I hope everyone is doing well. Things have been changing quickly this summer and we so appreciate everyone's flexibility and willingness to help. We now know we will be doing remote learning for the fall. We will continue to send updates via email and post on our website at http://www.skinnernorth.org/latest-news. The fall will look different than the spring and also different than a typical school year. Our goal is to keep everyone up to date and have clear communication as to best work together. We are currently waiting on district guidance on some aspects of remote learning and we will send more clarity around instruction and expectations for the fall in the next few weeks. Keep a look out for our emails or check the website. Please read below for a few updates and ways to connect.
Have a wonderful day,
Directory - Please see the following link (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SWk1aGBuUUKGusndNi7U8u4XQ2fUQF0egkgJKVNjIag/edit?usp=sharing) for the first edition of our school directory. Parents opt to have their information included. Please review if you need to make an edit or add your information and do so by Thursday, August 20. Submit edits at https://forms.gle/njCZXksBJMBmYU3R9. We will send an updated version after that point.
In addition, for the convenience of parents. we would like to add homeroom to the directory. Please let us know by emailing me, firstname.lastname@example.org, by August 20 if you do not want your students homeroom listed in the directory.
Classroom Assignment - Classroom assignments will be posted on Parent Portal by the week of August 31. Please note we do not take classroom placement requests.
Technology Request for the Fall - Please let us know if your students need a device (Chromebook) for the fall by completing the following form: https://forms.gle/BtF3sKPkMjHJaKVp6. If you have one from the spring, please feel free to hang onto this. We will have tech pick up days the week of 8/31. You can come to the school any day that week between the hours of 8 and 3:30. Social distancing protocols will be followed and masks must be worn.
Supply Lists - Teachers are making some adjustments to supply lists. All of the list will be posted the week of August 17 at http://www.skinnernorth.org/supply-lists.html. (If you pre-ordered supplies, do not feel you need to get anything further.)
Supply order pick up - For those who pre-ordered supplies, these supplies will be available for pick up the week of 8/31. You can come to the school any day that week between the hours of 8 and 3:30. Social distancing protocols will be followed and masks must be worn.
*If unable to pick up during the windows in this email, please email Derrick Kimbrough (email@example.com) to find an alternative time.
New Student Mixer (Non-KDG) - Middle School New Student Virtual Meet-Up: New students to Skinner North in grades 6th through 8th are invited to take part in a new student virtual meet-up on Wednesday, August 26th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. There will be opportunities to meet and learn more about the school from a student's perspective. Please email Derrick Kimbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Once you RSVP, you will receive a link for the virtual session.
Debate Team Information Meeting
Ms. Cox and Mr. Williams (Zuri's dad) are asking any middle school students (6-8) who are interested in debate to complete this form. There is going to be an informational GoogleMeet on Tuesday at 10:00 AM. We will be sending out the meeting link via interested students' CPS emails. The debate topic this year is criminal justice reform. If you have questions about the debate team, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Cox at email@example.com. We are always looking for parent judges!
Kindergarten Round Up - Kindergarten round up is going to look different this year. Teachers will be reaching out to schedule 10 minute "get to know you" sessions with families. We will also have classwide KDG virtual morning meetings the week of August 31. More details will be sent to KDG families in the coming weeks.
Enrollment Documents - If you have been waiting to drop off hard copies of enrollment materials, you can do so the week of starting August 26 between the hours of 8 and 3:30. We need to see the originals of proof of birth (i.e. birth certificates) and proof of address (i.e. lease, utility bills). You can also pay student fees in person if you are not comfortable doing e-pay.
Back to School Picnic - We are working on plans for a replacement to this. Further communication will be sent about the virtual logistics.
Student Fees and 8th Grade Fees- Please see attached for the LSC approved student fees list. Due to uncertainty this year and economic impact of COVID-19 on our families, we want to ensure that families know student fees are entirely optional. You can pay online at https://magic.collectorsolutions.com/magic-ui/Login/cps-22591-skinner-north.
Local School Council Meeting Dates - Please see http://www.skinnernorth.org/local-school-council-lsc.html for information about our LSC. This includes agendas/minutes, meeting dates and members. We set meeting dates with the various needs of our families in mind. The meeting times are staggered throughout the year, so we have 8AM, 5:00PM and 6:30PM start times. All meetings until at least December will be held virtually. Login information will be included in the agendas we send out. Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 19 at 8AM.
Virtual Office Hours - If you have any questions,feel free to email or you can also call during our virtual office hours. A staff member is available on Google Meet during the listed hours of the school day.
Tuesdays - 8:30-9:30AM and 1:30-2:30PM
Wednesdays - 8:30-9:30AM
Thursdays - 1:30-2:30PM
Connect using the following directions:
Digital Office Hours: Join digital office hours through Google Hangouts Meet at: meet.google.com/tcs-pwur-qgh, Meeting ID meet.google.com/tcs-pwur-qgh, or via Phone at (US)+1 609-429-5796 PIN: 678 085 736#
Non-Digital Office Hours: We will have a staff member available by phone during above stated office hours. Call via phone at (US)+1 609-429-5796 PIN: 678 085 736#. Students or parents can call this number to ask any questions they have for school staff.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits - IDHS 4980 -Apply for P-EBT SNAP Benefits. This is a special benefit that can help you buy food for school-age children 3 to 17 years old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school), who would receive National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. For more information please go HERE. This is also the link you can share with your families