Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

November 4, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

Thank you PTO Parents for wonderful Halloween parties. The students had a blast creating halloween mummies of all kinds, painting trick-or-treat bags, playing Halloween bingo, figuring out Halloween themed puzzles and so much more! THANK YOU for making this Halloween one to remember.

Veterans Day is November 11th. Please see a special opportunity below to honor a Veteran in your family. We have 17 veterans that we are honoring. I am hoping to have enough Veterans for each class to sponsor. Don't forget to sign your child up for the PTO FUN RUN for Wounded Warriors on Friday, Nov. 12th from 3:30-4:15. Information below under PTO.

Each month a different grade level participates in a community service project. Fourth grade's Service Project supported Phil's Friends in Roselle. Students donated earned money, via chores, to purchase fleece. The fleece was used to create comfy blankets for cancer patients. A Phil's Friends representative will visit Erickson 4th graders on Tuesday to say THANK YOU for creating and donating 33 fleece blankets, cards, and decorating 25 boxes to use for shipping.

Week of Gratitude will be replacing the Thanksgiving Feast this year. Please read information below on how Erickson will show gratitude and appreciation throughout the week of November 15-19.

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


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Important Dates

Friday, November 5: Hot Lunch

Sunday, November 7: Daylight Savings TIme Ends: Fall Back One Hour

Wednesday, November 10: PTO Meeting 5:30 in Erickson's library

Thursday, November 11: Picture Retake Day (AM only), Veterans Day: Wear Red, White and Blue

Friday, November 12: Hot Lunch, Spirit Day: Wear Blue and Gold, PTO Fun Run 3:30-4:15

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

Tuesday, November 16: PTO Dine out Chipotle

Friday, November 19: Early Dismissal 1:40, Eagle's Nest (Wear your Pillar Shirt), End of 1st Trimester

Monday-Friday, November 22-26: No School

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.

Parent Teacher Conferences: November 16-December 6th

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences will occur between November 16th - December 6th. Parents will have the opportunity to select In-Person Conferences or Virtual Conferences (Google Meets). There is a Parent-Teacher Conference link to each teacher's available dates & times. All conferences will be 20 minutes in length. If you have any questions about conferences or need assistance scheduling a conference, please contact the classroom teacher. Link to Teacher Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up

Picture Retake November 11th

Picture Retake Day: Students interested in retaking their school picture can do so on November 11th in the morning only. If you ordered pictures, they were sent home last week. If you would like to retake your picture, please bring your picture package back and return it to the photographer for the retake session.

New and absent students will have an opportunity to get their picture taken on this day. If you are a new student or were absent, see below for the order form (ONLINE ORDERS ONLY).

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11th. Mrs. Strombres, Music Teacher, has been rehearsing patriotic songs with students and will be putting together a video of all the students singing. This video will be viewed by all the students on Veterans Day.

Classrooms will also have an opportunity to Adopt-A-Veteran. If you would like to submit a name of a Veteran (family member, close friend, neighbor, etc.) to be "adopted" by an Erickson class, please fill out this form. Forms are due by November 5. On Veterans Day, the adopting class will create cards, poems, etc. for the Veteran. Erickson will then mail the package to the Veteran. If you have questions about Adopting-A-Veteran, please reach out to Mrs. Johnston.

Week of Gratitude: November 15-19

During the Week of Gratitude, November 15-19, Erickson students will engage in a variety of activities in art, music, library and the classroom, that will remind us all to be grateful and appreciate others. This week will replace the traditional Erickson Thanksgiving Feast. Some of the activities during this week include:

  • Grateful Gallery Art Walk showcasing Erickson artwork

  • Singing songs of Gratitude & Thanksgiving in music class

  • Creating a "Showcase of Gratitude" in library class

  • Third grade will host a variety of community members throughout the week (police, fire department, retired Erickson teachers, paraprofessionals, etc.) before school and serve donuts, coffee and thanks! Student Council members will provide school tours.

  • During Eagle’s Nest on Friday, Nov. 19th, students will complete a Gratitude "Nest" project with their small groups.

  • Families can complete an optional 21 Day Family Gratitude Challenge. A copy of this challenge will be sent home FRIDAY with students. The challenge will be due December 1. Special Eagle Tickets will be rewarded to those students who complete the family challenge!

  • The PTO is sponsoring a collection for the Marklund Day School in Bloomingdale throughout the week of Nov. 15-19. See the flyer below to see what you can donate. Items can be brought in during the week of Nov. 15-19. Collection boxes will be in the lobby.

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Attendance and Tardy


Please call the school office 630-529-2223 before 8:30am to report an absence. Call each day a child is absent. If you do not call, you will receive a call from the school office after 9:00am inquiring about your child’s absence.


Please remember school starts at 8:40. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their classrooms when morning announcements are read.

PTO Information

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

PTO Meeting: Our next PTO Meeting will be Wednesday, November 10th at 5:30PM in the school library.

Dine Out Event: November 16th from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm will be our Dine Out Event at Chipotle located at 170 E. Lake Street in Bloomingdale.

Fun Run: Our 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be Friday 11/12. Registration will be due by 11/5. Please see the flyer for more information. A printed registration form went home with students today.

Supporting Marklund Day School: The PTO will be collecting wishlist items for Marklund Day School during the Week of Gratitude: November 15-19. See flyer above.

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

Every student at Erickson was given a Character Counts Pillar Shirt in 1st grade or when they entered Erickson as a new student. Students do not need this shirt, but are asked to wear their pillar color on Pillar Day (1x per month).

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.

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Johnston:

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).

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.