North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - February 26, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from North Administrators

    • March Schedule

    • BV Board Member Info Meeting

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Spring Sports and Coaches' Info

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • Senior Class of 2021

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • BVEF Raffle with a Reason

    • Durham Contact Info

    • Parent Booster Club Spirit Wear Sale

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,


    As we are thankful for the warmer weather, we are also extremely excited for Mustang Spring Activities! Spring Sports begin next Monday, March 1st. All athletes must have their physicals and paperwork approved and on file in the BVN Athletic Office before they can tryout or practice. Look for more information in this newsletter.


    We also have a number of students who have not yet enrolled for the 2021/2022 school year. If this is your student, please make this a priority by visiting our enrollment website that includes 3 STEP ENROLLMENT PROCESS. We must have this enrollment information to make accurate plans for the 2021/2022 school year.


    Over the next two weeks, we will remain in the hybrid learning mode. Spring break begins on March 15, and there is no school on Monday, March 22. We're looking forward to an opportunity for everyone to relax and recharge. When students return on March 23, all in-person students will come to school every day following a block schedule. See the March calendar in North Notes.


    As always, we are so grateful for our parent community! Have a great weekend.

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    BV Board Member Information Meeting - March 4

    Interested in becoming a Blue Valley Board of Education member, but need to know more about a board member's responsibilities and commitments? Blue Valley patrons interested in learning about running for a seat on the Board of Education are invited to attend an informational Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. Patrons interested in attending should contact Board of Education clerk Sarah Vaughn at svaughn@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4020. Three Board of Education positions will be up for election in November and include: one from the Northeast area, one from the Northwest area and one from the South area. For more information about the Blue Valley Board of Education, go to www.bluevalleyk12.org/boe.

    Kudos and Celebrations (new)

    National Chinese Honor Society

    Congratulations to the following students who will get inducted into the National Chinese Honor Society this year!

    Catie Kinders

    Vincent Lin

    Jed Linafelt

    Jacob Swerdlow

    London Faustino

    Kristina Sim

    Stephen Wang

    Julia Kim

    Grace Whittinghill


    French Honor Society

    Félicitations aux nouveaux membres de la Société Honoraire de Français 2021!


    Stefania Alonzo

    Audrey Beckman

    Mary Crossland

    Madison Dean

    Rachel Fain

    Scarlett Jones

    Arnav Koul

    Alysen Lancaster

    Smyan Muranjan

    Isabella Noll

    Emma Razi

    Mia Siner

    Hyesoo Song

    Alex Taylor

    Kayoko Thornton

    Brenden Wood

    Jerry Xia


    Spanish National Honor Society

    Felicidades to BVN’s 57 newly inducted Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS) members!

    These students will be inducted to La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica this Spring. La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is a nationally-recognized Spanish honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish. To be accepted into SNHS, students must be current sophomores, juniors, or seniors enrolled in Spanish 3, 3.5 or above. In addition to meeting all GPA requirements in their core and language coursework, they must demonstrate qualities of integrity, honor, responsibility, citizenship and trust as supported by staff recommendation. Information about our Spring induction is forthcoming. ¡Felicitaciones!


    Geoffrey Abrams ~ Ayan Agayeva ~ Zachary Amsterdam

    Audrey Beckman ~ Drew Bell ~ Aziz Bisaria

    Kate Blackford ~ Paige Brown ~ Rima Chavali ~ Rahul Chavali

    Luke Chen ~ Hannah Chong ~ Meghan Coleman

    Caroline Cool ~ Gabby Fulford ~ Eric Garretson

    Lillian Glaser ~ Sydney Glickman

    Izzy Hadel ~ Sam Harber ~ Wazeen Hoq

    Sanvika Inturi ~ Ariel Iseman ~ Hammad Javed ~ Kate Jehlik

    Sydney Kauphusman ~ Zoey Kay ~ Julia Kim

    Cameron King ~ Asher Kort ~ Senara Kularatne

    Eadan Levi ~ Jordin Mackenzie ~ Olivia Miller

    Ginger Minderman ~ Brynn Minor

    Clayton Mombello ~ Sally Mondry ~ Johnathan Muldoon

    Arshiya Pant ~ Sam Peterson

    Aashish Rayaparaddy ~ Nicholas Reinig ~ Matthew Rinaman

    Aarjo Roy ~ Clancy Scott ~ Michelle Shin

    Elise Shumate ~ Johnathan Subramanian ~ Jacob Swerdlow

    Joe Thummel ~ Jack Toal

    Cate Weitharn ~ Ka'mya Williams ~ Luke Wilson

    Joy Yan ~ Lars Yarkosky


    Girls' Bowling Team

    We want to share some Girls' Bowling highlights! We had a great group of girls. As of now, our top 3 are returning for next year- so that is even more exciting! Last week, both Varsity and JV beat out all the Blue Valley Schools in our district meet! In addition, we had Top 5 girls!


