Dear Solomon Family--

We are a day away from our first day of school, and our staff has been working hard this past week to get our virtual classrooms and our physical spaces ready for remote learning. Some staff will be working from Solomon, and others will be working from their homes--either way, our whole staff is excited to be with your child tomorrow at 9am.

Take a few moments today, if you haven't done so already, to log into your child's Google Classroom. You can do this by:

  • Logging into your child's account at cps.edu/portal.
  • Directions for logging in can be found here, and teachers have shared login and password information with our families in Kindergarten through 3rd.
  • Pre-Kindergarten students in room 108 with Ms. Coppa: Email information will be sent early this week once students are officially registered in the district database.
  • Students in grades 4-8: If you have forgotten your password, click here.

  • Google Classroom
  • Access your child's Google Classroom either by (1) going to classroom.google.com or (2) clicking on "the waffle" at the top right of the page immediately after logging in, and then clicking on "Classroom".
  • How-to video on accessing Google Classroom: Click on Initial Access video to start.

Teachers have sent emails with students and parents on their daily schedules and how to connect through Google Meet from the link inside Google Classroom. Teachers will continue to share their weekly schedule and plans through Google Classroom each week, no later than 5pm on the day before the start of the school week.

Tomorrow, we will have staff available from 8:45-4:30 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 last week, please come to door #1 any time tomorrow between 8:45-4:30.

Additionally, we are also hosting virtual Solomon Parent Google Suite Review sessions for any interested parents tomorrow, September 8, from 5:00-6:00pm. The goal of these meetings is to help parents feel more comfortable accessing Google Classroom, Google Docs, and other parts of the Google Suite for their child's instruction. Meeting information--Google Meet code: meet.google.com/yqt-cova-pxk; Phone: ‪(US) +1 575-378-3183‬ PIN: ‪624 601 773‬#

Need more information on technology and CPS accounts? Click here for a link to district resources.

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

As always, please reach out to me at crgamble@cps.edu or 773-534-5226 with any of your questions or concerns. There surely will be bumps in the road this week as we get started, and we will be working diligently to communicate clearly and consistently so that you have the information that you need. Our staff will be practicing grace and patience this week as we aim to start strong and build healthy relationships.

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!
School Opening Updates
This school year, once again, 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.

This year's supply lists can be found on our school website at https://www.solomon.cps.edu/supplylist.html. We are hopeful and expectant that we will be in the classroom this year, and even if we are not, these materials on the supply list will be used by students in the remote setting.

Fees: Information about this year's student fees will go out after our September 15 Local School Council meeting.
Remote Learning Frequently Asked Questions
As you already know, all Chicago Public Schools will be starting with remote instruction for the 1st Quarter of the school year, and a decision about the 2nd Quarter and beyond will be made at a later date. These past few weeks, after the district released its framework for remote learning, schools have been working to finalize their plans. We know that plans may need to change in order to best meet our student needs, and we will able to share detailed classroom remote learning schedules with students and families later this week once our staff has returned to work.

In response to questions that we have received from our community, we have gathered responses from the district framework to assist:

  • What will student schedules look like during remote learning?

  • As outlined in the CPS Framework, all students will take part in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning is when the whole class participates in a live Google Meet, engaging in lessons, discussions, activities, and guided practice. All CPS students will engage in synchronous learning for at least three hours per day. The remainder of our 9:00-4:00 school day is made up of asynchronous learning experiences. Asynchronous learning is independent or conducted in small groups and may consist of self-directed projects, assignments, physical activity, or check-ins with teachers. The break down of the time for synchronous and asynchronous in each grade band is shown above.
  • Additionally, you can expect to see our staff prioritize social emotional learning in a number of different ways--explicitly teaching important skills, building relationships through talking circles, playing games together, and identifying students that can benefit from more specific supports from different members of our Solomon staff.

  • What technology tools will we use?

  • All CPS schools will use the Google Suite, including Google Classroom and Google Meet. Teachers will also be using additional online programs to support their English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Essentials instruction. All families will receive additional information about these digital tools from their child's homeroom teacher.
  • To support your child with the Google Suite, consider attending one of our Solomon Parent Google Suite Training sessions listed at the top of the newsletter; more will be offered throughout the 1st Quarter as we get underway.
  • All students can obtain a Chromebook (K-8) or iPad (Pre-K) from the school on assigned technology distribution days. We are awaiting a delivery from the district of additional devices before scheduling another distribution day; please stay tuned to this newsletter for the latest information.

  • How do I access my child's account?

  • Login at google.cps.edu or cps.edu/portal
  • For families logging in for the first time, follow these steps.

  • What about grading?
  • CPS will return to the district's regular grading policies, with students earning letter grades based on standards mastery. The district will provide additional guidance on unique grading scenarios that could arise due to the impacts of COVID-19.

  • How can I best support my child with his/her remote learning?

  • Common Sense Education, an online resource for supporting parents with the complex needs of digital learning, recommends that you assist your child in the following ways:
  • Setting up for success. This includes making a dedicated space for students for their remote learning, setting a daily routine, and frequently reviewing expectations. Treat each day like a traditional school day and be ready for class each day at 9:00 after having a good night's sleep and breakfast.
  • Staying focused. While it may be impossible to do it every second of the learning day, supervision will help with keeping your child on track. Consider having your child use headphones to minimize distraction (ear buds don't typically work as well with smaller students). Also, consider physical movement and the removal of other devices to help assist your child with self-regulation.
  • Encourage effort by displaying work and giving detailed praise.
  • Motivate by identifying your child's strengths and interests. As the phrase goes, "keep calm and carry on" when you get frustrated, as you inevitably will.
Welcome to Solomon!
In the last of our "welcome to Solomon" notices, we would like to introduce Mr. Matthew Mainczyk as our new engineer. Mr. Mainczyk splits his time between Solomon and Volta Elementary, and be sure to say hello when you see him!
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 8: First day of remote learning

September 15: Local School Council meeting, 5:30
Community Corner
We've received multiple questions in the main office this past week from families applying to different assistance programs, asking what our district number is. We are Chicago Public Schools, District 299.

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 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.