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MS Parent Message October 16, 2020
MS Parent Message October 16, 2020
Andrew Kearns
Friday, October 16, 2020

Middle School Parent Message 

October 16, 2020

Good Afternoon:

Another Milestone:  This week marked the first time we have welcomed back 50% of the students attending in the hybrid model.  It was good to see more students in the building.  As we continue to move forward our progress will be dependent, in part, on our ability to keep everyone healthy.  We continue to remind our students about the measures to help reduce the risk of COVID-19:  Wash Up, Mask Up, Cover Up, and Back Up.  Students who are sick should stay home and are welcome to join lessons remotely, even on days when they are scheduled to be in the building. Parents are asked to contact the attendance line on those days: 609.298.3900 ext. 4060.

Students are reminded to bring their chromebooks, fully charged, on the days they come to school. 

Masks:  Students and staff are required to wear masks while in school.  We are grateful for the attention students give to this requirement and their cooperation in this regard.  Just a reminder, consistent with CDC guidelines, masks cannot have vents, also gaiters and bandanas are not considered effective masks.

 

Disposable masks will be provided for students to wear for those students who do not bring an acceptable mask to school.

Travel Quarantine Update:  If a student is planning to travel out of state please check the New Jersey’s Travel Advisory Form 

Parent Summaries in Google Classroom:  As parents, you have the opportunity to get summaries of content in Google classroom provided the teacher has opted to have that setting on. Here is a link that shows you how you can personalize your Google classroom parent summary settings. https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6388136?hl=en 

Parents should have already received an email inviting them to receive guardian summaries. If they did not see the email, please contact lhumes@nburlington.com with the student’s name, grade, and guardian email address to be added.

Federal Impact Aid Survey:  Each fall, the Northern Burlington County Regional School District reaches out to all parents asking that they complete the Federal Impact Aid survey. This is a very important document that needs to be completed in a timely manner. To make this process more convenient for our families, this Federal Impact Aid survey can now be completed electronically. 

The Northern Burlington County Regional School District must receive an annual signed survey from ALL parents or guardians for EACH student in order to receive the federal funding of military affiliated students.

Please note that even if you are not active military or a civilian working on federal property, it is essential that ALL parents and guardians complete and sign this form as of October 15, 2020 and submit by October 30, 2020.

Federal Impact Aid supports local school districts with concentrations of children who have parents/guardians in the uniformed services or parents/guardians employed on eligible Federal Properties. It was designed to assist local school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt Federal Property served by the district. Each year, Northern Burlington receives Federal Impact Aid funds because of your cooperation in returning these surveys to us in a timely manner. 

In order for our District to meet the filing deadline, we need to have the completed form(s) submitted no later than October 30, 2020, even if your employment does not fall within the categories listed on the survey. 

Click here to log into your PowerSchool parent account. Once logged in, click on the link on the left side of the webpage that says Forms. Choose the “Title VIII Federal Impact Aid Survey 2020-2021” to complete the form electronically. A form needs to be submitted for each student, however if submitting for multiple students, please click the arrow up key next to the submit button. This will allow you to submit the form for each student without having to reproduce each survey selection.

Thank you for your continued support of the Northern Burlington County Regional School District. If you have additional questions, please contact Kristie Worrell, Administrative Assistant, extension 2003 or Richard Kaz, School Business Administrator (609) 298-3900 extension 2080.

Virtual Bookfair: The PTSC is excited to announce that the SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR will be virtual this fall!  The virtual bookfair will be available October 26 through November 8!  Please stay tuned for the link coming soon!!!

Class Fundraisers: It’s super easy! Please help support our Northern Burlington Middle School Classes of 2025 and 2026.   The money they raise will be used to help offset the costs of class events from now until graduation from High School.  To participate, please follow the steps below to register online today.

To help our organization even more, send 10 email invitations to friends & family and spread the word about our need for help.

With over 2,500 gift ideas, supporters can shop and check-off their holiday gift-list, all while supporting our important cause, the students.

*Please note that all of the orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser.  

Fundraiser is open until October 31st!

Step 1: REGISTER at www.charlestonwrapstore.com (use organization code: 11741)

Step 2: Use our Email-Invite Generator to invite out of town friends and family for support. Plus, share your unique invite links via text and social media.

