Dear Solomon Family--

Voting for Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the 39th Ward will begin on Monday, Jan. 31 through Friday, Feb. 11, and I am excited to announce that Solomon's playground improvements have made the ballot. Now comes the hard part--we need your vote!

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.

You can vote online here (https://www.participatepbchicago.org/processes/PB39) from Monday, Jan. 31 through Friday, Feb. 11. Don't delay--we need your vote!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Updates
We will be hosting a second vaccination event at Solomon on January 31, and you can find more information and sign up for the event here. Community members joining us for the event, please enter the school through Door #4 on Granville between 10am-1pm. Boosters are available for students, staff, and community members, so take advantage of this convenient option!

With the exception of a Drama Club make-up session on February 1, the winter session of Before and After-School Clubs at Solomon is complete. The spring session will resume in March, so look out for registration information in the coming weeks. In addition to new before and after school programming, including CPS Score sports (see below), we will be performing the musical, Frozen, in grades 4-8. Click here if you are interested in your child participating in our yearly musical.

Report cards and mid-year assessment reports will travel home with students on February 4.

We are looking for spring CPS Score sports coaches. We are eligible to have 5th/6th and 7th/8th co-ed flag football and girls soccer, as well as 5th through 8th track and field. 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.

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 welcome 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.

We are hosting a number of events in the second half of our school year, starting with a series of restaurant givebacks in February...Takeout Tuesdays all month! The idea is simple--you get food from these restaurants, say you are with Solomon or show the flier, and our organization receives a donation from the restaurant. Everybody wins! Please put the following givebacks on your calendar for February 1 and February 8. Additional February restaurant givebacks to be shared soon!

Our next FOSS PTO meeting is scheduled for February 9 at 6pm, and you can attend virtually or in-person.
Solomon COVID Status
Current Homerooms Flipped to Remote and Return Dates
Room 110 (Glesson, 3rd Grade), Return Date 2/1/22

As of January 27, we have 3 students quarantined due to positive tests, 0 staff members quarantined due to positive tests, and 15 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 January 26, we have 131 out of 295 eligible students vaccinated, and 76 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 4: 2nd Quarter Report Cards go home via kidmail

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)
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.

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.
To have your email address added to this distribution list, please complete this form.

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.