April 26, 2021

Dear Nerge Community,


Put your hands up!  Our knights had a blast last week dropping beats and creating a track with Brent Daniels ( through our Virtual Music Technology Assembly courtesy of our amazing Nerge PTA!  A special thank you goes out to Sienna, Aariya, Alaina, Julian, Ashu, Zara, Kyle, Madeline, Michele, Sean, Virginia, Blake, Matthew, Jayden, and Dennis for volunteering to sing and perform in front of the entire Nerge stadium!

Please continue ABC counting down with us this week!

  • April 26: C is for Candy Day. What is your favorite candy? Post your choice on Padlet!
  • April 27: D is for Dance Day. Take a picture or video of yourself striking your best dance pose and post it on Padlet!
  • April 28: E is for Earth Day. Post an idea of something you can do to help the Earth!
  • April 29: F is for Friendship Day. What are the top three qualities you like in a friend?
  • April 30: G is for Gift. Take a picture of one of your favorite gifts given to you by someone.

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

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year- Selection due by May 14

Parents/guardians please be sure to log in to using your portal log-in information by Friday, May 14, and select In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning Academy for every student in your family.  Please note that this is a full-year commitment.  If you have not created a portal account yet, please email [email protected] for assistance.  Any students who have not made an enrollment selection at the close of the May 14 window will automatically be placed in in-person learning for the fall. 

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 today, 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 [email protected]

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 today, 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.  Simply click on our Open House Website to join us for the evening!  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. Nerge Open House Flyer.pdf 

Open House Website Link:

Attention 5th Grade Students and Parents

District 54 is pleased to offer beginning instruction on band and orchestra instruments to students entering sixth grade. 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 information will be available at the following Zoom enrollment meetings (Parents and students should attend the meeting at the junior high the student will eventually attend.) Zoom links are available at

  • Addams Junior High – Monday, April 26 (7:00 pm)
  • Mead Junior High – Monday, April 26 (7:00 pm)
  • Eisenhower Junior High – Tuesday, April 27 (7:00 pm)
  • Frost Junior High – Wednesday, April 28 (7:00 pm)
  • Keller Junior High – Wednesday, April 28 (7:00 pm)

For more details about enrollment, please visit  No previous music experience is necessary to play an instrument.  Band and orchestra lessons for newly enrolled students will start at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Melinyshyn or Christiana Tai at Nerge. 

Spring MAP Testing

This spring we will test kindergarten through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  The MAP testing window is from May 3rd – May 14th.  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. The purpose of the assessment is to continue to obtain data points on our students and to continue to plan for instruction that meets the needs of each student.

With the testing being in-person on assigned days/times it will be important for the school to partner with families to help this process be as successful as possible.  

Important Details on the Spring MAP Assessment:

  • Students will be seated with a minimum of 3 feet of social distance
  • Masks will be required
  • Remote students invited to the building to test
  • Parents or caregivers of remote only students will be responsible for transporting students to and from school on their testing day/time
  • Communication to remote students regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming from the school 
  • MAP testing does require great focus and stamina on the part of the students; therefore on the days your child is testing there will not be additional instruction. 
  • Link to symptom screener for remote families  

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for more details.

Monday, May 3: 2nd and 6th Grade Reading

Tuesday, May 4: 1st and 3rd Grade Reading

Thursday, May 6: 4th and 5th Grade Reading

Friday, May 7: Kindergarten Reading

Monday, May 10: 2nd and 6th Grade Math

Tuesday, May 11: 1st Grade Math

Wednesday, May 12: 3rd Grade Math

Thursday, May 13: 4th and 5th Grade Math

Friday, May 14: Kindergarten Math

Multicultural Parent Advisory Committee presents Answers to Your In-Person Learning Questions

Join the District 54 Multicultural Parent Advisory Council on Wednesday, April 28, as they provide answers to your questions about the 2021-22 school year in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish, Telugu and Urdu. The goal of these webinars is to share the successes from the return to in-person learning this year and to answer any questions parents and guardians may have about the 2021-22 school year in their preferred language. Click on the links below to access the Zoom webinars online. If you cannot attend at the dates and times listed below, the presentations will be recorded and posted on the Language and Culture website after the event.

Bengali, Hindi, Urdu Webinar: 5:30-6 p.m. April 28

Gujarati Webinar: 5:30-6 p.m. April 28

Telugu Webinar: 5:30-6 p.m. April 28

SpanishWebinar: 6:30-7 p.m. April 28

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

Nerge’s Got Talent!

Is your child interested in showcasing a talent for a Nerge Field audience?  Check out the flyer attached! Nerge’s Got Talent Flyer (3).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!

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

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

Hot Lunch is back for the Month of May!

Our PTA is thrilled to bring back Hot Lunch to our IN-PERSON Nerge Knights! We will be offering Tre Amici CHEESE pizza on Tuesdays during the month of May. Hot lunch dates will be on 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25.  Please make sure to read all the details carefully when ordering.  All orders must be placed and paid online no later than Friday, April 30, 2021. Don’t miss out! Go to today!  Questions? Please email us at [email protected]

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7, 2021!

We will be celebrating our annual Teacher Appreciation Week starting Monday, May 3rd through Friday, May 7th! We want to honor all our teachers and staff at Nerge. We have planned some fun activities for our Nerge Knights to participate and show how much they appreciate their teachers. We also will be providing some yummy treats for our teachers and staff during the week! Please take a look at our flier for more details!

Looking for ways to show your appreciation to our teachers and staff?

Well, look no further! Once again, the Nerge PTA has set up a GiftCrowd link for all our amazing teachers and staff at Nerge! Simply follow the link below to the Nerge Teacher & Staff Appreciation Gifting Page. Then click on the “JOIN” button next to your teacher or staff member’s name. You can repeat the process to join as many gifts as you would like.  You can contribute to any gift between NOW and 2:30 PM on Friday, May 7, 2021.

All the gifts will be automatically emailed to the recipients at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 7th.  Questions? Please email us at [email protected]


Kari Frederick            Kristine Belt

Principal                   Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7           @belt_kristine

Important Dates

April 26-30: ACCESS Testing

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

April 30: Nerge Spirit Day- Pajama Day (rescheduled)!

May 3-14: MAP Testing

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

May 17-23: MAP Testing Make-Ups