Dear Solomon Family--

Be sure to check out some pictures below from some of our fun last week--kid scientists representing on Dress Like a Scientist day, a visit from Ashton Kroner, Outreach Coordinator of Rush University Medical Center's Road Home Program for veterans, and much more.

Solomon Spirit Week was a great way to celebrate school family last week. This week, we are focusing on school safety with Red Ribbon Week, where we discuss what we can all do to be drug- and bully-free at Solomon. Each day has a theme, starting on Monday with dressing in red. For the whole week's activities, click here.

This week culminates with our optional Halloween celebration on Friday. For more information on our costume requirements and our Pre-K to 2nd grade parade, click here.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
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.

Parents of our 8th graders: Please see this note from the district with information about the new high school admissions exam, which will host at Solomon on November 9.

Our counselor, Mrs. Mulholland, will host a virtual-only session on GoCPS and the high school admissions process on Tuesday, October 26, at 6pm (Meet link: meet.google.com/xoy-qugj-hen). While this session will have information particular to this year's application process for our 8th graders, all upper grade families are welcome to join us to learn more about CPS high schools.

Join us for this month's Solomon Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, October 28, where we discuss our work with Conscious Discipline, what it means for your child, and how you can assist at home. After signing in at the main office, we will be meeting in room 105A.

Save the date: Parent-teacher conferences and the distribution of 1st quarter report cards will be held on Wednesday, November 17. Virtual and in-person options will be available. Teachers will be sharing more information about sign-ups in the near future, so stay tuned!

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. 

We have amended our volunteer sign-up form to include our Scholastic Book Fair during the week of November 15. If you are available to volunteer during the day, please complete this form and our main office will follow up with you!

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

October 28; Solomon Coffee with the Principal (9:15, room 105A)

November 4: End of the 1st Quarter

November 5: School Improvement Day (no school for students)
Community Corner
The district is hiring Board Custodians for schools. For more information, click here.

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...
Our 5th graders experimenting during Dress Like a Scientist day.
Our 5th graders recording their observations during Dress Like a Scientist day.
Mrs. Reis getting some moral support from Mrs. Quinn while posting student affirmations for Red Ribbon Week this week.
Thank you to our 8th graders and parents that joined Mrs. Mulholland on Tuesday for our GoCPS and high school admissions presentation.
Mrs. Ashton Kronor and our 8th graders with the donations for the Road Home Program.
Mrs. Ashton Knonor and her service dog Ariel speaking with our 6th grade students.
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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.