Peirce School Family Newsletter

September 2016

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Principal's Message

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September 6, 2016

Welcome Back! What a wonderful first day of school so far!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Back to School Picnic & Open House on Thursday, September 1st. It was wonderful to see our young people back in the building - preparing for an amazing start to the school year!

We are very excited to have a school mascot this year - if your child has a suggestion for naming it, please send to Anne Choe, school counselor at Students will then vote on naming the mascot.

We have a lot to look forward to this year as we continue implementation of our PYP and MYP Programs. Our Primary Years Program (PK-5th grade) is well underway for us to be authorized - we will submit our application for authorization in October and anticipate a site visit in the Spring. Our Middle Years Program will go through the self-study process this year as we look at areas of success and opportunities for growth.

We made a few visual improvements to the school over the summer - painted the 2nd floor hallway, organized art work and now have the IB Learner Profile framed throughout the building. Thank you to all of the Peirce families and staff who helped us with theses projects! We will host another Peirce Day of Service this school year to continue painting and decorating - be on the lookout for more information!

Warm wishes to a wonderful school year,

Lori Zaimi


Student Fees

Please remember to pay your student fee! $50 for one child with a maximum of $100 per family. Student fees go towards the purchase of supplemental materials and supplies in the classroom such as math books, scholastic news, agendas, notebooks, etc. Send cash or a money order made payable to Peirce School.

Parent - Student Handbook

You can find our updated student handbook on the Peirce website by visiting here.

Curriculum Night & IB Informational Sessions

Save the date! Curriculum Night will take place on Thursday, September 15th from 5:00 - 7:00pm. More information about the evening itself will be coming soon. Please note that curriculum night is focused on parents learning more about grade level curriculum, procedures, IB and the students overall experience at school.

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Entrance and Dismissal

Beginning Wednesday, September 7th students in 2nd-8th grade will enter the building at 7:55am. Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers will meet students at their respective doors at 8:00am. All doors on the Gregory side of the building will be closed by 8:05am, at that time students will need to enter through the main entrance on Bryn Mawr.

For the safety and security of all students, please do not walk or drive through the alley between 7:45-8:05am. In addition, we ask that parents not park (even for a short time) in the staff parking lot. All adults needing to enter the school will be asked to enter through door #1 on Bryn Mawr - sign in at the main office and obtain a visitors pass - please help us keep our students safe.

On days of inclement weather, students will enter through doors 4 and 8. Classrooms in the old building will enter through door 8 while classrooms in the new building will enter through door 4.

Safety Drills

Throughout the school year students will participate in several safety drills - we will have a monthly fire drill, 1 lockdown drill, 1 shelter in place/tornado drill and 1 bus evacuation drill. Our teachers will help students understand the importance of being safe at all times, please re-iterate this message at home.

After School Programs

Peirce School works with the YMCA for onsite programming from 7:00 - 8:00am and 3:00 - 6:00pm. If you are considering enrolling, please do so as soon as possible by contacting the Lakeview YMCA.

After School All Stars/Out of School Time Grant

A huge thank you to Ms. Thompson who wrote and received our After School All Stars Grant! We are in the planning stages of the program and will have information to send out to families by the end of September or early October.

CIWP - School Improvement Plan

During the 2015-2016 school year, Peirce staff, parents and community members were engaged in a school-improvement planning process. You can find our completed (but always changing) plan on the school website - About Peirce - CIWP. The four main priorities are Balanced Assessment & Grading, Restorative Approaches to Discipline, Curriculum and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

Homework Policy

One component of our CIWP (School Improvement Plan) was to examine our current homework policy as it aligns to our work with IB Implementation. We have decided to make some changes to the way that homework is incorporated into our students academic profile. Kindergarten and 2nd grade students will completely eliminate mandatory homework - with a focus on reading nightly and encouraging students to explore topics studied in school or topics of interest. 1st grade students will have a reduced homework load with a focus on reading at home and phonics development. 3rd - 8th grade students will have homework aligned to the work in their IB units. Please reach out to your child's classroom teacher with any questions.

Lunch & Recess

Peirce School will continue to partner with Right at School for the 2016-2017 school year. We have met with our recess and lunchroom staff to develop a plan which supports student transitions, maximizing play and decreasing the amount of time it takes to transition to activities. Mr. Nanavati and myself will monitor lunch and recess to make sure that our students have a positive experience while on the playground and in the lunchroom. Please note the following lunch/recess times:

Kinder/1st Grade 10:30 - 11:20

2nd-4th Grades 11:20 - 12:10

5th-8th Grades 12:15 - 1:05

We understand that the K/1 lunch time is an early lunch time - if you are child needs an afternoon snack, please work with your child’s teacher.

Edgewater 5K

Join Peirce students and staff in the Edgewater 5K on Sunday, September 25th - money raised will go to support local schools. For more information, visit

Key Contact Information - School Staff & Parent Volunteers

The chart below indicates the leadership team at Peirce - if you have questions about something not listed, please reach out to Lynn or Sally in the main office so that they may put you in contact with the correct team member

Lori Zaimi


Oversees all school operations

Virag Nanavati

Assistant Principal

Student behavior and supports

Kim Lebovitz

PYP IB Coordinator (PK-5)

IB Curriculum for Pre-K through 5th Grades

Dr. Talyia Riemer

MYP IB Coordinator (6th-8th)

IB Curriculum for 6th-8th Grades

Anne Choe


Counseling Supports, High School Applications

Athanasia Kolontouros

Case Manager/EL Liaison

Special Education, 504 Plans, Bilingual and ESL Supports

Brooke Thompson

After School All Stars

Free After School Programming through After School All Stars

Lynn Carro

Main Office

Enrollment, Building Rental, General Questions

Sally Suarez

Main Office

Enrollment, Fee Based After School Programs, Volunteering, General Questions

Yesenia Rivera

Lunchroom Manager


Classroom Teachers

Email addresses in the staff directory of the website

Classroom level questions

Parent Volunteer

Nora Hughes

Peirce Service Organization - Volunteers

Joe Dunne

Local School Council - Chairperson

Eilene Edejer

Local School Council - Vice Chairperson

Dave Tilson

Friends of Peirce - President

Bilingual Advisory Council: TBA

Parent Advisory Council: TBA

Save the Date!


13th Friends of Peirce, 6:00pm, Fieldhouse

15th Curriculum Night, 5:00 - 7:00pm

16th PSO Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

21st International Day of Peace

Diverse Learner Presentation, 8:15am & 6:15pm, Fieldhouse

22nd Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm, Gymnatorium

23rd Title I Annual Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

Title I PAC Organizational Meeting, 8:45am, Fieldhouse

Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting, 9:30am, Fieldhouse

24th-25th Edgewater Arts Festival

25th Edgewater 5K, 8:00am - Rosemont & Kenmore

30th Coffee with the Principal, 8:15am, Fieldhouse


4th Restorative Approaches to Discipline Parent Meeting, 8:15am & 6:00pm,


7th Progress Reports Distributed

10th No School - Columbus Day

11th High School Fair @ Senn HS - Peirce families to participate, More Info to Come

*Please visit the school calendar - found on the main page of the website for updated information regarding school events. Please remember that some dates / events may change as the year progresses .