Peirce Update

April 22, 2022

Los boletines de Smore tienen una nueva función de "traducir". Para acceder a esto, haga clic en traducir en la esquina superior derecha del correo electrónico. Luego, una vez en el boletín, dirá "traduciendo". Haga clic en eso y seleccione el idioma en el que le gustaría leer el boletín. Comuníquese con cualquier pregunta.

LSC Student Election Results

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Local School Council Election! Each student did a tremendous job preparing their speeches and answering questions from their peers through our school community forum. This group made history in being the first group of elementary school students at Peirce who were able to run for a student position on the Local School Council. I look forward to the positive impact that student voice will have in school-wide decision making.

Student Results

*Ella All - 476 votes

Madeline Dunne - 249 votes

Gavin Plahutnik - 221 votes

Congratulations Sunny

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Sunny (6th grade student) was chosen to be exhibited by the CPS & Design Museum's All City Arts Exhibition! This exhibition is a juried show that only a select few from across the city are chosen for. Sunny's artwork P was created to show the struggle of trans youth.


School year 2021-2022 yearbooks are now available for purchase at the link below:

*8th grade students do not need to purchase as this is included with your graduation package.

Email Sheila Miller with any questions at

48th Ward Clean & Green

Peirce Beautification Day - Saturday April 23

As part of the 48th Ward’s Clean and Green Event, Peirce will participate in a Beautification Day on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:30am - 12pm. Please join us as we clean the playground, field, and entire block surrounding Peirce. We will spread fresh mulch throughout the garden areas, and help assemble and stain our new picnic tables. Meet on the playground; supplies will be provided.

Summer Programming At Peirce

Peirce is in the process of applying for district funds to run a free summer program for Peirce students. The program would run from July 6th-29th 8:30am - 1:30pm Monday through Friday and combine academic and enrichment classes for students.

As we begin to design this program, please complete the survey below to indicate your interest in having your child participate along with the types of classes/activities that your child would like to participate in.

More information will be shared with families once we know if we received the additional funds to support a summer program.

Summer Interest Survey:

City Resources Available

The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot will be open between Monday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. and Friday, May 13 at 11:59 p.m.

As part of Mayor Lightfoot’s commitment to ensuring an equitable recovery, the pilot will provide $500 monthly cash payments to 5,000 residents hit hard by the pandemic over the course of 12 months. We encourage you to reach out to your community and let them know that the time to prepare for this application is now. Learn more at

Chicago residents who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to enter the lottery:

· You reside in the city of Chicago AND

· You are 18 years of age or older AND

· You have experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19 AND

· Your household income level falls at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (click here to find out where your household income level falls)


The state application deadline for gas electric debt relief from LIHEAP is closing on May 31st. For financial assistance on a gas or electric bill, residents may contact CEDA to see if they qualify for LIHEAP assistance (all Chicago residents, including undocumented residents, may be eligible). Assistance is available this year through May 31, 2022. Visit CEDA's website for intake site contact information. For other questions regarding payment options or to be reconnected if your service is disconnected, call ComEd or Peoples Gas:

Pre-School Application Is Open

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Friends of Peirce Upcoming Events

Trees for Change

Trees for a Change

Fund a Tree & Raise Money for Peirce School

From April 18-29
Friends of Peirce will host a virtual fundraising event in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and Arbor Day (4/29). These two events focus on trees and their importance to us. FOP is partnering with the

Trees for a Change organization to help reforest areas of national forests that have been devastated by wildfires.

For each tree you fund at $15, FOP will receive $5 for programming and projects for our school. You will receive a printable card which you can use to dedicate your tree funding as a gift to someone.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to our fundraising page at Trees for a Change at

2. Select how many trees you would like to fund.

3. Enter your name and email

4. Complete the transaction
Share this link with family and friends!

Peirce Trivia Night

Trivia Night

Fri. May 13 • 7-10pm

Empirical • 1801 W. Foster

Leave the kids at home, and come out for a fun night of trivia. Compete for prizes and bragging rights to trivial knowledge. Festivities will be hosted by Peirce parent Sandy Weisz, who runs The Mystery League!

Registration Cost (come as a team to save!):
$35 individuals | $120 team of 4 | $180 team of 6

Included are 3 hours of trivia and games, 1 drink ticket per person (more can be purchased) & light appetizers. Space is limited! Empirical can accommodate about 120 people for this event. Register your teams early to ensure you can be part of the fun! You do not need to be a member of the Peirce community to play or be on a team. This event is not appropriate for kids.

Don’t Wait! go to:

Sponsored by Friends of Peirce (FOP). For more info visit our website at

Proceeds from the event will support important initiatives, activities, and programs at Peirce School.

If you have any questions or need to adjust your registration, you can reach out to

Crossing Guard Needed

PEIRCE has the following vacant post(s):

  • Post Location(s): BRYN MAWR/ BROADWAY
  • AM Shift: 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
  • PM Shift: 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

If you know of any parents or community members interested in supporting our school community as a Crossing Guard, please have them email us at with their name and contact information.

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Peirce Staff Shout Outs

Is your child interested in giving a Peirce staff member a shout out? Have them login with their CPS username/password and complete this form.

Shout Outs to Peirce staff are included in our weekly staff bulletin.

COVID Updates

Vaccine Rates Added to CPS COVID Dashboard

In order to provide more data to our families and school communities about the pandemic, CPS is now publishing student vaccination rates on our COVID-19 data dashboard. Vaccine numbers will be available at the District level, and families can also search for vaccine rates by their individual school.

As a result of the update to the district COVID dashboard, the internal document will no longer be updated.

Click here for a COVID Protocols FAQ Document

Upcoming Events


29th Dia del Nino


2nd-6th Teacher Appreciation Week

3rd 8th Grade Graduation Picture Re-Takes

10th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

13th Progress Reports Distributed

17th Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting, Time TBA

19th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

30th No School - Memorial Day


1st Move A Thon

3rd New Family Orientation at 9am

7th Friends of Peirce at 6:30pm

8th Move-A-Thon Rain Date

13th 8th Graduation

14th Last Day of School

19th Juneteenth

July 6th-29th Summer Programming

August 18th - Tentative Back to School Festival from 3:00 - 5:00pm

August 22nd - First Day of School