Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 32 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance
April 11th to April 18th


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April 14th-April 18th

Spring Break
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Tuesday, April 22

5:30 Forum/PTO Meeting

6:30 LSC Meeting 

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breakSpring Break is next week!

Skinner West and all CPS schools have Spring Break next week, 4/14-4/18 and schools will be closed.  Information about Chicago Park District and private camps can be found at the end of this newsletter. 
voteLSC Election Results Are In!

Thank you to the Skinner West community for coming out to vote this past Tuesday.  This was the largest election we've had in several years and we're proud of community and parent turn out. Congratulations are in order for the newest group of Local School Council members:

Melvin Flowers
Sharlene Hobson
Stephanie Majca
Fadi Matalka
Michael McMurray
Nellie Strong

John Powers
Armando Chacon

Ramel Werner
Donna McSpadden

Sheila Howard

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ToursSchool Tours

Skinner West is hosting school tours for prospective parents on April 11th and April 25th at 10:00am.  Any prospective parents are welcome to attend.  Please sign in at the security desk when you arrive.

     Classroom Connection provides you insight on what is happening in your child's classroom

1st Grade Thanks to Ms. Fisher


Ms. Fisher's 1st grade class recently finished a narrative unit in Writer's Workshop. Writers focused on catching small moments in their lives and stretching them across several pages. They also focused on writing a lot of details in order to bring their story to life by unfreezing characters, making them move and talk, and by telling their feelings. In order to celebrate the successes of these writers, Ms. Fisher invited families and friends into the classroom for tea and cookies! Each writer was congratulated and read aloud their special "published" piece. Writers are currently working on non-fiction teaching books and are looking forward to our next celebration!  



 Thank you to Ms. Fisher, for your dedication to our students!

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gameGame Truck at Skinner West on May 2nd at 11:00am!

Congratulations to the 70 students who've won time in the game truck!  These lucky students sold 8 or more cookie dough orders. 

We are looking for volunteers to help at the event.  If you are interested, please email Stephanie Majca here.

gardenPlease Help the Skinner Learning Garden

The Skinner Learning Garden is seeking donations of soil, compost, and seeds for the spring growing season. We need at least 9 bags of soil or compost for the beds and are in need of herb seeds.  Donated materials can be dropped off with Mrs. Milroy in Room 226.  

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patrickLet's Get Patrick Sharp to Skinner West!

Face off your clutter. . . clear to zone . . . clean out your closets!  Gather your gently used clothing and go to any participating Goodwill Store & Donation Center between April 1st and April 30th.  Simply indicate your school name, city, and number of items donated on the donation slip provided to you by the Goodwill Donation Attendant, and the school with the greatest number of items donated will receive a visit from Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Sharp!  Questions? Email Katie Flanagan here or call 312-994-1462.  
EddieSkinner Superstar Parent - a Hero 
Skinner West would like to acknowledge the incredible bravery and selfless actions of Skinner parent Eddie Palacios, a TSA worker who jumped onto the Blue line tracks last week to rescue a woman who had fallen onto them.  You can read more about his incredible actions here.

Repeat News and Updates

volParent Volunteers Needed

Mrs. Milroy is in need of parent volunteers to help her plan the upcoming Invention Convention and Science Fair. Interested volunteers can e-mail her at, or stop by Room 226.   

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Social Emotional Learning Update

Random Acts of Kindness week will run from April 28th-May 2nd. The purpose is to encourage and inspire new ways to be purposefully kind to one another. More information is forthcoming. 

The Social Emotional Learning calendar is posted on Ms. Montgomery's wikipage. A great source of information on many issues related to children's social and emotional development can be found on the Kids Health website.

Many thanks to Dr. Deepak Neduvelil (Dr. Ned) and Dr. Chris Worth of Skyline Smiles located at 1017 W. Madison Street who spoke with our 1st and 2nd graders on oral hygiene.  Skyline Smiles is scheduled to come back to talk with Kindergarteners on April 8th.

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A Heartfelt Thank You!

Mrs. Christiansen's DonorsChoose program was a great success.  Because of the matching incentives made by '100 Women in Hedge Funds', she was able to get funding for her Google Nexus Tablets within 48 hours.

Her campaign received an additional incentive due to the number of participating donors and her classroom was rewarded an additional $3,000.  The total value of donations, gifts and matching donations surpassed $10,000 and was used to purchase tablet covers and 3 Chrome books. 

Finally, Mrs. Christiansen received the 2nd highest number of donors -  155 -  and she was awarded a trip to New York to see and meet Steve Colbert.  She'll also have a chance to visit DonorsChoose to thank them for this fantastic opportunity - all made possible by your generous donations.

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STAR Afterschool Program- Quarterly Payments Due
Monday April 7th

As a reminder, STAR afterschool quarterly payments were due on April 7th. Please see STAR staff to pay or use the PayPal link on the school's website.  Please provide proof of payment to STAR staff.

   Skinner West Debate Tournament Success! 

The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's fifth and final tournament of the 2013-2014 season on Saturday, Mar. 15 at Senn High School. There were 100 teams and 200 debaters in the Novice division. 

The overall topic for the year was: 'Economic Engagement with Latin America', and the cases being debated at this tournament were 'Mexico Border Security' and 'Cuban Ethanol Embargo'.

The following debaters won individual speaker awards:

Dailyn D. - 5th
Avery B. - 14th
Carter M. - 20th

The following groups also won team awards:
Spencer H./Avery B. - 3rd
Alexis C./Daisy S. - 6th
Carter M./Anicia M. - 8th

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Skinner Student Stars in a TV Pilot

Skinner West Superstar Tyler T. made his acting debut on March 24th.  Tyler was casted in a new 20th Century Fox pilot called "Empire."  The pilot, which is directed by Lee Daniels, one of Hollywood's leading directors and executive producers, stars Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson. Tyler plays the nephew of Taraji Henson. Tyler is in Ms. Yasmin Dalal's 3rd grade class.  Congratulations Tyler! 

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Psssst we need your help...
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Have a special talent? Do you own a lake house?  
Great seats to a game? Are you well connected?

As a growing school, Skinner West's needs are many.  It is our responsibility to the children to help this school grow all around. Our fundraising efforts support our arts programming for all students. We are holding our annual fundraiser - 
No Art Left Behind - on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 from 7 - 10 pm. Last year's silent auction raised over $30,000, but we hope to surpass that amount with your help this year! We hope that you would please consider supporting the event with a
with a donation for the silent auction. Gallery 111 has 5013 status and your donation is therefore tax deductible. 100% of the event proceeds will go towards school program funding.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to email Ms. Bovit at or drop off your silent auction donation to the Art Room with the attached form and auction letter.
Thank you for your consideration!
Gallery 111

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Mad Science
 Spring Session: Crazy Chemworks Starts 3/31
Spring Break Camp Starts 4/14
Join Mad Science for fun science experiments and activities!  Children will become junior lab scientists as they discover the properties of ooey-gooey slime, create instantaneous reactions, watch things that glow in the dark, manipulate matter in all three states and much, much more! Take homes include their own laboratory gear to continue their research! Click HERE for the flyer. 

Also, we are registering for our spring break camp the week of 
April 14. Click HERE for the form.

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Chicago Park District
Sign up for Spring Break Session
Be sure to sign up for Skinner Park District Spring Break! Click HERE to learn more.

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                                Deborah M. Clark