Dear Parents and Community--

As a neighborhood school, we rely on parents and community members to be involved and engaged in their child's learning. One way to engage is to volunteer. While many classroom teachers have reached out to solicit volunteers for their classrooms, the main office has some volunteer requests as well. We are currently seeking:

  • translators
  • grant writer
  • photographer
  • bulletin board designers
  • Picture Day assistance (see below)

In addition to volunteering, we are seeking the following donations:

  • gently-used office furniture
  • materials for our Cougar Cafe (see below)

If you are able to assist with any of these needs, please respond here. Those that respond will get a prompt response from Mr. Gamble. Thank you for doing your part to make our community school strong!
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.

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!

Be on the lookout for an announcement about a social event at Alarmist Brewery coming soon!

There is a vacancy on the board of the FOSSPTO. If interested in applying, please reach out to for more information.

Remember to like our new Facebook page, Friends of Solomon School PTO!
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.

  • We need 3-4 parent volunteers to assist from 9:15-1:45 (approximately). Parents that volunteer will get a $35 coupon towards their photo order from Lifetouch. If interested, please sign up here. All volunteers will have needed to complete the district volunteer form (Level II volunteer).
Meet Solomon Staff
Ms. Esther Leiva is new to Solomon this year. She serves as a classroom assistant in Kindergarten (105) and our lead lunch and recess attendant. She is currently a student in an early childhood education program, and, as you can see, she loves traveling with her family.

Welcome to Solomon, Ms. Leiva!
News and Notes
  • 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.

  • The first Solomon Prospective Parent Tour is scheduled for Friday, October 4, at 9:30am. All tours except January 10, 2020, are on the first Friday of the month, and students will contribute by leading parts of the tour. Dates posted at

  • 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: Between Friends will launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Tuesday, October 1 with our Light Up the Lakefront event at North Avenue Beach. Thousands of candles will be lit in a striking visual tribute to the nearly 12 million adults and over 19 million children affected by domestic violence every year. They are looking for volunteers, and if you are interested, click here.

  • Community Update #3: 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 ( 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, Additionally, please be mindful of the following upcoming events:

October 4: 5th Week Progress Reports go home

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)
In case you missed it...
Ms. Ptak shared an "SEL Quote of the Week", posted in our main hallway, that really speaks to our school-wide expectation of perseverance. Students and staff respond to these quotes in the space below, so be sure to check it out and add your own thoughts!
This past week we offered our first "Cougar Cafe", building another opportunity for community-based instruction in our special education cluster program for students with low-incidence disabilities. This week, students in 104 with Ms. Gulino-Bobel staffed the cafe, with different classes to follow. Thank you for your donations to help make this a possibility!
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In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary