Nerge Updates 10.20.14

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning Fantastic Nerge Families!


Halloween is just around the corner.  Please read the attached letter detailing our Halloween procedures this year:

Halloween Letter – 2014

Senate Bill 16

Last Friday, I sent an email regarding Senate Bill 16.  Please note that this issue will also be discussed at our PTA meeting tomorrow night.  The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the teachers’ lounge.  Please consider joining us!

Night Hike

The Nerge Night Hike has been rescheduled to this Wednesday, October 22nd, at 7:00.  Last time, we cancelled it due to cloudy weather.  The weather report this Wednesday looks clear, but in the event of uncooperative weather, we will still hold the event and have some indoor options to make an interesting and engaging experience for the students.

PARCC Practice Websites:

This spring, students in grades three through six will be taking the PARCC Assessment.   At Nerge, we are providing purposeful learning opportunities that will prepare students to demonstrate their abilities on the PARCC Assessment.  If you are interested in finding out more about PARCC or looking for opportunities to practice, here are two websites to get you started:

PTA Blood Drive

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 23. It will be held from 2:30-7 p.m. in the board room at the School District 54 Rafferty Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 75 who weighs at least 110 pounds can participate.

A minimum of 500 pints of blood is needed every day for patients in area hospitals, according to Heartland. The Council of PTA’s hosts blood drives each year to help meet these needs.

To make an appointment, visit and click on Schedule an Appointment. Walk-ins are also acceptable.

For more information about this blood drive or to sign up to be a donor, please contact Laurie Fetterman, Health and Safety Chairperson of the PTA Council, (630) 806-1347 or by email

Important upcoming dates:

October 21—PTA meeting 7:00

October 22—Night Hike at 7:00 until 8:30

October 28– Picture retakes

Nov 2– Daylight Saving Time ends – turn your clock back one hour

November 4—Full Day Institute-No School for all students

Nov 26-28– No School–Thanksgiving break

Have a wonderful week!

Brian Lawson                          Joe McCauley

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

Nerge Clubs

Posted October 16th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

In order to encourage students to excel in a multitude of areas, a variety of clubs are offered at Nerge School.  Students should pay attention to morning announcements and flyers in order to learn more about the clubs available for the 2014-2015 school year.

Nerge Clubs: 2014-2015

Nerge – 2014-15 Club Flyer

Battle of the Books

Broadcasting Club

Cheerleading Club

Coding Club


Knights on the Run

Lego League

Math Olympiad

Rocket Club

Safety Patrols

School Musical

Student Ambassadors

Tech Club

Nerge Knightly News 10.10.14

Posted October 9th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Nerge Knightly News 10-10-14

Nerge Updates 10.8.14

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good morning outstanding families of Frederick Nerge!

We are very much looking forward to seeing all families at conferences tomorrow and Friday.  If you have not yet confirmed your conference time, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to do so.


While you are in the building, please take a look at all of the murals that we recently put up in late August.  As a Math/Science Academy, we felt it would be important to celebrate our science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) themes throughout the building.  Last year, each grade level selected one of their science or STEM themes to be represented in their respective mural.  We hope that you find the murals as visually engaging and inspiring as we do.  We believe that it adds to the excitement for students, to anticipate their future topics and look back on previous years’ subject matter with fond memories.

Attached is a guide to the locations of the murals.  I recommend taking a tour of the building to see all of them; they are all unique and inspiring.  We will have paper copies of the guide available in the office.

Mural Guide

We have plans for two more murals that will be put up in the front hallway, and those should be completed by next year.  Additionally, we have a beautiful Math/Science Academy crest that will be hung up this fall as soon as we get the plexi-glass cover to protect it.  This 48-inch diameter crest was a gift from last year’s 6th Grade class, and we know that it is going to look great in between the final two murals in the front hallway.

PBIS Representative

Please see the attached flyer regarding parent representation on our PBIS Universal Team.  This is a great opportunity to provide your input and contribute to Nerge’s constant quest for continuous improvement.

PBIS Parent Representative

School Non-Attendance Days

Please remember that tomorrow, Thursday the 9th, is a half-day and students will be released at 11:40.  There is no school for kindergarteners on tomorrow.

There is no school on Friday, October 10th due to conferences, and also Monday, October 13th in observation of Columbus Day.

We look forward to seeing all of our students again on Tuesday the 14th.  Have a wonderful long weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson                                                     Joe McCauley

Principal                                                               Assistant Principal

Nerge Updates 10.3.14

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Good morning outstanding Nerge community!

Our Night Hike that was scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to weather.  It is rescheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Last year’s event was a great success, but with the forecasted cloudiness and already wet ground, the experience for the kids would be greatly diminished.

See you on Wednesday, October 22nd @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm for a great family event!!!

PTA Message Regarding Senate Bill 16

Our PTA Meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd  at 7p.m. in the Teacher’s Lounge will be a General Membership Meeting.  We will be discussing and voting on our PTA’s position on Senate Bill 16.  Senate Bill 16 has already passed the Senate and it is expected to be discussed in the House in November.  If it is passed in its current form, it will dramatically reduce state funding for District 54.  If you are interested in hearing more details about the Bill and what you can do, please attend our meeting on the 22nd.  This discussion will be the first item on the agenda for the evening.

