Dear Parents and Community--

Our annual goal for attendance is 96%, and I am happy to say that the following homerooms had attendance at or above that goal for the month of September--105 (K), 101 (1st), 102 (2nd), 110 (3rd), 115 (4th), 119 (5th), 114 (6th), 120 (7th), and 107 (8th). Our highest attendance was room 102, with 98.9% attendance for September. They are our Keepers of the Cougar, with PETER the Cougar in their homeroom for the entire month. Our goal is for all learners here every day, healthy and ready to learn.
Friends of Solomon School-Parent Teacher Organization Updates
Please sign our for our parent group at Solomon, the Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization (FOSSPTO). A copy of the membership form is here, and you can stop in at the main office to pay this year's dues.

And on to some very exciting news...

*It's ready!!!! Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization is now available as a charity on Amazon Smile!!! It's so simple! Use this link to set it up. Go to Your Accounts then either go to Your Amazon Smile if you already have a charity and need to switch it or Amazon Smile Charity Lists if you are just getting started..

  • Under Your Current Charity (on the right) click on CHANGE CHARITY or search charities to add us new.
  • Type Friends of Solomon School and it will pop up as an option. Hit select....and now a % of your orders will go back to the school!
  • Make sure you always place your order through the smile site or it won't count for us....thanks!

We love finding easy ways for our community to give back to Solomon - whether a restaurant give back, box tops, or now Amazon Smile, thank you for everything you do to help out - it all adds up!

*McTeacher Night is coming to the McDonalds at 3241 W. Peterson on October 9 from 4:30-7:30! With these slips, 15% of sales come back to our FOSSPTO. Plus, see Solomon staff and friends working at McDonalds that evening!

*Save-the-Date: We will be having our Fall Social Event at Alarmist on October 24. Raise a pint, and raise some funds for our FOSSPTO!

*Our first Go Get Your Smock with Ms. Diane starts on Monday, October 7. Visual arts enrichment is courtesy of our parents and community at Solomon. Thank you!

*There is a vacancy on the board of the FOSSPTO. If interested in applying, please reach out to solomonpto@gmail.com for more information. Our next FOSSPTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, at 6pm in our library.

*Remember to like our new Facebook page, Friends of Solomon School PTO!
Make sure to bring these slips to McTeacher Night so that our FOSSPTO gets a percentage of sales!
Picture Day: October 9, 2019
Picture Day is coming to Solomon on October 9 for grades Pre-K through 8th. New this year--with Lifetouch, you can login and make your orders online with the picture day ID "EVTR2X22H" and get freebies from Shutterfly.

  • Picture Day is a "no-uniform" day--show your individual spirit!

  • For 8th graders, this is not the graduation picture; that will be later in the year.

  • Make-up in case you miss the October date or are unsatisfied with the picture is November 19.
Meet Solomon Staff
Ms. Natalie Perez has joined Solomon as a new Special Education Classroom Assistant this year. Ms. Perez is currently supporting a range of students in both the cluster and general education classroom settings, and we are excited to have her on the team.

Welcome to Solomon, Ms. Perez!
News and Notes
  • As you may have heard in the news this week, a strike date of October 17 has been set by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Service Employees International Union Local 73. While we hope for a speedy resolution that all parties can agree to, the district is preparing in advance. For all district updates regarding the potential strike, check the district's website for all information.

  • We are set with volunteers for Picture Day, but we can still use more volunteers and donations from last week's request: donations for our Cougar Cafe, office furniture, grant writers, and more! If you are able to assist with any of these needs, please respond here.

  • Our Cross Country team's one practice invitational was cancelled last week due to the weather, so Coach Huang and the runners will do as PETER the Cougar does: persevere! All are welcome to join us for a practice invitational on Tuesday, October 8. Click here for more information.

  • For all district updates regarding the potential October 17 strike, check the district's website for all information.

  • Fee information: Thank you to all that have submitted their fees so far! Fees will continue to be collected by your child's homeroom teacher for those that have not turned them in yet.

  • School-based after-school classes and clubs sign-up information will be shared soon, so be on the lookout! These classes and clubs is funded through a grant from the district, with many of the programs selected by students themselves.

  • If you would like to volunteer at Solomon this year, you must complete the district's volunteer application form, available here. If you have applied and not received confirmation from the district via email that you are eligible to volunteer at Solomon, please bring your driver's license or ID to the main office so that we can confirm your application. Thanks!

  • Before- and after-care with J at School: You can registration for before- and after-school care (7-9am, 4-6pm) with J at School here.

  • Community Update #1: Family Fun Saturdays is a Zoo for All program designed for early learners on the Autism spectrum and their families. For more information about this program at Brookfield Zoo, click here.

  • Community Update #2: Our partners at JCC Chicago are hosting their annual camping event for families with children who have developmental disabilities, social and communication disorders and other complex needs. For more information on their Fall Family Camp, click here.
Open Houses
For the next month or so, we will highlight high school open houses, as the application process begins on September 30. Our school counselor, Ms. Ptak, is happy to answer any questions you might have (saptak@cps.edu). She will see you at the High School Fair at Onahan Elementary on October 16 (see attached).

Click here for a list of selective enrollment schools in CPS and their open house dates.

CICS-Northtown has their open house on October 19. Click here for more information.

For our CPS families at Solomon, please feel free to share with Ms. Ptak or Mr. Gamble any other open house dates to highlight. We have a lot of high schools represented in our family, and we are happy to share anything you would like us to highlight.
Important Dates
The most up-to-date place where you can find important events at Solomon is our school website's homepage, solomon.cps.edu. Additionally, please be mindful of the following upcoming events:

October 8: Local School Council meeting (5:30, library)

October 9: Picture Day at Solomon

October 9: McTeacher's Night for Solomon at McDonald's (4:30-7:30, 3241 W. Peterson)

October 15: Friends of Solomon School-PTO meeting (6:00, library)

October 24: FOSSPTO Fall Social Event at Alarmist Brewery (4055 W. Peterson)
In case you missed it...
Ms. Ranquist, Ms. Perta, and Solomon students attended a Chinese cultural exchange fair at Whitney Young Magnet High School last Saturday.
Our 3rd grade junior historians analyzed personal timelines with artifacts and built relationships, all at the same time, with Ms. Gleeson and Mr. Delgado.
To have your email address added to this distribution list, please complete this form. Newsletters are also available via our website, solomon.cps.edu. Newsletters are sent out weekly, with the exception of holiday and summer breaks.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary