We are excited to share with you the significance of Juneteenth, an important holiday in American history. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of slavery, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Juneteenth symbolizes freedom, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit.
At Skinner North, we believe in fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Juneteenth serves as a reminder of the struggles and achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is a time to reflect on our shared commitment to equality, justice, and respect for all.
Let's embrace Juneteenth as an opportunity to learn, grow, and stand united against racism and discrimination. We encourage you to celebrate with your families and take this time to reflect on the importance of equality and justice.
Please see below for a few updates and important dates.
Have a great day,
Katie and Mattea
A big congratulations to Beatriz! Beatriz’s History Day project qualified for the national competition which was held over the past week at the University of Maryland. Beatriz’s project won first place in the category of Junior Individual Website. This means that out of over one hundred websites selected as finalists from across the country, Beatriz’s was chosen as the best. The topic of the website was Crying Wolf: Social Perceptions of Wolves and the Yellowstone Project as an Environmental Frontier. Congratulations on your hard work and history prowess! Also a shoutout to Ms. Cox for her support of students in creation of their history fair projects.
We are in full swing with our construction project. We are getting a new HVAC system and updated bathrooms. Please email if you need to get in contact as our office is also under construction, so the phones are not always accessible. We thank everyone for their flexibility this summer as we are not able to host our typical summer programming.
We are looking to fill 2 miscellaneous positions. These positions are hourly and workers are paid between $17-$18. These positions do a variety of things including helping in classrooms, assisting in the office and assisting with lunch/recess if needed. Hours can be flexible. If you know of anyone interested, please have them apply or reach out.
Applications can be submitted at https://cpsk12il.taleo.net/careersection/3/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en.
You can search the position with the following information - Part-Time Seasonal (ID: 2300013L).
Please see this link for the 2023-2024 Skinner North Directory. We will update as we get new submissions and will resend closer to the beginning of the school year. If you are not included and would like to be or if there is an error in your information, please use this link to submit your information. However, we wanted to send in case families wanted to get in contact/have play dates prior to the school year.
Please let us know if your student(s) will not be returning next school year. This helps us ensure we have accurate numbers for enrollment next school year and opportunity to offer the spot to another student. Use this survey to let us know.
Just a friendly reminder that Friday, June 30th is the final day to order your back-to-school supply kit from 1st Day School Supplies! Ordering from 1st Day guarantees you the exact supplies your child needs for the start of the school year, with only the brands you trust and respect like Ticonderoga, Crayola, Elmer's and Clorox. Plus, you're going to save up to 30% over shopping at Target, Walmart or even on Amazon! Don't wait, buy early and save! These supplies will be shipped directly to school and will be ready for your students' first day on August 21st!
Order here: http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1179329
If you would prefer to order/purchase your school supplies, you can find the lists here.
Skinner North Diverse Needs Committee
Congratulations on a great school year!
Big thanks to the whole Skinner North community for co-creating and participating in events over the last year! Special thanks to Boyoung Han for organizing the Caregiver Coffees, to Jenn Knapp for working on events that prepare our young people for High School, and of course to our dedicated staff, Johanna Jacobson, Mattea Walsh and Katie Magnuson for ongoing support of the committee.
You can find presentation handouts, photos, zoom recordings and more on the Skinner North Diverse Needs Website. Browse the Past Events and the Initiatives menu.
The Diverse Needs Committee is looking for parent volunteers for the next school year. Is there a presentation, event or initiative that you would like to see at Skinner North? Join the committee to help make it happen! Want to join the mailing list? Let us know here!
As we head into summer, stay connected on the Facebook Skinner North Diverse Needs Parent Support Group, and Save the Date for an outdoor summer meet-up to watch Toy Story at Movies in the Park on July 11
Best wishes for a great summer from the committee’s parent co-leads,
Nootan Bharani and Andy Owens
New Student Events
The 1st and 2nd Grade new student event will be from 9-10 am, 3rd and 4th grade will
be from 11-12 on August 8th. 5th/6th grade new student events will be from 9-10AM, 7th/8th grade will be from 11-12 on August 9th.
Depending on construction these will either be at Skinner or Stanton Park.
Kindergarten Round Up (for incoming kindergarten students only)
Thursday, August 10th
Round Up has an AM and PM session. Attendance is determined by the first letter of last name.
If the student's last name begins with A-M, please come in the morning (9:00-10:30).
If the student's last name begins with N-Z, please come in the afternoon (11:30AM-1:00PM)
Back to School Picnic
Saturday, August 12th, more information coming as we get closer to the date.
List of Dates
1st and 2nd Grade New Student Event - Tuesday, August 8 from 9-10AM
3rd and 4th Grade New Student Event - Tuesday, August 8 from 11AM-Noon
5th and 6th Grade New Student Event - Wednesday, August 9 from 9-10AM
7th and 8th Grade New Student Event - Wednesday, August 9 from 11AM-Noon
Kindergarten Round Up - Thursday, August 10 (Last Name A-M - 9-10:30 and Last Name N-Z - 11:30AM-1:00PM)
Back to School Picnic - Saturday, August 12th
First Day of School - Monday, August 21st from 8:30AM-3:30PM
*CPS School Calendar 2023-2024 - Includes days off and vacations. Please work to schedule trips or appointments during times students are not in school. Our school day starts promptly at 8:30.