Mark T. Skinner West School
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Week At A Glance
June 12th - June 18th


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Weekly Update  

Friday, June 12th
1st Grade Fieldtrip 

6th Grade Sendoff 

PTO Forum Potluck

Skinner STAR Dance Team Recital

Monday, June 15th
Kindergarten Graduation

Spring Concert for Students

Tuesday, June 16th
Music House Concert 

Wednesday, June 17th
Spring Concert for Parents

Friday, June 19th
School Spirit Day

CPS 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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Last Day of School is School Spirit Day


Friday, June 19th, is our last day of school.  It will be a School Spirit Day- please have your child wear Skinner gear (Blue Ribbon shirt or school colors).   Students will celebrate all their hard work this year. The day will include a "Caught You Doing Something Good" assembly and the annual Promotion Walk.


Congratulations to Mr. Hudson on Retirement
Skinner Will Miss Him!


Mr. Tom Hudson, head security officer for Skinner, is retiring after 26 years of service with the Chicago Public Schools.

For years, Mr. Hudson has been the first person that our students, teachers, parents and visitors see when they walk into Skinner. He has done a wonderful job of keeping our school and our students safe.  

Before becoming Skinner's security officer, Mr. Hudson was a boxer, ran marathons, and participated in contact sports.  He served in the military for 8 years (U.S. Navy & Air Force),  13 years as a state certified machine specialist, and 25 years with the Chicago Police Department. When asked about his Skinner experience, Mr. Hudson stated that working at Skinner protecting staff and Superstars was most important to him.  

Mr. Hudson is looking forward to spending his retirement with his wife, their  6 children and 7 grandchildren.  He plans on fishing, bike riding, and traveling - his first destination he hopes will be Niagara Falls.  

Skinner teachers, staff, students and parents will miss him very much! His service to Skinner is greatly appreciated.  We wish him a very happy retirement !



 Skinner West Neighborhood Program 

Attendance Boundary Policy


In preparation for the upcoming school year, we must remind all parents of children enrolled in our neighborhood program of the CPS attendance boundary policy. This policy is of particular importance to Skinner West as our neighborhood population is growing and the school has quickly run out of space.


The CPS enrollment policy is as follows:

  1. Children enrolled in the Skinner West neighborhood program must live within the attendance boundaries:  East to the Chicago River; West to Ashland Avenue; North to Kinzie Ave and South to the Eisenhower Expressway.
  2. If you no longer live within these boundaries, Skinner West is not your neighborhood school. Any parent who has fraudulently registered their child at Skinner as a result of falsification of address will be subject to an immediate transfer to the proper attendance area school.
  3. Students may not, for the sole purpose of enrolling in a particular school, live with adults who are not their parents or legal guardians.  If there is a finding that a child is living with an adult who is not the parent or legal guardian that child will be transferred to the school of the attendance area in which the parent or legal guardian lives.  Therefore, a student may not live with a grandparent, other relatives or family friends for the purpose of attending Skinner if that relative is not the legal guardian.
  4. Students who were accepted into Skinner West through the sibling lottery process are exempt from attendance boundaries requirements.


If we have a strong suspicion or evidence to believe that a student does not live within the attendance boundaries, the parent will be contacted by Mrs. Clark for address verification and the matter will be turned over to the CPS Law Department for investigation.   If any parent is aware of possible violation of the CPS Attendance Boundary Policy for Skinner, please feel free to contact the main office.


It is our vision to continue to provide a high quality education for all of our Superstars within the limited resources that we have which include budgets and space. Thank you for adhering to the CPS attendance boundary policy for Skinner West. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Clark at 534-7790.





2015 Skinner West Survey Results


Thank you to the 179 parents who responded to this year's school survey.  We appreciate the valuable feedback about communication, initiatives, programs, curriculum and facilities, We are in the process of reviewing the comments and making adjustments based on your feedback.  Highlights from the survey results (on average) include:
- School communications is "good", with the weekly newsletter and classroom communications scoring the highest
- Fundraising: parents would prefer school sponsored events, donating monetary funds in lieu of selling items and donating to the walkathon
-Homework: the vast majority of parents feel that the amount of homework is sufficient in all grades
- As in any initiative, we recognize the opportunity to improve, as we continue to review comments.  We encourage parents to volunteer and offer suggestions to help the school achieve higher standard
 - We encourage you to offer your suggestions to us anytime via or join us at any volunteer based organization meeting (e.g.PTO, LSC, FOSW, G111, Communications, SIPAA) Learn more HERE



Skinner Track Team
 CPS Championships

The Skinner West Girls Track Team had five individuals compete at the CPS Championships over the weekend. They represented Skinner well and were among the fastest girls in the entire city! 


We had our 6th grade 4 X 100 team of Kayla W., Nandi M., Corinne S., and Amirah A., place 10th in the city. Alyssa A. from 6th grade placed 9th in the 100m and 10th in the 200m. Great job girls!  


