Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 27 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance


 Mar. 7 - Mar. 14, 2014


Skinner Banner 2011

Weekly Update  



Thru Friday, March 14th   

ISAT Testing
Grades 3rd - 8th

Sunday, March 9th
Daylight Savings Time
Set your clocks forward one hour

Tuesday, March 11th
LSC Communications Meeting
6:30 PM
All are welcome

Friday, March 14th

Local School Council Applications Due

Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar

CPS School Calendar
2014 -2015



Neighborhood News
What's Happening in the West Loop?  Visit the 
Did you miss last week's Week-At-A-Glance e-newsletter? Click here to catch up on a must-read!


Does your Superstar have an accomplishment or honorable mention you would like to submit to the newsletter?  

Reply to this email or email us 





Are you supporting Skinner through these NO additional cost fundraisers?

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and Share this with Family and Friends! 




Box Tops/ Labels for Education
Collect everyday labels from groceries to earn points and funds for our school library


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) 









Please submit pictures from any Skinner West events (concerts, parties, presentations etc) to
 We prefer .jpg or .gif files of up to 350kb. 
Thank you!




TopClick on the link to advance to the article you wish to read! 
 New Articles 

2014-2015 CPS School Calendar Announced

The 2014-2015 school year calendar has been announced.
CLICK HERE for the calendar.

Noteworthy dates include:

  • First Day of School: Sept. 2, 2014
  • Winter Break: Dec. 22, 2014, to Jan. 2, 2015.
  • Spring Break: April 6, 2015, to April 10, 2015.
  • President's Day: Presidents' Day (Feb. 16, 2015) will be reinstated as a holiday instead of Lincoln's Birthday.
  • Holidays: Schools will also be closed on Columbus Day, Oct. 13, 2014; Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2014; Thanksgiving, Nov. 26-28, 2014; Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, 2015; and Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.
  • Last Day of School: The school year ends June 16, 2015
Please review the calendar for the complete schedule.


   gallerytopBack to top 


  LSC Candidate Filing Date Extended to March 14th

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that it has extended its Local School Council (LSC) election candidate filing deadline from February 26 to March 14, giving parents and community members an extra two weeks to submit their nominating forms. 


On April 7, 2014 (Report Card Pick-up Day), Local School Council elections will be held at Skinner School. In the election, parents and community members will have the opportunity to run and vote to fill 8 positions on the school's LSC (6 parent members and 2 community members) and school staff will have the opportunity to vote and fill 3 positions on the LSC (2 teacher members and 1 non-teacher staff member).  
Make a difference!  Run for Skinner's Local School Council. The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is March 14th, 2014. Click here for more details.


   gallerytopBack to top 


Your Input Counts!
Please Take the  Annual Skinner Survey

Skinner West Families! We need your opinion to insure we are meeting the needs of our Superstars. Each family (one per family please!) can take this survey in one of two ways:
  • Online survey via the following link

 (PREFERRED method, especially for detailed comments)

  • OR complete and return the written survey to your homeroom teacher (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY)  



The survey closes on Friday, March 21st.


   gallerytopBack to top 


  Karate Summer Camp @ Skinner West
National award winning 4K-Karate and Team Wakamusha, will host a Summer Karate Camp at Skinner West. Camp will run Mon-Fri June 16th thru July 11th 20149:00 - 5:00. Campers will have intensive Martial Arts training in Shorei Goju-Ryu Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, field trips, Hall of Fame guest instructors, learn self-defense and bully proofing. This will be an absolutely great camp with an instructor student ration of 10:1. Only 30 slots are available. Go to Karate Summer Camp for more information and to register. Feel free to call or email Sensei JP with any questions @  or 312-523-6327

   gallerytopBack to top 


  Karate Superstars Compete in Kokomo 

Four Skinner Superstars traveled to Kokomo, Indiana to compete in the Professional Karate Commission's Region 2 Championships. 

  • Maquan B (1st Gr) 2nd in Forms,1st in Fighting (7-8 yr Novice Div) 
  • Cornell S (3rd Gr) 1st in Forms, 2nd in Fighting (7-8 yr Novice Div) 
  • Aaron W (5th Gr) 7th in Forms, 6th in Fighting (11-13 yr Intermediate Div)
  • Gabrielle N (4th Gr) 5th in Forms, 4th in Weapons & 1st in Fighting (9-10 yr Advanced/Blackbelt Div)
CONGRATULATIONS to our Superstars!

If you would like to share your Superstar's story, please send us a note @  

   gallerytopBack to top 


 THANK YOU Superstars!
  Cookie Dough Sales Results are in!

The Skinner PTO would like to thank all the Superstars and Superstar families for your amazing work.
  • Estimated cookie dough sales = 1,352 units (16% more than last year!)
  • Sales total = ~$18,000
  • Skinner portion (40%) = Approx $7,200
  • Fund will be used to purchase items like Promethean boards (for 3 classrooms) and classroom supplies...THANK YOU! 
  • Prizes will be given to all who sold more than 8 units each
  • 8 Superstars have sold more than 45 units each; Each will earn a $150 Amazon gift card!
  • Mark your calendars to pick up your cookie dough orders on Monday, April 7th, during Report card pickup.  We'll send a reminder through the newsletter. 



   gallerytopBack to top 

Repeat News and Updates

Dear Skinner Parents,
ISAT Testing, for grades 3rd-8th, will begin on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Click here to view the schedule for testing for the next two weeks.

   gallerytopBack to top 



Click here to view Principal Clark's Report that was presented on February 18, 2014 at the Local School Council Meeting. Also, click here to view the State of the School report.


   gallerytopBack to top 




Gallery 111 is excited to announce this year's 
NO ART LEFT BEHIND silent auction event 
at The Lou Conte Dance Studio at 
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on May 17th
Do you know someone who owns a restaurant, has a time share, or works for the Bears? Contribute to Gallery 111 by soliciting a donation or donating a service yourself. Please email Ms. Bovit at or fill out the form below. Your contribution will help to make the event a success!

No Art Left Behind Donor Letter
No Art Left Behind Donor Form


   gallerytopBack to top 



The Skinner Summer Camp registration deadline has been extended! We are going to continue to accept Superstars until our program fills up. Spots are filling up quickly so don't miss out! Get your form and deposit to Mr. Johnson ASAP! Click here for the registration form.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Johnson at

It's going to be an amazing summer - so don't miss out on the fun!


   gallerytopBack to top 



Parents, as a reminder, here is our current attendance policy. If you are unsure how to report your child's absence, always refer to our policy, which is also posted on the Skinner West website at

Students who are absent from school must bring a signed note by their parent or doctor explaining the reason for the absence in order to be considered "excused." Without a valid cause, a student will be marked for an "unexcused" absence. If a student has more than 9 unexcused absences and they are in a benchmark grade (3rd, 6th, or 8th), they may not be promoted. A student who attends school for at least 5 hours is marked for a full day of attendance while a student who attends for 2.5 hours is marked for a half-day.


Please note: 

  • A phone call to our main office is strictly optional.
  • You may receive a recorded phone call from CPS indicating that your student is absent.
  • If you know in advance your child will be absent, please work with your teacher to make up missed time.


   gallerytopBack to top 



All parents must sign in at the security desk in order to enter the school building.  Parents should always enter on the Adams Street side.   Parents should not be moving about the school without a visitor's badge. Let's all work together to help keep our school safe.


   gallerytopBack to top 


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.



   gallerytopBack to top 


Visit our website at

for more information about what's happening in school.
 All comments, suggestions or requests to submit information

to this newsletter should be emailed to


                                               Deborah M. Clark