Dear Solomon Family--

We are ready to go! Tomorrow morning is the first day of school, and our Solomon staff is excited to greet you. Not quite sure where you are supposed to go tomorrow morning? Please review this entry and exit document for times and locations. (One small correction: The 108PM afternoon pick-up time at Door #1 is 3:50, not 3:55.)

With all of the excitement for the start of the year, there are some updates that need to be shared with families. Please take a moment to review the ones that are relevant to you and your child:

  • Transportation concerns: We were notified over the weekend that there is going to be some significant disruption in bus service to Solomon for some families. We were told that approximately 10 students were going to be picked up at least 30 minutes late every day, and then we were told that another 8 students were not going to be provided transportation at all for the start of the year. We will be reaching out to all of those families in the coming days to talk through options. I know that receiving this information right before the start of school is a major inconvenience for our families that depend on it, and I will continue to advocate for our students and families with the district.

  • As a general rule for all families relying on bus service to and from Solomon, the first few weeks frequently experience delays in pick-up or drop-off. If we know that a bus will be more than 15 minutes late in its afternoon departure, we will call families as timely as we can. In the first few weeks, we expect to make a lot of those calls. Please be patient. You can always reach out to us; additionally, you can also contact your child's bus company for updates or Chicago Public Schools' Transportation department (773-553-2860) to share your concerns.

  • Parents of 5th graders in room 112: Please read my note to the community regarding the delay in onboarding for our teacher, Ms. Kobus, and our plans in the meantime.

  • If this wasn't exciting enough, we also learned late last week that daily health screeners are no longer required. Your child will be receiving a Student COVID-19 Self-Certification Attestation form this week (and I'm attaching a digital copy here) that asks parents to promise that you will self-administer screener questions every morning and keep your child home in case they would not pass that screener. You will be asked to sign and return that document back to Solomon via kid mail by this Friday, September 3.

  • While this is a change in practice, the message is the same that we've been saying all along: If your child is ill or has been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19, he/she should be staying home from school. It is going to take a collective effort from all of us to make sure that we stay healthy and safe this school year!

  • We have received a recent surge of questions from families that have traveled internationally in the past few weeks. The form shared above describes the expectations for self-quarantine and travel, so please review it in order to keep each other safe and healthy.

There are a lot of changes, and we will do our best at Solomon to keep you updated, our kids safe, and everyone focused on our students' academic and social-emotional growth. We can do this!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
What you need to get ready for the start of school
An important reminder regarding parking and the streets surrounding Solomon for pick-up and drop-off:

  • The staff lot off of Avers is closed to parents, starting at 8:30am and through 4:30pm. We have students coming in and out of the doors adjacent to the lot during those times, which is why we limit traffic.
  • Because traffic can be thick on Avers and Hamlin during morning drop-off, we recommend parking on a side street and walking a block to escort your child to their assigned door.
  • There is no "kiss and ride" on either Avers or Hamlin, meaning that for your child to exit the car, you will need to park your car and safely escort them across the street.
  • Parents are not permitted to park on the school-side of Avers during morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up, due to buses using that side of the street for student transportation. The only exception is for parents of students in our cluster program that are parking for less than 5 minutes for student drop-off or pick-up; in those case, please put your blinkers on and park as close to the ends of the street as possible to ensure space for our buses.
  • Please be safe and courteous out there! Peter the Cougar would want you to be respectful and to demonstrate teamwork :)

COVID-19 testing is available for students. For more information about the testing program and where you can sign up to grant permission, click here. Testing is optional except for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated participants in our CPS SCORE programming.

Elementary school sports (CPS SCORE) at Solomon will be resuming in the fall. For more information on the sports offered in the fall in grades 5-8 and the registration form, please click here. UPDATE: Applications must be submitted to the Solomon main office, to our Athletic Director Mr. Martin, no later than Thursday, September 2.

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with our friends from J at School for before and after school care at Solomon this coming year. We are anticipating that before school care will available from 7-9am, and after school care will be offered from 4-6pm, with drop-off and pick-up at Door #6. The sign-up link is available here.

I am excited to announce that our Local School Council has approved a one-year suspension of our current dress code policy, with the intent of working with our Student Voice Committee during the 2021-2022 school year to create a new, permanent policy. What does that mean for this year and what your child should wear? Please click here to see the changes for this school year.

Solomon spirit wear purchases can be made through our partner, Squadlocker. Check out unique Solomon gear here.

If you have not returned technology (Chromebooks and iPads) that was loaned to your child for the 2020-2021 school year, please come to Solomon between 9am-4pm to return the device at our main office.

If your child is in our middle school (grades 6-8), please see this note from our counselor, Mrs. Mulholland, regarding the new high school admissions process. In that note there is a survey request for parents to identify what supports you would like to see us provide regarding the new high school admissions process, and we appreciate your responses!

Student fees are returning for the 2021-2022 school year, after we did not collect any fees last year due to the pandemic. For one child, the fee will be $90. With discounts for additional children, the fees for families with two or three children are $150 or $210, respectively. 100% of fees go into instructional materials for your child. For more information about the fees and how you can pay them, please click here.

Check out our daily breakfast and lunch menus at cps.edu/menus. Breakfast and lunch is available to all students, Pre-K through 8th grade, free of charge, every day.

Supply lists for the 2021-2022 school year can be found here.

Please take a moment and review the medical requirements for 2021-2022 school year by clicking here.

The Student Health Forms Booklet includes all the forms that parents and caregivers must complete for their students at the beginning of the year. New forms are required to be completed each year. The booklet includes the Student Medical Information Form which informs the school of any chronic conditions a student may have; Vision and Dental Consent Forms for vision or dental exams; Emergency Contact Form; Media Release Form; and School Messaging Form which allows schools to notify parents via phone or email through the automated system. You can print out the documents (English and Spanish) and either scan and email the completed forms to Mrs. Tamborino at ajtamborino@cps.edu, return them to our main office, or return them to the secure lockbox outside of Door #1.

We currently have one parent and one community representative position on the Solomon Local School Council. To learn more about these positions or to find out how you can apply for one of these vacancies, please contact Mr. Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.
Solomon Calendar
We have developed a year-long Solomon calendar (here) for community events, including open houses, school tours, coffees with the principal, LSC meetings, and more. This list will continue to be updated. You can always see these events on the community calendar at our school website, solomon.cps.edu.

August 30: First day of school for students!, 9:00

September 6: Labor Day (no school for students and staff)

September 14: Local School Council meeting, 5:30

September 21: Curriculum Night, 6:00
Community Corner
The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center is offering after school classes in Casting & Molding, CNC Fabrication, Metalworking & Forging and Woodworking starting the week of September 13. These classes are FREE to CPS students in grades 6-12 and are part of our Youth Pathways Program, designed to support interests, skills and career pathways in STEM, Trades and Art/Design as they are applied through industrial arts processes. For more info, click here.
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Newsletters are also available via our website, solomon.cps.edu. Newsletters are sent out weekly, with the exception of holiday and summer breaks.

Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.