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HS Parent Message May 14, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, May 14, 2021

High School Parent Message 

May 14, 2021

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Important Dates: 

May 15:     Relay for Life Virtual Activities - see below for details

May 18:      Mid Marking Period Q4

May 19:     Mental Health Workshop: Navigating the Challenges in Response to Covid-19

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

May 26:      Mental Health Workshop: Destigmatizing Mental Health

May 28:      Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development Day

May 31:      School Closed for Memorial Day

June 2:     Mental Health Workshop: Caring for the Caregiver

June 4:      Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development Day

June 15, 16, 17:  Early Dismissal of Students

June 17:      Last Day of School for Students

 

 

Next Weeks:  

We have completed our transition to five days a week of in person instruction for our hybrid students. The students will simply follow an alternating A/B schedule that will alternate everyday, including Wednesdays.  Please see the calendar at this link for the day to day schedule and please note that the days of the week that are A days and the days of the week that are B days will vary week to week.  For those students who are attending in person, bus pick up and drop off will remain the same.  

 

So next week 

  • Monday, May 17 will be an B Day:  Periods 10 through 17 

  • Tuesday, May 18 will be a A Day:  Periods 1 through 8

  • Wednesday, May 19 will be an B Day:  Periods 10 through 17  

  • Thursday, May 20 will be a A Day:  Periods 1 through 8 

  • Friday, May 21 will be an B Day :  Periods 10 through 17  

 

Please plan accordingly.

 

The Superintendent has shared with the community that we have seen a decline in COVID cases among our students and staff.  We appreciate your efforts to limit the possible spread of COVID by taking necessary precautions outside of school.  Moreover, we are pleased to hear the continuing good news about the gradual reduction of COVID cases statewide.

 

Student Vaccinations:  

COVID vaccines are now available for adolescents age 12 and older.  Among other locations available for appointment, the Burlington County Megasite at the Moorestown mall is now taking appointments for this age group.  

Here is the link to schedule an appointment: https://www.virtua.org/services/covid19-vaccine-info 

 

Burlington County Ride United Vaccine Access Flyer 

May 2021 COVID Mobile Testing Schedule 

 

Summer Band:  

The Music Department of Northern Burlington will once again offer our free SUMMER BAND program this summer. All band students entering grades 5-12 are invited and encouraged to take this opportunity to continue their instrumental music education. 

This year's program will be held in the HS band room June 28th-July 1st (Monday-Thursday), and July 12th-July 15th (Monday-Thursday). The full schedule and registration can be found at nbcbands.com

Origami Fun After School Program:  

This program is free to all Northern Students, grades 7 to 12 and takes place via Google Meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm starting May 19th through June 17th.  Registration is required.  Click HERE for more information.

Educational Leader(s) of the Year 2021-2022 Nominations Due May 14:

The Northern Burlington County Regional School District recognizes the professional growth and excellence of our certificated staff members via the Educational Leader of the Year award. Counselors, Teachers, Child Study Team members, and Nurses are eligible nominees. This excellence continues to be demonstrated by our staff as they deliver instruction in a combined online and in-person learning environment required by the COVID-19 emergency. 

There will be one high school and one middle school recipient and multiple recipients may be recognized as a team, group, partnership, or individual. Please find the criterion for selection and recognition below.

Professionalism

Uses a variety of resources to continually improve

Shares deeply in the culture, ethical values, and commitment needed to be a role model and educational leader to students and peers

Innovation/Technology

Introduces new ideas or processes and promotes higher order thinking

Collaboration

Joins together with students, parents, staff, and administration to collaborate in order to benefit students

Teamwork and peer support are highly visible

Academic Expectations

Supports the achievement and growth of all learners

Works to ensure all students are challenged and reach the highest levels of achievement possible

Student Focus

Places the needs of students foremost in his/her planning and teaching

Develops positive and supportive relationships with his/her students that support academic success

Involvement

Extends herself/himself beyond the classroom

Communication

Reaches out to parents and colleagues regularly to support achievement and provide support to learners

Utilizes technology to encourage and foster student & parent connectivity

 

This is the link for your nomination, due May 14: Educational Leader of the Year 2021/2022

 

Driving School: 

Northern’s Driving School is OPEN all summer.

