Dear Solomon Family--

I am wishing our Solomon family well this beautiful weekend. Thank you for your communication this week if your child was ill--it has helped us inform you of the next steps more immediately.

We have a few important updates for the week ahead:

First, after thoughtful deliberation, we have decided to hold our annual Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 21 (6:00-7:30), as an all-virtual event. We are being responsive to staff needs as we work during a pandemic, and hosting the event virtually will still allow us to achieve our goals of facilitating two-way communication with our parents and sharing vital information that our parents need for a successful school year for their child.

Presentations will be available on Google Meets, and you can find links for each of the staff presentations here. I will lead a presentation at 6:00, and then participating staff will lead their presentations at 6:30. If you are unable to attend virtually on Tuesday evening, or if you would like to see the presentations of multiple staff, all sessions will be recorded and then posted on the same document linked above.

Second, we were notified this weekend that Solomon will host COVID-19 testing on Monday, September 20, for students and staff that signed up for the testing program in advance. At this moment, I do not have a list of which students or staff have submitted their requests. Testing will take place in our nurse's suite, room 103C. For information on the testing program and to sign up to participate, please go below to our "Attendance and COVID-19 Protocols".

Last, 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.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Solomon News and Updates
We are hosting our monthly community tour on Friday, September 24, at 9:30am. If you are interested in a participating in a tour of our school, please call the main office (773-534-5226) to sign up in advance. We are capping the size of our tours this year to ensure social distance requirements.

Also, we will host our first principal coffee of the year on Thursday, September 30, at 9:15. The topics for all of the coffees can be found here. All parents and community members are welcome to join us!

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.

Student fees are returning for the 2021-2022 school year, after we did not collect any fees last year due to the pandemic. 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. For more information about the fees and how you can pay them, please click here.

Check out our daily breakfast and lunch menus at cps.edu/menus. Breakfast and lunch is available to all students, Pre-K through 8th grade, free of charge, every day.

Please take a moment and review the medical requirements for 2021-2022 school year by clicking here.

The Student Health Forms Booklet includes all the forms that parents and caregivers must complete for their students at the beginning of the year. New forms are required to be completed each year. The booklet includes the Student Medical Information Form which informs the school of any chronic conditions a student may have; Vision and Dental Consent Forms for vision or dental exams; Emergency Contact Form; Media Release Form; and School Messaging Form which allows schools to notify parents via phone or email through the automated system. You can print out the documents (English and Spanish) and either scan and email the completed forms to Mrs. Tamborino at ajtamborino@cps.edu, return them to our main office, or return them to the secure lockbox outside of Door #1.
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.


  • 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.

September 21: Curriculum Night, 6:00 (virtual only)

September 24: Community Tour, 9:30 (call main office to sign up in advance)

September 30: Solomon Coffee with the Principal, 9:15 (lobby)

October 11: NO SCHOOL (Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day)
Community Corner
The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center is offering after school classes in Casting & Molding, CNC Fabrication, Metalworking & Forging and Woodworking starting the week of September 13. These classes are FREE to CPS students in grades 6-12 and are part of our Youth Pathways Program, designed to support interests, skills and career pathways in STEM, Trades and Art/Design as they are applied through industrial arts processes. For more info, 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.