April 5, 2021

Happy April, Nerge Knights!  We hope you will join us in cheering on our Grades 3-6 students as they take on the IAR assessment starting today.  We look forward to a 4-day week of knocking it out of the park when it comes to learning at Nerge Field!  Please note, there is no school this Tuesday, April 6 due to Election Day. 

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

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) 

Each spring, students in District 54 take federally mandated assessments (IAR) designed to help school districts understand how our students are growing academically.  Our in person knights are ready to shine on this assessment!  Please remember since the children will be testing all day, the remote learners, who are not required to test, will be provided with alternative lessons pushed out by their teachers. 

Grades 3-4 Testing Dates: April 5, 7, 8

Grade 5 Testing Dates: April 9, 12, 13

Grade 6 Testing Dates: April 14, 15, 16

Make-Ups: April 19-23

All in person 5th graders will also take three additional science tests (the Illinois Science Assessment, ISA) on April 22.  The science tests will take less than 60 minutes to complete, and the teachers will let the remote children know what needs to be completed while their peers at school are testing. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and support as we complete these assessments.

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

The Nerge staff is working to create a special, interactive virtual Open House and Science Fair on April 28…with a very timely theme!  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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 [email protected].  In the email, be sure to include your child’s grade level and teacher name.

Lunch Supervisor Opportunity

We are always looking for lunch supervisors or lunch supervisor substitutes to support our students during lunch and recess.  Consider joining our team.  The first step is filling out an online application.  You can access the online application here!

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.  We will share more information regarding health and safety strategies for remote families as the date nears. Online order Form LifeTouch Flyer Picture Day.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.


Kari Frederick            Kristine Belt

Principal                   Assistant Principal

@MsFrederick7           @belt_kristine

Important Dates

April 5-23: IAR Testing

April 6: No School, Election Day

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