April 12, 2021

We had a homerun of a week filled with learning, friendship, and IAR testing!  Check out these 1st grade champions providing encouraging words and pictures for other students!    

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

Registrations for the 2021/2022 School Year

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened on Monday, March 29th 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 13th 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, 847-357-5777. Thank you for your cooperation.

Band & Orchestra Enrollment for Current 5th graders

District 54 is pleased to offer beginning instruction on band and orchestra instruments to students entering sixth grade for the 2021-2022 school year. The District 54 Instrumental Music Program provides students with one weekly lesson during the school day and one weekly after-school band or orchestra rehearsal at their neighborhood junior high. More details about the program will be shared with students during a presentation during the school day.  Visit the instrumental enrollment page for more information.  Instrumental Enrollment page:

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation: Tuesday, April 20 6 PM (for incoming students)

Our kindergarten team is excited to meet with incoming kindergarten families for the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 PM for a virtual orientation.  Families should have received the information and the zoom link through the registration process.  We hope you will join us for this informative evening.  Link to website

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.

Yearbook Order Form

Order your yearbook today! Complete the digital form at then submit payment ($15.00 per yearbook) via cash or check (made out to Nerge Activity Fund) to Nerge by April 26th. Remote families, you can drop off payment using the drop box located outside of the main entrance.  Please be sure to clearly label your payment envelope listing your name, your child’s name, and order information. 

This is the first time Nerge students have collaborated to create our yearbook! It will look different, so please read the full description on the form before ordering. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Chraca at

 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.  Remote families, we will be sending you an email soon with more information.  Online order Form LifeTouch Flyer Picture Day.pdf 

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

We hope you will join us for our Virtual Nerge Open House on Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30-8:00 PM.  Our staff and Student Ambassadors have planned a fun-filled evening of opportunities to connect, interact, and showcase technology used during this unique school year.  After the opening ceremonies, families will have the opportunity to participate in 3 different events and check out the Scholastic Book Fair online.  Science Fair projects will also be showcased.   Check out the flyer attached! Nerge Open House Flyer.pdf 

From the School Nurse

Free Dental Exam & Cleaning

Does your student need a dental exam and a much-needed cleaning?  On April 17th, Serenity Dental Studio is offering a free dental exam & cleaning for children ages 1 -12 years.  Please see attached flyer for specific information and reserve you appointment today.  Contact the school nurse, Kim Koch, for any questions or concerns. SERENITYDENTAL2021.pdf ​​​​​​​

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.

PTA News

The Spring Book Fair is coming to you virtually April 26th-May 9th!  

Support Nerge and help your child discover or continue their love of books and reading!  You can preview some of the amazing books offered by viewing the virtual booklist, or watching book trailers that highlight some of the awesome books that will be available. Links for the book trailers are provided below by grade level. Online shopping will begin on April 26th at

K-3 link for book previews 

4-6 link for book previews


Kari Frederick            Kristine Belt

Principal                   Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7           @belt_kristine

Important Dates

April 12-23: IAR Testing

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