Dear Solomon Family--

Our school year is winding down, and I’m sure that you and your children are looking forward to the summer break. But planning is already well underway for the fall, and the district needs your partnership to make next school year a success. 

Please take a few minutes now to complete the Fall 2021 Survey at cps.edu/FamilySurvey; it is also available in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Polish, Urdu, and Arabic. CPS will be welcoming students back to the classroom five days a week, and the district needs your feedback to help shape what next school year will look like. This survey is completely anonymous, and responses need to be submitted by Friday, June 18.

Keeping your children healthy and safe is always our top priority, so the district want to know what steps (masks, social distancing, etc.) will be most important to you moving forward. This survey will also help the district understand how to better support you, and will let the district know how you would prefer to receive updates (email, social media, etc.) as plans for the new school year continue. 

This survey is not an opt-in form for in-person learning. It is just a tool to help the district check in with families as plans are made for the new school year. The vast majority of CPS students will attend school in person this fall, but CPS is working on a remote learning option for children who cannot return due to medical reasons. More information on this plan will be shared with families soon.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. As always, I invite you to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. 

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Notes
8th graders in room 107 enrolled in our Algebra program will be taking their year-end Algebra Exit Exams this coming Thursday (in-person) and the following Monday (remote only). Good luck, Class of 2021!

This week we will be doing vision and hearing screenings for in-person learners on Tuesday and Thursday. The state mandates that the following students are screened:

  • Vision Screenings are required annually for students in Pre-K, K, 2nd, and 8th Grades. Students who are new to the District and students with an IEP must also receive screening. The technician will also screen students participating in MTSS/Response to Intervention (Tier 3)..
  • Hearing Screenings are required annually for students in Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades. Students who are new to the District and students with an IEP must also receive screening. The technician will also screen students participating in MTSS/Response to Intervention (Tier 3).

Supply lists for our general education homerooms are available to be ordered through Teacher Tailored. Click here to access the lists online; hard copies of the list are traveling home with students who are in-person learners. If you order online through June 25, those supplies will be delivered to your home by August 27. You can also choose to purchase the items from the list on your own as well. If you purchase through Teacher Tailored, a portion of the sales come back to our Friends of Solomon School Parent Teacher Organization.

End-of-year updates:

  • During the last week of school (Monday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 22), we are going to have a small schedule change. Monday, June 21, will stay a day of in-person attendance for our Pod A students. Tuesday, June 22, we are going to ask our Pod B students to attend in-person learning that day. That way, in that last week, we will be able to see all of our in-person learners.

  • We will be collecting Solomon-issued Chromebooks and iPads from all students that have borrowed devices for remote learning. Anyone who collected a device in March 2020 or afterwards, we are going to ask families to return those devices between Monday, June 21, and Thursday, June 24, between the hours of 9:00-4:00 at Door #1. This will allow our technology coordinator to ensure devices are in working order for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

  • As you may know, the ABC Countdown in the primary grades is in full effect. For "S" day, which is Friday, June 11, "S" day will be "Solomon" day school-wide. Celebrate "S" day and the end of the school year by wearing your Solomon gear that day!

  • 8th graders will graduate on our turf field at 1pm on Friday, June 18. Please keep in mind that if inclement weather is predicted we may move the time of the ceremonies that day or use Monday, June 21, as a rain date if needed.

Updates on summer programming at Solomon should be available by our next newsletter. The district has asked all schools to create programming to re-engage students over the summer, so we are in the process of recruiting staff and designing the programming, including your feedback provided in last week's survey. Stay tuned!

Registration for students that will be new to Solomon in grades K-8 next year will continue on Wednesdays between 10am-12pm and 1-3pm through June 23, and dates for summer registration will be shared shortly. Please come to Door #1 with your required documentation; for more information on what is required for registration, please click here. We will be reaching out to some of our waitlisted families that applied to Solomon through the lottery system this week about the registration process. If you have any questions about admissions, please call our main office during school hours, 9:00-4:00, at 773-534-5226.

Please take a moment and review the medical requirements for 2021-2022 school year by clicking here. Now is a good time to make those appointments for summer physicals!
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.

  • If you are looking to travel between now and the end of the school year, please review the district's travel guidance for families document.

  • 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!
In case you missed it...the 8th grade graduate shoutout edition!
And a big thank you to the Atkins family for providing staff with some cold drinks on a hot day last Friday! We feel appreciated!
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:



May 5, and every Wednesday through June 23: K-8 new student registration, 10:00am-12:00pm 1:00-3:00pm

June 16: Lou Malnati's PTO Restaurant Giveback Day

June 18: 8th Grade Graduation

June 21: Final day of in-person learning for Pod A students

June 22: Final day of in-person learning for Pod B students AND all remote learners
Community Corner
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

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.
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!
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.

Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.