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MS Parent Message April 23, 2021
MS Parent Message April 23, 2021
Andrew Kearns
Friday, April 23, 2021

 Middle School Parent Message 

April 23, 2021

Important Dates:


Calendar for 4th Marking Period:  Q4 calendar

April 28:  Relay for Life Meeting via Zoom

Wk of May 10:  A/B Day Rotation Begins:  Please see the Q4 Calendar Above

                        A Day:  Periods 1 through 8

                        B Day:  Periods 10 through 17

May 18:  Mid Marking Period Q4

May 19:  PTSC Meeting:  Virtual at 7:30 pm (Zoom link to follow)

May 28:  Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development Day

May 31:  School Closed for Memorial Day


Good Afternoon:


Student Return:  It was tremendous to see the return of so many students this past Monday.  Having them back in the building four days a week is a nice step forward.  To keep it safe, we continue to require mask wearing and emphasizing social distancing along with good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.  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).


We want this next step to be successful.  That means we encourage all families to do their part outside of school and abide by CDC guidelines to limit the spread of COVID. 

Clinical Corner Spotlight:  We are excited to announce that Northern Burlington School District has recently collaborated with First Children Services (FCS) to provide therapeutic mental health services; group counseling to students.  This is a free 6-week group (in-person or virtual) where students will engage with a licensed clinician and their peers to discuss various topics such as: emotional regulation, self-esteem, friendship and relationship issues, behavior management, stress management, fears or worries, academic progress, conflict resolution, social skills, adjustment to school, etc.  This partnership will enable students who meet the program criteria the opportunity to access these important services on school grounds.  We will be offering these services throughout the upcoming year.  If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor, to see if they would be eligible.  

NBC's ROGATE/Gifted & Talented Program:  As per the "Strengthening Gifted & Talented Education" Act,  districts in NJ are expected to increase their efforts in identifying gifted students. You can read more about this new law here. If your child is interested in testing, please register here. Visit our website for more information on Northern's ROGATE/G&T program.


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

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


Spring Sports:  In-person practices have begun. Schedules, cohorts and procedures will continue to 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:  

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.

Contact Maria Baran at 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.


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:

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 : 

Phone (609) 298-3900 Ext 4030


  Health & Safety Reminders:

COVID-When to get tested 

COVID Cannot test out of Quarantine   


Health & Safety Reminders: 

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 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 Currently, meetings are held online.  The next meeting is scheduled for May 19th.    

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 or join our NB team - Greyhounds for a Cure.  Here is the link to our Northern Burlington Relay for Life Event: 

We are holding our next planning meeting on zoom for the Relay for Life of Northern Burlington County on April 28th. We would love for anyone interested to join us in sharing ideas for making a virtual event possible. Here is the Zoom link:           Meeting ID: 792 7681 3340          Passcode: 8VEu75 

Please click on the link here for more information on the Luminaria Program. 

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:

Enjoy the weekend. 

Andrew Kearns, Ed.D., Principal