Nerge Knightly News 4.11.14

Posted April 10th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good afternoon spectacular families of Nerge!

Please follow the link below for the latest edition of the Knightly News.  Among the important items in this week’s newsletter is information for 4th graders who are interested in band or orchestra next year, and the slate of nominees for next year’s PTA officers.

Nerge Knightly News 4.11.14


Congratulations to all of our students who have put on a fantastic show with this year’s musical, “Arf!”  Last night’s show was incredible, and tonight’s performance at 7:00 will surely be a hit as well. Thank you to all of the parents and teachers who coached our extremely talented students to success!

5 Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. The survey was designed to offer individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement. To take the parent survey, please visit  The state asks that only one parent per household take the survey. Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. When searching for our school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under F for Frederick Nerge).  We want to reach our goal of having at least 30 percent of our parents participate in this survey. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school.  We thank you in advance for your feedback.


We are approaching the time of year when we begin creating next year’s classes.  The student sectioning process involves a great deal of careful planning by many staff members.  Although we do not take specific teacher requests, if you would like to provide us with information as to your child’s individual learning needs, feel free to pick up a form in the office and return it by Friday, April 25th.

Spring MAP Testing

Your children have been learning a great deal at Nerge this year, and one tool that we use to measure their academic growth is the MAP test.  As with previous administrations of the test, we ask that you encourage your children to give us their best efforts, and reinforce the message that we give them at school:  take your time, do your best, and be confident that your hard work this year will pay off.  As always, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are essential to optimal performance.  The schedule is listed below, to help you avoid scheduling out of school appointments if possible.

Kindergarten Reading:  Wednesday, April 30th

Kindergarten Math:  Thursday, May 1st

1st Grade Reading:  Monday, April 21st

1st Grade Math:  Monday, April 28th

(Session 1 in the AM and Session 2 in the PM)

2nd Grade Reading:  Tuesday, April 22nd

2nd Grade Math:  Tuesday, April 29th

3rd Grade Reading:  Wednesday, April 23rd

3rd Grade Math:  Wednesday, April 30th

4th Grade Reading:  Thursday, April 24th , Mrs. Bullon and Miss Linne

Monday, April 28th, Mrs. Scafidi and Mrs. Considine

4th Grade Math:  Thursday, May 1st, Mrs. Bullon and Miss Linne

Monday, May 5th, Mrs. Scafidi and Mrs. Considine

5th Grade Reading:  Friday, April 25th

5th Grade Math:  Friday, May 2nd

6th Grade Reading(PM):  Tuesday, April 22nd, Mr. Waldau and Ms. Petricca

Thursday, April 24th, Mrs. Maltz and Mrs. Sullivan

6th Grade Math(PM):  Tuesday, April 29th, Mr. Waldau and Ms. Petricca

Thursday, May 1st, Mrs. Maltz and Mrs. Sullivan

Thanks and enjoy the weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson


Updates 3.21.14

Posted March 21st, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good afternoon awesome Nerge families!

5Essentials Parent Survey

Please read the attached letter regarding the 5Essentials Survey.  5Essentials Parent Survey Letter

As parents, you can begin taking the survey today at, and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. We want to reach our goal of having at least 30 percent of our parents participate in this survey. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school. Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Spring Picture Day

All students will be photographed Wednesday, April 2nd. If you would like your child in a particular pose, you must return the picture form sent home this week. Please remember that no money is due the day of the pictures. Once the pictures are developed, the photos will be sent home with the students with an option to buy.

Enjoy spring break with your families, and we look forward to seeing our fantastic students return on Monday, March 31st!

Brian Lawson


Nerge Knightly News 03.14.14

Posted March 15th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning fabulous families of Nerge!

Please follow the link to the latest edition of the Knightly News: Nerge Knightly News 3-14

It was great to see so many families come to support our 6th grade musical. Under the direction of Mrs. Bele, the 6th Graders delighted the audience with a fantastic show!

We hope that you will be able to join us for “March Madness” on Wednesday evening. More information is contained in the Knightly News.

We are proud of our students for giving us a top-notch effort on the recent ISAT tests, which are now complete. Thank you for preparing and encouraging them as you do every day.

Please find attachments for an upcoming installment of Parent University, and the Summer Tech Camp offered at Mead Junior High School for incoming 4th—8th Graders.          Bollywood April 17       2014 summer tech camp flyer

We are still accepting donations for our “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser and we will continue to accept them until Friday, March 21st. We will donate the money collected to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Please note that Spring Break begins at the end of school on Friday, March 21st. School resumes on Monday, March 31st.

Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:15 in the teacher’s lounge. We can never have too much parent involvement or too many volunteers to help all of our events run smoothly, so please consider joining us on Tuesday!

Thank you and enjoy the beautiful weather today before the cold weather makes another (thankfully temporary) appearance tomorrow!

Brian Lawson



March Madness 2014

Posted March 2nd, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Are you ready to dribble, pass, and shoot your way to the top of your class? March Madness is coming to the Nerge Courts Wednesday, March 19th. Prizes will be awarded for the top competitors as well as best basketball attire.

Please bring a canned good to donate toward the District 54 Food Pantry.

This TEAM competition consists of one parent/ guardian and one Nerge student! (Students with siblings outside of Nerge may team-up.  No two Nerge siblings may be partners.)

