North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - May 7, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Principal

    • May Schedule

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Kudos, Celebrations and Athletic Signing Day

    • Counseling Updates

    • Senior Class of 2021

    • Parent Announcements

    • Girls' Basketball Summer Camps

    • Environmental Club May 2021 Newsletter

    • Student Announcements

    • BVN PBC Spring Activity Guide

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • Auxiliary Gym Construction Info

    • Durham Contact Info

    • Parent Booster Club Spirit Wear Sale

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,

    As we move into May, we are very excited that the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021 is only two weeks from Sunday! While this exciting culminating event is only weeks away, it is extremely important that all of our students finish strong. Remember that we have time dedicated each day for students to get work done and/or Zoom with their teachers for help that they need. In addition, if you are a parent of a senior, please make it a priority to read information within this newsletter regarding our upcoming senior events.

    As we have stressed throughout the year, it continues to be EXTREMELY important to follow all COVID risk mitigation strategies. If you have a student who experiences any COVID symptoms (especially if you have recently traveled) it is imperative that they stay home and get tested. Remember that the only time students can Zoom into classes will be because of a COVID-related absence. All other absences must be through communication with teachers and Canvas access.

    Have a great weekend, Mustangs!

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    Mark Your Calendar

    May 12 - BVN Athletic Signing Day, 3:00 p.m. in the main gym

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

    May 26 - Students attend class Hours 1 & 3; Finals Hours 5 & 7

    May 27- Final Exams Hours 2, 4 & 6

    May 28 - Final Exams Hours 1 & 3/School dismissed @ 10:41

    May 28 - Last Day of School

    May 31 - Memorial 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.

    Kudos, Celebrations and BVN Athletic Signing Day

    NHS Thank You to the Mustang Community (new)

    The BVN National Honor Society had a diaper drive for Happy Bottoms. A grand total of $328 was raised and many packages of diapers were collected. Mr. Koertner’s 5th hour class won the contest, raising $170, and they will receive a treat for their efforts. Thank you to all of the students and families for your help, and congratulations to the NHS students for the hard work leading this service project!

    Journalism Contests & Awards (new)

    We send a BIG congratulations out to all of the journalism students who have competed in recent contests. They placed 4th in the 6A KSPA State contest the weekend of April 30th, 2nd in our KSPA Regional in February, and 2nd in the Newspaper Sweepstakes for the JEMKC contest held on April 28th, which includes the Greater Kansas City Metro area.

    On April 30th, our newspaper also received the All-Kansas Award, which is the highest rating they can receive in Kansas. (Our 2020-2021 yearbook will be rated next fall.)

    Here are highlights from the contests:


    (awarded 1st - 6th places for entries, had to qualify at regionals;

    competed against about 35 Kansas schools in the 5A/6A category)

    Yasmeen Saadi, 1st place - feature writing

    Ellianna Cierpiot, 3rd place - film review writing

    Caroline Clarke, 4th place - feature writing

    Kelsey Chellberg, 4th place - cutline/caption writing

    Alex Doege & Reece Bachta, 4th place - social media

    Anna McCartan, 5th place - infographic design

    Arshiya Pant, 5th place - feature writing

    OVERALL: 4th place in 6A division


    (could submit one entry/category, ranked 1st - 3rd and one honorable mention;

    competed against about 32 schools in the KC metro)

    Staff, 1st place - newspaper overall design

    Staff, 1st place - newspaper multiple spread coverage

    Alex Doege, 1st place - newspaper sports reaction photo

    Alex Doege, 1st place - newspaper sports action photo

    Anna McCartan, 1st place - yearbook secondary coverage

    Ellianna Cierpiot & Yasmeen Saadi, 2nd place - newspaper editorial

    Reece Bachta, 2nd place - newspaper news/feature photo

    Charitha Lakkireddy, 2nd place - newspaper opinion column

    Jack Toal, 2nd place - online blogging

    Charitha Lakkireddy, 3rd - newspaper sports story

    Yasmeen Saadi, 3rd place - best overall traditional yearbook design

    OVERALL: 2nd place Newspaper Sweepstakes Winner


    (could submit two entries/category, plus an extra for a "wildcard" category;

    competed against six schools)

