September 6, 2021
Nerge News 9.6.21

Dear Nerge Community,


We hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the long weekend!  Last week, Nerge Knights completed fall MAP Testing.  We are so proud of their efforts and stamina! This assessment information helps determine next steps for your child’s growth.  


As the decorative tree stumps showcased here remind us, we look forward to seeing our Nerge Noble Fleet of students and staff spread happiness and kindness throughout this week of school as we lower the drawbridges to Nerge Kingdom to welcome students back tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7.  

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




Kari Frederick                          Kristine Belt

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7                       @belt_kristine

School News
Nerge SHIELD Testing

SHIELD Testing begins tomorrow, September 7 for those who have opted in.  Families will be notified if their child tests positive.  


Nerge Playground

For walkers and students who are transported to school by families, please help us ensure a safe and efficient morning routine by reminding your child to promptly line up when arriving to school each morning.  We ask that you refrain from playing on playground prior to and during arrival.  


Similarly, it is very important for students to immediately follow their afternoon arrangements.  Students picked up by a family member should locate that family member prior to any decision to enjoy our school grounds.  Families are welcome to play at the Nerge playground in the afternoon, but after student supervision has safely transitioned from the school and back to families.  


Attendance Line 

Thank you for making us aware of student absences by contacting the Nerge attendance line at 847-357-5776.


Safety Drills

Each year, our students participate in a number of safety drills such as fire drills, hard lockdown drills, and shelter in place drills to be prepared in case of emergency situations.  We will be notifying our families prior to each of these drills. 


Our Nerge knights will be participating in bus evacuations drills on Monday, September 20.  

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Thank you for reviewing our arrival and dismissal procedures with your child and family.   It is important that we all work together to ensure it is smooth, safe, and efficient.  Please note, if you would like to assist your child with exiting the car and/or escort your child down the path, please pull all the way up Jennifer Lane, past the concrete area so that our drop and go car lane can maintain a steady flow. 


We also ask that you assist in keeping our building secure.  If you are entering/exiting our school, please refrain from holding the door open for others.  Instead, allow our main office buzz in each visitor.  We also request that you wait until after arrival or dismissal to visit the main office and wait to be buzzed in by one of our secretaries. We appreciate your efforts to keeping Nerge Castle safe for all inside!

Nerge PTA News

Pizza Mondays

Pizza Mondays are back!  We have a new vendor, Riccardo’s Restaurant. Cheese Pizza slices will be served during lunchtime.  Monday, September 13th will be our FIRST Pizza Monday of the 2021-2022 school year!  For more information and to print your order form, go to or click here to view the form now.  All orders are due back at school by Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
Volunteers Needed!  We are always looking for volunteers to help serve pizza.  If you are available to volunteer one or more times, please sign up at:


Questions can be directed to the Pizza Monday Chair at [email protected].  Thank you for your support to our school!!

 Classroom Celebrations 

The Nerge PTA is so excited to have the opportunity again to provide peak moments around Halloween and Valentine’s Day in each Nerge classroom.  Please go to to pay for your child’s celebration fee. While you are on the website, please update your child’s classroom information for this school year and check out our volunteer opportunities!


PTA Directory

Having access to the online directory is an additional benefit of becoming a member of the Nerge PTA. Join today!

Nerge PTA Meeting: Tuesday, September 21 at 7 PM

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 21 at 7 PM.  Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the school year. We will be meeting in the Nerge gym.  Meet new people and find out more about the PTA. We can’t wait to meet you!

Hot Lunch

We are looking forward to being able to offer Hot Lunch to our Nerge Knights but we need your help. We need a few more volunteers for this committee. Volunteers needed to contact vendors, schedule hot lunches and create volunteer sign-ups. Please click here to volunteer or email us at [email protected].

Join the Nerge PTA

You can help by joining the PTA! By joining the PTA, your money is supporting the organization at local and national levels, and it also goes directly into supporting programs at Nerge. This money allows us to provide cultural arts programs for the students, Nerge folders for the incoming kindergartners, before and after school clubs, field day equipment, birthday books, teacher appreciation week and so much more! Please click here to support your school by joining the PTA. 

Box Tops

Box Tops is an easy way to earn cash for our school!  We are still collecting clipped Box Tops.  These are being phased out and replaced by the digital version, but we can still submit them for cash.  Each Box Top is $.10 cash.  Our next deadline to submit clipped Box Tops is coming up.  Please send any unexpired clipped labels to school by October 25th.

Please download the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt.  Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need – equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!  

Download the Box Tops for Education app here or click on this link and help support our school.  Have friends and family download the app also and select Nerge as their supporting school.  You can contribute if you shop online by emailing your digital receipt to [email protected].  It’s easier than ever!