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HS Parent Message April 16, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, April 16, 2021

High School Parent Message 

April 16, 2021

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Important Dates: 

Apr 16: End of 3rd Marking Period - see revised calendar below

Apr 19: 4th Marking Period Begins - see calendar below

Apr 21: PTSC Mtg. - virtual @ 7 pm - Zoom link below

May 19: PTSC Mtg. - virtual @ 7 pm  - Zoom link to follow

 

Student Return: 

Monday, April 19 we will be welcoming back our in person students four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) on the same half day schedule we have been using.   For those families that indicated their child would be attending in person, we will combine all of our in person cohorts and those students will attend school in person those four days.  For now, Wednesdays remain remote for all students, however we are planning on returning to five days a week beginning the week of May 10th (see the MP4 Calendar link below).

 To ensure that this goes smoothly and we make the transition successfully, we continue to remind all families that it is important to abide by the CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  If we all do our part, we can move to this next step seamlessly.

 For those returning to school in person for the first time, please read the directions for how to complete the daily health screen using a smartphone or Chromebook at this LINK.  It will speed up students’ entry into the building if all students have this screening completed and the QR ready when they arrive at school.

 Also, for those students returning to school in person, masks that conform to CDC guidelines are required at all times, including while riding the bus.  

 At this time we cannot accept any requests for students who are in cohort E (all remote) who now wish to attend in person.

 We are looking forward to this next phase of our reopening process.

 

Bussing:

If you need to confirm your student's bus stop and pick up time:

  • Please check under the transportation tab in the PowerSchool parent portal on the website, not the app

  • The section labeled “Description” is the bus stop location

  • The section labeled “Departure” is the time the bus is scheduled to arrive at the stop.

  •  As always please be at the stop 10 minutes before and remain for 10 minutes after the    

 scheduled pick up time to allow for an early or late pick up. 

   

Northern Burlington Regional High School Proudly Presents:

Northern Burlington County Regional High School is proud to present the creepy and kooky musical comedy, The Addams Family! We are thrilled to offer three outdoor, live shadowcast performances April 23, 24, and 25 @ 7:30PM in the Football Stadium! The filmed performances will also be available to stream online April 23, 24, & 25 @ 7:30PM and April 24 & 25 @ 2:30PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://nbcr.booktix.com

Click here to see the flyer for information about ordering tickets!

 

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. We can always be reached via email at nburlingtonptsc@gmail.com

Our next two meetings will be on the following dates via Zoom: April 21 and May 19 at 7pm.  

This is the Zoom link for the April 21st meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73162799581?pwd=a256UXdkUTNSSjREWFowUUJYZXhqdz09

 

Administrative Team Update:

Ms. Caitlin Mallory, Director of Student Personnel Services, departs NB on April 23rd. We thank Ms. Mallory for her dedication and service to the NB students, staff, and community the last 4 years, and wish her well in her new professional venture.  Ms. Mallory’s contributions to our district are much appreciated!

 Please join us in welcoming Ms. Samantha Crean (current HS counselor) as the Director of School Counseling Services as of April 26th.  Ms. Crean will continue with her student caseload until the arrival of her replacement.


Standardized Testing:  

On April 7, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced that, due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Department of Education has approved New Jersey’s request to waive the spring administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA). Instead of the Spring 2021 NJSLA, students will be tested using the “Start Strong” assessments in ELA, Math, and Science in the Fall of 2021. As a result, this letter is to notify you that the NJSLA will not be given during Spring 2021. The assessment waiver only applies to the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) statewide assessment program in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science. The NJDOE has advised that further guidelines regarding the “Start Strong” are forthcoming. We will provide you with updated information/guidance as we receive it from the NJDOE. 

 

Preparation for 2021 AP Digital Exams @ NBC:

Students now have access to the Collegeboard testing app through their school-issued Chromebook and can practice and prepare for their digital exams scheduled in June. Please click here for more information on how to prepare for the upcoming digital exams. Students can communicate conflicts and request alternate testing up to a week before their scheduled exam by completing this form. Please forward any questions directly to the student's AP instructor.

Helpful Links:

MP4 Calendar

Hybrid/Fully Remote Bell Schedule

 

PowerSchool Updates:

The district is happy to report that PowerSchool Mobile App is now functioning properly in the Android and Apple platforms. 


