North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - December 4, 2020

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from North Administrators

    • Kudos, Celebrations and Thank Yous

    • Yearbook Orders Due 12/22

    • Bell Schedule and Calendar for December

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Let's Help our Mustang Families for the Holidays

    • Counseling Updates

    • Freshmen Class T-shirt

    • The Stampede

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • Parent Booster Club Holiday Shopping Spiritwear

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Dear Blue Valley North Community,

    Thanks to all those families who donated gift cards for our BVN families in need. The response has been amazing. There is still a need for more so if you are able to help, please see the options and signup under the “Helping our Mustang Families” heading in this newsletter. We are forever grateful for your kindness and generosity.

    The deadline to pre-order a Blue Valley North Yearbook is Tuesday, December 22. Go to ParentVue to order or check to see if you’ve already paid for one. Once you pre-pay $50 for a yearbook, your student will be assured they will receive one in May.

    December 22 is the last day of school for 2020. More information about the January schedule and the final exams schedule (January 13, 14 and 15) will be coming later this month.

    As always, thank you for your continued support of the Mustang Family!

    The BVN Administrative Team

    Blue Valley North High School

    12200 Lamar Avenue

    Overland Park, KS 66209

    (913) 239-3000

    Kudos, Celebrations and Thank Yous (new)

    Football Team

    Congratulations to our Football Team that qualified to the State 6A Championship game. What a terrific season and we are Mustang Proud for your State Champion runner-up finish!

    Attention Mustangs!

    Thanks to your generosity, the BVN One Crew One Day Coat Drive collected a total of 77 coats for distribution to charity and children's homes. Due to your charity, children will be warm this winter season. Thank you so much, Theo Kupper

    Purchase Student's Yearbook in ParentVue ~ deadline 12/22

    Parents, to assure your student gets a yearbook, order by Tuesday, December 22, in ParentVue! If you think you ordered one already, you can also check ParentVue. Cost of a yearbook is $50, and it's best to go into ParentVue on a laptop vs. your cell phone. Here is a link to PARENTVUE .
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    Tips for Students and Parents

    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, or call the BVN main number, 913-239-3000.

    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!

    Blue Valley North High School Calendar for December 2020

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    Blue Valley North Bell Schedule for December 2020

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    Mark Your Calendar

    Nov. 30-Dec. 22 - All students Distance Learning from home

    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 - Winter Break

    Jan. 4 - School Resumes (schedule TBD)

    Jan. 13-15 - Final Exams (schedule TBD)

    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.

    Helping our Mustang Families during the Holidays (new)

    Thank you to all the families that have generously donated already! There are still Blue Valley North families in need and we hope to help them all during the Holiday Season. If you are able, please sign-up for a gift card on the link below (It is not necessary to create a Sign up Genius account to sign-up.):


    Put your gift card in a sealed envelope marked “Family #1” and so forth. Drop it off by 9:00 a.m. on December 14 to Hether Lyntton, BVN Administrative Team, in the BVN Main Office. If you have questions, please contact Janet Roush at or 239-3012.

    Thank you for being the Unspoken Heros of North!

    Also, please remember that Lisa Summers is the BVN Social Worker. It has been a difficult several months, both financially & emotionally, for families and Ms. Summers is here to help. BVN has a limited amount of funds to assist families. Programs that BVN offers include school supplies, Snack Program (Snacks will be distributed to students on a weekly basis), Give the Basics Program: Shampoo, Conditioner, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste, etc. Please contact Ms. Summers at (913)239-3116 or email or with your needs.

    Blue Valley Career-Ready Programs (new)

    Did you know that Blue Valley offers a variety of career-ready programs for high school students in partnership with Johnson County Community College? Blue Valley strives to provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. Over the next several weeks, we are excited to highlight each of these program opportunities in our weekly newsletter. Watch the video below for an overview of current and future opportunities students have to learn real-world skills and practical knowledge with a career focus. If you are interested in Career-Ready opportunities, let your counselor know. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Beren at or 239-4141 or visit the district website. Click here for a Career-Ready Programs Video.

    Senior Info for Class of 2021

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

    This canvas page currently has links to:

    • Order a senior tile from the PBC--deadline is Jan. 31
    • An info video from Balfour about how to order your cap & gown and announcements
    • A link to let us know how you want your senior's name printed on the diploma, along with authorizing the release of your student's transcript

    We will update this Canvas page as new info becomes available. You no longer have to wait for Friday to get updates from this parent newsletter--you can check the Canvas page any time.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

    Freshmen Class of 2024 T-shirt ~ deadline is Dec. 11

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    The Stampede, BVN's Student-led School Store

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    Parent Announcements

    Course Fee Payment is Open

    High school in-person/VirtualED course fee payment for the 2020-21 school year is open and online now. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees.

    • Course fees are assigned based on your student’s enrollment.

    • Course fees are assigned for the first semester only.

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

    Student Announcements

    BVN GSA (new)

    GSA meets virtually every Wednesday after school from 2:50 - 3:15 p.m. Please contact Ms. Moran at if you would like to join the meeting.

    KAY-Mustang Community Service Club

    Join KAY- Mustang Community Service Club! We have an exciting fall 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 @

    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.

    Meal Pick-up (new)

    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. The last day of the year for pickup will be on Monday, December 21, and each student will receive 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches. This service will start back up again on Monday, January 4. More information is available on the Drive-Thru Meal Pick-Up web page .

    USDA extends free meals for students through 2020

    As a result of extended USDA funding opportunities, all students enrolled in Blue Valley will be able to eat for FREE as of Sept. 9, 2020, regardless of eligibility status, until further notice. This includes complete breakfast and lunch meals for students who are dining in-person/hybrid at the elementary level, middle and high school students currently in the Distance Learning model, and all students enrolled in the all-virtual model, VirtualED. Please help out the Food and Nutrition Department and consider eating a complete breakfast and lunch meal at school for free. A la carte items will be charged at the set price and are not free.

    Mustang Medical Messages

    COVID Communication (new)

    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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    Planning any travel for the Holidays?

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

    1. KS Travel Guidelines / Quarantine Guidelines

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

    New Auxiliary Gym Construction: November through July

    We are very excited to announce that construction for our new Auxiliary Gym has begun. This project will last from November until the end of July and 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

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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 . Thank you!

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