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January 6, 2023

Middle School Parent Message

Good Afternoon,

Here are the updates from the middle school:

Sneaker Donations:  Thank you to all who contributed to the sneaker drive sponsored by our NB Athletic Trainers!  The collection ended this afternoon so totals are not available yet, but the generosity of all the donors is appreciated.

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 this month. Thanks to those who could attend the Academic Planning Presentation by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction on Thursday, January 5.  For those unable to attend the meeting, a video recording will be available shortly.

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:  It seems appropriate to write about adolescents setting goals with the New Year just arrived.  In researching goal setting tips, an article by Big Life Journal stood out.  It listed 8 essential tips that would help your child or student to set effective goals.  To hit on just a few, there were ones like, 

  • “Make Sure It’s Their Goal, Not Yours”  

  • “Introduce Goal Setting As A Tool To Support Their Dreams” 

  • “Demonstrate They’re In Control”

  • “Explain It’s About The Journey Not The Destination”

The article even mentions goal abandoning which is sometimes a necessary part of the process.  The article has great examples of how to have conversations around each tip, like pointing out how your child or teen may have accomplished other goals on their own and how to give specific praise.  The article is written in such a way that it is quick and easy to read and at the same time very thorough.  And while it is directed at teens, the tips would work for anyone.  Click on the link How to Help Teens Set Effective Goals (Tips & Templates) to get 2023 off to a strong start!

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.

Burlington County continues to offer 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.  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:  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!!!!

We have had several meetings so far and have selected the theme of “Countries - United for a Cure”. We are also on our way to reaching our goal of $10,000 by December 31, 2022.  We are currently at $9,684.55!  If each team of our current teams is able to raise $18, we will reach our goal!  


The Taco Bell in Wrightstown is helping Northern’s Relay for Life fundraising. They will provide us with 50% of their proceeds (mention NB Relay for Life) on January 11th from 4 - 8 pm. 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 5:30pm. Additional meetings are:


  • January 31, 2023 - 6:00 PM (Room 110)

  • February 9, 2023 (Kick-Off) - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

  • February 15, 2023 - 6:00 PM (Room 110)

  • March 21, 2023 - 6:00 PM (Room 110)

  • April 4, 2023 - 6:00 PM (Room 110)

  • April 26, 2023 - 6:00 PM (Room 110)

  • May 9, 2023 - 6:00 PM (Room 110)

  • May 20-21, 2023 - Relay for Life (6:00 PM to 6:00 AM)


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


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:


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

Feb. 13:  Middle School Spirit Week:  Stay Tuned!

Feb. 17:  No School for Students/Staff Professional Day

Feb. 20:  School Closed for President’s Day


Enjoy the weekend!


Andrew Kearns, Ed.D.