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

Solomon Principal Newsletter: October 28, 2016
Dear Parents and Community Members--

As a part of our school-wide goal to build more opportunities for students to develop their voice and agency during the school day, teachers have been learning and practicing a method of feedback called TAG: Tell something that you like about something another student has produced (such as a writing sample), ask a question about that piece of work, and then give a suggestion for how the student can improve his/her work. This week and next, teachers are visiting each other's classrooms to see how effectively different students are using this feedback strategy and then using this information to revise their own work. Not only do we expect our students to learn, we model how adults are learners too!
Parent-Teacher Conference/Report Card Pick-up Day: November 9
The first of our two yearly conference days is coming up on Wednesday, November 9. It is a day of non-attendance for students. Homeroom teachers will be reaching out to parents about scheduling a time for those conferences. All teachers will have time available between 11am-2:30pm and 3:15-6pm. We hope to have 100% of our parents meet with teachers that day so that we can best partner with our parents to support all of our students' needs. We will also have staff available to help parents register for Parent Portal, if needed. 

Teachers are also using lunch time that day to order from our friends at Backyard Grill (6355 N. Pulaski), where a portion of sales goes towards our Solomon PTO when you say the magic words--"Solomon!"
Thank you to the Kindergarten parents that were able to join us for our parent coffee yesterday. Our next one will be for our 1st grade parents on December 1 at 8am. 
Red Ribbon Spirit Week
All students participated in Red Ribbon Week with us this week. Students took pledges to be drug- and bully-free. One resource that our counselor, Ms. Ptak, would like to share regarding prescription drug abuse, is attached below.  

Also, be on the lookout for a poll on your favorite homeroom door decoration shortly! Best homeroom win a special prize!
  Halloween Procedures: October 31
  • Nut-free candy can be brought to school for trick-or-treat purposes. Students will exchange candy, healthier snacks alternatives, or trinkets (pencils, etc.) during a classroom trick-or-treat. Teachers will seal the bags after distribution so that students do not eat treats during the school day. This ensures that parents have discretion over what their child eats. There will not be any in-school consumption of treats. 

  • Student parades through the hallway are scheduled. The AM PK group will parade at 10:30, and the PM PK thru Grade 2 group will parade at 1:45pm. Parents are welcome to watch the parade(s). 

  • All costumes must be school-appropriate, which includes no masks, toy weapons, and fake blood. Costumes should be worn to school or easy enough to put on/take off where it does not require adult assistance.

  • Be on the lookout for communications from your child's homeroom teacher. Some classrooms may be hosting a party, and teachers will let you know in advance whether parents can participate in these parties. 
Attention: 3rd-8th grade Drama
A flier went home to all students in grades 3-8 this week about our after-school drama program, which will start January 10. If you are interested, please see the attached flier and return the completed form to your child's homeroom teacher. This year, the musical is "The Trials of Alice in Wonderland", with a final performance on March 4. Please contact the school or the directior, Kristen Williams Smith (parent of Mickey, 2nd grade) at
New CPS Elementary School Sports Program: I am excited to announce that we will be able to offer competitive sports this year for Solomon students, starting this winter with Boys and Girls Basketball. Last year, we were part of a pilot program at Taft where students played games there on Saturdays against other schools in the network, and based on the success of the pilot, it has been expanded to include all elementary schools in the district. More information will be coming in the next few weeks about specifics for winter programming, including the site where Solomon students will play, but here is what we know so far:
  • Eligibility: 5th-8th grade students who have met the district’s physical examination requirement and academic, attendance and behavior requirement set by student’s school
  • Winter 2017 Sport Offerings: Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Winter Season Practice Start Date: Week of January 9, 2017
  • 1st Game of Winter Season:  Saturday January 14, 2017
  • Other sports to be included in this program in Spring 2016 or Fall 2017 may include: Cross Country, Track, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Spirit/Cheer, and Volleyball
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Please print out this form, complete, and return back to the main office. We are looking for all sorts of different ways that parents can contribute to the Solomon experience. 

We are also looking for parent volunteers able to assist with two new after-school clubs: a musical performance ensemble, led by Ms. Stirling, and an inter-mural sports program for students in grades 5-8. If you are interested, please fill out the survey below or contact me or Ms. Stirling directly. 

Prospective Parent Tours: This year we are hosting monthly prospective parent tours at Solomon for all families interested in attending our school. Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends. Our first one will be on November 10 at 9:30am. Interested families should meet in the main office. Additional tours will be held on December 1, January 26, February 23, March 23, and April 27. 
Before and After-School Programming
Registration for other 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. 
From Ms. Reis: Please bring in travel-sized toiletries for our veterans that are hospitalized. Donations can be dropped off in the boxes located right outside the main office. Also, as a reminder, we will be hosting our annual Veterans' Remembrance Day Ceremony at Solomon on Wednesday, November 16. We welcome all veterans and their families at Solomon that morning.
Parent Teacher Organization News
A couple of highlights to share about upcoming PTO events:
  • Personalized Art to Remember order forms traveled home in student backpacks this week. The due date for sending the order forms back to Solomon is next Thursday, November 3. They are great holiday gifts, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards our Solomon PTO.

  • Our first Soiree planning meeting will take place during the first week of November, day and time TBD. If you are interested in participating on this planning committee for the event of the year, please contact the committee chair, Yvonne Lemperis, at

  • The date of our next restaurant giveback at Candlelite Chicago (7452 N. Western) has been changed to November 20.  We hope to see you there!

  • Car decals and a special kids meal coupon from Chipotle were distributed to families this week. 

  • Our next meeting is November 16 at 9:15am in our school library.

  • Be sure to LIKE the Solomon School PTO on Facebook to get current information and reminders.

Pennies Fundraiser
We are starting a new pennies fundraiser this year for new, environmentally-friendly drinking fountains at Solomon this year. Ask your child--they know the drinking fountains to avoid! By replacing the drinking fountains in the east and west wings of the school, students will travel less to get their water and fill up their water bottles with ease.

We will be collecting pennies and loose change in the main office all year so that we can purchase these drinking fountains, with a goal of having them installed by the end of the year. When you are in the main office, be sure to drop in a penny (or 2!) for good luck and fresh water. 
Don't miss these upcoming events!
October 31-November 3: Vision and Hearing Screenings at Solomon

November 3: End of the 1st Quarter

November 4: No School--School Improvement Day

November 7-8: First two days of visual arts instruction from Go Get Your Smock.

November 9: Parent Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 11: No School--Veterans' Day

 Looking for more dates? For your reference, a paper copy of the school calendar (October 2016 Community Calendar) will continued to be shared as well, and the November calendar will go home on Mondayl. Even better, check our community calendar on our website (, which is updated in real time! 
Celebrations from this week...
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