Dear Solomon Family--

I say to our students nearly daily that it is my job to keep you safe, and here are some ways you can help keep all of us safe.

Please review the district's travel policy before making any trips, including visits to Wisconsin and Indiana. We have had to exclude students due to family trips out of state, and I want to make sure you have the information you need so you can plan accordingly. Students that travel out of state and are excluded from school are entitled to asynchronous work that they can do from home for the duration of the quarantine.

As a reminder, these are the questions that you should answer for your child, vaccinated or not, each day before coming to school.

Last, as a reminder, there is no school on Monday, October 11, due to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
We recycle at Solomon--not only is it good for the environment, but it is also a big part of our community-based instruction for students in Ms. Howsam's and Ms. Perta's classrooms. One of our recycling programs is called Terracycle. We encourage your child to bring in any of these recycling items that are a part of the Terracycle program to their homeroom teacher, so that they can be recycled safely.

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.

Picture Day is coming soon! Thursday, October 7, is the date for our first set of pictures for students in grades Pre-K through 8th; for 8th graders, these are not the graduation photos, just the "regular" ones. A paper copy of the order form will be going home via kidmail early this week, and you can also access the ordering form at, using Picture Day ID "EVTQXZSCD". If your child is absent on October 7 or you aren't pleased with the picture, the make-up date is November 16. 8th grade graduation photos will be taken on January 20, 2022.

We need parent volunteers for school-wide events, and if you would like to volunteer, please complete this form and the volunteer application (see below). We are set with volunteers for our Thursday, October 7, Picture Day.

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.

Last, kudos to our office manager, Mrs. Tamborino, for being recognized in this month's district-wide "Clerks Chronicles" for her excellence!
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 6: Friends of Solomon School PTO meeting, 6:15 (virtual, link:

October 7: Picture Day, grades Pre-K to 8th

October 11: NO SCHOOL (Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day)
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...
Students in room 117 with Ms. Howsam showing their knowledge of rules and laws in social studies class.
Creating and measuring clay landforms in 6th grade earth and space science with Ms. Reis and Ms. Chazdon.
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at