Dear Solomon Family--

I am grateful to each of you, Solomon families and staff members, for persevering through a fun yet challenging first week. Being in many classes last week, I saw enthusiasm and joy with students reuniting and getting back into their routines, staff collaborating with each other to create innovative and engaging experiences for our students, and, most importantly, individuals leaning on each other as we needed help.

The big challenge came from the difficulties of schooling during a pandemic. Some of the challenges were technical (how to log into Google Classroom, where to get a device), whereas others stemmed from the fact that no one is truly happy with this mode of schooling. At many times it is difficult and laborious to all of us involved, and many of the questions raised felt unanswerable.

I am personally and professionally committed to being positive and believing that "we've got this", which I repeat to staff at all times. I am not naive, though, and I understand the frustrations that we feel. I feel like the two antidotes to this are frequent, 2-way conversation and taking care of yourself. If something is bothering you, reach out to me or your child's teacher to set up a time to talk about what you see on your end. We create that same space for our staff--we have to listen and understand the problems before addressing them, and even then we may not be able to fully address them. Similarly, as we discuss solutions and next steps, grant each other grace as we figure out how to do this in the best way. Be sure you know how to reach out to your child's teachers to set up a time to discuss, and I can be available to meet, virtually or outside on the campus, by reaching me at crgamble@cps.edu or 773-534-5226.

I am wishing a happy and healthy second week of the school year.

In partnership,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
New this year!
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!
News and Notes
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.

New to our Solomon website: Ms. Mulholland's "Counselor's Corner". For parents requesting counselor supports and access to community resources, be sure to check it out!

Families received hard copies of beginning of the year packets to fill out, as well as digital links in August. One particular form that is vital for families to complete is the Family Income Information Form. Submissions for this document in part dictate the amount of funding available to Solomon. If you don't want to answer any of the questions, you can list your student's name and fill out bottom parent information with the signature and date. Write words OPT OUT on the form. The form is due to the main office by September 30. Please either scan and email to Mrs. Tamborino at ajtamborino@cps.edu or place inside our form dropbox outside of Door #1.

Teachers are monitoring student attendance during each live/synchronous session, and our main office will adjust attendance throughout the day based on that. It is vital that your child is in class on time and throughout the duration of the day. If technology is preventing your child from accessing class, please call the main office for assistance. If your child is going to be absent, we ask that you continue to follow routine attendance procedure by calling the main office (773-534-5226). An email is not considered a valid submission and will not be accepted to excuse an absence. When leaving a phone message for our main office on your child's absence, please include the following:
  1. Student first and last name
  2. The date of your child's absence
  3. If not a full day absence, the length of time for the absence
  4. The reason for the absence
  5. Your full name (you must be listed as a parent or legal guardian in the student's records)
  6. Your contact number

Our next Solomon Local School Council meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 5:30pm (agenda here). LSC meetings are open to public participation, and you can access the meeting by joining us at:
Google Meets
Join by phone:
‪(US) +1 614-992-2326‬ 
PIN: ‪157 886 828‬#
Technology Assistance
We have staff available from 9:00-4:00 daily to assist you with any technology needs that you have. Please reach us at 773-534-5226 for assistance, or stop by Door #1 if you require in-person help. If you still need a device or did not have a chance to pick up your child's remote learning materials, please come to door #1 during that time.

Need more information on technology and CPS accounts? Click here for a link to district resources. You can also reach out to the district's Parent Tech Help Line at 773-417-1060 for technical assistance.

Need more information on the Chicago Connected program and access to free internet? Click here for a link to more information.

The district is hosting live webinars for parents accessing the Google Suite (Classroom, Meets, etc.). For information on upcoming webinars, click here.

Click here for the district "Frequently Asked Questions" document that address some common questions about the Google Suite and technology assistance.
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. Additionally, please be mindful of the following upcoming events:

September 15: Local School Council meeting, 5:30

September 22: Solomon Curriculum Night (virtual, of course!): 6:00-7:30
Community Corner
Our partners from J at School are offering registration for supported e-learning during the full school day at 4 different locations; one location is 2 blocks from Solomon at the Lamassu Youth Center (6307 N.Pulaski). Click here for more information on the program and to register.

The Participatory Budgeting Cycle II in the 39th Ward is now open. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Residents will decide how to spend $500,000 of the 39th Ward Infrastructure Improvement Funds for 2021. Do you have a project proposal idea for Solomon or anywhere in the 39th ward? Project ideas will be accepted until October 2nd, 2020. Community Representatives will determine which ideas get on the ballot and anyone over the age of 14 residing in the 39th Ward will be able to vote on a Project. More information on the Participatory Budgeting process is available here.

Solomon will be hosting a Daisy Girl Scout group for 1st graders. For more information on joining, click here.

The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center (CIADC) is a not-for-profit educational organization in Rogers Park, offering classes this Fall for ages 12 and up in four studio workshops, each providing hands-on applications to STEM/STEAM. They provide scholarships covering 80-100% of costs, depending on need. Classes are limited to no more than 6 students per shop with ample room for social distancing far exceeding CDC recommendations. The also require that masks be worn at all times, and they sanitize all equipment between each class. CIADC also offers programming for both Teens and Adults in Casting & Molding, Metalworking & Forging, Technology & Design, and Woodworking, and cater to all interests and skill-levels. Side note: My son attended a camp there this summer and learned a ton. We loved it! See here for more information.
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.