Your weekly bulletin from the team at Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School, the pride of Peterson Park! 

Solomon Principal Newsletter: March 17, 2017
Dear Parents and Community, 

I have some troubling news to share. It appears that a leprechaun made his way into Room 104, Ms. Gulino-Bobel's K-2 classroom, overnight and caused a lot of havoc. Students created traps to attempt to catch that sneaky leprechaun, but no luck. If you happen to find this trickster, please contact our main office. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!
News and Updates
  • You may have seen the Chicago Teachers Union campaign to raise awareness about the important roles that clerks serve in our schools. For what it is worth, I'll make public my support for all school clerks, and particularly our, Mrs. Kathleen Sandlass and Mrs. Debbie Smith. I could speak forever about the important roles that they play in the functioning of our school, but the human element, their daily interactions with parents, community members, staff, and students each day, is what sets them apart. Theirs are often the first faces you seen when you come to register your child for kindergarten, when you worriedly pick up your sick child from school, and when you come to the main office to get a question answered or concern addressed. They know that a school isn't just a building but a community as well, and they define that community. Thank you, Mrs. Sandlass and Mrs. Smith, for being there for all of us.

  • Some welcome news for students: It has taken several months, but we are pleased to announce that a new dress code policy will go into effect on April 17, the start of quarter 4 of the school year. A copy of the new policy will go home via kidmail on Monday, and we request that you sign it and send it back to school as a receipt. In short, we have expanded choices that will promote student voice, while at the same time being consistent with our belief that a dress code serves to unite students and have a positive impact on their learning environment. A big thank you to our PPLC and LSC for helping to craft this document, as well as our 8th graders who got the ball rolling on this in the first place!

  • Attendance update: Halfway through the month, we are on target for some new homeroom winners of our best attendance and most improved attendance awards. Room 102 (Ms. McCarthy, 2nd grade) is currently in the lead to win a month with "Bob" at 98.43%. Rooms 120 (Ms. Liu, 7th grade) and 119 (Ms. Zachar, 5th grade) are right on their heels, so keep up the good work! Our attendance goal for the year is 96%, but we are currently at 94.9% for the month, so there is still much work to be done!
  • Registration for incoming Kindergarten students from the Solomon neighborhood boundaries (click here to see our boundaries) will start March 28-30 from 9:30-2:30 in the main office. Please bring your child's birth certificate and 2 proofs of address (no cell phone bills though). If you intend to send your child to Solomon for the first time in the 2017-2018 school year and you reside in the neighborhood, please stop by the main office during these times, or call the main office to arrange a different time. Registration for out-of-neighborhood sibling and lottery applicants will take place after Spring Break.

Parent Teacher Organization Updates
We are getting geared up for our annual Walk, Jog, Roll-a-thon on May 12. This being the 5th anniversary, we have a new theme for this year's event: "Just Move It!" Students are encouraged to submit a design for this year's WJR t-shirt provided to all students; see the adjacent flier for more information. Student submissions are due on Thursday, March 23. More information about raising funds for this years' WJR will be coming out soon!

As a reminder, the due date for getting your new and gently-used donated shoes to Solomon has been extended to April 30. Please bring those to the drop box next to the main office. With 67 bags collected so far, we have made it more than half way to our goal of $1000!  

Our next PTO meeting is April 26 at 9:15am in our lunchroom. This is the last meeting before WJR, so there will be a lot to plan and discuss!
Chicago Enrichment Programs
Registration for before and after-school programming is available through our partner at Chicago Enrichment Programs. You can go to their website to get more information and sign up for programming.
Don't miss these upcoming events!

May 23: 4th/5th Parent Coffee (8:00), Prospective Parent Tour (9:30), History Fair (9:15-12:15)

March 28-30: Registration for new students (neighborhood only) for 2017-2018 school year, 9:30-2:30 (main office)

April 7-16: Spring Break for students and staff; building will be closed
 Looking for more dates? For your reference, a paper copy of the school calendar (March 2017 Community Calendar) will continued to be shared as well. Even better, check our community calendar on our website (www.solomon.cps.edu), which is updated in real time! 
Interested in volunteering at Solomon? Please print out and complete our Solomon Volunteer Interest Survey, and then submit to the main office. We are constantly reaching out to parents for assistance on projects both big and small, and our volunteer list lets us know who is interested in helping out in different ways. Thanks--we love our volunteers!

The district has started a program to share information to volunteers across CPS, including a way to gain digital badges for participating in volunteer activities and a chance to win prizes. I'll link to that information below:
Questions or concerns? Please feel free to reach me at any time--email me at crgamble@cps.edu or call me at (773) 534-5226 (school) or (773) 805-0844 (cell).

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Enjoy your weekend,

Chris Gamble
Principal
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School
Hannah G. Solomon Elementary | (773) 534-5226 | solomon.cps.edu
6206 N. Hamlin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659