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NCP Cubby Walk 2019

Thursday, April 25

Cubs vs Dodgers

Cubby Walk is our annual spring fundraiser walk-a-thon from Northside to Wrigley Field.

Early Deadline is Friday, April 12

Turn in your envelope with a signed permission form, completed pledge form, and payment (if not paid online) by April 12, and you will be invited to the Cubby Walk Ice Cream Party on Friday, May 24.

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

Pay online and receive our exclusive NCP phone wallet (while supplies last). Click HERE to pay online. A minimum donation of $40 or more will get your student an event t-shirt, game ticket, future off-campus lunch, and a chance to win some great raffle prizes.

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Top student fundraisers for each grade level will win incredible prizes! Top senior will receive 4 additional graduation tickets. Top junior will choose either a VIP parking spot in the main lot or 2 senior prom tickets. Top sophomore will receive a free parking pass in the student lot. Top freshman will receive his/her own locker for sophomore year.

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Participating seniors get a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship. Seniors also can win the prize of choosing the location of their graduation seats.

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have a chance to win: an extra set of textbooks next year; priority choice of location of their locker for the new year; off-campus lunch + 3 friends.

All students can win gift cards and a week of choosing hallway music. Lots of incentives for participating in the Cubby Walk!

More information at friendsofnorthside.org. Questions to Cubby Walk Chair, Elizabeth McManus at elizabethmcmanus@comcast.net. Go Cubs!

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Sign Up for All Volunteer Opportunities. Hurry spots fill fast!

Counting Days

Friday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 24
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sign in and meet in school office conference room to count money and check permission slips.

Cubby Walk Day

Thursday, April 25
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Assist with student shirt distribution, chaperone students, and staff checkpoints along the walk-a-thon route. Depending on your assignment, you may finish earlier in the day. We ask chaperones to donate $20 for their game ticket and event t-shirt. When signing up, provide your t-shirt size.

Ice Cream Party

Friday, May 25
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Serve ice cream and toppings to the students that returned their packets and donation by April 12.

Questions?

Questions to Cubby Walk Chair, Elizabeth McManus at elizabethmcmanus@comcast.net. Go Cubs!

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Thank You Northside Cubby Walk 2019 Sponsors!

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Missed the Online Auction?

Three Auction Categories Are Still Open

Fund-a-Need

The Most Direct Way to Support Learning at Northside

Our teachers have compiled a thoughtful list of their immediate needs. Donate now to ensure that they have the equipment and supplies that they need to offer all of our students the enriched and exceptional curriculum that NCP is known for.

Featured Fund-a-Need Item of the Week

The Science Department needs one, 6-group set @ $314 and one, 3-group set @ $164 of the Amino Acid Starter Kit to use in Honors Biology to help model protein structure and function.

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This engaging, hands-on protein-folding kit makes teaching protein structure basics easy. Your students will fold a protein while exploring how the chemical properties of amino acids determine its final structure.

Your student will use the Amino Acid Starter Kit© to employ the kit's protein-folding activities to first explore the primary and tertiary structure of proteins by constructing a generic 15-amino acid protein, then learn about the secondary structure of proteins by folding a toober model of the first of 3 zinc fingers of the Zif268 protein.

Prefer to donate to a different Fund-a-Need item? Click HERE.

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Better Library, Brighter Future!

The NCP Library: the heart of the Northside community since 1998.

The library is the heart of NCP where students gather to study, collaborate, and socialize. Help us to modernize and revitalize the space for our motivated and talented students. Let’s provide our community with a library that meets the needs of our students in 2019 and beyond. Click HERE to hear from freshman Jake Philips and HERE to hear from sophomore Marco Salzetta.

We are happy to report that we have raised $29,000 towards the library renovation so far. However, more funds are still needed to accomplish this massive undertaking that will transform the space.

Please make a donation to the NCP Fund for the Library today!

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Parent Parties

Sign up to attend a party hosted by a Northside family. These parties are a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other Northside parents. We have something for everyone. Don't miss out, sign up today!

Featured Parent Parties of the Week

Trivia Night

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Click here to purchase!

Come out and test your trivia knowledge, enjoy some pizza and beverages, meet and socialize with other NCP parents and maybe win a prize!

Thursday May 16, at 6:30 pm, at Borelli's in Lincoln Square.

Evereve Shopping Party

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Mom's Night Out Styling Party at Evereve Southport! Enjoy a fashion workshop on fall trends, personal styling, and 15% off on all store purchases. Delicious wine and appetizers will be served.

Saturday, September 7 from 6 - 9 pm.

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Click HERE to see photos from the event.

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This Week in Sports

Registration for spring sports is now open on the 8to18 website. Please be sure to register your students as soon as possible. Click HERE.

