Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 34 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance
April 25th to May 2nd


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Weekly Update

Friday, April 25th

10am School Tour for Prospective Parents

2nd Payment Star Summer Program Due

2pm Invention Convention

Wednesday, April 30th

4th-8th Grade Earth Day Clean up

Thursday, May 1st
4th-8th Grade Earth Day Clean up

Registration for Incoming Classical Students 

Friday, May 2nd   
4th-8th Grade Earth Day Clean up

Registration for incoming Classical Students 

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Gallery 111 cordially invites you and your friends to the

11th annual "No Art Left Behind" Gala


Saturday, May 17th, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm

Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

1147 W Jackson Blvd


Join us for a silent auction in a Hubbard Street dance studio and enjoy complementary:

- Cuisine by Third Coast Chef

- Wine & Beer by Beverage Testing Institute

- Desserts by Bombon Cafe

- Music by DJ Paul Caston 


Tickets are $50 ($55 at the door) and can be purchased at or a check can be sent in with your child made out to Gallery 111. 
100% of the proceeds go to Skinner West art programming that benefits all students!  
 Skinner Superstars Talent Show 

Encourage your Superstar to try out for a spot at the Skinner West Talent Show coming this June!

Tryouts for Grades K-3 will be:  
Tuesday, May 20th from 8:00-8:30am 
Wednesday, May 21st from 3:45-5:00pm 
Thursday, May 22nd from 8:00-8:30am 

Tryouts for Grades 4-8 will be:  
Wednesday, May 21st from 8:00-8:30am 
Thursday, May 22nd from 3:45-5:00pm

Flyer is attached here. Click here for primary permission slips or here for upper grade permission slips.  You may also pick them up in the office.

volAttend the Invention Convention
Parents are invited to attend the Skinner West Invention Convention Friday, April 25th at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria.  Anyone who is interested in volunteering as a judge should contact Mrs. Milroy at  

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FairBook Fair Volunteers Needed


Parents, we need your help to make the book fair successful! Help is needed setting up the fair, supervising shoppers, bagging, and packing up the fair.


Book Fair set up is Friday, May 9th and will last all day. Volunteers are welcome at any time.


Classroom shopping days are Monday, May 12st- Friday, May 16th.  Parent help is needed each day, all day! Any amount of time you can give is helpful and appreciated.  Younger siblings are welcome to come with.


Book Fair pack up is Monday, May 19th. Volunteers are needed from 8:45-12:30.   


Please email Ms. Ranftl at or complete the attached form if you are able to help with book fair.   



Thank you!

earthEarth Awareness Volunteerism

For our "Earth Awareness Month", Student Council is sponsoring a Skinner Park and Grounds Clean-Up. Teachers in grades 4-8 will take their classes out to pick up refuse and beautify our immediate community for spring. Look for us between April 30th and May 2nd.
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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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perfSkinner West Primary Performance Pics

March/April performance days for grades K-3 can be found on the Skinner Music page.

5/6 Boys Basketball Team Celebrate a Great Season
Many thanks to the Skinner parents, faculty and students who came to support the 5/6 Boys Basketball team throughout the season.   After a season of hard work, and determination, the team made it to the final City Championship game, a phenomenal opportunity for the team.  The boys played their hardest against Dubois Elementary.  
Congratulations are in order for the good sportsmanship, teamwork and Skinner spirit this team exhibited throughout the season.  The 5/6 team was led by Coach Lomax and a great group of students from grades 5 and 6.  
Thank you all for your commitment this season and we look forward to next season.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Spotlight on a SuperSTAR

Lola P. in Mrs. Christiansen's 3rd grade class was one of two girls from The Joffrey Ballet's Academy of Dance selected to perform in Ballet Preljocaj's production of Snow White.  She will perform at the Harris Theater on May 2nd and 4th.  She will be playing the role of a young Snow White.  Way to go Lola! 
Repeat News and Updates
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. 

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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.  

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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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.

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.


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 Deborah M. Clark