Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

September 8, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

Tomorrow is SPIRIT DAY! Encourage your child to wear blue and gold (yellow) or Erickson spirit wear tomorrow. The classroom with the MOST spirit in each grade level wing, will win an eagle to display outside of their classroom. Let's SOAR with school spirit tomorrow!

During the month of September, Erickson will support hunger awareness and collect canned food items to donate to the Bloomingdale Food Pantry and the Northern Illinois Food bank. This is in partnership with the Character Counts Bloomingdale Coalition. Students can bring in food items (check the flyer below for most needed items) to donate throughout the week and place in the marked bins in the lobby.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or feedback. The best way to reach me would be via email or phone: or 630-529-2223.

Have a great rest of your week!

Stacy Johnston



Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 15- There will be two identical presentations from 6:00-6:40 & 6:50-7:30 at Erickson. The Fine Arts Team (Librarian, PE, Art & Music) will have a brief presentation in the library from 6:40-6:50 if you would like to learn about Fine Arts programming. Feel free to drop in and see a specialist (special education teacher, speech, social worker, etc.) anytime between 6:00-7:30.

Picture Day: Wednesday, September 28- Ordering will be online- the picture order form with details will go home Thursday or Friday.

Please reach out if you ever have any questions, call 630-529-2223 or email:

Stacy Johnston


Important Dates

September 6-16: Reading and Math MAP Assessments (see classroom teacher's newsletters for specific testing dates for your students)

  • September 9: SPIRIT DAY: wear blue and gold or Eagle Spirit Wear. (Spirit Wear ordering link is below). Spring 2022 IAR results will go home with 4th-5th students TODAY.
  • September 14: PTO Meeting 5:30-6:30 in the Erickson Library
  • September 15th: CURRICULUM NIGHT: 6:00-6:40 & 6:50-7:30.
  • September 16th: 1:40 Early Dismissal (see note below) & Pillar Day- Wear your pillar shirts or pillar color.
  • September 23rd: Safety Day (changed from Sept. 14): Fire Drill, Severe Weather Drill, Lockdown Drill (see below for information)
  • September 23rd: National Go Orange Day for Hunger Action- The community is encouraged to wear orange to work or school!
  • September 28: Picture Day
  • September 30: 4:30-6:00- MAC Walk after school- Fundraiser for Cal's Angels- see info below. Flyer will go home Thursday or Friday with each student.

  • *Please note: 1:40 Early Dismissal Days/School Improvement are on FRIDAY. Early Dismissal/School Improvement days are one Friday per month and FULL DAY students are dismissed at 1:40 while teachers are involved in professional development activities. Half-Day PM Kindergarten and Half-Day PM preschool attend school at their normal PM times. Please view the calendar below for dates, so you can plan for the future.


    September 30, 2022: 4:30-6:00- Raise awareness for Pediatric Cancer in honor of Michael Carr. Sign up flyers will go home with students on Thursday or Friday this week.
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    Go Orange for Hunger Action

    Erickson Elementary School will be participating in Go Orange for Hunger Action during the month of September. We will be collecting food and diapers for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Bloomingdale Township Food Pantry is now a member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, so they will be receiving the food and diaper donations. Donation boxes will be in the front lobby during the month of September. See the flyer for a list of the most needed items. Donations can also be made online donate online, (every $1 provides $8 worth of food).

    National Go Orange Day for Hunger Action is Friday, September 23, 2022. The community is encouraged to wear orange to work or school!

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    SAFETY DAY - September 23 (date changed from Sept. 14)

    On Safety Day, we practice a variety of safety drills: fire drill with the Fire Department, the severe weather drill (tornado), and the lockdown drill with our Police Liaison, Officer Jaffey. We also review recess, lunch, classroom, hallway and bus safety. Practicing these drills and reviewing expectations ensures students know what the safety expectations are and what to do in an emergency.

