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HS Parent Message October 1, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, October 01, 2021

High School Parent Message 
October 1, 2021
 
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Important Dates: 
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
 
 
Bathrooms
Regretfully, Northern has been experiencing some vandalism that has been rampant in schools throughout the country. Most of the vandalism has taken place in the bathrooms. The vandalism has created safety issues and as a result, we have had to close two of the older bathrooms, one for females and one for males. Regardless, students have had access to the newer bathrooms in the 100 hallway and the 600-hallway resulting in two bathrooms for males and two bathrooms for females. We are carefully monitoring the situation and hope to re-open the older bathrooms shortly. 
 
Social Media Challenges
Unfortunately, the social media challenges that have encouraged school vandalism are continuing to encourage inappropriate behavior. Students are dared to film themselves performing acts of violence, vandalism, sexual harassment, and criminal behavior and then post those acts on social media. 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 
 
Meet the Teachers 
In place of our traditional Back to School Night, we are holding a virtual “Meet the Teachers.” Here is the link to the video presentations for all of the teachers. The presentations 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. In addition to the teachers’ messages, please see the welcome messages from Dr. López, the HS Principal and Mrs. Mojena, our PTSC President. 
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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                              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
                 
 
Spirit Week & 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.  
Theme Days:
Monday - Pink Day (Breast Cancer Awareness Day)
Tuesday - Twining Day
Wednesday - Decades Day
Thursday - Video Game Character Day
Friday - Blue-Grey Day
 
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 DualEnroll system is not yet open for the 2021-2022 academic year. RCBC is working on the final pieces with DualEnroll and partner high schools. They hope to have it up and running in the next 2-3 weeks. Once it is open, NB will be notified and share the updated instructions for the registration process.
The application deadline for credit for courses taken during the 2021-2022 academic year will be extended until mid to late November. Visit RCBC CAP Program for in
 
Book Fair:
The PTSC is excited to be able to offer the in-person Scholastic Book Fair this fall! The Book Fair is scheduled for October 25-October 29 in the hall outside the Middle School Media Center. Please consider signing up to help out at this season's book fair using the link below. Please keep in mind that while the book fair is held in the middle school, the funds raised are spread throughout the district! The PTSC is also looking for a person/people to chair/co-chair the book fair starting next year as our current chair will be graduating this spring. If you are interested, please contact the PTSC at nburlingtonptsc@gmail.com. It is a minimal time commitment, and very rewarding! 
Fall 2021 Book Fair
 
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. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe69EJej5l0-ZYiWEcxMXqm4Ta5xo-MY6KRgm0oV7WJrbPFVw/viewform
All documents for parking should be emailed to wgupta@nburlington.com
If you have already applied and have been approved, you should have received a parking decal pickup information email from Ms. Gupta.
 
20-21 Yearbook
Limited copies of last year's yearbooks are still available for purchase. Please contact Tina Kim, tkim@nburlington.com for details.
 
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
 
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Sally López, Ed.D.
Principal
Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal
Follow the Superintendent on twitter: @NBCSUPER
Webpage at www.nburlington.com