Nerge Updates 8.28.15

Posted August 31st, 2015 by Steve Schneider

Good afternoon fantastic Nerge families!

It has been a wonderful week at Nerge. At our first assembly this afternoon, I complimented the students on how focused, enthusiastic, respectful and responsible they have been this week. I emphasized to the students that what makes Nerge a great school is the combination of hard-working students, dedicated staff, and supportive families. Thank you for the continued support of your children and the school. I am confident that we are off to another incredible school year!

Schaumburg Parent University

Fall 2015 Course Description

District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at Registration information is also found at this website.


Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit We hope that many Nerge families are able to participate!

Visions Newsletter

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Please note that there is no school on Monday, September 7th (Labor Day), and there is a half-day on Wednesday, September 16th. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 on that day.

MAP Testing

Please see below for the dates for our fall administration of the MAP test. Keep in mind that all reading tests are given in the student’s homeroom, as are math tests in grades K-2. In grades 3-6, the math MAP test is given by the child’s math teacher, which in many cases is different than the homeroom teacher. Check your child’s assignment notebook, as teachers will have students indicate the dates of their MAP tests in addition to this email.


Jerzyk/Lewinson: Reading 9/3, Math 9/10

Staron/Alexander: Reading 9/4, Math 9/11

1st Grade

Chapman/Sheahan: Reading 9/2, Math 9/9

Kearns/Benrus: Reading 9/3, Math 9/10

2nd Grade

Scardina/Awbrey: Reading 9/1, Math 9/8

Canace/Walker: Reading 9/2, Math 9/9

3rd Grade

Zabawski/DiGilio: Reading 9/1, Math 9/8

Stoeberl/Kleczynski: Reading 9/4, Math 9/11

4th Grade

Considine: Reading 9/1, Math 9/8

Scafidi/Bullon: Reading 9/2, Math 9/9

5th Grade

Quinnert/Linne: Reading 9/1, Math 9/8

Kanoon: Reading 9/2, Math 9/9

6th Grade

All classes: Reading 9/3, Math 9/10

Have a great weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson


District 54 hosts 11th annual Run to Read

Posted August 26th, 2015 by Steve Schneider

School District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 27, to support literacy in School District 54. Our goal is to collect 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a 100-yard dash for children in first grade and younger; followed by a 400-yard dash for children in sixth grade and younger. Both races take place at Dirksen School, 116 W. Beech Drive in Schaumburg.

The day of races also includes a 5K race at 8:45 a.m. and a one mile family fun walk at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top male and female winner and the top age group winners in the 5K. An awards ceremony will take place at about 10 a.m. All children participating in the 100- and 400-yard dashes will also receive a medal.

All individuals participating in any run or walk must register in advance. The early-bird discounted cost to participate is $5 for junior high school age and younger, $15 for high school students and adults age 60 and older, and $25 for adults ages 19 to 59. All those prices rise by $5 after Sept. 4 ($10 for junior high school age and younger, $20 for high school students and adults age 60 and older, and $30 for adults ages 19 to 59). There is also a family rate of $50 for the walk only.

Registration continues until 8 a.m. on the morning of the event. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. inside the school gym. Anyone who registers by Sept. 23 can also pick up their packets at Dick Pond Athletics, 1772 W. Algonquin Road in Hoffman Estates on Sept. 25 and 26.

No bicycles, skates, scooters or pets are allowed on the courses. Strollers are allowed on the walk and run.

We are also still accepting sponsors for the race. Donations are also being accepted for both the goody bags and post-race drawing.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the event, visit (online registration is available at this link). You may also contact Terri McHugh at (847) 357-5028 or

Neighborhood Walk

Posted August 17th, 2015 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning excellent Nerge community,

It was great being able to welcome so many students and families back on Information Day last Thursday.

Please see the flyer below as a reminder of our Back to School and Curriculum Night this Thursday from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. There will be a PTA meeting at 3:40 PM in the gym.

I highly recommend arriving early for Back to School night, as the parking lot fills up quickly and you may need to park in the neighborhood. Teachers will be starting the first sessions promptly at 4:00 PM.

Similar to last year, Nerge staff members will be walking door to door through the neighborhood tomorrow, August 18th, between 4:00 and 7:00 PM. The purpose of our walk is to welcome families back to school and cordially invite you to our Back to School and Curriculum Night. We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow and Thursday!

