Peirce School Family Newsletter

January 2018

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Principal's Message

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As we start a new year, I want to welcome back all of our students, families and staff members. Happy New Year to all of you! I hope that like me, you enjoyed much needed rest and relaxation during the final weeks of 2017 and that you can make family time a commitment during 2018. We live in a time where we are overly scheduled (children and adults alike). Our children are only young for so long and I encourage you to spend as much quality time with them now, while they are young and in your home. Play a board game, take a walk, sled, read a book together, travel, whatever it is that your family enjoys doing together - make the time to do it.

During the break, I had the opportunity to watch the movie "Wonder" based off of the book by R.J.Palacio and if you have not seen the movie or read the book, I highly recommend them. There were several quotes that resonated with me and I wanted to share them with you for reflection, please share these with your children as well.

“When given the choice between being right or being kind choose kind.”

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed."

“The best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-- though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you've touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”

Below are a few highlights from the month of December:

  • Thank you to the Peirce Service Organization & All Peirce Parents and community members who helped celebrate Peirce staff before the winter break with a delightful breakfast along with many gifts and notes of thanks and appreciation - we appreciate all that you do to recognize the Peirce team!
  • Peirce's arts education opportunities continue to thrive - December was a busy performance month! 5th Grade Musical, Storytelling Session for students, 4th Grade Barrel of Monkeys, 48th Ward Winter Showcase, Peirce Winter Show & the Peirce & Decatur bands all showed off their talents. We look forward to the arts programs that will showcase their work during 2018!
  • 8th grade students visited Senn High School and before winter break submitted all high school applications - stay tuned for where our graduates will attend next year!
  • 6 students were awarded full scholarships and 6 students were awarded partial scholarships to attend the 7th & 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.! We are halfway to our fundraising goal and additional donations can be made by either writing a check to Peirce School or making an online donation to Friends of Peirce here.
  • Thank you to Edge of Sweetness for hosting a Peirce Day on December 8th, a portion of all sales were donated back to Peirce!
  • We had a few parent workshops - Ms. Kolontouros (Case Manager) hosted a workshop for parents on our Special Education program with a focus on inclusion and co-teaching. Ms. Lebovitz held a session for 5th grade parents on the 5th grade exhibition & Ms. Fisher & The PK team hosted a workshop for parents on developing student independence.
  • MAP Testing finished before winter break - we have a few students who need to complete make up testing once we return from break. Middle of the year reports will go home with 2nd quarter report cards.

Warmest Wishes in 2018!

Lori Zaimi,


School Improvement Planning - Parent Focus Groups

Every 2 years Chicago Public Schools revisit their school improvement plan, making changes to guide the work of the next two years. We are at the beginning stages of developing our school improvement plan for the 2018-2020 school year. Surveys will be administered to parents and students, data that is collected will be used to help inform the plan. In addition, teachers will work during grade level teams and on professional development days to help guide the development of the plan.

A focus group for parents will be held on January 12th during the Coffee with the Principal in the fieldhouse at 8:15am by the school administration. Several other Peirce parents will be hosting focus groups to gather parent input. If you are interested in leading a focus group, please reach out to Principal Zaimi at and information and guidance will be provided.

Donate to the 7th & 8th Grade trip to Washington D.C.

Donations continue to be collected during the month of January for the 7th and 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. You can donate online to Friends of Peirce by visiting here. The fundraising goal is $11,000 to cover the cost of 6 full scholarships and 6 partial scholarships, current fundraising totals are close to $5,500. Help us fund all scholarships!


Attendance remains positive for the 2017-2018 school year, we are currently at 96.71% which is above where we were last year at this time. We must continue to be above 96% in order to receive all points on our school rating report. The week before winter break and the week after break are traditionally low weeks of attendance - please help us keep our attendance above 96% by sending your children to school on time everyday (unless sick). Work to schedule doctors appointments outside of school hours, and where unavoidable, bring your child to school before or after the appointment.

Cold Weather Days

Please be reminded that as the temperature drops, Peirce students continue to go outside daily for recess unless the temperature falls below 15 degrees (not including wind chill). On colder days when the temperature is hovering around 15 degrees we will make a decision whether or not to go out, depending on the wind chill and exterior weather conditions. Students will go out in the snow, so make sure that they have appropriate boots, coats, hats and gloves. If your family or a family that you know of is in need of winter gear, please reach out to Sally Suarez in the main office at and we will help with getting that family appropriate winter wear.

School Security Protocols

Please be reminded that all visitors upon entering the building, must obtain a visitors pass from either the security personnel or the office staff before proceeding through the building.

In addition, if you are in need of scheduling an appointment with a staff member, you can do so through email or by calling the main office at 773-534-2440. Teachers and administration are often unable to meet with parents without a meeting that has been scheduled in advance.

January 2018

Jan 8 - Progress Reports Distributed

Jan 9 - Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm, Fieldhouse

Jan 11 - Spelling Bee, 8:30am 1st/2nd, 10:00am 3rd-5th, 1:30pm 6th-8th

Jan 12 - Coffee with the Principal/School Improvement Planning Focus Group (PAC/BAC Mtg)

Jan 15 - No School

Jan 17 - Student of the Month, 8:15am, Gymnatorium

Jan 18 - Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm, Gymnatorium

Jan 19 - Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:00am, Fieldhouse

Jan 22-26 Great Kindness Challenge Week

Jan 23 - 8th Grade Graduation Pictures

Jan 23 - Box Tops Collected

Jan 24 - Sexual Health Information Session, 8:10am, Library

Jan 24 - Papa Johns Fundraiser

Jan 25 - Papa Johns Fundraiser

Jan 25 - International Dance Night

Jan 26 - Restorative Approaches to Discipline Parent Workshop, 8:15am

February 2018

Feb 1 - End of 2nd Quarter

Feb 2 - No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

Feb 8 & 9 - 6th Grade Indiana Dunes Overnight Trip

Feb 9 - Report Cards Distributed

Feb 9 - Learning Celebrations

Feb 9 - PAC/BAC Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

Feb 9 - PSO Sponsored Valentine's Day Dance, 5pm

Feb 13 - Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm, Fieldhouse

Feb 14 - Student of the Month Ceremony, 8:15am

Feb 15 - Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm, Gymnatorium

Feb 16 - 100th Day of School Kindergarten Celebrations

Feb 16 - Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:00am, Fieldhouse

Feb 19 - No School, President's Day

Feb 24 - Chinese New Year Parade on Argyle Street, 2:00pm

Mar 1 - African American Showcase (Parent Performances), Time TBA