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HS Parent Message April 29, 2022
Sally Lopez
Friday, April 29, 2022

High School Parent Message 

April 29, 2022

Important Dates 

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 19: High School Choral Concert, 7 pm

May 20: BAG Night

May 24 & 25: Art Show 

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is from May 2-May 6.  School Nurses’ Day is Wednesday, May 11th. This would be a perfect time to recognize our teachers/nurses with an encouraging email to express our gratitude for their efforts. Staff emails can be found on our website or via powerschool.  Email format is the first letter of their first name followed by their last name, or you can fill out the form below for each person you would like to recognize and a note will be generated and sent to them:  Teacher Appreciation Form

Tours for Incoming Freshmen & New Students

This summer we are going to be offering tours for incoming freshmen and new students provided by our Assistant Principals on the following days from 10 am - 2 pm:  

Tour Dates

  • Tuesday, July 19

  • Wednesday, July 20

  • Thursday, July 28

  • Wednesday, August 3

  • Thursday, August 4

  • Monday, August 8

  • Tuesday, August 9

  • Thursday, August 18

  • Tuesday, August 30

  • Wednesday, August 31

Summer Tour Registration 

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. 

Northern Burlington FFA Plant Sale

The Northern Burlington High School Agricultural Department will be opening up its new greenhouse complex for 3 dates to host its annual NB FFA Spring Plant Sale. 

Plant sale dates and times are listed below:

  • Saturday, May 7th, 2022   9am - 2pm     Teacher Appreciation Day

  • Saturday, May 14th, 2022  9am - 2pm    Farmer Appreciation Day

  • Saturday, May 21st, 2022   9am - 2pm   Senior Appreciation Day (55 and older)

Location: Greenhouse Complex

Northern Burlington High School

160 Mansfield Road East, Columbus, NJ 08022.

Customers may park in the East parking lot and access the greenhouse through the front door to the Greenhouse Complex located directly to the right of the 700 Hallway/East Parking lot door entrance. Please see the attached flyer here.


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, comforters, quilts, curtains, towels, blankets, sheets, stuffed animals, bikes, and scooters.

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

  •  Any questions, please reach out to us or go to their web page at

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  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 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


Charter Bus:

Although it was our intention to offer a charter bus to students who needed transportation to the prom, we are not finding any availability at all.  We will keep trying but please do not count on us being able to reserve one. It appears that the bus driver shortage is not just affecting schools.


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



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: 


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:

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month  -  The goal of this month is to break the stigma around mental health and encourage people to seek help.  After all, mental health affects us all.  Perhaps you’re having trouble focusing or sleeping.  Maybe you’re experiencing significant life changes and the stress that comes with it.  Maybe it’s difficult to manage your feelings or perhaps you’re avoiding your feelings entirely.  Mental health looks different for everyone and these are just a few signs that your mental health may need attention.  We highly encourage anyone who needs help to seek help.  Here are helpful tips from Mental Health America to get started:

    • Start with a text.  Opening up about your struggles can be difficult and sometimes it’s easier to start with a text to connect with someone you trust.  Share what you’re managing and ask if they have the time and capacity to support you.

    • Use conversation starters. If you’re unsure what to say, click here for a template on how to start the conversation or support a friend in need.

    • It’s okay to ask for help.  There are many resources available.  Please click the link to access the list: Mental Health Resources in Burlington County.

  • Mental Health Awareness Month EVENT - Please see picture below for a free event to be held on Saturday 5/14 at the Partners for Kids and Families, Inc.  There will be food, games, and giveaways for Mental Health Awareness month.

  • Promoting Me, Myself, and I – 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 locations:

    • Tuesday April 5th to Tuesday May 31st at the High School 2:30-3:30pm in room 107. No group on half-days.

    • Wednesday April 6th to Wednesday June 1st at the Middle School 2:40-3:40pm in room 387.  No group on half-days.

Revised District Calendar as of February 22, 2022.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                                                                                                                                                                           

Sally López, Ed.D.


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