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HS Parent Message September 10, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, September 10, 2021

High School Parent Message 

September 10, 2021

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Important Dates: 

Sept 13-17: Senior Portraits by appointment only - see below

Sept 17:      Student Activity Fair

Sept 22:     High School Student Picture Day - see below

Sept 28:   Virtual College Fair - more information below

Sept 30:       HS Back to School Night - Virtual - stay tuned for more information

Oct 5:           Financial Aid Night - more information below

Oct 7:           HS Open House - more information below

Oct 11:       No School for Students/Staff Development Day

Oct 15:         Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development

Opening of School Forms:  

Similar to last year, the typical opening of school forms that have to be completed, are available for completion in PowerSchool.  Please log on to your Parent PowerSchool account and complete the two electronic annual forms and the COVID Statement of Assurance form as soon as possible (all found in annual forms): 

  1. Parent Consent Form and 

  2. Emergency Information & Trip/Activity Medical form

  3. COVID Statement of Assurance

If you cannot access your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s counselor for assistance. Thank you! 


Parent Email: 

The school uses email communications on a regular basis so it is essential that the school has an accurate email address.  Parents should 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 PowerSchool demographics, to do this you must email the school registrar your request.  


Masks: 

Students and staff are required to wear masks while in school.  We are grateful for the attention students give this requirement and their cooperation in this regard.  

 More recent CDC guidelines regarding masks have been posted and these are noted below:

 Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19

  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

Per the CDC guidelines, gaiters are not recommended at this time because of questionable effectiveness.  Furthermore, since masks must be secured under the chin, traditionally worn bandanas are not considered effective either.  As a result, students and staff may not wear bandanas or gaiters as a mask while in school.  Disposable masks will be provided for students to wear for those students who do not bring an acceptable mask to school.


Chromebooks:  

As we start the school year, it will be important that students get into the habit of charging their Chromebooks every night and bringing it with them to school daily. They may not use them in every class, but they will use them everyday.

Picture Day:

Picture day is coming!  Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021. Students will be photographed during their Health and P.E. class.  Order before Picture Day on mylifetouch.com with the school ID code: EVTZKRT8P 

 

Northern Burlington's First Virtual College Fair:

Northern Burlington's First Virtual College Fair will take place on September 28, 2021, starting at 6:00 pm.  More information will be forthcoming as to how students & parents can join this event. Over 45 colleges will be sharing information with our students regarding their college programs and offerings.


Financial Aid Night:

Financial Aid Night for parents of a college bound student in the fall of 2021 will take place on October 5, 2021, in the Middle School Cafe at 6:30pm until 8:30 pm.  This event is for parents of seniors and their high school seniors to attend.  At least one parent should attend this event.  Information will provide an overview of the Financial Aid Process and answer questions about grants, scholarships, and loans offered by the State of New Jersey.  Feedback has shown that HESAA's (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority)  information sessions to students and their families make everyone feel more comfortable with the Financial Aid Process.  


Open House - Save the date:

On October 7th we are welcoming community members to our High School Open House from 6:30-8:30. During the Open House, we will be highlighting our departmental offerings and showcasing our extracurricular activities. Stay tuned for more details. 


Senior Trip:

Disney World     April 27-30, 2022

DEPOSIT PAYMENT is due Sept 15, 2021 - drop off in Room 111 to Mrs. Ballinger

 A virtual video and information pertaining to the senior trip is located in the students’ Class of 2022 google classroom.  Important OPTIONAL Trip Insurance information is also posted for review.  

Any questions, please contact the advisors Kim Ballinger, kballinger@nburlington.com or Maribeth Jarvis, mjarvis@nburlington.com

See you in DISNEY!


Senior Parking: 

Please find the link below for the 2021 – 2022 Senior Parking Application that can be accessed in Google Classroom. 


Senior Portraits:

If your senior needs to schedule their portrait session go to www.ouryear.com and use school code 46, for the available sessions the week of September 13th. 

 

SAT Prep Program Registration for the November 6th SAT

NB’s own 6 week SAT Prep program resumes IN-PERSON in preparation for the November 6th SAT Administration on Saturdays from September 25th through October 30th.  The program is contingent on sufficient enrollment of at least 17 students. An afternoon session will be added if needed to meet all registration requests. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 15th  2021 SAT Prep Program Registration 

 

School Lunches:

We are fortunate to have three cafeterias now:  West Cafe, East Cafe, and Main Cafe.  The new Main Cafe is very large and using all three cafeterias for each lunch period will enable us to do a better job of spacing students out. 

  • Similar to last year - lunches are free for students. However, they must have their school ID to have the lunch scanned. Students may purchase a second lunch if they would like.

  • All three cafeterias will have the same offerings. 

  • Students must stay in their assigned cafeteria & will remain at the same lunch table.

  • Minimal outdoor seating will be available 

  • Students are permitted to remove their masks when eating. 

  • Students will be required to wear masks when not seated in the cafeteria. 

  • Students may not eat in other areas of the building.

Paying for School Lunches

  • Parents have the option to pay for a second lunch on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The District utilizes a Cafeteria Data Management System named Lunch Time.  To access the Lunch Time Parent Portal, from the drop down menu on the High School tab of our website www.nburlington.com; choose explore, students & parents resources, “Food Services'', then choose “Lunch Time Parent Portal'' from the options on the right.

 

  • Students may also pay for lunch using cash at the point of sale or by check.  Checks should be made payable to Northern Burlington County Regional Cafeteria Account, please include the student’s full name, and school ID number on the check.

  • SCHOOL LUNCH MENU 

 

Clinical Corner Spotlight: 

  • Back to School Anxiety - How to help kids manage worries and have a successful start to the school year by: Caroline Miller - Going back to school is exciting for some kids, but others have trouble with anxiety heading into the new school year. This is especially true of kids who are starting at a new school or are already anxious about being away from parents. This anxiety fades for most kids as the school year goes on, but parents can help them get off to a good start. Please click the link for the full article: Back to School Anxiety

  • 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 Dates: Oct 13, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Click to register online: https://www.rwjbh.org/events/event/?event=22676

Other Important Information

Several important pieces of information  are available on our district website at www.nburlington.com, explore, students & parents resources: 

 ·        District Calendar

·        Free and Reduced Lunch Application

·        Student Handbook

·        Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC) Announcement:  This is the parent group for the school district.

·        Medication at School Form:  Must be completed in order for a child to take any medication at school.

·        Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

·        Anti-Bullying Policy

·        Asbestos Abatement Notification (AHERA) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan

·        Health Insurance Brochure/Application

·        Vaccine Information

 

      Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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Webpage at www.nburlington.com