Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

October 7, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

Tomorrow, October 8th, is a Teacher Institute Day and there will be no school for students. Teachers will be engaging in professional development activities throughout the day by attending online workshops and discussing assessment data to help best meet the needs of all learners.

At dismissal, safety is very important. When using the parent parking lot, please park in a marked parking spot. Please avoid parking along the curb. At 3:20 the parent lot is typically full. If arriving after 3:20, you will need to join the parent pick-up line or park in the Park District lot. No parent cars are allowed in the front lot with the busses at dismissal. It is very unsafe for families to be walking in the lot when busses arrive. Please help to make Erickson's parking lots safe.

Please pack an extra mask for your child! We are running low on extras.

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 four day weekend!

Stacy Johnston


Important Dates

Friday, Oct. 8: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day

Monday, Oct. 11: NO SCHOOL - Indigenous People's Day

Wednesday, Oct. 13: PTO meeting at Erickson @ 5:30pm in the Erickson Library

Tuesday, Oct 19: PTO Dine Out Portillo's

Thursday, Oct. 21: PTO Outdoor Family Pumpkin Night 5:30-7:30pm (See Flyer below)

Friday, Oct. 22: 1:40 Dismissal for grades 1-5 (PM kindergarten and preschool meet at normal times). Wear your PILLAR shirts!

Friday, October 29: Halloween Parade and PTO Parties (see info below)

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.

Halloween Parade and PTO Classroom Parties

Students will participate in an outdoor Halloween parade and PTO classroom parties on Friday, October 29th. Students should bring their Halloween costume to school to change into before the parade. Students will not be able to go home during the lunch hour and change into their costume. Parents are welcome to attend the outdoor parade during the times below:

  • 10:20-10:40 AM Preschool-Kindergarten parade outside

  • 10:40-11:20 AM Preschool-Kindergarten party in the classroom

  • 2:00-2:20 Grades Preschool-5th Parade

  • 2:20-3:00 Grades Preschool-5th Party

PTO School Directory

The PTO publishes a student directory with each student's contact information: name, address, phone number and email. This is helpful when organizing birthday parties, playdates, etc. If you would NOT like your child's contact information published in the PTO School Directory, please email Mrs. Johnston at by Oct. 7th asking to opt out of the directory. TODAY is the last day to OPT out of the directory.

PTO Information

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

PTO Meeting: Our next PTO Meeting will be Wednesday, October 13th at 5:30PM in the school.

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser: Our PTO Fundraiser ends October 8th. Thank you for your support! See flyer below.

Hot Lunch: We are excited to announce that the hot lunch order form is open! Orders may be placed from 10/29-12/10. All orders must be placed by October 15!

Pumpkin Night: Save the date: Thursday, October 21st from 5:30-7:30PM will be Family Pumpkin Night in the parking lot of the school. Join us for fun for the whole family! Please see the flyer for more information. (Flyers went home TODAY with students)

Dine out: Our next Dine Out Event will be on October 19th from 5:00-8:00PM at Portillos!

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.