PTA Reflections

We are encouraging students to participate in PTA Reflections this year.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

PTA Reflections Flyer

Book Fair

Come enter the Kingdom of Books at Nerge’s Annual Fall Book Fair next week from Monday, October 6th through Thursday, October 9th. Students will visit the Book Fair during their regularly scheduled LRC period. Thursday afternoon and Friday LRC classes will visit during times assigned by their teacher (see schedule below).

Parents and family members are invited to stop by before or after attending their parent-teacher conference on Thursday, October 9 from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  The times listed below are when students will be visiting the fair.

Monday, October 6 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
   - Rooms: 204, 208, 103, 109.
Tuesday, October 7 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
   - Rooms: 112A, 205, 201, 108, 110, 213, 112P, 214, 102, 211.
Wednesday, October 8 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
   - Rooms: 202, 111, 207, 107,215, 212, 101.
Thursday, October 9 8:30 am – 11:40 am
   - Rooms: 104, 216, 203.
Thursday October 9 (Book Fair OPEN during Parent/Teacher Conferences) 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online Book Fair
Now through Saturday, October 18, 2014

Have a wonderful weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson                                      Joe McCauley

Principal                                              Assistant Principal

“Lights! Camera! Action!”

Posted September 26th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Attached you can view the 2014-2015 Nerge Math & Science Academy Musical Rehearsal Schedule:

Our Musical will be: “Lights! Camera! Action!”

2014-2015 Musical Calendar

Nerge Knightly News 9.26.14

Posted September 25th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good afternoon awesome Nerge community!

Please follow the link below for the latest edition of the Knightly News.  Among the important items in the newsletter is information about our annual Nerge Night Hike, which will be next Friday, October 3rd.  Last year’s event was a great experience for the students, so we hope you can attend.

Nerge Knightly News 9-26-14

Schaumburg Parent University:

  • District 54 Executive Director of Special Education Cassandra Williams will discuss the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum during a Schaumburg Parent University parents-only presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. During this presentation, parents will learn about the lessons that District 54 adopted in response to Erin’s Law, which requires child sexual abuse education in school for all children.  Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million:

  • Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

Run to Read

  • The District 54 Run to Read race will take place this Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen Elementary School.  This event includes a 5K competitive race for those interested, as well as a 1 mile family walk and 100 and 400 yard dashes for our younger children.  It isn’t too late to register for the event!  Please visit our district website for more information (  All of the proceeds from the Run to Read are used to purchase books for classroom libraries.

Have a great weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson                                                  Joe McCauley

Principal                                                          Assistant Principal

Nerge Book Fair

Posted September 20th, 2014 by Steve Schneider

Nerge Book Fair

Book Fair Dates:  Monday, October 6th – Thursday, October 9th
Shopping Hours:  Monday – Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 11:40am and 1:00pm – 8:00pm (during Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Nerge Knightly News 9.12.14

Posted September 12th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning Awesome Nerge Families!

It has been another positive and productive week at Nerge.  Please find attached the first edition of the Knightly News.
Nerge Knightly News 09-12-14

Please consider joining us for our September PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00 in the teachers’ lounge.

Upcoming events of note:

Picture Day is Monday, September 15th.

Wednesday, September 24th, is a half-day of school.  Students are released at 11:40 AM, and there is no school for kindergarteners on that day.

Run to Read on September 28th.  Refer to District 54’s main website or follow this link for more information:

For those of you who have patronized the Elk Grove Library, you may be interested to know that Mrs. Sherry Kasper will be retiring soon.  Mrs. Kasper has been in charge of Battle of the Books for years, and therefore has had a special relationship with our schools.  If you have an opportunity to stop by and wish her well in her retirement, I am sure she would very much appreciate it.

If you are looking for additional resources to support your children at home, please take a look at the websites below:

For more information on helping your child learn mathematics (with activities from pre-school to grade five), go to

For fluency practice:

For strategies and addition fluency practice:

For videos and additional examples:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:

Thank you for your continuing support, and have a wonderful weekend with your families!

Brian Lawson                                                                     Joe McCauley

Principal                                                                               Assistant Principal


Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals 2014

Posted September 8th, 2014 by Elizabeth Maltz

Good morning Excellent Nerge Community!

On behalf of the entire staff at Nerge, I would like to formally present the Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals document that was created last spring.  Please take some time to read through it, as we worked hard to create a document that would be meaningful, both to us and to the community.

Nerge Mission, Vision, Commitments and Goals 2014

Embedded within the document is an introductory explanation of how we intend to use it to continuously improve ourselves as an organization.

Printed copies will be sent home in student backpacks today for your reference.

We sincerely hope that you find our finished product as worthwhile as we believe it to be.

Brian Lawson                                     Joe McCauley

Principal                                               Assistant Principal