Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 17 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
December 19th - December 26th


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Weekly Update  

Thursday, December 18th

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

Holiday Break

December  20- Jan.4th




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December Principal's Report

Please see here for the updated December Principal's Report!
October School Improvement Committee Meeting Minutes

Please see here for the updated meeting minutes from the October School Improvement Committee!

Congratulations to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Skinner Superstars on a fantastic Upper Grade Science Fair. Everyone did a phenomenal job!

The following students will be representing Skinner West at the Regional Science Fair in January. 
  • Sixth grader Xander B., with his design project Less Mess S'More Stick 
  • Seventh grader Timothy F. with his experimental project The Impact of Stimuli on Plants
  • Eight graders Ariane O. and Iman A. with their experimental project studying the Effects of Fermentation on Carbohydrates
  • Eighth graders Justine Y. and Suki C. with their experimental project titled Pop, pop...pop!

Call for Artists!

  • All students are invited to submit artwork for the Gallery 111 annual art card contest!
    • Deadline is Monday, January 12
    • Theme is "Bits and Pieces"
  •  Please also plan on joining us for a student art social on Friday, February 6, from 5pm-7pm
  • Please see here for more information
Holiday Concert Schedule

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

If you have pictures to share, please email them to



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


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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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


Repeat News and Updates

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!

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!

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

1:30 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   

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!


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!


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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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