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

Solomon Principal Newsletter: April 6, 2017
Dear Parents and Community, 

As a reminder, our new dress code policy goes into effect when students come back to school on April 17. Our 8th graders, staff, and LSC collaborated closely to open up more choices for students, while still working towards maintaining an environment for learning that is consistent with the beliefs of all stakeholders. It was a process that ensured a high degree of voice and participation all around. A copy of the policy can be found here, as well as the document that students will receive when they are not dressed according to policy. Thanks for your help in having students at school ready to learn!

News and Updates
  • Don't forget that Report Card Pick-up Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, from 11-2:30 and 3:15-6pm. Please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher to schedule an appointment, if you have not done so already. Our goal is 100% parent participation!
  • Also on April 19, be sure to stop by our Art Fair in the gymnasium in between conferences. Our Visual Arts Committee, led by Ms. Shayne and Ms. Tamborino, have worked with volunteers to handsomely frame 360 pieces of student art to display. The student work is breath-taking and a reminder about why the arts must continue to be funded, through your support!

  • Our second and final Scholastic Book Fair of the year opens online tomorrow! 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 big incentive for this year's book fair is that the classroom that buys $1000 in books first will go "camping" after-school and into the early evening with Mr. Gamble, with perhaps the help of some special guests. We will even have a "campfire" with s'mores! Good luck to all homerooms, and buy those books!
  • Registration for incoming Kindergarten students from the Solomon neighborhood boundaries (click here to see our boundaries) is ongoing in the main office. Please bring your child's birth certificate and 2 proofs of address (no cell phone bills though). Word on the street is that letters to families who applied for schools outside of their attendance boundary will be mailed this coming Monday, so if you applied to Solomon through the regular or sibling preference lottery for your incoming student, you should be hearing very soon. Feel free to call the main office with any questions.
  • Just a reminder to families that the building will be closed from April 7 to April 16. We hope that everyone is able to enjoy time with family and friends during the break. 
My Voice, My School Survey for Parents
The My Voice, My School survey for parents opened up on April 1, and it continues through April 30. The survey can be found at www.cps.edu/parent_survey, where you can access it in multiple languages (including Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese, among others), and responses are anonymous. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and we at Solomon use the results of the survey to help determine our school improvement plans moving forward. Aides will be available to assist you in our computer lab (room 112) during Report Card Pick-up Day as well. Thank you in advance for providing the school with quality feedback!
5th/6th Girls' Soccer Team (Updated w/ GAME SCHEDULE)

Practices resume on Tuesday, April 18 and will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays after school each week, with the season wrapping up on June 3. Students should be picked up directly from the turf on days of practice. 

As a reminder, bring shin pads to practice. Rubber soccer cleats are needed for game days and can be used for practice on our turf as well. 

The season's game schedule can be found here (Solomon is on pages 9-10 at Independence Park (3945 N. Springfield). 

Fonseca Martial Arts registration
The final day for the winter term is next Thursday, April 6. Registration is open for the spring term that starts on Tuesday, April 18, and continues through Thursday, June 15. See the attached flier on registration information for the spring term. Even if you haven't participated before, this is a great program for teaching balance and fitness. All are welcome!

Parent Teacher Organization Updates

Interested in putting your business's name on 400+ t-shirts that will be worn for years to come? Please reach out to chairperson Jamie Kaplan at jamieLkaplan@gmail.com to learn how you can be a sponsor for our Walk, Jog, Roll-a-thon.

Interested in volunteering for International Night on June 2? We need plenty of help organizing the event, soliciting goods, and staffing the tables the evening of the event. If you noted on the volunteer interest survey at the beginning of the year, we will be reaching out to you; if not, feel free to send Mr. Gamble an email at crgamble@cps.edu or calling the mail office. Thanks!

We are up to 85 bags in our shoe drive--only 15 more to go to meet $1000 by April 30!

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!
April 6: End of 3rd Quarter

April 7: CPS Furlough Day--no school for students or staff

April 10-14: Spring Break for students and staff; building will be closed

April 19: Parent-Teacher Conference (non-attendance day for students)
 Looking for more dates? For your reference, a paper copy of the school calendar (April 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! 
In case you missed it...
The Student Recital celebrating Music in our Schools Month, facilitated by Ms. Stirling, was a great success. Over forty students performed that day, including our Solomonshire Players music club. 
Our 6th graders visited the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College on Thursday, led by their science teacher, Ms. Reis. Who will be the next astronaut among them?
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