5th Grade Trip to Springfield


On Wednesday, June 10th, our Skinner West 5th Graders boarded the buses and headed to our state capital.  The 5th Graders visited many of the highlights in Springfield including the Abraham Lincoln Museum, Lincoln's historic home, Lincoln's tomb, and the Illinois Capitol Building.  It was very enjoyable and interesting trip.  Thank you to the teachers, staff and parents who helped make this trip possible.


K-2 Field Trip to the Zoo

On Tuesday, June 9th, Skinner West Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Graders took a field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo.  The weather was perfect and the students enjoyed spending the day outside and seeing all the animals on exhibit at Lincoln Park Zoo.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers for chaperoning this trip!



Skinner PTO Annual Potluck 


Mark Your Calendar!


Volunteers Needed!


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 eat 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!

Friends of Skinner West is assisting the PTO in finding volunteers for their potluck on June 12th.   Many volunteers are needed to help cook and pass out food, manage the DJ booth, work the concessions, set up, clean up and manage the bouncy house. 

If you are able to, please sign up to volunteer on the google document linked HERE.  Just add your name and email and close the document, it will save by itself. 


Mad Science of Chicago
Summer Camps
Free Open House


Mad Science of Chicago is offering various Summer Camps in several locations throughout the summer.  For a list of options, including dates, topics, and a discount code for camp,  click HERE.  

Mad Science is also celebrating their 10 year anniversary.  They are hosting a free Open House on June 27, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at their Chicago location: 1053 N. California.  The Open House will feature 10 hands-on science activities.   Go HERE  to view the flyer for more information. 

Skinner Hallways

The school year may be winding down, but the classrooms, stage, and even the hallways at Skinner are still showcasing busy Skinner students at work!

Here is a few examples of Skinner work that is showcasing in the hallway this week:


Please Note - Key Dates through Year End 




June 12:  1st Grade 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
    School Spirit Day
                   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.  Read here.

Repeat News and Updates

Mr. Baron - Inspiring U: Music & Teacher
WCIU News Feature

Watch the latest WCIU news feature on our very own Mr. Baron and Ms. Martin's Room 121 class!).  He integrates his music into students' learning. Check out how he teaches literacy through song. 




6th Grade Trip to Madison


Last week, our 6th grade classes had the privilege of taking a field trip to Madison, Wisconsin to explore the real life applications of art, science, and math.


Here is a recap of their trip:


Our visit to the Hillside Studio & Theater at Taliesin provided a detailed look into the life of one of America's greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. In Art class, Our 6th graders have been studying FLW and creating original architecture inspired by him.

We finished the day exploring the 
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, consisting of 16 acres of gardens next to Lake Monona. The grounds were filled with everything from roses, to herbs, to rock gardens, and even included a Golden Thai pavilion!  This place truly made learning fun.

The next morning, we were able to visit the Chazen Museum of Art, which houses an impressive collection ranging from Renaissance to Modern Art. Our Superstars expanded their art history knowledge through discussion and reflection, while analyzing the works they saw.

Our last stop of the trip was to explore the National Natural Landmark, Cave of the Mounds. We explored above ground sinkholes, as well as stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and other formations deep underground.  It was the perfect ending to an eventful and engaging trip!





Do your kids love music?  

Do you enjoy the fantastic holiday concerts and choirs at Skinner?


Skinner music classes at Skinner provide a great balance to the rigor of academics.  Thanks to our fantastic Ms. Maatouk, she has been bringing a range of diverse music to our kids at Skinner for years.   

This summer, she will be able to expand upon this diversity by attending Dagara Music Center  in Ghana to learn traditional music, participate in drum and xylophone making workshops as well as teaching at a local school.

How can you help?

While there, she will be picking up local music instruments to share with our Skinner Superstars next Fall. Please consider donating!
Any donation size is greatly appreciated!



Dont forget

Gallery 111 Auction Items

ACTION REQUIRED: Please pick up all Gallery 111 auction items in the Art Room by June 12th!

Email if you would like your 
certificates sent home with your child. 

Thank you again to all the parents, teachers, and community members that helped raise over $30,000 at the Annual Auction for the Skinner arts programs.



Skinner History Fair

Congratulations to our Skinner West 2nd and 4th Graders who showcased all their hard work at the History Fairs this week!

The projects about Chicago history were proudly displayed and presented by our Skinner students.  Great job historians!


SchoolKiz Kit Orders

Ordering your back-to-school supplies has never been easier! You can complete your order within minutes! Forms were sent home with your child last week.  Please remember to order the correct grade for your child as custom kits cannot be returned.  



Skinner Karate 


Congratulations to the Skinner Karate Team!  Several members of the team competed last weekend at the Great Lakes National Karate Championships. This is a major national event with over 400 competitors. Awards went to the following members:
Tyler G 4th in Kumite (sparring), 4th in Kata (forms), Maquan B. 4th in Kata, Cornell S. 2nd in Kumite and 3rd in Kata.

Interested in your Superstar learning karate?
There are still spots open for Karate Camp:


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                                                                                                               Deborah M. Clark