March 22, 2021

Dear Nerge Community,

We hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderful Spring Break!  We look forward to seeing our all-stars back in action virtually and at Nerge Field on Monday, March 29!

Please see below for Nerge and District 54 information and announcements.

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) 

Each spring, students in District 54 take federally mandated assessments (IAR) designed to help school districts understand how our students are growing academically.  This year, the English Language Arts and Math Assessment for grades 3-8 will be given at school over three days between April 5th and April 23rd.  The classroom teachers will communicate the specific days your child will be testing. 

Remote learners are not required to test, however, if you would like to bring your child into school for testing please reach out to the main office at 847-357-5777 to speak with Jen Elkins or Lori LaCursia by Monday, March 29.  Remote learners not testing will be provided with alternate lessons during the three testing days to work on asynchronously. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and support as we complete these assessments.

Grades 3-4 Testing Dates: April 5, 7, 8

Grade 5 Testing Dates: April 9, 12, 13

Grade 6 Testing Dates: April 14, 15, 16

Make-Ups: April 19-23

Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will open on Monday, March 29 through the

Infinite Campus Portal. Please login to review the current information and make any necessary changes. If you do not have a portal account, you should have received an email on March 13 inviting you to create one.

As a reminder, all families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year. If we are unable to verify your residency electronically, you will receive a letter by U.S. mail, which will list the residency documents you can upload through your portal or provide to the school office to complete your registration.

You are also able to pay the consumable fee for 2021-22, as well as purchase milk and sign up for the instructional device insurance through the portal. If you believe you will qualify for the Free Lunch Program in the 2021-22 school year, and therefore will receive a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee now. Applications will be available in August for the Free Lunch Program.

Should you have any questions, please our office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Virtual Open House: Save the Date Wednesday, April 28 6:30-8:00 PM

The Nerge staff is working to create a special, interactive virtual Open House and Science Fair on April 28…with a very timely theme!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Calling all Nerge Scientists- Science Fair Opportunity!

Do you love experiments?  Do you enjoy researching and finding the answers to questions?  Then Nerge’s Virtual Science Fair is the place for you!  Nerge is excited to offer a virtual science fair this year.  Students can work individually or with partners to design and conduct their experiments.  Students will record their presentation and email their videos to Miss Stoeberl by April 21st.   The videos will be available for video on Our Open House website on April 28th.  If you have any questions, please contact Miss Stoeberl at 847-357-5756 or Use the link below to complete the registration form.  Registration forms must be completed by March 29th.

Registration Form

Science Fair Packet

Photos for Yearbook

Nerge families, do you have any photos that capture your child’s learning or a peak moment from this school year? Please share them with us for the 2020-2021 Nerge Yearbook! Here are some examples of photos we are looking for: at-home learning spaces, fun masks, first day pictures, bus photos, Nerge photos, club photos, or anything that will help us show special moments during our unique school year! Please email your photos to the Yearbook Club at  In the email, be sure to include your child’s grade level and teacher name.

Lunch Supervisor Opportunity

We are always looking for lunch supervisors or lunch supervisor substitutes to support our students during lunch and recess.  Consider joining our team.  The first step is filling out an online application.  You can access the online application here!

Picture Day: April 23

Nerge students will have the opportunity to take school pictures on Friday, April 23. In person students will have their pictures taken in the morning.  Remote families interested in having their child’s picture taken can sign up for a 15 minute time slot using this online system.  We will share more information regarding health and safety strategies for remote families as the date nears. Online order Form LifeTouch Flyer Picture Day.pdf 

5 Essentials Survey

Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through April 2, 2021, at   For more information, click here to read the letter from District 54.

Optional Parent Input Form

If you can believe it, it’s already time to start thinking about the 2021-2022 school year and we would love to hear your input!  If you would like to share considerations with us, kindly complete and return the attached form to by Friday, April 3rd. Parent Input Form 2021.docx ​​​​​​​

District 54 Helpful Resources

D54 COVID-19 Dashboard
Staff and Student Exclusion Chart
Staff and Student Exclusion Chart in Spanish
Reopening D54 Frequently Asked Questions
Parent Resources for At-Home Learning

Student Attendance Tracking

Nerge families, use the attendance line 847-357-5776 to report any absences. 

The School District 54 Food Pantry at Mead

The D54 Food Pantry at Mead is open and ready to serve our District 54 families. Although you will not be able to come into the pantry due to COVID restrictions, you will be able to place an order online and pick up at the pantry site.  Please click on this link to place your order online.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 357-6000.


Kari Frederick           Kristine Belt

Principal                   Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7           @belt_kristine

Important Dates

March 22-26: Spring Break

April 2: No School

April 5-23: IAR Testing

April 6: No School, Election Day

April 20: Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 6 PM

            Nerge PTA meeting, 7 PM

April 23: Picture Day

April 28: Virtual Open House, 6:30-8:00 PM