Dear Solomon Family--

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 17, a day of non-attendance for students:

  • We have reserved 11am-2:15pm and 3-4pm for virtual appointments, and 4-6pm for in-person appointments. Homeroom teachers have reached out to families to schedule those appointments; appointments are required for conferences that day. If you would like to conference with a teacher that did not share a scheduling document with you, please email those teachers directly. You can find all staff and clinician emails here.
  • All report cards and other printed materials (Star360 screener results, the district's new promotion policy, and more) will be distributed by the main office. Parents attending in-person should stop by the main office first to get those materials, as well as sign the Quarter 2 COVID-19 attestation form, before going to their conference. For virtual attendees, screens will be shared so that you can see the report card; you can come in between 4-6pm on 11/17 or any day afterwards between 9am-4pm to get the paper copies.
  • As a reminder, for in-person appointments, 1-2 parents may join the conference, but students and additional family members are not permitted due to COVID-related restrictions. If you have childcare needs that do not permit that, please use the virtual option.
  • Our Scholastic Book Fair will be open for in-person attendees between 4-6pm that day.

Picture Re-takes will be held in our gymnasium on Tuesday, November 16, for any students that missed our first one or would like a new picture taken. Ordering information for those re-takes is available here.

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Solomon from November 15 to 19. For more information about the book fair, including our e-wallet (cash-less) option, please click here. Help us foster a love of reading by having your child pick up some new books!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
Please see this note shared last Wednesday regarding updates for before and after school (OST) clubs and 5-8 grade boys basketball.

Last Tuesday we hosted our State of the School address in our November LSC meeting. You can access a recording of the meeting here and the presentation deck here, for your reference.

In November Solomon is participating in the America Recycles Day Clothes and Shoes Collection Challenge. Bins are located outside of Doors 1 and 3. For more information on what the acceptable items are, please click here.

If you live outside of Solomon's attendance boundary and are looking for admission for your child in grades K-8 for the 2022-2023 school year, you will need to complete an application through GoCPS. If your child is currently a K-8 student at Solomon, you do not need to re-apply.

Parents and community members interested in volunteering at Solomon this year should go to the volunteer registration website. Level 1 volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination before being allowed to volunteer. Volunteers must email a copy of their vaccination card or immunization records to our main office, in addition to completing the application on the website. Please read the "Volunteer Policy" tab to see the difference between Level.1 and Level 2 volunteers. 

J at School is our partner for before and after school care, each day between 7-9am and 4-6pm. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Solomon spirit wear purchases can be made through our partner, Squadlocker. Check out unique Solomon gear here.

Need assistance from our main office (accessing Parent Portal, getting your child's ID number, an attendance question, etc.) but you think of it off-hours? We have started a form where parents can request main office assistance with any problems or questions you have. Mrs. Tamborino, our school manager, will respond to all requests promptly.
Attendance and COVID-19 Protocols
  • For community resources on student vaccinations, please click here. Families should visit vaccines.gov/search, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a vaccine appointment.

  • Before coming to school each day, please self-administer these questions and follow the directions based on your responses.



  • Please return your signed Student COVID-19 Self-Certification Attestation form to the main office if you haven't done so. The form asks parents to promise that you will self-administer screener questions every morning and keep your child home in case they would not pass that screener. .

  • Students can sign up for in-school COVID-19 testing here, and you can learn more about the testing program here. This testing is required for students in grades 5-8 that are unvaccinated and participate in the CPS Score after-school sports programming.

  • Parents and guardians of fully vaccinated students are urged to submit a copy of their child’s COVID-19 vaccination card to Solomon's main office. Vaccination information will be recorded in Aspen, allowing schools to make accurate decisions when it comes to any potential quarantines or classrooms "flipping to remote" due to a potential COVID-19 exposure. Student athletes in grades 5-8 will also need proof of vaccination on file or submit to weekly testing in order to participate in the CPS Score programming. When sending in a copy of the vaccination card, please write your child's name and ID number, if you know it.


  • If your child is going to be absent, we ask that you call the main office (773-534-5226, option 2). Phone calls are helping us follow up with families about the return to in-person learning protocol. An email is not considered a valid submission and will not be accepted to excuse an absence. When leaving a phone message for our main office on your child's absence, please include the following:

  1. Student first and last name
  2. The date of your child's absence
  3. If not a full day absence, the length of time for the absence
  4. The reason for the absence
  5. Your full name (you must be listed as a parent or legal guardian in the student's records)
  6. Your contact number
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.

November 16: Picture Re-take Day

November 17: Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students)

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
Community Corner
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.

Please join the district's Office of Family and Community Engagement for a November 15 (6pm) session that will inform parents and caregivers about updates to the district's Sexual Health Policy. For more information, and to sign up, please click here.
The third cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the 39th Ward has started!

PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the public budget, also known as the “menu”. “Menu money” is ward-specific money that aldermen allocate to specific needs across the ward. Alderman Nugent has set $500,000 aside from the menu for PB again this year. Check out projects from the last two years of PB here: 39th Ward PB. 

PB in the 39th Ward is a three-step process:

  1. Idea Collection - Residents submit infrastructure project ideas that they would like to be funded from the 39th Ward's Infrastructure Improvement Funds.
  2. Review of Infrastructure Project Ideas - The PB Committee reviews infrastructure project ideas and determines what projects will be on the community ballot.
  3. Community Vote - 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
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Alderman Nugent's Office has partnered with PB Chicago to develop a new online forum to collect ideas, share information, and vote! This page makes it easier to submit ideas and projects for the ballot. You will need to sign up for an account to access the platform. You can sign up and submit an idea here: PB 39. Idea collection runs through November 18th!

The PB Committee is vital to the PB process. Sign up to join the PB Committee here: Join the Committee. You can find the dates for the PB Committee meetings here: PB Committee Dates.
The last two cycles of PB have been a great success and we are excited for another great year. Please call Alderman Nugent's Office at 773.736.5594 or email Ward39@cityofchicago.org if you have any questions. 
In case you missed it...
4th graders in Mrs. Luciano's class using our sensory garden to work on descriptive writing 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.