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This update includes information on the following:
Open House: Thursday, September 24th
Open House is this Thursday, September 24th. There will be two sessions for PK-5th grades and one session for 6th-8th grades.
Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grades
5:00pm, Session 1
5:45pm, Session 2
5:00pm Grade Level Presentations
6:00pm MYP Question and Answer Session
6:00pm High School Application Process Question & Answer Session
Have a question that you want answered by your child's teacher? Enter here
Free Choice Friday & Specials Schedule Update
Beginning Friday, September 25th Kinder-5th grade students will be able to engage in a "live" Free Choice Session with one of the specials teachers - students should pick one session during their grade level time and enter the link found in that specials teachers folder. Students can choose to not attend, this is an optional, choice based session.
This Monday, September 21st begins rotation 2 of the specials schedule - check the Remote Learning Family Facing Schedules to see what class your child will have.
Each teacher from the specials team created a classroom syllabus to provide an overview of what to expect from their classroom. Click the Specials Syllabus folder to read more about what will be going on in Art, Music, Dance, Physical Education, Spanish and Drama.
Changes to CPS Calendar
Please note the updated CPS Calendar
November 3rd, Election day - no school for students
November 11th, Veterans day - students will have school
Parent Advisory Council
Friday, September 25th
Join with Google Meet
Join by Phone
(US) +1 636-707-2251 PIN: 309 856 501#
Join the Parent Advisory Council for an information session - learn more about the PAC and how you can be involved
Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
3:00 - 4:00
Join with Google Meet
Join by Phone
Please join us at our annual organizational meeting where you will have the opportunity to learn about our bilingual/ESL program, as well as discuss how BAC can help families with remote learning. You will also have the opportunity to meet Peirce’s bilingual coordinators and vote for new committee members.
BAC Sept. 2020 Flyer.pdf
Students Rights and Responsibilities
It is time for Peirce's annual review of the Chicago Public School Student Rights and Responsibilities, including the Student Code of Conduct (SCC). This resource is revised yearly and adopted by the Chicago Board of Education. The goal is to help create a safe and supportive learning environment for all CPS students and staff. The objective is transparency with clear expectations for responsible student behavior, as well as outlining restorative processes designed to address root causes of behaviors, repair harm, and promote social and emotional development.
We ask families to read the material, and encourage children to make responsible decisions and engage in safe, respectful behavior that promotes learning. The SCC is only a resource. It will take the collective efforts of students, parents, teachers, and administrators to create a safe learning environment where all students can excel.
Source: Chicago Public Schools: Student Rights and Responsibilities and SCC 2020
Family Income Information
Each year, a portion of the school budget is determined based on data reported from the Family Income Form. Please help us by either emailing Lynn the attached form completed or dropping the form off at the main entrance of the school Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. All information must be submitted to CPS by early October. Thank you!
Family Income Information Form English and Spansih (1).pdf
FY21 Family Income Information Form.pdf
Chicago Early Learning - Pre School Application Process
CEL Flyer SY20-21 FINAL 1.pdf
Peirce attendance is beyond AMAZING in remote learning - thank you for sticking with us and encouraging your children to continue learning in a virtual setting. Our year to date attendance is 96.84% with 100% of our students now able to access online learning. This has taken a great deal of support from the Attendance Task Force - who have worked tirelessly to get students connected to internet, distributing chromebooks and headsets and making many home visits, sitting side by side with families to support them with tech issues.
Attendance is still being taken during remote learning and it is very important for your child to attend classes. If your child will be absent please send an absence note to PeirceAbsenceNote@gmail.com or fill out this absence form that will then become their absence note.
External Programming Opportunities
JAS Community Child Care Flyer.pdf
Gus Giordano Dance Classes
LET’S KEEP OUR KIDS MOVING!Dance is a positive social, emotional, mental and physical outlet that our children need now more than ever.
ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR BOTH IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL CLASSES @ GUS
GUS has been teaching the highest quality dance training for over 68 years!
EXPERIENCE GUS CLASSES IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL - 1 min video
WATCH GUS ON WGN MORNING NEWS ☀️
Ana Belaval from Around Town WGN Morning News visited GUS September 10 because GUS never stopped during the pandemic!
IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL DANCE"GUS was very adaptive to the Chicago mandates put in place due to COVID-19 and we were all able to dance together, socially distanced, safely at all times with masks!”
- Google Review July 2020
“GUS provided an amazing experience virtually… the faculty was incredible and the entire process was extremely organized.”
- Google Review June 2020
"My child feels seen and heard by her GUS teachers in ways she isn't at school.”
- GUS Parent
Click Here for More Reviews From Parents About In-Person & Virtual Dance @ GUS 😃
Please contact Caitlin Hargett (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about classes at GUS.
2020 - 2021 Class Schedule.pdf
Update on Peirce Solidarity Fund
Thanks to everyone for their support of the fund that we started over the summer. To date, we have raised close to $12,000. So far we have provided payments of $500 to 23 Peirce families. Families have reported using this cash assistance for things like rent payments, paying overdue bills, buying groceries, and getting much needed medical care for their children when they could not find a doctor who would take their insurance. All payments have remained anonymous except to the school staff members who have been helping out with the effort.
Please see this article about the wave of solidarity funds started by educators and community members across the city this summer. Peirce's fund flyer is featured at the top along with flyers from other school communities.
Thank you to the staff and community members who have helped out with the Solidarity Fund in various ways. We are continuing to accept contributions as well as requests for assistance. You can find us on Venmo @PeirceSolidarityFund and on PayPal, at PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com. If you are in need, please email us at PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com (Spanish or English).
U.S. Census - It's Not Too Late to Be Counted!
Please make sure you and your family is COUNTED! Complete the census now at my2020census.gov or visit chicago.gov/census by September 30th!
Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
Please make sure you and your family is COUNTED! Complete the census now at my2020census.gov or visit chicago.gov/census
Upcoming Calendar Dates
24th Open House, 5:00pm
25th Parent Advisory Council Meeting, 8:15am
29th Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting, 3:00pm
1st Family Meeting with school admin, 8:00am
8th Virtual School Tour, 9:00am
9th Progress Reports Distributed
12th No School - Indigenous Peoples Day
15th Family Meeting with school admin, 8:00am
15th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm
23rd Parent Advisory Council Annual Meeting, 8:15am
23rd Parent Advisory Council Organizational Meeting, 8:45am
29th Family Meeting with school admin, 8:00am
29th Local School Council Candidate Forum, 6:00pm