Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 14 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
November 28th - December 5th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, November 28th

Thanksgiving Break
No School   

Monday, December 1st

Deadline for OAE pin request

Tuesday, December 2nd

Grades 3-4 Girls Basketball Tryouts

Thursday, December 4th

Choral Performance - Room 222 & 219 ONLY

Friday, December 5th

Choral Performance - Room 221 & 217 ONLY



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2014 -2015



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Curriculum Based Rock Music for Kids!

Skinner teacher Matt Baron currently has a Kickstarter project posted to raise funds for two albums of educational music that he has created. Mr. Baron just started working at Skinner this year and he has been a wonderful asset working with our students who are learning English. He uses his talents of songwriting and playing the guitar to create original songs that teach kids vowel sounds, vocabulary, and more.

 We can use your support to help fund his project.  More information can be found here.  Please email Mr. Baron at if you have questions!  

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!    



OAE Pin Deadline is 12/1 

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.

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


Repeat News and Updates

LSCCurrent LSC Report

Please click here to read November's LSC Report. 

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.   




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.



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 Deborah M. Clark