    Ainsley Skomal, 1st place - digital illustration

    Ella Thomas, 1st place - news page design

    Anna McCartan, 1st place - infographic design

    Adelaide Edwards, 1st place - yearbook design

    Bhavya Gupta, 2nd place - yearbook copywriting

    Lauren Picollo, 2nd place - yearbook sports writing

    Alex Doege & Reece Bachta, 2nd place - social media coverage

    Yasmeen Saadi, 2nd place - news writing

    Yasmeen Saadi, 2nd place - feature writing

    Kelsey Chellberg, 2nd place - cutline/caption writing

    Ellianna Cierpiot, 2nd place - editorial writing

    Maddie Austin, 3rd place - news page design

    Jane Gurley & Christel de Bruin, 3rd place - Yearbook Theme and Graphics

    Alex Doege, 3rd place - student life photography

    Jane Gurley, 3rd place - digital illustration

    Arshiya Pant, 3rd place - feature writing

    Arshiya Pant, 3rd place - headline writing and design

    Abby Glenn, 3rd place - Advertising Design

    Stefania Alonzo, 3rd place - yearbook copywriting

    Angelica Henson, 4th place - editorial cartoon

    Caroline Clarke, 5th place - feature writing

    Abby Glenn, 5th place - cutline/caption writing

    Ella Shafer, 6th place - sports writing

    Christel de Bruin, 6th place - yearbook design

    Charitha Lakkireddy, 6th place - news writing

    Ellianna Cierpiot, 6th place - review writing

    Reece Bachta, 6th place - sports photography

    Adelaide Edwards, 6th place - A Winter in the Heartland photo contest

    OVERALL: 2nd place in regionals

    Please congratulate these students when you see them! Mustang Proud!

    STUCO Election Results for the 2021-22 School Year (new)

    Congratulations to the following students who have been elected to office on our Student Council Board. We wish them all the best!

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    BVN Athletic Signing Ceremony - May 12
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    Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)

    Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage
    for information about:

    • Seniors are reminded to complete the senior survey when their post-secondary plans are finalized. Click here for more info

    Questions? Contact Theresa Gonzalez @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Senior Info for Class of 2021

    Save the date for our graduation ceremonies at the District Activity Complex, 13310 Switzer, in Overland Park on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. No tickets are required for graduation, and there is no limit on seating.

    Watch your email on Monday, May 10 for the link to reserve 2 tickets to our Class Day ceremony which will be held on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. here at North.

    Click SENIOR INFO for links to:

    • A countdown to graduation! Only 15 more days . . .
    • Info about the Senior Class Meeting on May 12
    • Purchase your Senior Class Photo
    • Order cap & gown from Balfour--less than 20 seniors still need to do this!
    • Authorize the release of your student's transcript when he or she applies to colleges
    • An image file of Senior Week events, including the Senior Finals schedule for you to copy and print to put on your fridge
    • and more . . . .

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

    CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SENIORS! All seniors at BVN should have been surprised to find a yard sign at your home on Friday, April 23. If you didn't, you should have received an email with instructions regarding where to pick yours up. Please email Mrs. Miller at if neither of these things happened. #mustangstrong

    BVN Bone Marrow Virtual Donor Drive extended (new)

    Good news! The bone marrow drive will continue through July 31st, so we are hopeful that more will sign-up for this important event. Below is the URL to sign up.

    Thank you for your support!

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    Parent Announcements

    COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for 16-22 years of age (new)

    Children’s Mercy Kansas City and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) are teaming up to offer voluntary COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Kansas residents who are 16 to 22 years old. Blue Valley is sharing these voluntary opportunities with our high school families.


    • Appointments are required.

    o Self-schedule an appointment at Children’s Mercy Patient Portal.

    o Call the contact center at (816) 234-3700 for an appointment or with questions.


    To learn more about the vaccine and for additional opportunities for vaccination for anyone 16+, please visit or see the flier from JCDHE .

    Does your student need to leave BVN early? (new)

    If your child needs to leave early, in addition to calling Rita Mouber, Attendance Manager, at (913) 239-3001, send a note with your child or text them on their phone so that they can show it to their teacher. We are unable to send passes to students this year. Also, please remind your student to check out with Rita Mouber in the attendance office before they leave the building. Thank you!

    Ceramics students and parents! (new)

    If you or a sibling took ceramics in the 2019-2020 school year, please come get your (their) ceramic pieces. (Parents, we still cannot let parents into the building so if you need to pick up the piece, email Rachel Elyachar, her email is below, and she will get the pottery to the main office and put the student's name on it and who will pick it up.) We are still holding on to pieces that never got home from lockdown. Additionally, if you had ceramics last semester and did not pick up your pieces, please stop by and grab them! All pieces are at the end of the 400 hallway. Please email with any questions. All pieces will be thrown out at the end of this semester. Thanks for your help!

