Dear Solomon Family--

We are excited to welcome back grades 6-8 Pod A students on Monday, March 8. K-5th grade students returned last week, and our 6-8th grade students in Pod B return this coming Thursday, March 11. The return so far has been a safe and positive return to in-person learning. Routines and procedures are a lot different for our students, and both our students and staff have been flexible and creative as we navigate this new environment. I have nothing but gratitude for our parents and staff for making last week a smooth one!

A few important reminders to keep in mind as we start the week:

  • With the return of students in our general education program last week, our school-wide schedules, both in-person and remote, changed for ALL students on March 1. Thank you for adjusting to new times for classes last week. Wednesday is a remote learning day for all students in our K-8 general education program, and Wednesdays have a different schedule than other days according to the district's reopening plan. All teachers have shared those schedules via email and/or your child's Google Classroom page; if you are unsure of your child's schedule on any day, please reach out to the main office.

  • Please review this letter that details different entry times and locations for ALL classrooms. We have staggered entry times between 9:00-9:10 at each door to make sure that pods from different grade levels don't mix.

  • Dismissal times are staggered at each door between 3:50-4:00. Please help us keep students from mixing pods by picking your child up on time.

  • 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 pledges. These behaviors will help keep our students and staff safe, and everyone contributes to our success!

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Notes
Sign-up for our free after-school virtual clubs and programs is now open! Clubs and programs started the week of March 1. These clubs and programs are run by Solomon staff. You can see what programming is available for grades K-8 in our "at-a-glance" document, and after you read about program requirements there, you can sign up here. We have adjusted some of our start times slightly to account for students who will be at school during the day and then coming home to join the virtual program.

Per CPS policy, the use of school playground equipment is now permitted. For more guidance on the health and safety protocols for school playgrounds, click here.

The annual Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Essay Commemoration Writing Competition is now open through March 12. This writing contest, which commemorates the first immigrant and modern day founder of Chicago, is open to all students in grades 3-5, and students can learn more about the contest and the prizes here.

Only cold lunches and breakfasts will be available for the next two weeks as we put into place new lunch protocols (namely, students eating in their classrooms). For those menus for March 1-12, click here.

This past week we started a partnership with our friends at Alternatives Youth in a program called Generation Rx, providing medication safety education to our 7th and 8th graders. For more information on the program, click here and reach out to our counselor Mrs. Mulholland or our upper grade science teacher Mrs. Reis.

This week we have our monthly Local School Council and Friends of Solomon School PTO meetings. With school reopening and some new projects on the horizon, now is a good time to join us!

Local School Council
Tuesday, March 9, at 5:30pm
meet.google.com/fok-vbbk-knr
‪(US) +1 740-743-8487‬ PIN: ‪209 449 338‬#

Friends of Solomon School PTO
Wednesday, March 10, at 6pm
meet.google.com/zut-ehhn-yrd
‪(US) +1 209-730-0451‬ PIN: ‪301 431 171‬#
In-Person Learning Reminders

  • On Monday, March 8, families that have not yet selected in-person learning for their child(ren) will receive a Quarter 4 Intent to Return survey from the district via text or email. Families currently enrolled in in-person learning will not need to resubmit the intent form for Quarter 4. The window for providing a response will be open for 2 weeks. If families elect to return for Quarter 4, those students would return the week of April 19.

  • We are asking that students returning for in-person learning and their parents both complete "Cougar Pledges", in order to illustrate what we will need from everyone to have a successful re-entry. Please have your child return these (student and parent) on the first day of school.

  • Reiterating what is in the Cougar Pledges, everyone must wear a mask while on Solomon's campus, all day long. Please talk to your child about this expectation as well.

  • Below are step-by-step directions to get your child(ren)'s health screener form sent directly to your phone each day for in-person learners. The screener must be completed each day before students are allowed to enter Solomon. Looking for a video on how to complete the screener, with videos in different languages? Check out this helpful resource from our friends at Volta Elementary!

  • This letter (edited on 2/26) details changes in school-wide procedures due to COVID-19 for all in-person learners.

  • 6-8 students in our general education program return to Solomon the week of March 8.

  • K-8 students in our general education program are divided into pods A and B. Pod A students will report on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Pod B students will report on Thursday and Fridays. Wednesdays is an all-remote day for these students. If you have any questions about which pod your child is in, please call our main office.
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:

March 8: 6-8 grade students in the general education program resume in-person learning

March 9: Local School Council meeting, 5:30

March 10: Friends of Solomon School PTO meeting, 6:00
Community Corner
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 starting a new session of Industrial Arts classes in our Youth Pathways Program the week of February 8. Students still have time to register and to take advantage of our needs-based Tuition Assistance. We have extremely small classes and stringent Health Safety protocols. For more information about their program for students in grades 6-9, click here.

Our district's Office of Family and Community Engagement is hosting a "Supporting the Whole Child" series, which starts on March 1. This series will address topics that relate to youth health. For more information, click here.

Help the district redesign its accountability system for schools, the School Quality Rating Policy. For more information and upcoming meetings, 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.