Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 13 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
November 21st - November 28th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, November 21st

8th grade pizza fundraiser - STAR, Park District, Parents, Teachers
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Wednesday, November 26th - Friday, November 28th

Thanksgiving Break
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2014 -2015



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Holiday Concert Schedule

THURSDAY DEC. 4TH  Mariano's 40 W Halsted

2:00PM:  Rooms 222 & 219 Second Grade

Performance open to the public


FRIDAY DEC. 5TH  Mariano's 40 W Halsted

2:00PM:  Rooms 221 & 217  Second Grade

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: Rooms 120 & ½ of 119    

2:30PM: Room  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:   Rooms 214 & 216    3rd Graders                   

1:00PM: Rooms  212 & 218   3rd Graders

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:  Rooms 116 & 121  First Graders

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


Mandarin Painting Workshop  


On Friday11/14, students in Ms. Kong's Mandarin Program received a grant of Chinese Painting Workshop, \sponsored by the Confucius Institute in Chicago.  Students from 4th, 5th, and 7th grades learned traditional Chinese watercolor painting renound Chinese artist, Master Chen.  At the end of the workshop, each student completed their own work of art to take home as a gift of the cultural learning experience.   




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.   

Attention 3rd-8th grade girls: If you're interested in basketball, Skinner is holding basketball tryouts in the gym on Tuesday, 12/2 from 3:45-5:45pm.  Copies of the details can be found here.  Grab your friends and make a plan to give it your all.  Contact Coach Mellos with questions or if you cannot attend, but are still interested.  See you there!    

Skinner Karate Student of the Month


 Darian K. is the Skinner Karate student of the month for October. Darian demonstrates great enthusiasm, work ethic and dedication to Martial Arts and is a joy to teach. Congratulations Darian, job well done!


Do you have connections or own a gallery space, large loft space, car dealership, studio, event space, theater, music venue??


Gallery 111 is in search of a donated space for our 2015 No Art Left Behind silent auction that takes place each spring. You can see pictures of previous event space below. 



Tentative dates: May 9th or 16th. 

Must be a Saturday. 

Fit 200 guests.


Places that have hosted in the past: Catalyst Ranch, Joffrey Ballet & Hubbard Street Studios. Gallery 111 is open to creative and unconventional spaces!  


Please email Jacqueline Bovit, President of Gallery 111 at with any leads or suggestions! Thank you in advance for your help!      






Forum PTO wants to remind Skinner families to bring gently used items starting Monday, November 24th.  The actual bazaar, where Superstars can do their holiday shopping, will be held December 11th.  This event helps raise money for the school.  Examples of items to bring include: Clothing (only with tags still intact), perfumes, mugs, books, toys, cds, DVD and jewelry.



Connecting4Communities organization is a diverse neighborhood organization encompassing the Skinner West school.  Click here to get more information and news related to this area.


Repeat News and Updates

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!


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.

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!  

bball3rd & 4th grade boys tournament champions!! 




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 Deborah M. Clark