Or click here for more information

Any questions?  Contact 7th Grade Adviser, Alison Zirilli, at azirilli@nburlington.com  or 8th Grade Adviser,  Kelle Rhodes,  at krhodes@nburlington.com 

 

Yearbook:  The 2021 NBCRMS yearbook is now on sale for $45.  Take advantage of our Back to School Sale (sale ends October 23, 2020).  Place your order by using the link below:

 

  http://jostensyearbooks.com/?R...

Share photos with the middle school yearbook by using this link:  

https://images.jostens.com/415...

MS Activity Fair:  Please take a few moments to review the various clubs and activities that Northern has to offer its middle school students.  Students from all cohorts are welcome to sign-up. 

https://docs.google.com/presen...

Joining a club is a great way for students to connect with other students who share similar interests.  

Ordering School Lunch for Students:  Please note that Lunches are FREE through the end of December FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Students Learning Remotely: Students who are receiving instruction remotely, or their parents/guardians, may pick up meals (three to five meals at one time) for those days they are receiving remote instruction. Ordering ahead of time is required:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSCfgxym6WPcJofHaCxJa5lS1jTZzsRyr2-UUxGsXWCpnxbg/viewform

 

As with the Spring 2020 meal distribution, the pick-up location is near the Middle School’s rear entrance (Middle School Door C-3 that leads into the teachers’ lounge) via the Island Road entrance and taking the 1st left to go toward the back of the school. NB has established MONDAY and TUESDAY for pick up of meals. Meals may be picked up between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM. For social distancing purposes, NB will limit the number of people entering the middle school facility at one time.

 

Students Present in the Building: Students attending class will order their lunch in their first class of the day via a link the teachers will share in class. Orders for these lunches must be placed by 8:00 AM. Students will be dismissed to pick up their lunch in the cafetorium prior to exiting to the bus or parent pickup locations.

 

NHS Tutoring:  Is your child in need of some extra help?  NHS tutoring is here to assist!  Virtual tutoring will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-2pm.  All you need to do is have the student who in need of help email the NHS adviser at jnewman@nburlington.com  and then the student will receive a link to the virtual tutoring session.

Clinical Corner Spotlight:  The Justice Tree: Where are we going when it comes to social justice in America? A friend of mine sent me the four images below which represent milestones along our journey toward justice.  These images got me thinking about how we as individuals can impact change for the future.  With 2020 more than halfway over, there are countless challenges that we are currently facing. For many, it might feel like there are still more concerns to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a historic economic downturn leaving millions unemployed, and Black Lives Matter protests have reignited discussions about systemic racism, inequality as well as police reform. In addition to the topics that dominate the headlines, long-term issues such as food insecurity and climate justice are still ongoing. The list of social issues in the U.S. and around the globe in 2020 can seem overwhelming.  These images can help us look at things from a different perspective, if we allow ourselves to.  We as teachers, parents, educators, administrators, community members, and members of society, have an obligation to our youth to have open conversations about issues of inequality and racism.  I know many of us struggle to think about how to even get started as the topics can seem so ponderous.  Here are some questions you can ask yourself:  Where do you think we stand?  What can you/we do better?  What does this look like in the world around us?  What steps need to be taken to move from stage to stage?  Specifically, what does it look like in our Northern community?

Here is a link for social justice resources and information on how to start conversations with our students/kids: http://www.act4socialjustice.com/resources-for-talking-with-kids/

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

October 26:  PTSC Virtual Scholastic Bookfair Begins

October 28:  Hybrid Learning Day for Cohorts C & D, Periods 1 through 8 (This is a Wednesday.)

October 29:  ALL STUDENTS REMOTE (This is a Thursday.)

October 30:  Hybrid Learning Day for Cohorts C & D, Periods 10 through 17

November 3:  Election Day:  School Closed

November 5 & 6:  NJEA Convention:  School Closed

Nov 10: Afternoon Parent Conferences

Nov 11: Veteran’s Day: School Closed

Nov 12: Afternoon & Evening Parent Conferences

Nov 13: Afternoon Parent Conferences

Don’t forget to complete the 2020 Federal Impact Aid Form in PowerSchool.  

 

Have a good weekend.      

                           

Andrew Kearns, Ed.D.

Principal