Good morning fantastic Nerge Community!
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Shade Structures and Picnic Tables
If you have visited our newly renovated playground recently, you may have noticed that there are two large blue canopies on the southwest side. These shade structures are intended to provide relief and protection to students on sunny days. Additionally, these structures serve as a reminder to students to be “sun-safe”. In May, students in all grade levels received instruction on sun safety from their teachers, and we plan to continue providing this important information every year in May, which also happens to be Melanoma Awareness Month. We want our students to be aware of sun safety, and to understand the significance and purpose of the installation of the shade structures.
I would like to formally thank Dr. Prashant Singri, a Nerge parent and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, for spearheading the entire idea for the shade structures. I would also like to thank Dr. Singri and his family for their extremely generous donation that gave us the shade structures.
I would also like to thank the Nerge PTA for generously donating funds to purchase four all-weather picnic tables. We expect that the tables will arrive in December or January, and the tables will remain outside throughout the school year. We wanted to purchase tables to encourage students to utilize the shade structures, and we are confident that providing these tables will accomplish this goal.
Finally, I would like to thank the Schaumburg Park District and School District 54 for their generous contributions with respect to the additional concrete and costs associated with the installation of the structures.
Special thanks to all of our Veterans’ Day guests at our breakfast and assembly on November 11th. The event truly helped our students understand the significance of Veterans’Day, and deepened their appreciation for the service and sacrifices made by all of our veterans. Thank you also to the teacher planning committee, and our 6th Grade students and Student Ambassadors, for making the event such a special one.
Winter Weather and School Closings
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I am attaching a letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss regarding District 54’s Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open. We want students in school learning. However circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Our biggest concern in making a decision to close is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). To help parents District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold.
Wind Chill Warning
A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.
- Classes will be cancelled.
- Extracurricular activities will be suspended.
- The announcement will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing. We wait to make the decision with the hope that we can have children in school.
- All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families including emails, our websites, social media and – for parents who have signed up for it – phone calls and text messaging.
- If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations for instructions.
Wind Chill Advisory
- A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
- Schools will be open. However, students will not be penalized should parents choose to keep their children home.
- Extracurricular activities may be suspended if conditions persist. Updates will be posted on school websites and parents will receive an email if after-school activities are cancelled.
- All field trips will be cancelled.
- All outside activities will be suspended, including recess and outdoor physical education.For more information, please read the attached letter from Superintendent DuRoss.
District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan – English
District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan – Spanish
Please note that Report Cards will go home Tuesday, November 24th, and there is no school on November 25, 26, and 27 for Thanksgiving break.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!