Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 23 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


Feb. 7, 2014 - Feb. 14, 2014


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update  



Friday, Feb. 7 



 Pizza Day  


Gallery 111 Winter Art Show
2nd Floor Landing, Skinner West

Boys Basketball
vs. Academy Square
Home Game

Monday, Feb. 10 
Boys Basketball
vs. Jenner
Away Game 
5/6 4:30pm
7/8 5:30pm
Tuesday, Feb. 11 

Communications Committee Meeting in Library

Girls Basketball
vs. South Loop
Away Game 
5/6 4:30pm
Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-Off 
Wednesday, Feb. 12  
No School 
Lincoln's Birthday  

Thursday , Feb. 13 
Pre-Registration For STAR Summer Camp 






Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar



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There will be no school on Wednesday, February 12th in honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

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Click here to view Principal Clark's Report that was presented on January 31, 2014 at the Local School Council Meeting.

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G111 Art Show  


Gallery 111's Art Show  

 Feb. 7th 


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.  View our art gallery, listen to the Glee Club perform, and participate in fun art activities.   



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


All art work that was entered into the contest will be displayed at the art show.


In addition, some of the art submissions were selected as winners and turned into notecards.  These notecards will be sold during the art social and proceeds will benefit Skinner West.



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The new date for the 4th-6th grade dance has been confirmed. The new date is Friday, February 21st. The dance will run from 3:45 to 6:00pm. Permission slips will be coming home. The price of the event is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. 

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Chinese New Year was Friday, January 31st. It marked the beginning of the year of the horse. The City of Chicago has had many activities to celebrate this important cultural event. These citywide activities go from now until February 14th, with February 14th marking the beginning of the Lantern Festival. Click here to see a full listing of events.

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Skinner loves to have alumni visit!  Former Superstar Sudheer Poluru is now a junior at Harvard University.  He recently came back to Skinner and spoke to 8th graders about his educational experiences and he taught a lesson on negotiation. We look forward to hearing more about Sudheer's successes!

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Feeling restless after such a long, cold spell? How about running the Cupid's Love Dash Run in Highland Park on February 9th? Run either a 5k or 10k race and the course is a Valentines Day themed!
Skinner West families and friends get a special 10% off registration.

For more information and to register, visit: 
Discount code: skinner

For more information, please contact Ms. Montgomery at


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The heavy snow and frigid temperatures that have shut down schools this winter will result in summer break being pushed back by three days. Here are the changes to CPS' elementary, middle school, and early childhood calendars.

  • March 28th, which was not a school day for elementary and middle school students, will now become a student attendance day to offset the January 6th snow day.
  • June 11th, which was the first day of students' summer break, will become a student attendance day to offset the January 7th snow day.
  • June 12th will become a regular school day to offset the January 27th weather day.
  • June 13th will become a regular school day to offset the January 28th weather day.
  • June 16th 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 West is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 5th to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before February 27th is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at participating Six Flags Theme Parks. Click here for more details and to download the student reading log.

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Parking and Drop Off Reminders
Parents- Avoid a Ticket and Keep Our Students Safe!

The snow keeps piling up and roads continue to be slippery.
Please review the drop-off and parking procedures to keep
everyone safe (and ticket-free).

Drop Off and Pick Up

* Please do not block any driveways in the community area, double park or block a crosswalk while dropping off or picking up your child.

* In the morning the Monroe Street side is a "kiss and go (drive up- drop off and drive away)" area. Even if you are dropping off a kindergartener, please do not park in the kiss and go area even temporarily. Other parents need to be able to use this area to drop off their children. Find parking in another area if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time.

* After school, the Monroe Street side is reserved for the bus lane. There is no parking or area to wait for your child.

* Do not park on the Adams Street side directly in front of the school in the mornings. In the mornings, the Adams side is used for school bus drop-off only.

* In the evening, the Adams street side school parking zone is a "pick up and drive away" area. Do not leave your car for extended periods of time. Other parents need to be able to use this area to pick up their children. Please find legal parking in other areas if you are going to exit your car for extended periods of time.

Parking Lot

* Our parking lot has limited spaces and is for SKINNER STAFF ONLY. Please do not park in the staff lot or block other cars.

* All cars that do not have the proper permits (issued to staff) will be towed.

Lastly, thank you to our parent and teacher volunteers that work hard to keep our children safe as they walk across the busy crosswalks on both the Monroe and Adams Street side. As a community we all must play an active role in keeping those crosswalks safe.



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 Spotlight on a Skinner West Superstar


Gabrielle N. (4th grade) finished in the top 10 Nationally for the 2013 season on the Professional Karate Commission circuit (PKC) out of hundreds of girls around the country. Top ten in both Kumite (fighting) & Kata (forms). Congratulations Gabrielle on all of your hard work!


Does your Superstar have an accomplishment or honorable mention you would like to submit to the newsletter?  If so, please email us at 

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Repeat News and Updates

CPS Regional ARTS Day

Know a K-8th grade student interested in the arts? Sign them up now for the CPS Regional ARTS Day on February 8, 2014! At this FREE event, students will take 3 different workshops allowing them to explore theatre, dance, music, or visual art! This event takes place at four sites across the city, so pick the site most convenient for you!
Lyric Opera of Chicago is the lead arts partner for Regional ARTS Day and is providing workshops at all four sites. Other participating organizations include:
Hubbard Street Dance
Joffrey Ballet Chicago
Urban Gateways
Snow City Arts
Najwa Dance Corps
Lookingglass Theatre Company
Adventure Stage Chicago
Old Town School of Folk Music
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The North/Northwest and the South/Far South sites are FULL. Please choose another site. 
  • West Regional Site: John Marshall Metropolitan High School, 3250 W. Adams St.
  • Southwest Regional Site: Kelly High School, 4136 S. California Ave.
To register for the ARTS Day, go to:

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Letter from Coach Westy
100 Mile Club Challenge Open to All Students
Dear Parent/Guardians,
All 3rd and 4th graders are aware of the 100 Mile Club challenge (which many have been working on since October).  I am opening this opportunity up for all grade levels.  Any student interested in working towards achieving 100 miles before the end of the school year is welcome to join.  The requirement to participate in this program includes completing the Welcome To The Club form, and submitting $10 to Ms. Westy by Monday, Feb 17th.  Additionally, you and your child are responsible for keeping track of each mile completed by filling out the personal progress chart.  
Mileage can be logged by reviewing the mile equivalent handouts which explains:
You may log 1 mile for 20 minutes of any exercise that makes you breathe hard and sweat.
You may log 1 mile for 15 minutes of any continuous exercise that makes you breathe very hard and perspire heavily.
For more information on this program please visit
For a copy of a Registration Form, Personal Progress Report Form and Mile Equivalent Form click HERE.
Please remember, all forms along with $10 must be submitted by  Monday, Feb 17th.

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Need to Contact Mrs. Clark?

If you need to contact Mrs. Clark through email, please contact her at  This new email address has been set up for only Skinner West parents to use.  Thank you! 

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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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Reminder to 7th Graders
Register for SelectivePrep After-School Class 

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

Get your child into one of the Chicago Public School's Selective Enrollment High Schools.  Competition for admission is fierce and intensifying last year over 16,000 students applied for about 3,000 available openings.  
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, 2014This event is open to all Skinner West students and their families.  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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to this newsletter should be emailed to


                                   Deborah M. Clark