Read the latest from CPS on the civil rights lawsuit, which is the centerpiece of our fight to end the discriminatory funding that gives Chicago students pennies on the dollar for what students throughout the rest of the state receive
CPS Parent Letter Re: Lawsuit (English) - 2/27/17
CPS Parent Letter Re: Lawsuit (Spanish) - 2/27/17
CPS recently moved forward with a painful spending freeze that has affected the budget at your child’s school.
February 24, 2017
Dear CPS Families,
CPS recently moved forward with a painful spending freeze that has affected the budget at your child’s school. This was the last thing we wanted for our students, but Governor Rauner’s decision to veto $215 million in funding for our schools left us no other choice.
The decision to freeze half of all unspent funds was agonizing, but since the alternative was losing quality teachers in the middle of the school year, it was the best of bad options. After the freeze was announced, we heard strong concerns from families in our African-American and Hispanic communities, and we want you to know that we have heard those concerns.
To provide some relief to these painful midyear cuts, CPS is returning approximately $57 per student, or the amount of the original freeze to schools that receive Title I funds. Additionally, we will ensure that no CPS school sees a loss of more than $300 per student in non-personnel funds. Unfreezing these funds should allow schools to continue with their most critical programming.
However this change will also increase the CPS budget gap from $111 million to $129 million.
Without a victory in our lawsuit against the state of Illinois, and absent a deal in Springfield to provide CPS with equal funding, we will be forced to make even more painful decisions to close our deficit. We will continue doing everything we can to increase the flow of revenue to our District, and encourage all families to join our fight for equal funding by visiting cps.edu/equality.
We thank you for your continued support in these challenging financial times. If you have any questions about how our evolving budget situation will affect your child, please contact your school principal.
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools
CPS Parent Letter Re; Recent Spending Freeze (English) - 2/24/17
CPS Parent Letter Re; Recent Spending Freeze (Spanish) - 2/24/17
CPS has provided CPS families with multi-language guidance from the City of Chicago’s Office of New Americans on legal assistance, immigrant rights, mental health care, and public safety, as well as multi-language palmcards from the National Immigrant Justice Center on immigrant rights that can be carried with you at all times.
February 21, 2017
Dear CPS Families,
In the days since the Presidential election, many members of our school community have felt concern and anxiety, and we want you to know that we are here to support your children and provide them with a safe and welcoming educational environment. We are resolute in our commitment as a Welcoming District to embrace and celebrate all members of our diverse school community.
Many of you have inquired about the protections in place to safeguard your children at school. We assure you that CPS will not permit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to access CPS facilities or use CPS personnel to assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law.
We are also providing you with a set of resources that you can reference in regard to potential immigration questions.
Attached to this letter you will find:
As we continue to explore new opportunities to better support you and your children, we want you to know that our schools are safe for all students regardless of their race, ethnicity or country of origin. We know that some families are concerned about sending their children to school at this time, but we firmly believe that the safest and most beneficial place for your children is a classroom alongside their fellow students where they can work toward a bright future.
The strength of Chicago Public Schools lies in its diversity, and regardless of which CPS school you attend, your children are supported and loved. We hope that the attached resources will be useful in addressing some of the concerns you may have, and we encourage you to reach out to your school’s principal or network office for additional information, resources and guidance.
Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools
CPS Parents Letter Re; Immigration (English) - 2/21/17
CPS Parents Letter Re; Immigration (Spanish) - 2/21/17
CPS Resources for Chicago Immigrants and Refugees Flyer (Arabic)
CPS Resources for Chicago Immigrants and Refugees Flyer (Chinese)
CPS Resources for Chicago Immigrants and Refugees Flyer (English)
CPS Resources for Chicago Immigrants and Refugees Flyer (Hindi)
CPS Resources for Chicago Immigrants and Refugees Flyer (Polish)
CPS Resources for Chicago Immigrants and Refugees Flyer (Spanish)
Know Your Safety Plan Palmcard (English)
Know Your Safety Plan Palmcard_(Spanish)
Read the latest from the Board of Education regarding the fight to end discrimination agains Chicago Students.
Board of Education Letter to Parents (Spanish) - 2/14/17
Board of Education Letter to Parents (English) - 2/14/17
Giordano Dance Chicago has offered Peirce families free tickets to their Saturday, April 1st performance at the Harris Theater. Tickets will be delivered to Peirce school prior to the evening of the performance to avoid any confusion.
Please email Mrs. Leventis with the amount of tickets that you would like at email@example.com.
Have you ever been to our Nation's capital? Maybe you went on a school trip! This year, for the first time in many years, the 7th and 8th grade students of Helen C. Peirce School will embark on this life-changing and exciting trip.
Babes With Blades Fundraising Event for DC Trip.
