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Pass It On

The Annual Appeal is still in full swing. Can you expand our reach by asking one friend or family member to contribute? Forward This Week at Northside or click HERE to download a hard copy of the form to share.

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As the end of the year approaches, don't forget:

▪ All donations are 100% tax deductible.
▪ Gifts of stock are accepted and can be an effective tax-planning strategy.
▪ Employer donor matching programs can double or triple the impact of your gift.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Gifts of stock are accepted and can be an effective tax-planning strategy.
Employer donor matching programs can double or triple the impact of your gift.

Click HERE (English) or HERE (Español) to read the appeal letter from Principal Mest.

Click HERE (English) or HERE (Español) to download a paper form to return to the main office with payment.

Questions? Click HERE to contact Friends of Northside.

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Thank you to the 135 families who have donated so far!

We still have a long way to go. Don't delay! Please donate today.

Keep Northside strong! All donations are appreciated!

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Friday, December 7
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln

Join fellow NCP parents at Friends of Northside's monthly coffee gathering. Stay for as long as your schedule allows.

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Northside College Prep: Spring 2019 SAT Prep Course

Registration Deadline: Monday, December 10

Academic Approach is offering a standardized test preparation course for Northside College Prep students who will participate in the April 9, 2019 SAT exam. This course is best suited for students who are interested in an efficient preparation course reviewing key skills in reading, writing, math, and science, and their application on the SAT. The 24 hours of total instruction introduces reading annotation, math problem solving, and grammar and rhetorical skills, all with rigorous emphasis on SAT standards and practices. The Academic Approach spring 2019 SAT Prep Course dates are outline below.
For more information, contact Monique Moore, Northside Prep College Counselor at mcmoore6@cps.edu or (773) 524-3954 x26811.

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Holiday Book Drive

The NCP Crucible Chapter of the National English Honor Society is holding its 2018 Holiday Book Drive now through Wednesday, December 14. Donation boxes are located in all English classrooms. All books will be donated to Open Books Chicago. Thanks to the generosity of Mustangs during last year’s book drive, NEHS collected more than 1100 books for donation. Let’s see if we can beat that total this year!

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon Buffet

Thursday, December 20

Our teachers and staff are THE BEST, so let's show them how grateful we are for all they do for our students! Contributions of homemade or purchased lunch and dessert items, drinks, gift cards, financial support, and your time are all welcome. Click HERE to sign up.

Holiday Luncheon Committee Co-Chair Needed

The Holiday Luncheon Committee is looking for a Co-Chair to help with the event this year and take over next year. It's one of the Faculty and Staff's favorite days. If you are interested or have questions please contact Nancy Liljedahl at n.liljedahl@comcast.net

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This Week in Sports

Come to a game and support our student athletes!

Women's Basketball

▪ Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Chicago Academy at Chicago Academy
▪ Thursday, December 6, 5:00 pm (V) vs. Prosser HS at NCP
▪ Saturday, December 8 at 4:00 pm (V) vs. Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School at NCP
Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Chicago Academy at Chicago Academy
Thursday, December 6, 5:00 pm (V) vs. Prosser HS at NCP
Saturday, December 8 at 4:00 pm (V) vs. Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School at NCP

Men's Basketball

▪ Monday, December 3 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Admundsen HS at NCP
▪ Wednesday, December 5 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Marine Academy at Marine Academy
▪ Friday, December 7 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Taft HS at NCP
▪ Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 pm (F) and 2:30 pm (SO) and 4:00 pm (V) vs. Notre Dame College Prep at Notre Dame College Prep
Monday, December 3 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Admundsen HS at NCP
Wednesday, December 5 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Marine Academy at Marine Academy
Friday, December 7 at 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (SO) vs. Taft HS at NCP
Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 pm (F) and 2:30 pm (SO) and 4:00 pm (V) vs. Notre Dame College Prep at Notre Dame College Prep

Men's Bowling

▪ Monday, December 3 at 4:15 pm vs. Payton College Prep at Home (Waveland Bowl)
Monday, December 3 at 4:15 pm vs. Payton College Prep at Home (Waveland Bowl)

Women’s Bowling

▪ Monday, December 3 at 4:15 pm vs. Lane Tech HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)
Monday, December 3 at 4:15 pm vs. Lane Tech HS at Home (Waveland Bowl)

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Practices began on Monday, November 19. Email Coach Ceja for more information.

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Indoor season will begin on Monday, January 14. Contact Director of Athletics Henderson for details.

Wrestling

The wrestling team will co-op with Von Steuben High School this year. Contact Director of Athletics Henderson for details.

Visit the NCP Athletics website for additional information about Northside teams, and download the 8 to 18 app via iTunes or Android to follow them on your phone.

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AP EXAM REMINDER

Students who plan to take an Advanced Placement (AP) exam this spring must register and pay by 5:00 am, December 28.

The cost is $110 per exam. Click HERE to register online and pay using a credit or debit card.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Alexander Hughes in the counseling office.

