Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

August 11, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year

Dear Erickson Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer! I can't wait to see students and hear about their fun summer memories. The Erickson Express will be sent home each Thursday throughout the school year to keep families informed on the happenings at Erickson. Please review this issue to hear about the back to school events. The office will resume normal school hours on Monday, August 15 to answer any questions: 630-529-2223.

Looking forward to our partnership and to the beginning of an amazing school year of "Educating and Inspiring the Future!"

Have a wonderful day!

Stacy Johnston


Important Dates to Start the School Year

August 17 - 3:00-6:00 pm: INFORMATION DAY: Families can come to Erickson to find out classroom teacher, bus routes, PTO information, after school events, etc. Families can walk the building. Teachers are not present on this day. To ensure your child(ren)’s name are included on a class list, please have them fully registered by Friday, August 12, 2022. If you are unable to attend Information Day, please call the school starting August 18th (as the 17th will be busy) to find out teachers and bus routes.

  • August 24th - 2:30-3:30: MEET THE TEACHER/SCHOOL SUPPLY DROP OFF (ALL GRADES: Preschool-5th Grade). Bring your school supplies to drop off and meet your new teacher! Students must be accompanied by an adult.
  • August 25th: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL -1st-5th Grade (8:40-3:30)
  • August 25-26: Kindergarten Assessment - Kindergarten Families should call the office 630-529-2223 to schedule a time for Aug. 25-26.
  • August 26: Back to School Bash/Popsicles in the Park 5:30-7:00pm (PTO event - more information to follow)
  • August 29th: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Preschool (AM-8:50-11:20 or PM-12:50-3:20) & Kindergarten (AM-8:40-11:30) or (PM-12:40-3:30)
  • First Day of School

    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 Times

    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. 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.

    School Supply Kits- Opens May 20th -Time To Order for 2022-2023 School Year

    It’s not too late to order school supplies for next year. The PTO offers a convenient no hassle way to order and prepackaged school supplies which will be delivered directly to your home! See Flyer below. Here is the link

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    Staff Update for the 2022-203 School Year

    Ms. Taylor: will be the Resource Teacher (while Mrs. Gnatyuk is on maternity leave)

    Mr. Calix: will be the 3rd grade teacher (while Mrs. Silwa is on maternity leave)

    Miss Ott: Moved from 1st grade to 2nd grade (replacing Mrs. Atchison due to retirement).

    Mrs. Ikens and Mrs. Holm (Current 3rd Grade Teachers)...will be job sharing a 3rd grade classroom. Two amazing classroom.

    New Teacher, Mrs. Raimondi will be a 1st Grade Teacher.

    New Teacher, Mrs. Weber will be a 3rd Grade Teacher.

    New Teacher, Mr. Litavecz will be the Gym Teacher.

    New Teacher, Mr. Welch will be the Music Teacher.
    New Teacher, Ms. Zbizek will be a K-1 Structured Teacher.

    New Teacher, Mrs. Moore will be a Preschool Teacher.

    New Teacher, Ms. Brandon will be the Preschool Speech Pathologist.

    Return to School Community Forum

    This is open to all parents in the district. A Return to School Community Forum that will be held on Monday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Erickson Elementary School. The topic will be safety and will address: Building site and safety drills; Health protocols for 2022-2023; Student safety; Online safety at school and at home.

    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.

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

    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