Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 16 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
December 12th - December 19th


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Weekly Update  

Thursday, December 11th

Primary Chorus Performance
Third Graders

Friday, December 12th

Primary Chorus Performance
City Hall - 2nd grade only
12:00 pm

Monday, December 15th

Lou Malnati's
Rm 116 & 121 First Grader
2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 16th

Deadline for Holiday Giving Drive for Students in Need

Gallery 111 Meeting at 4:00
Forum/PTO Meeting
LSC Meeting  6:30

Wednesday, December 17th

Holiday Bazaar

Wednesday, December 17th

Glee Club
2:00 pm

Thursday, December 18th

 Holiday Concert for Parents
9:30am & 1:30pm

Holiday Break

December  20- Jan.4th




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Candle Orders Available For Pick Up!

All candle orders have been delivered to your child's classroom.  Please remember to pick them up at your earliest convenience!
Holiday Concert Schedule

Concerts so far have been a success!  Thank you to all those who participated!  

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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 Beginning and Intermediate Violinists, Ukulele players, & Glee Club

1:30PM:   Performance by Primary Chorus (2nd and 3rd grades), 7th Grades, Music House Advanced Violinists, Guitarists, Rock Band, & Glee Club



UPDATE to the Holiday Bazaar!

Due to limited donations and lack of parent volunteers, the PTO is changing the Holiday Bazaar date to next Wednesday, December 17th.  

We are again requesting item donations and parent volunteers.  If we do not have items or help from parents we will have to cancel the bazaar this year.

Any time you can spend assisting at the bazaar will be greatly appreciated, even if only an hour.  Please help, the children really enjoy the bazaar but we need your help to continue this tradition.  

Please contact Joey Lynn Pinaglia ( if you are able to volunteer for the Bazaar.


Holiday Giving Drive for Students in Need!

Friends of Skinner West is sponsoring a holiday giving drive for students at Skinner West who have been identified as needing warm clothing or educational toys to get through the winter season.   

In order to help, please click on the Google Document link below and browse through this worksheet. You can select to give all items to a child, a few or just one. Write your name next to the item or items you wish to donate.   

Please drop off items in the main office and label them with the child's assigned ID number by Tuesday December 16th.  

For this giving drive,  all items will need to be purchased new with tags. These items will be placed in gift bags and distributed to their child's teacher for distribution. 

Your generosity is truly appreciated in helping fulfill the needs of these Skinner Superstars.  

If you have any questions please contact Laurie Mullick at
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Poinsettia on sale at Holiday Concert, 12/18!

No need to pre-order!  Just come to the Holiday Concert on Thursday, 12/18, and buy holiday poinsettias for $12!

All proceeds will benefit the music class at Skinner West!
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Save the date for Skinner West Ski and Splash Day!

Timber Ridge Resort Suites will be reserved for Skinner West families at a discounted rate from 2/20/15 - 2/22/15.

Permission slips will be sent home week of January 5th.

Please click here for more information!

Next Gallery 111 Meeting coming up!

Please plan on attending the next Gallery 111 meeting on Tuesday, December 16th, at 4pm.

We will be meeting in the art room at Skinner West.

Morning Drop-off Reminder

Parents must drop their children off on the Monroe Street side of the building.  This year the Monroe Street door will be open between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. for students to enter.  After 9:00 a.m., the Monroe Street door will be locked and students must enter the building through the main entrance and get a tardy slip. 


Please do not park or try to drop off on Adams Street in the bus drop-off zone.  We will have twenty-one CPS buses and additional private transportation vans dropping off in this area.  Please help to maintain safety and  smooth operations by adhering to the policy

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Forum PTO is planning a Family Fun Night!

Forum PTO is planning a Family Fun Night for Friday, April 24, 2015.  This date coincides with the annual Money Smart Week campaign sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

In order to host an event you will want to attend and participate in we're asking for your feedback.  PTO is exploring the option of financial presenters along with exhibitors and other activities.  We want the event to be interactive, resourceful and entertaining for parents and our superstars.  Please keep in mind exhibitors and presenters are not allowed to sell any products at MSW events.

1.  What financially related topics would you like offered (i.e. retirement, saving for college, etc.)?

2.  Which type of exhibitors are you most interessted in visiting (i.e. banking, consumer fraud/affairs, investing, etc.)?

3.  Are you interested in volunteering in any way?  Perhaps you want to lead a game or activity, exhibit, etc?

4.  Any other feedback you may want share concerning the April Family Fun Night...

Please send your feedback to Ronetta DeWitt Hall @

We are looking forward to your feedback so we can make this a great experience for all Superstars!


Make a tax-deductible contribution to Gallery 111 before year end!

Gallery 111, in partnership with the Skinner West community, is creating a Celebrating Community Mosaic Mural.

Gallery 111 is a teacher/parent led arts organization, whose mission is to provide arts exposure and education as it relates to the core subject areas at our school.  Gallery 111 brings in arts residencies for both our neighborhood and classical programs.  It is our belief that the arts not only heighten our students' learning but are also a tool to empower communities.

Skinner West, together with local businesses and the Mercy Homes, is embarking on this mosaic project with Green Star Movement - a Chicago nonprofit that inspires students and community members to design and realize public art.  This interactive process builds teamwork and self-esteem in the participants, and beautifies urban neighborhoods.

Stay tuned for ways that classrooms can get involved in this wonderful opportunity.  

If you would like make a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year to the Celebrating Community Mosaic Mural, please make the check out to "Gallery 111". 

Your contribution will be matched 100% by Gallery 111, up to $10,000.

Click here for more detail!


THANK YOU, Gallery 111!

Dear Gallery 111,

Thank you so much for sending the Class of 2015 to Steppenwolf's production of Animal Farm.  It was amazing to see the book come to life right in front of our eyes and it was a great adaptation of George Orwell's novel.  Not only does the story relate to events in the past, but there were also many life lessons that we can apply to current events which made the play at Steppenwolf that much more exciting for us.  Animal Farm showed us that there are many challenges in the world that we must overcome to succeed.  It exposed us to the immoral times in history, which many students were unaware of.

The event has brought us closer together as a class.  We were offered the chance to experience something we have not yet encountered and thanks to Gallery 111 we now have visited an important attraction of Chicago theatre.  Animal Farm has inspired us to be better people.  It showed us to be great leaders, to not be afraid to speak up, and to never be a bystander.

With thanks and appreciation,
Class of 2015


Mad Science classes during Winter Break and 
Register for Winter Term NOW!

Monday, Dec 22: Mad Messages
Monday, Dec 29: Radical Reactions
  • Classes run from 9am - 4pm with before and after care available
  • $60 / each
  • Open to K - 6th grade
  • Click here for more information

Friday, Dec 12: Night at the Lab!

  • 6pm - 9pm
  • $25 / child
  • open to K- 6th grade
  • Click here for more information


In addition, register for Mad Science during the Winter Term!

  • January 12 - March 16
  • Monday 4pm - 5pm
  • $150 / student
  • Click here for more information

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Repeat News and Updates

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.

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   


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!      





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