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Buy your 2018-2019 Stampede Now and Save Money!

The deadline for purchasing the 2018-2019 Stampede for the standard price of $45.00 is Friday, March 1. After this date the price will go up from $45.00 to $55.00. Also, after this date, you won’t be guaranteed a yearbook, since we will not be ordering many extra copies.

To purchase a yearbook please click the link below and follow the directions.
1) Click HERE
2) Enter code 4187219

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Donate Tea to the Faculty Lounge

Individually Wrapped Tea Bags Needed

Many members of our faculty and staff drink tea, and the supply in the faculty lounge is running low. Please consider donating a few boxes of individually wrapped tea bags to NCP. Mark your package FOR FON and drop it off in the main office or at the security desk.

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Donate Your Sewing Machine

Ms. Woodruff is hoping to run a sewing colloquium this spring but needs sewing machines. If you have a sewing machine you can donate, please contact Ms. Woodruff at jwoodruff@cps.edu.

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Travel this Spring with Northside

Spring Break 2019 Trip to Spain

Four amazing cities and more than 15 sites to visit, including Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, and Costa del Sol!

What is included? 8 days of beautiful and historical España! Airfare, all hotel stays, transportation-comfortable coach bus, tour guides, breakfast and dinner, etc.

Open to ALL students.

Email Jtorres2@cps.edu for more information.

Spring Break 2019 Trip to England

Please join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to England, Spring Break 2019!

On this trip you will experience the distinct character that is London. Admire St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben,The House of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. We will also travel to Somerset and visit Stonehenge the United Kingdom's most mysterious landmark, Bath, Stratford (see where William Shakespeare was born), and Oxford.

See Ms. Fernandez or Ms. Vosnos or click HERE for an informational brochure.

Spring Break 2019 Trip to the Grand Canyon

Students will have a chance to connect with the majesty of our National Park system. We will spend 5 nights in the Grand Canyon camping, hiking, stargazing, and learning wilderness skills. Students will participate in a second-semester colloquium to prepare them for the trip. Trip sponsors and chaperones include Ms. Qazi, Ms. Schaldenbrand, and Mr. Barry Smith. Approximate cost: $1,000 (includes flight, food, and lodging).

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NCP Spring Benefit Update

Planning continues for this year's event, which takes place on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Auction Items Needed

The committee is looking for donations for the online and live auctions and needs your help securing items – sports tickets, restaurant gift cards, travel and hospitality vouchers, tutoring, unique experiences, and hosted parent parties. Please email Kristen Werries Collier, kristenwerriescollier@gmail.com, to donate, get more information or pass on connections to pursue.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate Sponsorship contributions will be used to underwrite the cost of the 2019 Spring Benefit and enable Friends of Northside to provide more of its financial resources for programs and services for the school not covered by the CPS budget. For sponsorship opportunities and in-kind donations, please contact Matt Schechter, matthew.d.schechter@gmail.com.

Food & Beverages Needed

Have a connection to a local restaurant or beverage vendor? We need items to add to our dinner buffet, as well as wine, champagne, and soda. Contact Debra Swan, debra@theswans.net, if you can help.

Want to Help?

Want more information on how to get involved? Contact Event Chair, Debra Swan, debra@theswans.net.

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Parking Lot Safety and Procedures

Our NCP school parking lot is a busy place before and after school. Families dropping off and picking up students are asked to be mindful of both safety and courtesy. Please assist us by ensuring that traffic lanes stay clear during drop-off and pick-up times. Pulling over to the curb on the right as your student enters or exits your vehicle keeps students safe and traffic flow efficient.

Please remember that ALL VEHICLES MUST EXIT ONTO KEDZIE. You may enter the parking lot from Kedzie or Bryn Mawr, but regardless of where you enter, all cars must exit onto Kedzie. For the safety of our students and the rest of the Northside community, please do not exit onto Bryn Mawr.

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Mark Your Calendar

Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm: Talent Show
Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm: NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting
Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 pm: LSC Meeting
Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm: Cozy Concert
Friday, December 28: Deadline to Register for AP Exams
Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4: Winter Break

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CPS Volunteer Requirements

According to CPS policy, anybody who is going to be in contact with students must be approved as a CPS volunteer. There are two levels of volunteers, Level 1 and Level 2.

Level II Volunteers

(This process can be completed in a day & is required even of volunteers for Friends of Northside events)
A fingerprint criminal background check is not required for Level II Volunteers.

A Level II Volunteer is:

1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
3. An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; and/or
5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).
1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
3. An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; and/or
5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).

Level I Volunteers

(Please allow 8-12 weeks for the entire process)
A fingerprint criminal background check is required for all Level I Volunteers.

A Level I volunteer is:

1. A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
2. An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; and/or
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).
1. A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
2. An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; and/or
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).

To become a volunteer, please visit CPS' Volunteer website and follow the instructions. There is also a link on Northside's website on the Parents page Northside Volunteers.

