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HS Parent Message April 14, 2022
Sally Lopez
Thursday, April 14, 2022

High School Parent Message 
April 14, 2022

Important Dates 
Apr 15- Apr 22: Spring Break
Apr 25: School Resumes 
Apr 25: PTSC Meeting
Apr 25-Apr 29: Earth Awareness Week
Apr 28: MP3 Incomplete Grades Resolved
May 2-May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2 - May 13: AP Testing
May 17-20: NJSLA testing Early Dismissal of Students
May 26 & 27: NJSLA testing Early Dismissal of Students
May 30: Memorial Day: School Closed
Jun 16: Graduation
     
Critical Update for Healthy School Environment:  
Unfortunately, we are having an increase in COVID Positive cases at Northern as well as Positive Flu cases, a bad allergy season and other illnesses such as strep throat, bronchitis, etc.
It is critical that parents screen their children at home and keep children who are sick at home, if in doubt please keep home & consult with your medical provider and school nurse.
Upon our return from spring break, it is critical that parents screen their children at home and keep children who are sick at home, when in doubt please keep home & consult with your medical provider and school nurse. 
Leave a message on the attendance line - 609.298.3900 ext. 2029
We are still following the Burlington County Health Guidelines for COVID & illness:
COVID-19 Compatible SICK Symptoms that indicate school absence and a COVID Test
• At least one of the following symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste and/or smell OR
• At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, 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 lab negative COVID test before they can return to school. 
The Health Department does not allow negative home tests as clearance due to a margin of error resulting in false positives, but we can accept POSITIVE Home tests.

No Place for Hate
No Place for Hate is a student-driven initiative aimed at providing a model for combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred. 
Students at NB pledge to try their best to actively speak out against acts of bullying, discrimination, bias, and outright hate. 

PTSC
Meeting: April 25, 6:30pm in the HS Media Center: Senior Citizen Soiree and Final end of year items.

Clothing Drive: The Clothing Drive is Back on for the Spring!! Please use this time to clean out your closets and help out our organization. The Clothing Drive will run from May 9th through May 23rd, with the last drop off being no later than 12 noon on the 23rd. You can drop off your clothing/items at the Pole Barn behind the Middle School. There will be signs up by the 9th of May guiding you to exactly where it is. Here are the items that are accepted/not accepted as well as instructions. Please follow these instructions:
All items must be in sealed black bags. Clothes need to be bagged separately from shoes.

What is accepted: All types of clothing, small toys (2 ft. or less), comforters, quilts, curtains, towels, blankets, sheets, complete car seats, strollers, stuffed animals, bikes, and scooters.

Not accepted: Sports equipment, games, puzzles, books, pots, pans, electrical items, glass, cribs, high chairs, large toys, VCR tapes, furniture or play sets.

 Any questions, please reach out to us or go to their web page at www.clothingdrive.net.

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.

Dress Code
Please be reminded that there is a dress code. Please review the following with your children and reference page 26 of the student handbook for the following information:
NO sheer clothing
Undergarments may NOT be exposed
Bottoms MUST touch tops
Bottoms MUST cover personal areas

PROM
This year the prom will be held at Lucien’s in Berlin on June 3rd for juniors and seniors. There will be a buffet dinner and a limit of 500 tickets sold for students.
Tickets will be on sale electronically at the following times:
Seniors: May 2 - 6
Juniors: May 9 - 13
 
SENIORS
Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th.

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).

Clinical Corner Spotlight

  • Spring Break Here We Come - Spring is in the air! This means spring break is approaching, which is an opportunity to rest and recharge. We hope you take this time to relax your mind, decompress, and restore higher levels of well-being. Don’t forget, we all need to take breaks in order to be productive and efficient. Here are a couple of suggestions for your break:
  • Identify your passions and spend time doing the things you like to do.
  • Wander, explore, and discover with no other purpose than to be present.
  • Enjoy a long dinner by yourself or with friends or family and savor every bite.
  • Put on your kid hat and play! Laughter does wonders.
  • As we approach this year’s spring break, we encourage you to save these resources so you can easily reference them should you or a family member need help during the break. There are many resources available in Burlington County. Please click the link to access the evolving list: Mental Health Resources in Burlington County. . If you or a family member would like help finding a mental health care or substance use treatment provider, contact Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by Northern Burlington County Regional School District: Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language. Visit caresolace.com/nbcrsd and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone. Have a happy vacation or staycation! 
  • The Mental Health Crisis Among Children and Teens: How Parents Can Help – By Claire McCarthy, MD - Over the past couple of years, the pandemic has not only killed hundreds of thousands; it has also shut us inside, cut off social contacts, taken parents out of work and children out of school. The consequences have been tremendous. And one of those consequences is that we are seeing alarming amounts of anxiety and depression in our children and teens. We are in the midst of a pediatric mental health crisis and parents are encouraged to take action. Click the link to access the full article: Mental Health Crisis Among Children/Teens
  • Promoting Me, Myself, and I – Starting April 5th & 6th This is an after school self-esteem skill building group for students at Northern that will run during the months of April and May. This group will have an open concept where psychoeducation and skills to build your self-esteem will be the focus. No sign ups will be required initially. Students that want to participate can simply stay after school on those specific days; Tuesdays at the High School and Wednesdays at the Middle School. If they would like to participate in the group every week, they will need to return a signed consent form, which will be provided on the first day of group. Late buses are available (except for Choice students) The following are the group dates and location:
  • Tuesday April 5th to Tuesday May 31st at the High School 2:30-3:30pm in room 107. No group during Spring Break or on half-days.
  • Wednesday April 6th to Wednesday June 1st at the Middle School 2:40-3:40pm in room 387. No group during Spring Break or on half-days.
  • 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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