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MS Parent Message April  16, 2021
MS Parent Message April 16, 2021
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Friday, April 16, 2021

Middle School Parent Message 

April 16, 2021

Important Dates:

 

April 16:  End of MP3

Calendar for 4th Marking Period:  Q4 calendar

April 19:  MP4 Begins

April 19:  ALL Hybrid Students (Cohorts A, B, C, D & F) Report to School:  Cohort E Students Remain Remote

April 21:  PTSC Meeting:  Virtual at 7 pm (Zoom link below)

May 18:  Mid Marking Period Q4

May 19:  PTSC Meeting:  Virtual at 7 pm (Zoom link to follow)

Good Afternoon:

 

Student Return: Monday, April 19 we will be welcoming back our inperson 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 Q4 Calendar link above).

 

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.

 

Bus Information:  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. 

 

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. 

 

Spring Sports:  In-person practices will be starting on Monday, April 19, 2021. Schedules, cohorts and procedures will be communicated via the sport-specific google classrooms. If you have any questions regarding baseball, softball, boys/girls lacrosse, track or golf, please visit our coaches’ contact page:   https://www.nburlington.com/o/nbc-ms/page/contact-coaches.  

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 nurse with any questions.

 

Ordering School Lunch for ALL Students 18 Years and Under:  Please note that Lunches are FREE FOR ALL YOUR STUDENTS through the month of June 2021

Remote lunch pick up schedule will be on Mondays and Tuesdays between the hours of 10 am to 11:30 am.  

For Remote Students:  Use the link below to place an order in the morning, before 8:00 am.  Order it under your child’s name and if ordering for multiple children, place an order for each child individually.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSCfgxym6WPcJofHaCxJa5lS1jTZzsRyr2-UUxGsXWCpnxbg/viewform

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.

 

For Students Present in the Building:  When students are present in school, they will have the option to pre-order a grab and go lunch during homeroom. Students or parents  will use this google form to order lunch selection by 8 AM for that day's pick up when they are dismissed from their last period of the day.

  

Clinical Corner SpotlightRCBC 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. Walk to support a friend, a loved one or yourself.  We all have a reason to walk, and each reason connects us.

 

Please click the link to access details of the walk: 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/... 

  

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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Message from the Middle School Nurse: Mrs. Theresa Pugliese, 609.298.3900,  ext. 4030

It is important to emphasize a few points with regard to health and 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 sick symptoms on in-person school days. 

 

Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) are required to quarantine:

 

  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel if you do not get a COVID-19 test

  • Get tested with a viral test (not rapid) 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative

 

Please help keep our school environment safe & contact your school nurse for any questions about return to school dates.  For more information:

https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

The New Jersey Department acknowledges COVID-19 infection among school children is often 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 COVID-19 Test OR  have completed a 10 day Isolation period including fever-free for 24 hours and sick symptoms resolved or improved. 

 

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.

 

Mrs. Theresa Pugliese, RN, MS, NJ-CSN :  tpugliese@nburlington.com 

Phone (609) 298-3900 Ext 4030

 

  Health & Safety Reminders:

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National Honor Society 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 is 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.

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. Currently, meetings are held online.  The next two meetings are scheduled for April 21 and May 19th.    Here is the link for the APRIL Zoom meeting beginning at 7pm.  

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. 

Enjoy the weekend. 

Andrew Kearns, Ed.D., Principal