Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 39 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance
May 30th - June 6th


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Weekly Update

 Friday, May 30th

8th Grade Graduation Luncheon

Skinner Dance Team Recital
6:30 pm
Skinner Auditorium

Tuesday, June 3rd

10:00 am
Pre K, Kindergarten, Primary Chorus Jr. (1st Grade) and Glee Club Perform- for Students Only

2:00 pm
Primary Chorus (2nd and 3rd Grades), 4th - 6th Grades, 8th grade, and Glee Concert- for Student Only

Wednesday, June 4th 
Skinner Garden Club Meeting
Science Lab, Rm 226
5:00 pm

8th Grade Graduation 
@Whitney Young
5:00 pm
Thursday, June 5th

iReady Parent Night
Grades 2 & 3 Neighborhood
6:00 pm
Friday,June 6th

Kindergarten, Primary Chorus Jr (1st Gr.) & Glee Club Spring Concert- for Parent and Community 
10:00 am

Primary Chorus (2nd and 3rd grades), 4th-6th grades & Glee Club Spring Concert- for Parents and Community
2:00 pm
Skinner Potluck and "Dome of Dance" Dance Battle
4pm- 7pm

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National Blue Ribbon Week

Superstar Parents - Be Part of the Celebration


It's time to celebrate Skinner's National Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence!

Skinner West will be honoring all facets of school that have given us a reason to celebrate this prestigious tilte! 


  • Tues, June 10th Highlighting Superstar Students
  • Wed, June 11th Highlighting Excellence in Teaching
  • Thurs, June 12th, Highlighting Superstar Parents (see below for details!)
  • Fri, June 13th, National Blue Ribbon Carnival


To All Superstar Parents-- Be Part of the Blue Ribbon Celebration:



 We are inviting parents to join our National Blue Ribbon Celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2014 by participating in Celebrating Parents through College and Career Readiness.  We would like to give Skinner parents and community leaders a chance to share about their chosen careers and education with our Superstars. 


A few ways you could share with our students:

  • By answering the question - How did your education help you get to where you are today?
  • Reading a story or excerpt from a book that has inspired you
  • Sharing an "I Remember when" story from your educational journey
  • Sharing how your parents influenced your success

If you would like to be a part of this amazing opportunity to inspire and educate our Superstar students, please visit the following link to sign up for the grade level(s) in which you would like to visit: 


Please note to ensure every classroom has a speaker, parents may not be assigned to their child's classroom.  Classroom visits will begin at 11:00am and will end at 12:45 pm.


Thank you for continued support in helping make this National Blue Ribbon Celebration a huge success.  


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Montgomery at

Walkathon Scheduled for Fall
        The Walkathon that is traditionally held in the Spring has been moved to the fall of the 2014-2015 school year.   Through past walkathons, Friends of Skinner West has  funded classroom libraries and whiteboards in all classrooms. With CPS budget cuts at an all-time high, it is now more important than ever that our school generates funding to create unique opportunities for our students.
         The Walkathon has been scheduled for Friday, October 3rd, 2014.  Children who collect monetary pledges will be eligible to participate in the event which will include incentives for students and classrooms who raise the most money.  
          More information will be provided at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Please consider volunteering to help organize this event. If you are interested in doing so, please contact
      Contributions can also be made directly to Friends of Skinner West via the PayPal link on the Friends of Skinner West website page.  Click HERE to reach the page. Please include your child's name and room number in the notes so that we may forward to you a letter indicating your donation, which may also serve as a receipt. Any Questions? Please contact Marla Sedler at



Class of 2014 Trip to Washington DC
Skinner's 8th grade Class of 2014 traveled to Washington DC last week for their class trip.  From May 21st to May 23rd, the group toured many memorials and museums throughout the nation's capital.  They also met with our very own Congressman Danny K. Davis during their visit.  It was a very fun and educational experience for all.

Hands on Stanzas
On Wednesday, May 21st,  poetry from our Skinner West students was showcased at the Hands on Stanzas event held at the Chicago Cultural Center.  This event was part of the Hands on Stanzas poetry residency that was secured by Gallery 111.  Students were chosen to represent their schools at an All Schools Reading. Skinner West  was among the schools and the several students each presented two poems they developed with the poets in residence. Our resident poet was Mr. Larry Dean( back row top left in photo).