Assistant Principal Kaitlin O'Hare is Northside's Volunteer Coordinator. After applying to become a volunteer, you must visit the school and show Ms. O'Hare your ID, so she can approve you to move forward in the volunteer process. For Level II volunteers, that is the only step you must take. For Level I, you will receive further instructions from CPS.

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Check out The HoofBeat, Northside's online newspaper, to get NCP news from the student perspective!

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What is FAN?

FAN is Family Action Network, an organization which connects parents, educators, and professionals through collaborative programming that educates, inspires, and positively impacts the broader community. Nearly every week during the school year there will be a dynamic and important speaker, discussing the issues that interest you.

FAN events are free to all.

Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success

Karamo Brown
Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye. Co-author of the forthcoming book Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life. Co-founder of 6in10.org, and recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.
Wednesday, December 5
7:00 pm
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

View event flyer HERE.

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side

Eve L. Ewing, Ed.D.
Poet, visual artist, essayist and author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard and the "Ironheart" series for Marvel Comics. Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Wednesday, December 12
7:00 pm
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

View event flyer HERE

To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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Bragging Rights

Do you have news or team results to share with the Northside parent community?

Click HERE to submit information.

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FON Connect

Friends of Northside uses a customer/constituent relationship management (CRM) system known as FON Connect that allows our parent volunteer organizations to work from one database. It is not a CPS database and is completely different and separate from the CPS Parent Portal and Northside's EPay website.

FON Connect serves as the NCP Family Directory and allows users to review their donation history, update their contact information, register for upcoming events, and more. Each parent has a separate account. Transactions, including donations, are recorded in the account of the parent who initiated the transaction or donation.

If you’re new to FON Connect, you'll need to set up a login and password. To do so:

▪ Click HERE.
▪ Click on “Forgot Password?”
▪ Enter your email address.
▪ Check your email for the link to create a login name and password.
Click HERE.
Click on “Forgot Password?”
Enter your email address.
Check your email for the link to create a login name and password.

Once you have set up your FON Connect account, keep your login and password in a safe, convenient place because they will be your keys to the database throughout your years at Northside.

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Navigating Northside

Navigating Northside

Navigating Northside, our parent handbook, is available on the school website under the Parents tab. Click HERE to access it directly.

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Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan

College, Career, and Life Readiness

Naviance users have free access to Kaplan's interactive live-streaming and on-demand programming. Click HERE to learn more.

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Collegiate Scholars Information Session (Freshman Only)

Wednesday, December 5
2:00 - 3:00 pm

A representative from The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) will conduct an information session for 9th-grade students.

Chicago Collegiate Scholars is a three-year enrichment program for academically successful and highly motivated Chicago Public High School students. CSP prepares students for admission and success at the nation's most selective colleges and universities. The program is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2022.

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

The strongest candidates for the program will demonstrate the following characteristics:

▪ Ranked in the top 10% of their class
▪ Enrolled in academically rigorous courses (Honors, AP, IB)
▪ Leaders in their community, both inside and outside of high school
▪ Have demonstrated the ability to confront and overcome academic and social/cultural challenges
▪ Creative and willing to learn and share their ideas with others
Ranked in the top 10% of their class
Enrolled in academically rigorous courses (Honors, AP, IB)
Leaders in their community, both inside and outside of high school
Have demonstrated the ability to confront and overcome academic and social/cultural challenges
Creative and willing to learn and share their ideas with others

Semifinalists for the program will be invited to interview with our Admissions Committee in late March 2019. Finalists and their parents/guardians will be invited to an additional interview in April 2019. Final notifications of acceptance will be distributed in early May 2019.

If you or your student have any questions prior to the information session, contact Monique Moore, Northside Prep College Counselor, at mcmoore6@cps.edu.

Upcoming College Visits at Northside

Wednesday, December 5
Collegiate Scholars Program (Freshman Only), TBA
Wilbur Wright College/Chicago Star Scholarship, 8:37 am

Thursday, December 20
Peace Corps Vanuatu, 3:15 pm

The list of college visits is updated frequently. For the most current information, parents of juniors and seniors should log into their parent account for Naviance.

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Give Back to Northside

Purchase school and office supplies at Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Northside can receive 5% back in credits or FREE supplies. Simply provide our school ID 70031171 at checkout, online or in stores. There’s no cost to you!

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Support Northside - Shop AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Northside every time you shop.

Click HERE to read about AmazonSmile. Click HERE for detailed sign-up instructions or skip the instructions and sign up HERE.

Please note that our AmazonSmile name is Friends of "North" "Side" (North Side - two words at AmazonSmile).

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Follow Us on Social Media

▪ NCP's Official Facebook Page
▪ Northside Prep Parents' Facebook Page, a closed group for parents, by parents, to share their knowledge of Northside
▪ NCP's Twitter Page
▪ Friends of Northside Facebook Page, for news everyone can view
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Northside Prep Parents' Facebook Page, a closed group for parents, by parents, to share their knowledge of Northside
NCP's Twitter Page
Friends of Northside Facebook Page, for news everyone can view
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