Your weekly bulletin from the team at Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, the pride of Peterson Park! 

Solomon Principal Newsletter: May 19, 2017
Dear Parents and Community, 

We are less than two weeks away from our annual International Night tradition on June 2. Pre-sales for tickets will start this week. Students begin their daily international clue game on Monday. Our big volunteer need at this point is making sure we have enough servers for the dozens of food stations. If you are interested in serving food, or if you would like to volunteer your high school student in need of service learning hours, please call the school or email to let us know. 

One change to this year's International Night festivities is that we have been informing students that water fights (water balloons, water guns, etc.) will not be allowed at this year's event. Student and adult safety are the motives for this change in policy. While students are not happy with this change in policy, it is ultimately my responsibility as school administrator to keep everyone safe at school-sanctioned events. I ask that you as parents help contribute to the safe environment by not encouraging the water fights. That said, we look forward to coming together as a community on June 2, celebrating what makes us strong. 

Please don't hesitate to contract me if you have any questions or concerns. 

News and Updates
  • I want to highlight a particularly inspirational article in today's Chicago Tribune that features a Solomon student, Shane D. in 5th grade, and his family. It is a story that resonates with our student population, and it shows what the community is doing to support students with special needs. I invite you the check out their story. 

  • As a reminder, we are jointly hosting a movie screening Monday evening with the school leaders from Palmer Elementary, Edison Regional Gifted Center, Peterson Elementary, and Mather High School. The film, Most Likely to Succeed, identifies emerging 21st century educational needs, and after the screening, students, educators, and parents will be able to discuss what these needs mean for our particular schools and communities. The event will start at 6pm at Palmer, 5051 N. Kenneth. Students in grades 6-8, as well as their families, are invited to attend. Please see the flier below for more info.  
  • GoCPS is a new website to streamline the high school application process for Chicago Public Schools. The district's goal is to create a common high school application where students and their families will be able to review all school and program options in one place, rank these school and program choices based on their preferences, and be matched with their highest possible choice for high school. This common application is the new process for our current 7th graders moving forward, so be sure to check out the new website. Even if you aren't in 7th grade, you can still use it to wrap your head around the admissions process. Truthfully, there are a lot of high-quality options out there, and this website is a step towards having information about them all in one place. 

  • Our friends at Aspire Chicago are hosting a resource fair for families of students with special needs. The event is in Hillside on June 10, and more information can be found here (English or Spanish).
Class Supply Lists for the 2017-2018 School Year

SchoolKidz is coming to Solomon for the 2017-2018 school year. With this program, parents will be able to purchase all school supplies designated for each homeroom in the form of a single kit, with those kits then delivered to Solomon. Letters went home in backpacks on Friday, and the ordering period will begin Monday, May 29. Please see the attached fliers for more information. This program is being started based on parent requests, so we hope that you find it useful. Let us know what you think!

WJR 2017: Just Move It!
Monday, May 22, is the last day to turn in money to count towards individual and class incentives, so be sure to get them in! A big thank-you to all families and community members that have contributed so far!

Once we have the total list of incentive winners, we will communicate with those families about how the incentives will be distributed.
Most Likely to Succeed Film Screening
Parents, community members, and students in 6th-8th grades are invited to attend a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed at Palmer Elementary (5051 N. Kenneth) on Monday, May 22, at 6pm. This event, jointly-hosted by schools in our community, including Solomon, and the North River Commission, highlights the work ahead as we prepare our students for 21st century learning. 

Parent Teacher Organization Updates

We have our next restaurant giveback at Chiootle (5961 N. Lincoln) on May 24 from 4-8pm. As a reminder, you will need to bring a copy (paper or digital), and Solomon will receive 50% of the total sales that afternoon. Buy dinner before or after teh tumbling show, and giveback to Solomon!

Also, for your calendar, is our Lou Malnati's giveback on June 12. See the attached flier for details. 

*BONUS GIVEBACK* One final restaurant giveback has been scheduled for the final day of school, June 20, at King Pho (5414 W. Devon). This one is a Solomon favorite--great Vietnamese-Thai food from a Solomon family (Annabelle L., 6th grade)! A portion of the evening's proceeds comes back to our Solomon PTO, and celebrate the end of the year.

Our final PTO meeting of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, at 9:15am in our student lunchroom. The calendar for next year and an end-of-year recap will be discussed.

Chicago Enrichment Programs
Registration for before and after-school programming is available through our partner at Chicago Enrichment Programs. You can go to their website to get more information and sign up for programming.
Don't miss these upcoming events!
May 23: 8th grade class trip to Milwaukee

May 24: Tumbling Show, 6:30 (gym)

May 29: Memorial Day--no school for staff or students
 Looking for more dates? For your reference, a paper copy of the school calendar (May 2017 Community Calendar) will continued to be shared as well. Even better, check our community calendar on our website (, which is updated in real time! 
In case you missed it...
Our 36 Girls on the Run/Heart and Sole runners from grades 3-8 had their official 5k race yesterday in Grant Park, along with their coaches and running buddies. Collectively, we were all fast enough to dodge the raindrops! 
Interested in volunteering at Solomon? Please print out and complete our Solomon Volunteer Interest Survey, and then submit to the main office. We are constantly reaching out to parents for assistance on projects both big and small, and our volunteer list lets us know who is interested in helping out in different ways. Thanks--we love our volunteers!

The district has started a program to share information to volunteers across CPS, including a way to gain digital badges for participating in volunteer activities and a chance to win prizes. I'll link to that information below:
Questions or concerns? Please feel free to reach me at any time--email me at or call me at (773) 534-5226 (school) or (773) 805-0844 (cell).

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Enjoy your weekend,

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