Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 36 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance
May 9th - May 16th


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Weekly Update

 Friday, May 9th

Book Fair Set Up

6:30 LSC Meeting
Topic: CIWP and Budget

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 12th

Book Fair 


Tuesday, May 13th

6:30 Communications Meeting

Book Fair

Wednesday, May 14th

Book Fair

Thursday, May 15th

Science Fair
1st Grade 9:30 AM
3rd Grade 2:15 PM

Friday, May 16th

Book Fair 

Science Fair
5th Grade 2:15

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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. 
Also- don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win an iPad, Go Pro Camera or Zanies tickets! One ticket for $20, three tickets for $50. Raffle ticket participants need not be present to win. 


100% of the proceeds go to Skinner West art programming that benefits all students!  Click here for the invitation. 

Skinner Science Fair 
1st Grade Science Fair:  Thursday, May 15th at 9:30 am 
3rd Grade Science Fair:  Thursday, May 15th at 2:15 pm
5th Grade Science Fair:  Friday, May 16th at 2:15 pm
 Thank You Teachers!
Tomorrow, Friday May 9th, is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week.  All of our teachers deserve special recognition and thanks for the outstanding work they do for Skinner West students.  We truly appreciate that our Skinner teachers always go above and beyond the call of duty and this is a great week to express our gratitude.
We hope the teachers enjoyed all the treats and surprises this week organized by the PTO.  On Monday, teachers received classroom supply goodie bags.  On Tuesday, teachers started their day right with a breakfast catered by Wishbone.  On Wednesday, teachers were treated to a delicious lunch catered from Salerno's.  On Thursday, teachers found a special cupcake in their mailbox.   And tomorrow, teachers be given a gift card.
Thank you to the PTO, Salerno's and Wishbone for helping us celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! 
We hope the teachers continue to have a well-deserved wonderful week!



FairBook Fair is Next Week



The "Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair" is next week.  Classroom shopping days are Monday, May 12th to Friday, May 16th during your child's designated library time.  This is a great time to stock up on summer reading!


Parents are needed to help make the book fair a success. Volunteers are needed and welcome to come each day, all day or any amount of time you can give.  In addition, volunteers are needed to help pack up the Book Fair on Monday, May 19th from 8:45-12:30.  To volunteer, please email Ms. Ranftl at or complete the attached form. 


2013-14 Skinner West Yearbook

Order your 2013-14 Skinner West Yearbook today!  The yearbook captures a full school year of activities.  The cost per book is $30. Please make payments to Skinner School  and send in your order to your child's homeroom today!   Or pre-order directly online at Our yearbook id code for online orders is: 1988714
Skinner Summer Karate Camp
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 for more information and to register. 
Feel free to call or email Sensei JP with any questions at 312-523-6327 or 


Class of 2014

Classroom Connection 

from Ms. Mellos and Ms. Sendoun's 8th Grade Classes




College & Career Readiness


While 8th graders are preparing for high school, we are trying to maximize on what they need to know as they move toward college and career readiness.  Our parents have been coming in every Thursday during our College & Career Readiness Class to help

students on steps they can take to start preparing for a future career.


A Lesson from Mr. Oulhadj About Commodities & The Chicago Board of Trade

         By Marcanthony H. & Lucienne W.






As we opened up our class time to parents who wanted to share their careers with us, we were honored to have Mr. Oulhadj come in and share his knowledge and skills with the Class of 2014.  It was a unique learning experience coming from a different mentor.  More importantly, he shared what it was like to be a risk manager at the Chicago Board of Trade and the process of making financial deals and the exchange of commodities.  With his own insight of what it takes to approach this career path, interest sparked in all of the students no matter what career they plan for themselves.  Through learning about the occupations and careers of others, we are now able to choose careers ourselves.



Class of 2014 Spotlight on a Student

By Eric C. & Taylor K.     





One of our very own eighth grade superstars, Matthew R., represented not only his grandmother, but also his diverse background at an Asian Heritage celebratory event.  Matthew, a 'Superstar' at Skinner since pre-K, showed his respect for the large Asian community we have in Chicago and here at Skinner.  This was a televised event on ABC 7 news.  Career correspondent Linda Yu attended and took photos with our proud Skinner Superstar.  They honored world-renowned Asian literature and backgrounds with respect of people from the Chicagoland area.  To sum this all up, we are proud of Matthew and his dedication for supporting his heritage.




The Art of Rhetoric

              By Eren F. & Lisa M.


     Over the past few weeks, Ms. Mellos has taught us about 'Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric'.  The first component is ethos which is comprised of appeal based on the character or image of the speaker and is largely created by word choice and style.  We incorporated ethos into our commercials by using diverse characters with dynamic personalities.  The second component is logos and includes data, statistics, expert testimony, or evidence.  Logos was incorporated in our commercials by having factual statistics.  The final component used in our advertisements was pathos, which is appeal based on emotion.  In our advertisements, pathos was evident because we showed humor which attracted attention from our mock consumers.  To sum this up, we have been taught the art of rhetoric and applying it to our writing and these commercials.  The goal? persuade, of course.  Check out our commercials and see if you can identify ETHOS, LOGOS, and PATHOS.

Maybeline Rocket Commercial
Maybeline Rocket Commercial
Max's Homemade Cupcakes Commercial
Max's Homemade Cupcakes Commercial
My Movie
My Movie
My Movie 3
My Movie 3
Lunchables Commercial
Lunchables Commercial


Repeat News and Updates
Skinner Camp Information Calendar       

Please find attached the information shared for Skinner Superstars Summer Camp.  Remember, you may use our payment schedule to divide up summer camp tuition.  Payments are accepted at any time, but paid-in-full tuition must be made on or before June 20th. Here is what the remaining payment dates look like:
Payment #2 - April 25th
Payment #3 - May 23rd
Payment #4 - June 20th
If you have questions, please email Mr. Johnson.
 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.

perfSkinner West Primary Performance Pics

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

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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