Peirce School Family Newsletter

January 2016

Principal's Message

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Dear Peirce Families & Friends,

I want to take this time to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year. We are looking forward to a productive 2016 with many great things to come as we continue implementation of our IB Primary Years Programme and continue to enhance our Middle Years Programme. See below for highlights from December:

  • Peirce published its first IB Parent Newsletter, if you did not see it, make sure to check it out
  • Peirce Parents have been at it again by sponsoring a Holiday snack table for Peirce staff - the generosity and thoughtfulness of our parents is greatly appreciated.
  • 6th-8th Grade students participated in our school Science Fair - congratulations to Rachel Nguyen, Natasha Gonzalez, Ayiana Newcombe and Ruth Lopez who have advanced to the Regional Science Fair! Also, a thank you to all of the parents who helped judge the event!
  • 6th and 8th grade students continue their work with the Writer's Theater project, incorporating drama into their Literacy classes.
  • K-5th grade students, Peirce Performers and Bollywood Dancers showcased their work with music and dance during our Winter Concert - it was an amazing show with a lot of talented young people!
  • Our auditorium received an upgraded sound system - a huge thank you to Friends of Peirce for funding this!
  • Friends of Peirce voted to approve $12,500 in technology purchases for the school!
  • 6th-8th Grade students participated in a Pullitzer talk around the Circus Without Borders project.
  • Ms. Zaimi held a focus group for members of the student council, students shared what they thought works well at Peirce and where they would like to see improvements.
  • 7th-8th grade students participated in a week-long basketball tournament at Peirce, competing against other schools in CPS.
  • Peirce Performers and Bollywood Dancers led by Ms. Thompson participated in the Alderman's 48th Ward Winter Program at Senn HS, this was a wonderful program as students from local schools were able to showcase their work in the arts.
  • The Gus Giordano Dance School completed their work with our K-5th grade students in dance, with a 4th/5th grade performance at Senn HS before winter break. Ms. Moritz will be back on Monday, January 4th!

Happy New Year!

Lori Zaimi


Go Fund Me - Fundraising for Technology!

With $800 already raised, we are still a long way off of our goal of $10,000 to purchase additional technology for the school. We would like to move to a 1-1 ratio of tech devices to students in 3rd-8th grades and we are very close to making this happen. Consider donating to the Peirce Go Fund Me Campaign - share on facebook with family and friends and encourage your children to get involved in the fundraising campaign. Visit our goal is $10,000 to purchase a Chromebook Cart with a set of Chromebooks.

IB Learner Profile - January

Communicators is the learner profile of focus for the month of January.

"We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups."

Parent Informational Meetings

Assessment Informational Session

Please join the Peirce Administration for an Assessment Informational Session which will discuss the middle of the year MAP test administered to students in 2nd-8th grades. Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 5th at 8am and 6pm in the Fieldhouse.

Sexual Health Education Informational Session

In February 2013, the Chicago Board of Education approved the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Policy (CSHE). This policy is mandated district-wide in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Peirce will be implementing the CSHE curriculum during the third quarter of the school year. Each lesson is developmentally appropriate, medically accurate and emphasizes healthy decision-making. At the beginning of the third quarter, each parent/guardian will receive a notification letter regarding grade level specific content and a parental consent form.

There will be an informational session held on Tuesday, January 26th at 8am and 5pm in the gym. Please contact Mrs. Graney at with any questions.

After School All Stars - No Classes

Please note that there will be no After School All Stars classes on Thursday, January 21st and Thursday, February 18th. These dates were included in the initial communications around ASAS programs and classes are cancelled due to staff extended day professional development. All Fee Based classes will still take place.

Progress Reports

Be on the lookout for Progress Reports - they will be going home with students on Friday, January 8th. 2nd quarter Report Cards will go home on Thursday, February 11th.

Coffee with the Principal

Join Ms. Zaimi for coffee on Thursday, January 14th at 8am in the Fieldhouse. This will be an opportunity to learn more about initiatives going on in the school and to chat informally with the administration.

Save the Date!

Save the Date for the Annual Oscar's Fundraiser at Marty's Martini Bar, February 28th from 2:00 - 5:00pm, sponsored by Friends of Peirce.

Winter Wear Drive

If you have new or used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots please consider donating them to Peirce, please wash any used donated items - we have students who are in need of these items - any remaining items will be donated.

As the weather begins to change, make sure that students are dressing appropriately for recess - we want all students to be outside as often as possible.

Local School Council Elections

Applications for the 2016-2018 Local School Council are now available in the main office. If you are interested in being a part of the council, please have applications turned in to the main office by March 4th at 3pm.

Parent Portal

If you are not yet signed up for parent portal, please email Assistant Principal Nanavati at to learn how to do so. All parents can use parent portal to monitor student attendance and grades.

Social Media & Peirce Website

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. and

Also, be sure to visit the site regularly with updates to our calendar, backpack mail and other events going on at the school.

Suggestion Box

If you have suggestions on ways to continue to support/improve Peirce, please share via the Suggestion Box, also found on the Peirce homepage.

Electronic Request

Please share with families who may not be receiving the newsletter online that they can request access here, also found on the Peirce homepage.

Upcoming Events


4th-8th 5th & 6th Grade Basketball Tournament (4pm-7pm)

5th-7th Classroom Spelling Bees

5th 8am and 6pm Assessment Informational Sessions

8th Progress Reports Distributed

8th PAC Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

8th BAC Meeting, 9:00am, Fieldhouse

8th Small Group Parent Tour, 8:30am

12th Spelling Bee

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

14th 8am Coffee with the Principal, Fieldhouse

14th Student Assembly: Band of Steel, The Courage of Creativity

15th PSO Meeting, 8:00am, Fieldhouse

19th No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

21st LSC Meeting, 6:00pm, Gymnatorium

21st No After School All Stars Programs

26th 8th Grade Graduation Pictures

26th 8:00am and 5:00pm Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Policy Informational Session


4th End of 2nd quarter

4th International Dinner, 5:30pm

5th No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

10th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:00pm, Fieldhouse

11th Report Cards Distributed

11th PK-5th Grade Learning Celebrations

12th 6th-8th Learning Celebrations

12th PAC Meeting, 8:15am, Fieldhouse

12th BAC Meeting, 9:00am, Fieldhouse

15th No School - President's Day