FORGE at Bateman Elementary

What is FORGE?


Forging Opportunities Rooted in Growth and Engagement is an out-of-school-time program offered by the local nonprofit North River Commission in collaboration with Bateman Elementary. FORGE is free to all registered students and their parents/guardians/caregivers. FORGE provides all programming and materials free to its participants. FORGE is funded by the North River Commission (NRC), including a grant from Illinois State Board of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

Alexia Limas: Bateman School Site Coordinator

Alexia has made a home in Albany Park. She loves the diversity of food, culture and nature areas. Alexia is excited to see how the different opportunities offered to students will not only help them grow but develop friendships and social and academic skills. She can be reached at

Georgia Davos-Vetas: Bateman School Principal

As Principal of Newton Bateman Elementary School, I'm thrilled to be working with wonderful teachers, connecting with supportive parents and leading initiatives to make Bateman a place where every child finds joy in learning and is supported to reach their maximum potential. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our Bateman family.

Additional FORGE Staff

Justin Nowak, Teacher Liason

Maddie Polovick, FORGE Project Director



Fall 2023 Registration Form

Please fill out this form so that we have the correct contact information on file for your child(ren) who are participating in FORGE Bateman this fall!

FORGE Program Overview

Fall 2023

Otono 2023


Parent and Student Handbook SY Fall 2021-Spring 2022



FORGE Program Partners At Bateman

FORGE Partnerships