It's time to say Happy Holidays to all the wonderful people who make Peirce great. On the morning of Friday, December 21st the Peirce Service Organization (PSO) will roll through the Peirce hallways offering breakfast cart service to teachers/staff. We will have a buffet set up near the office and will also be delivering food door to classroom door. Please contribute food and/or time to make this event a success.
Please deliver your contributions to the school at 7:30 amif possible. If not just bring things by at drop off.
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The North Lakefront Area Regional Analysis meeting is coming to your area.
Date: Tuesday, December 11th
Location: Sullivan High School, 6631 N Bosworth
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Join CEO Janice Jackson for information regarding: School quality, Enrollment patterns, School options, and Program Offerings by region.
You can register online at https://ara-northlakefrontregion.eventbrite.com
ARA meeting flyer isn English and Spanish.
Harlem Globtrotters Discount
Harlem Globtrotters Holiday discount for CPS families - flyer
Save the Date
Save the date for an exciting Chicago City of Learning Saturday Coding Pop-Up event for parents and families - coming to Rogers Park Parent University at Sullivan on January 12!
Did you miss the last Local School Council Meeting?
Don't worry, you can still check out the State of the School Presentation.
You still have a chance to get some brand new Peirce apparel from FANCLOTH. The items for sale can be found HERE. Many of the items can be customized (name and a favorite number) and are available in both youth and adult sizes. All orders must be placed online, before December 14, 2018. FANCLOTH merchandise will be delivered to the school AFTER WINTER BREAK and then distributed.
Select PEIRCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP from the drop down menu.
Then, type YOUR NAME or YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the fields below.
Purchasing Peirce Gear through FanCloth helps to provide funds for our MYP Student Travel Schlolarship. This year, Travel Scholarships will be used to send students to New York City, May 8th - 10th.
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will host the North Side Pole Parade on Saturday, December 1st from 4 - 6 pm.
The parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 1st, from 4 - 6 pm and is completely free. Santa will lead a parade where anyone can join in and get free treats at participating businesses on Bryn Mawr. The parade ends at Lytle House where Santa will take pictures. Other free activities are being planned at the Lytle House like milk and cookies, a Sacred Heart School band performance, and live holiday music from the Lakeside Pride Ensemble band. I'm working to see if I can secure carolers from Senn High School.
The Peirce Diverse Learners Parent Resource Group is hosting Tuesday's Child for a free positive parenting workshop.
Date: Thursday, December 6th
Time: 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Location: Peirce (Room TBA)
Is your child having temper tantrums or having trouble with impulse control or aggressive behavior? Do you end up yelling and nagging your child to get things done?
Our Parenting with Confidence workshop provides parents specific strategies to create peaceful routines and encourage cooperation. Parents walk away with phrases than boost cooperation and help maintain positive behaviors outside the home. Alternatives to yelling and threatening to get things done will also be discussed.
Our approach focuses on discipline as an opportunity to teach children how to behave and how parents can encourage children to make good choices.
Join us for this informative workshop and get ready for a peaceful, positive Winter Break!
For more information about the workshop, contact Kathy Herwig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Tuesday's Child, visit www.TuesdaysChildChicago.org.
Join us for A CELEBRATION OF FAMILY, FOOD, and DANCE!
On Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 5 pm - 7 pm., Helen C. Peirce International School will host our 3rd Annual International Family Dance Night. The purpose of this event is to have families from our community come together to learn various styles of dance, enjoy foods from around the world, and have a “dancing” good time!
IT'S A SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
Funds generated from the International Family Dance Night provide Travel Scholarships for our 7th and 8th grade trip to New York City. This year our fundraising goal is to bring in $16,000, which would provide full and partial scholarships for 25 students. Many of those students would not be able to participate in this awesome travel experience without the financial assistance that this scholarship provides.
FEATURING · BOLLYWOOD · HIP HOP · LATIN DANCE · SWING · ZUMBA · PIZZA · FALAFEL · EGGROLLS · SAMOSAS + MORE!
ORDER TICKETS: $5 per person - Benefits the Middle School Travel Scholarship Fun. Download this form to order tickets.
WE NEED YOU!
In order to make this event happen we rely on volunteer dancers/dance artists/ and choreographers to donate 40 min - 1 hour of their time to teach 2-3 mini-classes (20 minutes) representing any genre of dance. In the past, some of the dance genres that have been represented include Caribbean Dance, Salsa, African Dance, Irish Step Dance, Zumba, Greek dance, Egyptian Dance, Hip Hop, Disco, and MORE! Attendees at this event pay an admission fee, which entitles them to three mini-classes and an International Foods Festival. Food is donated from local restaurants. The cost of admission is $5 per person and $20 per family ( 4 or more). The ticket price covers both food and dance.
We’d love to have your support! If you are able to be a part of Peirce’s International Family Dance Night, by teaching 2-3 mini dance classes. If you are not able to commit, please help us out by spreading the word!
Illinois State Board of Education: Letter Regarding Public Inquiry into Special Education Practices at CPS
Dear CPS Staff, Parents and Families:
We hope that the first two months of the school year have been successful in your homes and classrooms, and that you have settled into your back-to-school routine. We wanted to take this opportunity to share the findings of an investigation that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) conducted into the special education policies and practices of Chicago Public Schools, and the corrective action that ISBE will be putting into place over the next three school years.
