Friends of Peirce has several upcoming events, please note the following ways to help raise funds for Peirce Programs such as Arts Partners, Technology, Sports, Field Trip Subsidies, Teacher Stipends and more!
Chicago Wolves - April 7th
Be sure to get your tickets for the Saturday, April 7th Chicago Wolves Game. A portion of all ticket sales will go back to Peirce School. For more information, click here.
Peirce Day at Hopleaf - April 29th
Gather up a group of friends and family and head to Hopleaf on April 29th - 100% of all sales from opening to close will go back to Peirce School! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are very thankful for the generosity and long term partnership of Hopleaf!
Mattress Sale - May 5th
If you are in the market for a new mattress, join Friends of Peirce on Saturday May 5th in the Peirce lunchroom to view top brand name mattresses - more information to come. A portion of all sales will go back to Peirce School. Delivery is available for all mattress purchases.
Spring Fundraiser - Rock Out!
Early Bird tickets for Friends of Peirce's spring fundraiser, Rock Out for Peirce, go on sale on March 1st! Rock Out will be held on May 19th from 7-10 pm at Fat Cat Chicago. The event will feature appetizers by Fat Cat, an open bar, an auction and raffle as well as a rockin' good time! Save $10 per ticket by purchasing before April 19th! Tickets can be purchased here!
Career Day at Peirce is rapidly approaching and we need YOU in order for this to be an awesome educational experience for our students. Whether you are a nurse, mechanic, personal trainer, engineer, dancer, teacher, attorney, custodian or business owner...
Whatever you do, we need you!
We are looking for a WIDE variety of men and women, willing to spend a memorable morning, speaking with our Middle School students about their careers. Many of our students are largely unaware of the boundless career opportunities available to them! This is a fantastic way to provide them with first hand knowledge of various career paths and great way for you to make an impact on our students’ future.
To give you some idea of what this event looks like, on CAREER DAY, students in our Middle Years Programme (grades 6-8) attend 4 separate one-hour presentations given by our guest speakers.These presentations take place in the middle school classrooms, and are given to groups of no more than 30 students at a time. This is the format we follow for the 1 hour presentations:
When possible, we group our guest speakers by career field to broaden students' understanding and provide a more enriching experience. Here are some additional guidelines to help you plan your presentation.
Below is the schedule for Career Day. Guest Speakers can sign up to give 1, 2, 3, or 4 one hour presentations
Session 1: 8:10-9:10 AM
Session 2: 9:10-10:10 AM
Session 3: 10:10-11:10 AM
Session 4: 11:10-12:10 PM
Lunch: 12:10-1:00 PM
Register HERE to be a part of Career Day at Peirce. If you cannot attend, please consider sharing this information with colleagues, friends, or family members who may be interested in speaking at Career Day.
Fiesta de Arte is just around the corner. Artist and Crafter (student and non-student) applications are being taken now.
Thursday, April 24th from 5 - 7 p.m.
Student Artist / Crafters
All students 4th Grade and under will need a parent/guardian in attendance with them through the length of the event. We will contact you with a confirmation and further details on set up after we have received your payment.
Please complete your application and return it, along with payment, by FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 TO:
Helen C. Peirce Elementary School
c/o Manini Rao
1423 W Bryn Mawr Ave
CHICAGO, IL 60660
We will contact you with a confirmation and further details on load-in after we have received your payment.
Please contact email@example.com or 312.218.4342 (cell) for any questions.
Resources to Help You Manage High School Results
High school results will be released on 3/30/18. Check out the new High School Selection page to learn how to manage your options.
High School Results Released on Friday, March 30, 2018
Round 1 high school results will be released on Friday, March 30, 2018. If the student applied online, results will be posted on their online GoCPS account. If they applied with a paper application, a notification letter will be sent to the primary address on their application via U.S. mail. In addition, an online GoCPS account has been opened for each paper applicant, and their results will be posted there as well.
Families will have until April 13, 2018, to accept or decline offers. To view a full timeline of high school results notifications and processes, visit the GoCPS home page and view our updated Important Dates section.
