Erickson Express

Family Newsletter

May 5, 2022

Dear Erickson Families,

The Erickson Staff is feeling so much appreciation from students and families! Thank you for thinking of us during Teacher Appreciation Week.

The 5th Grade Musical, Willy Wonka, was performed today at 2:00 for students. What an amazing show! Shout out to Mrs. Stombres, Miss Caskey and Mrs. Clay (scenery) for a wonderful performance. TONIGHT is the 7:00 family performance!

Second grade students just completed their service project. They created care packages for the residents of Alden Gardens of Bloomingdale. The care pages included puzzles, notepads, cozy socks, soaps, candy, handwritten cards and much more. Students enjoyed filling the boxes up with goodies knowing the care packages would make the residents happy.

Just a reminder, TOMORROW, Friday, May 6 is a school attendance day and there is NO HOT LUNCH.

Please reach out if you have any question or concerns. The best way to reach me would be via email or phone: or 630-529-2223.

Have a wonderful day!

Stacy Johnston


Important Dates

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week: (see info below on how you can celebrate staff - flyer)

May 5: 5th Grade Musical Willy Wonka 2:00 for students only and 7:00pm for 5th grade families


May 12: 5th-to-6th Grade Transition Night @ Westfield from 6:00-7:30pm

May 13: May Early Dismissal @ 1:40 & Butter Pasta Hot Lunch

May 9-18: Spring MAP Testing Window (teachers will send home specific testing days/times)

May 17: Portfolio Night - 5:30-7:00

May 24: Kindergarten Evening Performance - 6:30-7:30pm

May 25: Lunch with A Loved One- 12:00-12:30 (family is invited to have a picnic lunch on school grounds, more information to come)

May 27: Student Non-Attendance Day - No School

May 30: Memorial Day-No School: Monday, May 30

June 3: Field Day (RAINDATE is Monday, June 6)

June 7: Last Day of School (full day)

YEARS of SERVICE Erickson Honorees

We are so proud to have these staff members at Erickson Elementary and are thankful for their years of service. THANK YOU!

5 Years

Breena Stombres (Music Teacher) & Lauren Ott (1st Grade Teacher)

10 Years

Katie Cockerham (2nd Grade Teacher), Cathy D’Agostini (Paraprofessional), Michelle Greenberg (Paraprofessional), Amanda Gunther (1st Grade Teacher), Sara Heitkam (1st Grade Teacher), Jill Mastrodomenico (Front Office)

20 Years

Heather Grover (Librarian), Charla Treanor (Social Worker)

25 Years

Jorge DeLeon (Evening Custodian)

DuJardin Full-Time Night Custodian Position Available

AVAILABLE: As soon as possible


HOURLY RATE: $16 - $17 per hour According to Experience

HOURS: 8 hours per day (2:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) flexible during summer and school breaks

BENEFITS: IMRF pension plan participation
3 Personal Days per year

14 Sick Days per year
10 Vacation Days
90% Paid Individual Health and Dental Insurance

CONTACT: Greg Leyden, Director of Building and Grounds

Teacher Appreciation Week

To: The Parents of Erickson Elementary

From: Erickson PTO Board

Regarding: Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2nd-6th, 2022

Dear Parents,

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-6th. This is a nationally recognized week to celebrate teachers and is a wonderful time to say thank you for all that they do for our children. This year, we will celebrate and thank all staff members of Erickson during Teacher Appreciation Week. Choose the days (or all five) to participate and show our Erickson staff how much they are appreciated!

  • Monday, May 2 - Paraprofessionals: Celebrate the Paraprofessionals that help assist students and teachers at every level. We would all be lost without them!

  • Tuesday, May 3 - Fine Arts Teachers: Celebrate our Fine Art staff that follow students throughout all their years at Erickson. These weekly “specials” (Gym, Music, Art, Library and 4th-5th Grade Technology) are attended by students every week - so let’s show these teachers just how special they are!

  • Wednesday, May 4 - Homeroom Teachers: Celebrate your child’s teacher on this day. Let’s show them how much we appreciate all they have done to help our child learn & grow throughout the school year!

*** We will also have Dress Like Your Teacher Day today for Wacky Wednesday. Have your child dress up like their favorite Erickson teacher or staff member! ***

  • Thursday, May 5 - Specialists: For those students who work with Specialists, this is the day to show appreciation to them. Social Worker, Therapist, Special Education, Acceleration, etc - these are a critical part of a students learning process that should not be forgotten!

  • Friday, May 6 - Front Office & Custodians: The Front Office staff is the glue that keeps us all together and the Custodian staff keeps the school clean & safe so our children have a safe place to learn. Let’s show our appreciation to both of these integral groups at Erickson!

Some ways to show your appreciation: Have your child write a special thank you note, share a favorite memory or draw a picture. Or bring them their favorite snack or drink, a favorite treat (flower, lotion, etc), or shop at their favorite store, These are just a few ideas.

