Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 28 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
March 20 - March 27


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Weekly Update  


Monday, March 23rd 

8th Grade PARCC Testing

Thursday, March 26th

Parent Technology Night
6:00pm - 7:15pm

Friday, March 27th
3rd - 5th Grade 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

March 24th-27th

3rd - 7th Grade PARCC Testing


Put your child's name 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.




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Due to the PARCC testing schedule, there will be no morning music classes from Monday 3-23 to Tuesday 3-31. Therefore, the last session of March Performance Days for the following classes are rescheduled for the dates below:


120: Tuesday 4-14 @ 10:30 - 11:15am
212: Tuesday 4-14 @ 11:15 - 12:00noon
217: Thursday 4-2 @ 10:30 - 11:15am
218: Tuesday 4-14 @ 9:00 - 9:45am
219: Thursday 4-2 @ 9:45 - 10:30am


March Performance Days for all other classes are as previously scheduled. Click here for the schedule.

Principal Clark's Report
Local School Council Meeting


The Principal's Report is prepared monthly by Mrs. Deborah Clark, Mark T. Skinner Elementary School Principal. These reports are presented at the Local School Council (LSC) monthly meetings and discussed.

Parents, click on this link for a copy of the Principal's Report 

 from March 17, 2015.   



Parent Technology Night
Thursday, March 26th  
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Grades 1st - 8th

Please join us to find out more about our technology programs and how they support your child's learning and their progress on programs like i-Ready, XtraMath, IXL, Achieve 3000, NWEA and PARCC.

This is a parents only evening. Superstars who are in the Star Program and Park District will be supervised by Skinner staff from 6:30pm - 7:15pm.

Your Input Counts!
Please Take the  Annual Skinner West Survey   


Skinner West Families! We need your opinion to insure we are meeting the needs of our Superstars. Each family (one per family please!) can take this survey in one of two ways:
  • Online survey via the following link 

 (PREFERRED method, especially for detailed comments)

  • OR complete and return the written survey to your homeroom teacher or front office (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY)



The survey closes on Tuesday, March 31st.


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Spotlight on Skinner Staff - Mr. Daniel    


This is week four of our series of articles about our newest staff members. Mr. Daniel is currently student teaching in Mr. Cox's 4th grade classroom, room 312. After 30 years in the private sector, Mr. Daniel's wife of 40 years supported his decision to come back to education as a second career. It has been a very rewarding journey for Mr. Daniel and he still enjoys the challenge of helping young minds develop. Mr. Daniel says that maybe one day he'll retire again, but not yet. Mr. Daniel would like to give thanks to all at Roosevelt University who have assisted him during his studies.    
Classroom Connection- 2nd Grade 



If you stop by second grade, you'll find students abuzz with their newfound love of Poetry. Thanks to Gallery 111, all four second grade classrooms have been enjoying Hands on Stanzas, a 20 week longstudy of poetry with Mr. Larry Dean from The Poetry Center of Chicago. Weekly sessions include reading and analyzing a featured poem, as well as writing original works. Three of our young poets' work will be featured during the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's upcoming performances of the Carnival of the Animals on March 20th and March 21st. Congratulations to Rebecca B., Tiara H. and Alexandra M. on this outstanding accomplishment. If you are free on Friday or Saturday, head to the Symphony Centre and show your support for our very own Rebecca B., who will be reading the three poems live on stage with the orchestra.   


2015 4K-Karate Summer Camp
@ Skinner West School
June 22nd - July 31st

Click here to learn more about this year's summer camp.


Join Mad Science for Spring Break at the Lab!

Click here for more details. 
Repeat News and Updates

As you may have read in previous correspondences from our CEO, Barbara Byrd Bennett, all Chicago Public Schools must administer the new state mandated PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments. These assessments:


  • Are aligned to the more rigorous Common Core Standards
  • Will measure how well students are progressing on what they should know at each grade level
  • Will also give teachers information on improving instruction and helping individual students.


