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Back to School Night

Tuesday, September 11
6:30 - 8:40 pm

What goes on in your daughter’s physical education class? Who is that interesting world studies teacher your son talks about?

Find out the answers to these questions and more during our annual Back to School Night.

Arrive by 6:15 to pick up your personalized schedule.

This is an opportunity for you to follow your child’s schedule, meet the teachers and learn about teacher expectations and classroom activities. This is not the time to discuss your student's progress with the teachers.

Lend a Hand

Friends of Northside needs a few volunteers to help with light refreshments at Back to School Night. Click HERE to volunteer to bring coffee and cookies, set up the cafeteria or clean up at the end of the evening. Coffee & cookie purchases can be reimbursed or considered charitable donations to Friends of Northside.

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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;
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).

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).

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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Parking Lot Safety and Procedures

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. 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.

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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This Week in Sports

Fall sports are in full swing. Come out and support our student athletes!

Womens' Tennis

▪ Monday, September 10, 5:00 pm vs Lincoln Park at NCP (V)
▪ Tuesday, September 11, 5:00 pm vs Whitney Young at Whitney Young (V)
▪ Thursday, September 13, 5:00 pm vs Payton at Payton (V)
Monday, September 10, 5:00 pm vs Lincoln Park at NCP (V)
Tuesday, September 11, 5:00 pm vs Whitney Young at Whitney Young (V)
Thursday, September 13, 5:00 pm vs Payton at Payton (V)

Mens' Soccer

▪ Tuesday, September 11, 4:30 pm (V) and 6:15 (JV) vs Steinmetz at Steinmetz
▪ Thursday, September 13, 4:30 pm (V) and 6:15 (JV) vs Schurz at Schurz
▪ Saturday, September 15, details TBA (SO)
Tuesday, September 11, 4:30 pm (V) and 6:15 (JV) vs Steinmetz at Steinmetz
Thursday, September 13, 4:30 pm (V) and 6:15 (JV) vs Schurz at Schurz
Saturday, September 15, details TBA (SO)

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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NCP Athletic Boosters Meeting

Thursday, September 13
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 and share your ideas and concerns, and help us in our quest to increase attendance and student participation in our team events. Get involved, and let’s celebrate the incredible achievements of our students outside of the classroom!

Go Mustangs!!!

LSC Meeting

Tuesday, September 18
6:30 pm
Faculty Lounge

The Local School Council (LSC) - the voice in the continuing evolution of Northside - is an elected body that plays an important role in the decision-making that affects our school. The LSC is responsible for approving the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), principal selection and evaluation, and allocating discretionary funds to school programs.

You can learn more about the LSC HERE.

Friends of Northside Meeting

Tuesday, September 25
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

Friends of Northside (FON) is the “one stop shop” for NCP families to get involved. FON facilitates communication between parents and the school, organizes parent volunteers, plans and sponsors social/educational events, and raises much-needed funds to bridge the gap due to CPS budget cuts. FON supports the school’s mission to maintain and enhance the learning experience for all students of Northside College Prep High School.

To find out more about FON, please visit the webpage HERE.

LSC, FON and Athletic Boosters meetings are open to all parents and guardians. We look forward to your attendance and participation!

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Fall Parents Night Out

Thursday, September 27
7:00 pm
Mia Figlia Restaurant
5304 West Devon Avenue

Join us for a Parents' Night Out at Mia Figlia Restaurant. There will be complimentary appetizers (brushetta, pizza, calamari) and a cash bar. Catch up with old friends or make new ones! Please sign up HERE so we have a head count to give the restaurant. Mia Figlia customers can park in the Edgebrook Lutheran Church parking lot by the restaurant or on the street.

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Senior Portraits Next Week at NCP

Monday through Thursday
September 17, 18, 19 and 20
3:30 - 7:30 pm

Please call Stuart-Rodgers Photography at 877-307-0762 to schedule or confirm your appointment or schedule online at srphoto.com. They can also give you a login password if you forgot it.

Stuart-Rodgers cannot take your photo without an appointment. If you want to have your senior portrait in the yearbook, you need to have your portrait taken in a timely manner.

DEADLINES:

· Saturday, October 13-- Last day to be photographed and still be able to pick your own pose for the yearbook.
· Monday, October 29-- Last day to pick your own pose for the yearbook.
· Thursday, November 1-- Last day to be photographed and be in the yearbook. A pose will be picked for you.

If you already had your portrait taken on your own time, then you do not need to make another appointment.

The photographers will be in the Atrium outside the Green Room. Please dress appropriately.

Thank you,

Ms. McCreedy
Yearbook Advisor

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Be Part of Our Team

Make a commitment to Northside by offering your time to work with other volunteers in one of these rewarding, on-going positions. Email Friends of Northside to indicate your interest or ask questions.

Eblast Co-Editor

Compose and distribute This Week at Northside and prepare other standalone blasts as requested.

Graphic Designer

Provide professional guidance and materials for various design needs throughout the year.