    Varsity

    Megan Meyer #1

    Justyna Hayslett #5


    JV

    Tatum Wintory #1

    Katie Noll #2

    Sarah Allen #5


    High Scores (PR) from the season

    Justyna Hayslett 196

    Megan Meyer 190

    Xante Venter 190

    Tatum Wintory 157

    Megan Vanderleest 150

    Spring Sports Begin March 1

    Student's physical and athletic participation packets were due on February 25! If your student still needs to turn it in, get it done today. It has to be approved by Mrs. Anderson, in the main office before you can practice and/or tryout.


    Spring sports include Boys’ Baseball, Boys’ Golf, Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Swimming and Diving, Girls’ Softball and Boys’ & Girls’ Track and Field. In order to try-out and begin practicing, physicals and completed, signed paperwork must be turned in. If your student played a fall or winter sport, their physical and all paperwork will already be on file. Forms are available in the main office by the receptionist desk, or can be downloaded from the BVN website>School Information>Activities & Athletics>Athletics>Useful Links>Participation Packet. Here is a link to the packet to print at home: Participation Packet .


    The physical and participation packet has been updated for the 2020-21 season. Every student needs a new physical, every year, completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2020, or after) by a physician (Note: There are TWO places where the doctor has to sign and date the physical. Check this BEFORE you leave the doctor’s office!).


    All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN. Completed forms can also be scanned together (no photographs accepted) and emailed to Teresa Anderson, BVN Athletics, tanderson@bluevalleyk12.org , dropped off to the main office by your student or mailed to: Teresa Anderson, Blue Valley North High School, 12200 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66209. (Please remember that visitors, including parents, are not allowed in the school building this year.)


    If you have questions, please call Teresa Anderson at (913) 239-3011.


    Spring Sports Coaches and Team Information


    Boys’ Baseball

    Tryout information and the schedule is found on the BVN Baseball website. Follow this link and look under the “Parents” tab: www.bvnbaseball.com Questions? Email Coach Mike Dudley at mdudley@bluevalleyk12.org


    Boys’ Golfers and Parent info

    The Spring season is fast approaching which means that March 1st will be here before we know it. There was a mandatory player/parent Zoom meeting on February 25, that covered tryout information, season expectations, etc. Coach Turrentine and Coach Hedlund also delivered information during the Zoom meeting. If you missed this meeting, contact Coach Turrentine at mturrentine@bluevalleyk12.org to advise of your interest in playing.


    2021 Boys' Tennis Tryout Information

    Boys' Tennis tryout week will be on Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 5, from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the BVN tennis courts. All players interested in trying out MUST have all of their participation forms turned in to the athletic office BEFORE the 1st day of tryouts and all players MUST participate in all days of tryouts, unless excused by Coach Johnson.


    There is a mandatory player and parent ZOOM meeting, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., following the final tryouts on Friday, March 5, for all players who make the team and their parents.


    ​Players should bring their own tennis rackets, a mask, water in their own reusable water bottle, weather appropriate tennis clothing (layers of clothing - we will practice outside in very cold weather sometimes, as long as there is no snow or rain) and proper tennis shoes (not running shoes), a towel, and a positive attitude to tryouts!


    Thinking about joining the BVN Boys' or Girls' Tennis team? Check out this video describing the team experience and Summer Tennis Camp! BVN Tennis Camp Questions? Contact Coach Tracey Johnson at tdjlaw@hotmail.com .


    Girls' Soccer Team

    Hello Mustang Family! It’s hard to believe that the spring season is already here and Girls' Soccer is ready to kick the season off! We have tryouts that begin Monday, March 1 – Thursday, March 4, 3:15-5:30ish at the turf field with lights. If you are not in the player groupme please contact Coach Turner at bmaxturn@yahoo.com to be added. The groupme is for players only, not parents.


    Girls’ Softball Tryouts:

    All potential softball players: Tryouts will begin on Monday, March 1st, at 8:00 p.m. in the BVN gym! Please bring all equipment with you! If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Stevie: stevierayegibson@gmail.com .


    Girls’ Swimming and Diving:

    Parent Zoom Meeting next Wednesday, Feb 24 at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Rob Cole if you want to get information about the meeting at email: Coachrfc2@gmail.com . Physicals and Athletic paperwork are due to Teresa Anderson in the BVN main office by Wednesday, February 24, by 3:00 p.m.


