Dear Solomon Family--

This week our 7th graders in Ms. Liu's English Language Arts/Social Studies class will be presenting their Our American Voice (OAV) Community Action project. In the words of Ms. Liu:

"Solomon Elementary School’s 7th grade students are reading a book titled, This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewel. As Common Sense Media states, “This is a tough, in your face, stand up and be heard book that challenges the idea that young readers (even those in grade school) can't make a difference in the fight against racism.” For this year’s OAV Community Action project we want to apply our learning to our school community and work together to take actions against racial hatred, bias, systemic racism and the oppression of marginalized groups. Part of our school’s Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) is to tackle the systemic injustices of racism and provide students with ways to take action and respond."

Hate has no home in our school and in the Peterson Park community, and our students are taking the lead in bringing put these values into practice. Please join me in wishing our students luck with presenting their findings to other schools participating in the OAV program and in working together to keep our community safe from hate.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Notes
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. Please share the word with families in our community!

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 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...
Every child is a writer! Here our primary grade students are developing their literacy skills, as well as their self-expression.
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

May 31: Memorial Day (no school)

June 18: 8th Grade Graduation

June 22: Final day of school for students
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!
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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.