Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

January 27, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

February 7th is the 100th day of school! I can't believe we are more than half-way through the school year.

Winter MAP assessment results will go home with students on Friday, January 28th. If you have questions about your child's progress, please feel free to reach out to the classroom teacher. The week of February 7-11, students in grades 1-4 will take the OLSAT Assessment (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test). OLSAT assesses a student's cognitive abilities (e.g., verbal, nonverbal and quantitative). This test measures critical thinking and reasoning skills. The test is approximately 60 minutes. Results from OLSAT testing will be shared with parents.

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

January 27: Spelling Bee Club meets 3:30-4:30 in the Library & 5th Grade after School Band Rehearsal at DuJardin 3:30-4:45

January 28: Winter MAP Assessment results will go home, Pizza Hot Lunch

February 2: Wacky Wednesday - Theme: Valentine's Day Red, pink, or white colors. Students can wear shirts with hearts or valentines day designs on them. Students can wear headbands or hats that are red, pink, or white.

February 4: Pizza Hot Lunch

February 7: 100th day of school

February 7-11: OLSAT Testing

February 9: PTO Meeting @ 5:30 in the Erickson Library

February 11: Spirit Day & Pizza Hot Lunch

February 14: Valentine's Day Classroom Parties

February 18: Pizza Hot Lunch & Pillar Day/Eagle's Nest (wear your character pillar shirts today!)

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.

5Essentials Survey: Please Consider Participating!

Bloomingdale SD13 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The responses will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement efforts. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through March 11, 2022. To take the survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey.

All Bloomingdale SD13 teachers, as well as students in 4th - 8th grade, are being asked to complete this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Teachers will work with students to assist them with logging in and taking the student survey.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

Valentine's Day Information

Valentine's Day is Monday, February 14th and at Erickson we LOVE to create fun experiences for students!

  • We will have our annual PTO Valentine's Day parties on Monday, February 14th. Valentine's Day parties will take place on Monday, Feb. 14th. Morning Kindergarten and Preschool parties will be at 10:40-11:20 and Preschool-5th grade afternoon parties will be from 2:20-3:00.

  • Students can bring in valentines to pass out to classmates. They can bring in a packaged food item (ie- sucker) or non-food item to accompany the valentine that will go home (no valentine day treat eating in the classroom). Teachers will communicate if there are food allergies (ie- nuts) in the classroom so you know what not to purchase if your child chooses to participate in passing out valentines.

  • The PTO will again be sponsoring a valentine fundraiser called Valentine Grams. Students will be bringing home copy of the Valentine Grams Flyer and Gram Sheet today. Information is also in PTO section below.

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).


It is our goal to keep everyone healthy and avoid prolonged student absences, but we need your help. Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick, have been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID and are feeling unwell, or if they are awaiting test results.

If the nurse suspects the virus is present, the symptoms the nurse will screen students for includes:

  • Fever (100.4 or higher)
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue from unknown cause
  • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact our nurse Joyce Turnipseed at 630-529-2223. Your support is ALWAYS appreciated.

PTO Information

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

Valentine Grams: The PTO will be providing an option for students to purchase Valentine Grams to send to their friends. See flyer below for information Click here to print Valentine Gram Sheet

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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.