The weekly newsletter from the team at Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, the pride of Peterson Park and 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award winner!
Solomon Principal Newsletter: November 2, 2018
Dear Parents and Community--

Unbelievably, we are one-fourth of the way through our school year as of today. We met as a staff here on School Improvement Day, and part of our work was discussing how we are doing with building the positive school culture and climate that we highly prioritized. We asked ourselves the question, as it relates to our students and each other,

To what extent does this (action/encounter/conversation) repair, build, and/or maintain relationships?

I'd love to hear how you think we are doing, with regards to your child. You hear the dinner table conversation every night, so next time you see me on the playground or in the hallways, please let me know!
News and Updates
  • We are looking to build a database of parents and community members that can assist us at Solomon with translation services. There are no time commitments, so if your availability is limited, we will still happily take the help where we can! Please respond to this survey so that we can support all of our families! Thank you!

  • Scholastic Book Fair runs from November 9-16. Ms. McReynolds needs volunteer assistance. If you are able to assist at the book fair by serving as a cashier, helping our kiddos make their selections, etc., please reach out to her directly at Thank you!

  • Our musical for this year will be Peter Pan. Tryouts will be on Tuesday, November 13, for any student in grades 3 and up. The cost of the program is $100 + costume. The program is hosted by our director, Kristen Williams Smith. Practices will be twice a week after school, starting after Thanksgiving (days TBD). Both the tryouts and practices will last from 4-5:30. We are looking forward to seeing our actors and actresses work their magic again this year!

  • Teachers are reaching out about scheduling appointments for conferences during Report Card Pick-up Day (November 14). All conferences will be held between 11-2:30 and 3:15-6. Please follow up with your child's homeroom teacher for more information. 100% attendance is our goal.

  • Good luck to our volleyball teams this weekend at Mather High School. Grades 5/6 play at 9:45, and grades 7/8 play at 11:15. Grades 5/6 are still in the running for a playoff matchup in this last week of the regular season, so come over to Mather and root them on!

  • Sign up for the next session of iCook (Mondays after-school) here. The winter term goes from November 26 to February 25, 2019. Class continues this week, with the last session on November 19.

  • Sign up for the next session of Young Rembrandts (Tuesdays after-school) is available here. There is no Young Rembrandts this week, and the next session starts on November 13.

  • An exciting announcement with regards to Mr. Delgado, our 6-8th grade Social Studies student teacher this term: Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award. The Governor bestows the awards. They become Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Mr. Delgado was unanimously chosen by his professors at North Park University to receive the above award. He will be traveling to Springfield on November 17, to be recognized and honored. Way to go!

  • Community update: The NRC Social Service Committee is organizing an educational event focused on proposed changes to the 'public charge' rule on Thursday, November 8th 5:30-7:30pm at Albany Park Library, 3401 W. Foster. The event will be in both English and Spanish. Those immigrant students and families who may be affected can learn more about the implications of the new proposed "Public Charge" from representatives at the Shriver Center, the ICIRR and the HANA Center. What are the proposed changes? What are the opportunities for response? What do individuals and families need to consider when making decisions about benefits such as SNAP and Medicaid? This will be a safe space to ask questions and learn about what these changes could mean for families. All are welcome. 
Friends of Solomon-PTO Updates
SAVE THE DATE! The Solomon Soiree 2019 will be March 22, 2019, and we cannot wait to see all of you there. We are organizing our 2019 planning committee and would love for you to join us. If you are interested in helping with this wonderful event to raise money for our students please sign up here or email Thanks in advance for your help with this great night.

November 1 was the date for getting PTO membership forms in and receiving a car magnet with your membership. Thanks to all that have joined so far.

We have one homeroom that won the 75% membership challenge, and that is Kindergarten, room 105! Way to go, Bunnies and Ms. McReynolds! Enjoy your out-of-uniform Thanksgiving week!

Remember, please LIKE Solomon School PTO on Facebook.
All meeting dates for our PTO are:

September 12, 2018 @ 9:15 am 
October 10,2018 @ 6 pm ( Evening )
November 7, 2018 @ 9:15 am
December 12, 2018 @ 9:15 am
January 9, 2019 @ 9:15 am
February 13, 2019 @ 6 pm  ( Evening )
March 13, 2019 @ 6 pm  ( Evening )
April 3, 2019 @ 9:15 am 
May 8, 2019 @ 6 pm ( Evening )
June 12, 2019 @ 9:15 am 

A year-long calendar of the fundraisers is here.
Attendance Corner
Congrats to 5th grade, room 119, for its second consecutive month of best attendance in the school, 98.8% for all of October. A dynasty is emerging. Big props to 106PM, our Pre-K class with Ms. Richard, for having the most improved room, increasing 7.4% from September. Bob Cat and Hannah the Cougar will be in your respective classes all of November.

Our school-wide attendance rate for the first quarter was 95%. Our end-of-year goal of 96% is still within reach, so be sure to do your part. Please make every effort to ensure your child/ren are in school every day, especially with several non-attendance days and the Thanksgiving holiday approaching. Just a few missed days here and there, can add up to too much lost learning time.
Make every day count! See this FAQ document to help you with any of your attendance questions.
Application News
NEW! We will use this space to share high school open house information for our local schools:
  • Von Steuben: November 3
  • Payton: November 3
  • Amundsen: November 3
  • Schurz: November 8

The Go CPS online portal is the one-stop place for all applications, Kindergarten through HS. Continuing through December 2018, the application window is open for:
  • our 8th graders applying for high schools other than their neighborhood high school (selective enrollment schools, magnet schools, etc.);
  • families with a child currently at Solomon who are living outside of our attendance boundaries AND who want to enroll a child for the first time in 2019-2020 (for example, these families who want to enroll a sibling in Kindergarten in 2019-2020);
  • prospective families living outside of our attendance boundaries.

If you have any questions about the application process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our counselor, Ms. Ptak, or Mr. Gamble, for assistance.
J at School Before and After School Care
J at School, our before and after school provider (7-9am, 4-6pm daily), is open for registration. J at School provides parents with crucial before and after school care options for when the work day extends past the school day. More than just safe supervision, J at School creates a warm, caring, inspirational and FUN environment. Stop by and say hi to our Site Coordinator, Ms. Jamesa (Ms. MeMe) McGee.

Please click here to register for J at School programming. Applications for fee reductions are available. Please reach out to J at School for more information.

Students in the before and after school programs (including iCook and Young Rembrandts) are dropped-off and picked-up at Door #6 (NW corner of school, on Avers St.)
In case you missed it...
A big thank-you to our 8th graders who helped to raise awareness during Red Ribbon Week
5th grade alchemists at work
Our annual Halloween parade
Staff Halloween picture
Don't miss these upcoming events!
November 12: No School--Veterans' Day

November 14: Report Card Pick-up Day/Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21-23: No School--Thanksgiving Holiday
 Looking for more dates? For your reference, a paper copy of the school calendar will continued to be shared as well. Even better, check our community calendar on our website (, which is updated in real time! 
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 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School