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HS Parent Message January 7, 2022
Sally Lopez
Friday, January 07, 2022

High School Parent Message 

January 7, 2022

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Important Dates 

Jan 17:  School Closed  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 26: Early Dismissal of Students/Professional Development  (DISTRICT CALENDAR CHANGE)

Jan. 27:  End of  Marking Period 2/Semester 1

Jan. 28:  Semester 2/Marking Period 3 begins

Feb 3: Marking Period 2/Semester 1 grades finalized

  

NEXT WEEK

We plan to reopen and be in person, for full days on Monday, January 10.  This time last week we had similar plans until the number of staff who became ill forced us to reconsider.  So as we begin the weekend we are looking forward to welcoming our students back on Monday unless events intervene.  Thank you for everyone’s patience as we navigated the transition to remote learning this past week.

Stay Healthy

COVID Precautions:  We continue to need your help to limit the spread of COVID.  Please take the necessary precautions at home and reinforce the safety measures we have in school, such as social distancing (when possible), hand hygiene, and mask wearing.  No one precaution is absolute, but layering the different measures helps to reduce the chances of COVID transmission. 

Please check your children daily for any symptoms before sending them to school.  The nurse’s are looking for the following symptoms with regard to COVID screening:

  • Any one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste. 

  • OR

    • Any two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose.

 

Students who come to school with a combination of these symptoms will be sent home by the school nurse and require a negative COVID test before they can return to school.  So save yourself the trouble and simply keep your child home if they have any of these symptoms.  You can report your child’s absence on the attendance line: 609.298.3900 x 2029.

 

Any questions, please contact our school nurses, Ms. Crane & Ms. Nocon  mcrane@nburlington.com gnocon@nburlington.com please include both nurses in your email.  Sometimes they must deliver bad news.  Please know that the directions  given are based on the information they have from the public health authorities.  Please be patient as they navigate these many challenges and work to keep our school a safe place to be for everyone.  Thank you :)

If you need it, the Burlington County Health Department is offering walk-in testing for COVID.  Please follow this LINK for location and information.  

Burlington County COVID Vaccination Sites: Of course, the CDC continues to recommend vaccination as the best way to prevent the spread of COVID.  Please see this LINK regarding more information on vaccination sites in Burlington County. 

NB 2021-22 Covid-19 Dashboard 

High School Program of Studies  and Course Selection for 2022-2023: 

The 2022-2023 High School Program of Studies is available on the High School Counseling Department web page. Course selection will occur electronically via PowerSchool as it did last year.  Please review these instructions and contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions. The PowerSchool Parent Portal will be accessible according to these timelines:  

  • Current HS students: Monday, January 10 - Friday, January 21  

  • Students in Grade 8:   Monday, January 17 - Friday, January 28  

  • Students in Grades 7 will select courses at a later date

High School Counselors will be meeting with students in grades 11, 10, and 9 to confirm their course selections starting in late January.  The counselors will start with rising seniors and then meet with rising juniors and sophomores. High School counselors will meet with students in grade 8 in the middle school in early-mid March.  

Here is the recording of the High School Program of Studies Information Session hosted by the Offices of Academics and Counseling on Wednesday, January 5th which will also be posted on the HS Counseling page of the website.

Wooden Race Car Competition Camp

 (Free for all Northern High School Students)

Do you enjoy problem solving? Are you good at building things? Creative? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at woodworking but have never had the opportunity to try. If so, this is the camp for you! No experience necessary. 

https://docs.google.com/docume...

Magic the Gathering & Tabletop Gaming

(Free for all Northern High School Students)

Do you enjoy problem solving and strategy? Do you like games like Hearthstone, Chess, Magic the Gathering, Risk, and Catan? If so, this is the camp for you! No experience necessary. 

https://docs.google.com/docume...

 

SENIORS

Senior Yearbook Ads

The deadline to order senior ads is on 1/10/22. Please order one at

 https://www.jostens.com/apps/jcom/router.mvc?affiliateId=1057651

Please see this flyer for information.

Cap & Gown Orders

Seniors received an invitation to order their cap and gown on the Class of 2022 Google Classroom, They will order through Jostens’ website. There is no charge at the time of ordering and all caps and gowns will be delivered to the school directly for distribution. All other items ordered through Jostens will be delivered to the address attached to the order. 