You can read some of the poetry written by our Superstars by going to the Poetry Center of Chicago's Skinner West blog:
8th Grade Scholarship Recipients
On May 12th, Skinner West eighth graders Lucienne W. and Louis C. attended the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund Award Ceremony.  Both Luci and Louis received high school scholarships.  Luci will be attending Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and Louis will be attending Mount Carmel High School! 
Congratulations to Skinner's scholarship recipients!
We are so proud of the Class of 2014!
STAR Afterschool Program Registration for 2014-15
Parents and Students!  STAR Afterschool Program Registration is open for the 2014-2015 school year.  Guarantee your spot for next year.
  • If you are a returning student, please complete the registration form and return to the STAR front desk by June 13th.  There is NO registration fee required to hold the spot.  
  • If you are a new student, please complete the registration form with a $50 deposit by June 13th.
  • For all students, the first payment (either quarterly, semester, or annual) will be due by Friday, August 22nd.  Payment can be made via Paypal online or by dropping off at the front office.   Failure to make the first payment will result in no guarantees for a spot in the  
  • Any questions or if paying by PayPal, please send a receipt to Ms. Wardanian @
Repeat News and Updates
Skinner Stars Dance Team
Spring Recital

You are invited to attend the Skinner Stars Dance Team Spring Recital on Friday, May 30th at 6:30pm in the Skinner Auditorium.  Tickets are free!  Seating is on a first come first serve basis.

You won't want to miss this performance!! 
Call for Small Blue Items for Art Installation
Check those junk drawers and play rooms for small blue things that can be used as part of an art installation during Skinner's National Blue Ribbon celebration! 
Blue things to consider: lost blue game pieces, blue puzzle pieces, tiny blue toys that can get glued (race cars, action figures), blue bottle caps, blue ribbon, fabric, craft supplies (feathers, foam, etc), blocks or small blue wood pieces. THINK BLUE! Think Louise Nevelson (see image above)!
Please send any small blue items to Ms. Bovit in the Art Room (201) or drop off labeled in the office. THANK YOU SO MUCH! 
Skinner Garden Club
All Skinner students are invited to join the Summer Garden Club. Club participants will plant, maintain, harvest, and enjoy healthy produce grown in the Learning Garden.
The first club meeting will be Wednesday, June 4th at 5:00 PM in Room 226 (Science Lab).  Students interested in joining should attend with a parent, as we will be planning the club's schedule.  If you can't attend that day but still want to participate, please e-mail Jana Meiners at


Skinner's Spring Concerts

Parents, family members, and neighbors are invited to attend the June 6th performances at the school.
Tuesday June 3rd: Students Perform for Students:
 10:00AM: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Primary Chorus Jr (1st grade) & Glee Club
  2:00PM: Primary Chorus (2nd & 3rdgrades), 4th - 6th grades, 8th grade & Glee
Friday, June 6th: Students Perform for Parents, Family Members, Community:
10:00AM:  Kindergarten, Primary Chorus Jr (1st grade) & Glee Club
2:00PM: Primary Chorus (2nd & 3rdgrades), 4th - 6th grades, & Glee Club
The Music House concert is set for Wednesday,  June 4th at 10:00AM.  


Thank You for Supporting the Arts!

Skinner West's Gallery 111 Board would like to personally THANK everyone who came to Hubbard Street Dance Center to support our mission of providing all the students at Skinner West with a well-rounded arts education.
Our annual "No Art Left Behind" silent auction raised over $20,000!  
Your donations help fund Skinner West students in school residencies from Redmoon, Second City, Poetry Center, May I Have This Dance?, Emerald City Theatre, Felting Workshops, Baba Eli drumming, CSO field trips, Lyric Opera, MCA, etc. 
We cannot express how much we appreciate the time and effort put in by the teachers, parents, volunteers, and friends of Skinner West's community.  We could not have done this without you!  
Thank you to all the donors, Hubbard Street Dance Center, Beverage Testing Institute, Third Coast Chef, Todd Appel, DJ Pauly and the list goes on.
If there were any pictures from the event, please send to
If you were unable to attend, there are still other ways to you can support G111:  
                      * Bidding on items that did not have bids by                        emailing: 
             * i.e., Spots are still open to donate $40 to hear Seņor Alvizuri, a 3 time Olympic swimmer, who will speak for 1.5hrs on May 29th and cover topics of how to become the athlete you want, how to set up goals, and how to keep balance between competitive sports and school;  bid on Volo Auto Museum tickets; Hubbard Dance Passes; Ibanez Jumpstart Electric Guitar Set; Thomas Fallon Family Portrait Session; Tickets to "Stories in Motion" Joffrey Ballet & Signed Pointe Shoes; Shambhala Photo Classes; etc. 
           * Donating directly to Gallery 111 via or check made payable to "Gallery 111" provided to your child's classroom teacher.
Your contributions will help future in-school residencies; will help fund an outdoor mosaic created by Skinner students, teachers and community members to honor Principal Clark's 20th Anniversary; and will help fund our Blue Ribbon Ceremony honoring our recent school status.

