Dear Solomon Family--

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. We have a lot to celebrate from last week...

*More students returning to in-person learning for the first time in 13 months--two-thirds of our students have returned for in-person learning so far this school year!
*Collaboration and partnership between parents and staff with the 3rd Quarter parent-teacher conferences
*Earth Day celebrations where both our youngest and oldest students were out in our community making a difference (see pictures below)

Please read below for updates on state assessments, this week's student Title IX training, and a demonstration of learning from our 7th graders.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Notes
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) will take place during the weeks of May 3 and May 10 for students in grades 3-8. With the testing schedule, there will be changes to the remote learning schedule for those two weeks only. We will share those changes with students and parents by the end of this week.

Aliens at the Gym: Six Comedic Sketches is a series of short plays written and performed by the 7th grade students at Solomon Elementary School. This performance is the culminating project for the On Air Residency, taught by Jamie Olah. Over the course of several months, students learned about comedy, creative writing, radio plays, acting and Foley artistry. Each sketch was created by a group of students who collaborated to devise the plot, characters, dialogue and sound effects for their piece. To access their project and to hear their awesomeness in action, please click here.

Our librarian and media specialist, Ms. Coleman, is hard at work cataloging all of our library books, many of which were in student's lockers and classrooms at the time of our closing in March 2020. We have accounted for many, but not all, of our Solomon library books. If you see any at home (hint: they may be in large Ziploc bags!), please bring them in!

Please see this link for our breakfast and lunch menus through May 14. We hope to transition to hot lunches within the first two weeks of May, though, so I will be sure to share any new menus once we make that switch.

Our school budget for the 2021-2022 school year was released last week, and I will be working with our staff, parent, and community leaders in our Local School Council to develop a plan that will fund all of our priorities.

Additionally, with the release of the budgets, the district announced its intention to resume 5 days a week in-person learning when we return in August. Many more details to come on that.

The pre-k application for the 2021–22 school year is open now. There are more than 600 CPS and community-based preschool programs located throughout the city; choose the program that is best for your family. To learn more about applying for pre-k, visit chicagoearlylearning.org, call (312) 229-1690, or make an appointment with one of the city’s family resource centers.
In case you missed it... (The Earth Day Edition)
We had a number of student groups helping keep Solomon and our community clean this week, as part of Earth Day celebrations. A big thank you goes out to the upper grade students, under the leadership of Mrs. Reis, as well as our Girl Scouts from the primary grades.
Title IX Training for Students
This is a message from CPS: With an ever changing education landscape, the safety of our Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students continues to be of the utmost importance. Earlier this year, our staff completed compliance training “Protecting Chicago’s Children”. These training sessions further ensure our staff remain vigilant about addressing any issues that could compromise the health and safety of your students. The next phase of the Office of Student Protection and Title IX’s commitment to this endeavor is providing training on preventing and reporting abuse to all K-12 CPS students.

The Office of Student Protection and Title IX (OSP) Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Student Training covers the following 5 learning objectives in developmentally appropriate language:

  1. Students will understand CPS Title IX Policy and Discrimination Statement
  2. Students will know who the Title IX Coordinator is, what OSP does, and how to get in touch with OSP
  3. Students will understand what constitutes sexual harassment 
  4. Students will be aware of the resources available to students who report sexual harassment or retaliation, including interim measures pending an investigation
  5. Students will know what to do if they believe they or other students have been subjected to sexual harassment 

As a district, OSP has collaborated across a number of departments to create developmentally appropriate sessions that will allow students to identify abuse and empower them to report any wrong doing that may have occurred. The sessions have been broken down by PreK-3rd Grade, 4th-8th Grade, and 9th-12th Grade and are all around 30-45 minutes.

Training for Solomon students will be with Mr. Gamble and the Solomon Student Support Team for thirty minutes on Wednesday, April 28th throughout the day. Teachers will communicate with students the time that students will need to login to attend the training.

Parents have the right to opt-out of the Office of Student Protection and Title IX Student Training. If you choose to opt your child out please email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.

If you wish to teach your child this material yourself, you can access the videos to the sessions on the OSP website at www.cps.edu/osp.

