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
The Children and Family Benefits Unit (CFBU) of the Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) can help you apply for Medicaid (low cost or free health insurance) and SNAP bene ts (food stamps) at no cost. In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Patient Innovation Center, the CFBU will:
Download the complete CFBU document in Spanish and English.
Help Friends of Peirce raise money for our school! Friends of Peirce Presents Harbor Night.
Date: October 20th
Time: 7 pm
Location: 601 West Montrose
Tickets on sale now for just $30 and include:
Buy Tickets or Make a Donation
Please consider making a donation to the event, whether you can attend or not.
Buy your tickets/make a donation by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harbor-night-tickets-5032042976
Harbor Night's success depends on the generosity of Peirce families and our community. Please consider a donation to this extraordinary event in the form of an in-kind donation of a raffle item or a financial sponsorship. Every dollar raised goes right back to Peirce, so you can trust your donation makes a huge impact on our community. Beyond helping support education, your business will be showcased to families throughout the neighborhood—families that are loyal to companies and businesses that support education!
Families or individuals, as well as businesses, can help sponsor the event with levels beginning at $250 and we are accepting in-kind donations of any monetary value. Please see the letters below for more information about the role Friends of Peirce serves as well as the various sponsorship levels.
Harbor Nights Raffle Solicitation Letter
Harbor Nights Sponsor Solicitation Letter
Revised - 9/13/17
Last week, we provided you with resources to help undocumented students deal with the sudden end to the DACA program. While no new DACA applications are being processed, recipients whose DACA status expires before March 5, 2018 can and should renew that status before the deadline of October 5, 2017.
Attached is a list of locations where students can renew their DACA status prior to October 5. Please share this important information with your students and their families, and encourage them to share with others as well.
DACA Information - Spanish
DACA Sessions - Spanish
DACA information - English
DACA Sessions - English
Chicago is your home. While still we do not have all the answers about what President Trump’s threats against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will mean for our nation, we know one thing for certain: everyone is welcome here in our city.
In this moment of uncertainty for so many in our nation, we want to reassure you that all students will be able to attend our preschools, our elementary schools, our high schools and our community colleges without fear or intimidation in the city they call home.
No matter what the political landscape, know that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) will continue to provide you with a high-quality, affordable education from pre-school to post-secondary education.
We are making every effort to keep our schools safe from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) enforcement of harmful federal civil immigration laws. ICE is not permitted to access our public education facilities or personnel except in rare instances such as when a warrant is presented or circumstances in which there is an imminent risk of violence or physical harm.
The Star Scholarship program at CCC will always be available to all CPS students regardless of immigration status, because where your family comes from should not determine your ability to one day go to college. As long as you are willing to put in the hard work on your studies, graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA and nearly college-ready, you can attend City Colleges tuition-free and earn the education you deserve.
Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance means that the City will not ask or collect information about your immigration status. Most importantly, the City will not deny you City services based on your immigration status.
For students seeking further guidance, we encourage you to take advantage of one of many resources, including:
● The City of Chicago Office of New Americans is committed to working to improve the day-to-day experiences of our city's 560,000 foreign-born residents while delivering economic, social, and cultural benefits for all Chicagoans.
● The Chicago Legal Clinic at Harold Washington College provides City Colleges students with free legal consultations and appropriate referrals. The Clinic is staffed by a volunteer attorney as well as by law students from local law schools and provides a variety of legal services on a number of issues including immigration.
● The CCC Undocumented Students resource webpage is committed to ensuring both student access and success for all students, regardless of immigration status.
● Citizenship Resources at the Chicago Public Library are available at all CPL locations.
Many branches work with community organizations to offer English as a Second Language classes, citizenship workshops and more. They also offer a wide selection of materials on immigration and U.S. citizenship.
We are a proud city of immigrants, and have depicted this through the One Chicago campaign. One Chicago is a public education campaign celebrating the strength in diversity of the three million residents who call this city home. Central to the campaign is a new website, www.onechi.org, that features real Chicagoans sharing their personal stories on how they came to call this city home.
Today and as always, Chicago is your home. Sincerely,
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
CPS DACA Resources Letter - English, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, Arabic
September 7, 2017
Dear CPS Families,
Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year! We are thrilled to have your children with us for another year of exploration and discovery, and we are confident that they will continue to build on their incredible academic gains.
We also want you to keep track of CPS’ progress, which is why we’re enclosing the annual CPS Report Card.
