Peirce Update

November 28, 2021

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Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah which lasts eight days, ending on December 6th. Happy Hanukkah to members of the Peirce Community who celebrate.

Vaccination Update

As children become fully vaccinated, please submit proof of vaccination here. Proof of vaccination will be updated in Aspen and be used when we are tasked with quarantining classrooms. Please note that children are not considered fully vaccinated until they are two weeks post the 2nd dose of the vaccine. If you have not yet scheduled an appointment for vaccination, you can check this site for vaccine availability.

Incident Reporting & Suggestion Box

Incident Report Form

Peirce School works to provide an equitable, inclusive, safe, supportive, and secure learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation, ensuring that all students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors can thrive.

This form is a tool for students, families, staff and community members to report incidents of harm in our school community. Information collected will help us identify issues, develop a plan of support, plan of action and improve steps we are taking to encourage self advocacy.

If you do not feel comfortable sharing your information in this form, please reach out to any member of our staff/school community so that we can respond to the concern you have.

Lets continue to work together to make this community safe for all of our stakeholders.

Question & Suggestion Box

Please use this form to let us know what is working well and/or what needs improvement at Peirce School. You may submit your comments anonymously, or leave your name and contact information if you would like us to follow up with you. Thanks!

Information gathered from both forms are received by the schools principal.

State of the School

Save the date! Join Principal Zaimi on December 9th at 6:00pm for the State of the School Presentation. This meeting will provide the school community with an update on student achievement data along with progress made towards the school improvement plan. The meeting will be held virtually and you can join by using the meeting link below:

FACE2FACE Session: Hearing & Vision Screenings

Please join CPS on 11.29.2021 from 4 pm - 5 pm for a session that will inform parents and caregivers on the hearing and vision services provided by the District. At the end of this presentation you will:

• Understand the importance of a hearing and vision screening as an approach for early detection of hearing, and vision loss.

• Learn the procedure of a hearing and vision screening.

• Learn about hearing and vision resources.

To participate RSVP HERE :


Getting ready for the holidays? Consider using partners and programs of Friend's of Peirce

(FOP). Each purchase you make through them gives a portion of the sale back to FOP. See what we have to offer.


• Poinsettias

Flowers can be delivered or picked up near School PLACE YOUR ORDER by November 29 @ 12pm

• Sweets & More

Place an online order and get some great holiday food options from Edge of Sweetness.

• Kitchenware

Shop in person at Wooden Spoon (5047 N Clark) on November 30 for the cook in your life.

• Jewelry

On December 1 & 2, get your gifts at Kendra Scott. Use the code GIVEBACK-BBYOA when you shop online or in-store.

• Holiday Cards at Minted

Use code FUNDRAISEFRIENDSOFPEIRCE and save 20% when you order cards from Minted.

• Honey Baked Ham

Buy a gift-card from our site and then use it to get a signature ham, tender turkey, or even lunch at one of their stores.

• Games

Games make for great family time together. Shop at the Dice Dojo (5550 N Broadway) from December 4 through December 10

• Peirce Gear

Keep your family stay warm with Peirce hoodies and more.

• Family Sponsorship

Become a sponsor in someone's name and support FOP's mission directly. Thank you for your support.


FOR MORE DETAILS...Check out the FOP Holiday Shopping 2021 guide.

Helen C. Peirce's 179th Birthday Party

Sponsorship Drive and Cold Weather Gear Drive


Helen C. Peirce was a leader in establishing the first publicly funded Kindergartens in Chicago and supporting education reforms. Friends of Peirce's mission is to provide educational opportunities for the students of Peirce and we could not do that work without the help of family sponsors. To celebrate Helen C. Peirce's 179th birthday, please help us achieve our goal of 179 family sponsorships, Your donation is greatly appreciated. Become a sponsor here:

Part of FOP's Helen C. Peirce Birthday Celebration. Learn more at Friends of Peirce Website


Helen C. Peirce was an immigrant, leader, activist and philanthropist. This year, in honor of her 179th birthday, please consider donating your gently used warm weather gear to help keep our kids safe and warm during recess and outdoor lunch. Coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, and boots — for all genders, sizes and ages — can be dropped off immediately before and after school between November 30 and December 3 in the community garden near Door 10. New donations can also be purchased via this Amazon wish list and will be delivered straight to the school. Items in excess of what the Peirce community needs will be donated to Care for Real. Thank you for your support! For more information, please contact Rene Ryan at or Kate Polgar at

Part of FOP's Helen C. Peirce Birthday Celebration. Learn more at Friends of Peirce Website


Join us on Sunday, December 5 (Helen C. Peirce's birthday) from 12pm-2pm on the Peirce Turf for treats, hot drinks, music and community. We will be accepting Winter Clothing at the celebration. Part of FOP's Helen C. Peirce Birthday Celebration. Learn more at Friends of Peirce Website

COVID Updates

COVID Case Update

There have been a total of 8 classrooms quarantined this school year and 10 reported cases of COVID at Peirce, 8 of which were actionable. CPS has released an updated district data monitoring tool that can be found here.

COVID Testing

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

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

Updated Sick Student Protocol

CPS made the following update to the Sick Student Protocol:

  1. Under new ISBE guidance, if the sick individual is tested within 24 hours of symptom onset, siblings/household members do not need to be sent home unless there is high suspicion the sick person has COVID-19.

    1. Examples where ”high suspicion” exists = sick individual is a known close contact or loss of taste or smell.

    2. Siblings/household members can remain in school and must wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

    3. If the sick individual tests positive, unvaccinated siblings/household members should be sent home immediately.

If testing doesn’t occur within 24 hours of symptom onset, unvaccinated siblings/household members must be sent home until the sick individual has test results.


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.

  • 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


30th Picture Re-Takes


1st Open House & School Tour for Prospective Families at 9am

3rd Peirce Service Organization Meeting, 8:15am

7th Make Up HS Admissions Test for 8th Grade

9th State of the School Presentation, 6:00pm

13th Virtual Coffee with the Principal at 9:30am

14th Friends of Peirce Meeting, 6:30pm

15th GO CPS Enrollment Applications close at 5:00pm

17th Progress Reports Distributed

Winter Break from December 20th - 31st

Classes resume on Monday, January 3rd

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