    Tryouts for swimming will be:

    Monday, March 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 2, 3:00-6:00 p.m.


    This is a no cut sport and teams will be selected Tuesday Night.


    Tryouts for Diving are March 1-6 (times listed below). Divers will be placed into two groups by alphabetical order and have 2 tryout periods. The dive coach will notify the participants. The teams will be selected on Saturday, March 6.


    Group 1

    Monday, March 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 3, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Friday, March 5, 3:00-5:00 p.m.


    Group 2

    Tuesday, March 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Thursday, March 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


    Questions? Email Coach Rob Cole at coachRFC2@gmail.com .


    Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field:

    There is a PowerPoint linked below for all track and field team related questions. The first practice starts on Monday, March 1, at 3:20 p.m. Please meet on the track. All physicals and athletic paperwork needs to be turned in and approved by Mrs. Anderson before athletes can practice. 2021 BVN Track and Field Info Questions? Email Coach Mark Fancher at mfancher@bluevalleyk12.org .


    Note: February 26, BVN offices will be closed.

    Mark Your Calendar

    February 25/26 - No School due to P-T Conferences

    February 26 - BVN Offices closed

    March 1 - Spring Sports begin (physicals & paperwork must be approved)

    March 1 - BVEF Raffle Deadline

    March 1-12 - Hybrid Schedule

    March 15-19 - No School/Spring Break

    March 22 - No School/Professional Learning for Teachers

    March 23 - All students who chose in-person will come to school full-time, everyday

    April 23 - No School/Professional Learning for Teachers

    May 23 - Graduation at 4:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC


    Upcoming All School Events

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


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

    Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)

    Senior Info for Class of 2021 (New!)

    Important News! We will conduct our graduation ceremonies at the District Activity Complex, 13310 Switzer, in Overland Park. The date and time are Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m. We will provide more detailed information, including any attendance guidelines, as we near graduation.


    We have a Canvas page for all Senior information!
    Check here regularly through the year: SENIOR INFO


    This canvas page currently has links to:

    • A countdown to graduation! Only 86 more days . . .
    • An info video from Balfour about how to order your cap & gown and announcements
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript when he or she applies to colleges
    • Specifics about what to do if you missed the Senior Class Picture on Tuesday, Feb. 23 (Deadline to submit a photo is Monday, March 1)


    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ lkmiller@bluevalleyk12.org .

    Parent Announcements

    Course Fee Payment is Open

    The student elective fees have been posted on the student accounts; check ParentVue for the electives' charges. Payments were due on 2/12/2021 so please make sure this is paid. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees. Here is a link to ParentVue: online now.


    Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to our BVN Bookkeeper, Linda Kaphingst, email: lkaphingst@bluevalleyk12.org .


    Report Student Absences via ParentVue

    Did you know you can report your student's absence in ParentVue? This is an easy, efficient way! Once you sign into ParentVue, you will see your student's name and a blue button titled "Report Absence." It takes you to a screen where you can select the start date and end date and the reason code. There is also a box titled "Note" for additional information. Don't forget to hit the "Save" button. If you have questions, please call Rita Mouber, BVN Attendance Manager, 913-239-3001.


    You can still call Rita Mouber, 913-239-3001, to report an absence. If no one answers, she's talking to another parent so please leave a message. Rest assured, Rita will get your student's absence recorded.

    Student Announcements

    FCA

    FCA will be meeting on Wednesdays during North Time for 15 minutes via Zoom. Please email Jason Jones, FCA Sponsor, at JJones05@bluevalleyk12.org if you have questions.


    BVN Class T-shirts Pickup at The Stampede

    All Class Shirts are available for pick-up in The BVN Stampede School Store during hybrid business hours: Monday – Friday when school is in session for 15 minutes before school starts and 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The store is also open during 5th hour on Odd days.

    We have T-shirts for every grade: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.


    BVN GSA

    GSA meets virtually every Wednesday during North Time. Please contact Ms. Moran at smoran@bluevalleyk12.org if you would like to join the zoom meeting.


    KAY-Mustang Community Service Club

    Join KAY-Mustang Community Service Club! We have an exciting community service project you can do from home. We are creating BVN Storytime, a read aloud library for K-2 students. We also have a couple of other service possibilities. Click this link to join the club. Click this link , then “enroll in Course” to see the Club’s Canvas page where club news and information is posted. Questions? Contact Club president Tanu @ tsakaray@bluevalleyk12.net .


    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 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 www.bluevalleyk12.org / 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 during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.


