Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

October 27, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 28th is Early Dismissal 1:40. Grades 1-5 will dismiss at 1:40. Kindergarten PM will dismiss at 3:30, as usual. On Friday, students can wear their Pillar Shirts for Eagle's Nest or a Halloween Shirt, for Red Ribbon Week.

This week we had Fall Safety Talks with Officer Jaffee. Officer Jaffee met with students to discuss home, vehicle, bike, and internet safety. We appreciate our partnership with the police station.

Students also participated in an assembly called the Kindness Challenge. Students were challenged to show kindness always and follow the 6 pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, each and every day.

Diya A., Hannah J. and Zahra S. 5th grade students were award the Above and Beyond Award for being excellent examples of what it means to be an Erickson Eagle and show the six pillars of character. During the month of September, Erickson "Goes Gold" in support of Cal's Angels and our own Erickson hero, Michael A. Carr during the MAC Walk. These three girls wanted to do more. They created their own business called Lucky Looms and developed a proposal to sell bracelets at the MAC Walk event and then donated all proceeds to Cal's Angels. They developed a flyer for the Express, hung posters around the school, and then together created a variety of bracelets to sell at the event. They earned $246.00 at the event and donated it all to Cal's Angels. This is an excellent example of what it means to do something for others. Thank you to Diya, Hannah and Zahra for SOARING like eagles and being great role models.

There are three clubs that are being offered at Erickson: STEAM Club (afterschool), CHESS Club (afterschool), and Book Club (during recess/lunch). Please review the flyers below to learn more about these clubs. PAPER COPIES are being sent home today or Friday. Last day to sign up for STEAM or CHESS is tomorrow, Friday at 3:00.

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

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week - See Dress Up Days Flyer

October 28: Early Dismissal 1:40, Eagles Nest, Hot Lunch Hot dog/Buttered pasta, Kindergarten PM attends 12:40-3:30

October 31: Halloween parade/parties, Hot Lunch Pizza

Parade: 1:30-2:00 outside in the front of the school along the sidewalk

2:00-3:00 Halloween Parties hosted by PTO parent volunteers, must be a signed up to attend. Preschool-Kindergarten AM parade 10:00-10:20 and then party from 10:20-11:20.

November 1-7: Treats for Troops - see flyer below

November 2: Wacky Wednesday-THEME: International Day

  • Students can wear clothing items or accessories that represent their culture or country where their family is from

November 4: Hot Lunch - hot dog/buttered pasta

November 5: Community Coffee at Erickson, November 5th, 8:00-9:30am (morning). Location: Erickson Library

November 7: Hot Lunch Pizza

November 8: Election Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/STAFF due to Election Day

November 10: Picture Retakes - 10:45-12:00 - PM students should come during this time if you want picture retakes. See below for more information.

November 11: Spirit Day - Wear Red, White & Blue, Veterans Day Assembly 2:00, PTO Wounded Warrior Fun Run 3:30-4:15, Pick up your Cherrydale Orders between 2:00-7:00 at Erickson in the lobby

Halloween Information - October 31

Halloween at Erickson will be celebrated on Monday, October 31st. Families are invited to the outdoor parade from 1:30-2:00 for PM Preschool-5th grade students. Students will walk along the sidewalk in the front of the school. The AM Preschool-Kindergarten outdoor parade will be from 10:00-10:20 am. REMINDER: Students are not able to go home and change into their costume. Students should bring their costume to school to change into right before the parade. No weapons (swords, knives, guns, etc.) are allowed. Masks can be worn during the parade and party. PTO will be providing two snacks during the party. Parent volunteers are discouraged from taking home students at 3:00. All students will dismiss at 3:30.

Halloween: head room parents

Cook AM- Alicia Atilano and Amanda Vieu

Volkman AM- Nicole Waterloo and Ashley Latrofa

Volkman PM- Antonia Prentice and Alyssa Giannelli

Crossley- Ali Ventrella

Gunther- Jazmine Lafort, Brittany Vallas, and Kara Lubas

Hietkam- Dimple Shah and Aekta Baxi

Raimondi- Leatte Caravello, Heidi Pearlman and Janine Rosenberg

Carley- Stephanie Sieradzki

Cockerham- Theresa Ancona

Koziol- Deanna Scimo and Rachana Shah

Ott- Antonia Prentice and Kristie Knackstedt

Holm/Ikens- Samantha Messamore

Sliwa/Calix- Kim Smigiel, Alicia Atilano, Annette Kossifologos, and Katie Pobuta

Stankoskey- Maggie Fritz and Alyssa Giannelli

Weber- Dee Patel, Stella Cacucciolo, Angie McGrath

Bley- Jenny Donahue, Kristie Knackstedt, Eve Geldis

Krzoska- Claudine Scanlon

Lahl- Avani Shah, Liz Goebel- Partyka

Miller- Janine Rosenberg

Hayes- Stella Cacucciolo and Melissa Hetrick

Naples- Nina Choksi and Merri Downs

Paoletti- Katy Michalec

Spagnoli- Nora Mariani

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Picture Retakes - November 10

If you didn't order photos, instead of receiving a picture package, you will receive a code to go online and order photos. After receiving your photos or viewing your photos online, you may choose to get picture retakes. Picture retakes will take place on Nov. 10 from 10:45-12:00 at Erickson. If you want to retake your picture, please bring your original picture package back to school on November 10 and return the picture package to the photographer for a retake. If you have a PM student and need a retake, you may come in the morning during that time to get your picture taken. New students that were not here for the November 10th picture day, will also get their photos taken on this day.

Run, Walk, Trot --- Friday November 10 --- Wounded Warriors

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Veterans Day - November 11

We will be honoring Veterans at our Veterans Day assembly on November 11th at 2:00. If you know of any Veterans (neighbors, family, etc.) that you think would like to attend the the assembly and small reception afterwards, please see flyer below and fill out the RSVP form. There will also be a PTO Wounded Warriors Fun Run on November 11th after school from 3:30-4:15. Printed sign-up flyers will go home on Thursday or Friday

Cold and flu season- keep everyone in District 13 healthy.

Dear Parents,

It will soon be Fall and this is a great opportunity to remind you that cold and flu season is upon us. It is vital that we work together to keep everyone in District 13 healthy. The nurses have noticed an increase in the number of students displaying fevers, coughs, and other cold-like symptoms. There have also been absences due to a diagnosis of Influenza. District 13 tracks all influenza activity along with other illnesses and reports data to the DuPage County Health Department on a daily basis to determine if additional measures are warranted. At this time, no additional measures are needed. Prevention continues to be the most effective means in reducing the spread of influenza and other illnesses.

Students who report to the Health Office with a fever and/or a report of feeling poorly are sent home. To minimize the spread of illnesses in school, it is recommended that your child stay home from school and other extracurricular activities if flu or cold symptoms are present. The following guidelines may help you decide to keep your child home or send them to school:


Very stuffy or runny nose


Mild sore throat (free of fever/not exposed to Strep of Covid)


Mild stomach ache


Fever 100 degrees or greater.

Vomiting (even once)



General malaise or feelings of fatigue

Frequent congested (wet) or croup cough

Large amount of nasal congestion with frequent nose blowing


Wash hands frequently

Do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth

Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, wash hands afterward

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Viral infections are the most contagious during the first 48 hours, usually before symptoms fully manifest. Anyone who has a fever is to remain home until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Anyone who is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea is to remain home until they are clear of vomiting and/or diarrhea for a full 24 hours. Anyone who has a persistent sore throat or a cough may return to school after being seen by a physician for evaluation and has begun any necessary treatment. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on medication for at least 24 hours before he/she is considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Keeping your ill child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom and allow your child to fully recover.

Thank you for doing your part in helping make this season as healthy as possible.

Health Services

Bloomingdale School District #13


RED RIBBON WEEK - October 24 - 28

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Student Council - Operation Gratitude - November 1-7

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 14 - December 2

  • Parent Teacher conference sign-up: Conferences will be held between November 14th and December 2. Virtual and in-person conferences are available. ALL staff will be in the building for conferences November 21. Please sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher.

FirstView® - Customer Support

FirstView® provides a dedicated customer support team Monday through Friday to assist you:

o Call toll-free 888-889-8920 from 7:00 a.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. ET

o Email Customer Support at

o Use the in-app “✉” button (right corner) to provide feedback


Please take the time to review the Erickson Family Handbook. Each class will meet with Mrs. Frattinger and myself to discuss school rules and procedures. Ask your student how to SOAR in the hallways, in the classroom, on the bus and during recess.

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School Hours / Lunch Hours

The first full day of school is Thursday August 25th, for students in first - fifth grade. Kindergarten & Preschool students start school on Monday, August 29th. Students may arrive between 8:25-8:40. Classes begin at 8:40.

School Hours:

Grades 1st-5th: 8:40-3:30

Kindergarten AM: 8:40-11:30

Kindergarten PM: 12:40-3:30

Preschool AM: 8:50-11:20

Preschool PM: 12:50-3:20

Lunch Hours:

1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:25

4th-5th Grade Lunch: 12:25-12:50

Dropping off lunches from restaurants (ie- McDonald's, Wendy's, Panera, etc.) as well as using food delivery services to drop off food (ie -GrubHub, Door Dash) is not allowed. Students should bring their lunch in the morning to school each day. Safety is our number one priority and we would like to limit visitors.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures: Click here to learn about arrival and dismissal procedures for the 2022-2023 school year. Families should utilize the side parking lot for pick-up and drop-off. The front parking lot is designated for buses only. Morning arrival is between 8:25am-8:40am. Staff begin to supervise students at 8:25 am. Grades K and 4-5 will enter through the front doors. Grades 1-3 will enter through the side of the building. Students will begin to enter the school at 8:35 and go directly to their classrooms. School beings at 8:40.
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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.
District 13 Virtual Backpack

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

Erickson Family Calendar

Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year