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HS Parent Message October 30, 2020
Sally Lopez
Friday, October 30, 2020

High School Parent Message 

October 30, 2020

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Important Dates:

 Nov 2:   All students Remote (periods 1-8)

Nov 3:   School Closed - Election Day

Nov 4:   All students Remote (period 10-17)

Nov 5 & 6:  School Closed - NJEA Convention

Nov 10: Afternoon Parent Conferences

Nov 11: School Closed - Veterans’ Day

Nov 12: Afternoon & Evening Parent Conferences

Nov 13: Afternoon Parent Conferences

Nov 18:  Early Dismissal of Student/Staff Professional Development Day

Nov 20:  End of Marking Period 1

Nov 23:  Marking Period 2 Begins

Nov 25:  Early Dismissal

Nov 26 & 27: School Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

DUE TODAY 

Federal Impact Aid Form:

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 TODAY, 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.


Health & Safety Reminders: 

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It is important to emphasize a few points with regard to health safety.  Most importantly, students should not come to school if they are sick.  The remote option is available on a day to day basis if a student has any symptoms on the day he or she is supposed to attend school in person but can still attend school at home.  If you have any medical questions, please contact our school nurse at extension 2216(west office) or 2085(east office). Covid Informational Flyers.

Here are the main points when students are in school:

Wash Up:  Students are to practice hand hygiene.  This includes routinely washing hands when sinks are available, using the hand sanitizer when entering classrooms, and as needed.

Mask Up:  Students are to wear masks at all times while in the building and on the bus.  Masks are to meet CDC guidelines and cover both the mouth and the nose.  *Please note that the CDC guidelines identify certain requirements for masks and Northern follows these guidelines.  Please see the note below about masks.

Cover Up:  Students are to sneeze/cough into an elbow, even when wearing a mask.

Back Up:  Students are to exercise social distancing whenever possible.

In addition, students should bring their Chromebooks, fully charged,  to school.  In a change of our school policy, students may carry a bookbag with them throughout the school day for school supplies, including their Chromebooks.

Masks:  

Students and staff are required to wear masks while in school.  We are grateful for the attention students give this requirement and their cooperation in this regard.  

 

More recent CDC guidelines regarding masks have been posted and these are noted below:

 

  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19

  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • Masks should be worn by people two years and older

  • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance

  • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators

  • CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

Per the CDC guidelines, gaiters are not recommended at this time because of questionable effectiveness.  Furthermore, since masks must be secured under the chin, traditionally worn bandanas are not considered effective either.  As a result, students and staff may not wear this as a mask while in school.  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 Conferences 

Conference scheduling is now open and will close on Monday, November 9th at 4pm.  Please note that ALL conferences will be held remotely via Zoom and appointments are scheduled in 10-minute intervals.

The sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • November 10      12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

  • November 11      Veteran’s Day:  School Closed

  • November 12      12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • November 13      12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Conferences are scheduled online via PTC Wizard.  While the conferences are open to all parents, there are a limited number of appointments available.  If you are not sure if a conference is necessary, feel free to contact the teacher directly.   For parents who are interested in a conference they are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  If you are unable to meet during conferences or feel that you may need more than the 10 minutes allotted per appointment, we invite you to contact your child’s teacher or counselor to make alternate arrangements.

 How it works: 

  • Parents create an account in PTC Wizard.

  • It is helpful to have a list of the student’s teachers handy.

  • Once logged in, Parents choose:

    1. which set of conferences they prefer and

    2. the teachers they wish to see from a staff listing of all middle school teachers.

    3. Parents will then see which teachers are available for a given time slot, and sign up for appointments

    4. Note:  If a teacher is fully booked, they will not appear as a choice for that day/time

  • PTC Wizard will send parents a confirmation email that includes their schedule with the Zoom links for each of their appointments.

  • On or about November 9, PTC Wizard will send parents a reminder email with their schedule and Zoom links for their appointments.

Instructions for PTC Wizard

To register for conference meetings, please follow the steps below:

 To Register:  Click here https://nburlingtonhs.ptcwizar... then click the Create Account! button screenshot 1

  1. You will be redirected to a form - fill it out: (first name, last name, email address and a password you want to use screenshot 2

  2. Click Register, and then add one child only screenshot 3

  3. Click Save.

  4. You will be sent to a new screen and you will be asked to give your consent to receive emails from PTC Wizard (your schedules, notifications about appointments booked or canceled, etc.).

  5. To add more than one child, Click Account Settings (top right corner of the screen).

 

To Schedule Conference Meetings: Click the “Add a Meeting

  1. In the new screen click the checkbox next to the teachers that you want to meet with

  2. Click Continue

  3. Choose the times available for each teacher (the teachers are listed on top of the column)

  4. If you have more than one child, after you chose a time the system will ask you which child this is for

  5. Choose all the meetings and then click Continue

  Here is a video tutorial for parents' scheduling.

Any difficulties in scheduling, please contact the high school main office at 609-298-3900 x2046 or email Mrs. Rachelle Guevara at rguevara@nburlington.com.


AP Exam Payment Reminder:

The cost for regular exams is $95. The cost for Capstone exams is $143.  The last day to pay for an AP exam without penalty is November 6. After this date, late registrations will incur a late fee. Late fees are non-refundable. Please visit our website for more information on registering and ordering exams. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Leslie Puente-Ervin, the AP Program Coordinator, lpuente-ervin@nburlington.com. 


Picture Day is Coming!

