Peirce Update

November 29, 2020

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This update contains information on:

  • Family Meeting on Return to In Person Learning
  • Family survey for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Celebrations
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Virtual Book Fair

Return to In Person Learning

CPS Released the tentative timeline below for returning to school based learning. Join school administration for a family meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:30pm.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 961562

November 23, 2020

  • Opt-in form sent to all families of students in Pre-K-8 and cluster programs. Please note that families who responded to the survey in October do not need to re-submit if their preference has not changed.
  • Reopening Guide for Parents

December 7, 2020: Opt-in form submission deadline

January 4, 2021: Pre-K and cluster program staff return

January 11, 2021: Students in pre-k and cluster programs return

January 25, 2021: K-8 staff return

February 1, 2021: K-8 students return

Family survey for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Celebrations

Peirce is working on creating a showcase to celebrate and honor Hispanic/Latinx culture. We hope to honor the traditions that are significant to you and acknowledge the differences and similarities within the Hispanic/Latinx community. We appreciate you taking the time to share your input. Thank you!

Complete survey here:

Counselor's Corner

GoCPS High School Updates

High School Virtual Open Houses and Tours

This folder Virtual High School Event Flyers 2020-2021 will store all the flyers that Ms. Choe receives as they come.

You can also check out GoCPS under "Dates & Events" or click here: .

High School Presentations During Advisory

If any parents would like to log in separately from their child and view the live high school presentations below, please email Ms. Choe at Email addresses outside of CPS will need to be invited in and allowed into the meeting by Ms. Choe. You may email in advance to receive an invitation to the google meet.

Lane Tech High School Presentation and Q&A

Tuesday, November 24 - 8:45-9:15am

Click on this link to join

Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) Presentation and Q&A

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:45am-9:15am

Click on this link here

GoCPS Application

Please watch the HS Presentation and read the Myth Busters before completing your application. The presentation is on Ms. Choe's website at and more details at The 8th Grade high school application is open until December 11. If you already submitted it and want to go back and make changes, you can until December 11. You sign into your account, click on "Create/Modify Application," do it over, and then submit. This will then replace the previous application. The final application submitted by December 11 will be the one that is used.

SIS ID Error Message
Generally, when a family receives an error message about the SIS ID, this means that the family is incorrectly answering a question when activating the account. You will need to return to the Sign Up page and start the process again. When asked if the student is new to CPS, you should click NO. When asked if the student is applying to 9th grade, you should click YES. This should get you to the page that asks for the student's Activation Code. Once entered, the student's information will be automatically entered, including the CPS ID number. If a student does not have an Activation Code, it's usually because they've already been added to an existing account opened in a previous year. They simply need to go to, click 'Log In,' and enter the username and password that they created for the account.

If you did not attend a Chicago public school last year and are missing grades in your GoCPS account, please email a copy of your 7th grade report card to Ms. Choe at


In case anyone missed it, there are still other sessions for prospective families to meet with our program coordinators. They will have representatives present from our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Senn Arts Fine & Performing Arts Magnet program, and our Major Studies program to give overviews and answer questions. All talks will include a brief informational followed by a personal Q/A. Prospective parents/guardians and students welcome. Times are 9AM-9:45AM. To register, click HERE. Alternately, all the information, including dates and registration can be found HERE.

The upcoming dates are:

  • December 1, 2020
  • December 8, 2020

NWEA MAP for CPS Students
Students in grades 6-8 submitting applications for academic centers or high school programs with academic criteria will be able to take the winter NWEA MAP exam at their home schools during the week of January 11-15, 2021. For more information, please contact your school principal. Note that if students don't have scores from the NWEA MAP exams administered by CPS in spring, fall or winter 2019 or October 2020, they will need to submit a paper application by the application deadline on December 11th. Paper applications are accessible at - click 'High School' or 'Elementary School' (if applicable), and 'Apply.'

Selective Enrollment High School Exam Dates
If you are getting a message that it is closed and you are unable to select an exam date, it is because they may be currently filled. GoCPS will add more test sessions, please continue to check your GoCPS account. In order to select your selective enrollment exam date you need to complete your GoCPS application first. Students who test in November will receive their scores by mid-February. Students who test on all other dates will receive their scores in spring 2021, when the application results are released. If you miss or need to reschedule your test date you can go back into your GoCPS account and all the way at the bottom you click on "Modify RSVP" and select a new date/time.

Virtual Book Fair

It's time to get into the Peirce Time Machine and let reading take you anywhere!!! The Peirce School Virtual Book Fair is coming to a computer near you! November 23-December 6th you can go to the Peirce School Virtual Book Fair and get some new books to benefit you and our school! Check out all of the cool books in this flier and make your wish list today!

Upcoming Calendar Dates


1st, Family Meeting on Return to In Person Learning, 5:30pm

7th, Intent to return form due

11th GO CPS Applications due by 11:59pm

17th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

18th Progress Reports Distributed

18th Parent Advisory Council Meeting, 12:00pm

December 21st - January 1st Winter Break

Please note the updated CPS Calendar

Update on Peirce Solidarity Fund

Thank you to everyone for their support of the mutual aid fund that we started over the summer. To date, more than $18,000 in aid has been distributed. Over 35 families have benefited.

Families who have donated have received assistance, and families who have received assistance have vowed to donate as soon as they are in a position to do so. This shows a commitment to solidarity and mutual aid -- not just charity.

We are continuing to accept contributions as well as requests for assistance. You can find us on Venmo @PeirceSolidarityFund and on PayPal, at If you are in need, please email us at (Spanish or English).

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