The Public Inquiry
The investigation referenced above was called the Public Inquiry into Special Education Practices at CPS, and it was conducted by a team of three special education attorneys. All information regarding the Public Inquiry can be found on the ISBE website. The Public Inquiry Team found that CPS engaged in policies, procedures, or practices that were inconsistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2001 (IDEA), the federal law that governs special education and provides protections to students with disabilities.. As a result, an 11-page Corrective Action Report was adopted by ISBE in May of 2018. The Corrective Action Report describes ISBE’s findings that CPS violated the law by implementingpolicies and procedures related to special education budgeting, the computerized IEP system, and data collection requirements. As a result of these violations, families may have been improperly denied transportation, paraprofessional (SECA / special education classroom assistant) support, therapeutic day school placements, extended school year (ESY / summer school for students with disabilities) , eligibility for a specific learning disability, or other educational services.
The ISBE Appointed CPS Monitor
The Corrective Action Plan requires that ISBE assign a Monitor to oversee the Corrective Action Report and serve as a liaison between ISBE and CPS regarding special education. Both parents and CPS staff can reach out to the ISBE Monitor by email: email@example.com or by visiting the Monitor’s website at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/ISBE-Monitor.aspx. The Monitor can answer questions for parents andstaff and investigate concerns. However, parents who have disputes with CPS regarding their child’s IEP should follow ISBE’s dispute resolution procedures, such as filing due process or filing a complaint. Information regarding dispute resolution can be found here. Nothing the Monitor does will change or interfere with a Parent’s Procedural Safeguards. ISBE strongly encourages the CPS community to contact the ISBE Monitor when concerns arise. Neither CPS nor ISBE can address concerns unless we know about them.
Per the Corrective Action Plan, this school year will include the following action items, events, and resources:
ISBE began training staff regarding the Public Inquiry at the beginning of the school year. More training will occur in November. The materials for the staff training can be found at https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ISBE-CPS-Teacher-Training-201808.pdf.
Student Specific Corrective Action Per the Public Inquiry
Since the Public Inquiry reviewed and found that there were problems occurring throughout the systemof special education at CPS, the focus now in the Corrective Action Plan requires a closer look at exactlywhich students were harmed by CPS’ system and determine how to make these students whole. ISBE ispartnering with CPS and Parent Advocacy organizations to develop a way to identify students who may be eligible for Student Specific Corrective Action. We will distribute more information to the CPS community when that system is developed. In the meantime, if you believe that your child was harmed by the systemic violations identified in the Public Inquiry, you may have the right to file for due processor file a complaint with ISBE’s special education division.
The findings of the Public Inquiry provide an opportunity to partner with CPS to ensure that students with disabilities receive a high-quality education tailored to their individual needs. The Corrective Action Plan has identified many changes that are needed for that to happen. We recognize that change does not happen overnight. For that reason, ISBE is committed to remaining involved at CPS for at least the next three school years. We hope our involvement will assist CPS in developing a system of special education that meets the high expectations of the state and the CPS community.
Stephanie E. Jones
Assistant General Counsel and ISBE Monitor
Download the letter in English or Spanish
Advocacy resources in the Chicago area
Hello Peirce Parents/Guardians!
Please take a moment to complete the LSC Principal Survey for the Principal Evaluation process.
For your convenience, we will have laptops and paper copies of the survey, in both Spanish and English, in the Field House during the Halloween parade. Please stop in to fill give us your feedback.
If you are unable to take the survey on Wednesday, we will also have paper copies of the survey available in the school office for those who do not have access to the internet.
The survey will be open until Friday, November 9, 2018 – please give your feedback by then.
The LSC will use this feedback as well as information gathered over the past 3 years to determine the renewal
Status of the current principal's contract. Please keep an eye out for the survey as your input will be very valuable and we very much want your voice to be heard. You may also reach out directly to any of the LSC members with questions, concerns, or comments.
As always, you are more than welcome to attend any of the monthly LSC meetings. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
ENCUESTA DE LA DIRECTORA POR EL CONCILIO ESCOLAR
Hola Padres / Guardianes de la escuela Peirce!
Para su comodidad, tendremos computadoras portátiles y copias en papel de la encuesta, en español e inglés, en la Casa de Campo durante el desfile de Halloween. Por favor pase para completar sus comentarios.
Tómese un momento para completar la Encuesta de la Directora Por el Concilio Escolarpara el proceso de Evaluación de la Principal de la escuela Peirce. Las copias impresas de la encuesta en español e inglés también estarán disponibles en la oficina de la escuela Peirce para aquellos que no tienen acceso al Internet.
La encuesta estará abierta hasta el viernes 2 de noviembre del 2018; por favor, comuníquenos sus comentarios antes de esa fecha.
El El Concilio Escolar (LSC) utilizará estos comentarios, así como la información recopilada durante los últimos 3 años para determinar la renovación del contrato actual de la Directora. Esté atento a la encuesta, ya que su opinión será muy valiosa y queremos que su voz sea escuchada. También puede comunicarse directamente con cualquiera de los miembros del Concilio Local de La Escuela Peirce (LSC) con preguntas, inquietudes o comentarios.
Como siempre, usted es más que bienvenido a asistir a cualquiera de las reuniones mensuales del Concilio Local de La Escuela Peirce (LSC). Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta.
Silla, Del Concilio Local de La Escuela Peirce (LSC)
Peirce's middle school students are working hard to raise money for scholarships and volunteer stipends for their New York trip! Many of the fundraisers are in high gear, and the next month is a great time to support them. You can:
Shoe drive and coffee questions should go to Tanya Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peirce Panther Gear/FanCloth questions should go to Dr. Riemer (email@example.com)