REP? BAC? FOP? PSO? It can be daunting to be confronted by the "alphabet soup" of Peirce Parent Group organization initials. Nevertheless, all of them have contributed enormously to our success as a school.
The collaboration between school and home is extremely important for students to be successful. Peirce is fortunate to have parents who are engaged, supportive, and active. Moreover, parent organizations model for our students what activism is - a small act of playground cleanup by PSO inspired our students to lead a school recycling project. Similarly, the FOP has worked tirelessly to generate funds and support Peirce in continuing programs.
Read below to learn more and find ways to get involved in ways that are meaningful to you. ------
Local School Council (LSC)
The LSC is the advisory board of the school and is responsible for monitoring the school improvement plan, monitoring the school’s budget and expenditures, and evaluating their school’s principal annually. Meetings are public and currently held via zoom and require registration. Meeting agendas are published 48 hours in advance and can be found here. To see the schedule of meetings, refer to the School Calendar or the Parents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish). ------
Friends of Peirce (FOP)
FOP is a fundraising organization dedicated to bringing enrichment to every classroom. You are on our site! Meetings are typically the 2nd Tuesday of the month and are currently held via Zoom. For up-to-date information, please refer to the School Calendar or the Parents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish). You can also join our Facebook group here. ------
Peirce Service Organization (PSO)
PSO is a tireless group of volunteers that are involved at many levels at Peirce. They coordinate Parent Room Reps, Mentors Program, create community events such as dances and picnics, and organize staff and teacher appreciation efforts. In these socially-distant times, a Meetup site was launched to assist families in coordinating social activites in the Peirce Community. They also maintain both the PSO and Parents of Peirce Facebook pages. You can learn more about them at the Parents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish). ------
Peirce Racial Equity Parents’ Group (REP)
REP is a parent-led, volunteer organization working to promote racially inclusive collaborations and parent engagement at Peirce. REP helped organize the staff/community-led Peirce Solidarity Fund. You can learn more about them at their website or in the Parents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish). ------
Racial Equity Team (RET)
RET's mission is to be accountable change agents who establish intersectionally antiracist systems, structures, and practices throughout the school. They focus on curriculum and educational structures. You learn more about them at theParents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish) for more information on what PAC brings to Peirce. ------
Bilingual Advisory Council (BAC)
BAC is open to all parents/guardians of children enrolled in the bilingual program. BAC has informative meetings regarding academic improvement of bilingual students and work to increase parental involvement at Peirce School. Meetings are typically the 3rd Friday of the month. Refer to the School Calendar for meeting information or the Parents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish) for more information. ------
Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
Parent Advisory Councils are federally-mandated for all schools who receive Title I funds. PAC is a strategy-focused organization tasked with providing support to parents through workshops, resources, communications, and other training/education opportunities. Some examples include: Math workshops for parents, Safe Spaces for LGBTQIA+ workshop, "Behind the Scenes” tours of IB PYP classrooms, Restorative Practices Approach workshop for parents. With our rapidly changing / gentrifying school and the upcoming loss of the Title I funds, we will be losing PAC as a mandate. The other parent groups and community members are dedicated to picking up PACs mantle to ensure that their valued outlook and purpose is retained. You can refer to the Parents Group section of the Peirce Community Bulletin Board (English | Spanish) for more information on what PAC brings to Peirce. ------
DID WE MISS ANYONE? It can be hard to keep up, even for us! If your Peirce Parent organization is not listed here, please contact and let us know about the good works you are doing. We all are contributing to the overall success of our school. Thanks for all you do.
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