Scholarships will be provided to those who apply. To help fund those scholarships we need your help! We need you and your friends to come to an amazing night of theatre!
Politics? Intrigue? Turning the status quo on its head?
Maybe that describes Washington D.C., but it also describes the Babes With Blades production of Henry V by William Shakespeare! This all female production paints the world as Henry the V ascends the throne after the death of his father and faces suspicion from within his country and pressure from without.....
Yes, All Female Henry V.
Director Hayley Rice says, "when you move beyond what's considered traditional casting in classical works, it give the audience opportunity to look at the text with new eyes." Click here to learn about the Babes with Blades Theatre Company.
The benefit performance will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at City Lit Theatre 1020 W Bryn Mawr, 2nd floor.
Here are the details:
The Babes With Blades have set aside 50 tickets for this performance.
Each ticket is $35 and will benefit the scholarship fund for the 7th and 8th grade trip to Washington DC.
This show is appropriate for children who are avid readers and can process staged violence. 4th grade and up. What a way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare, World History, Gender Equality and Stage Combat all while benefiting an amazing trip for our awesome middle school.
You really cannot go wrong unless you wait! ONLY 50 tickets will be sold. Click this link to purchase your tickets online.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WILL CALL
You will receive an email acknowledgement of your purchase with additional information about the Babes With Blades production. If you have any questions please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you volunteer regularly at school, please read this update about the CPS volunteer program.
CPS has updated their volunteer website and program. We would like all Peirce volunteers to please take a moment and go to cpsvolunteers.org and register. We appreciate all of our volunteers and appreciate all the hard work you do help us at Peirce.
In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and Patient Innovation Center (PIC), the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) can assist you a number of health-related programs.
Many CPS students arrive at schools without reliable access to health care or nutritious meals. Without these basic needs, attendance and behavioral issues are more likely, and student success can be jeopardized.
While some areas of care are addressed through our meals, as well as Vision and Hearing programs, the majority of our students are also eligible for Medicaid and SNAP (also known as LINK/Food Stamps). Through these programs children and their families can receive medical care at a reduced or no cost, and regular access to the food they need for good health.
To encourage and ease enrollment in these programs, CPS is proud to partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and the Patient Innovation Center (PIC) to open 16 enrollment hubs across the District this month.
With special thanks to our partner schools, each network will host one site, where an Enrollment Specialist will work with families on an appointment or walk-in basis to share information about the programs, and assist in completing their application(s).
You’ll find a full list of enrollment hubs attached. As individual sites open throughout the month, we will share more information with the appropriate Network on how school communities can best engage with them.
Leaflets advertising ways to learn more about benefit programs are attached below.
Healthy CPS health hotline: (773) 553-KIDS (5437)
CFBU Leaflet - English
CBFU Leaflet - Spanish
Children and Family Benefits Enrollments Sites
Our next round of IB Behind the Scenes tours for PK-5th grade will begin in March, sessions will either focus on Inquiry or Restorative Approaches to Discipline.
Please save the following dates:
PK Morning Session - March 15th from 8:00 - 9:30am
PK Afternoon Session - March 15th from 12:30 - 2:00pm
Kindergarten - March 7th from 8:00 - 9:30am
1st Grade - March 20th from 8:00 - 9:30am
2nd Grade - March 13th from 8:15 - 9:45am
3rd Grade - March 22nd from 1:30 - 3:00pm
4th Grade - March 9th from 8:00 - 9:30am
5th Grade - March 22nd from 1:30 - 3:00pm
Be on the lookout for more information.
The Program of Inquiry for our PYP IB program can be found here and clicking on the POI document at the bottom of the page. The POI gives a big picture overview of the content studied at each grade level.
You can also find more information on our IB program - both PYP and MYP here.
Most recently, Governor Rauner broke his word by blocking Chicago from receiving $215 million for our schools. That $215 million was supposed to be a first step – just a first step --- toward treating your children fairly. That $215 million was supposed to be a first step toward providing your children with their fair share of the dollars Illinois spends on children in the rest of Illinois. But Governor Rauner broke his word and did not take even that first step.
The full letters from CPS are attached below.
How does this affect Peirce?
Peirce school is losing $103,000. Principal Zaimi is determining where to pull those funds from, however all positions are secure and will not be affected by this round of cuts.
What can we do to help?
Now a bipartisan taskforce is recommending needed steps to reform Illinois’ education funding system – the most inequitable in the country.
Now is the time for Governor Rauner to hear your voice. His reckless decision jeopardizes Chicago's students' progress. Governor Rauner needs to hear that the CPS community deserves a fair funding system NOW.
Learn more about NOW and pick up the phone for Chicago's students today!
CPS LSC Budget Letter - 2/6/17
CPS Parent Budget Letter - 2/6/17