Peirce Update

December 5, 2020

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This update contains information on:

  • Intent to return survey due December 7th
  • Parent Coffee Hour
  • Parent Survey
  • GO CPS Deadline Extended to January 8th
  • High School Updates from Ms. Choe
  • Child Learning Hubs
  • Local School Council Update

Intent to Return Survey


If you did not receive an email from CPS asking for your intent to return, please email Lynn Carro at with the name of your child and if your child will continue with Remote Learning or Hybrid when students return.

December 7, 2020: Opt-in form submission deadline

January 4, 2021: Pre-K and cluster program staff return

January 11, 2021: Students in pre-k and cluster programs return

January 25, 2021: K-8 staff return

February 1, 2021: K-8 students return

Parent Coffee Hour

Please join PAC and PSO as we discuss how it's been going working from home and having our kids learning from home. How has it been going for us all? Have we stumbled on any tips/tricks? How are we feeling about it all? Let's check in with each other and see if we can help support each other.
*Spanish translation will be provided

December 13th at 10:00am

Meeting ID: 294 666 3248

Passcode: 219

Parent Survey

From the Parent Advisory Council:

Please take a few moments to complete the attached survey, prior to December 9th. It is a chance to share your experiences and needs around remote learning. PAC’s Parent Advisory Committee, the Room Reps and the school administration are hoping to use the survey results to find ways to make remote learning more rewarding for your children and easier to manage for you!

If you share your name on this survey, that will allow us to reach out to you directly to help you with your most pressing issues! You can also choose to take the survey anonymously so that you can share concerns without identifying yourself.

Please complete this survey for each child you have at Peirce.

Survey in English

Survey in Spanish

GO CPS Deadline Extended

The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our school year, including the important process our students go through when choosing the school options that will best match their talents, interests, and abilities. So to ensure everyone has the time they need to make this important decision, we are extending the GoCPS application deadline from Friday, December 11, 2020 to Friday, January 8, 2021.

We hope that this added time will give students and families the opportunity they need to carefully consider the many school options that are available throughout the district. As a result of this extension, offers for the 2021-22 school year will come out slightly later than in years past, and we will provide an update with the exact date. In the meantime, we urge our students to look at all of their options, from their neighborhood schools to offerings in STEM, IB, world language, and selective-enrollment, among others, to determine which environment will best meet their needs.

High School Updates from Ms. Choe

GoCPS Application Deadline Extended to January 8

Please watch the HS Presentation and read the Myth Busters before completing your application. The presentation is on Ms. Choe's website at and more details at The 8th Grade high school application deadline has been extended to January 8. If you already submitted it and want to go back and make changes, you can until 11:59pm January 8. You sign into your account, click on "Create/Modify Application," do it over, and then submit. This will then replace the previous application. The final application submitted by January 8 will be the one that is used.

High School Virtual Open Houses and Tours

This folder Virtual High School Event Flyers 2020-2021 will store all the flyers that Ms. Choe receives as they come. You can also check out GoCPS under "Dates & Events" or click here: .

High School Presentations During Advisory

If any parents would like to log in separately from their child and view the live high school presentations below, please email Ms. Choe at Email addresses outside of CPS will need to be invited in and allowed into the meeting by Ms. Choe. You may email in advance to receive an invitation to the google meet.

Uplift High School Presentation and Q&A

Tuesday, December 8 - 8:45-9:15am

Click on this link to join


In case anyone missed it, there is still one more session left for prospective families to meet with our program coordinators. They will have representatives present from our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Senn Arts Fine & Performing Arts Magnet program, and our Major Studies program to give overviews and answer questions. All talks will include a brief informational followed by a personal Q/A. Prospective parents/guardians and students welcome. Times are 9AM-9:45AM. To register, click HERE. Alternately, all the information, including dates and registration can be found HERE. The last session is on December 8, 2020

NWEA MAP for CPS Students
Students in grades 6-8 submitting applications for academic centers or high school programs with academic criteria will be able to take the winter NWEA MAP exam at their home schools during the week of January 11-15, 2021. An email will be sent out with details to those families that are eligible.

Selective Enrollment High School Exam Dates
If you are getting a message that it is closed and you are unable to select an exam date, it is because they may be currently filled. GoCPS will add more test sessions, please continue to check your GoCPS account. In order to select your selective enrollment exam date you need to complete your GoCPS application first. Students who test in November will receive their scores by mid-February. Students who test on all other dates will receive their scores in spring 2021, when the application results are released. If you miss or need to reschedule your test date you can go back into your GoCPS account and all the way at the bottom you click on "Modify RSVP" and select a new date/time.

Child Learning Hubs

As students continue learning at home through the end of 2020, we want to support more CPS families by expanding our Child Learning Hubs. These sites are open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and give elementary and middle school students a safe, supportive place to engage in online learning. Space is currently available in some of our Child Learning Hubs, so if you need supervision for your student during the work day, we encourage you to complete this survey.

Local School Council Update

As shared with the community in a December 2nd update, there were ballots which should have been counted on December 1st and were not. A district rep came to Peirce on December 3rd to finish counting, the results of the election were unchanged. Below are updated vote totals:

Parent Representatives (in order of ballot placement)
Javier Searight (103)

Clare Gervasi (101)

Tremaine Maebry (77)

Bill Kennedy (46)

Joseph Dunne (30)

Aisha Noble (116)

John Azpeitia (36)

Mathieu Kouame (58)

Melanie Berlin (13)

Carl Coates (27)

Community Representatives (in order of ballot placement)

Alisa Wartick (14)

John Obeda (13)
Nicole Granacki (74)

Teacher Representatives

Evan Trad (1)
Geri Baumgarten (3)

Non-Teaching Staff

Sandra Kifarkis (2)

Upcoming Calendar Dates


7th, Intent to return form due

13th, Parent Coffee Hour, 10:00am

17th, Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

18th Progress Reports Distributed

18th Parent Advisory Council Meeting, 12:00pm

December 21st - January 1st Winter Break


8th GO CPS Applications due by 11:59pm

Please note the updated CPS Calendar

Update on Peirce Solidarity Fund

Thank you to everyone for their support of the mutual aid fund that we started over the summer. To date, more than $20,000 in aid has been distributed. 39 families have benefited.

Families who have donated have received assistance, and families who have received assistance have vowed to donate as soon as they are in a position to do so. This shows a commitment to solidarity and mutual aid -- not just charity.

We are continuing to accept contributions as well as requests for assistance. You can find us on Venmo @PeirceSolidarityFund and on PayPal, at If you are in need, please email us at (Spanish or English).

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