Dear Solomon Family--

I hope that everyone has had a great holiday weekend so far. Below are health and testing reminders to make sure you are ready for the start of Week 2.


  • Please return your signed Student COVID-19 Self-Certification Attestation form to the main office this week. 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. For the self-administered screener questions that should be asked daily before sending your child to school, please click here.

  • 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.



In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Updates and Reminders
Thank you to all of our families that have been navigating the transportation challenges during week 1. We are still waiting for more information from the district regarding the stipend being offered to families, and as soon as we have more information, we will continue to reach out to families over the phone.

An important reminder regarding parking and the streets surrounding Solomon for pick-up and drop-off. We are seeing a number of families attempt to drop off their child(ren) by double-parking on Avers, which is not safe. Please follow the directions below:

  • The staff lot off of Avers is closed to parents, starting at 8:30am and through 4:30pm. We have students coming in and out of the doors adjacent to the lot during those times, which is why we limit traffic.
  • Because traffic can be thick on Avers and Hamlin during morning drop-off, we recommend parking on a side street and walking a block to escort your child to their assigned door.
  • There is no "kiss and ride" on either Avers or Hamlin, meaning that for your child to exit the car, you will need to park your car and safely escort them across the street.
  • Parents are not permitted to park on the school-side of Avers during morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up, due to buses using that side of the street for student transportation. The only exception is for parents of students in our cluster program that are parking for less than 5 minutes for student drop-off or pick-up; in those case, please put your blinkers on and park as close to the ends of the street as possible to ensure space for our buses.
  • Please be safe and courteous out there! Peter the Cougar would want you to be respectful and to demonstrate teamwork :)

Elementary school sports (CPS SCORE) at Solomon will be resuming shortly. Rosters have been submitted to the district, and we will be reach out to participants this week with coach and practice information.

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with our friends from J at School for before and after school care at Solomon this coming year. We are anticipating that before school care will available from 7-9am, and after school care will be offered from 4-6pm, with drop-off and pick-up at Door #6. The sign-up link is available here.

I am excited to announce that our Local School Council has approved a one-year suspension of our current dress code policy, with the intent of working with our Student Voice Committee during the 2021-2022 school year to create a new, permanent policy. What does that mean for this year and what your child should wear? Please click here to see the changes for this school year.

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.

Supply lists for the 2021-2022 school year can be found here.

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.

We currently have one parent and one community representative position on the Solomon Local School Council. To learn more about these positions or to find out how you can apply for one of these vacancies, please contact Mr. Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.
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 14: Local School Council meeting, 5:30

September 21: Curriculum Night, 6:00
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.
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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.