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HS Parent Message September 24, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, September 24, 2021

High School Parent Message 

September 24, 2021

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Important Dates: 

Sept 28:   PTSC Virtual Meeting & Virtual College Fair - more information below

Oct 4 - Oct 8:       Spirit Week 

Oct 5:           Financial Aid Night - more information below

Oct 7:           Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 6:15 pm

Oct 7: HS Open House - more information below

Oct 9:       Homecoming Carnival, Game, and Dance

Oct 11:     No School for Students/Staff Development Day

Oct 13:    Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development

Oct 14:      Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development

Oct 15:          Early Dismissal of Students/Staff Development

Vandalism

Regretfully, Northern has been experiencing some vandalism that has been rampant in schools throughout the country. It is unfortunate that students are destroying their renovated school. Please be aware that students involved in these senseless acts, will experience disciplinary consequences in addition to complaints filed with the police department. 

COVID Monitoring 

Our school nurse wanted to remind parents to screen their children DAILY for symptoms before sending them to school.  Parents/caregivers should monitor their children for signs of illness every day as they are the front line for assessing illness in their children. Students who are sick should stay home from school and call the attendance line: 609.298.3900 x 2029

NB 2021-22 Covid-19 Dashboard 

Assessment Schedule 2021-2022

During the course of the school year, students will participate in various standardized assessments. Assessment Information and NB’s Assessment Schedule is available on the website: http://nburlingtonnj.apptegy.us/o/nbc-rsd/page/student-assessment--3 

 

Student ID error

We sincerely apologize that there were errors on the student IDs. We will be reprinting them all after picture day.

 

Northern Burlington's First Virtual College Fair

Reminder: NB Virtual College Fair will take place on September 28, 2021, from 6:00-8:45.

Students and parents can register via the same link. Parents should use their student's information (as that's who colleges will ultimately communicate with). If a student and their parent want to go to the same session, and they'll be at the same computer, no need to register twice. If a student and their parent want to go to different sessions, or they won't be at the same computer, they should register individually. 

 

Students and parents can join via the zoom link that is sent via email. It can be shared between student and parent / guardian. 

 Link to sign up: https://www.strivescan.com/bur...

 

Meet the Teachers 

In place of our traditional Back to School Night, we are holding a virtual “Meet the Teachers.”  On October 1st, look for a link to the video presentations for all of the teachers in the Parent Message.  The presentations will include a course overview, as well as expectations for the class, just as you would in a typical back to school night event.  It comes with the added benefit that it can be viewed at a time that is convenient for you, and if you have multiple students in the high school, you do not need to choose which teachers to see, you can see them all.  If there are any questions about a class, please contact the teacher. Of course, a virtual introduction also eliminates any concerns about the large crowds indoors the event might draw during a pandemic. There will also be a welcome message from administration and our PTSC President, Mrs. Mojena. 

Parent conferences will be in November and those will be a choice of in person or by video conference.

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 pm - 8:30 pm. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:15 pm in front of the new main entrance.  During the Open House, we will be highlighting our departmental offerings and showcasing our extracurricular activities. Please note that masks are required to be worn inside the school.

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County Regional High School 

OPEN HOUSE

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 6:15pm - 6:30pm

  Open House:: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Highlights

  • Advanced Placement / Honors Information

  • Course Offerings

  • Showcase of Academic Departments

  • Navigating Naviance Student

  • Gifted & Talented

  • Extra Curricular Activities

  • Tours provided by Student Ambassadors

  • Questions may be directed to:

Phone: 609-298-3900 ext.2046

                 

Homecoming 

The Homecoming Carnival and game are scheduled for Saturday, October 9.  The carnival will be held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and the football game starts at 2:00 pm. This is open to the entire community. Please see this FLYER for more information on the carnival.  

Homecoming Dance tickets will be sold September 22nd - 30th on Showtix4u.com. Tickets are $24.00 online. There is a service fee for all online purchases. Just search ‘Student Council’ or click here https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/56487 . In-person tickets will be sold on September 28th and 29th by the main office. In person tickets cost $25.00.

You MUST type the name of the person attending the dance in the “Customer Information” section NOT the name on the credit card. The name on the ticket MUST match the ticket holder the night of the dance or admission will be denied.  One ticket per transaction NO outside guests are allowed.

