North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - December 2, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Student Support After School Program

    • Kansas Communities That Care Survey

    • Bell Schedules

    • Finals Schedule

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Doll Drive ~ deadline 12/6

    • KC Pet Project ~ deadline 12/8

    • Refugee Children Toy Drive - deadline 12/9

    • Students Heart Teachers Fundraiser

    • Counseling Updates

    • Class of 2025 Announcement

    • Student Announcements

    • School Supplies Drive ~ deadline 12/12

    • Medical Messages

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Blue Valley 2023 Bond

    • Durham Bus Information

    Kudos and Celebrations ~ We are Mustang Proud!

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    BVEF Grants Awarded to BVN

    On November 10, the Blue Valley Educational Foundation Surprise Squad made a visit to BVN and awarded $10,413.72 in grants for our students. The BVN teachers sponsoring and writing the grant proposals include:

    Sheryl Stein ~ Adaptive Physical Education swim and weight equipment

    Kim Dowdy ~ Stress Less for Student Success

    Abby Cornelius ~ Stick Together @BVNLibrary

    Terri Newman ~ Sources of Strength Continuing School Support

    Diana Manglos ~ Creativity in the Beta

    Terri Snethen ~ Beats by BVN

    Sarah Dockendorf ~ Driver's Ed Scholarships for Students with IEPs

    We are grateful to these teachers who took the time to write the proposals and are thankful for the BVEF and all the support they provide to help our students.

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    BVN Coach One Win Away from Major Milestone

    Coach Ann Fritz is one win away from a major milestone. When her girls' basketball team opens the season this week, she could notch her 600th career win. Their first game is this weekend at the Columbia College tournament. Channel 9 interviewed her last week! Congratulations Coach Fritz, and all the best to the Girls' Basketball Team!

    Click on this link to view the interview:

    Student Support After School Program Starts Dec. 5 (new)

    Officer Tony Latas, BVN Student Resource Officer, and Sean Birdsong, BVN Student Support Liaison, will be running a Student Support After School program beginning next Monday December 5th. This program will run each Monday and Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. in room 602. We will use this time for students who are routinely waiting a few hours for rides after school, having any failing grades, and/or missing assignments that need to be completed.

    This will also be a good opportunity for any students needing community service hours to come and assist. If your student is interested in volunteering in this opportunity, have them talk with Officer Latas, Mr. Birdsong or any BVN Administrator.

    In addition, please reach out to Officer Latas, Mr. Birdsong, or any administrator if your student would benefit from this support program. Thank you!

    Kansas Communities That Care Student Survey - 2023 (new)

    Current Blue Valley students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades are invited to take the Kansas Communities That Care student survey in January 2023.

    Blue Valley has participated in this survey for many years, and continued participation allows our staff to understand yearly trends, measuring the effect that our prevention and responsive programming has on our students.

    The Kansas Communities That Care student survey is offered to schools across Kansas and is supported by Greenbush Education Service Center and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The survey is built on a framework of prevention to support effective, evidence-based strategies in Kansas communities. The survey is voluntary, and parents or guardians must complete a form granting permission for their student to take the survey.

    Questions for the Kansas Communities That Care Survey (KCTC Survey) can be found on the district website under “useful links.” Questions are related to substance use, school climate, bullying, depression, and suicide. The survey is completely anonymous, and no identifying student personal information is collected. The Blue Valley School District receives data summarized by school and our overall district results.

    Permission for the Kansas Communities That Care survey can be entered in ParentVue until December 16, 2022. For questions related to the Kansas Communities That Care survey, please contact Mindy Wells, Coordinator of Student Support Services at or Adam Wade, Director of Academic Achievement & Accountability at

    Blue Valley North Bell Schedules

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    December 5-9

    Monday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Tuesday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Wednesday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Thursday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday: Traditional Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    *On late start Tuesday/Thursdays, Durham buses will run their normal pickup times. Students can eat breakfast in the commons, study in the flex space or in the library.

