Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 29 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
March 27 - April 3


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Weekly Update  

Friday, March 27th

3rd - 7th Grade PARCC Testing

3rd - 5th Grade 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Monday, March 30th

3rd - 7th Grade PARCC Testing

Tuesday, March 31st

Last Day for Skinner West Survey

Friday, April 3rd

No School
School Improvement Day

April 6th-10th


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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Dear Parents,

As we enter the 4th quarter of the school year, Ancillary classrooms (Library, Science, Art, Music, Foreign Language, ESL, SEL, and PE) are running low on some supplies essential to good health and learning. 
We are in need of:
  • Pencils
  • Tissue
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray (or any disinfectant spray)
 Any donations would be appreciated!  Donated supplies can be dropped off in the Library. 
Thank you in advance, 
The Ancillary Team



Classroom Connections- Ms. Growe's Class  



March has been a busy month in room 118. Ms. Growe's class has been celebrating Reading Month by celebrating and studying Dr. Seuss, the famous children's author. Each day, children are encouraged to bring a Dr. Seuss book from home. The kindergarten day ends by sharing those books with friends in small groups. The children even dressed silly one week in honor of Dr. Seuss' book, Wacky Wednesday.


On St. Patrick's Day a little green leprechaun added to our fun by sneaking into our class for a special yet mischievous visit.


Kindergarteners are looking forward to spring and their upcoming science research projects where they will learn about plants, flowers and their life cycles.



Congratulations to Michaela W. (Mrs. Rupp's class) and Nathaniel W. (Mr. Cox's class) for participating a 2nd year in a row as cast members in their church's Easter production, "The Story of Love".

Box Top for School

Please send in any Box Tops you have at home by Monday, March 30th!!! Ms. Ranftl will be submitting them over spring break. Please continue to collect Box Tops for Education. Skinner West's goal is to earn $3,000 this year, and we are over half way there!





Saturday, March 21st, Skinner Superstar Students, Leon C. (3rd grade), Rolando V. (3rd grade), Evan H. (2nd grade), and Jaylen J. (2nd grade) competed in a chess tournament at Chesterbrook Academy in Naperville. These chess masters took home first place in the team division  by half a point! This competition was part of the Chess Scholars After School Program here at Skinner. We are very proud of our Superstars!  
Repeat News and Updates

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.
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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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! 

Join Mad Science for Spring Break at the Lab!

Click here for more details. 

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