Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

September 16, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

Tonight is Curriculum Night! We hope you can make this LIVE virtual event for parents to meet the teacher and learn about the curriculum for the school year.

There are two sessions for each teacher: 6:00-6:40 OR 6:50-7:30. Each session is the same, just repeated for parents who have multiple children in the school.

The Principal and the Fine Arts Team will also have OPEN HOUSE Google Meets from 4:30-6:00 if you would like to pop in their Google Meet to ask any questions or get to know these individuals.

Please click on the document to find the classroom teachers' MEET links, The Fine Arts Slide Presentation to individually review, and the Meet Links for the principal and Fine Arts Team: VIRTUAL CURRICULUM NIGHT MEET LINKS

Hope to "see" you at our LIVE Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday!

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

September 13-17: Go Orange - Support Hunger Awareness - Canned Food Drive

Thursday, September 16: Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30 - LIVE Virtual via Google Meet

Friday, September 17: Early Dismissal 1:40 (Students are dismissed at 1:40), Eagle's Nest, PM Kindergarten and PM Preschool attend school at their normal PM times. Wear Pillar Shirts!

Friday, September 24: "Go Gold" for Pediatric Cancer & Community Walk 4:30-6:00 (flyer below)

Wednesday, September 29: Picture Day (flyer below)

Thursday, September 30: Safety Day

*Please note: 1:40 Early Dismissal Days/School Improvement are on FRIDAY this school year. Early Dismissal/School Improvement days are one Friday per month and students are dismissed at 1:40 while teachers are involved in professional development activities.

PM Kindergarten and PM preschool attend school at their normal PM times. Please view the calendar below for dates, so you can plan for the future.

Friday, September 17- 1:40 Early Dismissal

Tomorrow is Early Dismissal and students are dismissed at 1:40. Afternoon preschool and kindergarten still meet at their normal times. On early dismissal days, teachers engage in professional development activities. This Friday, teachers will review and analyze data from the most recent MAP assessments and dig into ways to best meet the needs of all learners.

Picture Day- September 29

Students will have their pictures taken on September 29. Please review this document (or pictured below) about prepaying for pictures. A hard copy was also sent home today with your child.

From Colored Portraits: The prepay site and ordering will be closed at 8:00 am the day after Picture Day to process the orders. If parents miss prepaying they will have a chance to order pictures with their child's Ticket Code. When placing an order after Picture Day, with a Ticket Code, a shipping fee will be added on and picture packages will be shipped directly to the home. Ticket Codes will be delivered with the bulk picture package order approximately three weeks post Picture Day.

Bloomingdale School District 13 - Going Gold

On Friday, September 24th, Bloomingdale School District will be “Going Gold” in honor of Michael Carr and to support Cal’s Angels. Michael was a student at Erickson and Westfield who lost his very courageous battle with cancer this past April. We invite all students and staff to wear gold that day. Cal’s Angels will have shirts available for purchase and all proceeds will support the effort to raise awareness.

Join us anytime between 4:30-6:00 pm on September 24th, for a community walk around the pond behind Erickson Elementary. All staff, students and their families are invited to participate.

Registration forms went home TODAY! Please check your child's backpack for a hard copy of the registration.

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Paper - Educational Support System

Bloomingdale School District has partnered with ( to offer free 24/7 tutoring and essay review to students grades 1-8! 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.

For Parents:

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

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

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Volunteers to the Building

Those who are volunteering on a regular basis or directly working with students will need to show the building principal their vaccination card or a negative covid test, within three - five days prior to volunteering, per the Governor's Executive Order.

This only applies to individuals who volunteer on a regular basis. Parents or other adults who visit for an IEP or parent-teacher conference do not need to show a vaccination card or negative covid test. Please see the building principal if you have further questions or need clarification. Click here to view language from Executive Order 87 (Vaccination/Testing).

PTO Information

Spirit Wear: Click here to order all new Erickson Spirit Wear.

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

PTO Dues: Please make sure to pay your PTO family dues. Please view the flyer below for details

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser: Students will be bringing home information TODAY about our first PTO Fundraiser. See flyer below.

Dine out: Thank you to all who supported our first Dine Out of the school year! We had a great turn out!

Hot Lunch: We are excited to announce hot lunch will be returning this fall. We will communicate more information as soon as we have all the details.

Book Fair:We will be hosting a book fair with Anderson Books on October 4th and October 5th. Students can shop for books during school hours.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Assessments

Students in all grades will participate in NWEA MAP testing. Teachers will use the information from the MAP assessment to set academic goals with students & determine how to best differentiate instruction. The MAP assessment is administered three times a year (Fall, Winter, & Spring). Besides the MAP test, teachers will also administer a formative reading assessment to students. Teachers will use this information to form guided reading groups & determine how to best support students as they encounter increasingly challenging levels of text. If you have any questions about either assessment, please reach out to the classroom teacher or contact the building principal.

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.

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.

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.