 

Senior Trip 

OVERDUE PAYMENT 

Dec 15, 2021 -- $250 

 All payments MUST include a COUPON

Drop off in Room 111 to Mrs. Ballinger on the first “in person” day of school!

DISNEY FLYER 

 NEXT PAYMENT: January 15, 2022

*Balance of your student's account is located on the December payment receipt. 

 Last chance, if you have not paid in full

  IMPORTANT: INSURANCE INFORMATION - PURCHASE NOW if you are not paid in full!!

 OPTIONAL Trip Insurance should be purchased by NOW before your final payment to the school!   **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 

 

 

Early Dismissal of Students

Please be advised that no student under the age of 18 can sign themselves out from school early even if they are drivers. As per our Board of Education Regulations: 

5230 LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY DISMISSAL

No pupil under the age of eighteen shall be released from school before the end of the school day except in the presence of the pupil's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or an agent of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Spectators

We appreciate anyone who wants to support our winter sports teams.  However, students who wish to watch one of the winter sports teams must go home and return with a responsible adult who stays with them while they watch an after school event.

Charging Chromebooks

Please make sure your child is bringing his/her chromebook to school on a daily basis and that it is charged in the evening.  It’s 2022, coming to school without a charged chromebook is like coming to school in 1985 without a trapper keeper and a pencil.

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.  Students who do not comply with proper mask wearing will be sent home. 


2021-2022 Yearbook

Pre-order the 2021-2022 yearbook at jostensyearbooks.com 

2020-2021 Yearbook

Limited copies of last year's yearbooks are still available for purchase. Please contact Tina Kim,  tkim@nburlington.com  for details.


PTSC 

PTSC and Amazon Smile:  The Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC) has an Amazon Smile account for any community members who would like to support the PTSC while shopping online.  Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com  and search for the "Parent Teacher Student Connection" in the list of organizations (it is listed as being in Columbus, NJ) and then go through that portal to do your Amazon shopping.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases to the PTSC.  Please email nburlingtonptsc@gmail.com with any login questions.


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 


Senior Parking

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


Clinical Corner Spotlight:

  • Happy New Year! Let’s start 2022 in a positive way! Click the link to access the January Action of Happiness Calendar: #January Action For Happiness

  • Why Things Shouldn't Go Back to Normal After COVID-19:  Dr. Ken Ginsburg discusses how this time can build a generation of incredible young individuals, through conversations promoting positive messaging and by recognizing the importance of human connection and unity. Click the link for the quick video: Video link

  • JANUARY 2022 - Lunchtime mental health check-ins - Mental health check-ins will be available at the High School on Tuesdays (room 1 07) and Middle School on Wednesdays (counseling conference room), during ALL lunch periods 7, 9, 11, and 13 for any students that want to attend.  This allows for a small group of students (15 max, first come first serve) to drop in and have lunch with peers and a counselor. This is an opportunity to safely talk about mental health concerns in a relaxed setting. Students can bring their lunch with them to the room.  We welcome students that are genuinely interested in participating. 

  • Group Counseling for students after school starting FEBRUARY 2022:  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 after school 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 coping skills.  If you are interested in having your child participate (students that have not done this group previously) or have questions about the group, please contact your child’s School Counselor. Spaces are limited.  After school transportation will be available (exception – choice students).  Deadline to enroll: Friday January 28, 2022.  Please see group dates below:

  • High School:  every Tuesday starting February 1st to March 22nd from 2:30 to  3:30 pm

  • Middle School:  every Wednesday starting February 2nd to March 23rd from 2:40 to 3:35 pm

  • Care Solace helps our Northern Burlington community find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their Care Companion™ team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. Students, staff, and families may access Care Solace services in two ways:

  • Call (888) 515-0595 at any time. Support is available in 200+ languages. A dedicated Care Companion™ will help you every step of the way to research options, secure appointments, and follow up to make sure it is a good fit.

  • For an anonymous search, answer a few questions to get matched with an extensive list of care providers at https://caresolace.com/site/nbcrsd 

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                                                                                                                                                                           

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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Webpage at www.nburlington.com