The weekly newsletter from the team at Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, the pride of Peterson Park! 
Solomon Principal Newsletter: October 6, 2017
Dear Parents and Community,

This week I had the privilege of hosting our district's CEO, Forrest Claypool, for a tour of our classrooms, showing him what makes Solomon a National Blue Ribbon Award winning school and the pride of Peterson Park. Our focus was on the literacy block, demonstrating how we use high levels of academic and social-emotional supports for students to meet and exceed expectations. He heard about the challenges that we face as a neighborhood school in the district, and that despite those challenges, we continue to hold ourselves as a staff and a community to high expectations. I look forward to his next visit and to continued partnership with the leaders of our district to make CPS stronger for the next generation!

Similarly, being able to share our story with WBEZ (link below) was a highlight of my time here at Solomon. So many staff, parents, and community members work countless hours to support our students, and to be able to shine a light on our collective work was an honor. Plus, Brian N. in 8th grade was the star of the show!

On an more immediate note, don't forget--there is no school on Monday due to Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day. Enjoy your holiday weekend, and we will see everyone on Tuesday!
Blue Ribbon News Links
News and Updates

  • The 5/6th and 7/8th Girls Volleyball game schedule is available here. Good luck this weekend in your first games at Mather HS! Note: No 7th/8th practice on Tuesday this week only.

  • The 5/6th and 7/8th Girls and Boys Cross Country practice schedule and meet information is available here.

  • Last sports update...Believe it or, it is time to start registration for Winter Basketball. It will be available for Boys and Girls in grades 5 through 8, with practices in November. We will start passing out the paper registration papers next week, but the digital version is available here. Applications are due November 3. Let's get 4 teams this season--5th/6th Boys and Girls, 7th/8th Boys and Girls!

  • Interested in joining this year's Solomonshire Players, the hippest medieval performance troupe on this side of the pond? Click here for information on dates and the application to join!

  • Our September Box Top incentive winners can come out of uniform on Tuesday, October 10. the winners are: Rooms 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 110, 114, 117, 119, and 122. 75 is the magic number for each homeroom, so turn those in to each homeroom monthly. For more info on our Box Top program, click here.
Applications for New Students in 2018-2019: Outside of Attendance Boundary only
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year go live starting October 10, 2017. You can find the applications at a new site this year, The application window is open through December 22, 2017, with notification letters sent to families in April 2018.

In high school application news, our neighbors at CICS Northtown are hosting an open house for prospective families on October 19. Visit their website here to get more information.
Parent Teacher Organization Updates
The Solomon PTO has organized its "First Annual" adult evening out so that parents and community members can socialize at the beginning of the school year. Thursday, October 26, from 6:30-9:30, at the the new Alarmist Brewery (4055 W. Peterson), is the date, time, and place. Light snacks will be provided, and Alarmist is generously donating $1 from each pint to our PTO. It sounds like it will be a fun evening!

Have you seen our "Join Solomon's PTO" link? Check it out, and sign up if you haven't done so already!

Next restaurant giveback: Candlelite Chicago (7452 N. Western) on November 12. Details to follow!

Next meeting is an evening meeting this week--Wednesday, October 11, at 6pm in our library. We would love to see you there!
Attendance Corner
After 4 weeks, we are at 96.89%, up 0.73% from last year at this time.

We celebrated our first month of great attendance by acknowledging our homerooms with the best attendance so far. Our 4th graders, showing they are ready to learn each day at at 98.9% attendance for the month of September, will host Bob Cat for the month--way to go! Being at school every day shows the Cougar Core trait of responsibility. Our 8th graders and 3rd graders were right behind them at 98.3% and 98.2%, respectively. Next month, we will also start acknowledging the most improved homeroom attendance with Hannah the Cougar.
Before- and After-School Programming
Week 1 of programming with J at School is underway! Click below to register or get more information for fee reduction. Did you know J at School offers Columbus Day programming? Call them to get more information!

  • Offered Monday through Friday starting at 7:00am (BeforeSchool) until 6:00pm (AfterSchool).
  • We will also be offering Enrichment classes during the AfterSchool hours (registration will begin December 4th, and these classes will start January 8th).
  • 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.
Community Corner
The Kedzie Center is hosting a Community Safety event over at the American Indian Center (3401 W. Ainslie) on October 11, from 3:30-5:30.

Also, the North River Commission is hosting a Social Services Community Resource Fair for students, families, and community residents on Wednesday, October 18th from 5-7pm at Hibbard Elementary School. The purpose of the resource fair is for the community to become aware of the available, accessible, and affordable services in and around Albany Park. There will be light refreshments, and free parking in the Albank parking lot at Lawrence/Kimball and in Hibbard's lot, for both attendees and tablers. There will also be free raffle prizes. 

One more note from the NRC, who wanted to make all aware of the Immigrant Rights are American Rights March and Rally on October 18th, beginning at Roosevelt High School at 10:30am. Marchers will head North to Von Steuben and meet up with more folks at 10:45am, then on to NEIU where more marchers will join at 11:05am, and then everyone will head to North Park University and convene for a social justice rally at 12pm. While students may not be able to participate, hopefully some of their parents and family members can, and they may also be comforted by the fact this demonstration is happening. 
Don't miss these upcoming events!
October 6: End of 1st Quarter/Progress Report Distribution Day

October 9: NO SCHOOL -- Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 10: Local School Council meeting, 5:30pm (library)

October 11: PTO Meeting, 6:00pm (library)

October 17: Picture Day for PK-8 (note: 8th grade--this is not the graduation picture, but pictures will be available for purchase and will be used in the school-wide composite)
Looking for more dates? Check our community calendar on our website (, which is updated in real time! 
In case you missed it...
Some pictures from the CEOs visit...
...that capture "joyful, proficient, and independent" readers in action!
Our 7th graders sharpening their observation skills with Ms. Reis 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

2017 National Blue Ribbon Award Exemplary High Performing School Winner