Peirce Update

September 16, 2022

Los boletines de Smore tienen una nueva función de "traducir". Para acceder a esto, haga clic en traducir en la esquina superior derecha del correo electrónico. Luego, una vez en el boletín, dirá "traduciendo". Haga clic en eso y seleccione el idioma en el que le gustaría leer el boletín. Comuníquese con cualquier pregunta.

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 16th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Over the next month, each grade level will be engaging in activities that align to our school wide theme:

How does culture and identity influence who we are? Thinking about representation, identity, and diversity in the Peirce community.

At the end of the month, teachers will display student learning throughout the school. Classroom showcases will be shared with the community in October. See how your students’ grade level is celebrating/honoring the Hispanic community.

  • PreK: Who We Are Unit - Preschoolers will explore different Hispanic/LatinX artists

  • 1st: Who We Are Unit - Performance of “De Colores” Create calaveras, class book about our community walk

  • 2nd: How We Express Ourselves: Ofrendas

  • 3rd: Who We Are: Taking collective action based on our values (Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta)

  • 4th: How We Express Ourselves: Poems: Identity, community, and expression

  • 5th: Who We Are: Science/Math: Mayan Sundials

  • 6th: Language and Literature/ Individuals and Society -Loteria Identity Cards

  • 7th: Language and Literature - Hispanic Author Book Tour Presentation

  • 8th: Language and Literature - LGBTIA+ Individuals with neurodiversity, diverse families - Video and exemplars of written letters to a Latino gay man studied in Learning for Justice lessons

  • Arts: Visual Art -Aztec Sundial - Mixed Media Brazilian Art - Puerto Rican Paintings

  • Dance: PYP K & 1st - How We Express Ourselves Merengue (Dominican Republic)

  • Spanish: Esqueletos, Ofrendas, Tissue paper marigolds

Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting

Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC)

Organizational Meeting


3:15 - 4:00


Learn more about bilingual and ESL programs at Peirce!

Elect this year’s BAC President, Vice President, Secretary, and Reps!

Find out how you can get involved throughout the year!

The meeting will be held in Spanish with English interpretation.

Speakers of all languages are welcome!

Local School Council Meeting

The Peirce Local School Council will meet on Thursday, September 22nd at 6pm in person in the schools gym. You can access the agenda along with information on a hybrid option 48 hours in advance of the meeting by clicking on this folder.

Family Information Sessions

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is committed to supporting the academic progress of all students. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an understanding of how we support individual students through structured intervention, how you can engage in that process, and how you can remain informed about your child’s progress. Many children successfully learn at school with universal instructional practices. However, some children need extra or intensive support in order to succeed. Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that helps schools and teachers give all CPS students the support they need to learn, grow, and succeed.

The MTSS framework helps schools create systems to:

  • Identify each child’s needs and provide support as early as possible.

  • Use research-based strategies and provide evidence-based interventions.

  • Align supports to meet each child’s needs.

  • Regularly monitor each child’s progress to know if instruction, strategies, and interventions are effectively meeting their needs.

  • Adjust instruction, strategies, and interventions as needed.

  • Include parents or guardians while developing and implementing supports.

MTSS has three tiers of instruction/intervention and support:

  • Tier I includes the instruction and support provided to all children.

  • Tier II (Supplemental) serves children needing more help. Additional instruction or intervention and support are provided to these children in small groups.

  • Tier III (Intensive) is for children who need intensive support in order to succeed. Additional instruction, intervention, and support are provided to these children in even smaller groups or in one-on-one settings.

Every child’s progress is assessed multiple times per year to check whether their needs are being met, what additional resources may help them succeed, and then to adjust their supports as needed. Universal screening, diagnostic and progress monitoring assessments are administered based on the assessment schedule and/or type of intervention that is being provided. The evidence-based support and instruction children receive within each tier is based on multiple data points and will vary according to each child’s learning levels. If your child is identified as needing Tier II or Tier III support you can request your child’s MTSS data from our school at any time.

When we implement MTSS, it helps us provide each student the support they need to be successful. For additional information, please contact Kristen Munoz, MTSS Coordinator at

GO CPS Application Open

The Go CPS lottery application is open from September 14th through December 2nd. Families will need to apply to Peirce through the lottery if they have children who are currently not enrolled and who do not reside within our attendance area.

Siblings of current students who do not reside in the attendance area must apply through the lottery.

More information about the Go CPS Process and to complete an application can be found at

Student Fees

Peirce's student fee is $50 per student or $100 per family. School fees are used to purchase supplemental educational supplies and materials that the various classrooms utilize throughout the school year. The Peirce School student fee is a very nominal fee compared to many other Chicago Public Schools. Please help Peirce School by complying with payment of the student fee. Payment can be made online by following these directions:

  • In ASPEN Parent Portal -

  • Click the "3-line menu bar" icon at the top left side of the HOME screen

  • Click Fees

  • Click Pay Online

For questions regarding the student fee, please feel free to contact Lynn Carro at (773) 534-2440 or

Quick Links & COVID Updates

COVID Testing took place on Thursday, September 15th and all classrooms were able to participate in COVID Testing.

COVID Testing

If you hear about harm that has happened in the school community, you can report in a variety of ways:

  1. Contact any school administrator - contact information found on the staff directory
  2. Incident Reporting Form
  3. Suggestion Box
  4. Report to CPS directly

Upcoming Events

Peirce Google Calendar

CPS Calendar


22nd Progress Reports Distributed

22nd Bilingual Advisory Council Meeting, 3:00pm

22nd Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

22nd Friends of Peirce day at Forever Yogurt (3pm-10pm)

23rd No School, Professional Development Day

30th Restorative Practices Information Session, 9:00am

30th Peirce Service Organization Community Mixer, 7:00 - 10:00pm


4th Picture ReTakes

6th Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:15am

7th Prospective Family School Tour, 9:00am

10th No School, Indigenous People's Day

11th Virtual Coffee with the Principal, 9:30am

12th Literacy Night, 5:00 - 6:30pm

15th Peirce Service Organization Fall Festival

20th End of Quarter 1

20th Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

21st No School, Professional Development Day

26th High School Admissions Test for 8th graders

28th Peirce Service Organization Halloween Dance & Movie Night

31st Halloween Parades