Tickets will provide entrance to the Dance, the Homecoming Carnival, and the Homecoming Football Game. Simply bring the printed receipt for free entry into the carnival / game. Please contact Mr. Del Russo at edelrusso@nburlington.com or Mrs. Del Russo at kdelrusso@nburlington.com with any questions. 

Morning drop off and afternoon pick up

The only place students may be dropped off or picked up is by the West Gym in the west parking lot. No parent cars are permitted to enter the bus driveway or the main parking lot entrances, east of the marquee. Safety is our priority and our goal is to have a smooth traffic pattern in the morning, so we ask that students being dropped off exit their cars and walk on the sidewalk to the door by the West Gym. The right hand lane is preferred for drop offs and the left hand lane for student drivers, however in the event that traffic is backing up onto Mansfield Road East, please use both lanes for drop off.  Students are expected to be in their period 1-2 classes by 7:20 am. 

College Accelerated Program (CAP) Information

The Northern Burlington County Regional High School District has an agreement with Rowan College at Burlington County which enables our students to earn college credits for selected courses in which they are presently enrolled. The application deadline for credit for courses taken during the 2021-2022 academic year is Sunday, October 31, 2021.  Visit RCBC CAP Program for information.

Winter Sports

We are now accepting Physical Packets for winter sports. Please submit them to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com at your earliest convenience.

Masks

Students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks while in school.  We are grateful for the attention given to this requirement and 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, staff and visitors may not wear bandanas or gaiters as a mask while in school.  Disposable masks will be provided for those who do not bring an acceptable mask to school.


Senior Trip Information

Disney World 

April 27-30, 2022

Next Payment DUE Oct. 15, 2021 -- $250

Drop off in Room 111 to Mrs. Ballinger

DISNEY FLYER 

 What if my student missed the deadline but still wants to go? 

Space is subject to group space availability.  Space is not guaranteed. Please see Mrs. Ballinger immediately.

 A virtual video and information pertaining to the senior trip is located on your student's Class of 2022 google classroom.  

 IMPORTANT: INSURANCE INFORMATION 

 OPTIONAL Trip Insurance should be purchased by October 1, 2021.  **However, insurance cannot be purchased after school receives your final payment. See attachments for information and how to purchase. It IS advised and encouraged that every student purchase trip insurance.  

 A note from the travel company pertaining to insurance: 

If a student does not purchase insurance and cannot travel later, they will be under penalty at the time of canceling.  

 

What if my student has to quarantine due to COVID-19?

If insurance is purchased this is a non-covered reason, however it would fall under the Cancel For Any Reason coverage to possibly get back 75% of a penalty charged.

The travel agency would not issue a refund if they need to quarantine.

 

What if my student is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If a student is actually diagnosed with covid this could be a covered reason at 100% for sickness, however that is up to Travel Insured as medical documentation would need to be provided.

 

What if there is a lockdown, quarantine requirement, or Disney is closed?

If the CDC has a state ban in place to not travel to Florida or Disney is closed, the travel agency would issue a full refund.  

Currently for quarantining, no states are requiring the need to quarantine before or after visiting Florida.

 

Additional insurance questions, please reach out to the insurance company directly.  See attachment for contact information here.

 

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

 

 Senior Parking: 

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

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 

 

Clinical Corner Spotlight: 

Group Counseling for Students

NOW ENROLLING - 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 8-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 23rd  2:25-3:25pm

  • Middle School – every Wednesday, October 6th – November 24th 2:35-3:35pm

Getting Teens Professional Help –  By Eden Pontz.  We can raise children who are well-prepared to bounce back from adversity, but we must never believe that resilience means invulnerability. The security that comes from unwavering and unconditional connections with caring adults, including and especially parents, is key to a teen’s resilience. But all people reach their limits sometimes. It is not a sign of weakness on our teens’ part, nor insufficient parenting on ours, when our children display human limitations. Sometimes we need to seek out professional help.  Click the link to access the full article: https://parentandteen.com/getting-teens-professional-help/

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

Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal

Follow the Superintendent on twitter:  @NBCSUPER

Webpage at www.nburlington.com