Peirce Update

October 11, 2021

Common Documents

After School Program Update

The start date for our fall session After School Programs is currently delayed. Ms. Thompson is unable to continue coordinating the program, so we are in the process of re-distributing responsibilities, finalizing program schedules and will send out program offerings in the near future. I thank Ms. Thompson for her many years of coordination, championing student engagement after school!

Jewel Parking Lot

The Jewel Parking lot will be paved beginning on Monday, October 11th through Wednesday, October 13th. They will be paving half of the parking lot at a time so they will be losing 50% of their parking capacity.

One these days parking will be limited to customers only and Jewel is asking that parents not park in their lot for drop off and pick up.

Community Conversations: Race and Society in School

Northwestern would like to invite you to participate in the study: Community Conversations: Race and Society in School. This independent study will involve talking with us (Northwestern) and other parents in focus groups about your thoughts about society and how you raise your children to think about race. We will facilitate all conversations and will keep all this information confidential. Participation is voluntary. It will not affect yours or your children's relationship with Peirce. We will compensate those who participate with $40 for a 1 hour conversation. If you are interested in participating and would like more information please click the link below:

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please reach out to either Dr. Mesmin Destin @ or PhD Candidate Josiah Rosario @

Halloween Parade

This year our Annual Halloween Parade returns on Friday, October 29th.

Main Building Parades

Families are invited to stand around the turf, socially distanced and with masks.

  • 9:30am 7th & 4th Grade

  • 9:45am 1st & 6th Grade

  • 10:00am 8th & 2nd Grade

  • 10:15am 5th & 3rd Grade

  • 10:30am PK AM Rooms 121AM, 122 & 123

  • 2:00pm Kindergarten

  • 2:15pm PK121PM

PK Branch Parades

Families are invited to stand along Magnolia street from Berwyn to Balmoral, socially distanced and with masks.

  • 9:45am Rooms 101 & 103
  • 10:30am Rooms 102 & 104

Guidance for Costumes

  • COVID Masks required

  • No full face masks

  • No Weapons

  • Be aware of cultural appropriation when selecting costumes. It is important that our children recognize and understand the importance of wearing culturally specific clothing as not a costume, but as showing an appreciation for the culture that it represents.

  • Please know that costumes are optional and not mandatory.

The articles below provide meaning on Cultural Appropriation and Halloween.

Racial Equity Parent Group Update


Peirce parents & caregivers are invited to an informal coffee hour; a chance to build community over coffee, next Friday 15 October, after drop-off.

Set up will be by the field house, and folx are welcome to grab a cup and go or hang around to chat.

Representatives from each of the Peirce parent organizations will be on hand to share the different ways to connect and answer any questions you have.

We hope you'll stop by to stay hi!

Peirce Service Organization Update

Wednesday, October 13th at 6pm

PSO's Parent Mixers are back! Please join us on the outdoor back patio at Cesca's on Clark St. You will have the chance to meet some new Peirce parents, catch up with old friends, and learn more about the parent organizations at Peirce and how to get involved. Light appetizers and 2 drink tickets will be provided. Those who'd like to purchase more of a meal and/or more drinks are welcome to do so. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Please make sure you RSVP here so we know how many guests to expect:

Free GED and ESL Classes

In collaboration with City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), FACE will be offering FREE GED and ESL classes starting January 2022 at the Rogers Park Parent University at Field Elementary School. If you are interested in participating, please contact your FACE Specialist Les Kniskern at or via phone number 773-230-4084 to pre-register.

A representative of CCC will contact you in a few weeks to finalize your registration.


Les Kniskern

Office of Diverse Learner Supports Family Workshops

FACE to FACE Trainings

October 6, 2021- 10:00am to 11:30am

October 13, 2021 - 10am to 11:30am

ODLSS Parent Trainings

October 6, 2021- 5:30pm-7:00pm

October 13, 2021- 5:30pm-7:00 pm

Face to Face CPS Parent University

6 de octubre 10:00 AM Inglés

13 de octubre 10:00 AM Español

ODLSS Parent Trainings

6 de octubre 5:30 PM Español

13 de octubre 5:30 PM Inglés

in our ODLSS Mailing List to receive information regarding training and ODLSS correspondence related to you and your student. Click JOIN OUR MAILING LIST.

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COVID Updates

COVID Case Update

There are 3 classrooms in quarantine and 5 reported cases of COVID at Peirce, 4 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

There was a team of 4 testers at Peirce on Thursday, October 7th from 8:00am until 3:00pm and 153 students were able to be tested.

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

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.

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

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


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

25th Virtual Coffee with the Principal

29th Halloween Parades


4th End of Quarter 1

5th No School - Professional Development Day

9th & 10th: Picture Days, schedule to be shared

9th 8th Grade High School Admissions Test

9th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

11th No School - Veterans Day

17th Report Card Day - No School for Students

18th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

24th-26th Thanksgiving Break, No School

30th Picture Re-Takes

School Year 22 Calendar