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

Solomon Principal Newsletter: March 3, 2017
Dear Parents and Community, 

Congratulations to our homeroom with the best attendance at 98.6% for the month of February, and the winner of "Bob (Cat)" for the 2nd consecutive month, 3rd grade (Room 110). For our most improved homeroom, moving up 13.8% to 98.4% overall for the month, and the winner of Hannah the Cougar: 106AM, our early childhood special education classroom led by Ms. Richard. Way to be at school every day, ready to learn. 

Our overall attendance of 95.2% continues to be short of our year-long goal. As a reminder about our focus on attendance school-wide, I recommend this editorial from late last year to put it in perspective.
News and Updates
  • Registration materials for the Spring CPS after-school sports league, which can also be found here, must be turned into the main office no later than March 10. We are at risk of not having enough registrants to fill a team for 5th/6th or 7th/8th Girls Soccer or Boys Track teams, so get those registration materials to the main office. These CPS programs are completely free, and coaching is provided by our partners from the Chicago Park District. 

  • As a reminder to our participants in Girls on the Run (3rd through 5th grades) and Heart and Sole (6th through 8th grades), practice begin next week. GOTR will be on Monday and Wednesdays from 4-5:30, and H&S will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30. 

  • We would like to welcome a new Teacher Assistant to Solomon, Mrs. Wiviott, who will be supporting Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade general education classrooms on a rotating basis. Welcome to Solomon!

  • We would also like to recognize Mrs. Ayesha Quadri, a Teacher Assistant at Solomon for the past two decades, who retired this past Tuesday. She will be missed, and we hope that she enjoys her newfound time!
  • Attached here is an update from the district regarding our civil rights lawsuit against the state of Illinois. CEO Claypool has outlined some drastic measures that might be taken if state funding is not delivered. Needless to say, it is my sincerest hope that this does not become reality for our students or our staff. For more information about the lawsuit and how you can add your voice to the fight, visit cps.edu/Equality.

  • 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
Good news about our shoe drive--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. We have raised at least $250 so far, and each bag gets us closer to our goal of $1000.  

Our next PTO meeting is one of our evening meetings: Wednesday, March 15, at 6pm in our school library. With the Soiree over, we move onto our other big end-of-the-year events to plan, the Walk/Jog/Roll-a-thon and International Night. We hope to see you there!
Safety Reminder
Parents and staff have raised concerns recently regarding parking and pick-up/drop-off procedures. Our primary concern at school is student safety, because without that, students aren't ready to learn. As a result, I have sent some reminders home in backpacks today (you can see the digital version here). Also, a traffic barrier will be temporarily placed at the entrance to the staff parking lot at dismissal time to ensure that the lot is clear at student dismissal. Thank you for your cooperation and your support in keeping all of our students safe. 
The Trials of Alice in Wonderland
Congratulations to our 17 student performers and our director, Kristen Williams Smith, for the tremendous performances of The Trials of Alice in Wonderland this weekend. On Saturday, over 150 parents, students, and community members were in attendance for the show. Way to go! We look forward to next year's production!

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 4: The Trials of Alice in Wonderland performance

March 10: 3rd Quarter Progress Reports distributed

March 13-April 6: PARCC testing (grades 3-8)

March 14: LSC meeting, 5:30 (library)

March 28-30: Registration for new students (neighborhood only) for 2017-2018 school year, 9:30-2:30 (main office)
 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 Room 101 had their presidents' presentations this week, including Jimmy Carter (above). It was like History Fair for our 1st graders, and students are building the skill of asking quality questions. 
8th graders using a shared writing strategy to practice poetry
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