Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

January 13, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

Noon (12:00) dismissal is TOMORROW, Friday, January 14th. Monday, January 17th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and there is no school.

  • January 14, 2022, Noon (12:00) Dismissal for students in 1st grade - 5th grade.
  • Morning Kindergarten and Preschool will dismiss at their normal time.
  • Afternoon Kindergarten and Preschool will meet at their normal time.
  • Miss W.'s Kindergarten class will attend in the morning only.

If you ordered pizza lunch for your child for Friday, 1/14/22 the order will automatically transfer to Friday, 1/21/22.

Updated quarantine/isolation guidance from all the health departments (CDC/IDPH/ISBE) is included below (email from Dr. Bartelt on 1/12/22). The Covid Dashboard, link is below and included in every Express, is updated Friday evening with the week's data.

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 wonderful week!

Stacy Johnston


Important Dates

January 3 - January 31: Pop Tab Wars - see flyer below

Thursday, January 13: 3rd-5th Spelling Bee Club, 5th Grade Musical Tryouts & 5th Grade After School Band at DuJardin

Friday, January 14: Noon (12:00) Dismissal & Spirit Day---NO HOT LUNCH TODAY

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

January 20: Spelling Bee Club meets 3:30-4:30 in the Library & 5th Grade after school Band Rehearsal at DuJardin

January 21: Pizza Hot lunch today (this order was transferred from 1/14/21- noon dismissal)

Email from Dr. Bartelt dated 1/12/22 - Parent Message

Last night, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shared their revised regulations and guidance regarding isolation and quarantine for schools in Illinois to align with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which was released on January 4, 2022. Those documents can be found on the Return to Learn portion of the District's website.

The most significant change in guidance for students who are isolating with a positive COVID-19 test is that they are now able to return 5 days after the onset of symptoms (or 5 days after specimen collection date if no symptoms are present), if the following criteria are met:

• Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days after release from isolation.

• Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.

• If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test.

The most significant change in guidance for students who have been a close contact to COVID-19 is that students who are not fully vaccinated:

• Are to stay home and mask around others for 5 days and then continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

• Should test on day 5, if possible.

• Should immediately isolate if symptoms develop until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated students are still not required to quarantine.

The District will implement this guidance beginning Tuesday, January 18. District and building administrators are working on plans that will allow for returns of isolating students after 5 days to the greatest extent possible, however there may be scenarios where 6 feet of distance cannot be kept during lunchtime. Students who are currently quarantined or isolated are still to return to school on the date they were originally provided by the school nurse unless otherwise notified.

The District is pleased that this updated guidance will allow for greater student attendance. School nurses and/or administrators will continue to guide families through their return to school date from quarantine or isolation.

Please stay safe and well.

Dr. Bartelt

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.

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.

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

PTO Meeting: Please join us on January 18th at 5:30 PM in the library at Erickson for our next PTO meeting.

Dine Out Night: The next PTO Dine Out will be on January 18th. Please see the Panera flyer below for more information.

Valentine Grams: The PTO will be providing an option for students to purchase Valentine Grams to send to their friends. More information will be coming soon!

Building Resilience in our Children Presentation by the Regional Office of Education

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.