Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 15 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
December 5th - December 12th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, December 5th

Primary Chorus Performance - Room 221 & 217 ONLY

Saturday, December 6th

Primary Chorus Performance
Mary Bartleme Park
Tree Lighting

Monday, December 8th

Primary Chorus Performance
Rooms 119,120 and 123
Lou Malnati's

Wednesday, December 10th

Primary Chorus Performance
11:30  Rooms 214 and 216
1:00 Rooms 212 and 218
Block 37 Mall

Thursday, December 11th

Primary Chorus Performance
Third Graders

Thursday, December 11th

Holiday Bazaar

Friday, December 12th

Primary Chorus Performance
City Hall - 2nd grade only



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Siblings Entering Skinner?

Don't put all your eggs in one basket! Remember, there are several ways for a sibling to enroll into Skinner for K-6th grades for the 2015-2016 school year. 
  • One is through applying for the Classical Program by completing the Selective Enrollment Application for Elementary Schools.  
  • The second is through completing a separate application (Options for Knowledge Standard Elementary Application) for the lottery for the neighborhood/magnet component of Skinner West.  

Both applications must be received by the Office of cand Enrollment by Friday, December 12,2014 via online process here or by paper application.  Best wishes to all our siblings who will be participating in the testing and /or lottery process for enrollment .

S.T.A.R program Q2 payment is due!

Checks, cash and paypal receipts will be accepted at the S.T.A.R. desk

For paypal payments: either bring in a paper copy of your receipt with your child's name printed on the top OR email receipt to S.T.A.R program email.

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 KDG, 1st Grade, Music House Violins, & Glee Club

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


8th Grade Fundraiser Event!

Friday, Dec. 12th is another pizza day @ 4:30pm!  Pre-ordering is required by Wed, Dec. 10th.

Come out and support your 8th graders with their Organic Soap Fundraiser sale and Lou Malnati's Frozen Pizza Voucher Sale!

WHERE: Skinner West Atrium


WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 18th (Skinner West Holiday Concert)

9:30 a.m. Pre-K, KDG, 1st Grade, Music House Violins, & Glee Club

2:00 p.m. Primary Chorus, 7th Grade, Music House Violins, Rock Band & Glee Club


4 Different soap varieties will be available:

  • Golden Lemongrass Calendula

  • Lavendar-Ylang Ylang

  • Spearmint Eucalyptus

  • Orange Licorice   

2013 - 2014 Yearbooks for Sale!

Get your copy of the Skinner West Yearbook now for $30.00!!

Cash or Check (payable to Skinner School) is accepted

Contact Candice Growe with questions (


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.   





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.


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!  



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