Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

October 28, 2021

Dear Erickson Families,

Tomorrow, Friday, October 29th, students will participate in an outdoor Halloween parade and PTO classroom parties. Students should bring their Halloween costume to school to put on before the parade. Students should NOT wear their costumes to school, but rather put on their costume over their clothes before the parade & party. Students will not be able to go home during the lunch hour and change into their costume. If it is raining the parent parade will be cancelled. I will send an email tomorrow ONLY if the parade is cancelled.

SCHOOL PICTURES are being sent home TODAY. Please check the backpacks!

Please remember that school starts at 8:40. Students should be in the building by 8:40. They are marked tardy at 8:45.

Our first PIZZA HOT LUNCH is on Friday, Oct. 29. Thank you PTO for organizing Pizza Hot Lunch!

Thank you to the Puchalski Family and the many parent and teacher (PTO: Parent Teacher Organization) volunteers who put on an AWESOME Outdoor Family Pumpkin Night that was attended by 300+ people. A special thank you to the Vasiliadis Family for keeping the tunes going all night!

Veterans Day is November 11th. Please see a special opportunity below to honor a Veteran in your family. My husband is a Marine and my dad served during the Korean War. I am very proud of their service. Please take this opportunity to recognize a special Veteran in your family.

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

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

Friday, October 29: Halloween Parade and PTO Parties & PIZZA hot lunch for students who ordered

Wednesday, November 3: Wacky Wednesday - Pajama Day

Friday, November 5: Hot Lunch

Sunday, November 7: Daylight Savings TIme Ends: Fall Back One Hour

Wednesday, November 10: PTO Meeting 5:30 in Erickson's library

Thursday, November 11: Picture Retake Day (AM only)- Pictures will be delivered soon!, Veterans Day, Wear Red, White and Blue

Friday, November 12: Hot Lunch, Spirit Day: Wear Blue and Gold, PTO Fun Run 3:30-4:15

Tuesday, November 16: PTO Dine out Chipotle

Friday, November 19: Early Dismissal 1:40, Eagles Nest, End of 1st Trimester

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

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.

Picture Retake November 11th

Picture Retake Day: Students interested in retaking their school picture can do so on November 11th in the morning only. If you ordered pictures, they were sent home TODAY. If you would like to retake your picture, please bring your picture package back and return it to the photographer for the retake session.

New and absent students will have an opportunity to get their picture taken on this day. If you are a new student or were absent, see below for the order form (ONLINE ORDERS ONLY).

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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 should NOT wear their costumes to school, but rather put on their costume over their clothes before the parade & party. 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. The parade will take a loop around the front of the building.

  • 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

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11th. Mrs. Strombres, Music Teacher, has been rehearsing patriotic songs with students and will be putting together a video of all the students singing. This video will be viewed by all the students on Veterans Day.

Classrooms will also have an opportunity to Adopt-A-Veteran. If you would like to submit a name of a Veteran (family member, close friend, neighbor, etc.) to be "adopted" by an Erickson class, please fill out this form. Forms are due by November 3. On Veterans Day, the adopting class will create cards, poems, etc. for the Veteran. Erickson will then mail the package to the Veteran. If you have questions about Adopting-A-Veteran, please reach out to Mrs. Johnston.

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.

Dine Out Event: November 16th from 5:00PM-9:00PM will be our Dine Out Event at Chipotle located at 170 E. Lake Street in Bloomingdale.

Fun Run: Our 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be Friday 11/12. Registration will be due by 11/5. Please see the flyer for more information. A printed registration form went home with students today.

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.