Peirce Update

October 1, 2021

Common Documents

Nigerian Independence Day

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On this day, October 1st in 1960, Nigeria gained independence from colonial rule. Nana Adu has shared some fun facts that you can share with your children at home:

  • Nigeria is located on the western side of Africa
  • Nigeria's official language is English but over 500 languages are spoken in the country
  • Largest city in Nigeria is called Lagos and it has a population of 22 million people
  • Dame Flora Louise Shaw is credited with giving Nigeria its name because the Niger River flows through the country
  • Nigeria is home to the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, his business interests include agriculture, banking, cement, and more. He has a net worth of over 12 billion dollars!

COVID Updates

COVID Case Update

There are 2 classrooms in quarantine and 3 reported cases of COVID at Peirce, 2 of which were actionable. CPS has released an updated district data monitoring tool that can be found here.


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

CPS has increased the amount of time that a COVID tester will be onsite from 2 hours to 6.25 hours. Testing is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 4th.

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

Indigenous People's Month

Peirce will be remembering Indigeous People's month during October by participating in a schoolwide reading of Fry Bread (Kevin Noble Maillard) and We Are Water Protectors (Carole Lindstrom). After reading these stories, teachers will guide students in age appropriate activities that follow the themes of the books and also highlight Indigeous People and their culture.

Reach out to Samuel Lee with any questions at

Safety Drills

In accordance with the Illinois School Safety Drill Act, the administration team will be conducting safety drills throughout the month of October. Earlier this week students experienced an evacuation drill (also known as fire drill). On Tuesday, October 4th students will engage in the required lockdown emergency drill. The lockdown drill will be conducted in adherence to COVID-19 precautions to ensure student and staff safety. The purpose of a lockdown drill is to ensure students and staff are secured to avoid unsafe/unsecured conditions. The purpose of the drill is to prepare students and staff in case of an emergency. Before the drill teachers will review with students the importance of a lockdown drill and what students would need to do in an actual emergency.

Reach out to Kristen Munoz with any questions at

Local School Council Community Rep Vacancy

Do you or someone you know in the Peirce community have an interested in serving on the Local School Council as a community representative?

Peirce School currently has one vacancy for the Community Representative position.

For those interested, you can access the application materials here or by emailing Lynn Carro at

Application Deadline: Due to the main office at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr by 3:00pm on Monday, October 18th.

Candidates will have the option to make a public statement to the council on Thursday, October 21st during the regularly scheduled Local School Council Meeting which begins at 6:00pm.

Local School Council Special Meeting

The Local School Council has scheduled a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:00pm to discuss fundraising proposals and building lease agreements.

Meeting Link


Website Support

We are looking for family volunteers to help with website updates and maintenance. If you are interested in supporting our work with this, please reach out to Samuel Lee, Assistant Principal at

Racial Equity Parent Group Update

The Peirce Racial Equity Parents’ (REP) group is a parent-led, volunteer organizations, looking to promote racially inclusive collaborations and parent engagement at Peirce. Join us for our community kick-off meeting to learn about REP and find out how to get involved! Translation will be available.

October 7th at 7:00pm

Please register in advance here:

Know Your Rights Workshop

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Lottery Application Window Opens October 13th

2022-2023 Application Window
Opening October 13th, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the application window for students applying to schools for the 22-23 school year will open on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 at 10 a.m. Please let families know they can sign up for updates on the GoCPS website at

Who needs to apply through Go CPS?

  • Students whose neighborhood school is not Peirce
  • This includes siblings of students currently enrolled
  • This includes current PK students who do not live within the Peirce attendance boundary

High School Application Process

Hello 8th Grade Families!

GoCPS has made some changes to the application process this year and Ms. Park will be receiving further detailed information on October 8th. Below are some of the important dates to save in your calendars. If you have any questions in the meantime please email Ms. Park/MYP School Counselor at

High School Application

The High School Application will open on October 13th, 2021 at 10am.

High School Admissions Test

The High School Admissions Test will be administered to every 8th grader on November 9th at Peirce. Make up test day will be on December 7th. Students will take this test during the school day.

High School Application Presentation and Q&A

Ms. Park will be doing a presentation on Tuesday, October 12th from 11am-12pm by google meet. She will present the application process and provide an overview of the various high school options for all 8th grade students and their parents. Google meet link will be shared in the next newsletter. A recording of the presentation will be shared for those that miss it.

Sign Up for Updates

Please subscribe to GoCPS emails at Once you are on this page, scroll down to the purple box at the bottom that says, "Subscribe For The 2022-23 School Year.

Young Teen Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Workshops

The virtual, teen Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Workshops are designed for teenagers (13 - 15 years old; advanced 13 or youthful 16 years old welcome) to help manage difficult emotions and improve relationships. In four to six intensive sessions teens learn and practice Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, or Mindfulness strategies. Join us this Fall to boost your teen’s skillset.

For more information on specific workshops and/or to get registered, contact Abbas Chinoy, AM, MDiv, LCSW at

OMG - Only Makin’ Gains Group (A Kid’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group)

DBT is a therapy that can help young folks manage strong emotions and connect better to themselves and others. Our Kid's DBT Skills Group is designed for late elementary and middle school youth (10-13 years old) looking to manage difficult emotions and improve relationships. Session one begins in October and session two begins in Winter 2022. Each session focuses on two DBT modules and lasts 8 weeks. You can join for one or both sessions. This virtual group is held every Mondays evening from 4:00p-5:00p.

For more information or to schedule your group intake, contact Niki Aquino, LCSW at

Parent Intensive: Introduction to ADHD

There is so much online about ADHD, but how do you know what is science-based and what isn't? Join Dr. David Meyerson (he/him) for a 75-minute parent intensive focused on understanding ADHD. Dr. Meyerson will dive into what exactly ADHD is and isn’t, as well as discuss what science tells us really works (and what doesn't) when it comes to ADHD.

Friday, October 8th from 9:00-10:15a
Wednesday, October 13th from 12:00-1:15p

Register today by emailing Dr. David Meyerson at

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Sick Student Protocol

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.

  • Siblings should stay home until a negative test result or alternative diagnosis is received for the symptomatic child.
  • 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.

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


7th Racial Equity Parent Group Meeting, 7:00pm

8th Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:15am, 1401 W. Hollywood

8th Virtual School Tour, 9:00am

11th No School - Indigenous Peoples Day

12th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

15th Special Education Information Session, 9:00am

19th PYP IB Behind the Scenes: An Introduction to the PYP, 9:00am

21st Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

29th Virtual Coffee with the Principal, 9:00am

School Year 22 Calendar