    Meal Pick-up

    Drive-thru meal pick-up service for students in distance learning and VirtualED is available on Mondays and Wednesdays at four locations across the district, including Blue Valley North High School. This service has started back up again in 2021. You can find more information on this link Drive-Thru Meal Pick-Up web page .

    Mustang Medical Messages

    Student COVID testing update (new)

    Parents, if the district offers testing to students again, the consent for testing will be available to you a second time in ParentVue to give your YES consent. Currently, ParentVue consent is now closed. Thank you.


    Planning any travel for Spring Break?

    Consider looking over Kansas Travel Exposure Related Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines:

    1. KS Travel Guidelines / Quarantine Guidelines

    • Attended/traveled to mass gathering events out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear masks.
    • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
    • Others needing to continue quarantining: Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • International Travel: Please note that the CDC may have testing or quarantine requirements for individuals traveling back into the United States. Visit their web page for more information.


    Authorization for Meds/Procedure to be Administered at School (new)

    If your student needs to take prescription medication at school, the parent/guardian needs to complete an authorization form before this can be done. Here is a link to the AUTHORIZATION. Please call Amanda Collichio at 913-239-3013 once you have the form completed. She will set up a time for you to drop off the signed, completed form with the prescription in the original prescription bottle. Thanks!


    If your student carries their own prescription medication with them, in their backpack, to school, the parent/guardian needs to complete the district self carry form and keep it in their backpack with their meds. Here is a link to the SELFCARRYFORM . The nurse needs to make note of this procedure in their BVN health records. Thank you for helping us keep your students healthy!


    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail Amanda Collichio, BVN Nurse, at ajcollichio@bluevalleyk12.org. or call at 913-239-3013.


    VACCINE INFORMATION (new)

    JCDHE vaccine FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions | KDHE Vaccine KS (kansasvaccine.gov)

    Helpful Vaccine Bookmark recommended: https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/


    Free COVID Test resource:

    https://www.gogettested.com/kansas


    COVID Communication

    The safety of Blue Valley North students and staff continues to be a top priority. In an effort to keep our school community informed when we have a positive case, families can expect the following:


    • Families will be contacted directly if through the contact tracing process conducted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the district's health professionals' team:
      1. your child was identified as a low-risk exposure of a student or staff member
      who tested positive for COVID-19.
      2. your child was identified as a high-risk exposure/close contact of a student
      or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If your child’s proximity to or nature of the interaction with the positive individual did not indicate a low or high-risk exposure, then you will not be contacted.


    NOTE: Positive cases by school are reflected on the BV COVID Dashboard. The dashboard is updated every Friday with information from the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday).

    Protect yourself from COVID-19

    Wash or sanitize your hands regularly, Avoid touching your face and mask, maintain 6 feet distance from others when possible, wear a CDC recommended mask in public settings. Cover your cough with your elbow, enjoy the great outdoors, keep social contacts limited, if you're sick, stay home and consider getting a test.

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    Blue Valley Ed Foundation Raffle for a Reason - deadline 3/1

    The Blue Valley Ed Foundation is launching Raffle for a Reason to support our teachers, building, and district-wide grants, as well as a BV Cares program to help our school families with essential needs! Click here to take a look at FOUR amazing raffle packages! Tickets are ONLY $50 each and you can pick which packages you want to enter for a chance to win! There is something for EVERYONE! GOOD LUCK!


    Check on the awesome packages on this link: RAFFLE

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    New Auxiliary Gym Construction: November through July

    We are very excited that construction for our new Auxiliary Gym is under way. This project began in November and should be completed at the end of July. It will take place on the west side of our campus next to our pool entrance. Please note that access from our North and South parking lots will be obstructed due to the construction site. Glenwood will still be accessible from the South parking lot but the parking spots on the west side of the campus will be dedicated for construction parking. Thank you for your patience during this project.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham has decided to not use the Hybrid stop times and instead only use the All in School stop times regardless of what learning mode the District is in. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492.


    Note that it is best to call outside of route times, between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or email admin6700@durhamschoolservices.com.

    PBC Happy New Year Mustang Spirit Wear Sale

    Enjoy some new Blue Valley North spiritwear sponsored by the BVN Parent Booster Club. Once you place your order through the PBC website at www.bvnmustangs.com , you will receive an email that will give you a home address for pickup. Thank you for your support! Go Mustangs!!
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    We are Mustang Proud!

    North Notes is a newsletter for the parents and students of Blue Valley North High School. If you have questions, please contact Janet Roush, Assistant to the Principal, at JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org . Thank you!

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