Mark T. Skinner West School
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Week At A Glance
May 29th - June 4th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, May 29th
Last Day to Return Library Books

STAR Summer Camp Payment Due

Monday, June 1st
Girls Track Super Regionals
Hanson Stadium

Tuesday, June 2nd - June 4th
Used Book Sale

Tuesday, June 2nd
2nd Grade History Fair
Lunch room

Thursday, June 4th
4th Grade History Fair

Friday, June 5th
8th Grade Luncheon

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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2014 -2015

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Please Note - Key Dates through Year End 


May 27 - 29: 8th graders in Washington, DC


May 28 & 29: 6th graders in Madison, WI


June 2:  2nd grade History Fair

lunchroom 9:00am - 11:00am


June 4:   4th grade history fair

               3rd grade field trip 


June 5:  8th grade luncheon 


June 9:  K-2 Zoo Fieldtrip


June 10: 5th grade trip to Springfield


June 11:  8th Grade Graduation

Whitney Young 5:00pm


June 12:  1st field trip

                6th grade Send-Off (time TBA)

                PTO Forum Potluck 


June 15:   Kindergarten Graduations:

                 Sobut and Merkin 9:30-10:30 

                 Sauer and Growe 11:00-12:00


  Spring Concert for Students 2:00pm

  Grades 1, 2, and 4 - 6 performing 


June 16:    3rd Grade Lyric Opera Performance 11:00AM 

                  Music House Concert 2:00pm 


June 17:    Spring Concert for Parents 2:00pm

   Grades 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6 are performing


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


March Performance Days! 


Don't forget to visit Mrs. Maatouk's classroom page to see March performance days!  You can visit it here.



Skinner West "New to You" Book Sale


Skinner West will be hosting a used books sale June 3rd-4th in the Library! Books will range in price from 50 cents- $5.
Parent volunteers are needed to help set up on Tuesday, June 2nd, and to help run the book sale on Wed. June 3rd and Thursday, June 4th.  Please contact Ms. Ranftl at  if you are able to help!


Skinner PTO Annual Potluck 


Save the Date!


Friday, June 12th



Everyone brings their favorite dish to share!  This is a great end of the year event where everyone gets an opportunity to chat about the school year, the upcoming year and each lots of yummy food!  We are also planning some great activities for students of all ages along with  a few raffle opportunities.  You won't want to miss it!

More details to follow.



Gift of Music - Ghana to Skinner West

Mrs. Maatouk was awarded a Fund For Teachers Fellowship to attend Dagara Music Center in Ghana this summer.  She will learn traditional music, participate in drum and xylophone making workshops as well as teaching at a local school. 
While there, she'll have a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy authentic instruments from their makers. It would be amazing to bring them back to Skinner West and share Ghana's rich musical culture with my students . Unfortunately,the fellowship funding does not cover the money to buy these instruments.  If you'd like to help fund instruments for Skinner West, please donate via the following link: 
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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
(KDG - 6th Grade) 

Step 1.  Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal 
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

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Superstars in the News 
Jada M. (6th grade) will be advancing on to the State History Fair Competition for her website: Housing Divided. She beat out hundreds of cps students and will be accepting a superior award for websites

Congratulations Alexandra C (3rd grade), who won 1st place at the Invention Convention!

Olamide B., (7th grade) was honored as Debater of the Year, at the CPS Board meeting on May 27, 2015. Olamide was the only elementary school winner and was the first student to give her acceptance speech.  Olamide truly impressed the Board President and the members.  Congratulations Olamide !

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Repeat News and Updates


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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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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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!
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