Peirce Update

September 17, 2019

Breakfast/Lunch Update

We learned today of a mechanical issue in the lunchroom which we hope to have fixed tomorrow. I was told by Aramark that the lunchroom staff will only be able to serve cold breakfast options and Ham/Cheese & Sunbutter sandwiches on September 18th and 19th. They hope to have the lunchroom available for serving hot foods by Friday.

African American Heritage Showcase

Very soon, planning will begin for our 2020 African American Heritage Showcase. This will be our third showcase and we are eager to keep the momentum and quality of presentation high as we move forward with this very important contribution to our school community.

If you would like to offer input or suggestions regarding the showcase, please do so in one of the following ways:

- Email me at

- Reach out via to schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss your input.

- Complete the Feedback Survey for the 2019 African American Heritage Showcase

I thank you for your interest in elevating the African American Heritage Showcase at Peirce, and look forward to hearing from you! -Dr. Riemer

Student Fees - Pay Online

Peirce families now have the option of paying student fees online by clicking here and then selecting the one time payment option. Fees are $50 per student or $100 max for 2 or more children.

Open House

Learn more about your child's classroom, teacher and school experience on Thursday, September 26th from 5:00 - 6:30pm. In addition to visiting classrooms, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about the promotional policy for 3rd, 6th and 8th grade students at 5:00pm in the gym. Ms. Choe (School Counselor) will also host a High School Information Meeting at 5:45pm in the gym for families interested in learning more about the high school application process - very helpful for 7th and 8th grade families.

Parent Mixer

Join Peirce Parents at Jerry's Sandwiches, 5419 N. Clark on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00pm.

Meet new friends, catch up with old ones and learn about what each parent organization does within the school. A representative from each parent group will be available to talk about the mission of their organization and answer questions. Light appetizers will be available with drinks available for purchase. Click this link for free babysitting, up to 50 kids accepted along with the option to contribute towards a pizza dinner. Reach out to Cecilia Bocanegra with any questions

Race & Equity Parent Group Meeting

Join Peirce’s Race & Equity Parent (REP) Group

We are working to ensure that all students of color have an excellent education and experience at Peirce.

All are welcome!

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Children are welcome.

Sept 19th: 8:15-9:45am

Peirce Field House

For more information, contact Megan Brand at or 773-633-8411.

Title I Meeting and Organizational Meeting

The Parent Advisory Council will meet on Friday, September 20th at 8:15am for a Title I Parent Meeting led by the principal, followed by the Organizational Meeting at 8:45am. The Title I Parent Meeting will review the role of the PAC along with the PAC Budget and School Improvement Plan. During the Organizational Meeting, parents will elect officers and establish a meeting calendar.

The Parent Advisory Council focuses on parent education and involvement in the school community.

September Calendar

12th Parent Session: What Does Inclusion Mean at Peirce? 8:15am, Fieldhouse

13th Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

13th Windy City Ninjas, Friends of Peirce Fundraiser, 6:30pm

16th Metropolis Coffee Orders Due to Friends of Peirce

17th Middle Years Programme (7th-8th) Travel Meeting, 5:00pm

18th Peirce Service Organization Parent Mixer, 6:00pm, Jerry’s 5419 N Clark

19th Race & Equity Parent Group Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

19th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm, Gym

20th International Day of Peace

20th Parent Advisory Council Title I Parent Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

20th Parent Advisory Council Organizational Meeting, 8:45am, Fieldhouse

26th Peirce Day @ Potbelly’s, 5034 N Clark (Friends of Peirce)

26th Open House, 5:00 - 6:30pm

26th Promotional Policy Meeting for 3rd, 6th & 8th Grades, 5:00pm, Gym

26th High School Information Session, 5:45pm, Gym

27th Bilingual Advisory Council Organizational Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

October Calendar

2nd Race & Equity Parent Group Meeting, Fieldhouse, 6:00pm

4th Progress Reports Distributed

4th Small Group Parent Tour, 8:15am

4th Harbor Night, Friends of Peirce Fundraiser, 7:00pm

9th Student of the Month, 10:15am

11th Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

11th Primary Years Program (PK-5th) Behind the Scenes Tour, 9:15am

14th No School

15th Metropolis Coffee Orders Due to Friends of Peirce

15th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm, Fieldhouse

16th Family Reading Night, 5:00pm

School Information

No Dogs (Pets) on School Grounds/ No perros (mascotas) en los terrenos de la escuela

Please help us create a safe space for our students as they enter and leave the building - dogs and pets are not allowed on school grounds.

