Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 26 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
March 6 - March 13


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Weekly Update   

Sunday, March 8th

Daylight Saving Time

Monday, March 9th

MoneySmart Kids' Essays Due

Tuesday, March 10th

LSC Communications Committee Meeting
6:30 pm

Wednesday, March 11th

Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Monies Due



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2014 -2015

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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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Tomorrow is School Spirit Day & Flashback Friday

Student Council invites all students in grades K-8 to participate in our Flashback Friday event, tomorrow, March 6th. All students located on the 1st floor can wear something from the 50's and 60's era. The 2nd floor students will wear something from the 70's era and the 3rd floor will wear something from the 80's era.

The class with the most participants will win a small prize.

Dr. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools, recently announced that all CPS schools will proceed to take the PARCC assessment in March based on the response from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Dr. Barbara Byrd-Bennett's letter to parents and guardians along with the Illinois State Board of Education's response can be found below: 

Additional PARCC Preparation Begins!

Now that it is official that all CPS schools must administer the PARCC assessments in March and May, we are revving up in high gear to give our students as much practice and preparation time as possible. We feel the additional practice will improve their skill development and increase their stamina and confidence for taking these important assessments.


During the next three weeks, our teachers in grades 3-8 have scheduled times to give additional support to students in reading, writing and math. The extra practice and skill building time will occur before school from 8:00-8:45, after school from 3:45-4:45 and/ or on Saturdays, March 7th and 14th from 9:00 - 12:00 or 10:00-1:00.


Please see the attached schedule, here, for your child's teacher. We do hope that all students who are invited will take advantage of this great opportunity to gain extra practice in preparation for this new assessment.


We would like to thank our LSC for their support in allocating funds to make this initiative possible for our Superstars.


More information about the PARCC assessments and Skinner's
testing schedule will be coming home in the next few weeks.


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March Performance Days start next week in the Music Classroom. For details and schedule, click on the letter below for your child's grade level.



Spotlight on Skinner Staff - Ms. Romeo  


This is week two of our series of articles about our newest staff members. Ms. Romeo is a student teacher in Mrs. Sittner's 1st grade classroom!  She currently attends Roosevelt University and is working towards her Masters degree in Elementary Education. Before attending Roosevelt University Ms. Romeo received her Bachelors Degree in Communications and a History Minor at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. After graduating from Albion College, Ms. Romeo worked at a not-for-profit organization for a few years before returning to school. She looks forward to being a part of Skinner West for the next few months and learning from the all the students, faculty, and parents here!    

Did you miss the free Shred415 class for Skinner West parents at the South Loop Studio?


We'd love to have you come take a class and get shredded! 

Please email Skinner West Parent, Melissa Knepp, at to sign up for a class or if you have any questions.


Shred415 South Loop is located in the Roosevelt Collection, 150 S. Roosevelt Road.   


SHRED415 is a high intensity interval training class alternating between cardio work on top quality Woodway treadmills and weight-training. You'll increase muscle and burn calories in a fun, fast-paced workout tailored to your level and your goals. Shred415 is for everyone. You select your weights; you set your pace on the treadmill. Walkers, joggers and hardcore runners are all welcome in class.  



Steve & Kate's Camp, Chicago - West Loop: Info Night!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Andrew Jackson Langauage Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St. 
Come learn more about Steve & Kate's Camp at Andrew Jackson Language Academy! The West Loop Community Director, Patrick, will give a short presentation and then provide time for Q&A. There will also be Stop-Motion Animation Stations available for children (and adults) to play with, so bring the family and invite your friends! 


Check out the West Loop location page to RSVP and learn about other events in the community.

Steve & Kate's Camp Website


National Park Foundation's "Every Kid in a Park" program is a new initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country's natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE!

For more information, go here.

Repeat News and Updates


Principal Clark's LSC Report

 Please find this month's LSC report here.

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It's Cookie Dough Fundraising Time!

The PTO is hosting our best and most profitable fundraiser! The Cookie Dough fundraiser runs from 2/23-3/11 to ensure delivery for report card pick-up day. Packets were scheduled to be sent home with students on Wednesday.  If you haven't received one,extra packets can be found in the files near the elevator or in the main office (on the desk when you walk in.) 

All funds are due by 3/11 to ensure a delivery of cookie dough for report card pick up day.

The funds raised go back to our Skinner Superstars whether in the classrooms, access to computer programs (IXL/Achieve 3000), field trips, special projects, etc.


Parent volunteers are needed to help deliver items to the classroom. Please contact Stephanie Majca @ if you have questions or can volunteer.

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Skinner Ski & Splash Day Recap

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Thank you to all Skinner families who participated in the 7th annual ski trip! Families and friends braved the slopes by day and enjoyed some much deserved R&R by night in the hot tub at Timber Ridge or the steam room at the Wellness Spa! Fun was had by all! See you on the slopes in 2016! :)   


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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"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.  



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 Skinner School Improvement Committee (SIC) met on 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. 


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark