Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

April 21, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,


I would like to highlight some important dates as the end of the school year is approaching. Please mark your calendar:


Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6 (see info below on how you can celebrate staff - flyer also going home today or tomorrow)

Kindergarten Visitation for NEW Kindergarten Students: May 2 @ 9:30 or 1:30 by sign-up only

5th Grade Musical Willy Wonka: May 5 @ 2:00 for students only and 7:00pm for 5th grade families

5th-to-6th Grade Transition Night @ Westfield: May 12 from 6:00-7:30pm

May Early Dismissal: May 13 @ 1:40

Spring MAP Testing Window: May 9-18 (teachers will send home specific testing days/times)

Portfolio Night: Tuesday, May 17- 5:30-7:00

Kindergarten Evening Performance: May 24- 6:30-7:30pm

Lunch with A Loved One: May 25- 12:00-12:30 (family is invited to have a picnic lunch on school grounds, more information to come)

Student Non-Attendance Day - No School: Friday, May 27

Memorial Day-No School: Monday, May 30

Field Day: Friday, June 3 - (RAINDATE is Monday, June 6)

Last Day of School: Tuesday, June 7th (full day)


Please reach out if you have any question or concerns. The best way to reach me would be via email or phone: sjohnston@sd13.org or 630-529-2223.


Have a wonderful day!


Stacy Johnston

Principal

Teacher Appreciation Week

To: The Parents of Erickson Elementary

From: Erickson PTO Board

Regarding: Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2nd-6th, 2022


Dear Parents,


Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-6th. This is a nationally recognized week to celebrate teachers and is a wonderful time to say thank you for all that they do for our children. This year, we will celebrate and thank all staff members of Erickson during Teacher Appreciation Week. Choose the days (or all five) to participate and show our Erickson staff how much they are appreciated!


  • Monday, May 2 - Paraprofessionals: Celebrate the Paraprofessionals that help assist students and teachers at every level. We would all be lost without them!


  • Tuesday, May 3 - Fine Arts Teachers: Celebrate our Fine Art staff that follow students throughout all their years at Erickson. These weekly “specials” (Gym, Music, Art, Library and 4th-5th Grade Technology) are attended by students every week - so let’s show these teachers just how special they are!


  • Wednesday, May 4 - Homeroom Teachers: Celebrate your child’s teacher on this day. Let’s show them how much we appreciate all they have done to help our child learn & grow throughout the school year!

*** We will also have Dress Like Your Teacher Day today for Wacky Wednesday. Have your child dress up like their favorite Erickson teacher or staff member! ***


  • Thursday, May 5 - Specialists: For those students who work with Specialists, this is the day to show appreciation to them. Social Worker, Therapist, Special Education, Acceleration, etc - these are a critical part of a students learning process that should not be forgotten!


  • Friday, May 6 - Front Office & Custodians: The Front Office staff is the glue that keeps us all together and the Custodian staff keeps the school clean & safe so our children have a safe place to learn. Let’s show our appreciation to both of these integral groups at Erickson!


Some ways to show your appreciation: Have your child write a special thank you note, share a favorite memory or draw a picture. Or bring them their favorite snack or drink, a favorite treat (flower, lotion, etc), or shop at their favorite store, These are just a few ideas.


Need ideas on what Erickson Staff likes? Each staff member has provided their “Teacher Favorites”. Click here to access the “Teacher Favorites” page. This page can also be found on the PTO page of the Erickson website.


If you have any questions regarding Teacher Appreciation Week, please contact the Erickson PTO

at ericksonpto13@gmail.com. Thank you for your support and participation!

Important Dates

April 25: Pizza Hot Lunch

April 29: Hot Lunch: Butter Pasta

Please see above for all important dates

Erickson Family Calendar

Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year

Thank You - National Volunteer Week

What better time to thank all of our PTO Committee Chairs for the 2021/22 school year!


THANK YOU for all of your hard work, time and dedication to our Erickson community! And THANK YOU to those who were willing to help but the guidelines in place just didn’t allow it. Either way, we are grateful for your willingness to volunteer!


Tiffany Alexander - Bake Sale, Mitten Tree


Jamie Alvarado - Field Day


Kathy Boebel - PTO Membership


Stephanie Danek - Hot Lunch


Shauna Hogan - Holiday Gift Corner, Scholarship Committee, Spirit Week, Valentine Grams


Katie Jezak - Fall Fundraiser, Fun Run


Priti Katwala - Thanksgiving Feast/Gratitude Week


Kristie Knackstedt - Thanksgiving Feast/Gratitude Week


Katie Kohnke - School Store Volunteers


Jessica Lynch - Book Fair


Maria Mastrolonardo - Spirit Wear


Nikki Mazza - Back to School Festivities


Sam Messamore - Dine Out Nights


Katy Michalec - Hot Lunch, School Supply Kits


Dee Patel - Field Day


Kristine Puchalski - Family Pumpkin Decorating Night


It is because of each of you that the Erickson PTO is able to support our students and staff in so many different ways! THANK YOU so much for volunteering!!


And THANK YOU to all those who have volunteered to help at any of our events & activities this year. From Hot Lunch to Pumpkin Night, Picture Day to Book Fair, our PTO Committee Chairs couldn’t have done it without you!


Sincerely, The Erickson PTO Executive Board

5th-to-6th Grade Transition Night

Current 5th Grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to visit Westfield Middle School on May 12th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm for 5th-to-6th Grade Transition Night.

5th Graders will begin the evening with Westfield Student Council members and will be provided a short presentation and a tour of the building.

Parents will begin the evening in the Athletic Gym and will be provided a presentation by Westfield Administration and Staff highlighting the unique aspects of middle school.

The presentations will begin at 6:00pm. Please enter through our Athletic Entrance, Door 32, located along the front parking lot.

Following the presentations, parents will have the opportunity to visit with staff members, tour the building with their child, and visit our Book Fair.

We hope to see you at Westfield on May 12th!


Stefan Larsson

Principal

Westfield Middle School

Student Placement for 2022-2023

Student Placement for 2022-2023 will take place in May. Parents can assist in the process by completing a Student Placement Information form. Parent input about their child’s academic experiences can provide valuable insight to this process. Parents should not use this form to recommend a specific classroom teacher. If you are interested in filling out the form (this is NOT mandatory), please complete by April 22.

Yearbook - Time to order

Erickson Elementary Yearbook is on sale now.


To purchase your yearbook got to treering.com

The purchase deadline is May 6th.

Yearbook Price: $19.34 (sales tax not included)


Yearbooks will be mailed to Erickson.

Summer 2022 Basketball and Soccer Camps

Summer 2022 Basketball and Soccer Camps

The dates and times have been set for both basketball and soccer summer camps. The camps are for any incoming 1st thru 6th graders (the grade your child will be in the Fall). If you are interested in having your child attend one or both of these camps, then please click on the registration link here. Please fill out all the necessary information and send that in with your check to either your child’s main office at their school or Westfield’s main office. Note: Camp will be held at DuJardin Elementary this year. This is a change from previous years.


Contact Kelly Hilden for any information regarding the camps.

khilden@sd13.org


630-529-6211 ext. 5372

2022-2023 New Students

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2022-2023 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Parents wishing to enroll their new student into Bloomingdale School District 13 for the 2022-2023 school year can enroll online by clicking on this link: SD13 Enrollment Form


Please check out the “What’s Needed to Enroll My Student?” document located on the SD13 enrollment website.

PTO Information

Open Volunteer Positions: We have a few Chair positions that we need filled in order to continue the programs and events. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the positions or if you are interested. Details Attached. Thank you!


Amazon Smile: Did you know you could support Erickson Elementary every time you shop on Amazon all year long? It's really easy, save the AmazonSmile feature in your account. You earn money for the school with every purchase made.


Box Tops: Don't forget to download and use the Box Tops app to scan your receipts and earn money for Erickson.


Portfolio Night: May 17th we will have the Anderson Book Fair, a Bake sale, and our Dine out Event at Buona Beef all on Portfolio Night!


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

NEW PTO Officers have been selected to serve our school for the 22-23 School Year

Congratulations to:


President: Dee Patel (students: Riyaan, grade 2 & Annika, Kindergarten)

Vice President: Liz Goebel-Partyka (students: Deliah, grade 3 & Elliott, preschool)

Secretary: Kathy Boebel (student: William, grade 2)

Treasurers: Kevin Smith (student: Everdeen, 2nd grade) & Jessica Lynch (student: Savannah, grade 3)


THANK YOU to SHAUNA HOGAN (Vice President) and TC REDDING (Treasurer) for serving on the PTO and for your dedication to Erickson families, teachers & students.

Erickson Elementary PTO - Open Volunteer Positions for 2022/23 School Year

Fun Fair/Back to School Event: Two volunteers work together to coordinate a back to school event in August on a Friday evening. The event includes the sale of food/drinks, and entertainment provided, such as inflatables, face painting, games, photo booth, magic show and a DJ. The entertainment may change from one year to the next.


Holiday Gift Corner: One volunteer coordinates the opportunity for students to purchase inexpensive gifts for their families for the holiday season. The volunteer works with approximately 20 volunteers to help inventory, set up display tables, price items, help students make their selections, and act as cashier.


Holiday Cookie Decorating: One volunteer coordinates with an outside vendor (Entrée Kitchen or local bakery like D’s Treats) to have a holiday cookie decorating event on an evening in December at Erickson Elementary. Children decorate cookies to take home. Santa makes a visit and provides a small treat to the students.


Talent Show: One volunteer coordinates the Talent Show for 4th & 5th Grade students. The volunteer works with an Erickson staff member to oversee auditions, rehearsals, an evening performance for families and a day time performance for the student body. The process usually start after Winter Break with a performance in February or March.


Valentine Grams: Filled - Thank You Sam Messamore!


Spirit Week: One volunteer coordinates Spirit Week activities to be held in March in conjunction with Spirit Day. Activities include at least one family activity in the evening, one in-school activity, and Spirit Day. Other activities can be themed dress-up days, contests, etc.


Spring Family Fun Night: Two volunteers work together to coordinate a family fun night in the Spring. Family activities may include: Movie Night, Bingo Night and Paint Night. The list of activities may change from one year to the next.


Field Day: One additional volunteer to help Co-Chair & coordinate approximately 30 volunteers to assist on Field Day. Field Day is a fun day of outdoor games and other activities at the end of the school year. The day includes snacks, lunch, and afternoon treat, all provided by the PTO. As well as game set-up, and coordinating volunteers to assist with the games. Field Day is coordinated with the Physical Education Department. One position filled - Thank You Dee Patel! We still need 1 more volunteer!


Room Parent Coordinator: Filled - Thank You Sam Messamore!


Teacher Appreciation: One volunteer works to coordinate the set-up and order food for the appreciation meals throughout the year (usually during Parent/Teacher Conferences and Teacher Appreciation Week). This volunteer also coordinates advertising for Teacher Appreciation Week activities (May).


Organizing Volunteers for Picture Day & Vision/Hearing Screening: Filled - Thank You Sam Messamore!


Please reach out to Erickson PTO if you are interested in filling any of these volunteer positions at ericksonpto13@gmail.com. We need YOU to help continue these events & activities for the 2022/23 school year.

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Marklund Run, Walk & Roll 5K - April 24, 2022

Marklund is very excited to (finally!) be back in-person for our 5th Annual Run, Walk & Roll 5K/1Mile fundraising event on Sunday, April 24th. www.marklund.org/5kbloomingdale

We’d love to get as many District 13 staff, students, and families involved this year.

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.
District 13 Virtual Backpack

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