Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 11 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
November 7th - November 14th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, November 7th

No School
School Improvement Day

PTO Candle Fundraiser (through 11/17)

Monday, November 10

Communications Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 11

No School
Veteran's Day

Wednesday, November 12  
No School
Report Card Pick Up
11:45-6:00 PM

PTO Fundraiser Pickup

Book Fair

Thursday, November 13 - Friday, November 14

Book Fair
8:45pm - 3:45pm




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2014 -2015



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Report Card Pickup Schedule

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Grades K-5:

11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Grades 6-8:

11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Individual Parent Conferences

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Teachers Lunch Break

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Report Cards Distributed


November No-School Holidays:

Friday, November 7th- Teacher Institute Day

Tuesday, November 12th- Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 13th- Report Card Pick-Up Day


Thanksgiving Break is: Wednesday, November 26th - Friday, November 28th


A copy of this information can be found here



Book Fair is here... We Need You!!


The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Skinner West, November 6th-20th. Volunteering at the Book Fair is a fun way 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:

Date and Time

Type of Help Needed

Monday, November 10th


Book Fair Preview (Help students create their wish lists.)

Wednesday, November 12th




Report Card Pick Up Day- Stop by to shop the book fair and help grow your child's classroom library with Book Fair Gift Certificates.

**Help is needed running the cash register and Popular Items table this day!**

Thursday, 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.)



Fundraiser Pick-up

Thank you to all the families who took part in our Catalog Fundraiser!!  All items will be ready on Report Card Pick Up Day. We are looking for volunteers to help sort and organize the orders for pick up from 9am - 11am on Wednesday, November 12th.  Please contact Joey Lynn Pinaglia ( if you are able to help.

Thank you for your support.
PTO Candle Fundraiser
PTO is hosting a YANKEE Candle fundraiser from 11/3-11/17 to ensure delivery before holiday break.  Packets should have been sent home with students on Monday.  Extra packets are in the files near the elevator or in the main office by the teacher mail boxes.

All funds are due by 11/17 to ensure a delivery of the candles the week before holiday break.

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 depending on orders, you may have to come pick up from the child's class.

To volunteer or ask questions, please contact Stephanie Majca @

oh2015/16 Prospective Student Open House

The date for our prospective student open house has been set!  It will be November 20th in the gym.  
K-5th 2pm-3pm
6-8th 6pm-8pm  


Superstar Appreciation for a Good Cause

Show your appreciation for your Skinner Superstars,  Skinner Parents, or their Superstar Teachers for a Successful 1st quarter.

Please stop by the fundraising table on report card pickup between Noon-6PM and purchase a carnation for $2 OR for $3 more add a Starbucks Frappuccino bottled drink.  Cards will be available for you to write an encouraging note to your Superstar.  You can also purchase snacks from the Goody Store.  All proceeds will support the 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip. 
If you can volunteer on this day to assist in the Goody Store, please email Ms. Mellos at 

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.

lm8th Grade Washington D.C. Fundraiser 


To raise money for our 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip
,we will begin selling Lou Malnati's frozen pizza coupons. 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 and during Parent-Teacher conferences.   

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.  Great job. 

5th and 7th/8th Boys Basketball Record Double Tournament ballWins!
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.  

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! 

Submit 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.


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark