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HS Parent Message January 21, 2022
Sally Lopez
Friday, January 21, 2022

High School Parent Message 

January 21, 2022

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Important Dates 

Jan 25: PTSC Virtual Meeting 6 pm - 7 pm  Please see link below

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

  

Masks

With the revised guidelines for isolation and quarantine, the proper wearing of masks becomes more critical.  Unfortunately, we continue to have students who are not wearing their masks properly.  With the revision in guidelines, it is crucial that everyone in the building wears their masks properly and we will be closely monitoring this.  Please be advised that students may receive disciplinary consequences for continued non-compliance of proper mask wearing.


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 


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.

Jan 25:  PTSC meeting 6-7pm, virtual: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77323527596?pwd=0-XopqEha2LSmt2LokiipPSe9Nny3Y.1 


SAT Prep Program Registration 

NB’s own 6 week SAT Prep program continues in-person on Saturdays from March 12-April 30, 2022.  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 Tuesday, March 1, 2022  2022 SAT Prep Program Registration.  


Looking to Spring Sports  We are now accepting Athletic Participation packets for the Sprinter/Spring Seasons.  A link to the packets can be found here

The anticipated start date is March 14, 2022 for spring sports.  Packets must be submitted and approved by our school doctor before students are permitted to participate.  This process can take several weeks due to the volume and the medical review of each one.  Please plan to submit the packets at least three weeks in advance.  Several sports in the spring have tryouts.  Students who are not cleared in time, will not be able to try out.  It is important to plan accordingly.

  • If your child’s physical exam is current and does not expire 60 days prior to the start of the season, please complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 of the packet and submit them electronically to hsathletics@nburlington.com 

  • If your child is in need of a new physical, please contact your physician’s office at your earliest convenience to secure an appointment.  Please take page 3, 5 and 6 of the packet with you so that your doctor can complete the physical forms.  Please submit the entire packet (pages 1-7) electronically to  hsathletics@nburlington.com 


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

Good news! Senior ad sales have been extended until 2/10/22!

This is the final deadline! Recognize your child to commemorate their achievements and important milestones. Purchase one at https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1057651/Northern-Burlington-High-School/

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. The site has been updated to accept payments for the caps and gown units, the units include cap, gown and  tassel.  They 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

Disney World

April 27-30, 2022

 HAPPENING NOW....Room Selections 

Students MUST bring a printed copy of their ID that will be used for travel. 

 COVID WAIVER FORM - is due prior to signing up for a room.  A Parent/Guardian must sign the form, even if the student is 18 years old.  Return to Room 111. Find the form HERE.

 

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

Our region in the state of New Jersey has been moved into the “Very High” category of COVID cases.  As a result, spectators at school events are limited to two per participant.  

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.

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.

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 

Clinical Corner Spotlight:

  • The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) trainings are being held through Partners For Kids and Families, in 2022.  Please see link for the flyer - NHA calendar link.  All trainings are virtual.  For those who need a refresher on what NHA is: “The Nurtured Heart Approach consists of a set of strategies that assist children and adults in further developing self-regulation and has been found to be effective with individuals of all ages. It focuses on transforming the way someone perceives themselves, and the world around them.”

  • JANUARY 2022 - Lunchtime mental health check-ins for students - Mental health check-ins will be available at the High School on Tuesdays (room 107) 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 – 3:30pm

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

  • 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 

  • Are you or your children in need of winter coats? Generations has new winter coats available in sizes 2T to adult XL.  Please call 609-267-4001 to make an appointment to come in & pick up coats.  

  • Looking for parent support for your child with special needs? The Mom2Mom Helpline connects parents of children with special needs to our trained counselors who are also parents.  Talk to someone who understands you and your family.   Call 1-877-914-MOM2 (1-877-914-6662).

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                                                                                                                                                                           

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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