Women’s Soccer

▪ Monday, April 8, (V & JV) vs DePaul at NCP
▪ Wednesday, April 10, (V & JV) at Amundson
▪ Friday, April 12, (V & JV) at Ridgewood
Monday, April 8, (V & JV) vs DePaul at NCP
Wednesday, April 10, (V & JV) at Amundson
Friday, April 12, (V & JV) at Ridgewood

Women's Softball

▪ Monday, April 8, 4:30 pm (V & SO) v. Lane Tech at Lane Tech
▪ Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 pm (V & SO) v. Solorio Acad at the Ballpark at Devon and Kedzie
▪ Friday, April 12, 4:30 pm (V & SO) vs. Kennedy HS at Kennedy HS
Monday, April 8, 4:30 pm (V & SO) v. Lane Tech at Lane Tech
Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 pm (V & SO) v. Solorio Acad at the Ballpark at Devon and Kedzie
Friday, April 12, 4:30 pm (V & SO) vs. Kennedy HS at Kennedy HS

Men's Baseball

▪ Monday, April 8, 4:30 pm vs Lane Tech at Lane Tech
▪ Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 pm vs Taft at Taft
▪ Friday, April 12, 4:30 pm vs Taft at Rogers Park
Monday, April 8, 4:30 pm vs Lane Tech at Lane Tech
Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 pm vs Taft at Taft
Friday, April 12, 4:30 pm vs Taft at Rogers Park
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Spring Testing 2019 - SAT/PSAT This Week

This week, students in grades 9-11 will participate in city and statewide testing of the SAT/PSAT.

Tuesday, April 9
The SAT will be administered to 11th grade students.

Attendance day for 11th graders only; non-attendance day for 9th, 10th, and 12th graders

Wednesday, April 10
The PSAT will be administered to 9th and 10th grade students.

Attendance day for 9th and 10th graders only; non-attendance day for 11th and 12th graders

For 11th grade and 12th grade, there will be a series of optional college visits and service projects. Students will be asked to confirm participation.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, April 11
Non-attendance day for students

Conference Sign-Up

Registration Closes at Midnight on Monday, April 8

On-line registration for Parent-Teacher conferences will be open until midnight Monday, April 8. You will have the opportunity to access teachers’ calendars and schedule a convenient conference time.

Click HERE for instructions and the HERE for the online sign-up.

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NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

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Students can Attend the Chicago Latino Film Festival for Supplemental Credit in Spanish Class

Señor Blease wanted to let you know about a wonderful opportunity to receive supplemental credit for your child in his Spanish class. He has encouraged students to go to the Chicago Latino Film Festival for the past 18 years, and they have loved it. Parents should know that although this experience is amazing and it is a celebration of international films and culture, some films may not be appropriate for some people.

He encourages you to take a look at THIS website to read the descriptions of movies students can see so you can determine which movies would be more appropriate for your child.

The festival begins March 28 and goes until April 11. The cost for students is $10 with ID., but he will be exploring less expensive options, and he will post them to his website if he finds them. Thank you for your support of the Spanish program! If you have any questions, please contact Señor Blease at rblease@cps.edu.

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Spring Break

Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19

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Give the Gift of Your Time and Talents

Become a FON Board Member

Friends of Northside (FON) is a parent organization that works to support the Northside community through fundraising and volunteerism. All parents and guardians are automatically members of FON. Board positions are available for those who would like to take a more active role.

FON's fundraising seeks to raise money with the goals of replacing lost funding from CPS, supporting the school’s mission, and maintaining and enhancing the learning experience for all NCP students. FON efforts include the Annual Appeal, Spring Benefit, and Cubby Walk Walkathon, among others.

FON also provides volunteers and hospitality to the NCP community. It plans social/educational programs, recruits volunteers for various NCP events such as Open House, distributes this weekly email communication, and maintains the student directory.

Come see what we're all about!

Join us at our next meeting and learn more about what's happening at Northside and how you can make an impact.

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

If you're interested in joining the board, please email Friends of Northside.

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LSC Meeting

Tuesday, April 23
6:30 pm

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Spring Band Concert

Tuesday, April 23
7:00 pm

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Spring Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, April 30
7:00 pm

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Spring Choir Concert

Thursday, May 2
7:00 pm

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Friday, May 3
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln
Join fellow Northside parents at FON's monthly coffee gathering. Stay for as long as your schedule allows.

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CTA Safety Presentation

Wednesday, May 22

A representative from CTA will present to NCP students about navigating and staying safe on public transportation. Please encourage your students to learn about the support and safety tips offered to ensure an enjoyable commute to and from school.

More information will be provided soon.

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Friends Of Northside Speaker Series

PRESENTS

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety

May 23, 2019, 6:30 pm

FEATURING…

Dr. Debra Kissen

Dr. Debra Kissen is the Owner and Clinical Director of the Light On Anxiety Treatment Center, www.lightonanxiety.com. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders, is the author of the Panic Workbook for Teens and is an active contributor to the Huffington Post. Dr. Kissen will provide tips and strategies to assist with parenting young adults and share:

▪ How to tell the difference between every day stress and anxiety
▪ How to model effective coping skills for your teen
▪ How to compassionately push your child forward to assist them in facing their fears
How to tell the difference between every day stress and anxiety
How to model effective coping skills for your teen
How to compassionately push your child forward to assist them in facing their fears

Have a question you would like to submit anonymously in advance? Email it to julie@lightonanxiety.com with the Subject line marked “NCP Parent Speaker Series”. Dr. Kissen will do her best to address these during her presentation.

