The Senn Park Advisory Council will host a “Paint the Path” community event to paint the sidewalks at Senn Park to create a continuous walking path that connects areas that are currently separated by streets, alleys and buildings. The event will invite community members – artists, schools, block clubs, Chicago Park District, Alderman Osterman’s office, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, places of worship and more – to design and then paint portions of the sidewalk to celebrate and reflect the Edgewater community. The event will be used to demonstrate the importance of connecting the areas of the park and highlight longer term opportunities for a permanent walking path.
Event purpose and goal:
The purpose of the event is to celebrate the community while working toward implementation of the Senn Park vision. A connected walking path was identified as a priority in the Senn Park Advisory Council’s community engagement and visioning process in 2014-15 to improve the connections between areas of the park. Senn Park is unique because buildings, streets and alleys are physical barriers that separate the turf fields and basketball court from the community gardens, playgrounds and other community areas. The community is committed to improving cohesion at the park by creating a walking path that celebrates the community, arts and local culture (including the diverse student bodies at the adjacent Senn and Rickover High Schools), nature and physical activity. This event also ties to Mayor Emanuel’s Year of Public Art initiative, demonstrating that “art is vital to a neighborhood’s spirit and the quality of life for residents.”
Senn Park Advisory Council invites you to participate in the Paint the Path Park Festival at Senn Park on Saturday, May 20th from 10am - 1pm. Throughout the event there will be art activities, music, sports, games and food.
They are asking the community to help paint the pathway that meanders around Senn Park. We've received a generous donation of Rustoleum marking spray paint (it's temporary). Small groups will be allotted a square/length of sidewalk to paint - using the theme unity for inspiration. We are asking people to sign up in advance using the link below. There are approximately 20 spots available. Please help us spread the word!
Sign up now
Paint the Path Flyer
PEIRCE DAY at HOPLEAF BAR
Sunday, April 30, 2017 the Hopleaf Bar will once again host "Peirce Day" from Noon-2am. 100% of gross receipts from this event will be donated to Peirce School.
Last year, Hopleaf Bar, the Andersonville establishment owned by Michael Roper and Louise Molnar, raised over $30,000 from this event to support arts enrichment programming at Peirce School, including dance, art, and after school programming. Due to the forecasted budget shortfalls, fundraising will unfortunately be needed to bridge the growing gap for programs previously funded by CPS and Hopleaf's support has been critically important.
Just like last year, we are expecting to pack Hopleaf from open to close and invite anyone over 21 to join us to support our school. Hopleaf's address is 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640.
We are so thankful for Michael and Louise and the team at Hopleaf. Over the course of the last five years the Hopleaf Bar has helped raise over $200,000 for Peirce arts and after school programs. Hopleaf's gesture is incredible and a testament to how philanthropy can be good business.
Celebrating its 25th year in business, Hopleaf also continues the Kegs for Kids Tap started in October 2015 as a daily dedicated fundraising platform for Peirce. The Kegs for Kids Tap has been a wonderful success up to this point and Hopleaf plans to continue the program throughout the year. All net beer sales from the dedicated beer on the Hopleaf menu go to support Peirce programs. Breweries, parents, teachers, and community members have taken turns sponsoring the Kegs for Kids Tap throughout the year. Get in touch with FOP if you'd like to sponsor a keg for the Kegs for Kids Tap.
FRIENDS OF PEIRCE BOARD ELECTIONS - Seeking Volunteers
Attention Peirce parents! Are you concerned about school funding? Ready to help? Friends of Peirce is looking for you!
FOP works with the school administration, community businesses, and parent and teacher volunteers to raise money for Peirce Elementary. Donations help to fund everything from furniture to extra curricular arts to science materials to field trips.
Board positions are now up for election. If you are interested in running for a seat on the board, please send a statement of interest to Joe Dunne, FOP Vice President, at Joe@friendsofpeirce.org by May 1st. Board elections will take place at the May board meeting, tentatively scheduled for May 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Interested candidates should plan to attend the board meeting to present their statement of interest.
There are some shabby desks in some of our class rooms, and contributions to FOP will help fix that. A new desk costs $75. At many of our upcoming FOP events there will be a place where you can make a donation earmarked towards the purchase of new desks. Thanks!
The Peirce School 18th Annual Move-a-thon will take place Friday, May 5, 2017. As a parent, you can help raise more funds for our school!
Our Ad Sponsor and Family 'Shout-Out' book will be given to the entire student body plus staff. This booklet may have valuable coupons as well as encouraging words for your child/children, classmates, teachers, or the entire school that YOU want to share.
All money raised from the Ad Sponsor Booklet and the Move-a-thon will go directly to support our growing athletics program, educational student field trips and stipends for otherwise teacher-funded classroom supplies. Remember, the deadline to submit your Ad/Shout-out is on or before Friday, April, 21, 2017.
If you have questions, please contact Manini Rao at (312) 218-4342, or by email at Manini@friendsofpeirce.org.
SAVE THE DATE FOR MIDSOMMARFEST
Be on the lookout for the sign-up to volunteer to staff the Midsommarfest beer tents on June 10th. It's always a fun and lively event, and each volunteer results in a contribution to FOP.
If you haven't had a chance to complete the FOP Parent Survey, we'd love to hear from you so that we can get to know who you are and find out how we can work together to build a better community for the students of Peirce. This is the link to complete the survey.