For questions about course content, please submit them here, and the OSP Training Team will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for making CPS a safe place to learn for our students.
In-Person Learning Reminders
  • Changes in protocols (entry, dismissal, lunch, etc.) are all detailed in this letter. Please review before returning to in-person learning.

  • The health screener needs to be taken for each student every day. If you are not receiving a personalized text, you can always complete the screener at cps.edu/healthscreener, and you will need to enter your child's CPS email address and birthdate.

  • If your child is feeling sick, PLEASE keep them at home for the safety of all students and staff. Students have the option to learn from home when they are not feeling well. If a student comes to school and exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, they will be sent to the care room and then picked up by a parent. Students who are sent home after being in the care room are required to provide a doctor's note or negative COVID test clearing them for return.


  • Please review, print, sign, and return the student and parent Cougar Pledges. These behaviors will help keep our students and staff safe, and everyone contributes to our success!

  • Thank you to those who have submitted the consent form for student COVID testing. As a reminder, this is not required and there are no repercussions if you do not have your students tested. Students are only eligible for testing if they are 10 years and 1 day old or older and if they are in person on the day testing occurs. If you receive an email stating your student is being tested on their non-in person day, please disregard and do not bring your student to school to be tested.

  • All Solomon families should have received an email from CPS providing the option to give consent for testing electronically. Please see the email from CPS for further details.
Solomon Calendar
The most up-to-date place where you can find important events at Solomon is our school website's homepage, solomon.cps.edu. Logins for each of the virtual meetings can be found in that same calendar. Additionally, please be mindful of the following upcoming events:

April 28: Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Student presentations

May 3-14: Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Assessment for grades 3-8

May 11: Local School Council, 5:30

May 12: Friends of Solomon School PTO, 6:00

June 18: 8th Grade Graduation
Community Corner
Senator Villivalam, Representative D'Amico, and Alderman Nugent are partnering with the Compassionate Care Network to host a vaccine clinic with 1,200 doses on Thursday, April 29 (second doses will be on May 20), right here in our community. Early sign-up for the vaccination is available through Monday, April 26, at which point it will be offered to the general public. There are a limited number, though, so be sure to register in advance. For more information, click here or see the information below:

Date: Thursday, April 29 (second dose in same location May 20)
Time: 8am - 3:30pm 
Location: Salvation Army - Mayfair, 5020 N Pulaski (free parking on site)
Registerbit.ly/ccnvax1
Details: This clinic is open to anyone 16+ who wants to get a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of their insurance or immigration status. Registrants do not need to be residents of Chicago.

Please see the attached flier for more information about free eye exams for CPS students through Ageless Eye Care. Exams are by appointment only, please call the number listed on the flier to schedule: Eye Exams Flyer.pdf

All CPS students, regardless of income or citizenship status, are now eligible for food benefits as a result of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). For more information about the program and how you can receive these benefits, please click here. For the Notice of Eligibility statement, click here for English and here for Spanish.

Student meals are available from the district on a grab-and-go basis. While Solomon is not a distribution site, neighboring schools Sauganash Elementary (6040 N. Kilpatrick) and Peterson Elementary (5510 N. Christiana) are both open daily between 8:00-1:00. For more information on the CPS Grab-and-Go Meal Sites, click here.

CIADC (Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center) is excited to open up after school classes in all 4 Department shops, free for CPS students. Interested CPS students should complete this short form, and a CIADC staff member will contact them with instructions for free after school registration. For Saturday classes, students still have the option to apply for tuition assistance here. Their first Spring session begins the week of 3/29, and the second session begins the week of 5/10. Tuition assistance is available.

Ms. Jamie Olah, who has worked with our 7th graders in Ms. Liu's English Language Arts classes for many years, is offering virtual after school theater programming for elementary school-aged students. For more information, click here.
Solomon Spirit Wear
I am excited to announce that we have a new partner for Solomon spirit wear this year, SquadLocker. Great new gear--t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, shorts, polos, face masks...you name it. Peter the Cougar never looked so good. And, you can order at any time, and it will be delivered to your door. This replaces the once-a-year order that our staff and volunteers had previously organized in the building.

Click here to see what is available now, and be the first on your block to represent Solomon in our new gear!
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.