be going home soon. Or register online here and check out the Mad Science winter break flyer. 

Friends of Skinner West Volunteers Needed 
Friends of Skinner West is looking for parents to volunteer to sell items at the holiday concerts on December 19th.  Volunteers are needed at 9:15 am and 1:45 pm. All monies raised will go directly to fund items to benefit Skinner students. Contact Marla Sedler @
Repeat News and Updates
Siblings Entering Skinner?

Don't put all your eggs in one basket!!  Remember, there are several ways for a sibling to enroll into Skinner for K-5th grades for the 2013-2014 school year.  One is through applying for the Classical Program by completing the Selective Enrollment Application for Elementary Schools.  The second is through completing a separate application (Options for Knowledge Standard Elementary Application) for the lottery for the neighborhood/magnet component of Skinner West.  Both applications must be received by the Office of Academic Enhancement by Friday, December 13, 2013 via the online process at or paper application.  To read more about FAQs about the process, visit Best wishes to all of our siblings who will be participating in the testing and /or lottery process for enrollment.
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Skinner Principal, Teachers Accept National Blue Ribbon Award 


Skinner West accepted the 2013 U.S Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award this week in Washington D.C. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes exemplary performance or significant improvements in students' academic achievement at public and private elementary, middle and high schools.  The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag overhead is a mark of excellence in education recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities across the country. In his keynote address to the schools , US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan , praised the school teams for the extraordinary work that they have accomplished with their students.

We were proud and humbled to receive this honor and represent our Skinner Superstar family. Principal Clark, Vice Principal Robinson, Ms. McSpadden (7th grade), Ms. Christiansen (3rd), and Ms. Wardanian (KDG) attended the award ceremonies this week in Washington D.C. Thank you to all the staff, parents, and students for your support and continuing to highlight Skinner West as an exemplary high performing school! A schoolwide celebration will be planned soon.

Learn more by clicking here.



  Mrs. Beaudry - WGN's Teacher of the Month!
Congratulations Mrs. Beaudry!  WGN recognized her as November's teacher of the month. Click here to watch the segment that aired last Wednesday.  You can read more about WGN's recognition by clicking here.  We are so proud to have such talented teachers and staff at Skinner.

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Book Fair Success
The book fair was a huge success! Every Book Fair purchase benefits our school and Skinner families purchased about $12,000 worth of books, earning almost $6,000 to purchase books for Skinner West Library.  Our library collection grows every year thanks to Skinner families shopping at the book fair.  

Thank you to all the parents who helped with Book fair! Book Fair would not be possible without you.
Thank you to all the students who generously donated their spare change to "All for Books"- $450 was collected!!!  Scholastic will match what we collected, donating $900 worth of books toward disaster relief in Central Illinois and to children's charities, such as Ronald McDonald House.  I am so proud of how caring the Skinner community is!

Students who pre-paid for books will be receiving them next week.    

If you want to continue shopping, the Online Book Fair is open through Nov. 28 at  All purchases benefit our school! Just select Skinner West, shop, and you purchases will be delivered after Thanksgiving. 

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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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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.
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. ake 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.




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