    Mission Trail Elementary Alums (new)

    Ms. Pfingsten is leaving MTE to become a counselor in Spring Hill and Mrs. Hansen is retiring at the end of this year! If you would like to send a card to MTE or be part of a video tribute for either, please click the link below for more information.

    Yearbook Distribution Days coming soon

    If you haven’t purchased a yearbook yet, and would like to, plan to bring $50 cash or check, or a credit card, to school on distribution day. For seniors, this will be May 14. For underclassmen, the distribution date is TBA. Due to the limited number of extra books, these extra yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis after May 14.

    Click here to see if you’ve purchased: PURCHASED 2020-21 YEARBOOKS

    Activity Programming Fee questions?

    Please check to make sure you have completed paying your student’s Activity Participation Fees (APF) for the 2020-21 school year. Remember, this is a fee charged at the time of registration to all students in grades 6-12 and goes toward the support of activities in middle and high schools. The Activity Participation Fee supports the existence of these programs and allows students the continued opportunity to receive the valuable experiences that these programs offer. The Activity Participation Fee includes all sports, activities, clubs and other supplemental contract items that support student activities.

    Take a moment to log in to ParentVUE to confirm you have paid your child’s Activity Participation Fee.

    For information on the fee, including the purpose and use of funds, please see the Participation Fee section on the district’s website.

    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: .

    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.

    Volleyball Team

    Do you have a current 8th grader interested in VOLLEYBALL next fall? Please fill out this interest form.

    Email Coach Allin, , with any questions.

    BVN Girls' Basketball Summer Camps
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    Student Announcements

    BVN Food Services update (new)

    Kathy Dietz, BVN Cafeteria Manager, wants the students to know that there will be new items served at lunch in May. Mashed potatoes and gravy will be offered on Tuesdays and scallop potatoes available on Fridays through the rest of the school year. Enjoy!

    NHS Book Drive (new)

    Let's join NHS students, clean out your books at home and donate new or gently used books! The drive starts now through the end of the school year, May 25. Ask your student to drop off the books in Mrs. Stein's classroom #247. There will be a bin labed "NHS Book Drive." Many students in the Kansas City area have not had access to books in over a year due to the pandemic. All the books will be going to elementary school kids in the area so they can continue to read despite the uncertain circumstances due to COVID-19. Contact any NHS officers, or Sheryl Stein if you have questions.


    FCA will be meeting on Wednesdays during North Time for 15 minutes via Zoom. Please email Jason Jones, FCA Sponsor, at 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 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 (updated)

    GSA will meet on Zoom after school on Wednesdays. For information, please email .

    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 @ .

    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 / 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 Location Change Starting March 22

    Starting on March 22 and going forward, we will offer meal pick-up at two locations only (Blue Valley High and Blue Valley Northwest). Meal pick-up will continue to be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays for virtual learners. You can find more information on this link Drive-Thru Meal Pick-Up web page .

    BVN PBC Spring Activity Guide

    Please take a look through the BVN Parent Booster Club Spring Activity Guide that is hot off the press! Here is a link to the on-line edition: SPRINGACTIVITYGUIDE .

    This is a great way to see the spring athletic teams, and peruse the advertisements from our business partners. We thank them for their support of our Parent Booster Club and our Blue Valley North students. Enjoy!

    Mustang Medical Messages

    Mustang Senior Parents (new)

    Please ensure the school has the most current immunization record on file before April 29th. In May your students BVSD immunization record will be printed and given to your student with their diploma. It is a very important document to keep for your students future.

    Reasons your student will need their immunization record after high school:

    1. College applications
    2. Occupational opportunities
    3. Passport application/travel
    4. When your student family grows

    Just to name a few. I wish the Seniors all the luck and good fortune in the future endeavors.

    Thank you, Amanda Collichio, RN, BSN, School Nurse

    New Vaccine Requirement - 2021-2022 School Year (new)

    Dear parents/guardians of incoming 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th students,

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance.

    • Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required.
    • Phasing In Menigococcal (Serogroup A, C,W,Y): For the 2020- 2021 school year: Children entering 7th and 8th grade: one dose of MenACWY at school entry. Children entering 11th and 12th grade having received a previous dose: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series. Children entering 11th and 12th grade with no previous doses: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series.

    Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2019 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI).

    Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations:

    • An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or
    • A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations.

    All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school.

    Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school.

    Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Blue Valley North’s school nurse is Amanda Collichio and she can be reached my email at or by phone at (913) 239-3013.

    Have a trip planned? 2-26-21 State Quarantine List.pdf

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

    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.

    Free COVID Test resource:

    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:

    • your child was identified as a low-risk exposure of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • 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).

    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

    PBC Spring 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 , 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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