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FON Annual Appeal

Please Donate to the Annual Appeal

We are significantly behind in our campaign for this year.

Your generous donation is needed whether it is $100 or $10,000 to help close the funding gap from last year. Every donation truly counts.

We have put together some videos to help educate Northside families about a portion of what their donations are used for. Please take a few minutes to watch them if you have not done so already.

Please watch this video from Rachel and Maryam about clubs.

Please watch this video from Jaz and Jide about the counselors' office.

Please watch this video from Nathan and Noah about athletics.

Donate today to keep vital support in place for all of our athletes and meet our goals of 100% parent participation and raising $500,000.

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

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Dance Showcase

Friday, January 10
7:00 pm
Auditorium

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Beginning Ensembles Concert

Tuesday, January 14
7:00 pm
Auditorium

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NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting

Thursday, January 16
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

The NCP Athletic Boosters seek to organize support and assistance for our exciting athletic programs, their coaches, and our amazing student-athletes. Please join us to share your ideas and concerns and help us in our quest to increase attendance and student participation at our team events. Get involved and celebrate the incredible achievements of our students outside of the classroom!

All parents and guardians are welcome. Go Mustangs!!!

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Homecoming Dance

Chaperones Needed

Friday, January 17
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Plenty of parent chaperones are needed for this widely-attended event. Click HERE to sign up.

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No School

Monday, January 20
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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LSC Meeting

Tuesday, January 21
6:30 pm
Faculty Lounge

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Semester Finals

Monday, January 27-Thursday, January 30

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Friends of Northside (FON) Meeting

Tuesday, January 28
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

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Freshman Parents Night Out Planned

Wednesday, January 29
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Leadway Tavern & Liquors
5233 N. Damen Avenue

Freshman families, are you interested in meeting other parents of NCP freshmen? Come out for a casual evening of fun planned at Leadway's Tavern & Liquors. The event is free, food and drinks are available for purchase.

For additional details, email Claire Shingler or Grace Kwon.

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Click the above image for a Sun-Times article on the townhalls.

CPS to Host Townhalls to Discuss School Funding Formula

Wednesday, January 29
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Amundsen High School 5110 N. Damen Ave.

Chicago Public Schools is hosting six town hall meetings across the city to get feedback from parents, students, and school staff about potential changes to the CPS school funding formula. This is an important meeting for high schools and for selective enrollment schools. Parents are encouraged to attend.

CLICK HERE for an article from the Sun-Times that talks about the purpose of the meetings and the full listing of townhall dates and venues.

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No School

Friday, January 31
Professional Development Day - No Classes

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YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!

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Mark Your Calendars!

Northside's Feast and Fundraiser Spring Benefit

Friday, March 13, 2020
7:00 - 10:30 pm
DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave

Join Northside parents and faculty for a fun evening to raise
essential funding for our students and celebrate cultural diversity with a buffet of local favorites and craft spirits.

For more information, click HERE.

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Be a Voice for Your School - Run for an LSC Position

Seeking Candidates for our 2020-2022 Local School Council (LSC)

Be a voice for Northside! The election for next year’s (2020-2022) Local School Council is in spring 2020. Candidates are needed for all six parent representatives and two community representative positions. Please consider running for one of these important posts and participate in the governance of your child’s school. Additional information is available in this cover letter from CPS in English and in Spanish. Forms are available in the school office and on the CPS website.

▪ Parent reps must have a student enrolled at Northside this year, as well as while they are in office.

▪ Community reps may not have a student enrolled during their term and must live on the North Side of the city.

Interested candidates can nominate themselves for a position by returning the completed form to the school office. Candidates may also provide a short statement of their qualifications and why they want to be on the LSC. Nomination forms must be turned in to Northside by March 5 at 3:00 pm. A Candidate Forum will be held prior to elections - with date TBD. The election is on Thursday, April 23, with voting conducted during report card pick-up.

For more information about the role of the LSC, please contact LSC Chair Shari Massey.

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Hurry - Only a Few Spots Left!

Don't miss out on this opportunity for a great spring break trip.

Ms. Torres is leading a trip of NCP students to Costa Rica over spring break from Saturday, April 4-Saturday, April 11.

