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HS Parent Message December 4, 2020
Sally Lopez
Friday, December 04, 2020

High School Parent Message 

December 4, 2020



December 4, 2020 

Superintendent’s Message To NB Parents:

As a follow up to my last message, NB elected to remain fully remote this past week to mitigate the potential risk of transmission following the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m writing to share that, after careful review of the data in our region, I have found it appropriate to revise our plan, extend the 100% remote status for our Middle School and our High School, and remain 100% remote through Wednesday, December 9th.  Please note that the revised date to return to in-person instruction is Thursday, December 10th.  This extension provides the full 14 days of separation from the Thanksgiving Day holiday and will enable us to closely monitor the case rate in our community the next five days.  Moreover, this provides us all the valuable full 14 days of separation from in-person instruction so that we all will have greater confidence in bringing students and faculty back into the buildings.

Since we anticipate that transmission will continue to be a concern for the foreseeable future, the current plan is to extend our window of remote instruction following Winter Break as well, through Wednesday, January 13th. In-person instruction is now scheduled to resume on Thursday, January 14th.

A reminder that on Wednesday December 9th, the administration will host its 2nd “Parent Forum.” The forum is a virtual conference and it is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM. The Zoom Meeting link is here. Please feel free to join us. This forum provides a nice opportunity for administrators to speak with parents, discuss programs, and share ideas.

I appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we continue to work to provide a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff. It is clear that this year continues to demand that we remain agile and willing to adjust to ever-changing circumstances. 


James Sarruda, Ed. D.


Important Dates:

Dec 9:  Early Dismissal for Students/Staff Development

Dec 9:  Parent Forum (zoom link below)

Dec 23: Mid Marking Period for Q2

Dec 23:  Early Dismissal

Dec 24 - Jan 3: School Closed - Winter Break

Jan 4 - Jan 14:  All Students Remote

Jan 13:  Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development

Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Travel Advisories: 

Did your student leave the tri-state area over the break?  

During the holiday season, the CDC and Governor Murphy have encouraged us all to limit travel whenever possible and to keep celebrations to immediate family members.  However, in the event your family is traveling to one of the many states on New Jersey’s quarantine list, please plan to have your child quarantine for 14 days.  Students are able to attend all of their classes virtually during that time, even if they are in the hybrid model.  In the event your child will be quarantining and attending school virtually during that time, please notify your child’s counselor. Please do not hesitate to contact our school nurse with any questions regarding the quarantine process.  A link to  travel advisories is included below:

New Jersey’s Travel Advisory Form  

Here is a link to the CDC’s guidance on how to make celebrating Thanksgiving safer.

Health and Safety Reminder:

COVID-When to get tested 

COVID Cannot test out of Quarantine   


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.

Parent Forum:  

On Wednesday, December 9 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm parents are invited to join district administrators for a virtual discussion to review instruction practices and strategies to improve the programs.  The format will be a Zoom conference and questions will be taken from those submitted in the ‘Chat.’   We look forward to meeting with parents and sharing ideas and information. 

Zoom Meeting link here

PSAT Update:

Students in Grades 11 who were administered the PSAT in October can access their scores during the week of December 8th. Students will receive an email from the College Board with instructions on creating a College Board account, accessing their online score reports, and using their access code to view their scores. A score report can be printed from the account by clicking the Download Your Score Report button. Please contact your child's counselor with any questions.

Students in Grade 10 are encouraged to create a College Board account to access practice materials by visiting

Calendar for Second Marking Period:  

The calendar for the second marking period can be found at this link.  Please note the remote days after the Thanksgiving break as well as after the winter Break.  

Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC): 

Please remember to become a member of our organization this year. If you are already a member, thank you! You can access our link through the Northern Burlington site. Payments of $10 per family are accepted via check or through PayPal. It is important that we receive your contribution as this money is channeled back to our students in the form of mini grants, awarded to teachers for use in their classrooms,  as well as Scholarships granted to seniors. If you have a senior graduating in 2021 please make sure that your membership is received by us no later than February 26th, 2021 in order to be eligible. We can always be reached via email at Please stay safe!

***NOTE: We are hopeful that we may be able to have a clothing drive in the Spring of 2021***

Picture Day Make-ups:

We know that several students were unable to get their pictures taken this week.  We still do not currently have a make-up day scheduled however we are talking to LifeTouch and a date in February will be announced shortly.  We are also planning to offer a link for parents to upload a picture of their student for us to use in the yearbook, if you are uncomfortable with coming in for pictures.  We are waiting for our yearbook company to make the link available to us. 

Late Registration Fee for AP Exams 

Exams that were unpaid by November 6 have been cancelled. However, students can still register and pay for exams with a late fee. AP exams registered after 9AM on November 13 will incur a late registration fee of $40. Visit our website for more information. Please contact Dr. Leslie Puente-Ervin if you have any questions or/and would like to register for an exam not listed, including Independent Study.

NB Greenhouse Fundraiser:  


Please help support our NB Greenhouse Club with citrus and/or chocolate gifts that can be sent anywhere in the U.S. 3 catalogues to choose from! Place your online order and it will be shipped, by the company, to your recipients. Hurry! This fundraiser ends on 12/4 so items can arrive for the holidays. A portion of every purchase benefits the NB Greenhouse Club. Thank you for your support.  If you should have any questions, please contact Keith Dannucci at


          Florida Indian River Groves                 See’s Candies               YumsRaising


Winter Sports:

Today, the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association, in coordination with the NJDOH and the NJDOE, released new start dates for Season 2, Season 2A, and Season 3. Northern Burlington plans to continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations established by the NJSIAA, for both our middle school and high school athletic programs. Please take time to read the following link, as it relates to our upcoming sports programs. 

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

 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 

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


School Store:

***FALL SPECIAL***   Visit our website at:

FREE BACK-PACK 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

Yearbook Ad


Ordering School Lunch for Students:

Please note that Lunches are FREE 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. 


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 and then the student will receive a link to the virtual tutoring session.



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.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.


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