Enjoy the rest of the week with your families,

Brian Lawson, Principal

Joe McCauley, Assistant Principal

Summer Updates 7.2.15

Posted July 2nd, 2015 by Steve Schneider

Good afternoon, fantastic families of Nerge!

I hope that you are enjoying some great family time this summer.  Although there is still plenty of time before school starts,  I wanted to give you some important information for August.  This information will also be included in a mailer next week from our PTA.

Important dates and times are detailed in the attached Summer Letter.  Please also find attached a flyer for our Back to School and Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 20th.

Nerge Summer Letter 2015

Back to School Curriculum Night 2015

As you are planning for school supplies, you may follow this link for the complete grade-level lists:

A convenient way to purchase school supplies is through our PTA.  A flyer with more details is attached.

Supply Kits Reminder

The company that supplies the kits has provided an additional purchasing window beyond the school year that will last until July 10th.  Please note that there is a small additional fee for purchasing during this time period.

Don’t forget our “Summer of Excellence” initiative that was explained to students in May.  Please follow the link for more information:

Finally, attached is a copy of the summer reading extra credit opportunity that was given to graduating 6th graders entering Mead next year, and for 7th graders going into 8th grade.

Summer Reading Extra Credit 2015

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!  We are looking forward to seeing you in August for the back to school events, and to having the students back in school for another great school year at Nerge!

Brian Lawson                     Joe McCauley

Principal                              Assistant Principal

Summer of Excellence

Posted June 17th, 2015 by Elizabeth Maltz

Remember, that we should continue to live the keys even over summer vacation!

  • Choose a key to demonstrate over the summer. See the explanations of the keys on the attached page.
  • Clearly label and decorate the paper key with the name of the key you are demonstrating. Cut it out.
  • Take a “selfie” picture showing the key in the location that you lived that key.  Example: You are committed to your softball team, so take a picture with the “commitment” key at the game.
  • Bring in the picture that you took on Back to School Night or in the beginning of the school year. These pictures will be posted on a “Wall of Excellence.”
  • Students that bring back a picture in the fall will earn a special prize!
  • Hope you all have an EXCELLENT summer!

The Eight Keys of Excellence


Summer Vacation

Posted June 17th, 2015 by Elizabeth Maltz

We hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing summer break!

Some important dates for the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year:

  • August 13th- Information Day
  • August 20th- Back to School Night/ Meet your Teacher 4-6pm
  • August 24th- First Day of School, grades 1-6
  • August 31st- First Day of School, kindergarten

News Broadcast 6.12.15

Posted June 11th, 2015 by Elizabeth Maltz

Nerge Rocket Launch – June 9th at Olympic Park in Schaumburg @ 9:00am — Parents are Welcome!!

Posted June 5th, 2015 by Steve Schneider

District 54 invites all parents and community members to attend the annual Rocketry Club Rocket Launch on June 8 and 9 at Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

This school year, District 54 has expanded science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for students. Few STEM topics generate as much excitement as rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical foundations of rocketry provide exciting opportunities for authentic hands-on experimentation.

In September, 500 students began the exploration of aerospace engineering through the NASA Rockets curriculum as part of Rocketry Clubs at 27 schools. The activities emphasized hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving, and provided students with background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science.

The students constructed their own rockets and will have the opportunity to apply their rocketry expertise at the Rocket Launch.

June 8

  • 8-9:30 a.m.: Addams, Eisenhower, Frost, Keller and Mead
  • 9:30-11 a.m.: Armstrong, Churchill, Lincoln Prairie, MacArthur and Muir
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Blackwell, Campanelli, Dooley, Einstein, Fox and Hale

June 9

  • 9-10 a.m.: Link, Nerge and Stevenson
  • 10 a.m.-noon: Aldrin, Collins, Dirksen and Hanover Highlands
  • noon – 1:30 p.m.: Enders-Salk, Fairview, Hoover and Lakeview

If you have any questions regarding the rocketry program in District 54, contact Jim Vreeland, director of math and science, at (847) 357-2049.

News Broadcast 6.5.15

Posted June 4th, 2015 by Elizabeth Maltz

Nerge Knightly News 5-29-15

Posted May 29th, 2015 by Steve Schneider

Please follow the link below for the latest edition of the Knightly News:

Nerge Knightly News 5-29-15