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December 16, 2022

Middle School Parent Message

Good Afternoon,

Here are the updates from the middle school:

School Store Holiday Season Hours:  The middle school store is holding holiday hours for parents who are looking to do some shopping for that special greyhound.  In person shoppers receive a 15% discount.

The hours are listed below:

  • Tuesday December 20 from 2:40 pm to the beginning of choral concert, 7 pm

  • Thursday, December 22 from 2:40 pm to 3:40 pm

For those unable to shop in-person, purchases may be made online and picked up at the main office by visiting the Hound Pound Online Store at this LINK.

Homefront Stocking Drive:  Thank you to all who contributed to our Homefront Stocking Drive!  

Food Drive: Likewise, thank you to all for the donations to our food drive!

In both cases, your generosity to help all those in need is much appreciated.

Student Picture Makeup/Retakes:  Pictures were sent home with students on Tuesday this week.  Please contact lifetouch at www.mylifetouch.com , Picture Day ID #EVTH99PTS, with any questions.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day:  On Friday, December 23, the middle school will be observing our own ugly holiday sweater day.  Of course, participation is voluntary, but students are invited to wear their ugly holiday sweater to school, school appropriate, of course.

No Place for Hate Activity:  Next week, on Monday and Tuesday, during an extended homeroom time, we will be holding a No Place for Hate Activity.  This one focuses on identity based bullying (targeting an individual because of a trait like their race, religion, sexuality, etc) and how to be an “upstander” who works to stop bullying and help those who might be targeted.  The activities can be found at these links MONDAY and TUESDAY.  Any questions, please contact me.

High School Program of Studies:  The 2023-2024 High School Program of Studies is now available on the HS Counseling website  Course selection in the high school for 2023-2024 begins in January. 


SAVE THE DATE for Academic Planning Presentation by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction


Date: Thursday, January 5, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Location: High School 404 Building

The event will also be video recorded.

Winter Sports and Spectators:  The middle school winter sport seasons are underway.  While we appreciate the fact that there are students who want to show support for their classmates on the athletic teams, we are not equipped to provide supervision to students after school.  For those students who would like to attend a sporting event as a spectator, they must first go home and then return accompanied by a responsible adult who remains with them and provides transportation home.  


Spring sports registration is now open. https://northernburlington-ar.rschooltoday.com/


If you already have an account, there is no need to create a new one.  Log in with your username and password to register your child for the 2023 Spring Sport Season.


Please be sure that all current physicals are uploaded into the registration portal (STEP 4).


If you have any questions, please contact Michele O’Neill, Athletic Department Secretary at moneill@nburlington.com or 609-298-3900, ext. 2093.


PTSC News:. Check our website (www.nburlington.com/page/ptsc) for more information.

Clinical Corner:  Have you ever had a feeling you were afraid would last forever?  Thank goodness it's impossible for that to happen.  Dr. Jill Taylor explains:  “Something happens in the external world and chemicals are flushed through your body which puts it at full alert.  For those chemicals to totally flush out of the body, it takes less than 90 seconds.  She goes on to say, “Feelings are like ocean waves-they rise, crest and recede all day long.  Dr. Taylor’s research shows that the entire “wave” process takes 90 seconds if you identify, label, and accept your emotion. This last step involves allowing the feeling to exist without trying to shove it down or deny it, or conversely, magnify it or make it a big deal.  Simply observe it.”

Using words like “ I am getting angry” makes it easier for your brain to understand what is going on and calms it.  The trick is to allow the feeling to ride out and then think about something different or apply a coping strategy like going for a walk. This way you avoid activating the fight or flight process all over again.  Click here to read the full article, 90 Seconds to Emotional Resilience.  This 90 second rule is a great tool to share with your kids or students. It gives one hope that indeed “this too shall pass”.      

A message from your Northern Nurses:  Following data from the Burlington County Health Department, trends show we may expect an increase in the number of Flu, COVID and all respiratory infections after the holiday season.

Please do your part by carefully monitoring your student and keeping him/her home for any sick symptoms.  

Worrisome symptoms are cough, fever, breathing difficulty AND 2 or more symptoms combined such as congestion, headache, sore throat, muscle aches etc.

Please do not send students with sick symptoms to school and either:

Take to your doctor for clearance OR

Use a home COVID test (ideally 1 negative test and a second 48 hours later)

AND - Please communicate with your student's school nurse.

We must track the number of COVID and Flu cases in our community and we will work with you and Administration to ensure students home sick have excused absences.

 Wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Burlington County began offering both the single COVID-19 test as well as a combined COVID-19/Flu test at the testing site at Willingboro Towne Center, 4390 Rt 130 North, Willingboro, as of December 12, 2022.  Test results are generally back within 48 hours. Insurance information is collected, but people without insurance are still eligible for testing. 

Please see attached flyer

Contact our school nurse with any questions, tpugliese@nburlington.com.

RELAY FOR LIFE:  Relay for Life of Northern Burlington is back and it will be an IN-PERSON event on May 20-21, 2023!

From May 20th at 6:00 p.m. to May 21st at 6:00 a.m. we will gather on the football field to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society! The night is spent celebrating survivors, supporting cancer patients, and remembering friends and family. There are also events and games all night long, and you can spend the night hanging out with your friends and family. All are welcome!!!!


If you have any questions or you would like to be a part of the Relay for Life of Northern Burlington Committee, please contact Lori Nadolny (lnadolny@nburlington.com ) or Dr. Sally Lopez (slopez@nburlington.com ).

If you would like to participate in Relay for Life by creating a team or joining a team, please visit the website:  https://relayforlife.org/NB


Join us and help to make the 2023 Relay for Life of Northern Burlington the best yet! Our next organization/information meeting will be January 11th, in room 110 of the High School at 5:30 pm.


Student Pickup:  In the event that a student must leave school before the conclusion of the school day they may only be picked up by a person that is listed in PowerSchool as a parent, guardian or emergency contact.  All persons will need to present picture identification prior to the release of a student.  Any changes to this information must be completed in writing prior to the day of implementation.   

School Closure/Delayed Opening due to Inclement Weather:  In the event that school must be closed or the opening delayed by 90 minutes due to inclement weather, announcements will be broadcast via twitter and posted on our website www.nburlington.com.  Please follow me at @NBC_MSPrincipal and our Superintendent, Dr. Andrew Zuckerman, at  @azuck1

Important Dates:


Dec: 20:  Middle School Choral Concert, 7 pm

Dec. 23:  Early Dismissal

Dec. 24:  Winter Recess Begins

Jan. 2, 2023:  School Resumes

Jan. 11:  Relay for Life Meeting, 5:30 pm, High School, Room 110

Jan. 16:  School Closed for MLK, Jr. Day

Jan. 25:  End of Second Marking Period

Jan. 25:  PTSC General Meeting, 6:30 pm, High School Media Center 

Jan. 26:  Marking Period 3 Begins


Enjoy the weekend!


Andrew Kearns, Ed.D.