Dear CPS Parents, Families, and Staff,
The past several weeks have been difficult as we’ve watched the COVID-19 health crisis impact countries around the world, and now our home. Today, Governor Pritzker announced that all Illinois schools, including Chicago Public Schools, will close beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30. Classes are currently scheduled to resume on Tuesday, March 31. School-sponsored activities, events, field trips, and athletic events are also canceled during this time.
I recognize the impact this closure will have on our community, and I know it will greatly burden our students, staff, and working families who rely on our schools. I want to assure you that COVID-19 will not stop our work on behalf of children. We are one family with one goal, and we are here to support you.
Important Information for Families and Staff
All school buildings will be closed for deep cleaning. Schools will be closed to all students and staff beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30. Only environmental cleaning experts will be allowed in school buildings along with essential staff. Families should not send their children to schools.
Healthy meals will be available to our students. We recognize that our schools provide healthy meals to many of our students, and we will be providing free food boxes that will contain three days of breakfast and lunches for every student in the household. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building.
Schools will be sending enrichment resources and materials home with students. On Monday, March 16, school-based staff will send resources home in hard copy and online format. School-based staff members will also help students remember to take supplies, personal belongings, medications, and other materials home with them.
All full-time and regularly scheduled staff will be paid throughout this time. School staff will not have access to school buildings during the closure.
Central and network offices will be open only for emergency personnel. Emergency personnel are considered to be those who perform essential district functions. All other central and network office staff will be asked to telework or will be excused with pay. More information for staff will be forthcoming over the weekend.
Polling sites will remain at CPS locations. Deep cleaning at those schools will not begin until after the primary election.
If you have questions, email email@example.com or call CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) until 7 p.m. tonight. We are working to update our Frequently Asked Questions, and encourage you to check here for updates later tonight. Specific guidance to principals and staff will be forthcoming.
If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).
For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Dream Big would like to invite your Pre-K student to join their Stories and Showtunes enrichment class for a FREE taster on the first day of class on Tuesday, October 1st from 3-4PM. Your child will have a blast playing theatre games, creating their own characters and stories, singing their favorite songs, and exploring their imaginations!
There is no obligation to register for the entire session. If interested in participating in the FREE taster class, please email Jennifer Samples at email@example.com with your child's name and grade.
Please note that there are only 12 spots available for the full session. If you'd like to go ahead and register your child for the full session, you can register here or by visiting Dream Big's website at https://dreambigperformingarts.org/after-school-enrichment/. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
The Peirce LSC is looking for one parent to fill an immediate vacancy. If you are interested in serving our Peirce community by being a parent representative on the Local School Council for the current 2019 - 2020 school year, please submit your application for consideration by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3 PM
● Interested parents must have a student currently attending Peirce and cannot be an employee of the Chicago Board of Education.
● This is a position determined by a vote held by current LSC members.
● The new parent representative shall serve on the council until the end of the 2019 – 2020 school year.
For more information see the LSC Vacancy Flyer
El LSC de Peirce está buscando un padre (padre/madre) para llenar una vacante immediatamente. Si está interesado en servir a nuestra comunidad Peirce por ser un representante de los padres en el Consejo Escolar Local para el actual año escolar 2019 - 2020, por favor enviar su solicitud para ser considerada antes de: Viernes 11 de octubre de 2019 a las 3 PM
● Los padres interesados deben tener un estudiante que asista actualmente en Peirce y no pueden ser empleados de la Junta de Educación de Chicago.
● Esta es una posición determinada por un voto celebrado por los miembros actuales del LSC.
● El nuevo representante de padres servirá en el consejo hasta el final del año escolar 2019 - 2020.
Para obtener más información, consulte el Folleto de Vacantes de LSC
CPS is Hosting 2019 Fall Parent Conference: The Whole Parent, The Whole Child
Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE2) are hosting a Parent conference on Saturday, September 28th at Benito Juarez High School(1450 W. Cermak Rd). A half a day of learning for parents and community members whose children attend CPS schools.
This year we are taking a holistic approach and focusing on comprehensive services and topics so parents can support their children's academic success. Conference highlights will include a keynote address, various workshops ranging from STEM, parent leadership, and social-emotional learning. The conference will be complete with a resource fair, keynote speech, prizes, and giveaways. Additional details:
African American Heritage ShowcaseVery soon, planning will begin for our 2020 African American Heritage Showcase. This will be our third showcase and we are eager to keep the momentum and quality of presentation high as we move forward with this very important contribution to our school community.
If you would like to offer input or suggestions regarding the showcase, please do so in one of the following ways:
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reach out via to schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss your input.
