Peirce School Family Newsletter
Greetings Peirce Families,
Service and Action are key elements of a high quality IB school. Over the last year we have had several parents, teachers, students and community members engage in service projects to support the beautification of our school. I truly appreciate the commitment that everyone has made in keeping our school looking great - the old building is 102 years old and the new building is 20 years old and both, while in many ways are in great condition, still need some sprucing up.
Over Spring Break, we had a little over 40 family members, community members and staff participate in the painting of canvases and walls, garbage clean up, and a mural by the lunchroom. In addition, parents and students have been active with garbage clean up weekly before and after school, a group of parents have been painting the exterior doors and old building 1st & 2nd floors over the last year during the school day and we have had parents bring in groups of volunteers to support this work as well. The exterior bricolages have contributed greatly to the exterior work. A group of parents and community members are in the process of developing plans for the Gregory Side of the building and little by little, we are making progress and the results are looking great.
We will continue to offer community events to help beautify the school in the future, but if you are interested in lending a hand during the day with painting the 2nd floor old building hallway or supporting the final stages of the mural please reach out to me at LZaimi@cps.edu and I will connect you with the parents leading the work.
Student Walkout Follow Up
On March 14th many Peirce students and families participated in the National School Walkout. As an IB school, we encourage our students to take action on issues which are important to them, and have a responsibility to help students develop social, emotional and civic competencies. This was the first time in my 18 years as a leader/teacher in Chicago Public Schools that I have witnessed a walkout happen, and in reflecting on the events would like to clarify a few points which includes guidance from Chicago Public Schools leadership to school teachers and administrators.
- School administrators and teachers must remain neutral and not encourage, organize, or recruit students at their schools to protest or walk out. Teachers and school staff are free to participate in activities outside of school time. Teachers must refrain from either penalizing or incentivizing student participation in walkouts.
- School's have a responsibility to ensure that students are safe during a walk-out and should have staff on hand to supervise the walkout.
- Any students who chose not to walk out will continue to participate in their classroom activities.
- The Chicago Public Schools Student Code of Conduct indicates that a walkout should be treated as a 2-3 SCC Violation (Interfering with school authorities and programs through walkouts or sit ins). While this is a 2-3 SCC code, there were no disciplinary consequences for students who participated.
- One of the grey areas becomes younger children (ex: PK-4th grades) who choose to walkout. I have not had any formal guidance from CPS around this, but ask that families who have younger children participating to please work with the school administration to arrange a plan which will ensure student safety.
There is talk about another school walkout to take place on April 20th. If parents are aware of any organizing efforts happening for April 20th, please reach out to Principal Zaimi to share plans.
Playworks Parent-Student-Staff Kickball Game
Join us Friday May 4th after school (3-5pm) for Playworks Student/Staff/Parent Kickball game! Email Coach Julia (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in playing! If you would like to be involved and not play, we are also looking for coaches and refs, and as many spectators as possible. Hope to see you all there!
Quarter 4 Specials Classes Updates
K-5th Grade Specials
Students will continue to receive Music, Dance, PE, Art & Spanish instruction, the only changes are to who is teaching the classes.
Ms. McGhan is taking over for the K-5 Art classes that Ms. Buchbinder was teaching
Ms. Migas is taking over for the K-5 Dance classes that Ms. Moritz was teaching
Ms. Pedtke is taking over for the K-5 Music classes that Ms. Thompson was teaching
Mr. Carbahal will take over for the K-5 PE Classes in the middle of May for Ms. Graney
Ms. Sandoval will continue to teach the K-5 Spanish Classes
6th-8th Grade Specials
6th/7th Grade students will receive Art, Music, PE & Spanish for the 4th quarter
8th Grade students will receive Music, PE & Spanish for the 4th quarter
Ms. Thompson will begin working with the 6th-8th grade students for music
Ms. Migas will transition to K-5 Dance and will not work with Middle School for the 4th quarter
Ms. Lenihan will continue teaching Spanish
Ms. Marzullo will continue teaching Art
Student Survey Results
CIWP Parent Survey
Volunteer Process UPDATE
All individuals who are interested in volunteering (which includes chaperoning field trips) must complete the CPS Volunteer Application. Depending on the level of volunteering you plan to do, you will be asked to complete an application for either a “Level I” volunteer or a “Level II” volunteer. For more info, please contact:
Office of Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE2)
Friends of Peirce Upcoming Events
Friends of Peirce has several upcoming events, please note the following ways to help raise funds for Peirce Programs such as Arts Partners, Technology, Sports, Field Trip Subsidies, Teacher Stipends and more!
