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Principal's Message

Ms. Gabrielle Herndon

June 2, 2020


Dear Berger-Vandenberg Families,


It’s amazing to see that the end of the school year arrived so quickly.  I want to thank you all for the support and patience shown throughout the entire 2019-2020 school year.  We never could have anticipated spending these last few months of school sheltering in place while participating in Remote Learning due to COVID-19 however the perseverance shown by our staff, parents and students has been nothing short of remarkable. I am grateful for all of the special connections made during this time through phone calls, text messages, emails, Zoom parties and of course Class Dojo.  One of the “silver linings” in all of this, is the fact that our bond as a “family” has been made stronger during this challenging time.  We have shown empathy towards each other, growth both academically and socially, amazing confidence and most of all dedication!


As we move forward, I want you to know that the entire Berger-Vandenberg staff is committed to staying in touch over the summer months.  In an effort to continue our New Balanced Literacy Initiative I will be posting a Weekly Read Aloud every Monday on Class Dojo along with activities to keep our young people engaged and focused. It is with the greatest pleasure that I inform you that our Board of Education and our Superintendent are providing books for every student to read over the summer.  The books will be mailed to your homes during the month of June.  We will also mail the final report cards and school choice letters for our 6th graders as they transition to our Middle Schools for 7th grade. The district is currently devising a plan to pick up your child’s belongings that may still be in their desk and when more information becomes available, I will inform you on Class Dojo and you will also receive an automated phone call from the district. Please remember to check the district website www.sd149.org for updates as well.


If you have moved and are in need of a transfer please email me at herndong@sd149.org with all the pertinent details and a state transfer form will be prepared.  If your child was visiting us due to overcrowding in your home school, we will be contacting you via telephone over the summer to answer any questions you may have regarding their transition in the fall. Even though we do not know what the future holds for us in August please remember that we are a family and we will continue to provide both academic and emotional support for everyone as we navigate this “new normal.”  If you need anything in the coming months, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We stand committed and eager to serve the families of our community.


I will leave you with a quote by one of the strongest African-American educators in our history, “The progress of the world will call for the best part that all of us have to give.”Mary McLeod Bethune. I firmly believe that education is the key to bringing out that “best part of us” and in turn being able to serve our communities to ensure a bright future for us all!!  


With much love,


Ms. Herndon


End-of-the-Year Remote/E-Learning Packets for May 4, 2020 - June 2, 2020


Remote/E-Learning Packets for April 8, 2020 - April 30, 2020


WE BELIEVE…. Excellence, Humanization, and Pride !






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