Dear Solomon Family--

Being in the classrooms with students is always a source of energy and optimism for me, keeping me grounded in why our work matters so deeply. In addition to my work with the 8th graders in advisory, Mrs. Mulholland and I have started talking safety and school family with all of our homerooms. As I tell our students, "It is my job to keep you safe", and we talk about how they can help keep each other safe. Also, by framing our community as a school family, we emphasize the connection between all of us. We look forward to sharing some of our Conscious Discipline work with families at an upcoming Principal Coffee!

5 Week Progress Reports will be distributed to students this coming Friday, October 1. This year, since students are in person, those reports will not be mailed home. If you haven't had a chance to check Parent Portal yet, this is a good time to do so. If you need assistance with your Parent Portal account in Aspen, please take advantage of the Main Office Assistance request form, linked in updates below.

Last, we are still looking for two part-time aides that can assist with our lunches, recesses, and other assorted tasks around the school. One is a 3 or 4-hour position (needed between 11am-2pm), and the other is a 6.75 hour position. Please let me know at or 773-534-5226 if you would be interested in joining our team!

In partnership,

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Curriculum Night this past Tuesday. For your convenience, and for anyone who missed the event, you can access materials and recordings from the event:

Congratulations to our 5/6th Grade Girls Volleyball team for a victory in their first game of this year on Saturday versus Prussing Elementary. Way to go, Cougars! Their practice and game schedule can be found here.

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!

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 to assist with our Picture Days. If you are able to assist us on October 7 and/or November 16, please complete this form, as well as the volunteer application (see below), and our main office will follow up with you.

We are expecting to learn more about the high school application process in a district-wide meeting on Tuesday, so we are waiting to schedule our parent sessions until we have more information. Stay tuned for those opportunities to assist our upper grade parents with the high school application process. In the meantime, we did get one (small) update this week--the application window opens up on October 13. Questions about the high school application process? Please reach out to our counselor, Mrs. Mulholland, at 773-534-5226 or

Beginning of the year reading and math assessments have started building-wide. New this year, in the place of NWEA, is a short reading and math screener assessment in grades 3-8 called Star360 that we are using for instructional planning. That screener is administered at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to help guide whole-group and individual student goal setting.

Parents of students in Kindergarten through 2nd grades (rooms 102, 105, and 107), please see this note from our counselor, Mrs. Mulholland, regarding a social and emotional learning curriculum being implemented by our clinicians in these classrooms.

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.
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,

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

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.

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..
In case you missed it...
8th graders looking at their peers' molecules and atoms project.
Grateful for the opportunity to talk about safety with our Kindergarten students!
Way to go, Cougars! Congrats on your first W of the year!
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at