PAC/BAC Parent Workshop on Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students - Presentation Materials & Resources
On October 13th, PAC/BAC hosted a parent workshop titled, "How to Talk With Your Kids About LGBTQ+ Identities."
AJ Jennings, Curriculum and Professional Development Director at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, presented and parents discussed the importance of being allies and teaching our children to be allies to students and families with gender non-conforming children.
AJ's presentation is posted below as well as additional materials
You can learn more about the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance on their website.
Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up in November on the 15th and once again, Peirce parent Andrea Korte is organizing a potluck to help take care of our teachers and staff who will be there all day.
Please consider signing up to add a little show of support to help out.
Please feel free to forward this email to others. Thanks everyone!!
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All may come to school in costume (unless directed by your child’s teacher).
Halloween parade info
PK-AM Halloween Parade - 9:30 AM - inside
6th - 8th Grades - 1:30pm**
3rd-5th Grades - 1:40pm**
PK-2nd Grades - 1:50pm**
**Meet us on the turf
HALLOWEEN AT PEIRCE
Todos pueden venir a la escuela disfrazados (A menos que lo indique el maestro de su hijo)
Información del desfile de Halloween
Desfile de Halloween PK-AM - 9:30 a.m. - dentro
6 ° - 8 ° grado - 1:30 p.m.
3ro-5to Grados - 1:40 pm**
PK-2nd Grades - 1:50 pm**
** reunirnos en el césped
Halloween @ Peirce flyer - (English and Spanish) - 10/25/17
Dear Special Education Stakeholder,
As we move forward with reforming how we deliver special education services, our core principle is to do what’s best for the individual student. This means delivering the supports they need in the most timely manner, and creating an equitable system that treats similarly situated students similarly.
We know that overall, students at CPS are making remarkable academic gains, whether it’s in record- breaking math and reading attainment in elementary school, record-breaking freshmen-on-track rates, more students graduating from high school, and more students enrolling in college and finishing college.
However, a rising tide has not lifted all boats, as academic performance for special education students has remained stubbornly flat. We thought it was important to find out why, and change it, so that all students can live up to their potential.
Over the past two years, many dedicated experts have worked hard to change our special education system. Lifelong educator and recent schools chief Denise Little led a year-long taskforce, with the support of special education experts, advocates, legal counsel, organizational experts and educators. In fact, after CPS launched new guidelines in December 2016, we adjusted requirements based on feedback, especially from principals and teachers. These changes simplified the documentation process and made it faster and easier. We want to make sure we get this right, which is why we will continue to listen and refine elements going forward.
However, setting standards and documenting outcomes is critical to future success. When we dug into the reasons for the disparity between special education and general education outcomes, we saw a stark difference between how general education teachers and principals were documenting strategies, using data, and matching them against outcomes versus how little data was available to the district or educators on how special education services were being provided and their results, or lack thereof.
More than a year ago, we released a white paper reviewing these issues and are moving forward based on its three major findings:
For the sake of our students, it is important to get special education right. Unfortunately, a recent series on WBEZ was rife with errors and mischaracterized the district’s delivery of special education services and the framework for our approach.
The district finalized its guidelines and manual in the summer of 2017, to be ready for the current school year. With the new systems and data finally in place, we believe CPS can begin the step-by-step process of lifting academic outcomes -- and life chances -- for students with disabilities, just as CPS has already done for students in general education. We want to assure families that ending this inequity is at the core of why we launched these fundamental reforms.
A more detailed appendix of factual errors and misleading conclusions in the WBEZ report is attached.
Chief Executive Officer
CPS Communication - Special education report on WBEZ
CPS Communication - WBEZ story - detailed appendix
GoCPS now has a calendar and glossary available to help with high school applications for the 2018-19 school year! Visit go.cps.edu for more information. #gocps #CPS
One of the best ways to learn about schools and programs is to visit them. Each year, our high schools and community partners host a large number of events including open houses, district high school fairs and application preparation sessions. These free events serve as invaluable resources when determining where to apply.
You can find out when and where each event is happening by visiting our new GoCPS calendar. This comprehensive resource allows you to track and add events you are interested in to your smartphone or computer.
Selecting the right high school can be challenging, but so can figuring out all the new words and acronyms you’ll encounter along the way. What’s the difference between a magnet cluster, a magnet high school program and a magnet high school? Are STEM and ECSS the same thing?
To help you find your way through this, we’ve created an online glossary filled with many of these key words and the definitions for each.
Make Sure to Enter Your Activation Code
If you are applying for a current 8th grade CPS student, you should come to a screen that asks you to enter the student’s activation code when adding them to your GoCPS account. If you don’t see this screen before you apply, stop and go back (see pg. 22 of the Activation Guide for a screenshot)!
One of the most common mistakes families are making on the application is selecting the wrong student pathway and entering the wrong information. If you chose the wrong path, you’ll be entered as a Non-CPS student; and if you enter student information that does not match our records, it can cause delays in processing your application.
Make sure to read each screen prompt correctly, use this detailed Activation Guide for reference or call the Office of Access and Enrollment if you have any questions.
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.
El calendario de eventos y glosario de GoCPS ofrece nueva mirada sobre el proceso de solicitud
Una de las mejores maneras de aprender sobre escuelas y programas es visitando los sitios en persona. Todos los años, nuestras escuelas secundarias y socios comunitarios organizan una gran cantidad de eventos, incluyendo casas abiertas, ferias escolares y sesiones de preparación de las solicitudes. Estos eventos gratuitos son fuentes valiosas para el momento de presentar la solicitud.
