Peirce Update

October 30th

After School Sign Up

Complete the form below by Thursday, November 4th at 5:00pm. Notification of acceptance will take place the week of November 15th.

After School Interest Form

Peirce After School Programs will begin on Monday, November 29th, each class has a different end date. All classes will run from 3:00 - 4:00pm unless otherwise indicated. Due to limited offerings, we ask that students only sign up for classes that they are able to attend weekly. This form is to express interest only, we will send a follow up email the week of November 8th to confirm acceptance along with permission slips to attend. A lottery process will be used for classes who have more students interested than available. Please know that we are looking to add in additional programs as we have staff available to support.

Reach out to Lynn Carro with any questions at or by calling 773-534-2440.

Report Card Day

Report Card Day is Wednesday, November 17th

11:00am - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Families will have the option to attend in person or virtual and teachers have sent out how to sign up for your conference time.

Those who are attending in person must show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within 72 hours of arriving at the main entrance.

Shannon Jiamachello, Resident Principal will hold two information sessions on the new assessment screener, STAR 360 for 3rd-8th grade families at 11:00am and 4:00pm. Both sessions will be held virtually and a meeting link will be shared in advance.

Chromebook Return

Peirce is missing 283 chromebooks that were distributed during the pandemic. If you still have a chromebook at home, please return to school with your child along with the charger. You can also reach out to Ms. Andrade with any questions at

COVID Testing @ Peirce PK Branch

Peirce was notified on Friday, October 29th that COVID Testing will begin at the Peirce PK Branch on Monday, November 1st. Please email Shannon Jiamachello with any questions at

Peirce Gear for Sale

Friends of Peirce (FOP) has partnered with Tee-Mart, a Rogers Park family-owned business, to offer apparel and more. Many styles and colors are available and items can be picked up or mailed to you. A portion of each sale will go to Friends of Peirce. (Learn more about FOP and their mission of supporting our students HERE). Contact if you have questions or suggestions on what gear YOU would like to have.


Peirce Service Organization Request

As part of the Peirce Service Organization, (PSO) a group of parent volunteers serve as Room Reps, individuals that work with the classroom teachers to build additional bridges of communication and community to the whole classroom. Room Reps would assist in coordinating volunteers, classroom material donations if needed, and assist with activities like teacher appreciation. Room Reps also build classroom directories to be shared with the classroom families so that parents are able to coordinate social activities and connections outside of the classroom.

If you have not already done so, please consider updating your contact information, identifying the classrooms your children are in, and giving your consent to be included in these communications that come from other parents directly. The communications tend to be geared to important information at classroom or grade level versus communications aimed at the whole school. Additionally you can indicate your interest to be included on communications that come from other parent led groups such as the Friends of Peirce (FOP), Peirce Racial Equity Parents' Group (REP), or the Bilingual Advisory Council (BAC).

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Questions or concerns? Please reach out to April Browning ( the Volunteer Parent Database Manager, directly.

Peirce Service Organization Update

Join the Peirce Service Organization for their next meeting on...

Friday, Novemeber 12th


Edgewater Baptist Church, 1401 W. Hollywood

Friends of Peirce Update

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Make plans with your friends to kick off the 3 day weekend and celebrate the end of the first quarter!

Thursday November 4th from 4:00 to 8PM (November 5th No School)

Altitude Trampoline Park, Chicago is hosting a fundraiser for Friends of Peirce!

404 N Armour St, Chicago, IL 60642

Altitude will give back 20% of proceeds from ticket sales from people who tell the cashier they are there with Peirce!

Circ Esteem After School Program

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Updated Sick Student Protocol

CPS made the following update to the Sick Student Protocol:

  1. Under new ISBE guidance, if the sick individual is tested within 24 hours of symptom onset, siblings/household members do not need to be sent home unless there is high suspicion the sick person has COVID-19.

    1. Examples where ”high suspicion” exists = sick individual is a known close contact or loss of taste or smell.

    2. Siblings/household members can remain in school and must wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

    3. If the sick individual tests positive, unvaccinated siblings/household members should be sent home immediately.

If testing doesn’t occur within 24 hours of symptom onset, unvaccinated siblings/household members must be sent home until the sick individual has test results.


If your child is sick with any COVID-19 Symptoms please do the following:

Call your child's healthcare provider and get the child tested for COVID-19. Your child should stay home while waiting for results. If you are unable to get your child tested, your child must stay home until they are symptom-free without medication for 24 hours.

  • If the child is negative student should stay home until...
    • Illness is over
    • Symptoms have steadily improved
    • Fever-free for 24hrs without medication
    • No uncontrollable cough
    • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24hrs
  • If a child is positive
    • COVID-19 case must isolate for 10 days from the start of illness; non fully vaccinated household members must Quarantine 14 days (from date of last contact or end of case’s isolation)
    • ** CPS Cases should SELF-REPORT to Parents or guardians report on behalf of their own children.

CPS is Hiring!

COVID Updates

COVID Case Update

There have been a total of 4 classrooms quarantined this school year and 6 reported cases of COVID at Peirce, 5 of which were actionable. CPS has released an updated district data monitoring tool that can be found here.

COVID Testing

Shannon Jiamachello, Resident Principal, is coordinating COVID testing at Peirce and is in collaboration with CPS. You can reach out to Shannon with questions related to testing by email at

If you have not yet signed up your child for testing you can do so by either:

  • Complete the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form that was emailed to all parents and guardians from on Friday, August 27, 2021 if you want your child tested.
  • If you did not receive the email from CPS, you can complete the paper version and return to your child's teacher.

Click here for the online registration form

Click here for the FAQ Guide on Testing

Mask Wearing at Peirce

Please be reminded that all students, staff and visitors to the school campus should wear masks while on school grounds. Students and staff wear masks at all times when they are indoors, unless eating. Students are able to remove their masks during breakfast and lunchtime.

Students can also remove their masks outdoors when they are able to maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing and are within their same cohort. Please know that there are few instances when this is applicable, therefore, many students will keep their mask on the duration of the day.

Upcoming Calendar Dates


4th End of Quarter 1

5th No School - Professional Development Day

9th & 10th: Picture Days, schedule to be shared

9th 8th Grade High School Admissions Test

9th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

11th No School - Veterans Day

12th Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:15am

17th Report Card Day - No School for Students

18th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

24th-26th Thanksgiving Break, No School

30th Picture Re-Takes

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