Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 12 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
November 14th - November 21st


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Weekly Update  

Friday, November 14th - Thursday, November 20th  

Book Fair
8:45am - 3:45pm

Monday, November 17th

PTO Candle Fundraiser Ends
All Funds Due

Tuesday, November 18th

PTO Meeting

LSC Meeting

Thursday, November 20th

Open House for Prospective Students 2015-16
KDG - 5th Grade
2:00pm - 3:00pm

6th -8th grade
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Friday, November 21st

8th grade pizza fundraiser - STAR, Park District, Parents, Teachers
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Come Volunteer for Book Fair! 


The Scholastic Book Fair is here through November 20th. Volunteer to learn about new books and encourage the love of reading in our Skinner Superstars.  A donation packet can be found here. Contact Ms. Ranftl at with any questions.
  • Volunteers will earn Free Book Coupons as a "thank you" for helping!
  • Younger siblings are welcome to join adult volunteers.
  • All amounts of help are appreciated, from an hour to all day!


Volunteers are needed on the following days:



Type of Help

Friday, Nov. 13th -Wednesday, Nov. 19th

8:45am -3:45pm               

Student Shopping Days (Help students select books and check out, run "Popular Items" table, and restock the books.)

Thursday, Nov. 20th

9am- 3:45pm

Pack Up Book Fair

(Help pack up unsold books and place final book orders.)


Holiday Concert Schedule

THURSDAY DEC. 4TH  Mariano's 40 W Halsted

2:00PM:  222 & 219 

Performance open to the public


FRIDAY DEC. 5TH  Mariano's 40 W Halsted

2:00PM:  221 & 217

Performance open to the public


*SAT. DEC 6th Mary Bartleme Park 115 S. Sangamon                    

5:00pm Outdoor Performance at the Tree lighting Ceremony

1st - 3rd GRADE by RSVP only

Family members (including dogs) welcome at the park! Also, SANTA CLAUS WILL BE THERE!


*Please RSVP by Monday December 1if your child will be participating in this concert. There is a limit of 65 performers. RSVP at this link:  or email  


MONDAY DEC 8th  Lou Malnati's 1235 W Randolph

1:00PM: 120 & ½ of 119    

2:30PM: 123 & ½ of 119

Performance open to the public 

Sing, and then eat cookies!


WED. DEC. 10TH BLOCK 37 Mall 108 N. State St. 

11:30AM: 214 & 216                       

1:00PM: 212 & 218 

Performances open to the public



12:00PM 3rd Grade ONLY

Private venue



12:00PM: 2nd Grade ONLY

Performance open to the public


MON. Dec. 15th Lou Malnati's 1235 W Randolph

2:00PM: 116 & 121

Performance open to the public

Sing, and then eat cookies!  


WED. Dec. 17th Mariano's 40 W Halsted
2:00PM: Glee Club

Performance open to the public



9:30AM Performance by Pre-K, KDG, 1st Grade, Music House Violins, & Glee Club

2:00PM performance by Primary Chorus, 7th Grade, Music House Violins, Rock Band & Glee Club


PTO Candle Fundraiser
The PTO YANKEE Candle fundraiser runs through 11/17 to ensure delivery before holiday break.  If you didn't receive a packet, you can find extra packets in the files near the elevator or in the main office by the teacher mail boxes.

40% of funds raised go back to the Skinner Superstars whether in the classrooms, computer programs, i.e. IXL/Achieve 3000, field trips, projects, etc....

We need parent volunteers to help deliver items to classrooms for students to take home.  Parents please note that depending on orders, you may have to come pick up from the child's class.

To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Stephanie Majca @

dc8th Grade Washington D.C. Fundraiser 


Friday, 11/21 is STAR and park district pizza night for students, parents and teachers.  Please read here for more information and to place an order.

The 8th grade is selling Lou Malnati's frozen pizza coupons to help raise money for their Washington D.C. trip. The coupons are $13 and are good for a 9" frozen pizza (cheese, sausage, pepperoni, or spinach). The pizza can be picked up at any Lou Malnati's location. The pizza coupons will be available for purchase at the after-school Goody store.   

yrbookCalling All Yearbook Photos!   


While photos of special Skinner memories CANNOT be emailed to Ms. Growe, we have received a log in and activation code for Skinner West photos for the 2014-2015 school year.  Parents have the option of up-loading photos to a community folder at the following website:
Enter our school access code: AUNCTL
Each parent can create his/her log-in and password at this website and up-load school pictures throughout the year (field trips, Halloween, holiday parties, primary chorus...)
Our goal is to include photos of all our students, so when Ms. Growe begins to put together the yearbook, it would be extremely helpful to have more photos to choose from, especially from activities/events that she did not get to attend. Teachers and parents, make sure you have media consent forms.  They can be downloaded here. Thanks for your support of our students!

bball3rd & 4th grade boys tournament champions!! 



nut4th Grader Starring in Nutcracker 


Congratulations Lola P, a 4th grader at Skinner West.  She has been selected to perform in The Joffrey Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker.  She will be performing the role of the Russian Doll at The Auditorium Theatre all throughout December.  What a fantastic accomplishment!  

Repeat News and Updates

Cold weather reminders!
Parents please note until the weather drops below 40 degrees, students go outside for lunch recess as long as it is dry.  Please make sure students are dressed for the weather and bring their jackets, hats, scarves, etc... and dress accordingly because they will benefit from fresh air! 

oh2015/16 Prospective Student Open House

The date for our prospective student open house has been set!  The event takes place Thursday, November 20th in the gym.  
K-5th 2pm-3pm
6-8th 6pm-8pm  



Apply for 2015-16 School Year  


Want to apply for testing for your elementary school child for the 2015-16 school year? 


Read on for information on applying to Regional Gifted Schools, Classical Schools, International Gifted Programs, and Academic Centers:


If you would like to apply to these schools using the online application process, your first step is to open an account and request a Personal Identification Number at the online site, The PIN will be mailed to your home address.

g111G111 Thank You 


Gallery 111 would like to say THANK YOU to The Hughes Foundation for their very generous donation. It is because of donations like this that Gallery 111 can sponsor such incredible arts programming!
Programs for this year are already taking place such as the second grade poetry residency through Hands on Stanza  and third grade enjoyed a performance at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

electionStudent Council Election Results  


Congratulations to our 2014/15 Student Council representatives: 

Historian: Katelyn M.
Secretary: Jeffrey R. 
Treasurer: Christine M.
Vice-President: Dashaun E. 
President: Avery B.

Congratulations to our Cabinet members: Sahara T., Trenton C., Mairi G., Spencer H., Olive R., Arrick J., Anicia M.  And a heart felt thank you to all our candidates - you did a WONDERFUL job on your campaigns. Congratulations to you all! 

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5th and 7th/8th Boys Basketball Record Double Tournament Wins!
Congratulations to the 5th grade and the 7th/8th grade Skinner West Boys Basketball teams!  Both teams participated in this past weekend's Spooktacular Tournament in Wheaton and won all of their games to win 1st place for their categories.  Led by Coaches Brandon Lomax and Coach Randy, our Superstars showed great team work, smart playing, and dedication to bring home the wins.  Bravo to each of them as they proudly wear those winning medals !



Superstars in the News 


Congratulations to Saul G. (Rm 312 / Mr. Cox) who ran the Carrera de los Muertos / Race of the Dead 5K on Saturday, November 1st.  The Race of the Dead, with over 5,000 participants, is the only 5K that runs through Pilsen and University Village in Chicago.  


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  Deborah M. Clark