April 19, 2021


Congratulations to the ten winning masks designed by our talented knights for Club Unify’s “You Can’t Mask Respect” activity.  Let’s hear it for Michael and Kaya in kindergarten, Alana, Chloe, and Ella in 2nd grade, Luke, Soniya, and Lauren in 4th grade, Jax in 5th grade, and Meghna in 6th grade!

We invite your all-stars to participate in our stadium-wide end of the year countdown starting this Thursday, April 22

  • April 22: A is for Art Day.  Post a drawing, a recording of you playing an instrument, or showcasing an artistic talent on Padlet!
  • April 23: B is for Beach Day. Post a picture on Padlet of yourself in beach gear or holding your favorite beach item!

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

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 this 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

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 this 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 

2021 SEL Survey

District 54 is committed to ensuring not only the academic success of each child, but also their social-emotional wellbeing. Similar to this winter, we are asking for your insight as a parent/guardian in creating the most well rounded picture of your child’s strengths and opportunities for growth. To gather your perspective, District 54 will send families of students in grades 3-8 an email link for each child to the D54 Social Emotional Learning Survey on Monday, April 26.  Thank you in advance for participating in this survey, as we believe the home-school collaboration is critical to best support your child’s overall well-being. 

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 

D54 Trick Shot Challenge!

Find your favorite hoop, goal, net, or garbage can, and start scoring! Record your favorite shot to the Trick-Shot Padlet to become #54FAMOUS!

Spring MAP Testing

This spring starting on May 3, we will test kindergarten through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  The computer-based assessment will be administered to students in person because we know that the most reliable administration and data point comes when students are tested in person.  MAP results equip educators with key data to help personalize instruction and pinpoint individual student needs as we plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

All remote learning families will be receiving an invitation email later this week outlining specific dates and times for your child to test in person.  We hope you will consider sending your child to school on those dates so we can collect this valuable information!

2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a summer of 54 camp! Your child can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! T-shirts are included with registration, which is now available in your Parent Portal. Seats fill up fast so sign up now to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! If you would like more information on each camp and the courses, please click on 2021 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure2021 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure – SPANISH

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

PTA Meeting: Tuesday, April 20 7 PM

We would love to see you at this month’s PTA meeting.

Meeting ID: 849 0298 0719

Passcode: 656018

Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser: Tuesday, April 27

Our April Restaurant Fundraiser will be at the Lou Malnati’s on the corner of Roselle and Schaumburg Road on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 11:00 AM through 10:00 PM.You can dine-in, pick up curbside or have it delivered. Make sure to mention Nerge PTA Fundraiser when ordering. If you are ordering online, use code FUNDNGP21 during checkout. The Nerge PTA will receive 20% of the group sales!

School Supplies

The Nerge PTA has paired with The Write Stuff, School Supplies Company, to provide a quick and easy way to purchase your child’s school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year.  This one-stop shopping is easy and convenient. Order your supplies today.  Order by 6/27 to receive FREE shipping to HOME.  Standard shipping charges will apply for orders placed between 6/28-7/5. School Supply Flyer.pdf

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 19-23: IAR Testing Make-Ups

April 20: Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 6 PM

            Nerge PTA meeting, 7 PM

April 23: Picture Day

April 26-30: ACCESS Testing

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

May 3-14: MAP Testing

May 5: Student Non-Attendance Day; Staff Half Day Inservice

May 17-23: MAP Testing Make-Ups