Dear Solomon Family--

In the Gamble household, this weekend has been an all about CPS high schools. For my son, it was the city championships in Cross Country (that resulted in a PR--way to go, Calvin!). For my 8th grade daughter, Celia, it is open house season, getting to see some of the great options that our students have for high school in the district. As a former CPS high school teacher and a parent of a CPS high school student, I love seeing our district's high school students succeed and showing off what they love about their schools. As a principal, I am excited to prepare our students for that next step.

We are hosting a meeting this coming Tuesday, October 19 (6pm, library), for 8th graders and their parents to assist them with completing the GoCPS high school application. There are so many choices, and we want our students and families to know about all of options available to them. If you are unable to attend in-person on Tuesday, we will host a virtual session on October 26. The GoCPS application is now open through December 15. NOTE: This is the same application if your child is in our Pre-K program but not within our attendance boundary--you will apply for Solomon through this link. You will need to know your child's CPS ID number, and you can call us in the main office if you need assistance.

Last, one of my favorite things about high school is Homecoming Week. While we don't have a homecoming game to play at Solomon, we can still celebrate school spirit. Solomon Spirit Week is coming to Solomon this week. Click here for the details, and get your pajamas and stuffy ready for tomorrow morning!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as National Bullying Prevention Month. For a note from our counselor, Mrs. Mulholland, on how we support our students and community during the month of October, please click here. This includes our Red Ribbon Week celebration during the week of October 25.

Halloween costume guidance will be coming out by the end of the week, so stay tuned!

Sign up for winter sports for students in 5th through 8th grades at Solomon has begun. Students can sign up on the bulletin board next to the student lunchroom for girls and boys basketball, wrestling, and cheer. For students that sign up, our Athletic Director, Mr. Martin, will provide each student with the paper application. There are minimum number of students requirements to field teams, so let's get those applications in so that we can field a number of offerings for our students! Applications are due by October 27.

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.

Approximately 70% of our families have paid their student fees for the 2021-2022 school year. Let's keep pumping that number up! 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, 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
  • Please click here for a COVID community update from October 15.

  • 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 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.

October 19: 8th Grade Student and Parent GoCPS meeting (6pm, library)

October 22: Solomon School Tour (9:30, lobby--call main office to reserve your space)

October 26: 8th Grade Student and Parent GoCPS meeting (6pm, virtual)

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..
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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.