As you know, Chicago students from every neighborhood in the city are doing better than they’ve ever done academically. In fact, UIC recently found that Chicago students are out-achieving their peers in the rest of the state. That means if you’re an African American or Hispanic student in Chicago, your academic achievement is higher than African Americans and Hispanics in the rest of the state.
There’s no way students could do this without the outstanding educators whose commitment to excellence is making their future brighter every day, or without families like yours, who create the environment and motivation for lifelong learning. We hope that today at school, you thank a teacher, and at home, you keep nurturing their curiosity and dreams.
This report card shows Chicago schools on the rise, whether it’s the fact that more than three- fourths of students are graduating, or that nearly 90 percent of high school freshmen are on track to graduate. CPS graduates also have more college and career credentials under their belt than ever before, which means they’re already getting credits in high school – and making college more affordable. And they’re earning scholarship dollars at a pace that means more students can stay in college – with a record $1.26 billion earned last year.
Elementary school students are also on the leading edge. Today, more than 60 percent of Chicago elementary students beat the national average for attainment in reading, and more than 50 percent are doing better than the national average in math. We’ll keep this report card updated at cps.edu/reportcard throughout the year.
We also know we have work to do, and we are committed to making sure that all of our students have quality school options in their neighborhoods. Too many people have counted Chicago children out through the years, but we know that when we set high expectations for them, they exceed our highest hopes.
With the district on stronger financial footing, CPS will continue to invest in proven ways to help students achieve, like International Baccalaureate and STEM programs, arts education, dual-language programs, and dual-credit, dual-enrollment opportunities. We will also continue our holistic approach to education, ensuring that children are exposed to social-emotional learning and have ample opportunities to develop college and career readiness skills. Finally, because the safety of your children is always our top priority, we have expanded Safe Passage to 145 schools, ensuring that 75,000 students can travel to and from school safely every day.
Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education. We pledge to provide a robust, well- rounded experience that is rooted in stability, integrity and academic progress. We look forward to partnering with you in the coming months, and we wish you and your children a safe and productive school year.
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools
CPS District Report Card Letter - English, Spanish
CPS Academic Report Card - English, Spanish
Sept. 5, 2017
Dear CPS Family:
For too long, Chicago students have lost out under Illinois’ unfair funding formula.
Senator Heather Steans fought to change that, fought for our schools and fought for your child to have the resources they need to receive a better education.
Senator Heather Steans’s education funding reform package provides $450 million in new funding for Chicago Public Schools. This funding is a major step toward ensuring students in Chicago schools have the same opportunities as children in wealthy districts.
This plan provides certainty for our schools and families. Because our schools are starting a new year on stronger financial footing, you will not have to worry about the school year ending early or school days being canceled because of a shortage of money.
While some in Springfield tried to pit children and communities against each other for political gain, Senator Heather Steans rejected efforts to pick winners and losers. Every school will receive fair funding in this plan, and districts like Chicago that educate large numbers of disadvantaged students and English learners will receive the funding we need to help all students reach their full potential.
We’re grateful for Senator Heather Steans’s work on behalf of our schools and students. Alongside the efforts of dedicated teachers, and the parents, grandparents and caregivers who push young people to work hard, Senator Heather Steans’s plan will help ensure that all students receive a world-class education.
We hope that you can thank your representatives who supported this measure for never losing sight of what these reforms mean for Chicago’s students.
Senator Heather Steans - 773-769-1717
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
CPS Communication Re: Heather Steans - English, Spanish
Parents and guardians,
As we look to begin the school year, we have a mid-term vacancy on the Local School Council for a parent/guardian representative. We would like to fill this vacancy as soon as possible in order to have full membership on the Council. Applications for the vacant seat should be filed at the school office and must be received by September 20th at 3pm.
The LSC will vote at our September 21st meeting, 6:00 p.m. in the gymnatorium, to select a candidate to fill the remainder of the term. Current LSC terms expire at the end of this school year.
As you may know, the Local School Council is an elected body that has three main responsibilities:
Interested candidates may pick up the application forms the school office or download them at: http://cps.edu/Pages/LSCElections.aspx. All candidates must provide two forms of identification and must file the following forms:
Should you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com.
LSC vacancy letter: English, Spanish
Morning Drop Off & New Traffic Pattern around Peirce Please help us keep Peirce students safe during morning drop off and afternoon pick up.