Clinical Corner Spotlight:

RCBC will join thousands across the country this spring to fight suicide in the Out of Darkness New Jersey Chapter Virtual Campus Walk.  They are also hosting an in-person walk on their Mount Laurel Campus on April 23, between 2-3 pm between TEC and Laurel Hall. This initiative supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Please click the link to access details of the walk: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19y1O4JEHnnyyCwTkEclAFSwdzBprT-Q1/view?usp=sharing “Walk to support a friend, a loved one or yourself.  We all have a reason to walk, and each reason connects us.”


Relay for Life:

Covid hasn’t stopped cancer, so we need to keep fighting! Relay will go on virtually on May 15th.

Please get your team started! Here is the link to our Northern Burlington Relay For Life Event:

https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=99821 

We are holding our next planning meeting on zoom for the Relay for Life of Northern Burlington County on April 28th at 7 pm.  We would love for anyone interested to join us in sharing ideas for making a virtual event possible.  

Do you want to be a part of helping the American Cancer Society find a cure for cancer?  Do you need purple for "wear purple" days?  If yes, visit the NB High School Store website and order our newest Relay for Life crew or V-neck!  The cost is only $15.00 and ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life of Northern Burlington County.  Get yours today:  https://nbhsstore.square.site/

 

 

Fundraisers: 

Theater Fundraiser:

Paint Night Fundraiser: Spaces are still available, reserve your spot today.  Please click here for more information! Thank you for your support. 

NBC NJDFL Fundraiser:

Northern Burlington Theatre Competition Team is selling merchandise to fundraise for next year's competition season! Our award-winning team competes all over the state and we need your help to get there. Help us continue to grow!! You can support us by checking out our Teespring store, featured HERE. Or, if you don't need any more Northern Merch and would like to donate to the team, they can be sent to Jason Wylie in the HS West Building. Checks should be made out to NBC NJDFL

Greenhouse Fundraiser: 

NB Greenhouse Club fundraiser. Charleston Wrap has over 2000 items to choose from (food, planters, candles, housewares, and much more)! Great Mother's Day gift ideas. Items can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Thank you for your support.  Please place your order by April 16.

   Charleston Wrap 

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Attention Senior Parents:

Ice Cream Social

Save the Date for a special Ice Cream "Social" at Smylie's in Columbus on Wednesday, April 21st, from 3-8pm.  Ice Cream is graciously being sponsored by Smylie's!  

Senior Hersheypark Day Trip - limited availability left:

  • June 2, 8:30am - 9:30pm

  • $140 includes motorcoach transportation, admission to park and catered group lunch.

  • Payment and signed trip forms have been collected.

  • Last day to sign up - Mon, Apr 19th. 

  • If a student already paid for Senior Trip the cost of Hershey Park will be deducted from their refund.

  • Any questions - please contact hduff@nburlington.com or kfarley@nburlington.com 

Prom: 

We are still planning on having a prom - seniors will be the priority. The event will be taking place at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill on June 4th. An interest survey was sent out to seniors through google classroom class of 2021.  Stay tuned for more information.

Graduation:

Please be advised that graduation is still tentatively planned for June 17th.  Stay tuned for more specific details. 

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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 & Tuesday.  

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.

 

Message from the School Nurse: 

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

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. Although vaccines are available for some of the population and infection rates have decreased we are still experiencing a moderate level of infection in our area. Please remain vigilant with social distancing and mask wearing. 

  Please contact the school nurses with any questions.

Travel Advisories: As we anticipate the return to in person learning, please remember we must still adhere to NJ Travel Quarantine Advisories:  If your student travels outside our immediate area (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, & Delaware), the student will need to quarantine for 10 days upon date of return to NJ.

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 & school nurse  A link to travel advisories is included below:

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.

NJ Travel Quarantine Information:

Please click this link for updates

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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.

  

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 .

 School Store:

 Visit the school store online at:  https://nbhsstore.square.site/

2019-2020 School Performance Reports:

This week the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) made publicly available the state's School Performance Reports for the 2019-2020 school year.  This letter includes additional details as well as the link to access the reports.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal

Follow the Superintendent on twitter:  @NBCSUPER

Webpage at www.nburlington.com