View Detailed High School Offer Timeline
Understanding High School Results
GoCPS has a new page called High School Selection that was created to help you understand the processes behind high school selections and notifications. This page includes a series of videos and illustrated guides that will walk you through important topics like high school matching factors and program admissions processes. Take some time to review this content before you leave for Spring Break so you can start understanding your options.
View High School Selection Page
GoCPS is optimized for view on Chrome and Safari web browsers. We recommend using one of these to access the site.
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us Friday May 4th after school (3 - 5 p.m.) for Playworks Student/Staff/Parent Kickball game!
Email Coach Julia (email@example.com) if you are interested in playing! If you would like to be involved and not play, we are also looking for coaches and refs, and as many spectators as possible.
Hope to see you all there!
When local schools are closed for Spring Break, working parents can turn to the Lake View YMCA's School Days Out program, which provides children with quality, supervised activities in a safe and structured environment filled with games, crafts, and more! Please pack a nut-free lunch and snacks.
School Days Out is open to all families, though priority will be given to Y members.
Due to high demand, please call the center ahead of time to ensure spots are available.
Lake View YMCA
3333 N. Marshfield
Chicago, IL 60657
Ages: 5-12 years
Dates: March 26-30
Time: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fee: $60 members; $70 non-members
Registration: Register in person, online, or over the phone.
Activities: Group games, art activities, swimming, sports and enrichment activities
Please bring: Water bottle, towel, swimsuit, lunch, and snacks (nut free)
JOIN US FOR FUN COOKING CLASSES!
iCOOK is a really fun, hands-on after-school cooking program for children. Our mission is simple: to help teach children to love everything about food – cooking, eating delicious and healthful dishes (of course!) and learning about nutrition, different cultures and stories behind the food.
WHERE: Peirce Elementary
WHEN: Every Wednesday
TIME: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
DATES: April 4 – May 30
NO CLASS: April 18
REGISTRATION IS OPEN AT: www.iCookAfterSchool.com
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 1
GRADES: K-5 grade
PRICE: $136 for an 8 -week session
(includes all materials & ingredients for two recipes for each class)
MIN/MAX: Min enrollment 7 students, Max enrollment 20 students/2 instructors
iCook After School Cooking Class - flyer
CPS has extended the deadline for LSC applications. The new deadline is Friday, March 9th - applications should be turned into the main office by 3pm.
Applications along with additional information can be found here.
As of Friday, March 2nd there were 4 parents who submitted applications, with a total of 6 spots available and 1 community member who submitted with 2 spots available.
Dear CPS Families,
We are writing to let you know that PARCC testing begins Monday, March 5, 2018. At Peirce, 6th-8th grade students will take the test on March 6th-9th and 3rd-5th grade students will take the test on March 12th & March 14th-16th.
The PARCC assessment is administered to students in grades 3-8 each spring to evaluate how well we are preparing CPS students for success in college and career. We know there is some debate about the value of standardized tests, so we want to share why CPS believes this assessment is a critical component of your child’s education.
PARCC was developed to align with the Common Core State Standards and more accurately gauge student understanding of the crucial concepts that students need in order to be successful in the 21st Century. In addition to assessing math and reading skills, PARCC also evaluates students’ writing, problem-solving and critical thinking. According to five independent studies, PARCC is rigorous, grade-level appropriate and aligned to best practices in teaching.
In accordance with state requirements, PARCC testing is mandatory for CPS students in grades 3-8. Although you may hear people talk about not participating, please know that refusing to participate in PARCC may have a real impact on your child’s school and the District as a whole. If 95% of CPS students do not take the exam, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the U.S. Department of Education can withhold millions of dollars in funding from CPS. This could mean even fewer resources for the schools that need them most, which would be especially devastating given our already insufficient state funding.
As we near the beginning of testing, we want you to know there are resources online to provide you with additional information on the assessment and how it’s used in our schools. For additional information, please visit our PARCC website at www.cps.edu/parcc and national-level resources at www.illinoistestguide.org and www.bealearninghero.org.
As always, we thank you for your active involvement in your child’s education. No assessment can fully capture the talents, skills and potential of your child, but by utilizing the best tools at our disposal we can shed new light on our students and schools to better understand their needs and advance the education of every child in Chicago.
Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
CPS Parent Letter Re: PARCC Testing in Spanish