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

Solomon Principal Newsletter: May 5, 2017
Dear Parents and Community, 

I want to thank the 200 attendees, volunteers, staff, and external partners that made our 3rd Dancing with the Solomon Stars our best one yet. Students have stepped up their game, and this was our most heavily-attended event yet. A semester-worth of dance instruction isn't just about teaching students dance moves; it is also about coaching students to interact with a variety of peers, learning about different cultures, and working together as a team. They wouldn't be able to demonstrate this learning without a few key people:
  • Ms. Stirling, whose vision and grant writing has helped to fund our partnership the past three years;
  • Mr. Chris Van Houten, our instructor from Dancing with Class, that supports all of our students in grades PK-8 to be the best dancers they can be;
  • Our staff, who help facilitate the dances during weekly practice and demonstrate flexibility with scheduling the programming; 
  • Lastly, you! Your contributions to the Soiree, WJR, and International Night help to sustain arts enrichment programming like this. Without your support, students would miss out on these experiences. On their behalf, I thank you.
News and Updates
  • Congratulations to our 8th graders that placed in the state-wide history fair in Springfield last Thursday. Shaliha G., Olivia I., and Maggie P. won a superior rating for their presentation on the Chicago Women's Liberty Union, and Simran P., Sylvie T., and Donya Y. won an excellent rating for their work on Harriet Monroe. We are so proud of our Cougar historians!

  • Next week is Spirit Week, culminating in our Walk-Jog-Roll-a-thon on Friday:

    M--Marvel Monday (Superhero Day)
    T--Twin Tuesday (dress like a friend)
    W--Wacky Wednesday (mismatched clothes, crazy colors, etc.)
    Th--Team Day (sports gear)
    F--t-shirts for WJR

    **Please note: The out-of-uniform pass for homerooms that hit their April Box Top targets has been moved from Monday, May 8, to Monday, May 15, as a result of Spirit Week. 

  • I wanted to share with our community a note from Sylvia Asllani, president of the Peterson Park Improvement Association: 

    A very important meeting is being called by Alderman Laurino, of the 39th Ward, on May 10, 6:00 PM, at the ReStore site on Pulaski at Peterson. The issue deals with a rezoning request for 6311-23 North Pulaski (the former Eden's Banquet Hall). They would like to tear down the building and build 4 mixed use buildings, 4 stories tall with commercial on the 1st floor and condominiums above. There would be 6 condos in each of three buildings and 3 condos in the 4th building.

    The owner will be there with the architect, his attorney and the general contractor. They will discuss plans and answer questions. Please make every effort to attend. This project along with the sale of Monastero's could make quite an impact on our community. Now is the time to ask questions.

  • Parents interested in having their child(ren) attend pre-school at Solomon for the 2017-2018 school year can apply online starting May 15th at
WJR 2017: Just Move It!
Walk-Jog-Roll-a-Thon is only 1 week away! This annual event highlights our commitment to equity, health, and wellness for all of our students through movement and exercise. 

With this being the 5th anniversary for WJR, we invite you to contribute in any number of ways. Please see the attached fliers for more information. 

This year's fundraising goes towards supporting our arts enrichment programming, including the wonderful student art that you saw highlighted at the Art Fair during Report Card Pick-up Day and the dance programs noted in this newsletter. Your contributions help us to sustain arts enrichment that we would not be able to provide without your help. Thank you!

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

Please note that our Chipotle PTO giveback day has been changed to May 24, 4-8pm, to coincide with the new date for our evening Tumbling show. 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, and giveback to Solomon!

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

Our next PTO meeting is May 17 at 9:15am in our lunchroom. International Night is sure to be on the plate for discussion!

Don't forget that the PTO supports a number of upcoming Solomon events:
  • Walk-Jog-Roll-a-thon: May 12
  • International Night: June 2
  • Kindergarten Tea: June 7

Fonseca Martial Arts registration
Registration is open for the spring term that started on Tuesday, April 18, and continues through Thursday, June 15. See the attached flier on registration information for the spring term. Even if you haven't participated before, this is a great program for teaching balance and fitness. All are welcome!

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 9: Seal of Biliteracy Assessment (selected students in 5th and 8th grades only)

May 9: LSC meeting, 5:30 (library)
 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...
Congratulations to our 8th graders presenting at the state-wide history fair in Springfield this week.
This week, 8th graders attended My Fair Lady at the Lyric Opera with Ms. Stirling.
5th graders waiting for the judges' comments and scores at DWTSS last night.
Congratulations to all of our students who performed at DWTSS last night!
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
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6206 N. Hamlin Avenue
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