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Principal's Message

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela

October 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the staff at Berger-Vandenberg School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year!!  The district theme for this school year is "Educating the Whole Child One Step at a Time."  We are dedicated to demonstrating our commitment to our theme by developing a productive partnership with all of our families.  We realize that our children need support from both the home and school in order to be successful.  Research shows that a strong partnership with your family will make a great difference in your child’s education.  We take pride in knowing that we are responsible for the success of our children and we will do our very best to carry out these responsibilities.  As part of this partnership we ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that they attend school daily, complete all homework assignments, read daily, share school experiences, and inform you if they need additional support.

Please join us on Thursday, October 12, 2017 for our Data Night.   This event is being held at our Middle Schools located at 1650 Pulaski Road.  We will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Berger-Vandenberg staff is energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children.  We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met.  By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increasing academic expectations for all students and engaging the community, we are confident that all of our students will be on the path for college and career readiness.  We are committed to providing our children with an exceptional educational experience.  The combined efforts of our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students will make everyone’s experience one of learning, fun and excitement. 

District 149 has a specific “Uniform Policy” for all of our students.  The students are required to wear navy blue pants/skirts/jumpers with a light blue top.  The students’ shoes must be dark in color.  Students are not permitted to wear jackets in the classrooms.  Sweaters and/or sweatshirts must be navy blue or light blue.  Additionally, boys are not permitted to wear earrings.

We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District 149 will continue the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, for 2017-2018 school year. Schools that participate in CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school.

The official school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.  We offer an early breakfast program which is served in the gymnasium from 8:15 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.  Students that are not participating in the early breakfast program and are choosing to eat breakfast in the classroom will not be allowed to enter the building until 8:40 a.m. 

On behalf of the entire staff at Berger-Vandenberg School, it is my pleasure to welcome your family to a new school year. 

Educationally yours,

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

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