The Communicator

PYP and MYP Update

The Current State of IB at Peirce

Primary Years Programme (PYP) - IB World School

Middle Years Programme (MYP) - IB World School

The Learner Profile

MAY: Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well -being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Inquiry in the Primary Years Programme


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What does the IB say about COMMUNICATION?

Exchanging information

Listening, interpreting and speaking


  • Interpret visual, audio and oral communication: recognizing and creating signs, interpreting and using symbols and sounds.

  • Understand the ways in which images and language interact to convey ideas.

  • Recognize the meaning of kinaesthetic communication (body language).

  • Be aware of cultural differences when providing and interpreting communication.

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Thank you Peirce Parent for this lovely graphic!
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Waiting for their mentors!

Exhibition Happenings

The students are in the throws of inquiring into their exhibition topics. They have begun to meet with their mentors and are creating and re-creating questions that will take them into a deeper inquiry of their central idea:

Economics contribute to personal and societal decision making.

Below you will find the documents that the students are working with to support their inquiries.

Do you have a resource that connects to the central idea (above), or the topics (below)? If so, contact Mrs. Lebovitz, PYP Coordinator, at We would love to have you involved.

Check out all of the exciting topics!




Trafficking (1)

Trafficking (2)


Violence (1)

Violence (2)






Environment (1)

Environment (2)



Child Homelessness

Disease (1)

Disease (2)

Rights (1)

Rights (2)

Support for Inquiry at Home

Do you know how to use SOAR (the Online Library System)?

Your children do! So have them teach you, or use these two pieces of information to learn more!


How can you support inquiry at home?

Ask about what your child is learning in class - "Here are 30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of How Was Your Day."
  • Support and encourage interest and curiosity by following up with activities at home.
  • Encourage and practice good communication skills such as starting conversations and debates about current events.
  • Help your kids develop research skills online and from text.
  • Enjoy building projects together in the home.

Here are "50 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking"

Have you looked at the Peirce PYP Documents lately?

Check them out on the Peirce Website!

You will find:

PYP Assessment Policy

PYP Language Policy

Peirce PYP Programme of Inquiry

Peirce Specialists Programmes of Inquiry

...And Much More!

The MYP at Peirce

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From May 8th-10th, 36 Perice students, accompanied by 7 staff members and one BRAVE parent took to the Big Apple for 3 days of learning, fun, and adventure! Check out some of our memories from this awesome experience!

Washington D.C. 2020- Parent Information Session

Wednesday, May 29th, 5pm

1423 West Bryn Mawr Avenue

Chicago, IL

Join us for an informative meeting to learn the details of our 2020 trip to Washington D.C. All current 6th and 7th grade students and parents are invited. Find out about dates, early bird pricing, fundraising, as well as scholarship opportunities. Don't miss it!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Learner Profile Focus: BALANCED

MYP Students were asked who they thought best exemplified the Learner Profile trait of being BALANCED. Here is what they had to say:

Carla Canchola- MYP Year 1

I think that Carla Canchola is BALANCED. She is always focused on her school work but she also has things to do outside of school. She works hard to complete her school work and get good grades. She does, however, know how to keep a good conversation going. This is why I recommend Carla for balanced.

-Violet Payne, MYP Year 1

Mariah Rush-MYP Year 2

I am an IB balanced student because I keep my work done. I try my best to get everything turned in on time. I try my best to keep my grades up as much as I can and I work hard in class.

Michelle Page- MYP Year 3

She is kind and caring, and tries to help out. She works her hardest and tries to be positive.

-Jaylin Newcombe, MYP Year 3

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We are so proud of our award winning writers!

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Congratulations to Wendy Gutierrez, Olukemi Adelakun (not pictured), and Andrea Korte, the winners of the Kiwanis Club of the North Shore, Rev. John Hudson Citizenship Essay Contest for 8th Graders. The topic this year was “An Influential Elder”. Students were asked to discuss how an older person (someone other than a parent) has influenced their life. Each winner was treated to lunch at the Fireside Inn on Tuesday, May 14th and received a cash prize. Keep up the great work, Peirce writers!

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies

Kimberly Lebovitz - PYP Coordinator


Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer - MYP Coordinator


For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit