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Principal's Message

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.


August 2019


Dear Parents and Students,


On behalf of the staff at Berger-Vandenberg School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!!  The district theme for this school year is “Accountability…Purpose, Practice and Performance!”  As a school community, we will dialogue throughout the school year about our roles in remaining accountable for the academic performance of all students.  We are dedicated to demonstrating our commitment to the theme by developing a purposeful and productive partnership with all of our families.  Research shows that a strong partnership with families makes a great difference in your child’s education.  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.

The Berger-Vandenberg staff is energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children.  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 including differentiated instruction, balanced literacy and small guided math and reading groups.  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 2019-2020 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.


We look forward to seeing all of our children on Monday, August 19th for the first day of school.  The official school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.  We offer an early breakfast program which is served in the gymnasium from 8:15 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. to all students that arrive during that time.  Any student who arrives after 8:40 a.m. will be served breakfast in their classroom. 


Please join us on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at our Annual Back to School Carnival, which is held at Caroline Sibley School located at 1550 Sibley Blvd. in Calumet City.  Also, please mark your calendars for our Annual Parent Open House on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  On behalf of the entire staff at Berger-Vandenberg School, it is my pleasure to welcome your family to a new school year. 


Ms. Gabrielle Herndon




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