Mark T. Skinner West School

Week 41 (2013-2014)
Week At A Glance
June 13th - June 20th


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Weekly Update

Friday, June 16th

Blue Ribbon Carnival

3:00pm Promotion Walk

End of 4th Quarter

2014-15 Superstar Afterschool Registration Due

Last day of School!

Tuesday, June 17th 

Start of Star Summer Camp

5:30pm PTO Meeting

6:30pm LSC Meeting

Friday, June 20th 

Skinner Star Summer Camp
Final payment due

Skinner West School Calendar

CPS School Calendar

CPS School Calendar
2014 -2015



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End of the Year Reminders!

We wish all our students, parents and staff a happy and healthy summer as we end another successful year at Skinner. Here are a few reminders for you before the next school year begins:

- The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year will be Tuesday, September 2nd.  The school hours will continue to be 8:45am to 3:30pm.

- We will begin e-newsletters in early August.  Please look for weekly email reminders to prepare you for the first day of school.  

- Newsletters will also be posted on our website  If you would like to sign up additional caregivers to the newsletter, please look for the newsletter signup on the left margin of the website. The website will also feature updates to prepare you and your child for school
If you have any questions for Mrs. Clark, please contact her at the parent only email address:

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Communications Committee, please email

Enjoy the Summer and see you on Tuesday, September 2nd @ 8:45am!



2013-14 Skinner West Survey Results 

Thank you to all who participated in this year's school survey.  Over 300 families participated and provided us with valuable feedback about communication, initiatives, programs, the after-school program and more.  You can find a summary of the results here.  Stay tuned for more details about how you can help us take and use the feedback you shared toward bettering our school community.  



2014-2015 Room Parents Needed!  

Skinner West is looking for a Co-Room Parent Coordinator for the 2014-1025 school year to assist with regular responsibilities including regular, prompt communication & coordination with various school committees and to back each other up.
If are a current room parent and would like to continue next year, please confirm by completing this short survey.  You can add suggestions and ideas too! 

Current Room Parents: Teachers have a lot of information to communicate to parents in the first few days after school reopens as well as to their incoming class.  In June:
- Please ready your current class list (names and email addresses)
- Kavita Rao and current room parents will create the 2014-15 parent contact list for each class. We plan to share next year's parent contact information with home room teachers by end of June.

If you have questions, please contact co-parent room coordinator Kavita Rao here or email her at  

Skinner Star Summer Camp

Skinner Star summer camp will start on Tuesday, June 15th.  Drop off starts at 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. in the gym.  Final payments are due to Mr. Johnson by Friday, June 20th.  Please email Mr. Johnson here if you have questions.  We're excited for the summer to start!


Summer Box Top Challenge

Skinner has raised over $3000 through box top donations.  Don't forget to save your boxtops over the summer!  Use this handy sheet to save your tops.  See how many you can collect!  Please return to Mrs. Rantfl in the fall.
Repeat News and Updates
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 program.
  • Any questions or if paying by PayPal, please send a receipt to Ms. Wardanian @
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.
If you didn't attend the June 4th meeting but still want to participate, please e-mail Jana Meiners at

2013-14 Yearbook Preorders! 


Apologies - there was a glitch in the system but online pre- orders are now available for the Skinner West 2013-2014 school yearbook. They will arrive at Skinner in Fall of 2014.
To pre-order online:
1. Log on to:
2. Enter yearbook ID code: 1988714
3. Cost is $30.00
Orders can be placed through August 1, 2014
SchoolKidz Kit Orders

Ordering your back-to-school supplies has never been easier! You can complete your order within minutes! Click here and enter Skinner's account number: 25760. Please remember to order the correct grade for your child as custom kits cannot be returned.  


Congratulations Class of 2014! 

The outgoing 8th grade class has worked exceptionally hard to reach this great achievement.   Here is the list of the schools our Superstars have been accepted into: 

Al Ragby HS
Brooks College Preparatory HS
Chicago High School of the Arts
Choate Rosemary Hall
De La Salle Institute
Jones College Preparatory HS
Kenwood Academy HS
Lane Technical HS
Mount Carmel HS
Phoenix Military Academy
Providence St Mel
Senn HS
St Ignatious College Preparatory HS
UIC College Prep
Urban Prep Academy
Walter Payton College Preparatory HS
Waubonsie Valley HS
Westinghouse College Preparatory HS
Whitney Young Magnet HS

We wish all of our alumni success in their future endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS!
We are so proud of you!



Skinner Stars Dance Team Recital Success! 
Congratulations to the Skinner Stars Dance Team and Coach Nina-Rose Wardanian (and Skinner alumnus) on an exciting performance this past Friday.  The team danced to twelve songs that concentrated on four dance team techniques: pom, jazz, hip hop and kick.  The final team routine incorporated pom, jazz and hip hop, along with stunts and many formation changes. We are so proud of our Superstars demonstrated their artistic and creative talent!
Book Fair & Library Updatefair

Book Fair Feedback
Parents, please take a moment to fill out this book fair survey. Your feedback will help me adjust book fair to meet the needs of all Skinner Superstars

All Library Books are Due Back!!
Missing Book Notices have been handed out to all classrooms. Please check your student's folder to see if he or she has a missing book(s).   If a book cannot be found, please send the missing book payment to school with your child.  All books must be returned or paid for before your child can receive his or her report card and officially move to the next grade, per CPS policy. 

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." 
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:


4th Grade History Fair 

4th graders participated in their annual history fair on May 29th that focused on Chicago Innovation.  Congratulations on all your hard work!   


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 Deborah M. Clark