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Principal's Welcome

2023-2024 Welcome


Dear Kerkstra Families,


We hope you had a fantastic summer and are ready for an exciting new school year! The Kerkstra staff has been working diligently to ensure our students are welcomed back to a year filled with growth, learning, and enjoyment.


We extend a warm welcome to our new families and can't wait to meet you in the upcoming weeks.


At Kerkstra, we embrace a culture of excellence that goes beyond academics – it encompasses our behavior as well. Our motto of being respectful, responsible, and safe is the cornerstone of everything we do.


Please take a moment to read through our first newsletter of the year, it is full of information to help make the start of the year as smooth as possible.


On a personal note, my wife and I are about to embark on a new chapter as empty nesters. Our oldest son, Jacob, is entering his junior year at The Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, while our youngest, Matthew, is starting his freshman year at the Culver Military Academy. Our loyal companion, Zoe, our wonderful dog, will keep us company.


As the school year unfolds, please remember that we are here to support you. Whether you have questions, concerns, or compliments, don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher, the office, or me. Your partnership is vital in helping your child achieve their best.


Wishing you all a fantastic start to the school year!


Warm regards,

Steve Nendza - Principal
G. Kerkstra Elementary School
Email: [email protected]
Office: (708) 687-2860

2022-2023 welcome video from Principal Mr. Nendza.