Dear Solomon Family--

We have settled into Wednesday afternoons as our designated COVID testing day for students and staff. We were able to test approximately 40 students and staff last week, everyone on Solomon's list. If your child was not tested last week but you have signed up previously, please resubmit your application below (the "Attendance and COVID-19 Protocols" section). The link has been updated. Results are being shared about 36-48 hours later.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, October 11, due to Indigenous Peoples' Day. If you traveled out of state during this three day weekend, please review the quarantine rules here.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
Spirit Week is coming to Solomon the week of October 18-22. Click here for the details.

Speaking of dressing up, get those Halloween costumes ready--students will be able to dress up on Friday, October 29. More info will be available next week.

Families of our middle school students: Our counselor, Mrs. Mulholland, has created a Google Document that captures the high school open houses that we currently know about, and we are updating the document. The GoCPS application portal opens up on October 13. We will be hosting a meeting at Solomon in the coming weeks to support our 8th graders and their families with the application process--stay tuned!

We will be reminding students during announcements, and you can reinforce as well: Students that line up at Door #6 (the parking lot) should not line up prior to 8:55 in order to keep the space open for car traffic. In general, students should avoid using the parking lot as a play area to help keep the area safe for all.

Vision and hearing screening is coming to Solomon on October 19 and 20 for students with IEPs and upcoming evaluations. Other screenings will be set up through the year as well. For more information on our October screening, please click here.

Our safety plan for our community, in case of any emergency, is available here.

Thank you to all of our families that have paid their student fees for the 2021-2022 school year. As a reminder, for instructions on how you can pay them digitally, please click here. For one child, the fee will be $90. With discounts for additional children, the fees for families with two or three children are $150 or $210, respectively. 100% of fees go into instructional materials for your child.

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, 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
  • Before coming to school each day, please self-administer these questions and folllow 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 Sexual Health Curriculum
Each year Solomon teaches Sexual Health as a part of our health curriculum in grades K-8. Staff members teaching this curriculum have had additional training from the district to assist with implementation.

I encourage all families to review the following resources so that you are informed about the curriculum:

Prior to teaching the curriculum in your child's class, you will get an email from me that details the curriculum for that grade, how families can get more information, and how families can opt out of instruction.
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,

October 11: NO SCHOOL (Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day)

October 12: Local School Council meeting (5:30, library)
Community Corner
The City Colleges of Chicago offer free English as a Second Language classes to Chicago residents. For more information, click here.

State Senator Ram Villivalam's office has partnered with the Bernard Horowitz JCC in Chicago (3003 W. Touhy Ave.), NorthShore Clinical Labs, and other elected officials to offer free COVID-19 testing on a more permanent basis. For more details, click here..
In case you missed it...
Thanks for the thoughtful message, Team Solomon :)
A beautiful double rainbow at Solomon on Friday, courtesy of Mrs. Hiti-Shannon!
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at