Dear Solomon Family--

We have been so impressed by the perseverance, teamwork, and respect that our students, parents, and staff have shown through the first two weeks of school.

On Tuesday evening, we have our annual Curriculum Night (teacher presentations 6:00-7:00, school-wide town hall meeting 7:00-8:00). By the end of the day Monday, a document will be shared with links to all of the virtual meetings held by our staff--stay tuned!

One of the points you will hear at Curriculum Night is some school-wide grading policies for remote learning. As we work towards adapting high expectations and high levels of support for students to the remote learning environment, our staff wants our grading policy to match that goal.

As a result, all teachers will be using a "no-zero" policy and a one week, full credit grace period for all students in submitting late work school-wide during remote learning. Teachers will speak to these policies in more detail during their Curriculum Night meetings. We know the many challenges that remote learning continues to pose, and it is our hope that these grading policies are consistent with providing high levels of support during these challenging times.

To get your feedback on the remote learning experience, we have created a parent survey (here) to help us hear your perspectives on remote learning so far. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us adapt our high expectations and high levels of support to the remote learning environment.

Last, on a completely different note, Solomon is submitting a proposal for the 39th Ward Participatory Budget process; for more on what participatory budgeting is, click here. We are proposing playground enhancements that will improve our facilities for our students and our community. To gather your feedback on our playground needs, we would love for all members of the Solomon community to respond to this survey by October 1.

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
  • Due to the district policy that "no student fees should be collected unless vital to the facilitation of remote learning until further notice", our Local School Council has voted this past week to not collect student fees at this time.

  • Additionally, the district is strongly discouraging schools from fundraising at this time as well. What this means for Solomon, and how our Friends of Solomon School-Parent Teacher Organization can support Solomon during these challenging times, will be discussed at their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 23, at 6pm. All families and staff are welcome to join us as we plan this year's events. Meeting information:

Google Meet: meet.google.com/xac-oemr-jzi
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‪Phone: (US) +1 631-861-4572‬ PIN: ‪162 460 781‬#

  • To help students, families, and staff understand their roles and expectations during remote learning, we've created a document that helps demonstrate what perseverance, teamwork, and respect look like during remote learning. Teachers are sharing this with students, and we will speak to it during Curriculum Night as well. Check it out here.

  • "Respecting Privacy and Confidentiality", according to the district: "Student privacy and the confidentiality of student information remains a top priority for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As part of remote learning, some schools will be implementing live virtual sessions that include whole classroom or small group instruction. During these sessions, names and images of students may be visible to the teacher and other participating students. To protect student privacy, parents or other individuals should not participate in, observe, or record virtual sessions. Please note that teachers may record their live virtual sessions for archiving and later reference for students. Teachers will inform students when they are recording sessions."

  • 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.

  • 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 (Note: The deadline has been extended until November 18 this past week). 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
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.

Highly recommended addition to your child's remote learning environment: a good set of headphones.

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 22: Solomon Curriculum Night (virtual, of course!), 6:00-8:00

September 23: Friends of Solomon School-Parent Teacher Organization meeting, 6:00
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.

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

Our friends at iCook are offering after-school online enrichment programs that incorporate cooking and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). If you are interested in learning more about their programs, please click here.
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Questions or concerns? Contact the main office at (773) 534-5226 or email Principal Gamble at crgamble@cps.edu.