Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

January 20, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

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 and 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.

  • The PTO will again be sponsoring a valentine fundraiser called Valentine Grams. Students will be bringing home copy of the Valentine Grams Flyer and Gram Sheet today. Information is also in PTO section below.

Please remember...If you ordered pizza lunch for your child on Friday, January 14th, the order will automatically transfer to Friday, 1/21/22.

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


Important Dates

January 3 - January 31: Pop Tab Wars - see flyer below

January 20: Spelling Bee Club meets 3:30-4:30 in the Library & 5th Grade after School Band Rehearsal at DuJardin 3:30-4:45

January 21: Pizza Hot lunch today (this order was transferred from 1/14/21- noon dismissal)

January 27: Spelling Bee Club meets 3:30-4:30 in the Library & 5th Grade after School Band Rehearsal at DuJardin 3:30-4:45

January 28: Winter MAP Assessment results will go home

February 2: Wacky Wednesday - Theme: Valentine's Day

February 4: Pizza Hot Lunch

February 7-11: OLSAT Testing (information will be in next week's Express)

February 11: Spirit Day & Pizza Hot Lunch

February 14: Valentine's Day Classroom Parties

February 18: Pizza Hot Lunch & Pillar Day/Eagle's Nest (wear your character pillar shirts today!)

Erickson Family Calendar

Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year

District 13 Virtual Backpack

The Backpack is filled with flyers and information from various organizations located throughout Bloomingdale.

5Essentials Survey

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


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.

Board of Education Information

The next Board of Education Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be in person as well as accessible through the Zoom webinar format.

Attached File: webinar Instructions

PTO Information

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

Valentine Grams: The PTO will be providing an option for students to purchase Valentine Grams to send to their friends. See flyer below for information Click here to print Valentine Gram Sheet

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Pop Tab Collection

Consider saving pop tabs over the holidays and throughout the month of January! We will then donate the pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield.
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Email from Dr. Bartelt dated 1/12/22 - Parent Message

Last night, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shared their revised regulations and guidance regarding isolation and quarantine for schools in Illinois to align with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which was released on January 4, 2022. Those documents can be found on the Return to Learn portion of the District's website.

The most significant change in guidance for students who are isolating with a positive COVID-19 test is that they are now able to return 5 days after the onset of symptoms (or 5 days after specimen collection date if no symptoms are present), if the following criteria are met:

• Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days after release from isolation.

• Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.

• If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test.

The most significant change in guidance for students who have been a close contact to COVID-19 is that students who are not fully vaccinated:

• Are to stay home and mask around others for 5 days and then continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

• Should test on day 5, if possible.

• Should immediately isolate if symptoms develop until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated students are still not required to quarantine.

The District will implement this guidance beginning Tuesday, January 18. District and building administrators are working on plans that will allow for returns of isolating students after 5 days to the greatest extent possible, however there may be scenarios where 6 feet of distance cannot be kept during lunchtime. Students who are currently quarantined or isolated are still to return to school on the date they were originally provided by the school nurse unless otherwise notified.

The District is pleased that this updated guidance will allow for greater student attendance. School nurses and/or administrators will continue to guide families through their return to school date from quarantine or isolation.

Please stay safe and well.

Dr. Bartelt

Building Resilience in our Children Presentation by the Regional Office of Education

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.