- Complete the Feedback Survey for the 2019 African American Heritage Showcase
I thank you for your interest in elevating the African American Heritage Showcase at Peirce, and look forward to hearing from you! -Dr. Riemer
Student Fees - Pay OnlinePeirce families now have the option of paying student fees online by clicking here and then selecting the one time payment option. Fees are $50 per student or $100 max for 2 or more children.
Open HouseLearn more about your child's classroom, teacher and school experience on Thursday, September 26th from 5:00 - 6:30pm. In addition to visiting classrooms, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the promotional policy for 3rd, 6th and 8th grade students at 5:00pm in the gym. Ms. Choe (School Counselor) will also host a High School Information Meeting at 5:45pm in the gym for families interested in learning more about the high school application process - very helpful for 7th and 8th grade families.
Read the entire newsletter in English or Spanish.
Peirce is looking for a few good debate coaches for the new season! Consider working for the Middle School Chicago Debate League by coaching the middle school team at Peirce.
Contact Ms. Puente in room 331 for more information.
Join us to learn more about Peirce's Special Education Program and our work with Inclusive Practices through our partnership with the Gust Foundation. Almost every classroom at Peirce has a student with an IEP or 504 plan - several classrooms also have a Special Education Inclusion Co-Teacher for all or part of the day. This year, the following classrooms have a co-teacher for all or part of the day: Kindergarten: Room 110, Ms. Fabianski & Mr. Cortright 1st Grade: Room 105, Ms. GIbson & Ms. Fitzgerald 2nd Grade: Room 224, Ms. Baumgarten & Ms. Graney 3rd Grade: Room 203, Ms. Lynn & Ms. Layden 4th Grade: Room 204, Ms. Sweeney & Mr. Trad 4th Grade: Room 207, Ms. Calhoun & Ms.Wasson 5th-8th Grades are Departmental with a variety of co-teaching partnerships
LA SESIÓN DE INFORMACIÓN DE INCLUSIÓN ES ESTE JUEVES! Jueves, 12 de septiembre de 2019 a las 8:15 a.m. En el Fieldhouse
Únase a nosotros para obtener más información sobre el Programa de Educación Especial de Peirce y nuestro trabajo con las Prácticas Inclusivas a través de nuestra asociación con la Fundación Gust. Casi todas las aulas en Peirce tienen un alumno con un plan IEP o 504; varias aulas también tienen un Sp.Ed. Co-maestro de inclusión durante todo o parte del día. Este año, los siguientes salones tienen un co-maestro para todo o parte del día: Kindergarten: Salón 110, Sra. Fabianski y Sr. Cortright 1er Grado: Sala 105, Srta. GIbson y Sra. Fitzgerald 2do Grado: Sala 224, Sra. Baumgarten y Sra. Graney 3er Grado: Sala 203, Sra. Lynn y Sra. Layden Cuarto Grado: Salón 204, Sra. Sweeney y Sr. Trad Cuarto Grado: Salón 207, Sra. Calhoun y Sra. Wasson Los grados 5º a 8º son departamentales con una variedad de asociaciones de co enseñanza
As the summer winds down and we begin the new school year, I wanted to take this time to recount the many successes of our fundraising work together last school year. As many of you know, Friends of Peirce is a parent-led 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to raising funds to broaden and enrich the educational experience of students at the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies.
In the 2018-2019 school year, Friends of Peirce was able to bring our mission to life as we funded almost $100,000 worth of programming at Peirce School, including:
We are working with Principal Zaimi to finalize funding priorities for the coming school year and know that these priorities will continue to include the enrichment programming listed above. We are also excited about our new initiatives, including refillable water bottle stations throughout the school, a new floor in the dance room, and more.
Every family in our school is a member of Friends of Peirce! Whether you contribute through a donation of time or money, your support is equally important to our success. We are proud of the support we have received from the Peirce community and our sponsors – including the Hopleaf Bar and 88 Brand Partners/QNA Group – and hope that we can rely on your continued support over the coming school year.
We are currently planning for Harbor Night which is our annual parent fundraiser that will occur on October 4th. Please save the date! If you are willing to volunteer, please use this link to sign up.
At the Back to School Festival on Thursday, August 29, stop by our table to talk with Friends of Peirce and Parent Service Organization volunteers who can assist in answering questions you have regarding the parent experience at Peirce and how you can get involved. Learn about the important volunteering and fundraising work we do, including supporting Arts Partnerships, Technology Enhancements, and building community. We look forward to seeing you there!
Friends of Peirce
Come celebrate and prepare for the new school year!
Live entertainment, face painting, games, school supplies, and more!
Senn High School - Front Lawn 5900 N. Glenwood Ave
Click here for the flyer