Dear Solomon Family--

Solomon's playground improvement project worth $100,000 is on the 39th Ward Participatory Budget ballot for just a few more days. Voting for Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the 39th Ward closes on Friday, February 11, so get your vote in! Better yet, share this link with 10 of your neighbors so that they can vote for Solomon as well. Our students and our community deserve it.

See the projects on this year's ballot by checking Alderman Nugent's Facebook page and AldermanNugent.com. You can vote online or by paper ballot at the ward office (4200 W. Lawrence) during regular business hours. 39th Ward Residents, age 14 years and older, vote on the community ballot. The infrastructure projects that receive the most votes, which add up to $500,000, will be funded. If we are successful, $100,000 will be contributed to playground and site improvements at Solomon.

I have to thank our friends over at Sauganash Elementary, who have shared this information with their community as well.

Please do not delay! We need your vote and your neighbors' votes to make this a reality.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Updates
Effective February 1, the district has implemented a new COVID protocol for positive tests. Most notable for students is the new 5 day quarantine for a positive test or close contact, though the quarantine will remain at 10 days for any student with a positive test that is still symptomatic on day 6. For all of the changes, please go to www.cps.edu/campaigns/covid-updates to review what it means for your child.

Tomorrow I will have to notify the district which CPS Score sports we will be able to offer this coming spring. Based on individuals that have volunteered to coach, the current plan is to offer 5-8 grade girls soccer. If you are interested in coaching track and field or co-ed flag football, we will need to know by the the end of the day on Monday, February 7. If you are interested in serving as a head coach or an assistant coach, please email our Athletic Director, Chris Martin, at cjmartin1@cps.edu or call our main office at 773-534-5226.

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).

Our monthly LSC meeting is on Tuesday, February 8, at 5:30pm. We meet in our school library, and a virtual option (meet.google.com/pip-rnye-vob) is available as well. Everyone is invited to attend.

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.

Takeout Tuesdays continues this week on February 8 at Panera (6059 N. Lincoln, 4-8pm). 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. Next week Jersey Mike's will be our partner.

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 Chipotle giveback brought $164 back to the group.

Our next FOSS PTO meeting is scheduled for February 9 at 6pm, and you can attend virtually (meet.google.com/sxj-eupu-mtk)or in-person.
Solomon COVID Status
Current Homerooms Flipped to Remote and Return Dates
Room 107 (Sartain and O'Connell, 1st Grade), Return Date 2/10/22

As of February 6, we have 2 students quarantined due to positive tests, 0 staff members quarantined due to positive tests, and 16 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 6, we have 134 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:

  • 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 8: Local School Council meeting, 5:30 (virtual/in-person)

February 9: Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization, 6:00 (virtual/in-person)

February 21: No School (Presidents Day)

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

February 25: Solomon School Tour, 9:30 (lobby)
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.
In case you missed it...
Thank you to our 4th grade parents that joined us for room 115's Math Board Game gallery walk on January 27!
Creative mathematicians in action...
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.