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    Mark Your Calendar

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the 2022-23 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Dec, 7 - 2nd semester class changes begin

    Dec. 9 - Last day to make 2nd semester class changes

    Dec. 16 - Finals: Hour 1 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 2 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Dec. 19 - Finals: H3 (7:40-9:00)/H4 (9:10-10:30)/H5 (10:40-12:00)/School Dismissed @ 12:00

    Dec. 20 - Finals: Hour 6 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 7 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Note: No lunch served on Dec. 16, 19 & 20; Buses will run their route home early

    Dec. 21-Jan. 3 - No School/Winter Break

    January 4 - School Resumes

    January 16 - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 28 - Buckaroo Bash Parent Fundraising Party

    Doll Drive ~ Alzheimer's Patients at Garden Terrace ~ by 12/6

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    KC Pet Project Navigators Program ~ deadline 12/8

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    NHS Refugee Children Toy Drive ~ deadline 12/9

    National Honor Society is collecting holiday toys for refugee children. Donations can be dropped off in the BVN library. The deadline is Friday, 12/9 and a lot more toys are needed. Thank you!
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    Students Heart Teachers Fundraising

    The BVN Students Heart Teachers chapter is running a "BVN Holiday Teacher Wishlist Campaign." Help us raise $500 to gift *TEN* BVN teachers *$50.00* to fund their classroom WISHLIST! Any amount raised over $500 will grant additional teachers $50 to fund their classroom wishlist. Please donate below to support our wonderful BVN teachers!

    Students Heart Teachers brings together students with a passion to enrich and uplift teachers by inspiring, educating, and mobilizing students and communities to make impactful changes in how teachers are valued.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Fall 2022 has passed. Students must stay in their class and take a grade .
    • NEW THIS YEAR: 2nd semester changes will only be accepted December 7-9. There will be no schedule change window in January. Forms will be available in Student Services starting December 5th. Exceptions will be made for level changes and drops to a Study Hall.
    • Seniors requesting transcripts for January 1 deadlines: Please be aware transcripts will not be sent over winter break. If you have a January 1 deadline, please request transcripts by December 16th.
    • During the 1st two weeks of November, Counselors are visiting with all 9-11th grade classes for a positive mental health/suicide prevention lesson. We know this topic is challenging for some, particularly those with personal experience with this. If a parent has a concern about their student participating, please reach out to your student’s counselor. Email addresses can be found here -
    • Counselors visited with Seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process last week. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Counselors have visited with Juniors in ELA classes this week to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning.
    • Counselors have visited with Sophomores to discuss appropriate tasks in Naviance. More information can be found here -
    • Counselors have visited with Freshmen in Advisory to discuss their 4-year academic plan. More information can be found here - Freshmen Four Year Academic Planning
    • College visits are back in person this year! Juniors and seniors are welcome to sign up to meet with visiting admissions representatives on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Login here -
    • Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
    • Visit the Counseling Home Page to find additional resources or contact information for Counselors and other Student Services staff.

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Advanced Repertory Theatre Presents...........

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    Student Announcements

    Math Competitions

    Inviting all interested in participating in math competitions: Mathleague has a series of high school online math contests. Top-scoring students in qualifying rounds are invited to compete in the State Championship contest. You need to register and pay for yourself and take the test online. If you are interested, please register online at: . Upcoming online dates are December 10 and 18. There are other dates in the new year. Choose a date that works for you. If you have questions, please email Matthew Chen (

    FCA Meetings

    FCA meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre. Come for fellowship and fun! If you have questions, please email BVN teacher, Jason Jones at .

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    BVN School Supplies Drive - 1st pickup on December 13

    Have unwanted school supplies? Please donate to Scraps KC! Blue Valley North is partnering with to collect used or new school supplies. The items needed are listed above. Please ask your student to drop off items in the large white bin outside the library or the small buckets in the main office & student services office. The first pickup will be Tuesday, December 13. If you have questions, please email Sarah King, in the Student Services Office, at .Thank you!

    Medical Messages

    Flu & COVID

    Parents it is that time of year when Flu and COVID cases start to pop up. If your student is not feeling well and has a cough with a sore throat it may be wise to keep them home and be sure they are not sick with flu or COVID. If your student has a fever with or without symptoms, they must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication (Blue Valley nursing standard is fever =100 °F or above.)

    Need to speak with the nurse?

    If you need to speak with the nurse please e-mail to set up an appointment.

    Has your student been injured or has a concussion?

    Send your medical orders or documentation to and the nurse will communicate this with your students educational team.

    Did your student forget to take a daily morning medication before leaving for school?

    If your student ever forgets to take a daily morning medication before coming to school, the parent may bring the medication to the school’s front office and the parent may dispense and give the student the medication. If the nurse is to give the medication it must be in the original prescription pill bottle accompanied by the signed physician’s medical order ( ).

    Need to update your students immunization records?

    Please E-mail any updates to your students immunization record to Nurse Collichio, Thank you.

    BVN Nurse Page

    For more information about the BVN Clinic, please visit the Nurse Page by clicking on this link:

    Parent Announcements

    Safe Schools Reporting

    Blue Valley Schools is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around all of our schools. Through the convergence of physical and intellectual security measures, we are continuously working to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a wide range of emergencies. Please check out available ways to report safety concerns.

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    Over the summer the URL for ParentVUE changed. Click here for the new URL: ParentVUE

    Parents will need to have the new URL or they won’t be able to login to ParentVUE or request a password reset. The Blue Valley School District website and the BVN website have both been updated with the new URL so the parents can access the link from Parent>ParentVUE.

    In addition, this also impacts the ParentVUE app. Parents will need to update their device to the correct link.

    Student Digital ID Cards

    Students have a digital student ID card on their phones. If you paid for a Student Activity Pass, it should say that on the ID and students will show this to get into games. They can save their ID on their home page on an iPhone, or it can be saved as a favorite page on an android phone. If students were absent on Picture Day or if they have any trouble loading the ID, they can come to Student Services for help.

    Family Activity Passes

    All Family Activity Passes and Adult Individual Passes have been distributed. If you paid for your Family Activity Pass by the end of the day on September 13 but haven't received it yet, the cards were sent home with your student. If you purchase a pass after September 13, you need to contact Lori Freeman, BVN Bookkeeper, to obtain your cards.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Athletic Announcements


    Tryouts begin the first week of December. You must have a physical online to be eligible to tryout. Vans will leave BVN at 3:00 p.m. to be at Aaron's Bowling Center in Belton. Let Mrs. Nathan or Mr. Smajda know if you are coming or have questions. Boys bowling tryouts: Dec 5th and 7th; Girls Bowling Tryouts Dec 8th and 9th.

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    Starting July 1st, the Blue Valley School District is moving to an online format to submit all paperwork, including a new physical completed, signed and dated May 1, 2022 or after, by a physician. This paperwork is required for students involved in athletics and activities at the high school and middle school levels. The online system can be accessed directly through this link: .

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

    Please contact Stevie Gibson, BVN Athletics Administrative Assistant, at (913) 239-3011 or .

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Graduation for the Class of 2023 will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer.

    Seal of Biliteracy for Seniors: Seniors received information about the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy via email communication November 29. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please review the Seal of Biliteracy website for detailed information. If you would like to participate, the Seal of Biliteracy Student Intent Form must be submitted by the end of day Friday, Dec 16, 2022.

    If you have not done so already, please order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need as soon as possible. Seniors can check the list posted at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have or have not ordered. If not, just go to or ORDER HERE!

    Senior Class Picture will be taken on Tuesday, January 24. All senior advisory classes will go to the gym at 12:15 p.m. A link to purchase the photo print will be posted as soon as it is available. In case of a snow day on 1/24, the photo will be taken during advisory on 1/26.

    Our diplomas will be ordered soon so that we have them in time for May graduation. Please click on the link and complete the Senior Diploma/Transcript Form as soon as possible. Only 24 seniors still need to have this form completed. This form also authorizes the release of senior transcripts for college applications. Click here: Diploma/Transcript Authorization. If the form is not completed prior to our order, we will use the name as written in ParentVue/StudentVue.


    For the most up-to-date info,
    please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

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    Opportunities to learn more about Bond 2023

    All registered Blue Valley voters will have an opportunity to vote in a no tax rate increase bond election in January 2023. Bond projects include investments in facilities, safety and technology that will benefit staff and students for years to come.

    Here are a few ways to learn more about Bond 2023.

    • Listen to a podcast: Take time to listen to two 15-minute podcasts about Bond 2023 & Facilities and Bond 2023 & Safety.

    • Watch a video: Watch a short video that breaks down how bond funds can be used. Want to learn more? Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

    • Review the Bond 2023 website: The Bond 2023 website includes information about voting, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

    • Register to vote: All registered Blue Valley voters will automatically receive a mail ballot around January 11. Not a registered voter? Register online.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492 or contact them via email at

    We are Mustang Proud!

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    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, November 21-25, 2022.

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