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HS Parent Message February 5, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, February 05, 2021

High School Parent Message 

February 5, 2021

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Important Dates:

Feb 5:  End of Marking Period 2/Semester 1

Feb 5: Senior Diploma Survey Due - see below

Feb 8:  Marking Period 3/Semester 2 Begins

Feb 15:  School Closed: President’s Day 

Feb 16: Picture Day Survey Due - see below

Feb 23 & 26 Student Picture Make-up Day 


PICTURE DAY...Take 2:

Picture Makeup day for grades 9-11 will be February 23rd and 26th.  Students who are planning to participate will be expected to do so during their cohort. 

Cohort A,B & F on Tuesday 2/23 during school hours, Cohort C,D & F on Friday 2/26 during school hours and Cohort E on either day between the hours of 12:30 and 4pm.  

In order to participate, the ‘Yearbook Photo Make Up Day Grades 9-11’ form in PowerSchool must be completed. Students will be assigned a specific time to get their picture taken. The form can be filled out by either the parent or student and can be found under the “Other Forms - Current Students” category in the Forms section of PowerSchool, please complete by Feb. 16th.  Please remember you can only see the form section of PowerSchool through a web browser not the app. 


A Message from the 2020 Yearbook Staff: 

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to submit your own selfie/portrait for this year's yearbook. This is a fantastic option if you are a virtual student or if you did not get a school photo taken this year. Even if you have gotten a school picture taken, you can still upload a picture, and we may use it elsewhere in the yearbook! 

 

Check out this PDF and this quick video:

2021 Portrait Submissions Yearbook - Loom - Watch Video

Please note that our school is NOT participating in the 10 additional photos to document your year feature. Please disregard this line of the pdf. 

Simply go to www.YBKplus.com  and input your Northern Burlington email and away you go!

Pictures must be uploaded no later than March 19th, 2021, so don't delay! We can't wait to see your portraits! 

We also 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, and submit by March 1st! Thank you for helping to make this year's yearbook a success! 

Yearbook Orders 2020-2021:

2020-2021 yearbook is on sale for $85 Order yours at jostensyearbooks.com


Attention Senior Parents:

Senior Diploma Survey:

We need to verify how students’ names will appear on their diploma.  This year to gather this information, we are using a survey in PowerSchool .  Please go to ‘Forms’  - then Senior Forms - then Senior Diploma and Cap & Gown Survey.  As with all surveys this can only be done through a web browser not the app.  We are opening the survey to be filled by either the parent or the student, so it will be accessible to both PowerSchool logins. Due date: Today, Friday, February 5th. 

Sr Yearbook Ad:

It is not too late to place a Senior Ad in the yearbook! Deadline is February 11th.  Yearbook Ad


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!


SATs:

In these times of uncertainty, the SATs are no exception. We understand that students begin preparing for the exam as early as middle school. Even before COVID, many colleges and universities have begun to examine the value of the SAT test and moved away from the requirement of reporting scores. This being said, it is recommended that students call schools they are interested in to inquire about the SAT requirement or value before taking the assessment. In many instances, the SATs are not required. Northern Burlington is hosting the upcoming March SAT at the middle school. The SAT is open to any student that would like to register. Seating will be limited so make sure to register using your College Board account. Registration closes on February 12, 2021. The test will be given on Saturday, March 13th at 8:00 am (students should arrive by 7:30 to be screened and check in). Any questions please reach out to your counselor. 

https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/story/lifestyle/2021/01/20/sat-tests-college-board-covid-reality-teens/4209747001/

Clinical Corner Spotlight:

How to Be a Good Enough Parent in Stressful Times: Live Discussion with Betsy Brown Braun - The election. The pandemic. The shorter, colder days. The grief. The uncertainty. It seems that EVERYTHING is stressful right now. How can we get through the next few months (or even this week?) without completely losing it? How can we prevent the cycle of yell-guilt-grump? How can we possibly continue to show up for others when it feels like everything is crumbling in our lives? Watch/listen to the discussion with author and parenting legend, Betsy Brown Braun, for her no-nonsense tips and perspective on how to keep going as a "good enough" parent. Tune in for information, validation, and her signature humor to get us through the next few days, weeks and months. Please click the link to access the recorded discussion: https://vimeo.com/476367941

 

PE EQUIPMENT:

The Physical Education department understands that health and safety are extremely important and are presenting this plan for equipment usage during our classes. Below you will find a  description of how we intend to facilitate distribution, usage, and collection of equipment throughout each school day. In addition, you will see how each item will be thoroughly cleaned between uses. 

-Student arrives at the gymnasium, will use hand sanitizer and sit in their assigned spot. 

-Teachers will have equipment pre-sorted by class/period based on the unit being presented. 

-Teacher will place equipment in an assigned area to be picked up by individual students.

-Equipment will be utilized by only one student and will not be shared with others. 

-Upon completion of the class, students will place equipment in designated areas to be thoroughly disinfected by the teacher and then stored. 

Due to the nature of our classroom space, the teachers prior to each period will design a plan to maintain social distancing while students are using the equipment. A rotation schedule may be developed for each period depending on the number of students in attendance. 

Students who do not yet feel comfortable handling equipment will be given an alternate activity/assignment that corresponds to the lesson of the day.

3rd Marking Period:  

The 3rd Marking Period begins on Monday, February 8th. Here is the link for the 3rd MP Calendar

Beginning Wednesday, February 10, students will follow a half day bell schedule, they will participate in all of their eight classes remotely, on Wednesdays only. 3rd MP Bell Schedule

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 February 10th 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.

Virtual Gardening Camp: 

Northern Burlington is offering a Vegetable and Herb Garden Camp for students, March 6th, 13th, & 20th 2021 8am - 11:00am.  Have you ever wanted to grow vegetables in your backyard but not known where to start? Have you tried having a garden in the past but found yourself less than successful? Maybe you have had a garden for years but would like a chance to learn more or share what you’ve learned with others? If so, this is the camp for you! Please click here for more information and the Gardening Camp Registration form.

 

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. 

New medical guidelines have been issued at the local and nationwide levels recommending any person who has been Covid-19 Positive or presumed (suspected) Covid-19 Positive must be medically cleared after COVID-19 infection and before participation in sports, gym, or any school physical activity as there is a risk of post-Covid cardiac complications.  Please contact the school nurses with any questions.

NB Greenhouse Fundraiser:

Fresh Honeybell tangelos have sold out, but there are other varieties to order until 2/5. Valentine's gifts from See's Chocolates are still available (ends 1/29). Just click the pics and thank you for supporting our NB Greenhouse Club

 

         

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 .

 

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 meal pick ups, during the pickup window of 10 am through 11:15am. 

  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.

Winter Sports and Looking to Spring Sports: 

New medical guidelines have been issued at the local and nationwide levels recommending any person who has been Covid-19 Positive or presumed (suspected) Covid-19 Positive must be medically cleared after COVID-19 infection and before participation in sports, gym, or any school physical activity as there is a risk of post-Covid cardiac complications.  Please contact the school nurses with any questions.

We are now accepting Athletic Participation packets for the Sprinter/Spring Seasons.  A link to the packets can be found here

Wrestling/Girls Volleyball – March 16th, 2021

Boys Tennis – March 26th, 2021

All Other Spring Sports – April 1st, 2021

If your child’s physical exam is current and does not expire 60 days prior to the start of the season, 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

At this point, we anticipate that the spring season will be similar to the way the fall season with intramural competitions.

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:

Check out our latest NB Pom-Pom Beanie ... a must have this winter!!!  https://nbhsstore.square.site/

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.

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