Mom's Night at Bar Roma raised $1305 through ticket sales and cash donations. This will allow us to purchase 17 new desks. Bar Roma offered delicious appetizers and Peirce parent Christophe Bakunas of Cream Wine Company donated upscale wine for the event.
Giordano's Night in March raised $145.32. Our partnership with Giordano's will allow us to have a monthly Peirce night every month, including the summer months. Also, Giordano's will be launching a reading program this month for all Peirce students. Every student will get a reading log to track their books read. They can turn the log in for a free pizza. This will also be an ongoing program for Peirce, and will be managed by the PSO.
The Pork Shoppe's Parent Mixer was a great opportunity for Peirce parents to learn more about the various parent volunteer organizations at Peirce while they caught up with friends and enjoyed great food and drinks.
Please support these neighborhood businesses that support Peirce. Let them know you're a Peirce parent and that you appreciate their support. Peirce counts on these events and others like them to provide resources to ALL our students.
The Peirce School 18th Annual Move-a-thon will take place Friday May 5, 2017.
Last year, we were able to bring in over $23,000 to help our: GROWING ATHLETIC PROGRAM; SEND OUR STUDENTS TO EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS; TEACHER STIPENDS FOR CLASSROOM SUPPLIES (that the teachers spend their own money for otherwise); AND ARTS PARTNERSHIPS.
This year, our targets are the same but, our goal is higher! Help us attain at least $30,000!
Avail the opportunity to advertise or send shout-outs in the Ad Sponsor Booklet! Help us by reaching out to community businesses that you visit by extending those plus more levels of sponsorship opportunities to bring in more donations.
Help your students by reaching out to family, friends, neighbors. Make a call out email/text/voice message with your student and send it across!
You can even set up Lemonade Stands (Or pie/cookies/trinkets/candies etc.) to help in securing more pledges! Make a poster and stand at a busy location with your pledge sheet and a container for donations! Every Penny Counts! If every student sets a goal of bringing at least $30 as pledges, then we can easily achieve our new fund raising goal!
PEIRCE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT! THE FUNDS RAISED DIRECTLY BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS! HELP THEM HELP THEIR SCHOOL!
Let’s put a ‘move’ on it!
Thank you in advance for all your help and effort.
~2017 Team Move-a-thon GO PANTHERS!
First round of pledges due April 24th in order to receive a t-shirt. (Must pledge at least $18 to receive a t-shirt).
2107 Move-a-thon Prize List
Ad Sponsor Booklet Information
Please note that items for the Ad Booklet are due April 21st!
18th Annual Move-a-thon Booklet Ad Form
MOVE-A-THON DANCE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 21st from 5-7pm Jr.
PSO is putting together another school dance to get folks excited for the upcoming Move-a-Thon! There will be a suggested donation at the door of $1/person. Proceeds add to the general fund raised by the Move-a-Thon. The entire student body, teachers, staff, and their families are welcome.
Sign up to volunteer for the Move-a-thon Dance
We hope you had a great Spring Break! There is A LOT going on at Peirce for our first week back from break! We have fun events, report card pick-up, and volunteer opportunities!
Please consider helping out at the following events: (click on the event to sign up):
Peirce Parent Organizations
Hello CPS Families and Community,
As the city defrosts, it's a great time to partake and share with your families
the plentiful activities across Chicago this month.
Inside there's helpful information on how CPS can help enroll qualifying families in Medicaid.
On April 22, CPS has partnered to hold a forum and resource fair for DREAMER students and their families. On the next Saturday, April 29, the Englewood Job Readiness and Workforce Development, a free event, will include a job fair and panel discussion.
Lastly, through May 15, One Summer Chicago will be accepting applications for job opportunities for youth aged 14-24 years old.
Check out all the activities and opportunities this month in the attached issue of the Parent University newsletter.
Dr. Shawn Jackson and the Parent University Team
CPS April Parent University Newsletter (English) - 4/13/17
CPS April Parent University Newsletter (Spanish) - 4/13/17
CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness' Children and Family Benefits Unit (CFBU) is back!
This is a valuable resource that assists students and families with applying for, renewing, and managing health insurance (medical card) and SNAP benefits (food stamps).
This program is made possible through partnerships with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Patient Innovation Center. More information on the program can be accessed at cps.edu/oshw or by calling the Benefits Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437).
CPS Children & Family Benefit Unit - English
CPS Children & Family Benefit Unit - Spanish
Truly Tasty + Fabulously Fun + Highly Acclaimed
New Cooking (And Always Awesome Eating!) Classes Starting At Peirce!
8 Monday Classes
April 17th--June 12th (No Class: 5/29)
PreK Kids: 10:45-11:45am
K-8th Graders: 3:00-4:00pm
Sticky Fingers Spring 2017 Flyer
For more information, contact:
Illinois Development Cultivator and Lead Chef
So you think you can dance? Yes! Learn the fundamentals of this classic dance form in a fun and encouraging environment. Jazz dancing promotes an appreciation for musicality and helps develop coordination and flexibility. This class concludes with a parent observation on the final week of class.
April 26 - June 7
Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration open on our website here at designdance.net
For more information, contact:
School Partnerships Coordinator
PO Box 18025
Chicago, IL 60618