The weekly newsletter from the team at Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, the pride of Peterson Park and a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School
Solomon Principal Newsletter: February 9, 2018
Dear Parents and Community,

I hope you and your child(ren) are enjoying your snow day and snow weekend. Maybe you are using this time to get a head start on your independent reading for the quarter--that 25 book celebration at the end of the year promises to be pretty fly, as the cool kids say. Maybe it is a winter hike in the Forest Preserves or North Park Nature Center. However you spend it, enjoy, and stay safe! We will see you on Monday at 9am.
News and Updates

  • As an important reminder, there is no school for students on Monday, February 19 (Presidents' Day).

  • Smile Dental visits this upcoming week (February 12-16), transforming our lobby into a dentist office and servicing students that have signed releases.

  • All basketball games at Mather HS are cancelled tomorrow, due to the snow event. Make-up information has not been released at this point. As of now, February 17 is the final regular season game for the teams.

  • Chicago Public Schools is pleased to open school registration for the Spring 2018 CPS SCORE! season – the official interscholastic league for CPS 5th- 8th grade student-athletes. The Spring sports offered this season are: Boys and Girls Track and Field (featuring a Citywide Final Meet with medals and visits from Olympians presented by World Sport Chicago); Girls Soccer (The Chicago Red Stars will give free tickets to two Red Stars games for all SCORE! girls soccer teams, and conference winning teams will have the opportunity to go on the field during a Red Stars games.); 5/6th Co-Ed Floor Hockey (featuring surprises from the Chicago Blackhawks); Co-Ed Wrestling (in partnership with Wrestling experts Beat the Streets). Registration is open until March 9, and the sign-up packet (also available here) will go home in student backpacks next week.

  • You can find your digital copies of the 2018-2019 academic calendar here in English and Spanish.

  • Thanks to a grant from the district totaling nearly $8700, we will be able to offer a homework-help tutoring program for Solomon students beginning in mid-February. We will be sending invitations to individual students in the next two weeks, so please be on the lookout for a letter in your child's book bag. The program will be completely staffed by Solomon educators!

  • Interested in serving as a candidate in the upcoming elections of parent or community representatives for the 2018-2020 Solomon Local School Council (LSC)? Click here for information about the process, here for the timeline of when materials need to be submitted, and here for a copy of the application itself. The election will be on April 18, 2018, and we depend on highly-motivated stakeholders that are committed to the success of our children as we strive to make our school the best neighborhood school in the city!
National School Counselor Week
Students and staff shared this week the different ways that we appreciate our school counselor, Ms. Ptak, during National School Counselor Week (February 5-9). From whole-school support on social-emotional learning and college and career planning, to a more individualized approach for our students transitioning to new schools, seeking assistance with the application process, as well as listening to and guiding students with any of their needs, she is a pivotal part of what makes our school the pride of Peterson Park. Thank you, Ms. Ptak, for all that you do for our kiddos (and the big kiddos too!)
Parent Teacher Organization Updates
Mark your calendars for Friday, April 6 for our Solomon Soiree, our adult social event to raise funds for our school! The fundraising priorities this year include technology upgrades and classroom library purchases. We are looking for support from parents to donate in a variety of ways such as (1) donating gift cards you have that you don’t plan on using, (2) if you are ticket season holder donate a pair of tickets for a sporting event/theater, (3) create a themed gift basket to donate in the raffle, (4) reach out to businesses you know to donate a gift certificate. If you are interested in donating, contact the PTO at solomonsoiree@gmail.com.
 
This year’s event will be at Moretti’s in Edison Park, 6727 N. Oliphant.  Tell your friends and family and don’t miss out on this year’s event!
 
Friday, February 23 from 5-8pm at Cary's Lounge (2251 W. Devon) is our next Solomon PTO Give Back. 50% of sales from those hours will come back to Solomon. Parking is available a few blocks away at 6445 N. Western after 5pm. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other parents and friends, so invite anyone and everyone!

After you attend the showing of Into the Woods on Saturday, March 3, head over to Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store (6469 N. Lincoln) for a Solomon Give Back Day (10am-9pm). When you present the flier, 30% of all purchases come back to the Solomon PTO!

Cleaning out your closets? Get ready for another shoe drive this year at Solomon. Start collecting those old, but wearable, shoes, and we will let you know soon when they can be dropped off at school, all to raise funds for our students!

Our next PTO meeting is Valentine's Day, February 14, at 9:15 in the student lunchroom.
Attendance Corner
As we welcome in February, we are looking forward to the second half of the school year. Report Cards will now be distributed to students this Monday. Take some time to review not only your child's grades, but also his/her attendance. Students who are in the classroom everyday, on-time, are provided with the greatest learning opportunity.  Staying aware of your child's progress is the foundation for supporting success at school. 

Congratulations to Room 114 (6th grade) for winning Bob Cat, our traveling trophy for the best homeroom attendance for the month of January, 98.6%! Way to go! Room 117 (3rd-5th) won Hannah the Cougar for our most improved attendance, increasing their attendance by 5.6% last month. That's great persistence!
National Blue Ribbon School links
Before- and After-School Programming
Click below to register or get more information for fee reduction.

  • Offered Monday through Friday starting at 7:00am (BeforeSchool) until 6:00pm (AfterSchool).
  • For further information please call the J at School Team at 312.775.1848 or jatschool@jccchicago.org
 
Registration LinkBefore and AfterSchool
 
Illinois Action for Children

J at School partners with Illinois Action for Children to help over 150 J at School families receive partial or full state funding for services ranging from Early Childhood, Camp, and After School. If you would like to learn more about Action for Children please visit their website at http://www.actforchildren.org/. If you would like to inquire about eligibility to receive Action for Children Assistance please contact J at School at 312-775-1848.
Don't miss these upcoming events!
February 13: Local School Council meeting, 5:30 (library)

February 14: Parent Teacher Organization meeting, 9:15 (lunchroom)

February 19: Presidents' Day--no school for students or staff

February 23: 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Incentive Lunch (for students only, 11:15-1 during assigned lunch period)

March 3: Into the Woods performance, 3pm (gym)
Looking for more dates? Check our community calendar on our website (www.solomon.cps.edu), which is updated in real time! 
What you may have missed...
4th graders in Mrs. Luciano's classroom showing off their math and engineering skills to parents, staff, and community members with their Dream House showcase...
Questions or concerns? Please feel free to reach me at any time--email me at crgamble@cps.edu or call me at (773) 534-5226 (school) or (773) 805-0844 (cell).

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Enjoy your weekend,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary | (773) 534-5226 | solomon.cps.edu
6206 N. Hamlin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

2017 National Blue Ribbon Award Exemplary High Performing School Winner