Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

October 14, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

First day of Hot Lunch is Friday, Oct. 29th. Last day to order is TOMORROW. See PTO information below to order hot lunch.

Parent Teacher conferences are approaching! This a great opportunity to meet with your child's teacher in person or on Google Meet (your choice) to learn about your child's academic, social and emotional progress in school. See below for details.

On October 20th, Officer Jaffe, our new police liaison, will be at Erickson to talk with the students about fall safety topics such as safe trick or treating, stranger danger, and bike safety.

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


Important Dates

Friday, Oct. 15: SPIRIT DAY- Wear Blue and Gold

Tuesday, Oct 19: PTO Dine Out Portillo's

Wednesday, Oct 20: Fall Safety Presentations with Officer Jaffe

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 PM Preschool meet at normal times). Eagles Nest: Wear your PILLAR shirts!

Week of Oct. 25-29: Red Ribbon Week (See below for information)

Friday, October 29: Halloween Parade and PTO Parties

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

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

School Board Meeting: October 18, 2021

Below is a link to the Bloomingdale Board of Education page where parents can view the agenda, etc. to a special school board meeting on October 18, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. The Board of Education will be holding a special meeting to interview the candidates who expressed interest in, and submitted applications for the current board vacancy. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Boardroom. The interviews will be held in closed session, however there is a spot in the meeting for public comment.

Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 25-29

The Red Ribbon national campaign focuses on drug awareness for students across America. Each day will be a dress up day to remind us to be drug free. In the classroom, students will focus on discussions involving healthy habits to keep us drug free.

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 put on before the parade. Students will not be able to go home during the lunch hour and change into their costume. Sending in goodie bags for the party is discouraged. 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 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. Last call...Dues are Due Oct. 29. Please view the flyer below for details

PTO Student Directory: Families who have paid their dues by Oct. 29 will receive a copy of the Student Directory in early November.

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

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser: Thank you to all the families that participated in the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser to help raise funds for the PTO. Top Seller: Soltys Family, 2nd Top Seller: Scimo Family, 3rd Top Seller: Durov Family

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 last week with students) Attending families should bring a blanket to sit on for the pumpkin decorating/writing activity.

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.