October 18, 2021

Dear Nerge Community,

Say cheese!  Picture Day is today at the Nerge Castle! 

 Please see below for Nerge and D54 information and announcements.  


Kari Frederick                          Kristine Belt

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7                       @belt_kristine

School News

SEL Survey for Grade 3-6 Parents/Guardians

Nerge families of Grade 3-6 students, we would love to have your participation! The parent SEL survey was sent to you on Friday, October 8th at 9:00am through the parent portal.  We hope you will consider completing the survey for your child. 

Lockdown Drill- Monday, October 25

You send your children to us every day with the expectation that we will not only teach them, but also keep them safe. I can assure you that this is a trust that District 54 does not take lightly. 


As required by the Illinois School Code, our schools participate in fire, severe weather, bus evacuation and emergency response drills throughout the school year to ensure our students and employees know what to do should an emergency occur. 


On Monday, October 25, our school will participate in a hard lockdown drill. Our past experience in conducting drills has shown us that most students are able to participate with the understanding that it is just a drill. However, we do allow parents/guardians to exempt a child from the drill. Should you feel this situation would be too traumatic for your child or should you want more information about the drills, please contact me at 847-357-5777.  Under state law, schools must still provide alternative safety education related to an active threat to students who do not participate in the lockdown drill.


Each year the entire District 54 staff is trained on our crisis prevention and response plan, which was developed in coordination with our local police and fire departments. We review these plans annually with all of the fire and police departments that serve our schools because we work cooperatively to keep students safe. After each drill, we reflect as a staff and with local emergency responders to determine if there are any procedures we might need to review with the staff and students. 


We also focus on prevention by forming relationships with our students to provide support when they need it, and so that they feel comfortable reporting to us when they hear or see concerning behaviors. Please reinforce this with your children at home. Let them know that they can also come to you when they feel unsafe and remind them that they should report any suspicions and concerns about school safety.


If it was a real emergency, and not a drill, every phone number associated with your child’s record will be called using our notification system. We will also email parents/guardians and provide information on our website. We appreciate your cooperation and promise to communicate with you as soon as possible. Please be patient as our first priority will be the safety of our students and staff.


While your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school or to call the school office in an emergency, please understand that doing so may significantly impede the response capabilities of our local emergency responders. In addition, it is sometimes necessary to evacuate students to another location. 


The safety of your children is very important to our staff. Should you have any questions about this drill, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Halloween Celebrations 

We are looking forward to classroom celebrations on Friday, October 29 beginning at 1:15 PM.  Keeping with Nerge’s tradition, K-3 grade students will have time to change into costumes and participate in a classroom parties while 4-6 grade students will enjoy a Virtual Magic Show provided by the Nerge PTA and Nerge volunteers.   Kindly remember that in order to support students with any life-threatening allergies no food, candy, or drinks will be consumed or distributed during the festivities.  Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.


In choosing an appropriate costume for your child to wear at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No fake blood, gore, scary costumes or costumes depicting violence
  • No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, chains, whips, plastic swords, etc.)
  • Ensure that costumes are appropriate and inoffensive to all ages at our school
  • Keep face paint/make up at home (there is only a short time given to students to change into costume)
  • No one may wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering
  • Masks will still be required to be worn along with costumes

Halloween Parade 

Our primary Halloween parade will take place from 1:15-1:30 on Friday, October 29.  You are welcome to cheer on our K-3 students as they parade around the school in their costumes.  Kindly line the perimeter of our school adhering to our social distancing expectations.   Please be advised, only parent volunteers will be permitted inside classrooms following the parade.  

Veteran’s Day Celebration and Opportunities

Each year, Nerge takes pride in hosting a Veteran’s Day event to honor our community veterans and this year is no different.  Although we are not able to host an in-person celebration, we plan on honoring veterans through a meaningful video presentation that will be viewed school-wide on November 11.  Please see the attached letter below outlining various opportunities to be involved in recognizing community veterans and/or making donations to support the Hines VA hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project.  

Nerge Shield Testing  Nerge Shield testing occurs every Tuesday morning.  If you have any trouble using the Shield Testing Parent Portal, contact the SHIELD patient portal support at (217) 265-6059.Nerge Shield Testing
Attendance Line Thank you for making us aware of student absences by contacting the Nerge attendance line at 847-357-5776.