The PARCC assessments will be given twice a year in reading, writing and math. The first round of assessments for Skinner is scheduled for March 17th-April 2nd. The second round of PARCC will be administered in May. Students in grades 3-5 will take paper and pencil tests and students in grades 6-8 will take on-line assessments. Our testing schedule is as follows:







March 17, 18, 19




March 20 & 23




March 24, 25, 26




March 27 & 31




March 25-April 2

Make-Up Testing



In preparation for PARCC assessments, please do the following:

  • Have your child get a good night's rest
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast on the mornings of testing, and arrive to school on time.  Students who are tardy will work in the library until the test session is over, and make up any test sessions missed during the make-up testing scheduled time
  • Please bring 2-3 #2 pencils for testing dates (Grades 3-5th)
  • Let your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best
  • Students in grades 4-8 should bring their calculators for use during testing


Thank you for your continued cooperation and support in making this testing experience successful for your child.


To download a copy of this letter, go here.

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Please join us for a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Friday, March 27th from 4pm- 6pm. All teams that would like to participate must submit their names to Ms. Mellos by March 17th.

Team admission will be $6/team. Spectator admission will be $2. There will be concessions and cotton candy available for purchase during the game.
The top three finishing teams will receive prizes.
Thank you for your support! 

Save the Date!

12th annual "No Art Left Behind" Gala

May 16th from 7-10pm



The Lofts at 406 N. Aberdeen


Join us for a night of food, drinks & a silent auction.

100% of the proceeds from the event go to 

Skinner West arts programming.

Ticket sales and further details to follow.




Save the Date! 


On Friday, April 24, 2015 from 4-7pm, Skinner West will be having a MoneySmart Week Family Fun Game Night!


There will be games, activities, food and fun for the whole family. So, join us for a round of jeopardy, visit the game truck, win prizes (target gift cards, gas cards, a raffle prize for two adult tickets to see The Book of Mormon), and more...  



Introducing... The Skinner West Spring Book Bazaar

The Skinner West Spring Book Bazaar will be a used book sale that allows students and families to donate items they are no longer using, and purchase new-to-you books and items for a very low price.  All proceeds will be used to add new materials to the Skinner West Library.
We are looking for donations of used books for all age levels (Baby books-Adult), audio books, educational toys and games, puzzles, activity books, stationary, and all other fun learning materials. Anything your family has finished using, grown tired of, or your children have outgrown! Donations of small garage sale style stickers or blue painter's tape would also be appreciated for price tag labeling.

Donations can be dropped off in the Library throughout the month of April . Please label your donation with your child's name and room number.  All families that donate will receive a thank you voucher that will be redeemable at the Book Bazaar.

Go here to view the Skinner West Mad Science after school programming options along with registration form for spring 2015.



Parking and Drop Off Reminders 
Parents- Avoid a Ticket and Keep Our Students Safe!   
Drop Off and Pick Up

* Please do not block any driveways in the community area, double park or block a crosswalk while dropping off or picking up your child.

* In the morning the Monroe Street side is a "kiss & go" (drive up- drop off and drive away) area. Please do not park there - even temporarily. Other parents need to be able to use this area to drop off their children. Find parking in another area if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time.

* After school, the Monroe Street side is reserved for the bus lane. There is no parking or area to wait for your child.

* Do not park on the Adams Street side directly in front of the school in the mornings. The Adams side is used for school bus drop-off only.

* In the evening, the Adams street side school parking zone is a "pick up & drive away" area. Do not leave your car for extended periods of time. Please find legal parking in other areas if you are going to exit your car for ANY period of time.

Parking Lot

* Our parking lot has limited spaces and is for SKINNER STAFF ONLY. Please do not park in the staff lot or block other cars.  It is permit parking only!  All non-permit cars will be towed. 
Lastly, thank you to our parent and teacher volunteers that work hard to keep our children safe as they walk across the busy crosswalks on both the Monroe & Adams Street side. As a community we all play an active role in keeping those crosswalks safe.

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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. 


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark