Dear Parents and Community--

I want to send along some mid-summer best wishes, as well as a few district and community updates.

Please keep some upcoming dates on your calendar:

August 8, 9am to 12pm: Pre-K to 8th grade registration hours in Solomon main office

August 22, 8:30 to 4:15: Regular business hours resume in Solomon main office

August 23, 10am to 12pm: Pre-K Play Date for students enrolled in Ms. Coppa's room 108 class (at Hollywood Park)

August 30, 2:45 to 3:45pm: Supply Drop-off and PTO Picnic at Solomon--a great way to see your child's class and meet your child's teacher before the year starts!

September 4, 9:00 to 4:00: First day of school!!!
High School Application Updates for 8th grade families
Attention parents of incoming 8th graders:

GoCPS High School Application Account Activation is Now Available

Eighth grade families, 2018 is a big moment as you will soon be deciding which high school your student wants to attend during the 2019-20 school year. The first official step in this process is to activate your application account on GoCPS, which is the online platform that you will use to submit all your applications.

Account activation opened on August 1, 2018 and will allow you to:

·      Create a username and password
·      Create your primary parent/guardian profile
·      Create profiles for each high school applicant in your family
·      Link student data records for current CPS students to the profile
·      View the programs to which your student(s) are eligible to apply
·      Verify that student records are accurate
·      “Favorite” top programs you are considering for applications in October

To begin the account activation process, visit this page:

Activation Codes

*For CPS students, account activation is only required for students applying to ninth grade.*

In order to activate your account, you will need to use the Activation Code from a letter sent home with your student at the end of the last school year. If you have misplaced or did not receive this code, please contact your child’s school counselor or the Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE) at 773-553-2060 from a telephone number on your student’s CPS student information file to have it reissued. The OAE call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Activation Codes will also be distributed to students again shortly after the beginning of school in September 2018. 

Application Advice

No matter who is activating the account, be sure to enter the name and address of the parent/guardian with whom the student resides as the primary parent/guardian. This address will be used when determining tiers and proximity boundaries, as well as attendance and overlay boundaries.

Web Browsers

GoCPS is optimized for view on Chrome, Safari and Firefox web browsers. We recommend using one of these to access the site. 

Need Help?

If you have any questions about the activation process, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additional News and Updates
  • Please click here for information from the Chicago Police Department regarding National Night Out on August 7, 2018. 

  • Solomon, along with other schools in Network 1, are hosting the annual "Back to School Bash" on August 7, from 2-5pm, at 4929 N. Sawyer. Please see attached flier or here for Spanish.

  • iCook registration is open for the fall session. See here for more about this after-school program and information on how to register. Other programming, including our before- and after-school J at School program, will be back for 2018-2019, but registration is not yet open.

  • We love our volunteers at Solomon, and we know how you help make the magic happen. Due to changes in CPS policy, all volunteers, new and experienced, must complete a volunteer application prior to the start of the school year. Parents must complete the CPS form for field trips and other volunteer opportunities. If you have already completed one in the past, you will not need to do so again. If you have any questions, please contact our main office (773-534-5226) or email Mr. Gamble at

  • I want to thank Ms. Roseland and our custodial staff for their work in getting our grounds cleaned up after the Fourth of July festivities. This year was much improved, with a lot less trash and no items vandalized. Thank you for your help with this!

  • Lastly, tomorrow (Friday, August 3) Solomon is a host site for a Food Services job fair. Registration is closed for the fair. We are anticipating around 200 applicants at the school tomorrow, so I will apologize in advance for any congestion around the school.

Teachers and staff are hard at work this summer, developing initiatives that align to our school improvement plan. We will be excited to unveil our plans when school starts! Take care, and enjoy the rest of your summer,


Chris Gamble
Principal, Solomon Elementary