Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

December 16, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

Thank you to Mrs. Strombres, music teacher, for a wonderful 4th Grade Holiday Chorus production. Here is a video of my favorite song: Ugly Holiday Sweater. Which to me and many of you, is not ugly at all!

Friday, December 17th, TOMORROW, is 1:40 dismissal. There is also NO hot lunch tomorrow, December 17. This is your last chance to order hot lunch for January and February: order form

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS...At the board meeting on Monday, December 20, a change in calendar will be approved. The Noon (12:00) dismissal that was initially scheduled for Friday, January 21st will now be move to Friday, January 14th. Monday, January 17th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and there is no school.

Kindness Club Part 2...Lily and Izzy Puchalski created a NEW Kindness Club video THANKING students for participating in the Kindness Club and showing acts of kindness. They are also giving students who did NOT earn their button another chance. Thank you Lily, the 3rd Grade Kindness Club President, for starting the club, encouraging acts of kindness & making the buttons. Way to go!

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.

Best wishes for joy and happiness during the holiday season!

Stacy Johnston


Happiest Holiday Wishes from the Erickson Staff

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Important Dates

December 2 - December 17: Order Pizza Hot Lunch (see link below)

Friday, December 17:

  • Early Dismissal 1:40
  • Last day to order Hot lunch
  • NO Pizza Hot Lunch
Winter Parties December 17
  • Kindergarten/Preschool AM Class Winter Party 10:40-11:20
  • 1st through 5th grade Class Winter Party 11:10-11:50
  • Kindergarten/Preschool PM Class Winter Party 2:40-3:20

Winter Break December 20-January 2: Erickson Elementary School will be closed for winter break from December 20, 2021– January 2, 2022.

Monday, January 3: School Resumes

Wednesday, January 5: Wacky Wednesday: Dress up like your favorite character from a movie or book (can include clothes with the character on it)

Friday, January 14: Noon (12:00) Dismissal

Monday, January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL

Erickson Family Calendar

Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year

District 13 Virtual Backpack

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

Board of Education Information

Dear Bloomingdale Community,

There is a Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, December 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be in person and accessible virtually through the directions attached. For a look at the complete agenda, please go to the District website at and hover over the District Information tab and click on Board of Education.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS...At the board meeting on Monday, December 20, a change in calendar will be approved. The Noon (12:00) dismissal that was initially scheduled for Friday, January 21st will now be move to Friday, January 14th.

Attached File: webinar Instructions

Junior Achievement - January 28, 2022

We need YOU! Junior Achievement is a nonprofit educational organization that partners communities and businesses with local schools to teach students about financial literacy, life skills, workforce readiness, introductory business, and economics. We are seeking parent volunteers to teach the program on January 28th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for you to become involved in your child's classroom not only as volunteers, but also as teachers! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Angel Frattinger, Assistant Principal: or 630-529-2223. Junior Achievement will provide a training for any interested parent volunteers, so no experience is necessary to teach the program. For more information go to:

Mitten Tree Update

THANK YOU Erickson Community for donating close to 200 items that will be donated to families in need via the Bloomingdale Food Pantry. Providing ways for children to give is a great example of the holiday spirit!

Pop Tab Collection

Consider saving pop tabs over the holidays and throughout the month of January! We will then donate the pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield.
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PTO Information

PTO Information

PTO Contact Information: Stay in touch with the PTO by connecting with them on Remind and Twitter.

Hot Lunch: The Hot Lunch order form is now open! All orders must be submitted by December 17th... No Exceptions! A flyer was also sent home with students last week.

Teacher Favorites: Want to give your favorite teacher or staff member a holiday gift. To see few of their favorite things click here Teacher Favorites

Holiday Parties: PTO parents who are volunteering in classrooms during the holiday party please make sure to share party plans with the classroom teachers.

Dine Out Night: The next PTO Dine Out will be on January 18th at Panera, more information to follow.

Winter Weather: Please Dress for the Weather

Winter Weather: Erickson students have outdoor line-up and spend recess outside when the temperature, including WIND CHILL, is 10 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Students may play in the snow during recess if they are properly dressed in winter gear, which includes a winter jacket, snow pants, hat, gloves, and snow boots.

If a student is healthy enough to attend school they are also healthy enough to go outside for recess. A doctor’s note is needed in order for a student to stay in at recess.

Character Counts Pillar Shirts

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.