Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

February 10, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

Erickson students celebrated the 100th day of school this week! Lots of fun and laughs seeing students and staff dressed up for the day. Mrs. Heitkam's, 1st grade class, is featured below.

HOT LUNCH for March-May: In next week's Express, there will be information regarding signing up for hot lunch for the remainder of the school year. A flyer will also be sent home next week. Please make sure you are on the look out for this information!

THANK YOU PTO for putting together over 1,000 Valentine Grams. PTO made sure that EACH student will receive a Valentine Gram on Valentine's Day.

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


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Important Dates

February 7-11: OLSAT Testing (grades 1-4)

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

February 11: Spirit Day & Pizza Hot Lunch

February 14: Valentine's Day Classroom Parties (see info. below)

February 16: PTO Dine out night - McAlister's Deli 10:30am-9:00pm

February 18: Pizza Hot Lunch & Pillar Day- wear pillar color or shirts /Eagle's Nest, 1:40 Early Dismissal

February 21: No School - President's Day

Erickson Family Calendar

Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year

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.

Bus Tracking App- FirstView®

FAMILIES RECEIVED AN EMAIL TODAY, February 10th with log-in information. Please look for this email so you can set up the FirstView®, bus tracking and parent communication app for your smartphone or desktop.

Information about the app:

Bloomingdale SD 13 is excited to inform you that the District will be launching FirstView®, a bus tracking and parent communication app for your smartphone or desktop on Thursday, February 10, 2022. FirstView® is being made available to parents through our continued partnership with our transportation provider, First Student. The FirstView® app, located at or in the Google Play App Store or Apple iOS App Store, allows parents to track their child’s bus live in real time. Parents will be able to follow a map screen that shows the location and direction of their child’s bus, the bus stop schedule for the current day and timestamps for school arrivals and departures. Parents will know when the bus arrives or departs from school. Using GPS, the app is designed to provide parents with a better guideline for bus location and its estimated time of arrival at bus stops. Students should still be at their assigned bus stop 7 minutes prior to the estimated or scheduled arrival time. Among its many great features, the app allows parents to customize alerts and email notifications to alert them when their child’s bus is at a chosen distance or number of minutes away from their stop. Also, parents can track the buses for all of their children using individual color coding for each child, so every selected stop will appear on the map on their phone or computer simultaneously for easy viewing. This is a great feature for grandparents and other student caregivers.

Our District Technology Department has worked closely with First Student over the past month to ensure additional security measures are in place to safeguard student information when parents use the FirstView® app, which requires a your child's Student ID and an unique Security Code. The security measures are designed so only you can view your student’s bus stop and information specific to your child.

In addition, there will be resources located on the District Webpage within the Business Office's department page.

Falling in Love with Paper Contest

We are extremely proud to partner with Paper to provide our 1st to 8th grade students and teachers with access to 24/7 on-demand, high-quality academic support.

In an effort to help students utilize this valuable resource, we are hosting a February student contest, “Falling in Love with Paper”, running February 14th-28th! During this two week contest, students will be encouraged to login to Paper to get academic support by using the live help and/or essay review feature. The top student users for academic support in each grade level will receive a $25 gift card and a treat for their classmates, from Paper. The winners will be announced March 4, 2022.

For more information about the contest and what students need to do to get started, see the this flyer As a reminder, students can access their Paper account by simply going to, enter their school then sign in with Google.

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
  • 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

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.

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PTO Scholarship Application Bloomingdale School District 13

The Bloomingdale School District 13 Parent Teacher Organization is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships. We will be awarding scholarships to two graduating Seniors who attended Erickson. Applications are due into Erickson by April 15, 2022

PTO Scholarship Application

PTO Information

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

PTO Dine out is 2/16 at McAlister's. See flyer below.

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.