Dear Solomon Family--

I would like to wish everyone a happy Memorial Day today, with special gratitude for our armed service members, both past and present, and those who lost their lives serving our country.

As we prepare for our end of the school the next few weeks, here are a couple of items to have on your radar:

  • 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 (tomorrow is "K" day). 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 grade families received information about the end-of-year festivities on Thursday, and we will follow up with more information about ticket distribution and other questions that came up in the near future--stay tuned!

  • There are a lot of other fun end-of-year festivities for all students, and we will continue to use the newsletter to share the fun news. Teachers will also be communicating class-specific information about the end-of-year, including book returns, so keep an eye out for those teacher emails as well.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
News and Notes
8th graders in room 107 will be taking their Illinois Science Assessment on Thursday, June 3 (Pod B), and Monday, June 7 (Pod A).

Parents of students in our cluster program: Extended School Year (ESY) invitation letters are scheduled to go home with students Tuesday, June 1. We will send digital copies as well. ESY is scheduled to begin June 28 this summer.

For families informed that their students are recommended for attending in-person summer Bridge+ programming, you should be receiving a confirmation of registration email from the district between June 2-4. Bridge+ programming begins on July 6.

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to offer after-school programming once again during the 2021-2022 school year. Additionally, we are exploring the possibility of hosting some summer programming at Solomon as well. One caveat to the summer programming is that it would have to be outside, due to construction beginning at Solomon in June 2021. Please provide feedback on what kind of programming, either summer or after-school, you would like to see us offer in this survey. Please respond by June 2. Thank you!

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!
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.