Ayúdenos a crear un espacio seguro para nuestros estudiantes al entrar y salir del edificio; no se permiten perros ni mascotas en el recinto escolar.

Breakfast & Lunch Menus/Breakfast & Lunch Menus/Menús de desayuno y almuerzo

The CPS Breakfast and Lunch Menu can be found here, this is updated regularly, so please check back often. These menus are subject to change. Also, please check out the CPS Nutrition Services Website.

El menú de desayuno y almuerzo de CPS se puede encontrar aquí, se actualiza regularmente, así que por favor vuelva a visitarlo con frecuencia. Estos menús están sujetos a cambios. Además, consulte el sitio web de CPS Nutrition Services.

Daily Specials Rotation/Rotación de especiales diarios

The specials schedule can be accessed here - this indicates the class that your child will have each day of the week (Art, Music, Dance, PE, Spanish).

Se puede acceder al programa de especiales aquí: esto indica la clase que tendrá su hijo cada día de la semana (Arte, Música, Danza, Educación Física, Español).

Parent-Student Handbook/Manual para padres y alumnos

The Parent-Student Handbook can be found here. Please review to become familiar with school policies and procedures.

El manual para padres y alumnos se puede encontrar aquí. Por favor revise para familiarizarse con las políticas y procedimientos de la escuela.

Student Code of Conduct/Código de Conducta Estudiantil

Peirce School utilizes Restorative Practices which are in alignment with the Chicago Public Schools Student Code of Conduct. This guide provides information on how student behavior is supported in CPS. Click here to access the Student Code of Conduct. Any questions related to Restorative Practices or the Student Code of Conduct can be directed to Shelton Jackson via email or by phone at 773-534-2440.

La Escuela Peirce utiliza Prácticas Restaurativas que están alineadas con el Código de Conducta Estudiantil de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago. Esta guía proporciona información sobre cómo se admite el comportamiento de los estudiantes en CPS. Haga clic aquí para acceder al Código de Conducta Estudiantil. Cualquier pregunta relacionada con las Prácticas de Restauración o el Código de Conducta del Estudiante puede dirigirse a Shelton Jackson por correo electrónico o por teléfono al 773-534-2440.

Key Contact List

The information below indicates the leadership team at Peirce - if you have questions about something not listed, please reach out to Lynn or Sally in the main office so that they may put you in contact with the correct team member

Lynn Carro, Office Manager

Enrollment, Building Rental, Schedule meetings with administrators, Lunch & Recess, General Questions

Sally Suarez, Office Manager

Enrollment, Volunteering, Schedule meetings with administrators, General Questions

Lori Zaimi, Principal

Oversees all school operations

Kristen Munoz, Assistant Principal

Kindergarten-4th Grades

Talyia Riemer, Assistant Principal & MYP Coordinator

5th-8th Grades

MYP Program

Kim Lebovitz, PYP Coordinator & Instructional Coach

PYP Program

Joshua Lerner, Bilingual Lead Teacher & Math Instructional Coach

Bilingual Program

Math Instruction

Anne Park, Counselor

School Counseling, High School Transition, Climate & Culture

Shelton Jackson, Restorative Practices Coach

Restorative Practices, Student Behavior & Supports, Recess & Lunch, Climate & Culture

Athanasia Kolontouros, Case Manager

Special Education Services, IEPs, 504 Plans

Brook Thompson, After School Program Coordinator

Fee & CPS Funded After School Programs