When? Wednesday, March 19th!!!

Last Name: A-K 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Last Name: L-Z 6:00 PM-7:00pm

*Please contact Miss Macejik ( or Mr. Schneider (  if you are interested in donating any prizes toward the event!

See ya’ on the Courts!

District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra

Posted February 27th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun! 

Eligibility for Enrollment:

1)    District 54 students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade

2)    Students have been participating in the D54 Instrumental Music program for at least one school year. 

Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 7-24, 2014 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Junior High School.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at  

If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or call 847-357-5138.

District #54 Instrumental Music Staff

Nerge Knightly News 02.28.14

Posted February 26th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

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Nerge Updates 2.24.14

Posted February 24th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good Evening Outstanding Nerge Community!

Please consider joining the PTA Nominating Committee! More information is contained in the attachment.Request for Nominations

Families of Kindergarten—2nd Graders are invited to “My Plate Night” tomorrow evening in the gym from 6:30—7:30. Students will be making placemats and learning about health and fitness.

The Nerge Science Fair family viewing will be from 6:00—7:00 PM on Thursday, February 27th. Students and parents are invited to set up their projects in advance on Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

ISAT Testing will begin next Monday for students in grades 3-6. The schedule is listed below. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments. “Focused and Confident” is the attitude with which we approach the tests. We remind the students that the hard work they have done thus far into the year has given them the skills they need to perform well on these tests. All that we ask is that they provide their best effort, just as they would on any other important test. Feel free to reinforce this message with your children at home, particularly if they are feeling anxious about the tests. Also, please ensure that they have received a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast to allow them to be at their best.

Monday, March 3rd: Reading Session 1

Tuesday, March 4th: Reading Session 2

Wednesday, March 5th: Reading Session 3

Thursday, March 6th: Math Session 1

Friday, March 7th: Math Session 2

Monday, March 10th: Math Session 3

For the dates listed above, 3rd and 4th Graders test from 8:45—10:00 and 5th and 6th Graders test from 10:05—11:20

Additionally, 4th Graders have two sessions of Science, with Session 1 on Tuesday, March 11th and Session 2 on Wednesday, March 12th, both at 8:45 AM.

Thank you for all that you do to support your children, and have a wonderful week!

Brian Lawson


Nerge Knightly News 02.14.14

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good evening fabulous Nerge Community!

Please find attached the latest edition of the Knightly News, along with a flyer providing more information for our PTA Nominating Committee.  Please consider helping with this important committee!

Nerge Knightly News

Request for Nominations

Also attached are flyers for some of the upcoming Schaumburg Parent University offerings at the Campanelli YMCA.

Origami for Beginners

This is Giving me a Headache

Just a reminder that as with Halloween, students will not be allowed to distribute candy or any food during Valentine’s Day celebrations.  Also, there is no school on Monday, February 17th in honor of President’s Day.

PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.

Thank you for all that you do to support your children, and enjoy the long weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson


Nerge Updates 2.7.14

Posted February 7th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good afternoon awesome Nerge community!

Please note the following reminders and updates for next week.

Wednesday, February 12th is a half-day. Students in grades 1-6 will be dismissed at 11:40, and kindergartners do not have school that day. There will be no school on Monday, February 17th, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Science Fair

Please note that the deadline for submission of science fair projects has been extended to Monday, February 10th. If your child is interested in the science fair, please have him or her bring in the paperwork on Monday. We look forward to many fantastic projects! The Science Fair will be Thursday, February 27th from 6:00 until 7:00 PM.

Last Day of School

As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. If we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school any more this school year and that June 5 will be our last day.

Kindergarten Registration

It is hard to believe that kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is right around the corner. This event will happen in all District 54 schools on February 13th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. , 1:00-2:30 p.m. and again at 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2014, we look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Please help us spread the word to our neighbors so we can begin planning for the upcoming school year.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Brian Lawson


Knightly News 1.31.14

Posted January 29th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning fantastic families of Frederick Nerge!

Please follow the link for the latest edition of the Knightly News: Knightly News 1-31

Booking with the Cougars

Today or yesterday, students that have successfully completed their most recent reading log will have received a ticket to tonight’s basketball games at Conant High School.  These tickets provide free admission for the entire family!  The Boys’ Varsity game starts at 6:00 and the Girls’ Varsity begins at 7:30.   We hope you can make it!

PTA Nominating Committee

Please find attached more information about the PTA Nomination Committee.  Please consider volunteering for this important committee.  Thank you to all families who have given their time as leaders and/or volunteers for PTA events—the school would not be the same without you!
Request for Nominations

Parent University

Please also find attached more information about the next installment of the Schaumburg Parent University at Campanelli YMCA.
Mad Isn’t Bad

Firearm Law

On Jan. 1, the State of Illinois implemented the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (Public Act 98-0063) which allows citizens in Illinois to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm with them into certain public places. The law also makes provisions for locations where firearms are not allowed, even by citizens who have a license. Schools are such a prohibited area. Specifically the law states that “a licensee under this act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into: any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school.”

As a part of this new law, school districts are required to post signs stating that the carrying of firearms on our property or into our schools is prohibited. These signs shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building. Students, parents and visitors will see these new signs as they enter the schools and we wanted everyone to be aware of the purpose of these signs and the requirement to post them.

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

Brian Lawson