April 8, 2022
Happy Spring Break!
Local School Council Elections
Local School Council Elections for Parents, Community, Teachers & Non-Teaching Staff will be held on Wednesday, April 20th for elementary schools and Thursday, April 21st for high schools. Voting will take place at the Peirce Main Campus, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr in the schools gym from 6am-7pm.
The LSC Student election will be held during the school day on Tuesday, April 19th.
Voting for Parent and Community Representatives
The following individuals are eligible to vote in a school's election for parent and community representatives:
● Parents, legal guardians and temporary custodians of students enrolled in the school;
● Persons at least 17 years old who reside within the school's attendance area or voting district.
Each eligible voter in the election for parent and community representatives shall be entitled to cast one (1) ballot and one (1) vote per candidate for up to, but no more than, any five (5) candidates in the election.
Casting more than five (5) valid votes will SPOIL the voter's ballot, while casting fewer than five (5) valid votes will not. Voters may cast only one (1) ballot for parent/community representatives at each school at which they are eligible to vote.
To vote, voters must be present at the school and vote in person. There will be no absentee voting and no one may give his or her votes to a substitute or proxy. For example, a wife cannot vote twice, once for herself and once for her husband.
In the event that a person with a disability who is eligible to vote cannot enter a school, election judges must provide a ballot at curbside. Additionally, any voter with a disability who requests assistance in voting shall be assisted by a judge or person of his 27 or her choice after the voter and person assisting the voter to vote complete and sign an Affidavit of Assisted Voter (Form 13-22).
No person who is otherwise eligible will be denied the opportunity to vote on the basis of a disability. Board of Education employees may vote in the parent and community representative election at any school their children attend and any school in whose attendance area or voting district they reside.
Required Identification to Vote in the Parent/Community Election
To establish their eligibility to vote in a school's parent/community election, all voters must present at least two (2) current (unexpired) forms of identification which are determined to be reliable by the election judges.
Community voters must present at least one (1) form of identification which bears the voter's current residential address within the school’s attendance area or voting district (for "multi-area" schools) and which may be from the list below.
The second form of identification may also be from the list below or any other identification determined to be reliable by the election judges. Examples of Acceptable Forms of Identification
● Driver’s License
● State of Illinois ID
● Voter Registration Card
● MediPlan/Medicaid Card
● IDPA Card
● Permanent Resident Card
● Matrícula Consular
● Student ID
● Public Library Card
● Other Governmental Agency I.D.
● Current Lease
● Current Utility Bill
● Credit or Debit Card
● Employment ID
● Court Documents
If a community voter does not provide the required identification and insists on voting, the voter shall be allowed to vote after completing an Affidavit of Challenged Voter (Form 14-22) pursuant to the Challenged Voter Procedure, as described in the Judge of Election Manual.
Parent voters must present at least one (1) form of identification or documentation which establishes that the voter is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school and which must be from the list below.
The second form of identification may be from the list of "Examples of Acceptable Forms of Identification" above, from the list below or any other identification determined to be reliable by the election judges. The forms of identification or documentation that the parent must present to establish that he or she is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled at the school are:
● Student's Report Card
● Student's Birth Certificate naming the voter as a parent
● Court Documents naming the voter as the Legal Guardian
● Illinois State Board of Education Affidavit of Enrollment and Residency previously filed with the school naming the voter as temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school
● Letter from a parent or legal guardian previously filed with the school naming the voter as Temporary Custodian of a child enrolled in the school
● Tax Return for the voter identifying the student as a dependent
● Other Legal Documents or Records determined to be reliable by the judges
If the voter does not present a form of identification or documentation establishing that he or she is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school, the election judges shall examine the Student "Alpha List." If the Alpha List contains the voter's name, the judges shall allow the voter to vote as a parent.
If the Student "Alpha List" does not contain the voter's name, the election judges shall, if feasible, request that the Principal or a designee verify that the voter is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school.
If it is not feasible for the election judges to request such verification, the voter may do so. Upon verification of the voter's status by the Principal or a designee, the election judges shall allow the voter to vote as a parent.
If a parent voter does not present identification or documentation to establish that he or she is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of child enrolled in the school and the voter's name does not appear in the Student Alpha List and the Principal or a designee does not verify the voter's status as a parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school, the judges shall allow the voter to vote as:
● a community member if the voter presents two (2) reliable forms of identification and at least one (1) bears a residential address within the school's attendance area or voting district (for "multi-area" schools); or
● a Challenged Voter pursuant to the Challenged Voter Procedure, as described in the Judge of Election Manual.
Report Card Day
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 is “Conference Day” for all Chicago Public Elementary Schools. There is no school for students on this day.
- Report cards will be distributed in two conference sessions. The first session will last from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. and the second session is from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Teachers will not be available from 3:00-4:00pm.
- Teachers sent home a paper form for you to request your preferred conference times, and will confirm your conference time no later than Tuesday, April 19th.
- Masks are optional and we will not be checking vaccination status.
Volunteer Fingerprinting at Peirce
You can find more information about volunteering on the Peirce Volunteer page of the school website. You can let parent groups know that you are interested in volunteering with this form, and contact Erin Snow with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-School Application Opens April 19th
Free English Classes
Peirce Staff Shout Outs
Shout Outs to Peirce staff are included in our weekly staff bulletin.
Vaccine Rates Added to CPS COVID Dashboard
In order to provide more data to our families and school communities about the pandemic, CPS is now publishing student vaccination rates on our COVID-19 data dashboard. Vaccine numbers will be available at the District level, and families can also search for vaccine rates by their individual school.
As a result of the update to the district COVID dashboard, the internal document will no longer be updated.
11th-15th Spring Break
19th 8th Grade Graduation Pictures
19th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm
19th Peirce Day @ Rewired Cafe, 10% proceeds back to Friends of Peirce
20th Report Card Day
21st Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm
29th Dia del Nino
2nd-6th Teacher Appreciation Week
3rd 8th Grade Graduation Picture Re-Takes
10th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm
13th Progress Reports Distributed
17th Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting, Time TBA
19th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm
30th No School - Memorial Day