Usted puede averiguar cuándo y dónde se realiza cada evento al visitar nuestro calendario GoCPS. Este recurso integral le permite hacer un seguimiento de eventos y agregar otros que le interesen, en su teléfono inteligente o computadora.
Ver el calendario
Escoger la escuela secundaria correcta puede ser una tarea complicada, así como descifrar las nuevas palabras y siglas encontradas por el camino. ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre grupo magnet, un programa magnet de escuela secundaria o una escuela secundaria magnet? ¿Son las STEM y ECSS la misma cosa?
Para ayudarlos en esta tarea, hemos creado un glosario en línea con muchas de esas palabras clave y sus definiciones.
Ver el glosario
Asegúrese de ingresar su Código de Activación
Si está solicitando inscripción para un estudiante actual de 8o grado de CPS, debe ir a la pantalla que le pide que ingrese el código de activación del estudiante cuando lo agregue a su cuenta en GoCPS. Si no ve esa pantalla antes de solicitar, ¡deténgase y regrese (vea la página 22 de la Guía de Activación)!
Uno de los errores más comunes de las familias en la solicitud es elegir el estudiante equivocado e ingresar información que no es la correcta. Si usted escoge el camino equivocado, el estudiante será ingresado como no perteneciente a CPS; y si usted ingresa información del estudiante que no aparece en nuestros registros, eso puede provocar demoras en el proceso de su solicitud.
Asegúrese de leer cada pantalla correctamente, use esta Guía de Activación detallada como referencia, o llame a la Oficina de Acceso y Matrícula si tiene alguna pregunta.
GoCPS está optimizada para los navegadores Chrome y Safari. Recomendamos el uso de uno de ellos para acceder al sitio.
Si tienen alguna pregunta, contacten a la Oficina de Acceso y Matrícula por el 773-553-2060, de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m., de lunes a viernes, o por el correo electrónico email@example.com.
CHICAGO - October 18, 2017 - Friends of Peirce is proud to announce that tickets for Harbor Night, a new event originated this year to benefit the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, has sold out on tickets. In addition, Friends of Peirce wishes to recognize our generous sponsorship partners led by 88 Brand Partners and QNA Group. 88 Brand Partners is a full-service advertising and branding agency and QNA Group is a sister agency to 88 Brand Partners with a focus on research and insights. Further sponsorship support comes from GLC marketing and communications; Joanne DeSanctis Kirk real estate; The Pinnacle Team real estate; and several Peirce families.
Many local businesses and individuals have also donated valuable in-kind items to support Harbor Night and for raffle at the event, including Ranalli's of Andersonville, Maddiebird Bakery, Morgan Anderson photography and many more. To date, Harbor Night has raised nearly $10,000 to benefit Peirce.
“This amazing response by parents, community members, and local businesses coming together to celebrate and support the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies emphasizes the value the school provides to the Andersonville, Edgewater, and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Kate Polgar, Harbor Night chairperson and volunteer with the Friends of Peirce. Over 1,000 children attend Peirce, pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, with more than 65 percent of families coming from low-income households.
“Events like Harbor Night, and the continuing support of the community, allow us to fund arts enrichment programming and to ensure that the resources are available for all of our students to participate fully in extracurricular activities. Without the generosity of our donors, this wouldn't be possible,” said Joe Dunne, President of Friends of Peirce and Local School Council chair.
About the Friends of Peirce
Friends of Peirce is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies maximize the potential of its students through providing a world-class primary education within the Chicago Public School system. Specific areas of focus for Friends of Peirce include areas of immediate and critical need, including: arts and music programming, after school programs and sports, student academic travel scholarships, school garden supplies, and much more.
Harbor Night will take place on Friday, October 20th, from 7-10pm at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club located at 601 W. Montrose Avenue. The event is co-chaired by Kate Polgar, Rene Ryan, Sara Irmen, and James Gignac. Harbor Night joins other several other Friends of Peirce annual fundraising events, including Move-a-Thon, Hopleaf Day, and a spring party.
To learn more about ways to support Harbor Night, and for information on upcoming events, please visit www.facebook.com/friendsofpeirce. Donations can be made directly to Harbor Night at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harbor-night-tickets-5032042976.
Picture Day will take place over two days, October 17th and 18th, with re-takes taking place on Monday, November 6th. Please note the following timelines as it relates to pictures:
Students will have the opportunity to re-take pictures on Monday, November 6th. After re-takes are taken, students will receive proofs 3-4 days later and will then have 1 week to complete purchases.
Pictures will then be delivered by the 2nd week of December.
Picture Day Schedule
PLEASE JOIN PAC AND BAC ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017 at 8:15am IN THE GYMNATORIUM
WE WILL BE HOSTING A PARENT WORKSHOP ON “CREATING SAFE SPACES FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS” PRESENTED BY THE ILLINOIS SAFE SCHOOLS ALLIANCE
PEIRCE IS A DIVERSE COMMUNITY WHERE ALL SHOULD FEEL WELCOME AND HEARD
POR FAVOR JUNTE CON PAC Y BAC EN VIERNES, 13 DE OCTUBRE DE 2017 a las 8:15 am
EN EL GIMNATORIO
ESTAREMOS HOSTANDO UN TALLER DE PADRES EN "CREANDO ESPACIOS ESPACIALES PARA LGBTQ + ESTUDIANTES" DADO POR LA ALIANZA ILLINOIS SAFE SCHOOLS
PEIRCE ES UNA COMUNIDAD DIVERSA DONDE TODOS DEBEN SENTAR BIENVENIDOS Y ESCUCHAR
Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students - Flyer