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HS Parent Message January 15, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, January 15, 2021

High School Parent Message 

January 15, 2021

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Important Dates:

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

Jan 19: In person classes resume - hybrid schedule/Online course selection opens

Jan 26: Portal closes for online course selection

Jan 27: Virtual Relay For Life meeting (Zoom 7pm)

Feb 5:  End of Marking Period 2/Semester 1

Feb 8:  Marking Period 3/Semester 2 Begins

Feb 15:  School Closed: President’s Day

 

Attention Senior Parents:

  GREAT NEWS...THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED...

  Order your senior’s cap and gown by Sunday, January 24th 

 Please click the button below and complete your order by the 24th to guarantee we have your cap and gown in time for graduation!!! 

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Parent Tip: The website can be a bit tricky. It’s super easy to find all the expensive “packages'' but you have to scroll all the way down to find the free package. 

Following these steps should help:

  • From the home page of the website scroll all the way down click on shop now. 

  • On the next page scroll all the way down to the Caps & Gowns and click on the “Browse All” tab.

  • On that page select the first option “Cap and Gown Unit” $0.00 and fill out the information requested.

Also it’s not too late to place a Senior Ad in the yearbook! Yearbook Ad

 High School Program of Studies  and Course Selection for 2021-2022: 

The 2021-2022 High School Program of Studies is now available on the High School Counseling Department web page. Additionally, we are excited to announce that course selection will occur electronically via PowerSchool. The High School Counselors will be meeting with students in Grade 8 during early March. 

Here is the recording of the High School Program of Studies Information Session hosted by the Offices of Academics and Counseling on Thursday, January 14th which will also be posted on the HS Counseling page of the website.

 High School Student Course Selections:

Parent Portal will open on Tuesday, January 19th for current high school students to select their courses and close on Friday, January 29th. Please review these instructions and contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions. Students in Grades 7 & 8 will select courses at a later date.

*Please note - PowerSchool was closed temporarily today, Friday, January 15th from 2-3 p.m. for updates. 

 

Message from the School Nurse: 

The New Jersey Department acknowledges the state is in a "second wave" of coronavirus infections with transmission among school children often being without any symptoms.  Therefore, the NJDOH recommends no student should attend school with any COVID-19 like symptoms until they have either received a negative viral test (molecular or antigen) for SARS-CoV-2 or they have completed an isolation period of at least 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours after resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications with symptom improvement. 

A Doctor's medical note without testing is no longer acceptable.

Please continue to share any COVID-19 cases or exposures with our school nurses. We ask that you directly contact your student’s nurse as this information is critical for monitoring community incidence & planning for safely keeping our school open.

High School East:  Mrs. Mary Crane - mcrane@nburlington.com   609-298-3900 x 2085

High School West:  Mrs. Gina Nocon - gnocon@nburlington.com   609-298-3900 x 2216

Moving into the New Year, we will release any information about COVID-19 cases on Monday and Thursday as opposed to daily notifications. 

 Relay for Life:

Covid hasn’t stopped cancer, so we need to keep fighting! We are planning a zoom meeting for the Relay for Life of Northern Burlington County on January 27th at 7pm.  We would love for anyone interested to join us in sharing ideas for making a virtual event possible.   Please email Dr. Lopez for the Zoom code.

slopez@nburlington.com .

NB Greenhouse Fundraiser:

Fresh Honeybell tangelos direct from Florida. Hurry,  Honeybells must be ordered by 1/22/2021, but there are other varieties to order until 2/5. Or, Valentine's gifts from See's Chocolates  (ends 1/29). Just click the pics and thank you for supporting our NB Greenhouse Club

 

 

Parent Engagement Committee:

For those of you who could not attend the virtual parent event on January 13th here is a link to the recording of the presentation. It will also be available on our website.

District Technology at a Glance

Yearbook Pre Orders 2020-2021:

2020-2021 yearbook is on sale for $80 until January 29. After January 29, the yearbook will be on sale for $85. Seniors will get their name printed on the cover for free if pre-ordered by Jan 29. Order yours at jostensyearbooks.com

Click this link to learn about placing a yearbook ad for your senior! Yearbook Ad

Community Request for Emergency Services Volunteers:  Please take a moment to review the following request from our local fire departments and EMTs.

Fire Dept/EMS Volunteer Letter

January 14, 2021

Dear Community Members:

I hope this message finds you well. I am the Fire Chief of the Franklin Fire Company No. 1 of Columbus, New Jersey as well as a resident and taxpayer in Mansfield Township. Our regional community has a long history of volunteerism in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services. However, we are in a period of extreme need for volunteers in these services and I am asking for your help. We need members! We all know how important our front-line medical personnel and first responders have been, and still are, during this pandemic. I am reaching out to you in hopes that we may work together to fill this need while providing opportunities for our young local citizens.