The itinerary is packed with exciting adventures. Students will travel to Arenal to see the Arenal Volcano National Park, go on hanging bridges and hot springs excursions, and visit La Fortuna waterfalls. In Monteverde, students will try canopy zip-lining, horseback riding, and plant trees in the Santa Elena Biological Reserve. During a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, the guided visit will include a rainforest aerial tram ride. The final day will be spent traveling to San José via Sarchí to see the village's crafts.

Please contact Ms. Torres by the end of this week to sign up.

Click HERE for a flyer.

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Don't Delay - Order a Yearbook Today!

It's the wintertime, which means it's the perfect time for you to purchase your copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook!

To get your copy of the 2019-20 Stampede:
1. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/Stampede2020
2. Type in the code: 4187220
3. And purchase!

The price will be $45 until March 1 and $55 after March 1, so don't wait to get your copy!

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This Week in Sports

Please come out and cheer on our mighty Mustangs at the following games:

Men's Basketball

▪ Wednesday, January 8, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (JV) vs. Sullivan at NCP
▪ Friday, January 10, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (JV) vs. Mather at NCP

Women's Basketball

▪ Tuesday, January 7, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (Soph) vs. Taft at NCP
▪ Thursday, January 9, 5:30 pm (V) and 6:30 pm (Soph) vs. Lane Tech at Lane Tech

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Donations Needed for Student Resource Closet

Friends of Northside has a resource closet available to NCP students. We are in need of:

▪ Individual snacks such as granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
▪ Body lotion
▪ Deodorant for women
▪ Reusable water bottles
▪ Athletic apparel for men and women (shirts, shorts, pants)
▪ Mittens and gloves
▪ Earmuffs
▪ Baby wipes
Individual snacks such as granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
Body lotion
Deodorant for women
Reusable water bottles
Athletic apparel for men and women (shirts, shorts, pants)
Mittens and gloves
Earmuffs
Baby wipes

All items must be new and unopened. No used clothing will be accepted. Please bring all items to the Counseling Office and set outside of Ms. Matthews' office.

Contact Nancy Liljedahl with any questions.

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Band Trip to Orlando for Festival Disney

Thursday, March 12-Sunday, March 15, 2020

All non-beginning level members of Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Choir are invited to travel to Orlando to participate in Festival Disney, a music performance competition and festival for high school music ensembles from across the country, from Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Click HERE for trip details:

1. Read through the trip details.
2. If you are committed to participating, complete and submit the commitment form.
3. Officially register for the trip and begin your payments by way of the online registration and payment portal.
1. Read through the trip details.
2. If you are committed to participating, complete and submit the commitment form.
3. Officially register for the trip and begin your payments by way of the online registration and payment portal.

Contact Mr. Park if you have any questions.

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Guest Speakers Needed for Life Lessons Colloquium

Mr. Madia is looking for parents who would like to be a guest speaker for his life lessons colloquium.

He's looking for people in the field of finance, cooking, fashion, travel, hiring manager, auto, housing, life skills, etc. Please contact Mr. Madia directly to help.

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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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January College Visits at Northside

Wednesday, January 8
Harvard College, 2:15 pm

Thursday, January 23
United States Naval Academy, 9:48 am

Students can register for the upcoming visits via Naviance or the Enriching Student Portal. Parents can access the college visits via their Parent Naviance account.

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Monday, January 6 is the Last Day to Register for Academic Approach SAT Test Prep Course

Academic Approach is offering a standardized test preparation course for students taking the April 14, 2020, SAT exam. This course will review key skills in reading, writing, math, and science and their application on the SAT.

Cost: $356.40 per student (Checks preferred, cash accepted, but no credit cards.)

Deadline to register: January 6, 2020
Submit the attached document and payment to Ms. Moore, in room 221, no later than Monday, January 6, 2020. For more information, contact Ms. Moore, Northside Prep College Counselor, via email or by phone, (773) 524-3954 x26811.

The Academic Approach spring 2020 SAT Prep Course dates and times are:

Date/Lesson/Time
▪ Wednesday, January 22 Diagnostic PSAT 3:15-6:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, February 5 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, February 12 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, February 19 SAT Class 3:15-6:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, February 26 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, March 4 Practice SAT 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, March 11 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, March 18 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, March 25 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, April 1 SAT Class 2:15-5:15 pm
▪ Wednesday, April 14 Official SAT at Northside Full Day of School

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Additional Test Prep Resources

There are some additional options available for students who would like to prepare for the upcoming PSAT Test.
• On the students’ Naviance account, there are free PSAT and SAT Prep resources such as Kaplan and Naviance Test Prep. Click here to view the instructional video if you need assistance with accessing the Naviance Test Prep resources.
• Students can log-in to their College Board account to access practice tests through Khan Academy.

