Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 30 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
April 3 - April 9


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Weekly Update  

Thursday, April 2nd

Picture Day

Friday, April 3rd

No School
School Improvement Day

April 6th-10th


Tuesday, April 14th

Open House New Classical Parents  1:00-2:00

Thursday, April 16th

Report Card Pick-Up Day
No School for Students

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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Please see here for minutes to the School Improvement Committee meeting held on March 3, 2015 


The next SIC meeting will be held on April 16, 2015 at 6pm



Celebrate Earth Day with Skinner's Gallery111 at City Winery!
April 22, 2015 from 6 - 8:30pm
1200 West Randolph Street 



Come out and help Skinner West's Gallery111 build a wine cellar for our May 16 "No Art Left Behind Auction".
Join other Skinner Parents and Staff for a fun night of conversation, wine and cheese.
We are asking everyone to donate a bottle of wine (approximate 
value of $14.99 or higher) to contribute to this great auction item. 
Purchase wine from City Winery or bring a bottle. Our goal is to 
collect 50 bottles. 
A complimentary glass of wine and light appetizers will be served.

See here for more information!

Room 120 and Room 123 want to THANK 
Mrs. McCaskey!!


We can't fully tell you how happy and excited we are to report that Mrs. McCaskey has volunteered to work with our Classical first graders again this year!


Mrs. McCaskey has been volunteering her time almost every week with the most amazing lessons. She is an amazing teacher that not only inspires the students but also the staff. 


Mrs. McCaskey just finished a unit about "The Underground Railroad". In connection with this unit, the students have been working on a special project. Each child was expected to complete a "quilt square" with what they learned. The squares were joined together to make a group quilt.

Mrs. McCaskey is now moving on to our new unit on William Shakespeare. We have no doubt this will be special and memorable unit because Mrs. McCaskey is teaching it. 






Atia's Project Ladybug Fund


On March 13th students from Rm. 120 took part in the Ladybug Bash held at the Drake Hotel. 


Atia's classmates helped to show Atia's journey through dance. It was a memorable performance by all.


The annual fundraiser helps to fund the charity's many programs and celebrates Atia, a Skinner student who battled Leukemia and thankfully is in complete remission. Atia is the namesake of the Chicago chapter of Project Ladybug whose mission is to ease the struggles of childhood cancer. 


It is an amazing organization with a great mission and I'm so glad Room 120 was there to support it.



2014-2015 Debate Team Tournament Results are in!



The Skinner West Debate Team participated in the Chicago Middle School Debate League's fifth tournament of the 2014-2015 season on Saturday, Mar. 14 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science. 
The overall topic for the year is: 'Ocean Exploration and Development'

The cases being debated at this Tournament were 'Aquaculture' , 'Oil Exploration' and 'Wind Power'.
Avery Bolden - 1st
Olamide Babayeju - 9th
Spencer Huynh - 13th
Carter Milan - 19th
Ruthie Zolla - 6th
Victor Kostov - 9th

Spencer Huynh/Avery Bolden - 1st - CITY CHAMPIONS!!!
Olamide Babayeju/Carter Milan - 7th
Jada Middleton/Ruthie Zolla - 3rd

CMSDL 7th Grade Debater of the Year - Olamide Babayeju
CMSDL Coach of the Year Finalist - Mr. Lee




Six Point Aquatics Swim Lessons!! 


Six Point Aquatics offers both club swim team options and a Learn-to-Swim School for kids of all ages and skill levels. 

The team's goal is to help kids interested in swimming push towards the next level using teaching progressions from our expert instructors and coaches. 

Registration for spring and summer programs is open now. Check out our website for more info on the club swim team, group swim lessons, and private swim instruction.
Repeat News and Updates


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



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.


     Skinner West won 1st place for the K-3 team Chess Championship!!

Skinner West Elementary played brilliantly in the latest Chess Scholars tournament on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Chesterbrook Academy in Naperville.  


Our chess masters took home FIRST place in the team division by half a point!


Skinner West participants were Leon Cao (3rd grade), Rolando V. (3rd grade), Evan Haddox (2nd grade), and Jaylen Jeffries (2nd grade).  They all scored really well and had fascinating games.  


Other schools will need to step up their game if they want to have a chance of winning the next Chess Scholars team tournament. 


This competition was part of the Chess Scholars After School Program here at Skinner. 


We are very proud of our Superstars!  

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".



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.


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark