North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - October 15, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Dr. Ostroski

    • FCCLA Wayside Waifs Service Drive

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Fall Play ~ Clue ~ Oct. 15 & 16

    • Counseling Center

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletics

    • Senior Information

    • Student Announcements

    • Durham Bus Information

    • Fall Activity Guide

    • The Mustang Club (former PBC)

    A Letter from Your Blue Valley North Principal

    Mustang Community,

    One quarter down, three to go! This school year is flying by and we want to thank all of our students, staff, and families for making this such a great start. Please remember that as we are at the midpoint of the semester, there are multiple times during the school week that students can get help from their teachers and be productive. Tuesdays and Thursdays are great opportunities for students to get caught up and take care of business. Please feel free to reach out to your students’ teachers to discuss how effectively he or she is using NorthTime.

    It was a busy week at Blue Valley North. On Wednesday, underclassmen had a testing day and seniors had their outreach day. Thursday was vision & hearing screenings for 9th & 11th graders. It’s hard to believe there’s only five weeks left until the Thanksgiving Break which is November 24-26.

    Please mark your calendars for today, October 15, and Monday, November 1, when there is no school. Enjoy your long weekend, Mustangs!

    As always, thanks for your support.

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    Kudos and Celebrations (new)

    Chamber Singers

    Congratulations to our BVN Chamber Singers who performed this past weekend at the UMKC Cantate Festival. The Chamber Singers performed for the choral faculty at UMKC and were also one of five featured high school ensembles to sing on the stage of Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They represented our Mustang community with pride and excellence! Well done, Chamber Singers!

    Distinguished Service Award

    Regina Alderton, BVN Custodial Team, received the Distinguished Service Award and was recognized at the October 11, 2021, BV Board Meeting. Join us in celebrating and thanking Regina for her 25 years of dedicated service!

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    Congratulations to the Varsity Girls’ Tennis for Qualifying for the State Championships!!!

    The players who will represent the team this weekend, October 15-16, 2021, at the State Championships in Wichita are: Shelby Smith (Fr.), Joy Yan (Jr.), Emma Razi (Jr.), Nancy Di Palo (So.), Cimone Trysla (Sr.) and Mary Crossland (Sr.). The team qualified for state through their efforts at Regionals last weekend. Eight teams participated in our Regional and the Mustangs placed 2nd , as a team, and each individual player and doubles team placed in the top 4 of each 16 player draw. Our 3rd place finishes were: Shelby in singles and Cimone and Mary in doubles. Our 4th place finishes were Joy in singles and Emma and Nancy in doubles. Unfortunately, we had to play each other in the playoffs for 3rd and 4th after a very long day of tennis, but all of the players finished strong and are ready for State!!

    The entire team has had a very successful season. This year’s team has 63 members, the largest participation any BVN tennis team has ever had! It is very exciting to say that the Varsity finished the year UNDEFEATED in dual matches!!

    In addition to dual match competitions, Varsity competed in 4 major tournaments prior to Regionals and State and each player and the team placed highly in all of them. After only 1 day of full team practice, the team competed at the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions and took 1st place as a team!! In her Freshman debut, Shelby Smith placed 3rd in out of the singles draw of 32 of the top players from all around Kansas!! Joy Yan had a tough 2nd round match and had to play the eventual singles champion, but battled through the back draw winning every other match, to place as high as possible, at 9th. Emma Razi and Cimone Trysla reached the finals and finished 2nd, and Nancy Di Palo and Mary Crossland finished 3rd.

    BVN co-hosted the KC Invitational Tournament at the Plaza where 15 teams from all around Kansas and Missouri competed and the Mustangs took 5th place as a team (3rd out of all Kansas teams only), behind BV by only 10 points. Individually, each of the team representatives finished as follows: #1 Singles - Smith 7th, #2 Singles - Yan 3rd, #1 Doubles - Razi/Trysla 7th, and #2 Doubles - Di Palo/Crossland 7th.

    The next tournament was the Olathe Invitational played at CBAC (College Boulevard Activities Center). Eight teams competed and Blue Valley North took home 1st place, as a team, this time besting BV!!

    The final tournament of the season was the EKL Conference Championships! BVN has a long, long history of success at this tournament, finishing as Team Champions 16 years in a row, prior to this year. The team knew it was going to be a difficult tournament when the draw was finalized and all 3 doubles teams ended up in the same half of the draw. Each draw had 24 participants or doubles teams. Despite having to play each other in doubles, the team brought home the Team Title for the 17th year in a row!!! The players who represented BVN in singles and their finishes were: Joy Yan 2nd behind Chaisson from BVW; Shelby Smith 3rd over Quigley from Bishop Miege and Justyna Hayslett 15th over Law from St. Thomas Aquinas. The doubles players and their finishes were: Nancy Di Palo/Emma Razi 3rd over Book/Staley from St. James; Cimone Trysla/Mary Crossland 7th over Kurtland/Calcara from St. James; and Clancy Scott/Meghan Coleman 13th over Padmanaban/Pugal from BVSW.


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    CLUE ~ October 15 & 16 ~ Little Theatre


    We are incredibly excited to welcome back live performances from the BVN Theater Department! This weekend, October 15th and 16th, at 7:00 p.m., the BVN Theater Department will be putting on a production of the classic Hasbro Boardgame; Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

    Special guest stars Include: Joel Goldberg, the voice of the Kansas City Royals and parent of BVN’s own Ellie Goldberg, who is also cast in the show! Joel has spent more than a quarter century on television. Joel has worked in four markets during a 25+ year career, covering two World Series Championship teams and thousands of baseball games—not to mention multiple Super Bowls, NHL playoffs and NCAA March Madness basketball games. Jason Sickel, 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year, and BVN’s Director of Choirs. You’re accustomed to enjoying his work through the performances of his students, but in Clue you’ll get to see him in the spotlight too!

    There will be no cash box at these productions, we can not accept cash at this time. Tickets are still available for purchase by going to and selecting tickets in the top right-hand corner of the page.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing (updates)

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

    • The deadline to drop a class for this semester is October 22, 2021. After this date, students must stay in their classes and take a grade. Schedule change forms are available in Student Services.
    • Juniors and Seniors may sign up for BVN-only virtual admissions presentations by college reps on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Visits for next week include Northwest Missouri State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University, University of Oregon, Drake University and Baylor University.
    • Senior college admissions: Counselors have visited with seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process and offered additional sessions for students using the Common Application. Seniors who have additional questions are encouraged to see their counselor.
    • Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program opportunity for the Class of 2024! Please view this document for information on the program, application process, and the contact for questions.

    • Junior College Planning
      • Counselors will meet with Juniors in English classrooms next week to discuss using Naviance for Career ad College Planning. A timeline for college exploration and admission testing will be included.
      • Counselors will offer two parent college planning Zoom presentations for Junior parents/guardians – October 25th at 6:00pm and November 16th at 7:45am. An email will be sent to Junior parent/guardians on October 18th with details.
    • Parents must submit the Diploma and Transcript Authorization Form before the school is able to send transcripts to colleges for your student.
    • For AP test registration, see AP Registration Information
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room

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

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time returns on Fridays

    When there are five days in the school week, the Bell Schedule will be Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Traditional Day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, school begins at 7:40 a.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, school begins at 8:25 a.m. (see below). If you want a copy for home, ask your student to stop by the BVN main office. It's also posted on the BVN website. When there are schedule changes due to a shortened school week, during finals, etc., it will be announced in North Notes and listed on the EKL calendar, BVN’s school calendar.

    Here is a link to the Bell Schedule which is on the BVN website: BVNBELLSCHEDULE .

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    Mark Your Calendar

    October 15: NO SCHOOL/End of 1st Quarter

    November 1: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning for Teachers

    November 24-26: NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

    December 17: Finals H1 (7:40-9:00); H2 (9:10-10:30); Early release at 10:30

    December 20: Finals H3 (7:40-9:00); H4 (9:10-10:30); H5 (10:40-12:00); Early release at 12:00

    December 21: Finals H6 (7:40-9:00); H7 (9:10-10:30 am)/Early release at 10:30

    Dec. 22-Jan 4: Winter Break

    January 5: School Resumes

    January 17: NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the 2021-22 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

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    Parent Announcements


    On October 4, MAWD Labs has agreed to provide COVID-19 testing appointments for Blue Valley students, staff and their immediate family members. Appointments can be scheduled for eligible individuals who are symptomatic or asymptomatic.


    • Location: MAWD COVID-19 Drive-In Testing Clinic at 14950 Newton St, Overland Park, KS 66223 (northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley District Campus)
    • Hours: Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-3:30 PM)
    • Testing Appointments and Information: Parents/Staff will make testing appointments by calling 913-239-4371. Upon arriving at your appointment, the staff member or parent will register, and provide testing consent. Registration includes name, DOB, race, ethnicity, email/text address, parent consent and which school the student attends. The district encourages individuals to only fill out boxes that are required. If an immediate family member, please use the code for the district (73020146). Coming Soon: Online appointments and registration.
    • Parent Consent: Parents will complete the consent form that is part of registration. A parent/guardian must be with the student at the Drive-In clinic to give verbal permission at the time of testing.
    • Test Results: Test results are sent to the email/text address provided at registration and to Blue Valley Health Services.

    Questions? Call 913-239-4371

    Prescription Meds at BVN - Action Needed

    This is just a friendly reminder to all North parents: All prescription medications must be accompanied by this written authorization from a physician or other person licensed to prescribe medications, for the administration of that medication at school. All prescription medications to be administered at school must be in their original containers with the label intact. Students shouldn’t be self-carrying unlabeled prescription medications or any prescription medications. If you have any questions please contact the School Nurse Amanda Collichio at

    Do you need to check your student out early for an appointment?

    You can no longer send your student a text to get them released from class. Please send a note with your student that morning, and ask them to drop it off at the Attendance Office on their way to their first class. The attendance office window for students is located in the main foyer as you walk into the building. The Attendance Office can also be reached by calling 913-239-3001 or emailing . We ask for a minimum of two hours’ notice. A pass is delivered to your student’s class and their teacher will give the pass to your student so they can check out in the Attendance Office before they leave. If you plan ahead, we can have your student waiting on you so you don't need to come into BVN. You can wait in your car.

    Attendance Office Information

    With over 1500 students, BVN has Rita Mouber, Attendance Manager, solely dedicated to overseeing student absences and early releases from class for appointments. Enter (913) 239-3001 in your phone’s speed dial or email if your student will be absent from school. Include student’s first and last name, grade, reason for absence, your name and phone number. Rita checks email and voice mail constantly so please leave the information on her voicemail if she doesn’t answer her phone.

    World Language Credit Information (9th grade families only)

    This information is only for students who have completed the Middle School world language sequence and will seek to transfer two world language credits to their High School transcript. In July 2020, the Board of Education revised the policy on high school credit for world language courses successfully completed. Students have the option of receiving 2 credits for successful completion of the middle school world language series. To apply for the credit transfer, please fill out the form found here by October 15. This link was also sent to all 9th graders and their parents/guardians via email during the week of September 6, 2021.

    Blue Valley Dress Code Policy: Board of Education Appearance of Students Policy 3513

    Student clothing shall be appropriate for students in the business of learning. Clothing or appearance that distracts from the purposes of the school shall not be permitted. Student clothing shall reflect a sense of self-respect and personal dignity.

    District staff shall seek parent cooperation in encouraging students to adhere to this policy.

    B.O.E. Adopted 25 Aug 1980

    B.O.E. Amended 11 Oct 1999

    B.O.E. Amended 10 Jul 2000

    B.O.E. Reviewed 10 Mar 2014

    School Photo Orders

    If your student’s picture was taken on Picture Day (August 20) and you placed a pre-order for photos, the picture package was delivered to your student in their English class. If you did not pre-purchase a packet, your student was given a proof sheet with instructions for how to purchase from their website, using your student's ID number as the password. Your student may have had their picture taken on Sept. 24 (Re-takes and Last Chance) and we should have proof sheets, school IDs and picture packets in approximately 2 weeks. They will be distributed by English teachers.

    Student ID Cards and Student Activity Passes

    Your student should have received their school ID by now. If a Student Activity Pass was purchased by August 24, it should be printed on his/her Student ID. If you’ve purchased a Student Pass after August 24, just have your student come to Student Services and fill out a form to request a new corrected ID.

    Mustang Family Activity Pass

    If you purchased a Family Activity Pass or an Adult Individual Activity pass, you may have picked it up at the home football game on September 2. If you did not, it was sent home with your student. If you have not yet received it, you can have your student come in to check with Mrs. Miller in the Student Services office.

    School Nurse Information and Clinic Hours

    The Nurse's office is open Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. during school hours. This office closes for lunch 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. each day (except in the case of emergency). Nurse Amanda Collichio is available to assist students with their health needs, first-aid and medical conditions. Please contact Nurse Amanda at (913) 239-3013 or by email at .

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

    BVN Athletics

    Boys’ Basketball Team (new)

    There will be a Boys' Basketball Tryout Meeting on Tuesday, October 19, in the Main Gym at the start of North Time. All boys planning on trying out for basketball need to attend.

    The meeting will last about 15-20 minutes and we will distribute the information needed for tryouts which begin on Monday, November 15. All physicals & athletic participation forms are due to Mrs. Anderson, BVN Main Office on Friday, November 12, by 3:00 p.m. in order to begin practice on November 15. Please contact Coach Phifer if you can’t attend.

    Girls' Wrestling Team

    We have a new head women's wrestling coach, Mallory Meade!

    Girls' wrestling is one of the fastest growing women's sports in the United States, and this year girls have their own division in Kansas and will compete only against other all-female teams. BVN is looking to grow our program and wants everyone to be a part of it. Experience is not needed, just the wiliness to learn.

    Our mission as a school is to empower girls using the sport of wrestling to become leaders in life. With the fast growth of Women's College Wrestling, the sport is only going to grow. Wrestling is a winter sport and practice officially starts November 15th. Sign-up now with Coach Spadoni in Mobile 2! All physicals & athletic participation forms are due to Mrs. Anderson, BVN Main Office on Friday, November 12, by 3:00 p.m. in order to begin practice on November 15. If you have any questions, talk to Coach Spadoni, in Mobile 2 or email: .

    Pre-Season Wrestling

    Wrestling pre-season conditioning has started, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to try out wrestling if you have never done it before. Everyone is welcome to participate, Boys and Girls. You MUST sign up with Coach Spadoni, in Mobile 2 or by email, for wrestling before you can participate. Please email Coach Spadoni for more information: .

    Boys' Swimming and Diving Team

    • Student-Athlete Information Meeting was held on Friday, September 17
    • Team/Parent Meeting will take place on Monday, November 8, at 6:15 p.m. in the Library.
    • All physicals & athletic participation forms are due to Mrs. Anderson, BVN Main Office on Friday, November 12, by 3:00 p.m. in order to begin practice on November 15.

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2021-22

    Winter Sports begin on November 15, and physicals and KSHSAA required athletic participation forms (packets can be picked up in the main office) are due on Friday, November 12, by 3:00 p.m. If your student will be participating in a KSHSAA sponsored sport at BVN, every student-athlete needs a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician. If your student athlete participated in a fall sport, they will already have their packet on file with the BVN Athletic Department. Here is a link to all the forms & physical on the BVN website PHYSICAL2021. The physical is just part of the paperwork required. All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN's Main Office. If you have questions, contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Assistant to the Athletic Director, at 913-239-3011 or by email, .

    Senior Information for the Class of 2022

    Save the date for 2022 Graduation: Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the District Activity Center, 13310 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. Rain date is Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. There are no tickets required and there is no limit on seating.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • Info about ordering your Senior Tribute Ad--the final deadline is November 19. Turn in your ad materials now because no submissions will be accepted after the final deadline. Have questions? Email
    • 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 for college applications
    • A link to order your cap & gown for graduation
    • And MORE!

    We will update the Canvas page as new info becomes available.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

    Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Info

    For the 2022 AP exams, students at Blue Valley North High School will be registering online. Online Exam registration will begin today and end on Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM. The AP exam registration process is two steps, but both can be completed in one sitting when the student and parent/guardian do this together. Even if you do not plan to take the AP exam, you need to complete both 2-3 steps to access the College Board’s AP resources. Both 2-3 steps must be completed in order to have AP exams ordered:

    Step 1: Begin the process at the BVN Counseling Canvas Page to watch the video walking you through how to register for your AP exam as well as how to access your join codes at

    Step 2: After watching the videos, Click on the AP Registration Website link. You will indicate both the AP courses you are taking this year and the exams you wish to take. You will receive your join codes and directions to complete the second required step. Any exam fees will be paid online so be sure to have a debit card or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment. (the video shows the Mail option, but we HIGHLY recommend credit/debit cards for a timely payment)

    Step 3: Use the join codes provided at the completion of step one to enroll the student's AP courses and exams in the College Board's system.

    This year each AP exam costs $108.00. Blue Valley North High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Catie Bosch,, or go to Student Services to learn more.

    Here are the important dates for the registration process:

    • Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 1:44 PM - Registration Begins
    • Fri, Nov 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $40 late fee per exam.
    • Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM - Registration Ends
    • Mon, Mar 14, 2022 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.
    • Thu, Mar 10, 2022 - Last day to cancel an exam and receive a full refund.

    Please contact Catie Bosch,, if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

    Student Announcements

    TSA/Engineering Club (new)

    BVN has a TSA/Engineering club, and the sponsor is Mr. Riley. They have only had one meeting and want to get the word out for other students to join. They meet every other Friday during the second half of North Time. Our club is for students who are interested in engineering and would be interested in competing in the TSA competition. If you need any other information about the club, please stop by room 522 and talk with Mr. Riley.

    American Mathematics Competition

    The AMC (American Mathematics Competition) test will be administered online this year on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The AMC test is being administered in the fall this year instead of January or February. BVN will be administering the AMC 10/12 B test only. The cost of the test is $10, which is an increase in price from previous years. If you are interested in taking the AMC test, please complete the following form by Monday, October 18. In addition, you must bring your payment of $10 to Mrs. Colwell in Room 238 on or before Tuesday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.

    National Honor Society

    Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. and Mandatory Induction is Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:30.p.m. upon approval of candidacy.

    Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with any questions. Thanks!

    Spring Musical Announced -- February 3-5, 2022
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    Durham Bus Riders (updated)

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492. The best time to call is between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when more staff are available to answer questions.

    Durham Bus Services has three helpful tools for families with bus riders. Registration is required each year for families as bus routes and participants change:

    1. Bus Tracker: The Blue Valley Durham location will be using the Bus Tracker mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. To use the app, users will create an account that is tied to an email address of the user’s choice. The tool will allow account users to follow the route of a specific bus. Durham is updating daily when a scheduled backup bus is being used for a planned maintenance activity. If a bus is replaced with a quick turnaround due to an unforeseen event, Durham dispatch will make the switch on Bus Tracker at their next opportunity to update the app.
    2. Text Messaging: Families are still encouraged to sign up for Durham Text Messaging. The system is designed to share the “why” as Bus Tracker is designed to tell the “where”. To sign up for Durham Text Messaging visit
    3. E-Link: Allows for verification of a student’s transportation information (i.e., stop location, bus # and pick-up and drop off times) based on the input of grade and home address. To access E-Link, go to

    BVN Fall Activity Guide

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Fall Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition:

    This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams & performing arts students, find out more about their coaches and directors, and read a greeting from the BVN Principal & the Mustang Club Presidents. Please take time to see the advertisements from our corporate partners and give them your business whenever possible. We thank them for their support of the Mustang Club and our Blue Valley North students. Enjoy!

    Please Join The Mustang Club during 2021-22!

    After looking through the Fall Activity Guide, we hope you will be inspired to join The Mustang Club (the former BVN Parent Booster Club).

    It financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (similar to a PTO/PTA), and over the last 6 years, has granted over a half million dollars to support our school’s extracurricular activities, organizations, and athletic teams. We could not provide the depth and breadth of opportunities without your help through memberships and donations of your time.

    The Mustang Club needs your support! Membership is down and volunteers are in short supply. Here are some options for you to consider:

    · Become a Mustang Club member at one of the five membership levels;

    · Purchase spirit wear from The Mustang Club website (;

    · Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause. We specifically need a VP of Activities and a President Elect; and

    · Take advantage of sponsorships for companies wanting to support BVN financially.

    Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!

    SAVE THE Date - Buckaroo Bash January 29, 2022

    You will not want to miss the biggest and best parent party in the Blue Valley School District! This fundraising event is a massive support for our students, and our hope is that this year’s event is an even bigger success than the last Bash, at which we made almost $28,000 to support our kids’ activities!

    We are Mustang Proud!

    North Notes is published most Fridays during the school year. 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 .

    BVN Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

    On Friday, October 15, the office will close at 1:00 p.m.

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