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CPS Scholarship Notifications and College Events Around the City

For details about the upcoming events and to access the most recent updates, view the College Calendar on the Northside Prep Counseling website HERE.

For additional scholarship opportunities, visit the Northside College Prep Counseling page HERE

Monday, January 6
▪ App Closes: Davidson College Charles Scholarship
▪ App Opens: Alpha Psi Lambda-National, Inc. Zeta Chapter Dream Scholarship

Tuesday, January 14
▪ App Opens: Chicago Housing Authority Scholarship Program

Wednesday, January 15
▪ App Closes: Connor Group Kids and Community Scholarship Program
▪ App Opens: Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) for HBCU Students

Thursday, January 16
▪ App Closes: Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. - Mackey Tillman Scholarship

Friday, January 17
▪ App Closes: The Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Saturday, January 18
▪ Pui Tak Center: Career Day

Monday, January 20
▪ App Closes: Immerse Education Cambridge Summer School - Essay Competition

Thursday, January 23
▪ App Closes: Live Más Scholarship

Friday, January 24
▪ 6:00pm ~ USA Gap Year Fair 2019: Oak Park, IL

Saturday, January 25
▪ 12:00pm ~ USA Gap Year Fair 2019: Chicago, IL (Winnetka)

Friday, January 31
▪ App Closes: Bank of America Student Leaders Program
▪ App Closes: Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award
▪ App Closes: Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago - James Davies Scholarship
▪ App Closes: George M. Pullman Educational Foundation
▪ App Closes: IACAC Scholarship
▪ App Closes: Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest
▪ App Closes: Princeton Prize in Race Relations
▪ App Closes: The HEAR Scholarship Foundation

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Important Dates for the Class of 2020

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Important Dates for the Class of 2021

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New to Parent Portal?

Three easy steps to sign up!

1. Obtain your student's PIN, which should be on your acceptance letter or school welcome letter.
2. Create an account HERE.
3. Link a student to your account.
1. Obtain your student's PIN, which should be on your acceptance letter or school welcome letter.
2. Create an account HERE.
3. Link a student to your account.

PINs can only be provided to the parent/guardian in person or by mail to the address on file. They cannot be provided by phone or email, or to a student. To request your PIN, please contact Sonia Fernandez in the Counseling Office.

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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 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;
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;
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).

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;
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;
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).

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 1, you will receive further instructions from CPS.

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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 organization to work from one database for events. It is not a CPS database and is completely different and separate from the CPS Parent Portal and Northside's EPay website.

FON Connect also 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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Parking Lot Safety

Our NCP school parking lot is a bustling 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 and by following the parking lot procedures.

Parking Lot Procedures

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.

The first few days will be busy at drop-off and pick-up. Please, for the safety of all involved, plan to give yourself enough time for drop-off and pick-up and please be patient while in the parking lot. Pulling over to the curb on the right as your student enters or exits your vehicle keeps students safe and traffic flow efficient. Our safety team will be actively working to ensure that students arrive and depart safely each day and that vehicles in school lots remain damage-free.

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NCP Carpool Connection!

If you're interested in carpooling to school, add your address to the 2019-2020 NCP Carpool map and reach out to contact a potential carpool family on the map. Find the map HERE or on the Welcome page of FON Connect.

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Attention, Parents of CTA Commuters

Did you know that the #82 and #92 buses pick up students in front of Northside at the end of the school day? The Kimball Brown line station is also close to school at Kimball and Lawrence.

These are just a few of the ways students can use public transportation to commute to school. More information on routes for your student can be found at the CTA website HERE.

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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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Help Northside When You Shop Online

You can help our school with no extra cost to you.

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

Click HERE to read about AmazonSmile. Click HERE for detailed sign-up instructions. Skip the instructions and sign up HERE!

To choose Northside, please note that our AmazonSmile name is Friends of "North" "Side" (North Side - two words at AmazonSmile).

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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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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
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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Seniors, click HERE for the Class of 2020 web page.

Northside’s website can be found HERE.

Friends of Northside's website can be found HERE.

To see all volunteer opportunities on one page, click HERE.

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Please do not reply to this e-mail. Send your questions or comments to Friends of Northside.

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

Click HERE to submit information.

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