Dear Solomon Family--

This week was a busy one for Solomon staff, as we spent several days working on our school-wide priority of curriculum development, with a particular focus on our English Language Arts block. As things have calmed down a bit with our positive COVID cases, it was great to be able to engage in collaboration and learning together.

Want to learn more about our school-wide priorities? Join us at an upcoming Local School Council meeting (our next one is March 8 at 5:30), where we discuss and review these priorities. Or, even better, submit an application to run for a position on our Local School Council. Application materials are located below in the newsletter. Whether it is through our LSC or our Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization, there are a lot of ways to get involved in order to improve outcomes for our students.

As a reminder, with Presidents Day on Monday, February 21, next weekend is a 3 day weekend.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Updates
I want to thank all of our parents and community members that have played such a big role in getting out the vote for the 39th Ward Participatory Budgeting ballot. These are parents and community members that knocked on doors, delivered fliers, and made phone calls so that we can get a better playground for our students. As soon as I have an update on the election results, I will pass it along. Regardless of the vote, the team at Solomon is deeply appreciate of the community's effort, and we look forward to celebrating on a new playground in due time!

Please see this note from the district regarding their response to last week's court decision on the mask mandate in Chicago Public Schools

Our 7/8 grade boys basketball team is proceeding to the next round of the CPS Score playoffs. Good luck, Cougars!

Sign-up sheets for spring sports are now posted outside of the student lunchroom. We hope to be able to offer Track and Field, Co-ed Flag Football, and Girls Soccer for grades 5-8, provided there is sufficient interest. Students that sign up will be provided an application by Mr. Martin, and those applications must be returned to Solomon later this month (exact due date TBD).

We will be sending out sign-up information for our Spring session of after-school programming later this month, so stay turned!

This coming April, Local School Council elections for the 2022-2024 term will occur at Solomon and around the city. The LSC's responsibilities are listed below, and all of the forms that you will need to apply may be found here. For more information about Local School Councils, click here. Applications are due March 4.

  • Monitoring the school improvement plan—also known as their school’s CIWP.
  • Monitoring the school's budget and expenditures.
  • Evaluating their school’s principal annually, as well as selecting a new contract principal for their school or renewing the contract of their current principal.

We will also need election judges to supervise our Wednesday, April 20, election. Judges earn $250 a day. For more information, click here. If you are interested, please email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu or call our main office (773-534-5226).

Have you changed your phone number or address since the beginning of the school year? Have new people that you'd like to add to your emergency contact list? If so, please complete this short form.
Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization (FOSSPTO)
The Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization is a welcoming community for all Solomon parents and caregivers. Our mission is to create additional opportunities for student enrichment. If you'd like to join their mailing list to find out more, please fill out the FOSS PTO Contact Form.

Our month of restaurant givebacks continues this week at Jersey Mike's (4058 W. Peterson) between February 17-19. Save the flier below and show when you order, and our Friends of Solomon School PTO will get a portion of the proceeds donated back to the group.

Did you know that in previous years, our Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization has funded multiple school-wide learning opportunities for all of our students--dance instruction, visual arts instruction, Chromebooks, and much more. All proceeds benefit our students and staff! The Panera giveback brought $152 back to the group.
Solomon COVID Status
Current Homerooms Flipped to Remote and Return Dates
There are no homerooms in the flipped to remote protocol, as of February 13.

As of February 13, we have 0 students quarantined due to positive tests, 0 staff members quarantined due to positive tests, and 0 students quarantined as non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinated close contacts.

All close contacts have been contacted by Principal Gamble via email. Fully vaccinated and students with documented positive COVID tests in the past 90 days report for in-person learning.

As of February 13, we have 141 out of 295 eligible students vaccinated, and 77 out of 353 eligible students signed up for weekly COVID testing.
Additional health and safety protocol reminders:

  • Please review the information at www.cps.edu/campaigns/covid-updates to make yourself aware of changes to quarantine policy, effective February 1, 2022.
  • If your child is displaying any COVID symptoms or not feeling well, please do not send them to school!
  • If your child is displaying any of these symptoms and does not come to school, they will need to have a negative COVID test or an alternative medical diagnosis from a doctor prior to returning to in-person learning.
  • Before coming to school each day, please self-administer these questions and follow the directions based on your responses.
  • If you are planning on traveling outside of Illinois, please review this district travel guidance for families, which may impact your return to in-person learning (unless you are vaccinated).
  • COVID testing happens at Solomon each week, usually Wednesdays between 1:00-3:30pm. It is a PCR test, and we get results back anywhere from 36 to 72 hours later via text and/or email.
  • For your child to be tested, we need to get your permission. You can give us your permission to test your child by completing the information at this link.
  • Positive tests that come about through the district testing are automatically reported to the district contact tracers. If you have a positive test (rapid, PCR, etc.) that you obtained on your own, you must report that positive result to cps.edu/covidresults as soon as you can so that the contact tracing process can begin.
  • In case a child is considered a close contact or an entire classroom is flipped to remote, a fully vaccinated student is able to continue reporting for in-person learning, assuming that they are asymptomatic, without any disruption. Additionally, any student that has a documented (cps.edu/covidresults) positive COVID case in the past 90 days will not have to quarantine either.
  • Families cannot upload vaccination cards to Aspen themselves. A copy of the card has to be brought to Solomon's main office. It can be dropped off during business hours (9am-4pm). If that is difficult, a copy can be emailed to the main office at ajtamborino@cps.edu and crgamble@cps.edu.
  • Please do not wait to turn in your child's vaccination card. It takes a day for our nurse to receive and review the information on the card, and then enter the card into Aspen. Additionally, our nurse is not at Solomon daily at this time. If we don't have it by the time your child's flip to remote email is sent, we will not be able to process it in time for your child to return to school the next day. Please plan ahead.
  • For community resources on student vaccinations, please click here.
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.

February 21: No School (Presidents Day)

February 24: Solomon Coffee with the Principal, 9:15 (Room 105a)

February 25: Solomon School Tour, 9:30 (lobby)

March 3: 8th Grade Graduation Picture Re-Takes, 9:30 (lobby)

March 4: 25 Week Progress Reports sent home
Community Corner
North River Commission lo invita a unirse a sus vecinos en línea para discutir la creación de viviendas más asequibles y seguras a través del plan "We Will Chicago". Traé tu voz a la mesa virtual el miércoles 16 de febrero a las 6 pm. ¡Nuestro objetivo es crear comunidades seguras y asequibles y apoyar el bienestar de los residentes, los vecindarios y todo Chicago! Demos juntos los siguientes pasos. RSVP en https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junta-comunitaria-para-vivienda-y-barrios-parte-de-we-will-chicago-registration-244094381867.

Sign up for spring baseball and softball (ages 5 to 17) with the Gompers Park Athletic Association is now open. For more information, please click here.

Also, our neighbors at the Edgebrook Sauganash Athletic Association host their own baseball and softball programming. You can get more information here.

Free homework help is back at the Albany Park Chicago Public Library Branch (3401 W. Foster) every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3-6pm.

Registration is now open for the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center's Winter term, which begins January 3. Our Youth classes are FREE for CPS 6th-12th graders and designed to support career pathways in STEM, Trades and Art/Design fields. See the attached flyer or visit https://www.ciadc.org/youth-classes-grades-6-12 for more information.
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.