Dear Solomon Family--

As a reminder, both Thursday, November 11, and now Friday, November 12, are school holidays this year. Friday has been added as a holiday to encourage families to get their vaccinations, including the newly-approved vaccinations for students 5 to 11 years old. Please see the "Attendance and COVID-19 Protocols" below for more information on where you and/or your child can be vaccinated.

And let's wish the best of luck to our 8th graders that will be taking the high school admissions test on Tuesday morning--you've got this!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
For your awareness, please see this note to our community regarding a confirmed COVID-19 positive test at Solomon.

The schedule for Report Card Pick-up/Parent-Teacher Conference Day on November 17 has been set. Appointments will be available from 11:00-2:15 and 3:00-4:00 (VIRTUAL ONLY) and 4:00-6:00 (IN-PERSON ONLY). Your child's homeroom teacher will reach out via email shortly with information how you can sign up for an appointment time.
  • Due to COVID protocols, only 1-2 parents are permitted to attend an in-person conference. Children and siblings will not be permitted due to district COVID protocols for this day. As a result, if childcare issues will not allow for that, please select a virtual appointment.
  • Thanks to everyone that shared their preferences regarding conferences. 72% of our 120 respondents preferred a virtual meeting, which is why we scheduled the day the way we did.

While we have one staff member that will be able to coach 5/6 Boys and 7/8 Boys basketball this winter, we had to inform the district that we will be unable to support a 5/6 Girls team this season due to a lack of interested or available coaches. Coach Sergio will be in contact with the 5/6 and 7/8 Boys team members next week with practice information. If you are interested in serving as an assistant, please reach out to our Athletic Director, Mr. Martin, at cjmartin1@cps.edu.

Sign-up for our winter before- and after-school programming is underway, and you can do at this link. Classes begin next week. A few notes:
  • Homework help and tutoring will be available for drop-in services this week, and we will start the teacher referral process next week. For students looking to drop-in, please come only on your grade band's assigned day and time (grades K-2 on Mondays at 8:00, grades 3-5 on Wednesdays at 8:00, and grades 6-8 on Tuesday at 4:00). Students dropping in do not need to sign up in advance at this time. Tutoring will be held in the lobby for the time being.
  • Mr. Gamble reached out to families confirmed for piano lessons on Friday evening, and Mrs. Tamborino will email families to confirm acceptance for the other clubs on Monday.

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.

We have two parent meetings this coming week, Local School Council on Tuesday (5:30) and Friends of Solomon School PTO on Wednesday (6:30). Both have in-person and virtual options. For those in-person, we will meet in the library. For those attending virtually, please click the links below:


We will be hosting our first Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting of the year on Tuesday, November 9, at 5pm in our school library (in-person only). For more information, 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. 

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Solomon November 15-18. Thank you to all of our volunteers that have stepped up to assist.

Great to see our own Ms. Liu featured as one of the awesome teachers in the Barat Foundation's Our American Voice program--see below!

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 11: Veterans' Day (no school)

November 12: Vaccine Awareness Day (no school)

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

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