Dear Solomon Family--

Two fun milestones are coming up on Tuesday, February 22. It is our 100th day of the school year, which our Kindergarten class typically celebrates by dressing like you are 100 years old. It is a great way to celebrate the learning that our kiddos have done in the first 100 days of the school year.

Also it is Tuesday, 2-22-22, so we are going to celebrate with a "TWOsday" event for all of the other classes not participating in the 100th Day. For TWOsday, celebrate with wearing a tutu, a tie, tubesocks, tie-dye, or as twins with a friend!

As a reminder, with Presidents Day on Monday, there is no school on February 21. We will see everyone on TWOsday!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Updates
Thank you again to all of the community members that helped to secure victory for our playground renovations on the 39th Ward Participatory Budget ballot. We will be setting up a community meeting in March for all stakeholders to share their vision for what those improvements should look like. In next week's newsletter I will share the information for the meeting, which will have virtual and in-person options.

Due to schedule conflicts, the parent coffee and school tour scheduled for this week have been moved back one week (March 3 and March 4, respectively). Please see our Solomon Community Calendar for more details.

I want to congratulate our 7/8 grade boys basketball team for their successful season. While it ended with a playoff loss, it was great to see the team come together and persevere through injuries up to the end. We are proud of you!

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).

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).

Did you know that for the first time, middle school students (grades 6-8) are now eligible to serve on the Local School Council? This year we will be soliciting applications from any interested 6th and 7th grade students (8th graders will have graduated when the new term starts on July 1). I will be going into those classrooms this week to talk more about the roles and responsibilities of a student representative on the LSC. The application materials can be found in the link above.

Interested in learning more about the LSC? The district is hosting an informational virtual meeting on February 22 at 5:30. To register, click here.

This is the final week to submit interest slips for our grades 4-8 spring musical, Frozen. If you haven't submitted an interest slip but would like to attend try-outs on February 28, please call the main office this week.

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 next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, March 9, at 6pm. Topics will include getting organized for our annual Walk Jog Roll-a-thon and International Night.
Solomon COVID Status
Current Homerooms Flipped to Remote and Return Dates
There are no homerooms in the flipped to remote protocol, as of February 20.

As of February 20, 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 20, we have 152 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)

March 3 (new date): Solomon Coffee with the Principal, 9:15 (Room 105a)

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

March 4 (new date): Solomon School Tour, 9:30 (lobby)

March 4: 25 Week Progress Reports sent home
Community Corner
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.
In case you missed it...
Celebrating our victory on the ballot!
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.