Need ideas on what Erickson Staff likes? Each staff member has provided their “Teacher Favorites”. Click here to access the “Teacher Favorites” page. This page can also be found on the PTO page of the Erickson website.

If you have any questions regarding Teacher Appreciation Week, please contact the Erickson PTO

at Thank you for your support and participation!

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.

Erickson Family Calendar

Includes all the Erickson dates for the school year

5th-to-6th Grade Transition Night

Current 5th Grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to visit Westfield Middle School on May 12th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm for 5th-to-6th Grade Transition Night.

5th Graders will begin the evening with Westfield Student Council members and will be provided a short presentation and a tour of the building.

Parents will begin the evening in the Athletic Gym and will be provided a presentation by Westfield Administration and Staff highlighting the unique aspects of middle school.

The presentations will begin at 6:00pm. Please enter through our Athletic Entrance, Door 32, located along the front parking lot.

Following the presentations, parents will have the opportunity to visit with staff members, tour the building with their child, and visit our Book Fair.

We hope to see you at Westfield on May 12th!

Stefan Larsson


Westfield Middle School

Yearbook - Time to order

Erickson Elementary Yearbook is on sale now.

To purchase your yearbook got to

The purchase deadline is May 6th.

Yearbook Price: $19.34 (sales tax not included)

Yearbooks will be mailed to Erickson.

Summer 2022 Basketball and Soccer Camps

Summer 2022 Basketball and Soccer Camps

The dates and times have been set for both basketball and soccer summer camps. The camps are for any incoming 1st thru 6th graders (the grade your child will be in the Fall). If you are interested in having your child attend one or both of these camps, then please click on the registration link here. Please fill out all the necessary information and send that in with your check to either your child’s main office at their school or Westfield’s main office. Note: Camp will be held at DuJardin Elementary this year. This is a change from previous years.

Contact Kelly Hilden for any information regarding the camps.

630-529-6211 ext. 5372

2022-2023 New Students

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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.

Portfolio Night: May 17th we will have the Anderson Book Fair, a Bake sale, and our Dine out Event at Buona Beef all on Portfolio Night!

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

Erickson Elementary PTO - Open Volunteer Positions for 2022/23 School Year

Fun Fair/Back to School Event: Two volunteers work together to coordinate a back to school event in August on a Friday evening. The event includes the sale of food/drinks, and entertainment provided, such as inflatables, face painting, games, photo booth, magic show and a DJ. The entertainment may change from one year to the next.

Holiday Gift Corner: One volunteer coordinates the opportunity for students to purchase inexpensive gifts for their families for the holiday season. The volunteer works with approximately 20 volunteers to help inventory, set up display tables, price items, help students make their selections, and act as cashier.

Holiday Cookie Decorating: One volunteer coordinates with an outside vendor (Entrée Kitchen or local bakery like D’s Treats) to have a holiday cookie decorating event on an evening in December at Erickson Elementary. Children decorate cookies to take home. Santa makes a visit and provides a small treat to the students.

Talent Show: One volunteer coordinates the Talent Show for 4th & 5th Grade students. The volunteer works with an Erickson staff member to oversee auditions, rehearsals, an evening performance for families and a day time performance for the student body. The process usually start after Winter Break with a performance in February or March.

Valentine Grams: Filled - Thank You Sam Messamore!

Spirit Week: One volunteer coordinates Spirit Week activities to be held in March in conjunction with Spirit Day. Activities include at least one family activity in the evening, one in-school activity, and Spirit Day. Other activities can be themed dress-up days, contests, etc.

Spring Family Fun Night: Two volunteers work together to coordinate a family fun night in the Spring. Family activities may include: Movie Night, Bingo Night and Paint Night. The list of activities may change from one year to the next.

Field Day: One additional volunteer to help Co-Chair & coordinate approximately 30 volunteers to assist on Field Day. Field Day is a fun day of outdoor games and other activities at the end of the school year. The day includes snacks, lunch, and afternoon treat, all provided by the PTO. As well as game set-up, and coordinating volunteers to assist with the games. Field Day is coordinated with the Physical Education Department. One position filled - Thank You Dee Patel! We still need 1 more volunteer!

Room Parent Coordinator: Filled - Thank You Sam Messamore!

Teacher Appreciation: One volunteer works to coordinate the set-up and order food for the appreciation meals throughout the year (usually during Parent/Teacher Conferences and Teacher Appreciation Week). This volunteer also coordinates advertising for Teacher Appreciation Week activities (May).

Organizing Volunteers for Picture Day & Vision/Hearing Screening: Filled - Thank You Sam Messamore!

Please reach out to Erickson PTO if you are interested in filling any of these volunteer positions at We need YOU to help continue these events & activities for the 2022/23 school year.

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.