Dear Solomon Family--

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy a brief blast of spring yesterday. Please review this week's newsletter for updates on what is going on in the Solomon community. We would love for members of the community to join us for this week's LSC and FOSSPTO meetings, with the meeting information below.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Updates
Our spring before- and after-school OST (out-of-school time) program schedule is now available here. The spring session lasts from March 14 to May 27. The sign-up link is now open at this link. Sign-up will be first come, first serve, and some of our programs will fill to capacity. Please read the directions on the course description sheet to see what your child is eligible to join. If you have any questions about our programming, please reach out to our OST Coordinator, Mrs. Tamborino, at 773-534-5226 or ajtamborino@cps.edu.

Along those lines, drop-in tutoring and homework help services will resume at Solomon the week of March 14. Students in grades K-5 can be dropped off at Door #1 from 8-8:45 on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning next week, and students in grades 6-8 can stay after school from 4-5pm on Tuesdays. Teachers can refer students for the program as well. No advance sign-up is required at this time, but students will need to bring their work.

Interested in learning more about our Solomon Pre-Kindergarten program with Mrs. Coppa and Mrs. Wiviott? Our team will be hosting Tot Time for prospective families on March 31 and May 19. To register in advance and learn more information, please click here.

We will have a community forum to gather your feedback on the next steps for our playground improvements on Wednesday, March 30, at 6pm. We will have in-person and virtual meeting options available.

Illinois Assessment for Readiness testing for students in grades 3-8 will begin the week of March 14 at Solomon.

Applications for spring sports (Co-Ed Flag Football, Track and Field, and Girls Soccer) are due to the main office no later than March 11.

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. The date for returning an application has been extended to Wednesday, March 9.

  • 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).
Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization (FOSS PTO)
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.

Save the date for our next Friends of Solomon School PTO event: On Friday, March 25, we will be hosting a Game Night at Solomon for students and family members. All students and families are welcome to join us in the Solomon gymnasium between 5:30-7:30pm to play board or card games. Bring your favorite game to play with others, or play some of the games we have here at Solomon. Students must be accompanied by a parent chaperone.
Solomon COVID Status
Current Homerooms Flipped to Remote and Return Dates
There are 2 homerooms in the flipped to remote protocol, as of March 6.

As of March 6, we have 0 students quarantined due to positive tests, 1 staff member quarantined due to positive tests, and 33 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 March 6, we have 158 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.

March 8: Local School Council meeting, 5:30 (in-person and virtual: meet.google.com/uwp-fdgb-hmg)

March 9: Friends of Solomon School PTO meeting, 6:00 (in-person and virtual: meet.google.com/prt-bbuu-bjj)
Community Corner
Summer camp and spring musicals are open for registration with our friends at Music House, at both of their West Rogers Park and Humboldt Park locations. Click here for more information.

Registration is now open for the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center's Spring term, which begins March 28. Our Youth classes are FREE for CPS 6th-12th graders and designed to support career pathways in STEM, Trades and Art/Design fields. Please share widely with students, families and colleagues. See this flyer or visit https://www.ciadc.org/youth-classes-grades-6-12 for more information.

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...
Our 7th graders studying cellular biology and using the microscopes in Mrs. Reis's Science class, along with Solomon teachers reviewing school-wide English Language Arts standards and learning targets as part of professional development this week.
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.