Facebook/Social Media Editor

Update and maintain the Friends of Northside Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Website Editor

Keep the Friends of Northside website current and enhance its visual appeal.

Database Manager

Maintain the Friends of Northside CRM (customer relationship management) database and develop meaningful reports.

Teachers' Lounge Volunteer

Help stock and maintain the Teachers’ Lounge. This is a great low-commitment way to give back to NCP, only 30-45 minutes once a week, you pick the day and time. Call or text Eileen at 617-642-6267 for details or donate goods HERE.

Gala Committee

The Gala is NCP’s major spring fundraiser. Get involved, get to know NCP staff and parents and make a profound impact on Northside College Prep.

When is the Gala?
Friday, March 8, 2019

What’s the time commitment for the team?
Meetings begin at the end of September. The time commitment depends on your role. There is something for everyone. Please join us!

What roles are available?
* Entertainment Chair - one or two people to determine and arrange the entertainment for the Gala.
* Auction Item Solicitors - at least five people to solicit auction items. It requires just a few hours a week and can be done in person or via phone or email.
* Printed Materials Chair - one or two people to design and produce all the printed materials.

Email ncpgaladonate@gmail.com for more information or to join the team!

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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 you want to know about.

These events are free to all. Coming this month:

The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America

Heather Won Tesoriero
Emmy-winning former producer for CBS News

Monday, September 24
12:00 pm, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25. E. Pearson St., Chicago
RSVP HERE (required)
7:00 pm, New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute

KJ Dell'Antonia
Writer and regular contributor to The New York Times, and former editor of its Motherlode blog, 2011-16.

Friday, September 28, 7:00 pm
New Trier High School/Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Rd., Northfield

One Person, No Vote: Examining the History of Voter Suppression

Carol Anderson, Ph.D.
Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University

Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm
Evanston Township High School Auditorium
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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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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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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NCP Carpool Connection!

If you're interested in carpooling to school, add your address to the 2017-2018 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.

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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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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September College Visits at Northside

Monday, September 10
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 9:48 am
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 9:48 am
Duke University, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, September 11
Lincoln College (Lincoln), 10:38 am
Morgan State University, 10:38 am
University of South Florida, Tampa, 10:38 am
Western Michigan University, 10:38 am
Cardinal Stritch University, 12:26 pm
Gettysburg College, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, September 12
University of Chicago, 10:31 am
North Park University, 11:22 am
University of Southern California, 12:13 pm
Knox College, 1:04 pm
Hillsdale College, 3:15 pm

Thursday, September 13
Saint Mary's College, 9:48 am
Iowa Wesleyan College, 11:36 am
Augustana College, 12:26 pm
Holy Cross College, 12:26 pm
Loyola University Chicago, 12:26 pm
Missouri University of Science and Technology, 12:26 pm
Villanova University, 3:15 pm

Friday, September 14
Johns Hopkins University, 9:48 am
University of California, Berkeley, 10:30 am
Kalamazoo College, 12:26 pm
Purdue University, 12:26 pm
Pepperdine University, 3:15 pm

Monday, September 17
Lake Forest College, 9:48 am
St. Olaf College, 9:48 am
Pennsylvania State University, 10:38 am
Carleton College, 12:26 pm
Tulane University, 12:26 pm
University College Dublin, 3:15 pm
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, September 18
Indiana University at Bloomington, 9:48 am
Stetson University, 9:48 am
Cornell College, 10:38 am
Ithaca College, 10:38 am
University of Illinois at Chicago, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, September 19
Dartmouth College, 10:31 am
Wabash College, 11:22 am
American University, 1:04 pm
Case Western Reserve University, 1:04 pm
Hampden-Sydney College, 1:04 pm
Earlham College, 3:15 pm
Northeastern University, 3:15 pm

Thursday, September 20
Emory University, 9:48 am
Michigan Technological University, 10:38 am
Kenyon College, 3:15 pm

Friday, September 21
Marian University, 12:26 pm

Monday, September 24
MacMurray College, 10:15 am
University of Missouri St. Louis, 10:15 am
University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 10:15 am
Northern Michigan University, 10:15 am
Purdue University Northwest - Hammond Campus, 10:15 am
Sacred Heart University, 10:15 am
University of Connecticut, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, September 25
MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, 9:48 am
Western Illinois University, 9:48 am
Drake University, 11:36 am
Keiser University - *Flagship Campus, FL, 12:26 pm
The College of Wooster, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, September 26
Loras College, 10:31 am
California Lutheran University, 11:22 am
University of California, Riverside, 11:22 am
Duke Kunshan University, 3:15 pm

Thursday, September 27
Beloit College, 9:48 am
University of California, Irvine, 9:48 am
Trinity College, 9:48 am
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 10:38 am
Stevens Institute of Technology, 10:38 am
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 12:26 pm
University of San Francisco, 3:15 pm

Friday, September 28
University of New Orleans, 9:48 am
Scripps College, 9:48 am
Vassar College, 9:48 am
Rollins College, 11:36 am
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 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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▪ 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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