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

Solomon Principal Newsletter: March 24, 2017
Dear Parents and Community, 

A highlight each year for me is our History Fair, where our students engage in an inquiry-based project to analyze an episode in Chicago history and present their findings to our volunteer judges and their peers. Many of the topics investigated by our students reflect a real interest in social change within our great city--migrations of African Americans and Mexican Americans to Chicago during the 20th century, anti-war agitation both during World War I and Vietnam, and civil rights-era protests that have genuine connections to recent events, among many others. I want to applaud all of the students for studying our city and seeing it for what is was, is, and could be. A big thank you to Ms. Liu, Ms. Chazdon, and the whole upper grade team for preparing our 7th and 8th graders for the project. I look forward to announcing those moving onto the regional competition next week!
News and Updates
  • Communications started going home this week regarding the CPS spring sports league. Unfortunately, the only team we will be able to enter into the league is our 5th/6th grade girls soccer team, which had 14 registrants (12 were needed to field a team). When I have more information about the game and practice schedule for the team, I will share with those families. Thanks to all that signed up for different sports, and I hope that we have more students sign up in the fall of 2017 so that we can field multiple teams.

  • Our second and final Scholastic Book Fair of the year is getting ready to start. The fair at school will be open April 17-21, with before school hours (8:30-9am) on April 18 and 20. The online fair will be open April 7-21, which you can access here. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the school fair, and checks should be made payable to Solomon School, with your child's name and room number included (10.25% sales tax included). Our Junior Crew of students is devising some fun incentives around the Campground theme of this fair. Stay tuned!

  • In grant-writing updates, be sure to check out Mrs. McCarthy's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) grant over at Donors Choose. Click here for more information. 

  • A former Solomon student now attending Northside College Prep sent me information this week that may be of interest to you: 

    "The Aspen Challenge is a youth-led program to provide solutions for problems in our community. Our group, FLAIR (Financial Literacy Action for Immigrants and Refugees), has decided to tackle the Financial Literacy Challenge to inform our diverse community about how they can take charge of their financial goals. Our goal is to help immigrants and refugees in our community better understand the financial system and utilize it to their benefit in a way that is unique, engaging, and culturally sensitive. In order to do this we are planning a Financial Food Fair, an international potluck, at our school (5501 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL 60625)." Click here for more information. 
  • In other community news, I want to share an event from our friends at the North River Commission, who came to our LSC meeting last week to promote The People's Education Forum's program, "Healing in Education, Resilience in Action". This event is sponsored by NEIU and will be held on April 1 at Roosevelt High School. For more information, see here: https://www.evensi.us/healing-in-education-resilience-in-action-theodore/201852038

  • 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
Thanks to all that submitted entries for this year's WJR t-shirt contest. Be on the lookout for the winning entry soon!

A big thanks to our PTO for coordinating their yearly Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on April 19 during Report Card Pick-up Day. It is a great opportunity for our whole building to be recognized for all of the hard work that we put in for our students.

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 70+ 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!
March 28-30: Registration for new students (neighborhood only) for 2017-2018 school year, 9:30-2:30 (main office)

April 6: End of 3rd Quarter

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! 
What you may have missed this week...
Students in our cluster program are getting ready for the Special Olympics later next month!
Students hard at work to master their dance moves with Mr. VH.
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