North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - October 2, 2020

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from North Administrators

    • Tips for Students

    • Schedule from October 5 - 30

    • Bus Rider Message from Durham

    • A Note from the BVN Nurse

    • Counseling Updates

    • BVN Assistance for Families

    • Student Announcements

    • New Spiritwear at The Stampede

    • Senior Class of 2021 - Tribute Ads due 10/2

    • Junior Class T-shirt - deadline 10/2

    • Sophomore Class T-shirt - deadline 10/2

    • Freshman Class News

    • BVN Social Media

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • Coronavirus Information

    • Get Involved in Parent Booster Club!

    • New PBC Spiritwear

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Hello Mustang Community,

    Our team at Blue Valley North looks forward to welcoming your children back to in-person learning in the hybrid model on Monday, Oct. 5. As we prepare for this transition from distance learning to the hybrid model, our focus remains on creating a safe learning and working school environment. I want to remind you of the mitigation strategies and modifications we will have in place at North for our students who registered for in-person learning. You can also watch videos about these topics on this PowerPoint. While this email focuses on what students can expect in the building, it is very important that every student connects with each class via Zoom. We will still take attendance for students who are at home to ensure that they are participating in learning throughout the day. Teachers will communicate to their students the Zoom attendance expectations for each day of class.

    MITIGATION STRATEGIES: Thank you to our families for supporting these important safety measures when outside of school and at home. These strategies outlined below are applicable to each Blue Valley middle/high school as we begin the hybrid model.

    • Temperature checks: Students will follow procedures allowing for temperature taking each morning upon arrival to school. If a fever is present (100 degrees or higher), the temperature will be confirmed through an additional health assessment and the student will be sent home. Students who arrive at the beginning of the day will be checked at their first class. Students who arrive later in the day will need to enter the main office and get their temperature checked before proceeding to class.
    • Handwashing: Frequent handwashing and hand sanitization will be encouraged and are accommodated for multiple times throughout the school day. Sinks, soap, and hand sanitizer are available throughout school facilities for this purpose.
    • Masks/Face Coverings: Students and staff will wear masks/face coverings when at school to keep everyone safe and healthy. Students may remove masks only when eating lunch in designated areas while they can be socially distanced.
    • Social Distancing: Social distancing will be observed to the extent possible as we welcome back in-person learners. In instances where social distancing is difficult or impossible, proper and consistent mask wearing and handwashing is key to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

    MODIFICATIONS TO THE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE: Our team at North has worked hard to develop modifications throughout our building that prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff.

    • Arrival/Dismissal: To limit hallway congestion and large waiting zones, students will be asked to proceed directly to their first class upon arrival. A staggered approach will be utilized at dismissal to assist as well. Please note that the building will not be open until 7:30 a.m. on ODD Days, and 8:15 a.m. on EVEN Days. Bus riders will be directed to the Main Gym to await their first class.
    • NO Drop off of items will be allowed--please make sure your student leaves the house each morning with everything they need for the day. This includes classwork, lunches, athletic equipment, band instruments, PE uniforms, shoes, books, everything.
    • Lunch: Students will eat in designated assigned areas. Seating will be spaced out 6 feet or more when possible. When this is not possible, small groups will be assigned and spaced as much as possible. Masks and face coverings are only removed while seated and eating. If students get up to wash hands, throw trash away or go to the restroom, their mask/covering is put back on.
    • Transitions: Students should keep their masks on in hallways during transitions throughout the building. This includes keeping masks on when they enter the restrooms.
    • P.E./Physical Education Classes: Masks will remain in place during physical education classes. If masks need to be removed during exertional activities, students will social distance or move outside. This is particularly important when increased respiration occurs because of activity.
    • Lockers – Lockers will not be used this year.
    • Space Utilization: We continue to look for opportunities to fully utilize all spaces within the building as we prepare to welcome students back in a hybrid model.

    Thank you and we’re looking forward to having Mustangs back at North!

    Dr. Tyson Ostroski, Principal

    Blue Valley North High School

    (913) 239-3000

    Tips for Students

    Please make sure your student's cell phone number is listed in Synergy!
    This year, more than ever, we'll be utilizing our mass communication tool to send text reminders to students as well as parents.

    Students! Check Your Student Email Daily

    Students, it is important that you get in the habit of checking your school email frequently. We recommend checking it three times a day (morning, lunch, and the end of day). Thank you!

    News from the BVN Library

    The library website is now accessible from all Canvas pages. In the navigation list on the left side you should see Library. Or: Click here to visit the BVN Library website . From the library website, students and staff can now chat with the librarians during school hours. Look in the upper right corner. No question is too big or small!

    Student & Counselor Intro Videos

    In place of our orientation day and back to school night, teachers and counselors made introductory videos for their students and parents. These videos are located on the teacher's/counselor's Canvas pages. These videos contain all of the information that students would receive during orientation, and parents would receive during back to school night. Please take a few minutes to sign-in to Canvas and view these videos.

    Hybrid Schedule for October 5 - 30

    On Monday, October 5, we will move to a hybrid schedule. You will find the schedule below along with the daily bell schedule. Please note these reminders:

    • On odd days, students will be let in the building at 7:30 a.m.
    • On even days, students will be let in the building at 8:15 a.m.
    • Bus riders will be directed to the gym where they will be supervised and socially distanced until going to class.
    • Students will need to leave the building immediately after school.
    • Attendance needs a minimum of two hours notice to get your student out of class for an appointment. You will be unable to pull up to the school, call the main office and ask for your student to be released. Email
    • No visitors will be allowed in the building including parents or vendors. This is for the protection of our students and staff.
    • Parents will be unable to drop-off forgotten items, sports equipment or lunch. Please work with your student the night before school to assure they have everything they need for their school day at BVN.
    • Thank you for teaming with BVN to keep your students safe!

    October 14th- PSAT Testing Day

    Due to the administration of the PSAT to all paid sophomores and juniors on October 14th, we will deviate from the standard schedule. This day has always been different and we have always had a slightly adjusted schedule.

    • PSAT students will arrive at 7:30 and start testing when possible. Test-takers will be the only students in the building on October 14.
    • All students will have remote classes from home in the afternoon, in hours 2-4-6.
    • There will be no senior outreach. Seniors will be learning remotely in the afternoon.

    October 29th

    B Students will attend In-Person for a traditional all block schedule (1-7).

    A Students will engage in asynchronous or synchronous activities all day from home. This format will help maintain consistency with MS and VirtualED schedules.

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    Students Riding the Bus ~ A Message from Durham

    As we are preparing for a return to in person learning beginning October 5th, Durham has an important message about bus routes. Families that have registered for the bus by the initial deadline should have received a letter from Durham in August with bus stop location, stop time and bus number. The letter went on to provide stop times for when the District is in Hybrid or All in School. Durham has decided to not use the Hybrid stop times and instead only use the All in School stop times regardless of what mode the District is in. If you have any questions regarding bus registration please call Durham at 913-681-2492. Note that it is best to call outside of route times, between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or email

    A Note from the BVN Nurse

    As you prepare to send your High School Students for in person hybrid school, Sandra & I are so excited to have students in the building (we are not the only ones who are excited 😊). Check out the Kansas Department of Health and Environment CORONAVIRUS vs. COLD vs. FLU vs. ALLERGIES graphic shown below. We are in this together and I am happy to talk with any of you about questions or concerns you may have. May we not be afraid but may we be confident in one another to keep each other safe.

    Tips on ensuring your student is healthy before coming to school: check in with your students in the morning to see how they are feeling . . . can they smell the orange juice/coffee/breakfast before they run out the door? It’s also not a bad idea to keep an oral thermometer by your door or in the bathroom the student is getting ready in to just check a quick temperature (Is it less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?).

    With good mitigation strategies we have in practice at North and in our community we can keep the community safe. If you or a member of your household is waiting on a COVID Test per JOCOHED & CDC please remain at home with no additional contacts until you receive your results or clarification from your primary care or JOCOHED.

    I look forward to working with you and your students this year.

    Mustang Mask Message

    There are numerous masks available for purchase through non-medical suppliers. Most of these masks are effective at blocking a large amount of respiratory droplets that leave our nose and mouth. As such, these masks decrease the amount of droplets (and potentially virus) in the air around us. To help guide your choice, consider some recommendations from Johns Hopkins Medicine:

    • Thicker, more densely woven cotton fabrics are best, such as quilting cotton or cotton sheets.
    • Hold the fabric up to the light: The fewer tiny holes you can see, the better it will work to filter droplets.
    • You want fabric that doesn’t allow droplets to pass through while ensuring you can still breathe properly with your mask in place.

    Based on a study done at Duke University, we believe there are better cotton alternatives than the stretchy polyester options. If you like the idea of a neck device that reaches up to the mouth and nose, consider fabrics that are not stretchy and porous. You can also find additional guidance through the CDC.

    Medication Drop off: If you have a medication that still needs to make it to the nurses office for administration during school hours, please call me. Keep in mind that the nurse is unavailable during medication administration from 07:30-08:30.

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing

    BVN Assistance for Families

    My name is Lisa Summers and I am the Social Worker for Blue Valley North. I know it has been a difficult several months, both financially & emotionally, for families. I wanted to let families know we are here to help. BVN has a limited amount of funds to assist families. I am also available to assist families with resources in our area.

    Please give me a call (913)239-3116 or email

    Programs that BVN offers include:

    · BVN has school supplies

    · Back Snack Program. Snacks will be distributed to students on a weekly basis.

    · Give the Basics Program: Shampoo, Conditioner, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste, etc.

    You can also contact with your needs.

    Student Announcements

    MS/HS World Language Credit Info

    9th grade students and families only - This information is only for students who have completed 3 years of middle school world language and will seek to have high school world language credit awarded. In July 2020, the Board of Education revised the policy on high school credit for world language courses successfully completed. Students will have the option of receiving 2 credits for successful completion of the middle school world language series. More detailed information and directions will be sent in a separate email. This process is now automated through ParentVue and the email will be sent from that system.

    Student Technology Help

    On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.

    • If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
    • If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
    • If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom from 12:30-1:15pm. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 12:30-1:15pm.

    School Photo Orders

    Picture Days are next week! We are so glad to have students back in the building so that we can get our school pictures taken:

    • Photo Day for last names A-L: Tuesday, October 6
    • Photo Day for last names M-Z: Thursday, October 8

    Print off the attached order form if you would like to pre-order at a discount. Send the order and your payment with your student to North so they can turn it in directly to the photographer. If you place a pre-order for photos, they will be delivered to your student at school within 3 weeks. If you are not able send the order to school, you have until midnight on October 8 to pre-pay for your student’s pictures. Go to and use code BVN20 to pre-pay. If you want to wait to purchase, your student will be given a proof sheet with an order form at school within 3 weeks, which you can mail with payment to Rolland or purchase from their website using your child’s Student ID number.

    If a virtual student would like to have their photo in the BVN yearbook, and/or purchase school photos, they are welcome to come get their picture taken during these two days. They’ll need to check in at the front desk before going to the photo shoot location in the BVN library.

    Seniors are included in picture days so that we have a photo for the Student ID. There will be a day in November for seniors to have one last chance to get a senior portrait done for the yearbook--watch the senior section in North Notes for more info coming soon.

    Rolland Studios Picture Day Information

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    Rolland Picture Day Order Form for your student to bring, with payment, on Picture Day

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    Mustang Community Service-Kay Club

    Join the Mustang Community Service -KAY Club! We have an exciting fall community service project you can do from home. We are creating a read aloud library for K-2 students. Click this link to join the club. Our first meeting was Tuesday September 29th. Questions? Contact Tanu, Club President, at


    If you are interested in joining this year's swim and dive program, please email Coach Cole. Student-athletes looking for a new sport during Winter for Boys and Spring for Girls--Coach Cole is setting up zoom meetings and conditioning soon.

    Coach Cole's Email:

    Spirit Wear For Students Return to North at The Stampede!

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    Senior Class of 2021 - Tribute Ad Materials due TODAY!

    Senior Tribute Ads for Yearbook

    The deadline for Yearbook senior tribute ads for the Class of 2021 is here! See the flyer below for details. It is also posted on the Senior Page of the BVN website in the list of Useful Links. Please turn all your ad materials in by TODAY, October 2!

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    Junior Shirt for Class of 2022 - Deadline TODAY!

    Juniors! Use this link to purchase your class shirt:
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    Sophomore Shirt for Class of 2023 - Deadline TODAY!

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    News for Freshmen Class of 2024

    The PBC has purchased and distributed signs to welcome our new class of Mustangs! If you did not receive a yard sign (due to gated communities or address not in directory) please call 239-3000 and arrange to pick one up. Mustang Proud!

    Blue Valley North Social Media

    Blue Valley North High School now has official social media accounts, monitored by our very own BVN Administration Team. Please follow for announcements and information if you use these social media tools. Thanks for your support!

    Instagram: @bvnmustangs

    Twitter: @MustangsBvn


    Mark Your Calendar

    Oct. 5-First Day of Hybrid Mode

    Oct. 30 - No School

    Nov. 6 - No School/End of 1st Quarter

    Nov. 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 - Winter Break

    Jan. 4 - School Resumes

    Jan. 13-15 - Final Exams

    Jan. 15 - End of 1st Semester

    Jan. 18 - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar:

    Click here for the revised 2020-21 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Mustang Medical Messages


    If you have not forwarded an updated copy of your student’s immunization record to the BVN school nurse, Amanda Collichio, please email any new vaccinations to or fax to (913) 239-3038 noting attention to the school nurse. All 11th and 12th graders are now required to have a meningitis vaccine at age 16. The nurse is required to have record on file of all Blue Valley students, including virtual and remote. Deficiency letters will be going out in the coming week. Please get those immunizations into Sandra and Amanda as soon as you can.

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail Nurse Collichio, BVN Nurse, at or call at 913-239-3013.

    Important Info for COVID-19 Testing:

    Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

    Blue Valley wants families to know the district is carefully following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and local health agencies on preventative measures for the Coronavirus or COVID-19. One of the most important things we can do right now is practice preventative measures and remind students of everyday actions they can take to slow the spread of germs and prevent illness. We appreciate your encouragement of these healthy habits at home.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Blue Valley uses hospital-grade cleaning disinfectants in its schools.
    • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care. Children who are ill should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    Thank you for your support to safeguard the health of our students, staff and community. More information on the Coronavirus is available at:

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    We are Mustang Proud!

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