In years past, our Emergency Services members were able to participate in career day at Northern Burlington County Regional High School. Additionally, in the past we have solicited for volunteers at homecoming carnivals.   Unfortunately, with the changes the School District has experienced due to COVID-19, those opportunities have gone away.   We have all learned that we must think outside the box and get creative during these times and we have asked the school district to assist us with communicating the needs of each township’s volunteer Fire and EMS service by posting this letter on the district’s Facebook page and sharing this letter with parents and students.   Many of our students may not know of the opportunities that may open for them by joining us and beginning a potential career as a volunteer Firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician. 

Furthermore, creating a larger volunteer base will provide a financial benefit for the community as we are all fighting for local funding. While career personnel will create even more of a need for local government tax dollars, volunteers are VERY cost effective.  The local governments may save money while providing opportunities for community members.

We are asking you to reach out to your students and family members to communicate our needs and the opportunities that are available. Each Department has a website and email address for potential members to read about our services and reach the appropriate contacts.  A list of those agencies is listed below.

I have confidence that by working together and reaching out to the entire local community to solve our goal in keeping our community safe and healthy, we will not only help the local emergency services, but our students and community alike.

Respectfully,

Douglas J. Borgstrom

Fire Chief, Fire Official, Fire Sub code Inspector, Emergency Management Coordinator

609-298-5325x102 Office

 

http://www.ctfd1.org/  Chesterfield Township Fire

recruit@jacobstownfire.org   North Hanover Fire and EMS

http://www.springfieldtownshipnj.org/departments/fire/  Springfield Fire

http://www.mansfieldfire.com/  Mansfield Township Fire

http://wrightstownborough.com/index.php/government/public-safety  


Communications:  

The school and district send out communications regularly.  These newsletters are sent out weekly and there are times when text messages are also used.  If you are reading this message, it clearly arrived in your inbox, but if you have friends or family with children in the district who are not receiving these messages, please have them check their email account’s “junk mailbox.”  Also,  double check that the correct email is entered in PowerSchool.

In addition, text messages are used to share information.  Several were sent last week.  For those who did not receive these messages, please double check that the correct cell phone numbers are recorded in PowerSchool.  If updates are necessary, please contact our school registrar, Ms. Vickie Sheppard, vsheppard@nburlington.com .

 

Picture Day Make-ups & Retakes:

February 23rd and 26th will be the makeup days for pictures.  Students who are participating in hybrid instruction will take their picture on the day their cohort is present, all remote students can come between the hours of 12:30-4pm on either day.  The photographer will be set up in the media center conference room. 

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. 

 

Ordering School Lunch for All Students 18 years and Under:

Please note that Lunches are FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS through the month of June 2021.  

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:*We ask that you complete the Google Document for Remote Learning Students to sign up 

NB has established MONDAY and TUESDAY for pick up of meals. Our pickup window is 10 am through 11:15am on Monday AND Tuesdays but will change next week for the holiday,  as per the following schedule:

Pick Up Dates

  • Tuesday 1/19

  • Wednesday 1/20

Please contact Maria Baran at  mbaran@nburlington.com or ext. 2037 with any questions.

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. Masks must be worn at all times and 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.

 

Health and Safety Reminder:

COVID-When to get tested 

COVID Cannot test out of Quarantine   

COVID-How-Long-Isolate-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.

A Message from the 2020 Yearbook Staff: 

We need student life pictures! Got a perfect picture of your student in his or her mask? Have an at-home work station we just have to see? Send in your student life pictures of NB High School students to yearbook@nburlington.com and get your student in this year's yearbook! Please include your student's name and grade, and be sure all photos contain only Northern Burlington High School students! Thank you for helping to make this year's yearbook a success! 

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 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 nburlingtonptsc@gmail.com. Please stay safe!

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

Winter Sports:

Winter Sports at the high school start on Tuesday, January 19th. Schedules, cohorts and procedures will be communicated via the sport-specific google classrooms. If you have any questions regarding boys’/girls’ basketball, winter track, swimming, bowling or cheerleading, please visit our coaches’ contact page - https://www.nburlington.com/o/nbc-hs/page/athletic-coaches--2

Athletic Participation:

We are now accepting Athletic Participation packets for the Winter Season.  The tentative start date for winter season practices is January 19th, 2021. 

If your child’s physical exam is current and does not expire prior to 1/11/21, 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.

School Store:

Happy New Year from the HS Store!  We have reopened our online store!  Visit us at https://nbhsstore.square.site/ and receive a 10% discount on all purchases made before January 31, 2021.  Use the code:  NEWYEAR10

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.

 

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.

Monday, school will be closed as we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King.  The holiday on Monday provides a chance to reflect on the timeliness of his message as we continue to grapple with many of the issues, like racism, that he worked tirelessly to address.  Enjoy the long weekend and remember the reason for the holiday.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal

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Webpage at www.nburlington.com