We Want YOUR Cans!

November 7th is the kick-off of the annual Peirce Student Council Canned Food Drive benefiting Care for Real; a local non-profit organization that serves families in the Edgewater neighborhood. We somewhere lost track of how many years our school has had this annual event, but we know it’s close to 20 years! This is a favorite tradition at Peirce, and we want to continue supporting organizations that support our own Peirce families!

Starting November 7th through November 30th, students in grades preschool through eighth grade are encouraged to bring in canned food items, non-perishable items, paper products, baby items, pet items, etc… to go towards our annual drive!

To learn more about Care for Real, please visit their website here: Care for Real


Don’t know what you should donate? Here are some things Care for Real needs, and things they will not accept. This list is taken directly off their website to help ensure you are getting the right information.

Standard Items

These standard staple items are the most distributed foods at the Care for Real pantry.

Suggested items include:
100% shelf stable fruit juice
canned fruits and vegetables
canned meat products; beef stew, pork and beans, tuna, chicken, ham, beef
canned food items
breakfast cereals (whole grain, if possible)
peanut butter
black and green olives, dill pickles, sauerkraut, anchovies,
pasta. beans and rice
soups and broths and other miscellaneous items
coffee and tea
baby food

Care for Real cannot accept:

open or used items
foods in rusty, severely damaged or unlabeled containers
outdated or expired food items
homemade canned goods or re-packaged goods
prepared foods that are un-packaged
alcoholic beverages

Personal Care Items

diapers (always needed)
personal care items such as toothpaste, soap, razors, shaving cream, shampoo, body wash, deodorant
laundry detergent
paper towels and toilet paper

Healthy Choices

Care for Real is making an effort to not only “fill bellies” but to do so in a healthier more nutritious way.  As the majority of clients turning to Care or Real include seniors and families with children under the age of 18, we are aggressively seeking food donations to help ensure our clients are living healthier lifestyles.  This coincides with our  “client choice” food distribution model that allows folks to pick and choose the food they receive from Care for Real.

Suggested Items include:
100% shelf stable low sugar/sugar free fruit juice, non-perishable canned goods (low sodium if possible), canned fruits (sugar free or light syrup), canned tuna and chicken, breakfast cereals (whole grain), low fat peanut butter, light jams and jelly, whole wheat pasta, brown and wild rice, dried beans, barley, bulgar, farro, quinoa, polenta,  low sodium soups and broths, spaghetti and pizza sauce, salsas, olive and canola oil, canned beans (white, kidney, pinto, black, navy), canned tomatoes (no salt),  canned artichokes,  whole wheat crackers, whole wheat pizza crust, mustard, ginger, raw sugar, spices, honey, vinegars, low sodium soy sauce, low fat salad dressings, nuts, seeds,  dried fruit, pita chips, pretzels, popcorn, high fiber protein bars, fruit leather, and coffee.



Installation Ceremony!

Parents, friends, and Peirce Staff are invited to the 2016-2017 Peirce Student Council Installation Ceremony on Thursday, November 10th at 5:30 p.m in the Peirce Gymnasium. There will be no regular meeting on this day. Student Council Representatives are asked to “dress up” for the occasion and report back to school at 5:15 in room 121.

We look forward to seeing you then!



Attention all third through eighth grade students and families!!! This week starts the annual Peirce Student Council Election season! For the next two weeks, students will have the opportunity to run for our highly regarded service learning centered Student Council.

Please click on our 2016-2017 Elections page to learn more about the timeline of events, due dates, and election day! If you have any questions, please email Miss Hopkins at klhopkins@cps.edu or Mrs. Graney at llevar@cps.edu

Best of luck to all of the students who are nominated! We are proud of you for being a risk taker! GO PANTHERS!!!

International Day of Happiness!

Last Friday, March 18th, Student Council hosted “Orange Day” in honor of the International Day of Happiness that takes place around the world on March 20th! This year March 20th fell on a Sunday, and so we decided to have our “orange day” on Friday. The color orange has been signified as the color of happiness around the world through the United Nations!

One of our Peirce parents came up with the idea of creating a “happiness wall”, where students, staff, and visitors can write on the wall of what makes them happy! This has been displayed since last Wednesday! Some classes even wrote on post-it notes and created “happy faces” around the wall.

On Friday at 1:30 p.m., we had a school-wide dance party to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams! Students in grades preschool through eighth grade stopped what they were doing, and danced! It was an awesome brain break, and a great way to celebrate being happy!

To learn more about The International Day of Happiness, please check out this link below!

United Nations Day of Happiness

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Rafiki Bracelets Are In!

Rafiki Bracelets were passed out and sent home last Friday, January 15th. These were the orders that were taken back in December before winter break. If you did NOT get to order one, and you still want one, we have about 60 left.

Each bracelet is $10, and 100% of the proceeds goes towards the Me to We Campaign: Together WE Change the World! Please send in $10 cash inside an envelope with your name and homeroom teacher’s name. All orders must be in by Thursday, January 21st.

Our school-wide Rafiki Friendship Day will be this Friday, January 29th! Wear yours to school with pride! There were over 200 bracelets sold!

Scare for Hunger Trick or Treat This Saturday!

This Saturday, October 31st Student Council will be taking the neighborhood streets to “Scare for Hunger” and collect canned goods to kick off our annual Canned Food Drive!

There has been a TIME CHANGE since we sent out the permission slips. We will be “Scaring for Hunger” from 4-5 p.m. Please meet Mrs. Graney and Miss Hopkins at door 1 at 3:45 p.m.! We will leave school at 4:00 p.m. Come dressed in your Halloween Costume, and bring along a large bag/backpack/or portable grocery shopping cart to help carry the cans around.

We will head back to school at 5 p.m. Please pick up your child outside of door 1 at 5:00 p.m.

It will be a SPOOKTACULAR hour of “Scaring for Hunger”!