Dear Solomon Family--

Thank you for all that made teacher and staff appreciation week a success this past week. We had fun celebrating our staff, and your contributions were a big part of that! See below for pictures from some of the festivities last week.

We send love to all of our mothers today--Happy Mother's Day!

We have a few community meetings this week, including our Local School Council meeting on Tuesday where we discuss the FY22 school budget. All are welcome to join and participate! Please see below for more information.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
The Cougar Cafe was serving up drinks and treats to our staff on Thursday.
Thank you to Alderman Nugent and the 39th Ward team for the recognition and the donuts!
On Friday our FOSSPTO gave our staff "Solomon Strong" t-shirts and Lou Malnati's gift cards as a show of gratitude! Staff will also be able to enjoy a socially-distant lunch on our new picnic tables!
News and Notes
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness continues this week. This week's schedule is:

Pod A:

May 10: Math 2 at 9:15
May 11: Math 3 at 9:15, ELA 3 at 2:10 (grades 3-5) or 1:30 (grades 6-8)

Pod B:

May 13: Math 2 at 9:15
May 14: Math 3 at 9:15, ELA 3 at 2:10 (grades 3-5) or 1:30 (grades 6-8)

Make-up sessions will be held the week of May 17. As a reminder, synchronous remote learning is not held during testing sessions, and you should consult your child's remote learning schedule for this week, shared via email and/or Google Classroom, for more details.

Meetings this week:

Local School Council
Tuesday, May 11, 5:30
Meet: meet.google.com/brd-esko-uag
Phone: ‪(US) +1 470-327-0833‬ PIN: ‪771 303 790‬#

Friends of Solomon School PTO
Wednesday, May 12, 6:00
Meet: meet.google.com/gfb-ksxd-tca
Phone: ‪(US) +1 832-680-0812‬ PIN: ‪892 579 482‬#

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 are hearing that families who applied through the online application for non-neighborhood residents should be notified by the end of the month.

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.

Please see this link for our breakfast and lunch menus through May 14.

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!

Construction on the Granville Ave. sidewalk continues, and should wrap up, this week. The work is intended to replace the sidewalk between Hamlin and Avers. We've asked the construction company to avoid working at entry and dismissal times, as we will continue to use Door #5 for student entry and exit.
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!
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 3-14: Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Assessment for grades 3-8

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

May 11: Local School Council, 5:30

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

June 18: 8th Grade Graduation
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

This week's FACE2FACE webinar from the Office of Student Health and Wellness and the Office of Family and Community Engagement is on sexual health. This series addresses important topics that impact CPS youth, and for more information, click here.

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.

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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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.