August 14, 2021
Dear Nerge Community,


Wave the flags!  Sound the horns!  We can’t wait to lower the drawbridge to Nerge Kingdom and welcome our knights to the 2021-2022 school year on Monday morning! The grounds of Nerge Castle were booming with our favorite sounds yesterday- students, families, and Nerge staff members connecting with one another during Supply Drop Off and the Nerge PTA Park Party!  If you couldn’t make it, please do not worry.  Your child can bring supplies on the first day of school.   Please see below for Nerge and District 54 information and announcements.




Kari Frederick                          Kristine Belt

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7                       @belt_kristine

School News
New Members and Information about the Nerge Noble Fleet of Staff 

Join us in welcoming some new staff to our team!

  • Allison Thoms, Music Itinerant Teacher
  • Christa Fox, Long Term Guest Teacher in 1st Grade 
  • Rica Alkurdi, Long Term Guest Teacher in 2nd Grade
  • Scott Flett, Long Term Guest Teacher in PE

Please note the special services case manager arrangements for this school year!

  • Mary Sigwalt will be supporting kindergarten, Grade 4, and Grade 5 students
  • Zach Gale will be supporting Grade 1 and Grade 6 students
  • Rebecca Price will be supporting Grade 2 and Grade 3 students 

Nerge School Hours and Start Date

We are excited to welcome 1-6 grade students on Monday, August 16.  Kindergartner’s first day of school is Monday, August 23.  School hours are 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  Every Wednesday, students are dismissed thirty minutes early at 2:30 PM. The Nerge office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Our student absence line is available twenty-four hours a day (847-357-5776).  Please be sure to call if your child will be absent from school.  

Bus Riders

Please be sure to review your child’s pick up, drop off location, and times prior to starting school.  Students should have their bus passes attached to their backpacks in an easy to see location.  Students should maintain safe distancing at their stops and wear a mask when riding the bus at all times.  When your child arrives to school, we will have many staff members ready to help him/her find the appropriate classroom. 


Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Thank you for reviewing our arrival and dismissal procedures with your child before the first day of school!


Lunch Periods

1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade: 11:00-11:45 

Kindergarten & 6th Grade: 11:45-12:30

4th & 5th Grade: 12:30-1:15 

The lunch period is comprised of approximately 20 minutes of recess and 20 minutes to eat.  On Half-Day Inservices there are no lunch periods since students are dismissed at 11:40 AM.  


Student Devices

  • All students with iPad/Chromebook should return them to school with their chargers/case.
  • 3rd graders will be swapping out their iPad for Chromebooks.
  • All incoming Kindergarten students will be issued an iPad when they begin school.
  • All new students will be issued a device (K-2 iPad; 3-6 Chromebooks)

Virtual Curriculum Night: August 18

The Nerge staff is looking forward to connecting with our families during Curriculum Night to share about the school year ahead.  This virtual event will be held on Wednesday, August 18 from 5:45-7:00 PM.  Links to each session will be sent to families on Wednesday.


5:45-6:00 Welcome to Nerge Kingdom- Ms. Frederick & Mrs. Belt

6:00-6:30 Session 1

6:30-7:00 Session 2 (a repeat of Session 1)

The Nerge Family Handbook

The Nerge Family Handbook linked here provides you and your family with an abundance of Nerge information including various school procedures, policies, and behavioral expectations for our knights.  Thank you in advance for spending the time reading through the information provided and discussing it with your child.  Link to The Nerge Family Handbook


Nerge PTA 

We hope your family will consider joining the Nerge PTA.  Click on this link to learn more about how they support our students and school.  Link to Nerge PTA

District News 
District 54 COVID Mitigation Strategies to Start the 2021-2022 School Year

All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks while on District 54 provided transportation and in District 54 schools regardless of vaccination status in accordance with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s Executive Order issued on August 4, 2021. Students will be able to remove their masks during lunch/snack and while outside for PE, recess or other instructional activities.
Social distancing

District 54 will continue to have staff and students maintain 3-6 feet of physical distance whenever possible.

Symptom Screening

Parents/guardians should continue to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19, keep their children home if they are ill, and immediately share with their child’s school if your child or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19. All individuals are required to stay at home while symptomatic and are encouraged to test for COVID-19. COVID-19 Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


The Cook County Department of Public Health has the sole authority for determining if an individual is required to quarantine and the length of quarantine. District 54 is required to report all positive cases and close contacts to the health department. In situations where students are quarantined, they will be allowed to make up all missed homework and tests.


District 54 continues to recommend vaccination for all individuals ages 12 and above. If your child has been vaccinated, please send a copy of the vaccination record to your school nurse. Fully vaccinated individuals without symptoms do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive case.  If you do not wish to share your children’s COVID-19 vaccination information with us, that is your choice. However, without proof of vaccination, we will consider your children unvaccinated.

All adults in our school buildings – staff members, parents, volunteers, visitors, etc. – will be required to wear face masks at school, regardless of their vaccination status. In this way, trusted adults will model and reinforce the importance of helping keep each other safe and healthy.
Cleaning and Disinfecting

District 54 will maintain a continued emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.