If you are at least 16 (or will be this summer), have passed the written test, and need to complete your 6-hours of Behind the Wheel or need to be taken to your Road Test please contact Mrs. Duff for more information. You can find her in room 301 or send her an email at hduff@nburlington.com

Clinical Corner Spotlight:

Northern Burlington has partnered with Effective School Solutions and they will be hosting virtual parent/community workshops starting on May 12th.  Our first session was The Nurtured Heart Approach® presented by Joyce Clark-Addison, MSW, LCSW.  If you missed this, no worries, please join us virtually on Wednesday, May 19th from 6:30 to 7:30pm where there will be a presentation onNavigating the Challenges Parents and Caregivers Face in Response to COVID 19”.   This will be presented by Christine Mohle, LCSW.  In this presentation, participants will gain an awareness of the potential traumatic impact of COVID on children, along with tips that parents/caregivers can use to help offset their child’s fears and anxiety in and out of the classroom. No registration required. Please click the link to join via zoom: Presentation

 Upcoming parent workshops:

  • May 26th from 6:30 to 7:30pm - Destigmatizing Mental Health – Presented by: Eva Brown

  • June 2nd from 6:30 to 7:30pm - Caring for the Caregiver - Presented by: Eva Brown  

No registration is required.  Zoom links will be provided for each event prior to the event.  We look forward to having you join 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 

RELAY WEEK CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

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!  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/

 

 Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC): 

 

Clothing Drive:  

PTSC Spring Clothing Drive begins May 24th - We are back on!! Please use this fundraiser to clean out your closets and help those in need. We have used  A & E Clothing Corporation, out of Carteret NJ, for many years. You may look at their website to learn about all the amazing work they do. Their website is www.aeclothing.net. Please bag your clothing and shoes separately. Items not accepted: electrical devices, glass, VCR tapes,  large sports equipment, board games,  books,  pots and pans, puzzles,  furniture, and  large toys. Please do not drop any items off any later than 2:00pm on June 7th. One final request...due to all the regulations in place because of Covid, please be sure your bags are all properly sealed. Nothing should be exposed. Please help to keep us safe!

Thank you for your support.  As always, we truly appreciate it.

Membership:

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

Next Meeting:

Our next meetings will be on May 19th at 7:30 pm via Zoom.

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

NB'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.

 

Preparation for 2021 AP Digital Exams @ NB:

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

School Website 

  

Fundraisers: 

FFA Plant Sale:  Saturday, May 15:  

Please take a few moments to review the flyer below.

 

Girls Lax Fundraiser:

Please support the girls lax team by buying their warm up shirt! Each shirt is $15. You fill out the google form & give the money to either a player or one of the coaches ( Kayce Haverstick, Brianna Butters, Danielle Andreula). Your shirt will be delivered to you once they are in! Thanks so much for the support!! https://forms.gle/KTfe8ydAszLpByut9

NB Girls Lax T-shirt Sale Fundraiser!

Support us by buying our shooting shirt! Each shirt is $15.

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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

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Attention Senior Parents

 

Calling all Class of 2021 Seniors:

The Counseling Department requests that the parent/guardian of any senior complete the Senior Graduate Consent Form using their Parent PowerSchool account.  This form can be found in Senior Forms under the General Forms section.  This allows for your student's name to be printed in the graduation program with their future plans. Please complete this form by May 21st.  

 

Seniors, make sure to complete the Senior Exit Graduation Survey in Naviance. Reach out to your counselor if you need assistance with accessing your account or with any last minute planning. 

 

The Counseling Department is so proud of you and we want to show it! Beginning Monday, we will be tweeting “Senior Spotlights” for the Class of 2021. Email a photo of yourself and a quote/message to your counselor if you want something specific shared and check us out on Twitter - @NBCCounseling. 

Senior Send Off 2021: 

We are planning a Senior Send Off for our students - on Monday, June 14 from 12:30 - 2:30 on the lacrosse field. Please note this date change. The plan is for students to pick up their caps & gowns, yearbooks, senior t-shirts and yard signs. Students will be able to get their yearbooks signed by both staff and peers. There will be bagged lunches available and water ice. We encourage seniors to bring blankets or folding chairs. 

Graduation:

Please be advised that graduation is planned for June 17th.  We understand that the Governor has relaxed some restrictions.  Please note that we are still required to maintain 6 ft. social distancing. 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.   For those who do 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/

        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