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Greetings Peirce Parents!
What a joy it has been to have your children back at school - I cannot believe that we are already five weeks into the school year! Progress reports will come home on Friday, please follow up with your child's classroom teacher if you have any questions.
Coffee with the Principal
The October Coffee with the Principal date had to be changed - Jury Duty calls! The new date is November 5th at 8:15am. Please complete this survey to provide input around the development of the session.
Peirce School was awarded (1) district funded case manager position, which freed up internal funds that previously were paying for the case manager position at Peirce. During the September Local School Council Meeting, I proposed, and the council approved, a plan for the additional funds to be used for additional staff support in our Kindergarten classrooms as we currently have 30-32 students per class. In addition, the district funded (1) teacher assistant position for our Kindergarten classrooms. We now have a minimum of (2) adults in the classroom for the majority of the school day.
Potential Chicago Teachers Union Strike
Parents have been reaching out with many questions regarding the possibility of a strike - I know that both the CTU and CPS Board of Education are hoping that an agreement can be met, avoiding a strike. I have not heard any plans from CPS in regards to how the district would support families in the event a strike does happen. As I receive information, I will definitely share it - but it is likely that information will be shared at the latest possible moment due to negotiations taking place.
I know that the uncertainty of all of this causes strains on many stakeholders - students, parents and our teachers, but am hopeful that there will be a favorable outcome which will support our students, teachers and the conditions they learn and work in.
I wish you a wonderful October - for members of our community who observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - Shanah Tovah & G'mar Hatima Tova.
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