Skinner West Wins CPS Invention Convention

On Saturday, May 17th, over 150 Chicago Public School students in grades 3-8 displayed their innovation at the 2014 CPS Invention Convention.  Student inventors presented their inventions and competed to win over $4000 in scholarship and prizes.  

The grand prize winner was the team of Autumn D. and Ariel M. from Skinner's own 3rd grade class.  They won an invention prototyping and mentoring opportunity from Imagine-it-Tech and a $500 529 scholarship.  They invented the Butterstick, a roll-on form of butter that makes it easier to spread butter on your toast.

In addition to winning the overall competition, many Skinner West students won in their grade category.  Congratulations to the following winners:

3rd Grade:
1st Place- Colin S., The Shot Shield
2nd Place- Lola P., The Backpack Jack
3rd Place-  Wendy W., All in One Magic Tool

5th Grade:
1st Place- Jason G., Better Bottle
3rd Place- Katelyn McBride, Nice Ice Tray

6th Grade:
1st Place-Aysia G. and Lila M., Clutch Guard
2nd Place- Darinka S., Dead or Alive

7th and Grade:
2nd Place- Jeffrey R., The Bolt Locker

Honorable Mentions:
3rd Grade
Lucas W., Flat-O-Matic
Tyler G., The Rain Roller
Tru C., Stay Tied Clips

5th Grade
Fiona L. and Najeo S., Sammy Clips
Chloe K. and Isabelle K, The Leaf Catcher
Jamil C., The Bunion Straightener
Ryan W., The Jug Lifter

summer reading  
Summer Reading Program 
Earn a Free Book this Summer

Encourage your kids to read this summer and reward them with a free book! Barnes & Noble has kicked off their Annual Summer Reading Program "Imagination's Destination." 
Here Is How:
Step 1
Read any 8 books and record them in the READING JOURNAL.
Step 2
Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local Barnes &         Nobel store.
Step 3
Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!
For more information about this program and to obtain an free summer reading kit for parents visit:
Skinner 8th Grade Golf Star In the News 
The Chicago Sun Times recently featured Myah J., a Skinner West 8th grader, and Myah's sister, Erica, a graduate of Skinner West. The Chicago Sun Times called the sisters "The New Venus and Serena of Golf".  
Click HERE for the link to the newspaper article.
 Congratulations to Myah and Erica on all their accomplishments so far and we wish them all the best in the future!
 Skinner Summer Camp 
Skinner Summer Camp is currently full and has no available spots for this summer.  We hope those enrolled are looking forward to a wonderful summer at Skinner West.


Karate Tournament Trophy Winners

Here is some great news from five superstars who are enrolled in Skinner's after-school karate program.  The students recently competed at the Bronzeville Showdown Open Karate Tournament. Here are the results: Gabrielle N. (4th grade) with 3-1st place wins (Forms,Weapons & Fighting.) Cornell S. (3rd grade) with a 1st in Forms and 2nd in Fighting, Aaron W. (5th grade) with a 2nd in Fighting, Amina A. (4th grade) in her first ever tournament 3rd in Fighting and rounding out with Tyler G. (3rd grade) in his first ever tournament 1st in Fighting.  Congratulations!

 We Need Your Pictures

There are so many events happening at Skinner West this spring - science and history fair, concerts, talent shows, sports.  We would love to continue to keep our weekly newsletter and website current and showcase our Superstars in action.  If you have any pictures of Skinner West events, please email them to  Thank you! 


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 Deborah M. Clark