Mark T. Skinner West School
eek 37 (2014-2015) 
Week At A Glance
May 22nd - May 29th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, May 22nd
School Spirit Day
(See article at right)

Monday, May 25th
Memorial Day
No School

Tuesday, May 26

Wednesday, May 27th
Neighborhood Kindergarten Registration
Main Office

8th Graders Off to Washington, DC

Thursday, May 28th

6th Graders Off to Wisconsin

June 19th
Last day of School 

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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Don't Forget!

Friday, May 22nd is student council spirit day!  Wear Skinner colors - purple/gold or your Skinner Gear!


Let's say thanks a billion to teachers!   

Post a thank you to your teacher on Facebook and Target will give $25 to Skinner West for every message. Share your thanks at

It's Easy!  Click on this link. Search for Skinner West Elementary using zip code 60607.  Select Skinner West Elementary and write your teacher to let them know how much you appreciate them.  Target will make a $25 donation to Skinner West Elementary School.  Then tag your message on Facebook with #ThanksaBillion, and make sure to share it with your teacher.

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Gallery 111 Gala was a Success! 
Gallery 111 would like to thank all parents, teachers & community members that supported the "No Art Left Behind" Gala!
The event was a HUGE success, raising over $30,000 to provide Skinner students with arts programming from the best art organizations Chicago has to offer!
For those participants that did not pick up the items that they won, please pick up in the Art Room.

More photos of fun to come... 
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Please Note - Key Dates through Year End 


Spring Concert Dates are Scheduled!

*Spring Concert for Students June 16
Music House Concert June 17
*Spring Concert for Parents June 18
*Grades 1,2,4,5,6 are performing
Specific times are below, and a more specific rehearsal schedule is coming soon.

Additional Key Dates to Remember

April 30th: Kindergarten field trip until 2:00pm
May 4th - 8th: 114 & 313 participate in the Special Olympics all week
May 13th & 14th: First Grade Science Fair in the lunchroom in the AM
May 22nd: 8th Graduation rehearsal in the gym 9:00 - 10:30AM
May 26th: 8th Graduation rehearsal in the gym 9:00 - 10:30AM
May 27th: 8th grades in Washington, DC
May 28th & 29th: 8th grades in DC, 6th grades in Madison, WI
June 2nd: 2nd grade History Fair in lunchroom 9 - 11:00AM
Kindergarten Graduation rehearsal in the gym 2:15 - 3:45PM
June 3rd: 8th Graduation rehearsal in the gym 9:00 - 10:30AM - 7th grades to watch
June 4th: 4th grade history fair
3rd grade field trip all morning
Kindergarten Graduation rehearsal in the gym 2:15 - 3:45PM
June 5th: 8th grade luncheon 10:30AM - 2:30PM

June 8th: Spring Concert rehearsals in the gym all day(schedule TBA)

June 9th: K-2 Trip to the Zoo
12:45 - 3:30pm 8th grade graduation rehearsal at Whitney Young
Kindergarten Graduation rehearsal in the gym 2:15 - 3:45PM
June 10th: Spring concert rehearsals in the gym until 1:30pm
5th grades trip to Springfield

June 11th: 3rd grades Lyric Opera rehearsal in the gym 9:00 - 12:00AM
Kindergarten Graduation rehearsal in the gym 2:15 - 3:45PM
8th Grade Graduation at Whitney Young 5PM

June 12th: First grade field trip
3rd grades Lyric Opera rehearsal in the gym 9:00AM - 12:00PM
6th Grade Send-Off in the gym afternoon (time TBA)

June 15th: Kindergarten Graduations all morning
Spring Concert for Students 2PM
Grades 1, 2, and 4 - 6 are performing (classes watching TBA)

June 16th: 3rd Grade Lyric Opera Performance 11:00AM (rehearsal proceeds the performance)
Music House Concert 2:00pm (classes invited TBA)

June 17th: Spring Concert for Parents 2PM Grades 1, 2, and 4 - 6 are performing

June 19th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.  Read here.


2015/2016 Neighborhood Kindergarten Registration 


Neighborhood Kindergarten registration will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the main office from 10:00am - 2:00pm through the end of the school year.

An elementary school registration checklist can be found here.


Skinner - Final Summer Camp Payment & Orientation  


Final payment for Skinner Summer Camp is due on Friday May 29th. Please submit a check to the office staff and have them put it in Mr. Johnson's mailbox. If you submit a check to the STAR table please put it in an envelope with Mr. Johnson's name on it.

Parent orientation will be held on Wednesday June 3rd at 6:00pm in the Skinner Library. Program information will be distributed and there will be a Q&A. If you can't make it, please email Mr. Johnson here.  Hope to see you there!
studentSuperstars in the News

Congratulations to 6th grader Xander B. for participating in the 2015 Chicago Student Invention Convention. Xander's project Less Mess S'more Stick won the Grand Prize 1st Place. There were almost 200 projects from 21 schools. Xander's win is a great accomplishment and we are all so proud of him!
Repeat News and Updates
Important Library Reminders!

Used Book Sale!
The last day to donate books for the Used Book Sale is Tuesday, May 26th. Volunteers are needed June 2-4 to help organize and run the Used Book Sale.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ms. Ranftl at!

Birthday Book Club
Throughout the past week, spring semester Birthday Book Club participants have been selecting their books and taking their choice home to enjoy. Please return the Birthday Book Club books by May 29th so the book dedicated in your child's honor can be added to the library collection and shared with their friends!

Look for your Book!
Please help your child locate any missing library books and return them by Friday, May 29th. Green library notices detailing missing books have been going home throughout the year, and will be sent home again next week. It is CPS policy that all library books must be returned or payed for before students can receive their final grades.  If you cannot find your child's missing book, please submit the missing book fee by June 4th to replace the title. Please send exact change or a check made out to Skinner West Elementary School.

The majority of Skinner West library books are hardcover, library bound titles purchased from a book vendor. Library bound books go through a special process that makes them sturdier and able to withstand many, many uses. Our library bound books also come with library processing-  computer records for our scanning system, bar code labels, spine labels, plastic over the dust covers, etc.  If your child has lost a library bound book, the school must replace it though an approved vendor so it will have the correct processing. 

If you have a question or concern about the replacement fee of a book, please contact Ms. Ranftl at
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Don't Forget!
4th Quarter STAR Payments are due

- Only cash, checks and PayPal receipts will be accepted at the STAR desk
- You will receive a receipt for cash and check payments
- If you would like to pay online, visit our PayPal page -  more information can be found here
- Please make sure your child's name is printed on your PayPal receipt

Congratulations Superstars!

Several of our 2nd and 4th grade students participated in the Hands on Stanza All Schools Reading on April 29th at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Our students did an amazing job.  Congratulations to:

2nd Grade

Lindsay P

Olivia A

Lillian W

Ari P

4th Grade

Max T

Lake L

Isabella P

Madeline A

Calling ALL Box Tops!!!

Did you know some Box Tops expire June 1st?  Send in any and all Box Tops by Tuesday, May 26 so they can be counted and mailed in before this expiration date!  Please continue collecting Box Tops throughout the summer months- they can be turned in next school year or mailed to the school, care of Ms. Ranftl.

The Track & Field team started up again after spring break!
Key Date to note:
  • June 1st (Monday): Super Regionals
Both meets will start at 5pm at Hanson Stadium (5501 W. Fullerton) 
Come out and cheer on your Superstars to victory! 
Good luck girls!  


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark