Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 24 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
February 20 - February 27


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Weekly Update   

Friday, February 20th 

School Spirit Day!
Wear your Pajamas!

Pajama Jam
6th-8th grade

Saturday, February 21st

Skinner West Ski & Splash

Lake Geneva

Tuesday, February 24th

Gallery 111 meeting 
Art Room

  PTO Meeting

LSC Meeting



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"State of Skinner West School Report" Moved to 3/17 LSC Meeting 


Principal Clark's State of Skinner West School Report will be moved to the March 17th LSC meeting due to Chicago elections (we anticipate low turnout at the LSC meeting as a result of the elections.)  Please note, the February 24th LSC meeting will still take place.  


Tomorrow is School Spirit Day & Pajama Jam!  


Student Council invites all students in grades k-8 to participate in our Pajama Spirit Day tomorrow, February 20th.  The class with the most spirit participation will receive a prize at the end of the day!

Additionally, students in grades 6-8 can still bring in permission slips and $7 for Pajama Jam entry, pizza, and a spot on the mat.  Permission slips and money must be delivered to Ms. Ramakrishnan in room 317 by 9:15 AM, tomorrow, February 20th.  Click here for a copy of the permission slip.  Also, the Goody Store will be open during the movie and cotton candy will be sold as well, so don't forget to bring a little extra money for treats! 

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Curious about NWEA Testing?
Your child's NWEA test scores were sent home with your child's report card.  Please find a copy of the information sheet accompanying your child's scores here.  You can also access Illinois specific information about NWEA standards here




School Improvement Committee Meeting Minutes 
The next Skinner School Improvement Committee (SIC) meeting is scheduled for March 3rd at 4:30pm.  Please find the February minutes here.  All parents are invited to attend - We need your participation! The remaining SIC meetings for the school year are as follows:

April 14, 4:30pm 
May 5, 6:00pm
Please go to this link to see updates on our school website relating to the School Improvement Committee.




School Safety Reminder   

In accordance with CPS safety policy, all parents must sign in at the security desk in order to enter the school building.  Parents should always enter on the Adams Street side.   Parents should not be moving about the school without a visitor's badge. If a parent needs to see a teacher without a scheduled  appointment, then the parent must get clearance from the main office . The office receptionist will check with the teacher to see if the teacher is available to meet with the parent. Under no circumstance should a parent enter a classroom without the teacher present or without a prior appointment. Let's all work together to help keep our school safe and limit classroom interruptions while the teacher is conducting instruction. 



See you child's name in lights  

On the Skinner Marquee!
Looking for a unique Way to Say "Happy Birthday" to Your Child?
Surprise your child with an electronic greeting on the Skinner West marquee for only $25. 

In addition, a birthday greeting will be sent to your child via the intercom during morning announcements . All proceeds will help our Skinner 8th graders go to Washington DC.
  • Complete the announcement request form - click here
  • Enclose $25 cash or check to Skinner West with the form
  • Turn the form into Room 320 or 326
  • All forms must be turned in at least one week prior to your requested date.
Your child's birthday announcement will run for 24 hours. 
If your child's birthday falls on a weekend, the announcement will run the Friday before.
So how did our inaugural birthday child respond to seeing his name in lights? "Awesome...I LOVE it!"  


Alumnae News  


Erica ('12) & Maya J. ('12), also known as "The Byrdie Sisters" were featured on Windy City Live over two segments.  Click here and here to see them!    


4K Karate    



Sensei JP is holding Karate camp this summer.  Please click here for more information or visit his website at:   


Repeat News and Updates


Skinner West Attendance Policy 


Parents, as a reminder, here is our current attendance policy. If you are unsure how to report your child's absence, always refer to our policy, which is also posted on the Skinner West website at  


Students who are absent from school must bring a signed note by their parent or doctor explaining the reason for the absence in order to be considered "excused." Without a valid cause, a student will be marked for an "unexcused" absence. If a student has more than 9 unexcused absences and they are in a benchmark grade (3rd, 6th, or 8th), they may not be promoted. A student who attends school for at least 5 hours is marked for a full day of attendance while a student who attends for 2.5 hours is marked for a half-day.


Please note: 

  • A phone call to our main office is strictly optional.
  • You may receive a recorded phone call from CPS indicating that your student is absent.
  • If you know in advance your child will be absent, please work with your teacher to make up missed assignments.


Art Room Spotlight - 8th Grade
Skinner 8th graders recently created very impressive Linoleum Block Prints! The first step in the process is to draw a design and transfer it to the block. Next, students carved into the linoleum surface with a sharp v-shaped tool.  Lastly, the linoleum sheet was inked with a brayer (roller) and impressed onto paper & fabric.
Visit the south stairwell to see these beautiful works of art!  



Skinner Art Show Success


Gallery 111 wants to thank everyone who came out to support our artists and arts programming last Friday at our student art show! It was a huge success because of YOU!

Big thanks also to all our volunteers and Glee!

Art cards and Gallery 111 shirts are always for sale in the art room or by contacting Ms. Bovit at (All artwork can be picked up in the art room).    

 Skinner Basketball Update
5/6 Boys Win to Advance to Final 4
5/6 Girls Suffer Crushing Loss 34-14

Congratulations to the 5/6 Boys team for their Tuesday night win against Edison Park. The team won 25- 10, with their unwavering defense and strong teamwork playing a pivotal role. The team, led by Coach Lomax, moves on to the Final 4, date/ location TBD

Congratulations to the 5/6 Girls team!  The team, lead by Coach Mellows lost in a hard fought game against Bell 34-14.  Despite the loss, the girls played an amazing game!

At press time, the dates and locations of the next game is unknown. Please check the calendar on the Skinner website for up-to-date information at

Come and cheer our Superstars! CONGRATULATIONS Everyone!


4th Grade Chinese New Year Event 

Chinese Lunar New Year took place this week.  On Wednesday 2/11/15, our 4th grade students from 312 and 316 went to the North Shore Performance  Arts Center for the Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Acrobats Performance.  Students enjoyed the show very much.  They also learned from the performers that if you keep focused and always give your best effort, your hard work will eventually pay off.  Enjoy the photos from the event!


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark