Peirce Update

August 22, 2021

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This update contains information on:

  • Principal's Message
  • New Staff Member Introduction
  • Peirce is hiring!
  • Post Application Lottery Open for Peirce!
  • Back to School Information
  • Accommodations for Families
  • YMCA/After School Fee Based Program Update - Main branch with YMCA will begin on September 7th
  • Sports Program Registration
  • 48th Ward Back to School Event

Greetings Peirce Families!

This newsletter has a lot of information to help you and your child prepare for the first day of school - Monday, August 30th. I will be holding a Virtual Return to School Family Meeting on Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30pm, you can join by clicking here. The session will be recorded and shared with the community for those unable to attend live.

Topics to be covered during the meeting are:

  • CPS Health Protocols - screeners, air purifiers, social distancing, lunch/recess, entry, dismissal, water fountains, bathrooms, contact tracing, quarantine process.
  • Student Re-Engagement & Support Plan
  • School Schedules
  • What to expect on the First Day of School
  • Teacher led family meeting overview scheduled for Thursday, August 26th
  • Preview to upcoming family meetings

If there is a topic not listed above that you have a question related to, please enter it on this form, we will do our best to answer as many of your questions as possible.

While many families and students are very excited to return to in person learning, I recognize that there are many who have reservations as it relates to the health and safety of our students. Please know that I am working closely with our school leadership team, district leadership and school staff to create a healthy and safe learning environment for all.


Lori Zaimi


New Staff Member Introductions

Nana Adu: PK to 4th Counselor

Hello everyone! My name is Miss. Adu and I will be joining the counseling team this fall. I am a recent graduate of DePaul University and alumni of Illinois State University. I love to hang out with my friends and family in my free time and force them to do karaoke. I am currently trying to acquire as many plants as I can for my apartment. I am super excited to meet and get to know all of you!

Richard Crawley: 4th to 8th Physical Education

Mr. Crawley received his Major in Physical Education and second Major in Health Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University. There he studied various activities that benefit student’s physical health and mental well-being, along with encouraging team building and positive views with physical activity. During his time at NEIU, Mr. Crawley volunteered for the Illinois Special Olympics along with collaborating and developing community outreaches hosted by the University.

With a passion for physical activities and sports, Mr. Crawley participated in Track and Field, Wrestling, and Cross Country during his adolescent years. As an adult he volunteered assistant coaching Boys/Girls Track and field hurdles for a High School in Crystal Lake, and for fun he enjoys physical activities such as cycling, kayaking, volleyball, tennis, and racquetball. Mr. Crawley enjoys finding new activities to spend his time and hopes he can pass down his passion of physical activity to future generations.

When it comes to physical education, Mr. Crawley states that, “My goal is creating meaningful and positive physical education experiences that are accessible to all students; that every student has the encouragement to better their physical health, and relationships with others. Developing these traits in their youth, will help them build an ongoing positive relationship with physical fitness."

Peirce is Hiring!

We are looking to expand our Recess, Lunch & After School Team. If you know someone looking to work with children between the hours of 10:30am and 6:00pm Monday through Friday, please have them apply here: and search for Peirce. Candidates can also email Lynn Carro with their resumes,

The position pays $15/hour for during school time and up to $30/hour for after school time.

Post Application Lottery Open Now!

The Post Application Process is now open for 1st through 8th grades. If you know of any families that live outside our district boundary, but would like to join the Peirce community please let them know. Seats are limited if you are interested please contact Sally by email at and she will send you a Google form to fill out from the Office of Access and Enrollment.

Back to School Information

Family Handbook

School Supply Lists

Can be found at the top of the Peirce Website

***Please do NOT bring all of your classroom supplies on the first day of school - students should only bring what they are able to carry and can bring materials in over the course of multiple days.***

Door Entry

Click here for where students should meet their teachers on the first day of school.

PK Branch - Berwyn side of the building

PK Main - Door #4

Kinder 126 & 128 - Door #4

Kinder 101 & 110 - Door #10

1st Room 102 - Door #10

1st 103,104,105 - Door #8

2nd - Door #5

3rd - Door #9

4th - Door #7

5th - Door #6

6th - Door #6

7th - Door #9

8th - Door #7

Student Fees

Pay your student fees here:

*Peirce lost $300,000 in funding as a result of our decrease in poverty rate. Funds collected from school fees go towards the purchasing of classroom materials along with other school-wide needs to keep our school operational. We understand that some families are unable to pay the fee while others may be able to pay more than what we ask for - if you are able to contribute more, please consider doing so. If you are unable to pay the fee, we understand. If you are able to pay part of the fee, please consider making a partial payment.

Meet Your Teacher

Teachers will hold a virtual meet and greet on Thursday, August 26th from 2:00 - 3:00pm and will be reaching out to families with their meeting links along with other classroom specific information that families need to have to prepare for the first day of school.

Open House

Tuesday, September 21st at 5:00pm. We will keep families informed on the format of this meeting (virtual or in person) by September 14th.

School Year 2021-2022 Calendar

Classroom Assignments

Classroom assignments are now available in Aspen. While we do our best to limit classroom changes once they are posted, there are times when we still need to make changes after they are posted as we have a variety of factors that may impact final placements. In those few instances, we will communicate with families directly.

Free After School Programs

Peirce received Out of School Time funds to provide free after school programs from 3:00 - 4:00pm for students in Kinder through 8th grades. Brooke Thompson organizes this program and will share program sign up information in the middle of September.

Morning Entry Detail

This document indicates where teachers will meet students on the first day of school.

While we love family pets, Dogs and Animals in general are not allowed on school grounds - please help us keep our students safe!

Students are the only ones that will enter the building through the Gregory side of the building, Visitors to the school will enter at door #1. Due to COVID 19, most inquiries will be handled at the door and not in the school building.

First Day of School: All teachers will meet students in their designated exterior location at 8:00am.

All other days: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers will meet students in their designated exterior location at 8:00am. 2nd through 8th grade students will walk up on their own beginning at 7:58am. On days where there is extreme rain or cold, students will be able to enter the building at 7:50am through their same entry door, but will wait in the Inclement Weather Entry Location.

Peirce Pre-Kindergarten Branch, 5300 N. Broadway
Entry: Families are able to drop students off at 7:45am for early entry. An early entry time is available for families who will have children at both the Branch Location and the Main Campus. At 8:00am teachers will meet students on the Berwyn side of the building to bring students in who did not arrive early.

Dismissal: Teachers will line students up on the Berwyn side of the building for dismissal for families to pick up their child.

Accommodations for Families

Accommodations for School Meetings
Peirce strives to make meetings as accessible as possible. For this reason, we routinely include the following accommodations for meetings:

Virtual Meetings

  • Video and chat functions optional for participants
  • Live transcript is on (for English)
  • YouTube streaming for those who prefer that platform (during LSC Meetings only)
  • Spanish-English interpretation
  • Closed captioning

In Person Meetings
  • Spanish-English interpretation
  • Use of microphones as appropriate
  • Printed copies of materials as appropriate

If you need accommodations beyond those specified here, please contact the Principal, Lori Zaimi, in writing at, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting you would like to attend. Please know that the school will work to fulfill accommodations as they are able to, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Requests submitted as far in advance as possible will help with this process.

*Please note Chicago Public Schools Americans with Disability Act Policy

After School YMCA/Fee Based Program Update

Peirce will be able to offer a temporary fee based before/after school program until the Lakeview YMCA has enough staff to manage the program completely. PK Branch Families and all students that are currently on the Lakeview YMCA wait list should have received an email from with information on the temporary school-based program. If you did not receive this email, contact

Sports Program Registration for 5th-8th Grade Students

CPS sports has returned for the 2021-2022 school year! For the fall season, 5th-8th students can participate in volleyball, soccer, or cross country. The registration form is below for those interested in participating in a fall sport. Forms can be printed out and turned in the first week of school to our athletic director Luis Carbajal or you can fill out the form electronically and email it to Please make a copy of the registration form if filling out the form electronically.

Any other questions or concerns, please email We look forward to having sports back at Peirce!

CirquesExperience After School Programs

CirquesExperience offers after school programming Monday-Friday from 3:00PM - 5:30PM at their gym at Thorndale and Magnolia, including pick-up from Peirce. After care until 6:00PM is also available.

Parents can enroll their children in the Circus Play Only program or the Homework and Circus Play program, where children will receive tutoring and homework help for a portion of their time.

Children in both programs will be introduced to a variety of circus activities including aerial silks, static trapeze, trampoline, partner acrobatics, juggling, and the amazing Gym Wheel. These programs are open to all students - no previous experience is needed.

To find out more, visit their website,, or stop by their Back to School Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 29th from 2PM-4PM (see flyer below).

48th Ward Back to School Celebration

48th Ward Back to School Celebration

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 5-7pm

Senn High School Lawn, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.

Join us for one last summer celebration ahead of the new school year! 48th Ward families are invited to come out to Senn Lawn for free school supplies, live music and entertainment, and resources from local organizations! A big thanks to Comcast for sponsoring this event, and our partners State Representative Kelly Cassidy, State Senator Mike Simmons, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

Upcoming Calendar Dates


24th Return to School Family Meeting, 5:30pm

25th 48th Ward Back to School Festival at Senn High School

26th Meet your teacher (Virtually) from 2:00 - 3:00pm

30th First Day of School, 8:00am - 3:00pm


14th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

21st Open House, 5:00 - 6:30pm

23rd Local School Council Meeting, 6:00pm

24th Restorative Practices Information Session, 9:00am

School Year 22 Calendar