    There is an option to opt out of the lockdown drill. If you would like to opt out of the lockdown drill, please send me, Mrs. Johnston, an email stating your desire to opt your child(ren) out of the drill.

    NWEA MAP Assessment & Aimsweb Assessment

    All grade level students will take the NWEA Reading and Math MAP Assessment during the next two weeks: September 6-16. This assessment is administered to students three times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring) and provides classroom teachers with valuable information related to current academic achievement in math and reading. We ask that students try their best on these assessments. Please refer to classroom communication for specific dates and times for testing.

    To gather additional information about students’ skills we will be Aimsweb benchmarking students in the areas of reading and math during the month of September. This is a quick assessment.


    Please expect buses to run a little late for the first few weeks of school as drivers are learning students' names and bus stop locations. I will be riding each bus home at dismissal, over the next few weeks, to learn routes. It is recommended to be at the bus stop 10 minutes before the expected arrival time. If you have any questions about the bus, please fill out the form below. Bus routes are created by the bus company. Every student is routed who lives more than 1.5 miles from school. If you do NOT want the bus service because you pick up and drop off everyday, please fill out the same form below to decline bus service. Bus riding families were sent an email regarding signing up for the First View Bus Tracking App. Here is the information to reference if you are interested: BUS APP INFORMATION

    Erickson Bus Route Question/Concern

    If you received your child's bus route and have a question/concern...please fill out this form and we will get back to you with information.


    Please take the time to review the Erickson Family Handbook. Each class will meet with Mrs. Frattinger and myself to discuss school rules and procedures. Ask your student how to SOAR in the hallways, in the classroom, on the bus and during recess.

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    Paper Co. - Tutoring

    Bloomingdale School District has partnered with ( to offer free 24/7 tutoring, homework, study help and essay review to students grades 4-8! Have a math problem at home you could use help with? Start a tutor session with the professional tutors at Paper! Your student just needs to sign in with their school Google account or through Clever.

    For Parents:

    1. Parent Webinars [English | Spanish] - 45-minute live sessions for parents

    3. Pre-Recorded YouTube [English | Spanish] - helpful resource for parents

    School Hours / Lunch Hours

    The first full day of school is Thursday August 25th, for students in first - fifth grade. Kindergarten & Preschool students start school on Monday, August 29th. Students may arrive between 8:25-8:40. Classes begin at 8:40.

    School Hours:

    Grades 1st-5th: 8:40-3:30

    Kindergarten AM: 8:40-11:30

    Kindergarten PM: 12:40-3:30

    Preschool AM: 8:50-11:20

    Preschool PM: 12:50-3:20

    Lunch Hours:

    1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:25

    4th-5th Grade Lunch: 12:25-12:50

    Dropping off lunches from restaurants (ie- McDonald's, Wendy's, Panera, etc.) as well as using food delivery services to drop off food (ie -GrubHub, Door Dash) is not allowed. Students should bring their lunch in the morning to school each day. Safety is our number one priority and we would like to limit visitors.

    Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

    Arrival & Dismissal Procedures: Click here to learn about arrival and dismissal procedures for the 2022-2023 school year. Families should utilize the side parking lot for pick-up and drop-off. The front parking lot is designated for buses only. Morning arrival is between 8:25am-8:40am. Staff begin to supervise students at 8:25 am. Grades K and 4-5 will enter through the front doors. Grades 1-3 will enter through the side of the building. Students will begin to enter the school at 8:35 and go directly to their classrooms. School beings at 8:40.

    Follow Erickson on Twitter: @D13Eagles

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    Erickson Committee PTO Volunteer Sign-Up: Click here to sign-up to volunteer at PTO events throughout the school year.

    Erickson Room Parent Sign-Up: Click here to sign-up to help support your child's classroom.

    September 20: Dine Out Night - Cafe' Zupas 4:00pm to 9:00pm

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    District 13 Virtual Backpack

    The Backpack is filled with flyers and information from various organizations located throughout Bloomingdale.

    Erickson Family Calendar

    Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year