Monday, November 16- Friday, November 20. Pictures will be taken during the students PE Class Period.  Only remote students will be able to come in for pictures between 12:30 and 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday of the same week.  These appointments will be divided alphabetically by last name. The detailed times will be shared closer to picture day.  Grades Photographed:9-11

To preorder your students portraits, go to the Lifetouch Website and enter picture day ID: EVT34PMG8


Athletic Participation:

We are now accepting Athletic Participation packets for the Winter Season.  Winter season practices will start on approximately December 3, 2020. 

If your child’s physical exam is current and does not expire prior to 12/3/20, please complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 of the packet and submit them electronically to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com

 If your child is in need of a new physical, please contact your physician’s office at your earliest convenience to secure an appointment.  Please take page 3, 5 and 6 of the packet with you so that your doctor can complete the physical forms.  Please submit the entire packet (pages 1-7) electronically to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O’Neill in the Athletic Office at moneill@nburlington.com or 609-298-3900, ext. 2093.


Accessing PowerSchool as a Parent:

 Ms. Rachel Friedman walks parents through the process of navigating PowerSchool.

https://youtu.be/PwM6jIJ_aJo

Accessing PowerSchool as a Student:

Ms. Rachel Friedman walks students through the process of navigating powerschool.

 https://youtu.be/TizSZ1lJtOE

Spring 2019 NJSLA-Science: 

The district is in receipt of the Individual Student Reports from the Spring 2019 NJSLA for Science.  Parents who are interested in the results can contact their student’s counselor


HS Clubs and Activities:

Students can check their grade level google classroom for a link to view a variety of clubs and activities available this school year. 


College Accelerated Program (CAP) Information:

The Northern Burlington County Regional High School District has an agreement with Rowan

College at Burlington County which enables our students to earn college credits for selected courses

in which they are presently enrolled. The application deadline for credit for courses taken during the

2020-2021 academic year is Friday, November 13, 2020.  Visit RCBC CAP Program for information.


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.


Calendar Change Reminder:

There has been a change in our school calendar.  Here is the new district calendar link. 

 Here is the new link for the revised Calendar for Remote Instruction  - Marking Period 1

School Store:

***FALL SPECIAL***   Visit our website at:  https://nbhsstore.square.site/

FREE BACK-PACK and PAW PRINT PIN with an Online Purchase of $10.00 or more. 

While supplies last! 

 

Yearbook Pre Orders 2020-2021:

2020-2021 yearbooks are now on sale for $75. Order yours at jostensyearbooks.com

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Yearbook 2019-2020:

If you are interested in buying last school year(2019-2020) yearbook, they are still available for $75.   Please contact Tina Kim, tkim@nburlington.com  for details.


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:

 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.

 *We ask that you complete the Google Document for Remote Learning Students to sign up for these meals for pick up on Monday -Thursday.  

 Students present in the building:

When students are present in school, they will have the option to pre-order a grab and go lunch. Students or parents  will use the google form to order lunch selection by 8 AM for that day's pick up. 

 

SAT:

The SAT test will not be hosted this fall at NB however, there are locations available. Please visit www.collegeboard.org for more information about SAT test locations. Contact your child’s counselor with any questions. Thank you!

 

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.

 

The Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) at Northern :

  • MFLCs provide non-medical confidential counseling services that build resiliency and problem solving skills to deal with everyday normal stressors.  

  • MFLCs can offer support on a variety of issues including stress management, coping skills, conflict resolution, deployment and reintegration issues, self-esteem, confidence, and grief and loss. This can be done through individual, group or family counseling sessions.  

  • The MFLC program provides non-medical counseling but does not provide mental health evaluations or diagnosis. MFLC support is confidential, however MFLCs are mandated to report risk of harm to self and/or others, abuse or neglect, domestic violence, and illegal behavior.  

  • MFLC services are provided at no cost to military services members and their families, and are flexible in both time and location. 

  •  The Northern Burlington MFLC is available to offer face to face and telehealth non-medical counseling to students and parents. 

  • You can reach the MFLC directly at 732-688-8973 to schedule a session. Please note: a parent or guardian will need to be present during telehealth sessions. 

  • Parents or guardians must sign a permission slip for MFLC to work with students.

 

Clinical Corner Spotlight:

The 2020 Presidential Election is quickly approaching and as we know, one of the most tumultuous in our history, bringing out intense social controversy and emotions, as well as questionable behavior, that may be confusing and/or upsetting for our children.  In the midst of the pandemic, as well as fighting for racial justice, this election may be particularly difficult for parents to navigate, as families adapt to the many “norms” COVID-19 has brought on.  Rachel Buchholz, National Geographic Kids’ Editor in Chief, has some good advice.  Please click the link to access the video: https://kdvr.com/news/talking-to-your-kids-about-the-election/

Additionally, you can check out National Geographic’s Family Hub for future content and resources for parents to better navigate these crucial times!

STUDENT PARKING:

Student parking for the 2020-2021 school year is now available for seniors and juniors (with birthdays up to the end of December 2003) for this phase of hybrid learning.  Please click then review the appropriate link below (depending upon your grade level), to the letter with the application process & requirements stated within.  Parking Decals  are being mailed to students upon approval. 

Seniors click class of 2021

Juniors click class of 2022

 

2020 College Application Process for Seniors & their families:

Each year, the counseling department presents to parents of seniors about the College Application process. This year we have created a virtual presentation that can be viewed HERE. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor directly. A chart of counseling assignments can be found HERE. If your student needs to speak with his/her counselor at any time throughout the year, they can do so by submitting a request using the request form or email.

Have a great weekend!                                                                                                                                                                Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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