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MS Parent Message September 3, 2021
MS Parent Message September 3, 2021
Andrew Kearns
Friday, September 03, 2021

September 3, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians:

September 7 is right around the corner!  Here are the updates and reminders from the middle school.

School Forms:  Please log on to your Parent PowerSchool account and complete the three electronic forms.  Much of it is pre-populated and it only takes a few minutes, but it is information that needs to be confirmed before we start school.  Save yourself the trouble of ongoing reminder emails and the like.  Take a few moments and get them completed.  Log onto PowerSchool using her parent username and password (it cannot be done logging on using your student’s username and password).  The forms can be found by selecting the “Forms” tab once logged into PowerSchool.  Here is a short instruction video if you need assistance.  VIDEO

  1. Emergency Information & Trip/Activity Medical Form

  2. Parent Consent Form

  3. NB COVID-19


Although parents need to screen their children daily, this COVID screening form replaces our daily screening that we did before the start of school everyday last year.  This form will need to be completed and submitted quarterly.

Student Schedules:  Here is the information everyone wants to know: Schedules will be available Friday on or about 5 pm on PowerSchool.  If you have any questions about a schedule, please contact your child’s counselor.  However, please note that changes cannot be made simply because a different elective class would be preferred or a change to be with friends.


E-Mail:  If you are reading this email message, clearly we have your email address,  If you know a Northern Burlington parent who did not receive this email, please have them check their junk folder.  Parents can log into PowerSchool to review the email address shown and update as necessary.  Parents may enter more than one email address. Please note that adding an email address in the Parent/Student Portal does not change the email address on file in the PowerSchool  School Demographics, to do this you must email the school registrar your request.  


Opening Day:  The first day for students is Tuesday, September 7th.  School begins promptly at 7:30 am and dismisses at 2:38 pm.   Students should report to their homeroom/first period class (they are the same).  The homerooms are listed in PowerSchool (and available upon entry to school).  We will have teachers standing by to assist any student who needs help identifying and/or finding his/her homeroom.  In homeroom students will also receive a paper copy of their schedule, be issued a hall locker, and do other opening day activities, such as touring the building.  We know many of our students are coming into the middle school for the first time and there will be opportunities to go on a tour of the school and to engage in other orientation activities as well.   

Chromebooks:  Students should bring their chromebooks with them the first day of school.  It is important that the chromebook is fully charged everyday when it comes to school.  We would recommend keeping the charging cord in the backpack and storing it in the locker in case of an unforeseen issue with the battery.  However, students should not anticipate being able to charge their chromebooks in school due to space and outlet limitations.


Bus Assignments:  Bus Assignments were posted earlier this week on Power School, but we ask that parents double check it in the event we needed to make a last minute change.  Please be aware that students must ride their assigned bus.  Temporary requests for a student to ride a different bus will be considered only for emergency situations and only with the Principal’s approval.  Such a request must be submitted in writing from both the parent of the child and the parent who will be receiving the child, along with phone numbers to confirm the request.  

Masks: This is not new, but as a reminder, masks must be worn by everyone while riding a school bus or while in a school building.  There are exceptions, such as when eating lunch, and the exceptions are noted on the district web page (   


School Lunches:  For the first time in a while, we will be holding daily lunches at school.  The lunch periods are 30 minutes long.   

  • Similar to last year, lunches are free for students. However, they must have their school ID to have the lunch scanned. Student IDs will be distributed on the first day of school.  Students may purchase a second lunch if they choose.

  • Students are welcome to pack their lunch, please no glass bottles.

  • We have expanded the eating area into the hallway outside of the cafeteira to be able to increase the spacing between tables.

  • Weather permitting, there will be outside eating areas available beginning the second week of school.

  • Vegetarian options are available every day.


Clinical Corner Spotlight 

  • Returning to school, let’s help kids get back on track this fall:  The 2020-2021 school year was unlike any other. Millions of students spent part or most of the year learning remotely.  After months physically away from teachers, classmates and a traditional school day structure, some kids may feel a little out of practice when it comes to tackling the start of a “normal” school year this fall.  Please click the article for some practical tips from educators, administrators and counselors to help students get the school year started off right: Back to school tips

  • Group Counseling for students: NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL SESSIONS - Northern Burlington School District has collaborated with First Children Services (FCS) to provide therapeutic mental health services in-person to our student via group counseling.  This is a free 6-week group in-person support group for students to engage with a licensed clinician and their peers to discuss various topics in a safe space setting. The main topics will include anxiety/stress management, emotional regulation, gaining self-awareness, self-esteem, friendship and relationship issues, communication skills, and the upcoming transition back to in-person school.  If you are interested in having your child participate or have questions about the group, please contact your child’s School Counselor.  Limited spaces available, deadline is October 1st  Transportation is available.

    • High School – every Tuesday October 5th – November 9th after school

    • Middle School – every Wednesday, October 6th – November 10th after school

  • Managing Your Child’s Behavior: A Virtual Workshop for Parents – Need Help Managing Your Child's Behavior? This 7 week parent workshop was developed by the Child Psychologists at Children’s Specialized Hospital to help parents of children of all ages learn how to manage their behavior. The course will cover:

    • Causes of misbehavior

    • Setting limits and dealing with tantrums

    • Managing sibling conflicts

    • Developing and implementing behavioral systems

    • Parent stress management, self-care, and support system

Participants should attend all of the classes in the cycle to get the most out of this program. This program is free, but registration is required. You will be provided the workshop link once you’ve registered.

Event Date: Oct 13, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Click to register online:

High School Construction Project:  Please view our construction updates on the website at this link:

Important Dates

September 7:  First Day of School for Students

October 13:  Middle School Student Picture Day

Looking forward to meeting all the students on Tuesday!  Best wishes to all for a successful 2021-2022 school year.  In the meantime, have a good holiday as we honor the importance of labor and laborers in our nation.


Andrew Kearns, Ed.D.