Chicago Wolves - April 7th
Be sure to get your tickets for the Saturday, April 7th Chicago Wolves Game. A portion of all ticket sales will go back to Peirce School. For more information, click here.
Peirce Day at Hopleaf - April 29th
Gather up a group of friends and family and head to Hopleaf on April 29th - 100% of all sales from opening to close will go back to Peirce School! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are very thankful for the generosity and long term partnership of Hopleaf!
Mattress Sale - May 5th
If you are in the market for a new mattress, join Friends of Peirce on Saturday May 5th in the Peirce lunchroom to view top brand name mattresses - more information to come. A portion of all sales will go back to Peirce School. Delivery is available for all mattress purchases.
Spring Fundraiser - Rock Out!
Early Bird tickets for Friends of Peirce's spring fundraiser, Rock Out for Peirce, go on sale on March 1st! Rock Out will be held on May 19th from 7-10 pm at Fat Cat Chicago. The event will feature appetizers by Fat Cat, an open bar, an auction and raffle as well as a rockin' good time! Save $10 per ticket by purchasing before April 19th! Tickets can be purchased here!
Apr 4 - First Responders Field Day for Kindergarten - 5th Grades, 8:30 - 11:30am
Apr 6 - 7th Grade Trip to Springfield, IL
Apr 6 - PAC/BAC Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse
Apr 10 - Friends of Peirce Meeting, Fieldhouse, 6:30pm
Apr 11 - After School All Stars Showcase, 9:00am & 1:30pm
Apr 12 - End of Quarter 3
Apr 13 - No School
Apr 18 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences, 11:30am - 3:00pm & 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Apr 19 - LSC Meeting, 6:00pm
Apr 20 - Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:00am, Fieldhouse
Apr 20 - MYP Career Day
Apr 25 - Student of the Month Ceremony, 8:15am
Apr 26 - Fiesta de Arte, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Apr 26 - Magnet Schools Conference Tour of Peirce
Apr 29 - Peirce Day @ Hopleaf
Apr 30 - El Dia de Los Ninos
****Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11****
May 4 - PAC & BAC Meetings, 8:15am, Fieldhouse
May 4 - Parent-Teacher-Student Dodgeball Game, Organized by Playworks, 3pm
May 5 - Friends of Peirce Mattress Fundraiser, Lunchroom
May 8 - Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm, Fieldhouse
May 9-11 - 7th/8th Washington D.C. Trip
May 11 - Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:00am, Fieldhouse
May 17 - Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm, Gymnatorium
May 18 - Move-A-Thon
May 18 - Progress Reports Distributed
May 19 - Friends of Peirce Fundraiser, "Rock Out" @ Fat Cat
May 21 - 5th Grade PYP Exhibition
May 28 - No School, Memorial Day
Jun 1 - New Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 9:15am, Gymnatorium
Jun 5 - Box Tops Collected
Jun 6 - Student of the Month, 8:15am
Jun 8 - PAC & BAC Meetings, 8:15am, Fieldhouse
Jun 12 - Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm, Fieldhouse
Jun 14 - Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm, Gymnatorium
Jun 15 - 5th to 6th Parent-Student transition meeting, more information to come
Jun 15 - Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:00am, Fieldhouse
Jun 19 - Last Day of School, Report Cards Distributed