Look for additional details soon in the Northside Parents Facebook Page and at FriendsofNorthside.org

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Juniors - Class of 2020! Save the Dates!

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Travel this Spring with Northside

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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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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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.
Click HERE to see upcoming events.
To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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Congratulations to the NCP Future Problem Solving Team

Freshmen Gregor McKenzie, Elizabeth Onofre & Noah Villalon competed in the Middle division. Sophomores Rebekah Lubar, Miranda Ludwig, Emma Wall & Lily Garner, Juniors Zoe Myatt, Kara Beigh, Kate Sawin, Olivia Tavas, Lyla Bariso, Sarah Kim, Samantha Ringor, Maddie Yu, Aaron Soriano, Paul Dylag, Albert Lee, Ensar Biscevic, Edgar Castillo along with Seniors Yanpeng Wang and Pooja Patel competed in the Senior Division at the Illinois State Bowl. Northside freshmen took home prizes for 3rd in Orals & 4th in Written statewide, and Pooja, Yannie, Albert & Lyla placed 1st in Orals while Olivia, Kara, Zoe & Kate placed 6th in Orals and 3rd in Written and Ensar, Paul, Edgar & Maddie placed 6th in Written. Kate Sawin will compete Internationally in June for placing 1st in Illinois for individual competition. Excellent job, Mustangs!

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Northside's JV Debate team Wins City Championship

At the Chicago city championships this weekend, Northside Debate picked up its 7th city championship in program history in the JV division. Sophomores Basil Costell and Caleb DeBerry upset the favorite from Payton on a 2-1 decision in finals to bring home some hardware for the program. Their title capped off a successful and nearly unprecedented weekend, as Northside had teams in all three divisions (novice, JV, and varsity) of city finals and came up just short of sweeping the title on all levels.

All four Northside JV teams made it to the quarterfinals, as Basil and Caleb were joined by teammates Evan Chen/Kyujin Derradji (quarterfinalists), Lauren Hollis/Etta Weese and Ben Katz/Annie Wang (semifinalists) in outrounds. All 8 JV team members also placed among the Top 20 speakers in the division.

Meanwhile, the varsity team of Magi Ortiz and Alex Pinheiro came up short of winning their third city championship (JV champs in 2017, novices in 2016), losing on a 2-1 to Solorio in the finals. They were joined in varsity elims by Kathy Martinez/Wasim Rahaman (quarterfinalists) and Isaiah Maldonado/Matthew Sung (octafinalists). Magi, Alex, Matt, Kathy, Wasim, and Kenny Larson all placed among the Top 20 speakers in varsity.

Finally, the novice team of Rohan Nadkarni and Samir Rahaman dropped a 3-0 decision to Payton in finals of the novice division. They managed to advance to finals as the 12th seed, upsetting several higher seeds on the way. Novice speaker awards also went to teammates Mai-Linh Weller and Ben Bologna, both placing among the Top 10.

All that's left for the debate season are two national championship tournaments, the first at Glenbrook South in 2 weekends, and then the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Lexington, KY at the end of April.

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.

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.

Sign up and stay connected!

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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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Information Sessions for Students and Their Families

Sunday, April 28
Chicago & Northbrook

Learn more about each university, including important application and scholarship deadlines.

Each admission officer will share for about 10 minutes about their institution. Then there will be time to ask specific questions of the schools.

Register for the event HERE.

Emory University is managing RSVPs for these events.
Questions? Call 404.727.6036 or email admission@emory.edu

College Planning Night

Junior Students and Parents,

Thank you for attending the Northside Prep, Junior College Planning Night on Thursday, March 14. The counseling team is looking forward to discussing your student's post-secondary plans during the upcoming College Conferences. For more details about scheduling your college conference contact your respective college counselor. To schedule a college conference with Ms. Medina, please contact Ms. Moore at mcmoore6@cps.edu.

If your family was unable to attend the College Planning Night, please visit our website to access the presentation and the College Planning Handbook (click HERE). Students, who did not attend the College Planning Night will be assigned to a Wednesday, X or Y-Block in the near future. Also, parents if you would like to access your Naviance log-in or update your address (click HERE) and submit your request to Ms. Fernandez at safernandez@cps.edu.

CPS Scholarships and Non-NCP Events

For more information about general CPS scholarships and post-secondary events outside of Northside College Prep feel free to visit the NCP College Counseling Calendar HERE.

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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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NCP College Planning Handbook

This is a great resource that guides students through the entire college process. Click HERE to access a copy.

NCP College Planning Additional Resources

Click on the links below to check out the additional resources on the Northside College Prep website:

▪ Counseling Events
▪ NCP College Calendar
▪ NCP Scholarships
▪ CPS Scholarships
▪ NCP Summer Opportunities
Counseling Events
NCP College Calendar
NCP Scholarships
CPS Scholarships
NCP Summer Opportunities
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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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Do you have news or team results to share with the Northside parent community?

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