Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

November 18, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

Tomorrow, Friday, November 19, students are dismissed at 1:40. Students should also wear their pillar color or t-shirt to school tomorrow for our monthly Eagle's Nest. There is NO Hot Lunch this Friday, Nov. 19.

Next week, Monday, November 22nd - Friday, November 26th is a fall break, no school, for students. We are GRATEFUL for our students, staff, parents, and all members of the Bloomingdale Community.

Students can participate in a KINDNESS CHALLENGE that was created by our very own student, Lily Puchalski, 3rd Grade. Students watched this VIDEO created by Lily (and Izzy, 1st Grade) in class this week and learned about the challenge. Lily's goal is to make people happy and the world a better act of kindness at a time! Kindness Challenge is due Dec. 1.

Reminder if you ordered from the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser you can pick up your items on Monday, November 22 either during your parent/teacher conference or in the school lobby from 4:00-6:00.

Pizza Hot Lunch is currently on Fridays (but NOT Friday, Nov. 19). The PTO is looking to ADD a day of hot lunch on Wednesdays starting in January BUT will need volunteers to help! If you are available to volunteer to help at hot lunch on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00, please reach out to Adding a day only works if we have volunteers (6-8 volunteers). The next Hot Lunch Sign-Up will be posted in the Express from Dec. 2-17.

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.

Please enjoy the rest of your week!

Stacy Johnston


Important Dates

Monday, Nov. 15- Friday, Nov. 19: Erickson's Week of Gratitude, Marklund Day School Collection

Friday, November 19: Early Dismissal 1:40, Eagle's Nest (Wear your Pillar Shirt), End of 1st Trimester, NO Hot Lunch

Monday-Friday, November 22-26: No School

November 29-December 17: Mitten Tree at Erickson (see flyer below)

Wednesday, December 1: Wacky Wednesday Sports Day

Friday, December 3: Pizza Hot Lunch

Thursday, December 9: Holiday Gift Shop at Erickson w/ family 6-8pm (see flyer below)

Friday, December 10: Spirit Day & Holiday Gift Shop - Students shop during the school day (see flyer below)

Friday, December 10: Report Cards sent home with students & Pizza Hot Lunch

Week of Gratitude: November 15-19

Erickson students engaged in a variety of activities in art, music, library and the classroom this week that reminded us all to be grateful and appreciate others. See pictures below from a few of our gratitude breakfast events with 3rd Grade Students & around the building.

  • Families can complete an optional 21 Day Family Gratitude Challenge. The challenge will be due December 1. Special Eagle Tickets will be rewarded to those students who complete the family challenge!

  • Marklund Day School in Bloomingdale collection is still going on! Last day is Friday! See the flyer below to see what you can donate.

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Mitten Tree

Our annual Mitten Tree will be in the lobby starting November 22. Please donate hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. Please consider giving to our tree which will help local families within our DuPage County community.
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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.

Board of Education Information

Dear Bloomingdale Community,

There is a regular meeting of the Board of Education scheduled for Monday, November 22, 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.

Attached File: Webinar Instructions 112221.pdf

PTO Information

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

Dine Out Event: December 7th from 4-8PM. will be our Dine Out Event at Noodles and Company

Holiday Gift Shop: The PTO will be hosting the Holiday Gift Shop for students on Thursday 12/9 from 6-8pm and Friday 12/10 during school hours. The Holiday Gift Shop is an opportunity for students to shop for holiday gifts for family and friends. Shopping envelopes will be sent home after fall break.

DuJardin Custodian Job Opening

Night Custodian at DuJardin School

Hours - Mon - Fri, 2:30 pm to 11 pm, 12 months/year

Salary - $16.00 to $17.00 per hour based on experience

90% board paid single health and dental insurance

Pension plan participation

Two weeks vacation after 1 year

For more information go to or contact Greg Leyden, Director of Buildings and Grounds at 630-582-5188

Covid Update

Remote Learning Support: Should your child be COVID-19 positive or be a close contact to another person who has been identified as COVID-19 positive we would initiate remote learning services (2.5 hours for 1st-5th and 1.25 hours for Kindergarten) during the duration of the absence. The focus will be ELA and Math.

Siblings do not need to quarantine if a family member has symptoms: Siblings are now allowed to stay in school if family members have symptoms related to Covid, as long as the symptomatic individual is tested within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.

Covid Dashboard: Erickson will stop sending home the notification of COVID-19 positive cases as they arise. In many cases, this creates unnecessary anxiety for others. A dashboard has been placed on the Return to Learn website to document cases throughout the year and will be updated regularly to provide the most accurate information for the greater community. Click here to access the Covid Dashboard.

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.

Erickson Family Calendar

Click here to access the Erickson Family Calendar that will list important events throughout the 2021-2022 school year. This calendar will be included in the Express weekly and updated regularly as PTO events, school events, and other calendar information is added to the school year.

2021-2022 Erickson Return to Learn Practices & Procedures

2021-2022 Erickson's Return to Learn Practices & Procedures: Click here to learn about the practices and procedures for the 2021-2022 school year. Information in this document reviews mask wearing, snack, lunch, recess, etc.

2021-2022 District 13's Return to Learn Plan

District 13's Return to Learn Plan: Click here to review the document shared by Dr. Bartelt, Superintendent, on August 11th outlining the district's mitigation practices.

Virtual Backpack

Virtual Backpack: The Bloomingdale School District has a Virtual Backpack that is filled with flyers and information from various organizations located throughout Bloomingdale. Please click on the backpack if you are interested in activities or information from outside organizations.