Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

October 20, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

Tonight, October 20th, from 5:00-7:00 is the PTO Family Pumpkin Night. This is a favorite event for many Erickson families. It will be outside in the parent parking lot. Dress accordingly and bring a blanket to sit on for pumpkin decorating and story writing!

Next Week is RED RIBBON WEEK Dress Up Days. See flyer below.

Halloween at Erickson will be celebrated on Monday, October 31st. Families are invited to the outdoor parade from 1:30-2:00 for PM Preschool-5th grade students. Students will walk along the sidewalk in the front of the school. The AM Preschool-Kindergarten outdoor parade will be from 10:00-10:20 am. REMINDER: Students are not able to go home and change into their costume. Students should bring their costume to school to change into right before the parade. No weapons (swords, knives, guns, etc.) are allowed. Masks can be worn during the parade and party. PTO will be providing two snacks during the party. Parent volunteers are discouraged from taking home students at 3:00. All students will dismiss at 3:30.

There are three clubs that are being offered at Erickson: STEAM Club (afterschool), CHESS Club (afterschool), and Book Club (during recess/lunch). Please review the flyers below to learn more about these clubs. PAPER COPIES are being sent home today or Friday.

We will be honoring Veterans at our Veterans Day assembly on November 11th at 2:00. If you know of any Veterans (neighbors, family, etc.) that you think would like to attend the the assembly and small reception afterwards, please see flyer below and fill out the RSVP form.


Socks for Souls: We collected 812 socks for Socktober and donated to Socks for Souls. WOW...this is a school record!

Go Orange September Food Pantry Collection: We collected and donated 262 food items. Great job!

The Cherrydale Fundraiser: Erickson students sold a total of about $13,400 worth of product.

Please remember to sign-up for Parent Teacher Conferences using this link.

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


Important Dates

October 20: Family Pumpkin Night 5:00-7:00

October 21: Hot Lunch Hot dog/Buttered pasta

October 24: Hot Lunch Pizza

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week - See Dress Up Days Flyer

October 28: Early Dismissal 1:40, Eagles Nest, Hot Lunch Hot dog/Buttered pasta, Kindergarten PM attends 12:50-3:30

October 31: Halloween parade/parties, Hot Lunch Pizza

Parade: 1:30-2:00 outside in the front of the school along the sidewalk

2:00-3:00 Halloween Parties hosted by PTO parent volunteers, must be a signed up to attend. Preschool-Kindergarten AM parade 10:00-10:20 and then party from 10:20-11:20.

  • Community Coffee at Erickson, November 5th, 8:00-9:30am (morning) Location: Erickson Library
  • Veterans Day Fun Run for Wounded Warriors: Nov. 11 from 3:30-4:15
  • Picture Retakes - November 10

    Pictures will be sent home on Friday or Monday.

    If you didn't order photos, instead of receiving a picture package, you will receive a code to go online and order photos. After receiving your photos or viewing your photos online, you may choose to get picture retakes. Picture retakes will take place on Nov. 10 from 10:45-12:00 at Erickson. If you have a PM student and need a retake, you may come in the morning during that time to get your picture taken. New students that were not here for the November 10th picture day, will also get their photos taken on this day.


    RED RIBBON WEEK - October 24 - 28

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    Student Council - Operation Gratitude - November 1-7

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    Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 14 - December 2

    • Parent Teacher conference sign-up: Conferences will be held between November 14th and December 2. Virtual and in-person conferences are available. ALL staff will be in the building for conferences November 21. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher.

    FirstView® - Customer Support

    FirstView® provides a dedicated customer support team Monday through Friday to assist you:

    o Call toll-free 888-889-8920 from 7:00 a.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. ET

    o Email Customer Support at

    o Use the in-app “✉” button (right corner) to provide feedback


    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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    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.
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    If you are interested in ordering another Pillar Shirt, please fill out this PILLAR SHIRT ORDER FORM and send $10 in a marked envelope "PILLAR SHIRT" with your child. A new Pillar Shirt will be delivered to your child once the money is received. Please fill out one form per child.
    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