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Principal's Message

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

August 2021


Greetings Berger-Vandenberg Family,


On behalf of the staff at Berger-Vandenberg School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year!!  The district theme for this school year is “Moving Students Forward.”  As we return to in-person instruction on August 30th, we know that you may have concerns, however I want to reassure you that we have taken all precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety and are well equipped to deal with any anxieties you and/or your child may have. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, anyone entering the school and/or school buses will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.  The Full In-Person Plan is located on our district website as well.

As a school community, we will dialogue throughout the school year about all of our roles in remaining accountable for the academic performance of our students as we navigate this new normal.  We are dedicated to demonstrating our commitment to the district theme by doing whatever it takes to move our students forward academically, socially and emotionally.  We will not be able to operate under the “business as usual” mindset.  We will all have to be innovative in our approach to instruction.  Research shows that a strong partnership with families makes a great difference in your child’s education and this pandemic has truly shown us that!!  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 to develop a love, joy and passion for reading, share school experiences, and inform you if they need additional support (which will be extremely critical this school year).

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. 


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 2021-2022 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 30th for the first day of school which is a half day of student attendance with a noon dismissal.  The official school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.  Due to the new safety protocols, students will not be permitted to enter the building until 8:45 a.m.  Students will be served breakfast in their classrooms after arriving to school. 


Our building theme this school year is, “Reading is Your Passport to Adventure.”  We plan to take many virtual educational journeys this school year through a variety of culturally relevant books.  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



WE BELIEVE…. Excellence, Humanization, and Pride !






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