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: May 11, 2018
Dear Parents and Community--

I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to our Solomon mothers, and I thank you for entrusting your children with us!

I also want to thank all of our parents and community members for their show of support during teacher appreciation week. A staff luncheon from Tank Noodle, assorted flowers and sweets, and, of course, our April feast courtesy of the Parent Teacher Organization--all of these things help to show how much our teachers and staff mean to us.
News and Updates

  • Child attending Kindergarten next year? CPS is offering a "Step Up to Kindergarten" program on May 25 at Sullivan H.S. Click here for more information.

  • SchoolKidz is back for 2018. This is a chance to purchase a kit of all of your child's school supplies in advance, at a discounted rate through Staples. A portion of the proceeds comes back to our Solomon PTO, so it is a win-win! Paper copies of the informational sheets will be going home with students on Monday.

  • A community event that I want to share with our families: Northside College Prep would like to invite students to its STEM Day on May 19th from 10AM to 2PM! This is a family-friendly event, where elementary and middle school kids can explore and learn about STEM concepts through fun, interactive demonstrations and engaging discussions about the ways that STEM can help the community. Families can register at this link
Admissions and Enrollment Updates
Pre-Kindergarten registration for our half-day programs during the 2018-2019 school year ends May 20. Please register online , and parents will receive offer letters on May 21.

Placement centers are available to aid with the registration process (our closest is Budlong Woods), and then after May 21 to start the document verification process.

Note that this is registration process is ONLY for students that are new to Pre-K for the 2018-2019; if you are currently enrolled at Solomon, Ms. Coppa and Ms. Tamborino have worked with you to secure your spot.

Additionally, registration for new students to Solomon (grades K-8) for the 2018-2019 school year continues daily in our main office, between 12:30-3:30.
PTO Updates
  • Keep those donations coming in for Walk, Jog, Roll-a-thon! The PTO has also set up an online portal for parents to make an online donation, helpful for friends and family not in the area. Online users must include child's name for student to receive credit for the incentives. Funds raised go towards our arts enrichment programming, including visual arts and dance instruction embedded in the school day.

  • Save-the-date: International Night is June 1st, the first Friday of June and the annual tradition. My mouth is already watering!

  • Restaurant give-back coming up: Wednesday, June 13th @ Lou Malnati's -- see the attached flier 
National Blue Ribbon School links
Before- and After-School Programming
Looking for summer camp information? Here are some of the offerings from J at School.

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
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 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!
May 22: Solomon Airborne Tumbling show, 6pm (gym)

May 31: Kindergarten Tea for incoming K parents, 9:15am (library)

June 1: International Night

June 15: 8th Grade Graduation, 1pm (gymnasium)
Looking for more dates? Check our community calendar on our website (, which is updated in real time! 
In case you missed it...
Our 1st graders showing off their dance skills as a culminating event with Dancing with Class on Wednesday.
Pep rally sending our Special Olympics athletes off to competition.
Battlling the elements at Walk, Jog, Roll-a-thon on Friday.
MIddle school advisory in action.
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

2017 National Blue Ribbon Award Exemplary High Performing School Winner